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Attention all environmentally friendly merchants: The Shell Beach Farmers' Market is seeking vendors to join the weekly festivities. Current vendors provide such products as organic foods, produce, baked goods, floral goods, jewelry, crafts, photo art, and clothing. Think you have something the community might like? If so, call 602-8266 or 305-7017 or e-mail shellbeachfarmersmarket@yahoo.com for an application. An upcoming vendor meeting is set for April 10 at 11 a.m. at the Dinosaur Caves Park.

The Central Coast Grown project has created a new website, www.centralcoastgrown.org, to help people find locally grown products. Local farmers and ranchers are invited to submit their business information to be entered into the database, free of charge. The listing on the website will be networked with other farmers and ranchers to form a comprehensive network of county growers. "In a county of roughly 260,000 people, if each day residents found a way to divert just one dollar to locally grown goods, at the end of the year consumers would have put more than $95 million in additional revenue back into the local economy," said Steven Knudsen, SLO County Farm Bureau legislative assistant. "Buying local could mean great things for the local governments and public utilities."


Staff Writer Kai Beech compiled this week's Strokes and Plugs. He can be reached at kbeech@newtimesslo.com.

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