This past weekend, our Technical Advisor, Benny, as well as Gül from the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), represented ECO City at the 17th Annual Port Towns Day. Hosted by the towns of Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, Cottage City and Edmonston, the event attracted hundreds of people from all over the area for a day of live music, games, and great food at the Bladensburg waterfront. ECO City brought the “Smoothie Bikes,” modified mountain bikes, which use the power of a rider’s pedaling to spin the blender’s blades, to make the smoothie. We also offered free green tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and eggplant, which were grown at the Edmonston farm.
“Smoothie Bike” Recipe:
- 2 scoops of berries (strawberries, blackberries and or blueberries)
- Handful of spinach
- Splash of apple juice
- Splash of vanilla soy milk
- 1 banana
Video of the Smoothie Bikes in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJbTnHW-9Rw
^ ECO’s Smoothie Bikes!
^ Mixed berries were the stars of the smoothies!
^ The rider couldn’t help to smile as they pedaled their way to delicious smoothies.
^ Port Towns Day volunteers ensured the blender stayed in place while riders pedaled.
^ A crowd of people gather around the smoothie bike for a chance to make their own, as well as the free smoothies. We served over 100 smoothies throughout the afternoon!
^ ECO City Board Member David Harrington visits the ECO table and chats with Benny and Gül.
^ Many of the visitors were interested in learning more about healthy food-eating habits after stopping by the table.
^ Benny reaches down to give handfuls of tomatoes to a Port Towns resident.
^ Benny explains his favorite ways to cook eggplant (a quick way is to fry it in a pan).