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All welcome at church’s Thanksgiving

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Anyone who needs a free Thanksgiving meal is invited to First Baptist Church, 2124 Michigan Blvd. for lunch today.

Turkey and all the trimmings will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The church can be reached at 371-2111.

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‘Sport Stacking’ comes to Westfield school

Third graders at Westfield Village Elementary School intent on ‘sport stacking’ in the school auditorium Thursday morning, November 13   (News-Ledger photo)

Third graders at Westfield Village Elementary School intent on ‘sport stacking’ in the school auditorium Thursday morning, November 13
(News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 19, 2014 —

News-Ledger Staff

Several grades of kids at Westfield Village Elementary School took part in a ‘Sport Stacking’ exercise last week. They worked in shifts in the school auditorium, for an event that was designed as an attempt at a Guinness world record. The maker of the specially-designed “Speed Stack” cups hoped to have 600,000 people across the world doing the activity at the same time. Last year, they had 555,932.

At the Poplar Avenue school, Principal Michele Giacomini led the program, timing the kids as they reconfigured their cup stacks for speed and precision.

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Farm to fork, from the back of a trike

Collin Samaan takes a break along Park Boulevard. A reporter who tried pedaling the rig found that it wasn’t really all that tough -- at least not on the flat streets of West Sacramento. (News-Ledger photo)

Collin Samaan takes a break along Park Boulevard. A reporter who tried pedaling the rig found that it wasn’t really all that tough — at least not on the flat streets of West Sacramento.
(News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 19, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Collin Samaan is a 25-year old with a mild, friendly manner and a pair of dependable legs. His passions for bicycling and for fresh produce are married through “Veggie Trike,” a new venture designed to bring the “Farm to Fork” movement right up to the curb at local neighborhoods.

What’s on the back of the trike today?

“We have three different types of lettuce to form a buttery salad,” he said, lifting the lid on a cooler during a break on Park Boulevard. “We have garlic-infused sea salt – you get garlic and all your minerals in a great quality of salt. We have apples from Bodhaine Ranch. And rainbow chard, kale and eggplant from 5th and C Farms.”

That last selection refers to the pop-up urban farm now operating on a vacant lot at 5th and C streets in West Sacramento’s Broderick neighborhood.

“We also sell raw unfiltered honey from To Bee Young Apiaries.”

A family in an SUV pulled up alongside the Veggie Trike and asked if Samaan was selling eggs today. He replied that he wasn’t – to stock them on the trike would require refrigeration – but he later explained that he is happy to make special deliveries of things like fresh eggs and frozen Apple Hill pies, upon request.

“I work with Abbott Organics,” he added. “They are our ‘home farm.’ My wife, Aimee (Benner), is an employee there. I help there in the mornings.”

Then he loads up for his route, which brings him to West Sacramento several days a week since he and Aimee started the venture in August.

The “cargo trike” has a West Sacramento pedigree, with a connection to local resident and businessman John Lucas.

“I work on bikes,” said Samaan. “I met him and he invited me to learn how to weld with him. This trike was in his backyard. It had been built in China. We made quality out of this trike.”

“I said, ‘Let’s make use of it – I need to help Anne on her farm, and get the amazing things like the organic salt out to people.’”

Samaan hopes to set up the trike as a traveling produce stand during designated “lunch hours” in West Sacramento and at other locations like “La Bonne Soup” in Sacramento. He’s looking for possible locations, possibly near this city’s community center and city hall.

And he’s happy to take special orders for delivery.

“The coolest thing is that I would love to deliver anytime,” he commented. “Give me a phone call or text or message.”

To find him, or to place a special order, you can do an internet search for “Veggie Trike” or find it on Facebook.

Samaan said running the trike is a pretty economical, low-overhead operation:

“An apple an hour is all I need.”

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