BIKE THE BARNS
September 18, 2022
REGISTRATION FOR BIKE THE BARNS 2022 IS OPEN NOW
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!
The 14th Annual Bike the Barns will start and end at Lake Farm County Park in Madison, WI.
Riders are able to choose from two route options: a short route (~30-40 miles), and a long route (~60 miles). Participants can expect a scenic ride around southeastern Dane County, with interactive farm stops along the way.
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
Call FairShare at (608) 226-0300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our generous sponsors:
BAER INSURANCE / BOB'S COPY SHOP / COMMUNITY SHARES OF WI / GROUP HEALTH COOPERATIVE / ICONICA / ISTHMUS / MG & E FOUNDATION / PASTURE & PLENTY / WORT
All Bike the Barns participants will be departing from Lake Farm County Park in Madison, WI.
Riders can expect meandering country roads, picturesque barns, natural areas, and scenic vistas around southeastern Dane County.
Short Route (~34 miles):
This year's short route will feature farm stops at Parisi Family Farm and Lovefood Farm. For those who want an extra farm stop and feel comfortable adding on a little additional mileage, this route also offers the option of an additional stop at Vitruvian Farms, bringing the total mileage to 41.
Long Route (~56 miles):
Long route riders will stop at Vitruvian Farms, Parisi Family Farm, then head over to Sprouting Acres before looping back for a stop at Lovefood Farm.
ROUTE CONDITIONS & RIDER SUPPORT
The 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.
The Bike the Barns menu is seasonal, local, and fresh, and the food is 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.
We have not yet confirmed the full 2022 Bike the Barns menu. Please see the 2019 menu for an idea of what to expect!
Yogurt (from Yodelay)
Chocolate chip, butterscotch pecan, and blueberry lemon scones (from Batch Bakehouse)
Apples from Two Onion Farm
Coffee (provided by Just Coffee)
Luna Circle Farm Snack
Fruit bars (Madison Sourdough Company)
Chocolate and regular milk (Sassy Cow Creamery)
Burr Oak Gardens Snack
Choice of roasted and pan fried beet slices with tarragon dressing, or cucumber, tomato, arugula, spinach and picked peppers slider (Slide)
Sassy Cow Creamery Lunch
Beef or veggie tacos, black bean & corn relish, pico de gallo salad (Market St. Diner)
Coffee floats (Just Coffee & Sassy Cow ice cream)
Two Good Farms Snack
Crackers, cheese, and preserves (Potter's Crackers, Organic Valley cheese, Quince & Apple preserves)
Watermelon (Tipi Produce)
After Party Tasting Menu (Riders get food and drink tickets to"spend" on items of their choice!)
Seared King salmon or roasted sweet potato citrus salad (The International)
Chicken & scallion or spinach & potato momos (Little Tibet)
Persian Pilaf & pickles (Joon)
Bourbon-brown sugar chicken and mach & cheese (Melly Mel's)
Caramel apple butter rolls or chocolate & squash tart (Ugly Apple)
Lemon lavender or hot chocolate cupcake (Looking Glass Bakery)
Stay tuned for what this year's menu will include!
EXAMPLE MENU FROM 2019
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 levels are cumulative, and 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.
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!
KEEP ON PEDALING
For those who can’t get enough BTB, we’ve got you covered.Enjoy your 2023 Bike the Barns registration on us, and keep pedaling to feed families in your community.
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.
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: Schwinn electric bike, Schwinn Echo Double Bike Trailer, REI Deluxe Picnic Set, $300 CSA credit, Pasture & Plenty Meal Kit, a stay at Circle M Farm.
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!
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
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!
**We will confirm volunteer roles in August, 2022**
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 email@example.com.
We will contact you with details on signing up for specific day-of-event tasks closer to the day of the ride.