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bus the barnS

 SEPTEMBER 15, 2024 

bus the barnS

what is bus the barnS?

what is bus the barnS?

Bus the Barns is a companion event to FairShare's Bike the Barns, an amazing day of accessible on-farm fun. As a Bus the Barns rider, you get to enjoy the same farm tours, gourmet local food and beverage, and live music as our Bike the Barns riders, plus special on-farm activities designed just for you!


Proceeds from the ride benefit our Partner Shares Program, which helps low-income households afford farm-fresh veggies. Make a donation to support the program here.

Join us as we bike and bus to ensure food for everyone.


The 6th Annual Bus the Barns will start and end at Lake Leota Park in Evansville, WI. 


  • Breakfast and participant check in

  • Gather at bus for introductions and load up

  • The day: 3 farm stops with food, beverage, music, and ​​delightful on-farm fun!

  • Bus returns to Lake Leota Park

  • After Party at Lake Leota Park!


  • Food: light breakfast, snack stops, lunch, and after party meal + drink tickets

  • 3 farm stops with curated activities at each stop

  • Live music

  • Participant Gift Bag and rider item

  • 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.


If you are interested in having your child participate, please email for more information. 

Have questions?

Call FairShare at (608) 226-0300 or email





the activitieS

the activitieS

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.


Veggie Taste Testing

Enjoy the freshness of the farm! Explore the tastes, textures, and variations among several different varieties of vegetables with the UW Horticulture Lab. 

Vegetable Art

Join artist Katie Schofield and make a print to take home using vegetables! Participants will use a variety of veggies to create a design on paper and explore vegetables in a whole new way.

Nixtamalization Demonstration

Tortilleria Zepeda will be showcasing a live demo of nixtamalization. They will start by describing what nixtamalization is, the historical importance in MesoAmerican and Native American cultures and why it's an important practice in food production today. They will show step by step how it is done and what specific characteristics to observe during the process and corn selection.

the food

the food

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.


Each year is a new and exciting menu from local chefs! Here is the menu from last year's ride.

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) - 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  (Participants 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



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. 


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.


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! 

Or make a direct donation to the Partner Shares Program here.

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

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

  • Support from us to help you reach your goal! 

fundraising prizes

fundraising prizes

Fundraising prizes will be announced as they are confirmed.



get involved

get involved


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!


Smiling faces at the registration table
Participants enjoying a farm tour
Volunteer handing out locally sourced beverage at a farm stop


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

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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