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Gourmet farm to table cycling event series featuring aid stations on local farms. Inspired by the Italian gran fondo bicycle ride.

Berkshires 2018

September 29-30, 2018 - Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA

Overview
 Phot Credit: Angela Cardenelli
 

Experience a distinctive culinary movement in the Berkshires - where farms and restaurants long ago created a world-class food culture together by committing to using local seasonal ingredients

 

What's New for 2018

Yes, 2017 Farm to Fork Fondo - Berkshires was awesome! Guess what?? We have even more updates and amenities for 2018, including:

  • Updated routes and an enhanced Stages Segment Challenge with on-site upload station

  • New pre-ride Forto coffee station with free cold-brew coffee shots

  • Another brand spankin' new Bianchi bike to give away

  • New merchandise items including the official 2018 Farm to Fork Fondo kit by Pactimo and new artist's collection

  • More money for local farms and community groups through the Volunteer Competition

  • Streamlined check-in process at Packet Pickup

Event SCHEDULE

All activities at Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA

Saturday September 29, 2018

  • 4:30 to 6:30pm Packet Pickup at the 1830 Brick Dwelling Green

  • 6:30pm Meet the Farmers Dinner at the 1830 Brick Dwelling Shaker Dining Room (tickets required)

SUnday September 30, 2018

  • 6:30 to 8:00am Packet Pickup, Forto Coffee Station, and Tune-Up Station open

  • 8:30am Farm to Fork Fondo (Piccolo, Medio and Gran) departs (pre-registration required)

  • 10:30am Ramble Ride departs

  • 11:30am to 6pm Post-Ride Farm to Fork Barbecue open (tickets required)

  • 1 to 5pm Live music

  • 5pm Volunteer Competition Awards Ceremony

  • On-site activities: local and cycling industry vendors; annual Country Fair including chicken races and quilt displays; Shaker Museum; farm and garden tours; historic architecture tours; Farm and Forest Trail hike; more!


Ride Details

GRAN - 80mi

MEDIO - 50mi

PICCOLO - 30mi

RAMBLE RIDE - 10mi

Note: space is limited to 700 riders and 2017 event sold out

Overview

Fondo difficulty level: Moderate
Rolling hills and some sustained climbs on the Gran & Medio routes

Part of our mission is to provide achievable challenges to participants of all ages and abilities. Some of our events have routes that are more difficult than others, so we provide general ratings of Easy, Moderate or Difficult for you to find the events of ours that best suit your goals. 

Note: Our Ramble Rides are always accessible to all levels of riders.


Gran Fondo
80 miles

Nearly 5,000 feet of climbing. Dozens of Berkshires farms. Breathtaking views and challenging ascents. Earn your feast. Dine in style.

DETAILS

  • 4,859 feet of elevation gain

  • 6 Aid Stations at local farms

  • 4 timed segments

ROUTe 

 

Medio Fondo
50 Miles

Get up close and personal with Berkshires agriculture. Challenge yourself on some climbs and take in the views. All of the Gran Fondo experience in a tighter package. 

DETAILS

  • 3,116 feet of elevation gain

  • 4 Aid Stations at local farms

  • 2 timed segments

ROUTe 

 

Piccolo Fondo
30 Miles

Rolling hills, working farms and bucolic vistas of the Berkshires' distinctive farmland. Your favorite Sunday drive, now on two wheels. We've packed the picnic.

DETAILS

  • 1,875 feet of elevation gain

  • 3 Aid Stations at local farms

  • 1 timed segment

ROUTe

 

Ramble Ride
10 Miles

See some farms and lovely views by bike. Wave to your friends. Cross the finish line. Relax and dine. Happy tummies ride local. 

Details

  • 1 Aid Station at a local farm

ROUTe 

 
Prices

STANDARD REGISTRATION

Includes post-ride barbecue, treats along your ride, and much more! (full list of amenities)


Gran Fondo
Medio Fondo
Piccolo Fondo
Ramble Ride - Adult
Ramble Ride - Child

Early Bird
$119.99*
$102.99*
$75.99*
$39.99*
$22.99*

After Jan 16
$132.99*
$113.99*
$95.99*
$39.99*
$22.99*

After June 18
$144.99*
$125.99*
$107.99*
$39.99*
$22.99*

After Sept 24
$164.99*
$145.99*
$127.99*
$44.99*
$22.99*

 

*Plus $12 minimum donation to the Volunteer Competition and Hancock Shaker Village,
and processing fee


