WHAT IS BUS THE BARNS?
Seventeen years ago, FairShare CSA Coalition organized the first Bike the Barns, a day of biking, farm tours, and gourmet local food and beverage. Proceeds from the ride benefited FairShare’s Partner Shares Program, which helps low-income families afford farm-fresh veggies.
We wanted to make this amazing day of on-farm fun accessible to everyone. So, in 2017 we launched the first annual Bus the Barns to provide a non-cycling option. As a Bus the Barns rider, you get to enjoy the same farm tours, gourmet local food and beverage, and live music, plus special on-farm activities designed just for you! Join us as we bike and bus to ensure food for every family.
The 5th Annual Bus the Barns will start and end at Badger Prairie County Park in Verona, WI.
Schedule of the day:
8 AM: Breakfast and participant check in
9 AM: Gather at bus for introductions and load up
9:15 AM: Bus departs
The day: 3 farm stops with food, beverage, music, and delightful on-farm fun!
Bus returns to Badger Prairie County Park
3 - 6PM: After Party at Badger Prairie County Park
Food: breakfast, snack stops, lunch, and after party meal + drink tickets
3 farm stops with curated activities at each stop
Participant Gift Bag
Bus transportation and tour guide
Please note: activities, such as farm tours, may require participants to walk across uneven ground. It is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility.
Call FairShare at (608) 226-0300 or email email@example.com.
Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Bus the Barns participants enjoy the same food and beverage, farm tours, and music as Bike the Barns riders - plus special curated interactive activities at each farm stop. Each activity is specifically chosen to highlight the unique nature of the three farm stops, allowing our bus riders to become more fully engaged with each farm. From hands-on activities like taste testing, to hearing from guest speakers who are experts in their fields, the on-farm activities are one of the biggest highlights of the Bus the Barns experience.
SAMPLE BUS ACTIVITIES FROM 2022:
Cooking Demonstration by Chef Lily Kilfoy
Savor the last few traces of summer with Chef Lily’s delicious gazpacho recipe! The Kids Chef will be leading a cooking demonstration teaching one of many ways to utilize those summer veggies. Learn more about the medley of local produce and enjoy a kick start to soup season.
Local Honey Tasting & Pollinator Walk
The well-being of bees has been a growing concern in recent years. A number of cities across Wisconsin have taken action against the decline of these pollinators with 'No Mow May' projects in acknowledgment of the impact they have on local agriculture. Farley Center Beekeepers, Patrick Norby & Matt Kersten, will be joining us to talk about all things bees! Explore what a healthy pollination habitat looks like and enjoy a local honey tasting provided by Edible Madison.
Nature Sketch Art Activity by Driftless Curiosity
Take home a reminder of the beautiful fields of LoveFood Farm courtesy of Driftless Curiosity School! Artist Kyle Richards will lead a nature sketch tutorial for you to capture one of the breath-taking views you will have during Bus the Barns. Let your creative side thrive and create a Bus the Barns keepsake!
The Bus 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. Bus the Barns offers vegetarian options, but, while we will try, we cannot guarantee gluten-free, vegan, or non-dairy options across all farm stops.
Here are just a few of the many talented food and beverage partners you can expect to see during this year's event:
Lunch from Tex Tubb's, featuring locally grown produce and fresh taco combinations, with Just Coffee and Calliope Ice Cream
Returning this year with new menu items are Vibrant Veg, Rude Brew Kombucha, Madame Chu, and Level 5 Donuts
We're excited to welcome Brix Cider, Just Veggiez, and Telsaan Tea this year
And many more to come!
Blueberry lemon or chocolate chip scones (Batch Bakehouse)
Coffee (Just Coffee)
Vitruvian Farm Snack
Bruschetta (Vibrant Veg)
Cider (Future Fruit Farm)
Parisi Family Farm Snack
Tamales (El Sabor de Puebla)
Iced herbal tea (Four Elements)
Sprouting Acres Snack
Sea salt or curry garlic potato chips & dip (Slide Gourmet Potato Chips)
Ginger pear & blueberry basil kombucha (Rude Brew Kombucha)
Chicken tinga or Zucchini/Squash tacos, Tex Mex rice, Beet salad with spring mix & chimichurri (Tex Tubb's Taco Palace)
Iced coffee floats (Just Coffee & Calliope Ice Cream)
After Party Tasting Menu (Participants get food and drink tickets to "spend" on items of their choice!)
Caribbean chicken meatballs with salad & pickled veggies or Vegan Love Coconut stew with rice (Mango Man)
Veggie-stuffed tofu or Curry chicken with sticky rice (Madame Chu)
Local Cheese & Meat Board or Vegetarian Board with Fruit & Nuts (Madison Cheese Boards)
Zucchini Cake with Apple Compote or Glazed Bacon with Cabbage & Beet Slaw, Corn Scallion Bread (Ugly Apple)
Maple Spice Cookie Sandwiches or Cookies & Cream Cupcakes (Black Squirrel Bake Shop)
Mini-donuts or Mini-cinnamon rolls (Level 5 Donuts)
Wine (provided by American Wine Project)
Beer (Working Draft Beer Company)
2022 SAMPLE MENU
Bike the Barns is FairShare’s largest fundraiser. The money raised through Bike the Barns and Bus the Barns supports The Partner Shares Program, which helps low-income families 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.
You don’t need to know a rider to be able to donate through our Bike the Barns cause page
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.
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!
What does it mean to be a fundraiser rider?
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 families 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 set up a fundraising page?
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
Entered to win a Schwinn Marshall electric bike when you raise $100 or more
The chance to earn sweet prizes and gear with our fundraising challenges
Support from us to help you reach your goal!
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!
Thanks to our Premier Sponsor Schwinn, one lucky fundariser will be randomly selected to win a Marshall electric bike!
KEEP ON PEDALING
For those who can’t get enough BTB, we’ve got you covered.Enjoy your 2024 Bike or Bus the Barns registration on us, and keep riding 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: Pasture & Plenty Meal Kit, a stay at Circle M Farm, Stateline Distillery Private Tour & Tasting, Schwinn Daytripper Cargo Trailer & Commuter Pannier Set.
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 Bus 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!
Volunteer sign-up will be available in spring of 2023!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will contact you with details on signing up for specific day-of-event tasks closer to the day of the ride.