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the ride

bike the barnS

bike the barnS

 SEPTEMBER 15, 2024 

THE RIDE

FUNDRAISE

VOLUNTEER

what is bike the barnS?

what is bike the barnS?

Bike the Barns is a fun full-day event for both casual and experienced bike riders. Travel along a beautiful, well-marked route on low-traffic country roads, stopping at local farms throughout the day. Enjoy farm tours, gourmet local food, craft libations, on-farm activities and live music at each stop.

 

The ride is also FairShare CSA Coalition’s largest fundraiser. Proceeds from the ride benefit our organization and the Partner Shares Program, which helps low-income households afford farm-fresh veggies. Sign up for the ride with general registration, or go the extra mile and register as a fundraiser rider to help families access food grown by a CSA farmer in their community.

Join us this fall as we bike to ensure fresh food for everyone!

more information

This year's ride will start and end at Lake Leota Park in beautiful Evansville, WI

Upon exiting the park, participants will explore the countryside on their way to Tipi Produce, Winterfell Acres, Still Point Flower Farm, and (for the adventurous long route riders) Yowela Farms. Riders can choose from two route options: a short route (~35 miles) and a long route (~55 miles).

Bike the Barns is a charity bike ride, and you can put the "fun" in fundraising by registering as a fundraiser rider or making a gift on our fundraising page! Every dollar raised goes directly to feeding members of our community.

 SCHEDULE OF THE DAY: 

  • 8 - 9:30 AM: Day-of registration and light breakfast, Lake Leota Park

  • 9 AM: Long route riders depart

  • 10 AM: Short route riders depart

  • The Ride: 3-4 farm stops with food, beverage, music, and farm fun!

  • 2:30 - 6PM: After Party at Lake Leota Park

 REGISTRATION INCLUDES: 

  • Food & beverage: light breakfast, snack stops, lunch, after party meal

      + drink tickets​​

  • Farm tours and interactive on-farm activities

  • Live music at each stop

  • Participant Gift Bag & special rider item

  • A well-marked and fully supported scenic bike route

  • And a whole lot of fun! 

Have questions?

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

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Thank you to our event sponsors!

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the ride

the ride

Tour four local farms

Bike the Barns is a ride, not a race - riders of all abilitie are invited to join the fun! Sign up with general registration, or go the extra mile and register as a fundraiser rider to help members of our community access fresh, locally grown food.

 

All Bike the Barns participants will depart from Lake Leota Park in Evansville, WI.

Riders can choose from two route options:

  • ~ 35 mile short route (3 farm stops), ~1,600 ft overall elevation

  • ~ 55 mile long route (4 farm stops), ~2,400 ft overall elevation

 THIS YEAR'S ROUTE WILL FEATURE FARM STOPS AT: 

  • Tipi Produce

  • Winterfell Acres

  • Still Point Flower Farm

  • Yowela Farms (long route)

The exact route is currently still in progress. Preliminary route maps will be added once the route is confirmed. Final route maps and GPX files will be available ahead of the ride to registered riders.

The route is determined based on the location of the host farms, so distances between stops vary from year to year. Here's an estimate of the distances to expect during this year's ride:

Lake Leota Park -> Tipi Produce: 6 miles

Tipi Produce -> Winterfell Acres: 18 miles (water & snack stop at the halfway point!)

Winterfell Acres -> Still Point Flower Farm: 3 short but hilly miles

Still Point Flower Farm -> Lake Leota Park (short route): 9 miles

Still Point Flower Farm -> Yowela Farms (long route): 16 miles

Yowela Farms -> Lake Leota Park: 12 miles

 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 should 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. Professional bike mechanics are on site at each farm to provide mechanical support.

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Bike mechanics tuning up a bike before the ride

the food

the food

The Bike the Barns menu is seasonal, local, and fresh, and the food is sourced largely from FairShare’s organic farms. Madison-area restaurants and caterers will prepare the meals and provide locally produced craft beverages. Bike the Barns offers vegetarian options, but, while we will try, we cannot guarantee gluten-free, vegan, or non-dairy options across all farm stops.

2024 Food and Beverage Partners include:

  • Barrett's Bagels

  • The Baked Lab

  • Heirloom Bakery

  • Tex Tubb's

  • Just Coffee

  • Working Draft Brewing Co.

  • American Wine Project

  • And many more!

 

Each year is a new and exciting menu from local chefs! Below is the menu from last year as an example.