FIRST CLASS REGISTRATION

Includes Standard Registration, Meet the Farmers Dinner ticket, Official 2018 Farm to Fork Fondo kit, and more! (full list of amenities)


Gran Fondo
Medio Fondo
Piccolo Fondo

Early Bird
$374.99*
$349.99*
$329.99*

After Jan 16
$386.99*
$360.99*
$340.99*

After June 18
$398.99*
$372.99*
$352.99*

After Sept 24
$418.99*
$392.99*
$372.99*

 

*Plus $12 minimum donation to the Volunteer Competition and Hancock Shaker Village,
and processing fee


ADDITIONAL MEAL TICKETS

You don't have to ride a bike to have a great time!


Meet the Farmers Dinner
Post-Ride Farm to Fork Barbecue - Adult
Post-Ride Farm to Fork Barbecue - Child

Early Bird
$84.99
$29.99
$14.99

After Sept 24
$89.99
$32.99
$14.99

 
Farms

OVERVIEW

Photo credit Cricket Creek Farm

Home to 155 commercial farms, Berkshire County is the leading dairy producer in Massachusetts, and also hosts a diverse mix of fruit and vegetable growers and nurseries.

The Berkshires region has long been a pioneer in farm culture, from hosting the first agricultural fair in 1811, to more recently playing a central role in shaping farm-to-table culture in New England, with a strongly intertwined community of local farmers and restaurateurs.


Hancock Shaker Village

Start/Finish
Warwick

Centrally located in the Berkshires, Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum and farm. The 750-acre National Historic Landmark depicts daily life at the Shakers’ City of Peace through its 220 years. The fully restored Village includes 20 historic buildings, heirloom medicinal and vegetable gardens, 22,000 examples of authentic Shaker furniture, crafts, tools, and clothes, as well as heritage breed farm animals and hiking trails.

There are tours, craft and cooking demonstrations, lectures and workshops, and a variety of activities for children and families, plus a museum store and café. For more information visit HancockShakerVillage.org.


Hilltop Orchards

Richmond

Hilltop Orchards is a 200-acre historic property in the Berkshires. The Vittori family celebrates its 28th year at Hilltop Orchards. Preserving local farming and opening their land for apple picking, hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing is their pleasure and privilege. 

Hilltop Orchards is a tasty Berkshire experience - the popular cider donuts are made daily from the farm's cold pressed cider. You can take home a fresh baked fruit pie and scones or delicious preserves from the farm winery store.

More information at HilltopOrchards.com.


BALDWIN FARM

West Stockbridge

Now owned and operated by Toby and Cameo Casey, Baldwin Farm has been in the family for multiple generations. Originally built by family-member Samuel Pomeroy in 1859, the Farm has been home to many joyous family gatherings and a variety of farming activities through the years, including orchards, turkeys, sheep and dairy cattle.

Toby and Cameo purchased the family farm in early 2017, and with their eight children immediately set about restoring the Farm to operation. In a year’s time they have built-up a flock of laying chickens, raised a large number of pasture-raised broilers, and recently added cattle, hogs and turkeys to their care. While these efforts have largely been for personal consumption, Baldwin Farm LLC was formed in March 2018 to begin offering sale of eggs, meats, and garden produce..

Learn more at thebaldwinfarm.com


Taft Farms

Taft Farms is a family farm in the heart of the Berkshires in their 55th year of pesticide-free, sustainable agriculture. Taft Farms has been a pioneer in the local farming industry.

The Taft family's dream when they established the farm was to create a farm that did not need to heavily rely on chemicals and pesticides. A farm that could act as a steward for the land instead of robbing it of it's natural resource and beauty. Long before the organic movement, long before the advent of genetic engineering, Daniel and Stanley Taft could see that agriculture needed a change, and that they wanted to change it.

With each passing season Taft Farms renews its commitment to sustainable agriculture. With a focus on heirloom varieties, pesticide-free growing, watershed management, and minimal fertilizer use, the family hopes to preserve the farm for future generations!


Bartlett's Orchard

Richmond

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Four Generations of the Bartlett family have been growing, packing and shipping apples for almost 60 years. The farm's fine trees produce an average crop of 20,000 bushels of apples every year on 52 acres of choice apple growing land on Lenox Mountain in rural Massachusetts.

Francis and Betty along with Fran's parents, A.J. and Sophie, invested in the orchard in 1947.  The four of them established and operated the business for many years.  The third generation, sons Rick and Ron, have been working in the orchard since they were teenagers and are joined by their wives Cindy and Joan.

