September 29-30, 2018 - Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA
Experience a distinctive culinary movement in the Berkshires - where farms and restaurants have created a world-class food culture by long ago 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
All activities at Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA
Saturday September 29, 2018
- 5 to 7pm Packet Pickup at the 1830 Brick Dwelling Green
- 7pm 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; Saturday night music concert; Shaker Museum; farm and garden tours; historic architecture tours; Farm and Forest Trail hike; more!
Note: space is limited to 700 riders and 2017 event sold out
Fondo difficulty level: Moderate
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.
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.
- Approximately 3,500 feet of elevation gain
- 4-5 Aid Stations at local farms
- 2 timed segments
ROUTe - coming soon
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.
- Approximately 2,000 feet of elevation gain
- 3-4 Aid Stations at local farms
- 1 timed segment
ROUTe - coming soon
See some farms and lovely views by bike. Wave to your friends. Cross the finish line. Relax and dine. Happy tummies ride local.
- 1 Aid Station at a local farm
ROUTe - coming soon
Includes post-ride barbecue, treats along your ride, and much more! (full list of amenities)
Ramble Ride - Adult
Ramble Ride - Child
After Jan 16
After June 18
After Sept 18
*Plus $12 minimum donation to the Volunteer Competition and Hancock Shaker Village
FIRST CLASS REGISTRATION
Includes Standard Registration, Meet the Farmers Dinner ticket, Official 2018 Farm to Fork Fondo kit, and more! (full list of amenities)
After Jan 16
After July 17
After Sept 11
*Plus $12 minimum donation to the Volunteer Competition and
Hancock Shaker Village
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
After Sept 17
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
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 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.
Colfax Farm was founded by Molly Comstock, and is an independently owned and operated farm. For the past seven years, Molly has been a gypsy farmer, managing farms and growing food throughout the Hudson Valley region. Heading into her fourth season as a CSA farm, she is now located in West Stockbridge MA, nestled at the edge of the beautiful Berkshires. Molly will be growing, using organic practices, on land generously provided by the Baldwin family. Named after her father, Colfax Farm will be returning to the West Stockbridge farmer’s market, delivering fresh organic produce to local restaurants, and providing for another season of a CSA.
All produce raised on the farm is grown organically, without the use of harmful pesticides or herbicides. Learn more at Colfaxfarm.com.
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!
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
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
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
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
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.
Wolfe Spring Farm
Wolfe Spring Farm is a certified USDA Organic vegetable community supported agriculture (CSA). The farm also raises many different animals, including chickens, pigs, goats, cows, a horse, and a donkey. Their products are all certified Naturally Grown and feature vegetables, berries and farm fresh eggs.
The farm also hosts events and farm stays, with two elegantly restored farm houses for rent. For more information visit WolfeSpringFarm.com.
Note: All menus subject to change
Farm to Fork
By Wheelhouse Farm Catering
All dishes made from scratch, using as many ingredients as possible from local farms. Vegetarian options available.
- Salad of young local greens, pickled onions, crumbled feta, cherry tomatoes, sunflower seeds, honey-lemon vinaigrette
- 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
- Ginger molasses cookies
- Chocolate pistachio cookies
- Ice cream
- Apple cider
- Herbal lemonade
Farmhouse Ale by Big Elm Brewing
*Free for all participants of age
Included in all ride registrations
Children under 12: $14.99
Meet the Farmers Dinner
By Wheelhouse Farm Catering
All dishes made from scratch, using as many ingredients as possible from local farms. Vegetarian options available. Includes wine pairings.
- 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
- 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
- Apple-currant compote, cornmeal cookie, honey crème fraiche
*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
All activities at Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic St, Pittsfield MA, 01201
Free on-site 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.
Official luxury resort accommodations
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.
Suggested Area Activities
- Annual Country Fair at the event venue Hancock Shaker Village, Sept 23 & 24
- Orchards, farms, wineries & breweries in the Berkshires
- Berkshire Botanical Garden
- Norman Rockwell Museum