The 10th Annual Tour de Farms will be held Sunday, August 6th, 2017 in Bristol, VT.
Day of registration will be open 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
We are limiting riders to 400 people - we have 225 riders pre-registered, so plenty of spots for day-of riders! The base ticket price for adults is $75 and kids under 18 and students are $50.
The Tour de Farms was featured in Outside Magazine in 2015 when listing Middlebury as one of the 16 best places to live in the U.S. and the 2016 Tour was highlighted in The Local Motive series on Vermont PBS!
Help us spread the word! If you refer TWO friends who register for the Tour, you'll receive a FREE Tour de Farms T-Shirt at registration on August 6th! (Only applicable to 2017 Tour de Farms registrants). The Tour de Farms is run by volunteers and any help promoting the event goes a long way!
Did you know the Tour is ACORN's #1 fundraiser?
We set the ticket prices to make the Tour as accessible as possible for everyone and to cover our costs of organizing the event.
Join us in promoting the value of local food throughout the year by making a donation in addition to the base price of the ticket.
For a donation of $50 or more, you'll become an ACORN member and receive an ACORN Passport card which entitles the holder to discounts at local food and drink businesses around the Champlain Valley. See more details here.
It is part of ACORN's mission to encourage the growth of local food to build a stronger local economy and the health of our community, and we can't do it without you.
25% of all pre-registration proceeds go directly to the participating farms.
2017 Participating Farms:
- Better Off Bread
- Big Basin
- Boyers Orchard
- Buck Mountain Maple Farm
- Calluna Gardens
- Fairy Tale Farm
- Four Hills
- Full Belly Farm
- Good Companion Bakery
- Kimball Brook Farm
- Last Resort Farm
- Layn Farm Meats
- Lester Farm
- Misty Knoll
- New Leaf
- Nitty Gritty Grain Co.
- Orb Weaver
- Smith Family Farm
- V Smiley Preserves
- Vermont Smoke and Cure
- Vermont Vinegars
- VT Tree Goods
- Wild Roots Farm
2017 Restaurant Partners
What to Bring:
A helmet is a mandatory requirement to ride the Tour.
Printed waiver for the Tour.
Please wear BRIGHT CLOTHING for higher visibility on the roads.
A mountain bike or road bike with wide tires is STRONGLY recommended. On the 30-mile route, there is 11 miles of gravel road, which can be rough or soft and slippery.
Cash to purchase foods at farms to take home (there will be a food pick-up van so you won't have to carry items with you), and at the After Party.
Make sure your bike is in good mechanical condition.
A couple of extra layers of clothing so you are ready for the (fabulous but unpredictable) weather.
A water bottle. There will be water available along the route at farm stops designated on map.
A spoon and fork (or a spork!), a cup and a bowl for sampling food. This will help us cut down on waste!
Coolers to bring home vegetables, meat, cheese, and other perishable farm goods that will be on sale at each farm (a Farm Van will transport the goods back to the Bristol Rec Field so you don't have to worry about carrying them on your bike).
A camera to help us document the day.
The 2017 Route:
The 28-mile route features 16 miles of paved roads/ 12 miles of gravel roads. We strongly recommend mountain bikes or road bikes with wide tires due to the often slippery and soft gravel. The terrain is hilly with some short steep rises. While we recommend the Tour for children over 14 years old, children under 14 should be experienced road riders and must be accompanied by an adult as we are sharing the roads with vehicles. A sample of last year's 28-mile route can be found here. A map of the final route will be provided at registration on August 6.
We're continuing the day of good food and fun with the second annual Tour de Farms after party!
Stay for live music with Left Eye Jump, dancing, ice cream, food trucks and local craft beverages for sale.
Our After Party Vendors are selling their delicious craft food and drinks post-ride:
- All Times Sparkling Cider
- Farmhouse Ice Cream
- Fuego Food Cart
- Hogback Mountain Brewery
- Huntington River Vineyard
- Lucky Star Catering
- Shacksbury Cider
The after party is open to all riders and the general public. Make sure you bring extra cash so you can enjoy all of these great local food and drinks vendors.
It will be open from 12 PM - 4 PM, rain or shine. Plan to relax, listen to some good 'tunes and enjoy more great, local food and drink!
Tour de Farms Waiver
Though the Tour is a fun, family-friendly event at a relaxed pace, it's still a cycling tour and like any physical activity, it carries risks. Please be sure to fill out, print and BRING WITH YOU, the required waiver, found here:
Need to rent a bike for this year's ride?
Check out these local bike shops (and remember to ask for a hybrid or mountain bike):
- Burlington: Earl's Cyclery
- Middlebury: Frog Hollow Bikes
- Burlington: Local Motion
- Burlington: SkiRack
- Vergennes: Little City Cycles
- Burlington: North Star Sports
If you're coming from out of state and are in need of lodging, check out VermontVacation.com .
Testimonials from previous riders:
"This is a great way to experience the best of Vermont views and food!"
"Thank you for all the scrumptious food- kept us happy and fueled and all the hard work making this happen!"
"My husband and I are on our honeymoon from Raleigh, NC and we had an incredible time riding the Tour de Farms! Beautiful scenery, impressive farms/ food stops and great ride! Thank you!"
"Great Vermont experience. Reminded me of why I love this state!"
"This was the best Tour de Farms yet! Great farms, great food, great route, great organization."
"There's a lot right about this ride, promotes local growers, promotes tourism, etc. Keep up good work!"
"Will be back! Loved it! So much fun! Loved all the stops and the challenging route. Everyone was so friendly and the whole event was extremely well organized and well planned out!"
"This was an excellent day. I wouldn’t change a thing!"
"Plenty of food offerings! Many of the farms made above average unique foods. It was a fabulous day, all over excellent!"
"Great all around, good signage, beautiful views."
"Loved the whole thing: flaggers, weather, enough water, great food!"
"Great event! My first ride on TdF and not my last! Thank you!"
"Worth every penny! I could have done more!"
"Food was perfect and delicious!"
"Impressive organization, nice route, food was stupendous!"
"Loved it! 1st time and have always wanted to do it. Lived up to my expectations!"
"The food was exceptional and I felt a great sense of accomplishment as I pulled into the parking area!"
"Wonderfully organized. A glorious day!"
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