Snug Haven Farm barn. Photo by: Etikette

Save the date for the 12th Annual Bike the Barns – Sunday, September 16th, 2018!

The following information pertains to Bike the Barns 2017:

What: The ride features area CSA farms & tours, gourmet local food, craft libations, and live music – all to raise funds for fresh food for all!

When: Sunday, September 17, 2017

  • Short Route: ~28 miles; Short route riders start at 11 AM
  • Medium Route: ~58 miles; Medium route riders start at 10 AM
  • Long Route: ~78 miles; Long route riders start at 9 AM
  • Bus Option: Depart Lake Farm Park at 10 AM & return ~ 4 PM

New: Bus the Barns! Space is limited. Bus tour registration includes all meals (breakfast snack + coffee, snack stop, lunch, and after party meal & beer ticket), farm tours and activities at three farms, and bus transportation.

Where: Start and end location is Lake Farm Park, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Why: Because all of our neighbors deserve healthy, fresh food!

Proceeds from the ride benefit FairShare CSA Coalition and our Partner Shares program,  providing financial assistance to increase access to CSA shares. We’re riding to make sure all of our neighbors have access to fresh, healthy food!

Printable Event Flyer

Bike the Barns 2017 Route Map (draft version)

Order your Bike the Barns Rider Gear Here! 

The staff and volunteers were very friendly. The farms were not how I pictured them to be, and I was glad to see the farm where my CSA veggies come from. ~2015 Bike the Barns Rider

The Ride

This recreational bike ride tours CSA farms and the beautiful Southern Wisconsin countryside is fueled by fresh, local, delicious food! Take in a tour at each farm stop to explore what each farm has to offer. Bike the Barns is a leisurely day of biking: Slow down and smell the flowers, munch the veggies, take photos, and SAVOR the experience.

Bike registration includes all meals (breakfast snack + coffee, snack stop, lunch, and after party), beer ticket for after party, hydration stations, on bike support, SAG vehicle and mechanic support, a rider goody bag and 2017 Bike the Barns socks! Great music at each stop is the icing on the cake.

Riders often say they take in more calories than they burn…and that’s a good thing when the calories are this tasty!

Check out past Bike the Barns photos and videos in the gallery.

Route Options

This year’s route starts and ends in Madison, Wisconsin, at Lake Farm Park. Lake Farm County Park is in Madison, about 5.5 miles from downtown. Riders visit 2-3 FairShare CSA Coalition farms, never before featured in Bike the Barns. The farms visited vary, depending on the route.

Route Length and Maps:

I loved this route! I’ve been on long rides before but not Bike the Barns. I really appreciated the low-traffic and beautiful scenery. All of the hosts and volunteers were so friendly and encouraging, it made for an incredibly pleasant way to spend a Sunday. ~2014 Bike the Barns Rider

Farm Stops

Homemade brats (and a vegetarian version!), fresh veggies, homemade pickles and more.

Homemade brats (and a vegetarian version!), fresh veggies, homemade pickles and more.

The Food

Delicious baked goods at Wholesome Harvest CSA Farm in Ft. Atkinson in 2015.

Delicious baked goods at Wholesome Harvest CSA Farm in Ft. Atkinson in 2015.

The Bike the Barns menu is seasonal, local, and fresh, and the food is almost entirely from FairShare’s organic farms. Madison restaurants and caterers prepare the meals. Bike the Barns offers vegetarian options, but, while we will try, we cannot guarantee gluten-free, vegan, or non-dairy options. Detailed menus will be published in the rider emails come September.

Lunch was PHENOMENAL. I have biked a lot of events and never eaten that well. ~2015 Bike the Barns Rider

A Fundraising Event

Bike the Barns is FairShare CSA Coalition’s largest fundraiser. Bike the Barns helps increase access to fresh food for Wisconsin families.  All pledges raised by Bike the Barns participants support Partner Shares, ensuring a strong and just local food system. We are biking for Fresh Food for ALL!

All donations to FairShare CSA Coalition are tax-deductible. 

Bike the Barns T-shirt 2017 (One of 2 color choices!). Color: Purple

Become A Pledge Rider

Bike the Barns is FairShare CSA Coalition’s largest annual fundraiser. Riders who sign up as “Pledge Rider” receive a discounted registration and are eligible for excellent prizes!

  • $65 – Pledge Rider (minimum $60 fundraising commitment – suggested fundraising goal of $100)
  • $65 – Team Pledge Rider (min. individual $60 fundraising commitment – suggested fundraising goal $100)
  • $125 – Non-Fundraiser

Pledge raising is quick and easy. We’ll help you create a personal or team fundraising webpage on our cause page after you register. Riders are always surprised by how easy (and fun!) it is to meet the pledge minimum. Your pledge raising thermometer is automatically set at $100; $60 is the minimum pledge requirement.

I will raise funds next year after hearing from a friend how easy it was…
~ 2014 Bike the Barns Rider

Registration and Costs

Bike the Barns T-shirt 2017 (One of 2 color choices!). Color: Sea Green

NO RIDE-DAY REGISTRATION. Once the ride reaches capacity, we start a waiting list. Registration will absolutely close by midnight, Thursday, September 7, 2017.

Register EARLY! Bike the Barns typically fills 4 to 5 weeks before the ride. We’d hate for you to train all summer and not be able to register or be relegated to the waiting list!

PAYMENTS: From the day you register, you have 2 weeks to send in your check or to pay using a credit card to secure your spot. After that, you will need to re-register for the ride.

COST:  Riders can sign-up to raise pledges or register as non-pledge riders. Pledge riders are eligible for super fun prizes! ALL riders can choose to pay $65 and raise a minimum of $60 in pledges OR pay $125 up front with no pledge requirement. Registration includes food at all farm stops along your selected route, a rider gift, farm tours, and the After Party. (There is no discount for youth and both the Rutabaga and Radish rides cost the same amount.)

Safety and Rider Support

  • Rider safety and enjoyment is our utmost concern and the route is chosen accordingly.
  • Bike the Barns is a fully supported ride. Teams of on-bike support riders are embedded in the ride and 5 SAG vehicles with professional mechanics and HAM radio operators patrol the routes.

If you have specific questions about the route (whether it’s suitable for kids, pulling a toddler in a Burley, etc.) please email Alan Turnquist at


There are many options for accommodations in the Madison area. We will continue to update our suggested accommodations page leading up to the ride.

More Information

For more information online, check out our FAQs page.

Have questions? Call FairShare at (608) 226-0300 or email

It was a great event with great energy. Loved the cheering people. Loved the chocolate milk. Loved the bluegrass.~ 2014 Bike the Barns Rider

2017 Food Partners

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FairShare CSA Coalition

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