The 2018 Bike the Barns, a one-day recreational bicycle tour that showcases the local food and agriculture movement in northern New York, has been set for Sunday, September 30th.
The third annual farm-by-bike event, hosted by the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), will begin and end at Asgaard Farm & Dairy in Au Sable Forks.
This year’s tour offers four new route options of approximately 13, 25, 45 and 75 miles to suit individual riders’ abilities and preferences. The routes will also feature seven new farm stops, where riders will have the opportunity to engage with farmers and tour their operations, where a diversity of agricultural goods are produced including dairy, meat, eggs, vegetables, herbs and fiber.
Joining Asgaard Farm along the routes are Blue Pepper Farm and Ausable Valley Alpacas in Jay, Sugar House Creamery in Upper Jay, Rivermede Farm and Wild Work Farm in Keene Valley and Moon Valley Farm in Au Sable Forks.
Riders will end the day with a finish line celebration at Asgaard Farm with a meal of local food, beverages and live music.
Proceeds from Bike the Barns will go to ANCA’s FarmShare Fund to help support and promote a sustainable and equitable regional food system. Goals of the fund include building connections between farms and consumers by addressing food security; supporting ANCA’s existing local food initiatives like farm to school, food hub development and agritourism projects; and supporting local food efforts of regional partners.
Registration for the medium and long routes costs $60 and includes an event t-shirt, farm tours and a local-food lunch and dinner. Registration for the 13-mile Family Ride costs $40 and includes farm tours and dinner. T-shirts for family riders can be purchased separately. The live music celebration is open to the public.
For more information about Bike the Barns or to register for the event, visit the webpage.
Photo of a Bike the Barns rider pedaling through New York’s Champlain Valley during the 2017 event, courtesy ANCA.