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Environmental palooza in Keene Friday and Saturday

KEENE – East Branch Organics, a full-service organic garden center also carrying craft beer, fine wine and spirits, is hosting a spring environmental event called “Grow Green!” on Friday, May 3 (4 to 7 p.m.) and Saturday, May 4 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Grow Green! includes nearly 30 green-minded organizations invited to gather under one tent to celebrate the regional, sustainable and organic.

Friday will be a casual happy hour: beer and spirits tastings courtesy of Ledge Hill Brewery, Gristmill Distillery and Lake Placid Pub & Brewery/Big Slide Brewery; cash bar for on-tap craft beer and organic wines; farm-fresh fare for sale from Northern Feast Catering; music provided by GulliBaker VSOP.

Saturday is a fair-atmosphere: the public will be able to hear mini-talks, watch demonstrations, engage in kid-activities, shop wares and produce, enjoy tastings, ride a pony, and take a tour through the flower, vegetable and herb-packed greenhouses.

Saturday’s participating organizations include Ausable River Association, New York Department of Environmental Conservation Public Affairs, Winona Jewelry, Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, The Birch Store, Haas Habitats, Little Farmhouse Flowers, Sugarhouse Creamery, Craigardan, The Adirondack Land Trust, Young’s Studio & Gallery, Barkeater Trails Alliance, Blue Pepper Farm, Keene Central School Green Team, Small Town Cultures, Keene Arts, Trout Unlimited, Keene Clean Energy Team, and Hurricane Hives. Saturday’s food for sale will be catered by Old Mountain Coffee and tamales made by Irma Maldonando; beer tastings and food pairings by Lake Placid Pub & Brewery/Big Slide Brewery; pony rides by Rookery Ranch; music provided by the Gray Blues Band.

This event — talks, demonstrations, kid activities, music and tastings — is free. Funds may be needed for produce, products, flowers, porcupine quill earrings, food, beverage and/or a pony ride.

East Branch Organics is located on 10861 Route 9N, Keene (behind Stewart’s Shops).

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