El Chavo, farmer’s market win awards

(Courtesy Photo) (from left) Alejandro Rodriguez and Lucy Galvan stand outside El Chavo, Roslindale’s Business of the Year.

El Chavo Mexican Products will be named Roslindale’s 2011 Business of the Year at an annual Boston Main Streets awards ceremony to be held May 17.

Roslindale Farmer’s Market co-chair Jaime Pullen will be named the neighborhood’s volunteer of the year at the same ceremony.

El Chavo, a Mexican specialty store at 4254 Washington St., is a one-stop shop for home cooks seeking hard-to-find items such as Mexican cheeses, spiced chorizo, husks for homemade tamales and even Coca-Cola bottled in Mexico.

Owners Alejandro Rodriguez and Lucy Galvan “have been enthusiastic participants, putting their best effort forward at special events, creatively showcasing their ethnic foods and traditions,” said Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS)Executive Director Stephanie Cave in a press release.

Pullen, who is also an RVMS board member, came to the organization five years ago as a consultant leading the development of a strategic plan. She then focused on the RVMS Farmer’s Market. Held every Saturday from June through October in Adams Park, the market features an average of 25 vendors weekly, selling a range of fresh produce, fruit, meat, honey, cheese, preserves, local baked goods and handcrafted items. The market also offers live acoustic music and children’s activities.

The awards will be given by Mayor Thomas Menino on Thurs., May 17 at 6 p.m. at Dorchester’s Strand Theatre.

RVMS is a nonprofit business and community promotion organization. Boston Main Streets is a program that provides funding and technical assistance to the city’s 20 Main Streets groups.

From press materials.

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