The 12th Annual Tour de Farms will be Saturday, September 21, 2019 in Vergennes, VT.
Mark your calendar! Register early to get the best rate.
This year’s biking farm tour will feature two distances—a 30-mile route and a more relaxed, family-friendly 10-mile distance. You’ll pass through the beautiful pastoral landscape of the Champlain Valley and visit four to eight farms depending on your distance. Each farm stop will host additional food and beverage producers so there’ll be plenty of sustenance along the way. Last year riders sampled everything from maple iced coffee and farm fresh salads to maple glazed ham and Vermont’s famous cheeses! At the end of your journey, spend some time enjoying the food and music at Vergennes’ Eat on the Green event.
Similar to 2018’s route, you’ll pedal over the rolling hills of Vergennes, Ferrisburgh and Charlotte. Vergennes Union High School (VUHS) is the site of the start and finish, convenient to Route 7 and a short drive from Burlington, Vermont. With rider safety in mind the route is traffic controlled at key intersections and supported by local bike mechanics who can fix a flat, or a more serious problem, in a jiffy. Riders depart VUHS starting at 8:30 a.m. and will be sent off in waves.
The Tour is limited to 500 riders. Register early to reserve your spot.
Check back to see what food and beverages will be offered during this year’s Tour de Farms.
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.
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.
What to Bring:
A helmet is a mandatory requirement to ride the Tour.
Rear flashing light (strongly recommended).
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 2019 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 21. Please arrive for registration on September 21 between 8:30 - 9:30 AM for the 30-mile route and 10:00-10:30 AM for the 10 mile route.
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