Pedal-powered cooking

Cultivating Community NV’s Edible Pedal Bike Kitchen makes a couple of appearances at local farmers’ markets

The Edible Pedal Bike Kitchen.

The Edible Pedal Bike Kitchen.

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Cultivating Community NV is at it again with its Edible Pedal Bike Kitchen. On the heels of its June 14 appearance at the Jesus Center and July 11 appearance at the North Valley Plaza farmers’ market, the Bike Kitchen (pictured) will be doing its commendable thing at the Chapmantown Farmers’ Market at East 16th and C streets on July 13, from 2:30 until 5 p.m., and again at the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market downtown on July 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What is that good thing that the Bike Kitchen does?

“The Bike Kitchen is a complete demonstration kitchen on a bike,” said Cultivating Community representative Karen Goodwin. It is equipped with a butane stove, a hand-washing sink, a double-compartment sink, a refrigerator, fresh- and waste-water tanks and a water heater.

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Cultivating Community staff will be riding it to the farmers’ markets to help promote EBT use, said Goodwin, via cooking demonstrations that show market-goers how to prepare healthful, inexpensive dishes using farmers’ market produce.

Check it out.

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Congratulations, Mike!
The Little Red Hen Nursery at Eighth and Wall streets is announcing a Fiesta Garden Party on July 14, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., to honor employee Mike’s 10 years working there.

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Refreshments, prizes and kid-friendly fun, including bubbles and snow cones, are on offer, as well as two-for the-price-of-one perennials (four-inch, quart-sized and gallon-sized).

“The Little Red Hen is a nonprofit organization with three locations serving children and adults with developmental disabilities,” as its website points out. “100 percent of our sales/donations benefit quality programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities like autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other cognitive disabilities. We employ developmentally disabled adults at all three locations,” which includes the Little Red Hen Gift Shop (897 East 20th Street) and Little Red Hen Kids and Kitchen (959 East Avenue).

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