RETURNING IN 2022!
BIKE THE BARNS
September 18, 2022
WE ARE SO EXCITED TO BE RETURNING TO BIKE THE BARNS IN 2022! SAVE THE DATE FOR SEPTEMBER 18, 2022.
We had a blast with Routes to Roots the past two years, but are thrilled to be able to see you all in person once again. Registration will open in early June, so mark your calendar!
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 help low-income families afford farm-fresh veggies. When you sign up for Bike the Barns, you help families in need buy organic food grown right here in Wisconsin 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 food for every family!
For more information online, check out the FAQs
Still have questions?
Call FairShare at (608) 226-0300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2020 Bike the Barns ride will be departing from Lake Farm County Park (Madison,WI).
Riders can choose from two route options: a short route (~30-40miles), and a long route (~60 miles). Participants can expect a scenic ride, around southeastern Dane County, with 3-4 farm stops along the way.
Stay tuned for more route details.
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.
Detailed menus will be updated here as we confirm the 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 food for every family!
In 2019, Bike the Barns raised more than $40,000 in pledges to help low-income families buy fresh, organic food from a local farm through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Let’s empower more families by raising $50,000 this year!
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.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
1. BE A FUNDRAISER RIDER, or
2. DONATE TO A BIKE THE BARNS RIDER
Donate online, or mail your donation by downloading the Offline Rider Pledge Form
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 180 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 buy fresh, local food.
SHARE THE IMPACT
$15 provides one week of fresh veggies to a low-income family household.
$60 brings one month of farm-fresh food to a Wisconsin family.
$135 helps feed a family for 9 weeks this summer.
$300 supports one household for an entire growing season!
DUE TO THE IMPACTS OF COVID-19, WE HAVE HAD TO MAKE THE DIFFICULT DECISION NOT TO HOLD AN IN-PERSON BIKE THE BARNS EVENT THIS YEAR.
However, do not fear! We are busy concocting an incredibly exciting alternative for you all, that highlights all our favorite parts of Bike the Barns: biking, walking, food, community, music, and MORE! If you are still interested in supporting FairShare's work, and are looking for a summer full of activities for you, your friends, and family, sign-up below to get notified.
BE PART OF THE FUN
FairShare CSA Coalition is a very 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, 2020**
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.