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VOLUNTEER

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REGISTER

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FUNDRAISING

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THE RIDE

 September 18, 2022 

BUS THE BARNS

REGISTRATION FOR BUS THE BARNS 2022 IS OPEN NOW

 

Sixteen years ago, FairShare CSA Coalition organized the first Bike the Barns, a day of biking, farm tours, and gourmet food. 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 live music, plus special on-farm activities designed just for you! Join us as we bike and bus to ensure food for every family.

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MORE INFORMATION

WHAT IS BUS THE BARNS?

The 4th Annual Bus the Barns will start and end at Lake Farm County Park in Madison, WI. 

REGISTRATION INCLUDES: 

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

  • 3 farm stops with curated activities at each stop

  • Live music

  • 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.

Have questions?

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

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

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THE TOUR

FUNDRAISE

VOLUNTEER

THE ACTIVITIES

Bus the Barns participants enjoy the same food, 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.

THE FOOD

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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.

We have not yet confirmed the full 2022 Bike the Barns menu. Please see the 2019 menu for an idea of what to expect!

 

 

Breakfast Snack

  • Yogurt (from Yodelay)

  • Chocolate chip, butterscotch pecan, and blueberry lemon scones (from Batch Bakehouse)

  • Apples from Two Onion Farm

  • Coffee (provided by Just Coffee)

Luna Circle Farm Snack

  • Fruit bars (Madison Sourdough Company)

  • Chocolate and regular milk (Sassy Cow Creamery)

Burr Oak Gardens Snack

  • Kombucha (NessAlla)

  • Choice of roasted and pan fried beet slices with tarragon dressing, or cucumber, tomato, arugula, spinach and picked peppers slider (Slide)

Sassy Cow Creamery Lunch

  • Beef or veggie tacos, black bean & corn relish, pico de gallo salad (Market St. Diner)

  • Coffee floats (Just Coffee & Sassy Cow ice cream)

Two Good Farms Snack

  • Crackers, cheese, and preserves (Potter's Crackers, Organic Valley cheese, Quince & Apple preserves)

  • Watermelon (Tipi Produce)

  • WiscoPop soda

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

  • Seared King salmon or roasted sweet potato citrus salad (The International)

  • Chicken & scallion or spinach & potato momos (Little Tibet)

  • Persian Pilaf & pickles (Joon)

  • Bourbon-brown sugar chicken and mach & cheese (Melly Mel's)

  • Baklava (Bunky's)

  • Caramel apple butter rolls or chocolate & squash tart (Ugly Apple)

  • Lemon lavender or hot chocolate cupcake (Looking Glass Bakery)

Stay tuned for what this year's menu will include!

EXAMPLE MENU FROM 2019

The money raised through Bike and Bus the Barns supports The Partner Shares Program, which helps low-income families afford farm-fresh veggies. We are riding to ensure fresh food for every family!

In 2019, Bike and Bus the Barns raised more than $40,000 in pledges to help low-income families access fresh food from a local farm through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Over the last two years, requests for assistance have reached an unprecedented level as families have been impacted by the pandemic and, more recently, rising food costs and inflation. Our fundraiser riders help ensure that this program, which provides crucial support to families, is able to meet the increased need in our community in accessing fresh, locally produced fruits and vegetables. 

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. And you can win some really great prizes throughout the summer!

HOW YOU CAN HELP

1. BE A FUNDRAISER RIDER, or

2. DONATE TO A BIKE OR BUS THE BARNS RIDER

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 Bus the Barns and how they can help feed families.

KNOW THE CAUSE

Partner Shares helps over 200 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 access fresh, local food.

SHARE THE IMPACT

$35 provides one week of fresh veggies to a low-income family household.

$70 brings one month of farm-fresh food to a family.

$135 helps feed a family for 9 weeks this summer.

$350 supports one household for an entire growing season!

CHECK OUT OUR FUNDRAISING TOOLKIT 

FUNDRAISING PRIZES

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!

$150

PAMPER PACKAGE

Celebrate your fundraising success with a little help from Davines and this Mini Self-Care Pack. Their eco-friendly products will bring the perfect amount of pampering into your life!

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$250

KEEP ON PEDALING

For those who can’t get enough BTB, we’ve got you covered.Enjoy your 2023 Bike or Bus the Barns registration on us, and keep riding to feed families in your community.

$500

LOCAVORES' DELIGHT

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.

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$1,000

RIDER'S CHOICE

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: Schwinn electric bike, Schwinn Echo Double Bike Trailer, REI Deluxe Picnic Set, $300 CSA credit, Pasture & Plenty Meal Kit, a stay at Circle M Farms


REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON JUNE 1, 2022

SIGN UP TO GET NOTIFIED

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 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!

**We will confirm volunteer roles in August, 2022**

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 tess@csacoalition.org.

We will contact you with details on signing up for specific day-of-event tasks closer to the day of the ride.