The fourth generation is learning the orchard business already.  Rick's two sons, Erick and Trevor have been helping out for many years.  The newest family members, Ron and Cindy's son and daughter, Justin and Micaela, along with Rick and Joan's daughter Elizabeth serve as special public relations consultants.


Turner Farms Maple Syrup

South Egremont

The Turner family opened their farm in the spring of 1988, in the southern most corner of the Berkshires of Massachusetts. They produced 25 gallons of syrup that year on a "Back Yard" rig and and sold the syrup by placing a sign in a 5-gallon bucket at the end of the road. All the syrup was sold by May and the term "syrupfever" had officially hit. The farm now has 4300 taps but more importantly the Turners have created a wonderful livelihood. They have two children and customers became cherished friends. Sugaring has gotten into the family's blood, and the thrill of producing a better product each season, all the while increasing efficiency is the heart of "sugar fever". The family is also passionate about teaching an alternative way of life to their children and meeting new people on their farm. 

Learn more at TurnerFarmsMapleSyrup.com.


Woven Roots Farm

Tyringham

Woven Roots Farm nurtures the soil that nourishes their community through no-till, bio-intensive, regenerative agricultural practices, CSA membership, and education. The Salinetti family is
committed to inspiring others to grow their own food, share the natural world, engage youth, and enhance creative expression.
Woven Roots Farm is dedicated to honoring the wisdom of the past while ensuring the food security of our future. For over 15 years, the Salinetti family has wholesomely fed the farm’s soil as much, if not more, than it has fed the family and its community. All of the farm’s products are grown using strict regenerative farming practices.

Learn more at WovenRootsFarm.com.


Les Trois Emme Vineyard & Winery

New Marlborough

Les Trois Emme Winery is owned and operated by Mary Jane and Wayne Eline. “Les Trois Emme” means “The Three M’s” and is named after their first three granddaughters, Megan, Madison, and Mary Katherine.

A visit to Les Trois Emme winery often includes a tour of the vineyard and facilities where you can find out as much or as little as you would like about the process of making wine. After your tour, you are welcome to enjoy a tasting of their wines. 

Mary Jane and Wayne like to say that you will never forget your visit to Les Trois Emme Winery.

Learn more at LTEWinery.com.


High Lawn Farm

Lee

High Lawn Farm is dedicated to providing its neighbors with the
best quality, freshest Jersey milk and dairy products available.

At High Lawn Farm, each and every cow and each and every employee is a vital part of the whole of this family-owned farm, and all are treated with the utmost respect.

The farm is equally committed to serving its community as a resource, educating the public about its cows and farming in general and doing its part to keep the Berkshires green.

The farm's vision for the future includes a dedication to preserving the past through continuing to breed the finest Jersey cow, maintaining the highest quality of agriculture and protecting and conserving the historic farm buildings and beautiful Berkshire farmland. 

Learn more at HighLawnFarm.com.

Menus

Note: All menus subject to change

Post-Ride
Farm to Fork
Barbecue

By Wheelhouse Farm Catering

Menu

All dishes made from scratch, using as many ingredients as possible from local farms. Vegetarian options available.

Barbecue buffet

  • Salad of young local greens, pickled onions, crumbled feta, cherry tomatoes, sunflower seeds, honey-lemon vinaigrette

  • Cabot cheddar-scallion cornbread

  • Grilled vegetables with pesto

  • Potato salad with creamy paprika dressing

  • Braised hearty local greens

  • Espresso-chile rubbed chicken on the smoker

  • Slow roasted barbecue pork shoulder

  • Barbecued marinated tofu with charred scallions

Dessert

  • Ginger molasses cookies

  • Chocolate pistachio cookies

  • Ice cream provided by Stewart's Shops

Drinks

  • Apple cider

  • Herbal lemonade

Finisher Brew

Provided by Shire Breu-Hous, local craft brewery
*Free for all participants of age

Tickets

Included in all ride registrations
Adults: $29.99
Children under 12: $14.99


Meet the Farmers Dinner

By Wheelhouse Farm Catering

Menu

All dishes made from scratch, using as many ingredients as possible from local farms. Vegetarian options available. Includes wine pairings.