 2023 MENU: 

Breakfast Snack

  • Maple Pecan Granola (Origin Breads) - vegan, wheat-free

  • Coffee (Just Coffee)

Crossroads Community Farm Snack

  • Farm Girl "Caviar" Tostadas (Vibrant Veg) - vegan, gluten-free available

  • Blueberry lemon balm or Ginger pear Kombucha (Rude Brew Kombucha)

Farley Center lunch 

  • Green chile chicken or Garlic zucchini & squash tacos, cilantro lime rice, and taco salad (Tex Tubb's Taco Palace) - vegan option available, gluten-free

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

Prairie Bluff Farm snack

  • Local fruit mousse with meringue (Brix Cider) - vegetarian, gluten-free

  • Cinnamon Orange Black tea, Blueberry Herbal Fruit infusion (Telsaan Tea)

Snug haven Farm snack

  • Hummus or baba ghanouj snack tray (Bunky's Cafe) - vegan, gluten-free, nut-free

  • Apple cider (Eplegaarden)

Water stop snack

  • Watermelon (Tipi Produce)

  • Peanut butter chocolate chip mini-bars (GoMacro) - vegan, gluten-free

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

  • Farmhouse Andouille Sausage & Cheesy Red Flint Grits or Three Sisters Medley & Red Flint Grits (TradeRoots Kitchen) - vegan option available, gluten-free

  • Sweet Thai Basil Chili Sauce Chix Kebab or Veggiez Primavera with Local Grains (Just Veggiez) - vegan 

  • Cilantro Olive Rice Bowl with Braised Vegetables, choice of tofu or chicken (Madame Chu) - vegan available, gluten-free

  • Roasted Beet Salad or Zucchini/Summer Squash Orzo (Merchant) - vegetarian

  • Mini Donuts (Level 5 Donuts) - vegan

  • Future Fruit Farm Pear Sorbet or Elderberry Ice Cream (The Frozen Local) - vegan (sorbet)

  • Wine (provided by American Wine Project)

  • Beer (Working Draft Beer Company)

  • WiscoPop & Sprecher soda

fundraising

fundraising

Bike the Barns is more than just a fun day on the farms - it's also FairShare’s largest fundraiser! The money raised through Bike the Barns supports the Partner Shares Program, which helps low-income households gain affordable access to farm-fresh veggies.

 

Each year, hundreds of bikers, bus riders, volunteers, and farmers come together during this special day to eat, drink, and pedal together in the name of fresh food access.

 

Support a fundraiser rider or make a gift directly to the Partner Shares Program here.

 THE CAUSE 

 

Fresh, high quality produce has become more difficult to access as households with limited budgets feel the strain of rising costs. The Partner Shares Program makes farm-fresh food accessible and affordable. 

 THE GOAL  

 

Fundraising through Bike the Barns is the Partner Shares Program’s largest source of funding. We hope to raise $50,000 this year to provide critical financial support to families struggling to access fresh, locally produced fruits and vegetables.

 HOW YOU CAN HELP 

 

Your fundraising efforts go directly toward ensuring households have a consistent supply of nutritious food through CSA. Set up a fundraising page, or make a donation to a fundraiser rider to help all families access farm-fresh food!

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what does it mean to be a fundraiser rider?

As a fundraiser rider, you pay $75 up front and pledge to raise at least $75 by the day of the ride. We’ll help you set up your fundraising page and provide you with tools, resources, and templates to get you on your way to helping members of your community eat delicious veggies. 

 

Fundraising begins the day registration opens and riders can continue to raise funds up until the day of the ride. Share your page online, ask folks to write a check, or do a mile pledge. Every dollar makes a difference, and the more you share your fundraising story, the more money you can raise in support of fresh food for every family! 

why should i register as a fundraiser rider?

In addition to the feeling of doing good in your community and helping feed your neighbors, fundraiser riders also get: 

  • A commemorative Bike the Barns sticker

  • The chance to earn sweet prizes and gear with our fundraising challenges 

  • Entry to win a Schwinn e-bike for those who raise $100+

  • Support from us to help you reach your goal! 

fundraising prizes

fundraising prizes

Thanks to our generous sponsors & partners, we are able to offer some awesome prizes in appreciation for the hard work and dedication of our fundraiser riders! 

There are two prize formats this year: 

  • Tiered prizes - reach a certain fundraising total, receive the prize at that level 

  • Prize raffle - the more you raise, the better your chance is to win your preferred prize

 

Riders are eligible to receive both tiered prizes and enter the prize raffle. 

Tiered Prizes 

Each time you reach a new fundraising "level", you receive another prize. 

$100: Charge it up 

 

Raise $100 or more and get entered to win a new Schwinn mountain e-bike! 

$250: Keep Pedaling

 

Enjoy your 2025 Bike the Barns fundraiser registration on us, and keep pedaling to feed families in your community.

$500: Locavore's Delight

 

From salty to sweet, there's something for everyone in these Local Food Packs, featuring expertly crafted goods from regional artisans. 

Exact items to be determined.

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Prize Raffle 

For every $100 you raise, you're entered for a chance to win one of the prizes below--the more you raise, the better your chance of winning!

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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

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!

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Volunteer handing out local beverage at a farm stop
Participants walking through a field on a farm tour

 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 beth@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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