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Putting a new spin on delivery

With harvest season upon the Capital District, there are plenty of opportunities for local ingredients to be put in the mix, as well.

That will be proven with upcoming soups like Pumpkin Black Bean, Herbed Potato, Butternut Squash and Turkey Chowder. There are two choices offered each week, one of which will always be vegetarian, and shareholders make their selection the Friday before delivery.

Soups are delivered in glass containers, which the pedalers will pick up to sterilize and reuse on their rounds the following week.

"The reaction of the community to the idea has been overwhelming," said Rain, who recently was hired at the Town of Bethlehem's Recycling Coordinator. "I think they really like the locally grown and locally made food, and the fact that it's delivered sustainably to them."

The service will still make deliveries in inclement weather, a promise proved on first delivery date when steady rain blanketed the Capital District all day. In the event a delivery has to be canceled, alternate plans will be made to deliver at another time or allow pickup of the meals.

Sign ups are for a full season for logistical reasons, but late subscriptions will be accommodated and prorated. There is still plenty of room for the renaming weeks of this run. For more information and pricing, visit www.dinnerbybike.com.

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