Hor D'oeuvres

  • Toasted sourdough with pine nut puree, grilled radicchio, walnuts, and Grace Hill blue cheese

  • Toasted sourdough with fried capicola ham, charred allium aioli, and sage

  • Apples with Linguiça sausage, pickled seeds, and parsley

Cheese & Charcuterie

  • Selection of cheeses from Cricket Creek Farm

  • VT99 Salami

  • Seasonal pickles including peppers, pickles, beets, apples

  • Fruit preserves including mostarda, raspberry and blackberry jams, and compotes

  • Herbs

Salad

  • Young brassica greens, pickled shallots, crumbled parmesan, toasted pistachios, nasturtium flowers and leaves, preserved lemon vinaigrette

Main Course options

  • Lamb kefta, grilled spigariello broccoli, herbed labneh, poached chioggia beets, lemon

  • Grilled hakurei turnips with Vadouvan carrots, scallion oil, toasted seeds and herbs

Dessert

  • Apple-currant compote, cornmeal cookie, local apiary honey crème fraiche

Tickets

$84.99
*Included in First Class Registration


Aid Station 'Small Bites'

Small Bite menus coming soon

Note: all aid stations are also stocked with ride fuel from GU & Clif Bar

Volunteers

Overview

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In 2017, Wrenegade Sports donated more than $25,000 to local organizations in our host communities via our Farm to Fork Fondo Volunteer Competitions. This year we'll be giving away even more, and your votes decide which groups get the donations.

At each Farm to Fork Fondo event, all the volunteers will be assigned to teams that each represent a different area farm or charitable organization. Teams will compete by making sure each and every cyclist has an awesome day by being creative, enthusiastic and memorable with their interactions with the participants. At the end of your ride, you will vote for your favorite team and determine the size of the cash donations we give.

The Volunteer Competition is supported by sponsors, participant donations and 100% of all raffle ticket sale proceeds.  Learn more on our Volunteer Information Page.


NOFA - MA

Through education and advocacy NOFA/Mass promotes organic agriculture to expand the production and availability of nutritious food from living soil for the health of individuals, communities and the planet. NOFA/Mass envisions a commonwealth of people working together to create healthy landscapes that feed our communities and restore our environment.

For more information visit nofamass.org


Project Sprouts

Student-run garden and community gardens on the Berkshire Hills Regional School District Campus. Empowering students to nourish bodies and communities.


Montessori School of the Berkshires

Our mission is to inspire children to develop independent thinking, self-assurance, inner discipline, and a love of learning in an authentic Montessori environment. Our school aspires to create a world full of love and acceptance, a world rich with diversity, a world full of people pursuing their passions, and a world that is sustainable and environmentally-friendly.

For more information visit berkshiremontessori.org


Railroad Street Youth Project

At Railroad Street Youth Project, youth take the lead. They explore their full potential and become equipped to meet the challenging transition to adulthood. RSYP’s professional staff expertly pairs youth-generated ideas with community resources, empowering youth to create and oversee a wide range of innovative, life-changing projects. Unmatched in mission and scope, RSYP excels in helping youth find their voice and realize the benefits of their commitment to themselves and their community.

For more information visit rsyp.org


Canyon Ranch

Canyon Ranch encourages their associates to volunteer their time for a worthy cause with paid time off for that purpose. Canyon Ranch organizes a group of volunteers to compete for the Berkshire Natural Resource Council. The non-profits mission is simply: Humans, meet nature. Nature, meet humans. They strive to protect and preserve the natural beauty and ecological integrity of the Berkshires for public benefit and enjoyment.

For more information visit bnrc.org


Travel Info

Travel Information

Directions

All activities at Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic St, Pittsfield MA, 01201
Free on-site parking

 

parking

For Saturday evening, use regular Hancock Shaker Village parking lots. 

For Sunday, all event parking will be in the field across the street from Packet Pickup. Enter at crosswalk. Police and parking attendants will be present to direct you. No parking in regular lots is allowed on Sunday morning. 

Download parking guide PDF.

suggested area lodging

Official luxury resort accommodations

Canyon Ranch Berkshires Spa Resort

At Canyon Ranch's Lenox spa, you'll experience a seamless integration of fitness and health offerings that stands alone not just among spa resorts in Massachusetts, but the world over.

local bike repair

  • Velofix, Owner/Operator Karl Miller: 1-855-835-6349 (855-VELOFIX)
    Fully equipped custom Mobile Bike Shop that will come to you at your appointment time and complete the bicycle service while you wait. Karl will also be onsite at the Berkshires event, and helping us with course support on event day.

Suggested Area Activities

 

Local Partners


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