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Fifth-grader Hailey Merritt gulps down a "Green Monster" smoothie, made of strawberries, peaches and bananas, along with spinach from Seaview Farm of Rockport, during a tasting event Friday in the lunchroom at Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Gloucester. The nutritious drinks were served to the students by Backyard Growers as part of a project to encourage healthy eating habits and awareness of where food comes from. "The spinach is so nutritious," says Meghan Stratton of Backyard Growers, "and you can hardly taste it. But that makes it fun, because it turns the beverage bright green." Fifth-grader Merritt liked her Green Monster so much she asked for seconds. "I could seriously drink this every day," she said.