Taking smoothies for a spin
A vendor by the name of Wheely Good Smoothies will sell fruit drinks made in bicycle-powered blenders when the Baltimore Farmers' Market opens for the season May 2.
Natan Lawson has three bikes, each rigged up so the wheels drive a shaft that drives a blender.
"It's meant to get your attention," he said of the bike bit. "But if the smoothies weren't good, it would just be all show."
Before launching the business -- it debuted at Artscape and Waverly Market last summer, but is new to the downtown market this year -- Lawson did a lot of research.
"I bought all the smoothie recipe books on Amazon," he said. "I went through them all."
Among the blends he'll be selling: Strawberry Spice, which combines OJ, strawberries and basil; The Fuzz, which has two whole peaches, organic lemonade, and a little chipotle spice; Blueberries and Cream, made with just that, plus some banana and apple juice.
The price for each 16-ounce smoothie is $5.50 -- $5 for customers who do the pedaling themselves.New York Times reporter Scott Shane -- full disclosure: a former Sun reporter -- gets the scoop on Wheely Good Smoothies last year at the Waverly Farmers' Market. Photo by Fern Shen, Baltimore Brew.