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VOLUNTEER

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REGISTER

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FUNDRAISING

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THE RIDE

BIKE THE BARNS

 September 17, 2023 

The Ride

Fundraise

Volunteer

THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL EVENT IN 2022!

INTERESTED IN BIKING THE BARNS NEXT YEAR? SIGN UP TO GET NOTIFIED WHEN REGISTRATION FOR 2023 OPENS.

WHAT IS BIKE THE BARNS?

Bike the Barns is FairShare CSA Coalition’s largest fundraiser. Proceeds from the ride benefit our organization and the Partner Shares Program, which helps low-income families afford farm-fresh veggies. When you sign up for Bike the Barns, you help families access food grown right in their community by a CSA farmer. 

The event features farm tours, gourmet local food, craft libations, on-farm activities and live music. Join us as we bike and bus to ensure fresh food for every family!

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The 14th Annual Bike the Barns started and ended at Lake Farm County Park in Madison, WI. 

 

Riders could choose from two route options: a short route (~30-40 miles), and a long route (~60 miles). Participants experienced a scenic ride around southeastern Dane County, with interactive farm stops along the way.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT 2023 COMING SOON!

 

We are busily putting together a great route for next year, filled with biking, food, community, music, farms, and more! Check back for more detailed event information in the new year, and make sure to mark your calendars for June 1st when registration opens!

REGISTRATION INCLUDES: 

  • Food: breakfast, snack stops, lunch, and after party meal + drink tickets

  • Farm tours and interactive on-farm activities

  • Live music at each stop

  • Participant Gift Bag

  • A well-marked and supported scenic bike route

Have questions?

Join the Bike the Barns Facebook event

Call FairShare at (608) 226-0300 or email bikethebarns@csacoalition.org.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

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AMERICAN WINE PROJECT / BAER INSURANCE / BOB'S COPY SHOP / CALLIOPE ICE CREAM / COMMUNITY SHARES OF WI / GROUP HEALTH COOPERATIVE / ICONICA / ISTHMUS / MADISON CHEESE BOARDS / MG & E FOUNDATION / PASTURE & PLENTY  / WORT

THE ROUTE

All Bike the Barns participants departed from Lake Farm County Park in Madison, WI this year.

 

Riders experienced meandering country roads, picturesque barns, natural areas, and scenic vistas around southeastern Dane County.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT 2023 COMING SOON!

We are busily putting together a great route for next year, filled with biking, food, community, music, farms, and more! Check back for more detailed route information in the new year!

 

SIGN UP TO GET NOTIFIED WHEN REGISTration opens!

ROUTE CONDITIONS & RIDER SUPPORT

Each route is meticulously marked by FairShare staff & volunteers. Every turn is marked with both  directional yard signs and color-coded route arrows on the pavement, and there are caution signs to warn riders of particular conditions, such as steep hills, sharp corners or loose gravel.

 

 

 

 

Rider support is available throughout the ride, but riders are expected to be prepared to service their own bikes. Please bring extra tubes. On-bike support riders are embedded in the ride and routes are patrolled by support vehicles with amateur (HAM) radio operators and professional bike mechanics.

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THE FOOD

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The Bike the Barns menu is seasonal, local, and fresh, and the food is sourced almost entirely from FairShare’s organic farms. Madison-area restaurants and caterers will prepare the meals. Bike the Barns offers vegetarian options, but, while we will try, we cannot guarantee gluten-free, vegan, or non-dairy options.

Breakfast Snack

  • Blueberry lemon or chocolate chip scones (Batch Bakehouse)

  • Coffee (Just Coffee)

Vitruvian Farm Snack

  • Bruschetta (Vibrant Veg)

  • Cider (Future Fruit Farm)

Parisi Family Farm Snack

  • Tamales (El Sabor de Puebla)

  • Iced herbal tea (Four Elements)

Sprouting Acres Snack

  • Sea salt or curry garlic potato chips & dip (Slide Gourmet Potato Chips)

  • Ginger pear & blueberry basil kombucha (Rude Brew Kombucha)

Lovefood Lunch

  • Chicken tinga or Zucchini/Squash Tacos, Tex Mex rice, Beet salad with spring mix & chimichurri (Tex Tubb's Taco Palace) 

  • Cold brew coffee floats (Just Coffee & Calliope Ice Cream)

After Party Tasting Menu (Riders get food and drink tickets to "spend" on items of their choice!)

  • Caribbean chicken meatballs with salad & pickled veggies or Vegan Love Coconut stew with rice (Mango Man)

  • Veggie-stuffed tofu or Curry chicken with sticky rice (Madame Chu)

  • Local Cheese & Meat Board or Vegetarian Board with Fruit & Nuts (Madison Cheese Boards) 

  • Zucchini Cake with Apple Compote or Glazed Bacon with Cabbage & Beet Slaw, Corn Scallion Bread (Ugly Apple)

  • Maple Spice Cookie Sandwiches or Cookies & Cream Cupcakes (Black Squirrel Bake Shop)

  • Mini-donuts or Mini-cinnamon rolls (Level 5 Donuts)

  • Wine (provided by American Wine Project)

  • Beer (Working Draft Beer Company)

2022 SAMPLE MENU

The money raised through Bike the Barns supports The Partner Shares Program, which helps low-income families afford farm-fresh veggies. We are biking to ensure fresh food for every family!

