Event Information – FairShare CSA Coalition

5th Annual Bike the Barns Driftless

Sunday, June 25, 2017 | Viroqua, WI 

Registration has closed for this year’s ride.

Bike the Barns
Early Bird Registration – $85 (Ends 04/30)
Regular Registration – $95 (Ends 06/3)
Late Registration – $105 (Ends 06/11)
Bus the Barns
Regular Registration – $35 (Ends 06/11)


*There is no day of event registration
Bike the Barns Driftless is a rain or shine event.

Bike the Barns Driftless

This year’s bicycle ride starts in Viroqua, Wisconsin, and features two farm stops – Ridgeland Harvest and Driftless Organics – with lots of delicious food and great farm activities along the way. The route is 55 miles in length and covers around 3,400 ft. of elevation gain.

Rider Registration includes an event gift and food along the route including: a breakfast snack, plated lunch, afternoon snack/dessert, and a post-ride picnic and beer.

Bus the Barns Driftless

FairShare is excited to announce the first ever Bus the Barns tour: a fun way to have a day on the farm without having to bike 50+ miles!

Bus the Barns registration includes bus transportation, farm tours at Ridgeland Harvest and Driftless Organics, activities at each farm stop (with family-friendly options- more details coming soon), a gourmet lunch on the farm, and a farm-fresh snack. Bus the Barns participants are invited to join the After Party for the event, for an additional fee.

When you participate in Bike the Barns, you not only enjoy a day of traveling to local farms and eating artisan delicacies, but you also support our community’s health — the health of our neighbors, our land, our farmers, and our local economies.

Proceeds from this event benefit FairShare and our Partner Shares program, which helps low-income families purchase local, organic vegetables and have a direct connection with their food and farm through community supported agriculture.  We’re riding to make sure all of our neighbors have access to fresh, healthy food!

The Route

**All bike riders must register either on Saturday, June 24 from 1-3 PM at the Viroqua Food Co-op, or at the event between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 25

Bike riders will depart in waves at 9 a.m., 9:15 a.m., and 9:30 a.m. from the Food Enterprise Center in Viroqua and begin the 55-mile marked loop through the scenic Driftless area, visiting these fun stops along the way:

  • Pine Knob – Water Stop, 15.25 miles, open 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Driftless Organics – Farm Stop #1, 25.25 miles, open 10:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., lunch service begins at 11:15 a.m. and farm tours and demos will be available on-site
  • Ridgeland Harvest – Farm Stop #2, 38 miles, open 12:45 – 3 p.m., snack, tours and demos
  • Matt Urch & Sara Martinez’s Farm – Water Stop, 47.75 miles, open 1:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Food Enterprise Center – After Party! Beer service begins at 2:30 p.m., food begins at 3:15 p.m. Party winds down at 6 p.m.

Click here for a look at the route map.

The Route – Bus timing:

10 a.m. – Meet at Viroqua Food Enterprise Center, introductions and travel to farm

10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Visit Driftless Organics – includes lunch, farm tour and a sunflower oil pressing demo

12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Visit Ridgeland Harvest – includes snack, fermentation demo, and farm and bee hive tours

3 pm – Return to Viroqua Food Enterprise Center


Both bikers and bus-riders will enjoy these fun activities on our two farm stops, Driftless Organics and Ridgeland Harvest.

  • Driftless Organics (52450 McManus Road, Soldiers Grove, WI, 54655)
    • 25 mile marker
    • Site open 10:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m
    • Walking and hay wagon farm tours
    • Sunflower oil pressing demonstration by OV Press Trailer
  • Ridgeland Harvest (E5538 Nelson Road, Viroqua, WI, 54665)
    • 38 mile marker
    • Site open 12:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Walking and hay wagon farm tours
    • Bee hive tour
    • Fermenting foods demonstration by Driftless Folk School at 1:00 pm


This year’s event is catered by the fabulous Rooted Spoon Culinary and Kickapoo Cafe.

  • Breakfast (at registration)
    • Kickapoo coffee & pastries
  • Water Stops (3 locations)
    • Nature’s Bakery trail mix, GoMacro bars, water
  • Lunch (at Driftless Organics)
    • Rooted Spoon empanadas, rhubarb-ade, and cookies (gluten-free alternatives available).
  • Snack (at Ridgeland Harvest)
    • OV Fuel cheese sticks, Rooted Spoon honey energy bars, and lemonade.
  • Dinner (at After Party)
    • Rooted Spoon burgers, brats, hot dogs, and veggie burgers, two side options, and a dessert; Turtle Stack beer and WiscoPop.

Event Facebook Page Check out our 5th Annual Bike the Barns Driftless Facebook Page. It’s a great place to connect with your friends and family (and make new friends) that will be participating in the ride.

Cancellation Policy

FairShare cannot offer full refunds after June 11th.  If for some reason you are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to a friend or relative – please contact the office to get your replacement rider signed up.

FairShare can offer a partial refund (50%) until June 18th.  Please contact the FairShare office if you have any questions: (608) 226-0300.


FairShare CSA Coalition

FairShare CSA Coalition