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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 2019

September 28-29, 2019 — 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

 

Event SCHEDULE

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

Saturday September 28, 2019

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

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

SUnday September 29, 2019

  • 7 to 8am 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; and more!


Latest Updates

Ride Details

GRAN - 79mi

MEDIO - 48mi

PICCOLO - 31mi

RAMBLE RIDE - 10mi

Note: All routes are subject to change up to 24 hours before the event

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.


SEGMENT CHALLENGE

Segment Challenge

Compete for the coveted Polka Chicken jersey and see how you stack up in our optional age-graded timed segment competition. View the segments and RSVP for the Stages Segment Challenge on the Ride With GPS Event Page.

More information on our Segment Challenge Page.


Gran Fondo
79 miles

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

DETAILS

  • 6 Aid Stations at local farms

  • 4 timed segments

ROUTe 

 

Medio Fondo
48 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

  • 4 Aid Stations at local farms

  • 2 timed segments

ROUTe 

 

Piccolo Fondo
31 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

  • 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

Launch Special
Until January 18
$129.99
$109.99
$89.99
$39.99
$24.99

Early Bird
Until Sept 1
$139.99
$119.99
$99.99
$39.99
$24.99

Regular
Until Sept 22
$151.99
$131.99
$111.99
$44.99
$24.99

Event Week*
Until Sept 27
$166.99
$146.99
$126.99
$49.99
$29.99

 

Plus $10 minimum donation to the Volunteer Competition and processing fee
*$20 additional charge when registering on Saturday and Sunday of event weekend


FIRST CLASS REGISTRATION

Includes Standard Registration, Meet the Farmers Dinner ticket, Official 2019 Farm to Fork Fondo kit, and more! (full list of amenities)



Gran Fondo
Medio Fondo
Piccolo Fondo

Early Bird
Until Sept 22
$389.99
$369.99
$349.99

Event Week
Until Sept 27
$399.99
$379.99
$359.99

 

Plus $10 minimum donation to the Volunteer Competition and processing fee
*$20 additional charge when registering on Saturday and Sunday of event weekend


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
Until Sept 22
$79.99
$29.99
$14.99

Event Week
Until Sept 27
$89.99
$29.99
$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.


Green Meads farm

Richmond

Green Meads Farm started in 1926 by Jeff’s grandparents, Kate and Darwin Morse, training people and horses for competitive and recreational carriage driving in the beautiful Berkshire hills of Massachusetts. The farm today includes a century-old farmhouse, a restored barn, stables, an outdoor arena for carriage driving and… the gardens! While there is a traditional, fenced-in garden with vegetables and herbs, Jeff’s wife Jen has beautifully landscaped the entire property with flowers and herbs, so there are gardens everywhere!

With the flowers and plants Jen grows she makes herbal medicine and body products called Green Meads Farm Herbals. Take home some homemade healing salves made from locally grown herbs.

More information at GreenMeads.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 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

Great Barrington

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 and to act as a steward for the land instead of robbing it of its natural resource and beauty. Long before the organic movement and 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.

Learn more at TaftFarms.com


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 southernmost corner of the Berkshires of Massachusetts. They produced 25 gallons of syrup that year on a "backyard" rig and and sold the syrup by placing a sign in a five-gallon bucket at the end of the road. All the syrup was sold by May and the term "syrup fever" had officially hit. The farm now has 4,300 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 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.


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 cows, 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

  • Cabot cheddar-scallion cornbread

  • Braised hearty local greens

  • Salad of young local greens, toasted seeds, pickled shallots, Gala apple, crumbled parmesan, and honey-scallion vinaigrette

  • Potato salad with dijon vinaigrette, pickled peppers, capers, radish, herbs

  • Grilled eggplant and sweet peppers with chimichurri

  • Smoked BBQ pork shoulder

  • Paprika-caraway marinated chicken, on the smoker

  • BBQ marinated tofu with charred scallions

Dessert

  • Buckwheat chocolate chip cookies

  • Rosemary shortbread cookies

Drinks

  • Apple cider

  • Herbal lemonade

Finisher Brew

Provided by Shire Breu-Hous, local craft brewery
*One pint included with your registration cost for all finishers over 21

Tickets

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


Meet the Farmers Dinner

Catered by Wheelhouse Farm Catering

Sponsored by Elite Performance Team

Menu

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

Includes wine pairings from partner farm Furnace Brook Winery at Hilltop Orchards.

Hors d'oeuvres

  • Heirloom tomatoes, bufala mozzarella, fresh basil, balsamic-port reduction, and olive oil

  • Crostini with bacon rillettes, blueberry jam, and thyme

  • Frico (cheese crisp) with leeks, mushrooms, and apple syrup

Cheese & Charcuterie

  • Cheeseboard featuring cheeses from Cricket Creek Farm

  • Charcuterie from New England charcuterie

  • Fruit preserves and, jams, pickles, and crackers

Bread at tables

  • Sourdough bread with whipped herb butter

Salad

  • Young brassica greens, French breakfast radish, cured egg yolk, toasted pistachio, flowers, and ginger-scallion vinaigrette

Main course options

  • Beef chuck braised in Sauvignon blanc with alliums, thyme, sweet corn, and sweet pepper marmalade; and pearled couscous with preserved lemon, fried garlic, toasted almonds, and herbs

  • Vegetarian option: carrot confit with green coriander, served with romesco; and pearled couscous with preserved lemon, fried garlic, toasted almonds, and herbs

Dessert

  • Stone fruit and ginger crumble with cardamom whipped cream and fried rosemary

  • Coffee and tea service

Tickets

$79.99
*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 2018, Wrenegade Foundation donated more than $50,000 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 help decide which groups get the biggest 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. From the registration tent to the last aid station, you will be greeted and cheered on by volunteers who are competing to bring the most spirit to the day. Ask questions of the volunteer teams to get to know them, their missions, and what makes the event host community unique. At the end of your ride, you will vote for your favorite team and help determine the size of the cash donations we give.

The Volunteer Competition is supported by tax-deductible participant donations to Wrenegade Foundation, sponsors, and 100% of all raffle ticket sales.

Note: New volunteer groups will be announced Summer 2019


NOFA/MASS

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

The school’s mission is to inspire children to develop independent thinking, self-assurance, inner discipline, and a love of learning in an authentic Montessori environment. The 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 nonprofit’s 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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