In 2019, Bike the Barns raised more than $40,000 in pledges to help low-income families access fresh food from a local farm through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Over the last two years, requests for assistance have reached an unprecedented level as families have been impacted by the pandemic and, more recently, rising food costs and inflation. Our fundraiser riders help ensure that this program, which provides crucial support to families, is able to meet the increased need in our community in accessing fresh, locally produced fruits and vegetables. 

We’ll help you create a personal or team fundraising webpage after you register. Riders are always surprised by how easy (and fun!) it is to meet the fundraising minimum. And you can win some really great prizes throughout the summer!

HOW YOU CAN HELP

1. BE A FUNDRAISER RIDER, or

2. DONATE TO A BIKE THE BARNS RIDER

You don’t need to know a rider to be able to donate through our Bike the Barns cause page

HOW TO FUNDRAISE

SPREAD THE WORD

Send an email, share your Fundraising Page on Facebook, or mail out postcards! Tell your network about why you are riding in Bike the Barns and how they can help feed families.

KNOW THE CAUSE

Partner Shares helps over 200 low-income families afford fresh, organic food, as well as the ability to pay with SNAP benefits. When you ride or donate, you help families access fresh, local food.

SHARE THE IMPACT

$35 provides one week of fresh veggies to a low-income family household.

$70 brings one month of farm-fresh food to a family.

$135 helps feed a family for 9 weeks this summer.

$350 supports one household for an entire growing season!

CHECK OUT OUR FUNDRAISING TOOLKIT 

FUNDRAISING PRIZES

Fundraising levels are cumulative based on the amount you raise. Prizes will be awarded in September, but keep an eye out for extra fundraising prize challenges throughout the summer for even more chances to win awesome prizes!

Fundraiser riders who register for Bike the Barns for $60 agree to raise at least $75 by August 31st, 2022. 

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$100

THE TAO OF IGOR

Kick back with a signed copy of the just-released comic bookThe Tao of Igor, written and generously donated by fundraising superstar John Kovalic. Great for new readers and sure to delight old fans, this is the first addition to the Dork Tower collection in over ten years! 

$150

PAMPER PACKAGE

Celebrate your fundraising success with a little help from Davines and this Mini Self-Care Pack. Their eco-friendly products will bring the perfect amount of pampering into your life! The package includes: WE STAND for regeneration Shampoo and Body Wash, Dedy hand soaps, solid shampoo bars with solid shampoo cases, and a Davines tote bag. 

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$250

KEEP ON PEDALING

For those who can’t get enough BTB, we’ve got you covered. Enjoy your 2023 Bike the Barns fundraiser rider registration on us, and keep pedaling to feed families in your community.

$500

LOCAVORES' DELIGHT

Locavores delight in this bounty of expertly crafted goods highlighting the best of our regional artisans! From salty to sweet, there's something for everyone in these Local Food Packs.

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$1,000

RIDER'S CHOICE

You've raised some serious funds to connect familes to fresh food. Now let us thank you by presenting you with a choice between some seriously awesome prizes!

 

Options include: Choice of a Schwinn electric bike, Choice of a Schwinn bike trailer, Deluxe Bike Picnic Set, Pasture & Plenty Meal Kit, a one-night stay at Circle M Farm.

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MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON

We are busily putting together a great route filled with biking, food, community, music, farms, and more! Check back soon for more detailed event information, and make sure to mark your calendars for June 1st when registration opens!

SIGN UP TO GET NOTIFIED

GET INVOLVED

 

BE PART OF THE FUN

FairShare CSA Coalition is a small team – we couldn’t pull off this grand event without our amazing community of volunteers and supporters!

Perks of volunteering include:

-Helping ensure food for every family!

-Spending a day outdoors with food + farm enthusiasts

-Receive a custom Bike the Barns swag item and gourmet, farm-fresh food at the event

VOLUNTEER ROLES

Though Bike the Barns is a single day event, there are many ways to volunteer before, during, or after the ride.

Volunteers assist with:

1) Marking the route

2) Stuffing rider bags and helping with pre-registration

3) Farm stop logistics

4) Food & beverage preparation & service

5) Participating on the rider support teams, and more!

Stay tuned for volunteer sign-up opportunities in spring of 2023! 

VOLUNTEER WITH A GROUP

If you or your organization would like to support this spectacular event by volunteering as a group, please complete the volunteer signup form or send questions to tess@csacoalition.org.

We will contact you with details on signing up for specific day-of-event tasks closer to the day of the ride.

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