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Blenders on a bike

By Harley Davidson, Standard Staff

Vince Naber rides his way to a strawberry blueberry smoothie at the St. Catharines Farmers' Market on Saturday. The bikes will be at the market most Saturdays until Sept. 16. (Harley Davidson/Standard Staff)

Vince Naber rides his way to a strawberry blueberry smoothie at the St. Catharines Farmers' Market on Saturday. The bikes will be at the market most Saturdays until Sept. 16. (Harley Davidson/Standard Staff)

It’s the best of both worlds, some exercise and a delicious reward.

That’s what the kids who came to try out the new blender bikes at the St. Catharines Farmers’ Market on Saturday found out today, as they pedalled away to make themselves fruit smoothies.

The goal being to get kids into healthy eating and more into fruits and vegetables, said St. Catharines councillor Sandie Bellows.

“A lot of kids don’t like their fruits and vegetables. This way, if you put it into a smoothie, it’s drinkable and kids love it.”

“It’s a great way for kids to learn about food groups and be healthy.”

She said all the fruit used comes from local farmers at the market. They’re then taken home and washed and frozen for blending purposes and health standards.

Carina Cooney, whose daughter biked herself up a blueberry and strawberry smoothie, said she loves the idea and would take one home with her if she could — even getting on the bike and trying it out for herself.

Can you blame her?

As Bellows put it, “I wish we had these when I was young.”

Bike blenders will be at locations throughout the city in August and September and most Saturdays at the Farmers’ Market until Sept. 16, as part of a new Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit initiative introduced by the city and Healthy Kids Community Challenge Niagara.