The 11th Annual Tour de Farms was Sunday, September 16th, 2018 in Vergennes, VT.
This was the first time the Tour was held in Vergennes and it was a smash!
The 2018 Tour featured a 30-mile route with 7 farm stops and a shorter, kid-friendly 10-mile route for those who preferred a more relaxed adventure. Over 30 local farms, food businesses and restaurants participated. We sampled everything from maple iced coffee and farm fresh salads to maple glazed ham and Vermont's famous cheeses! See photos from the 2018 Tour de Farms below.
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.
2018 Farm Stops:
Adam’s Berry Farm
Flower Power VT
Kimball Brook Farm
Nea Tocht Farm
Pelkey's Blueberries / Charlotte Village Winery
Philo Ridge Farm
Additional Farms and Food Producers that will be Sampling Throughout the Tour:
Aqua Vitea Kombucha
Ben & Jerry's
Buck Mountain Maple
Nitty Gritty Grain
Old Road Farm
Pin Up Pickles
Vermont Coffee Company
Vermont Soap Company
Vermont Tortilla Company
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 Vergennes High School so you don't have to worry about carrying them on your bike).
A camera to help us document the day.
The 2018 Route:
This year’s main ride 30 miles long and we are also offering a shorter, more kid friendly ride that’s about 10 miles long. The terrain includes small hills with some short, steep rises. Mountain bikes or road bikes with wide tires are strongly recommended due to loose gravel. Participants will be sharing the road with cars. 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 map of the final route will be provided at registration on September 16th. Please arrive for registration on September 16th between 8:30 - 9:30 AM for the 30-mile route and 10:00-10:30 AM for the 10 mile route.
Ride for Free! Volunteer with the Tour de Farms!
Most volunteers ride free, and all receive a free Tour de Farms t-shirt. This is a great way to get involved with your local food community!
The Tour will kick off at the Vergennes Union High School, ride along some of the most scenic roads in the Champlain Valley, and end at the Eat on the Green festival in downtown Vergennes.
Come to the Vergennes City Green on Main Street on Sunday to enjoy local food, music, craft beverages and fun with your friends and neighbors. Sample a variety of delicious dishes served up by Vergennes-area eateries while listening to music performed by 3 local bands and DJ Fattie B! Adult beverages include craft brews, hard cider and local wines.
The Party is open to the public!
Bring your bike - Local Motion will be providing valet bike services.
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
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!"
Thanks to our 2018 Sponsors!
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