Tour de Farms Offers Beautiful Bicycling and Fantastic Food
Delicious foods, delightful bicycling and spectacular scenery are in store for all those who participate in the seventh annual Tour de Farms, scheduled for Sunday, September 21, in Shoreham, Vt. There is a choice of two routes – a family-friendly ten-mile loop and a more challenging 30-mile loop.
At frequent designated stops, family farmers will treat bicyclists to tasty samples of local foods such as apple cider and apples, maple walnuts and maple syrup, cheese, meatballs, potatoes, chicken broth and pork, baked goods and pies. Because the event is a tour and not a race, the pace is low key, allowing ample time to chat with farmers and relax with friends in the beautiful Champlain Valley. Over 700 bicyclists from Vermont, northeastern states, and Canada are expected to attend.
The Tour de Farms is co-organized by the Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN) and the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition. It is a fundraiser for both of the nonprofit groups. Those not interested in bicycling may wish to consider volunteering to assist with registration, parking, as farmers’ helpers, doing sign set-up or ride marshalling. In return for a three-hour time commitment, volunteers will be entered into a raffle to win various prizes. Those who volunteer well in advance of the event are more likely to secure assignments of personal interest.
Advance registration fees for the Tour de Farms are $35 for adults and $18 for kids 16 and under. Day-of registration fees are $50 for adults and $25 for kids 16 and under. Children in trailers and bike seats ride free and don’t need to be registered.
Advance registration is now open at acornvt.org, and stays open until 5 p.m. on Monday, September 15. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information or to volunteer, email [email protected] or call 802-225-8904 or 802-382-0401, or visit acornvt.org.