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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 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 (tickets required) and Festival Market (open to the public)

  • 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.


Gould Farm

Monterey

Gould Farm is the first residential therapeutic community in the nation dedicated to helping adults with mental health and related challenges move toward recovery, health and greater independence through community living, meaningful work, and clinical care. In a supportive community environment made up of residents, staff and their families, Gould Farm helps adults with depression, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia and other challenges begin to rebuild and regain their lives.

Through the farm’s Work Program, residents become active participants in their own lives. With newly-acquired skills, they work towards next steps in their recovery process, whether it’s a more challenging Work Program job, volunteering in the local community, or taking a class.


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


Helia Native Nursery

West Stockbridge

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Helia Native Nursery (HNN) is part of the 109-acres of Sky Meadow Farm. Here, sunlight, wind, and water feed the biodiverse forest and meadows. Regenerating after generations of timber harvesting and agriculture, this land is home to wildflower meadows, rich woodlands, and old tree growth.

The nursery grows native perennials, trees and shrubs, preserving native genotypes through seed banking. HNN has tended to thousands of plants, predominantly unique Berkshire County genotypes—waking from dormancy after the winter and there are constantly new plants germinating in the seed bank, which was built with funding made possible by the Alford Land Trust.

Learn more at HeliaNativeNursery.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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Wrenegade Foundation channels your donations made at registration into the event host community. Grants and Volunteer Competition cash prizes support the local farms, organizations, and community groups that make the event-host community unique. Your vote for your favorite mission or project in the Volunteer Competition helps us determine how the cash prizes are allocated.

At each Farm to Fork Fondo event, volunteers represent a local 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 understand what current project they are working on. At the end of your ride, you will vote to fund your favorite mission or project.

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


Greenagers

Team Green

The mission of Greenagers is to provide employment and volunteer opportunities for teens and young adults in conservation, sustainable farming, and environmental leadership. A vote for Team Green is a vote to support their Land Stewardship Education and Employment program which connects local young people to their responsibilities as land stewards as they learn job skills that lay the foundation for future successes as students and employees through paid employment and apprenticeships on our trail crews and as farm apprentices at nearby farms.

Learn more at Greenagers.org


Roots Rising

Team Orange

Roots Rising empowers youth and builds community through food and farming. Youth, as changemakers, strengthen the local food system. In Roots Rising’s Youth Crews, Pittsfield teens are hired to work on farms, in food pantries and farmers markets in the Berkshires and beyond. A vote for Team Orange isn’t just a vote to create a job for a young person, it is to support an opportunity for them to engage in work that contributes to the larger social good.

Learn more at RootsRising.org


Montessori School of the Berkshires

Team Blue

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. A vote for Team Blue is a vote to support the school’s Adolescent Experience Classroom, where students learn to operate a micro-economy by operating a greenhouse and garden on campus. Money raised at Farm to Fork Fondo will support their participation in the Montessori Model United Nations to bring action on topics including UN Forest Forum, Food Security, and Nutrition.

For more information visit BerkshireMontessori.org


Railroad Street Youth Project

Team pink

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. Your vote for Team Red supports the Youth Operations Board, where youth leaders ages 14-25 who come together to make cool things happen and to make decisions regarding the allocation of the RSYP yearly budget. The Youth Operational Board meets weekly and its members work to plan, fund, and implement youth-led and youth-focused projects.

For more information visit RYSP.org


bERKSHIRE nATURAL rESOURCES cOUNCIL

Represented by volunteers from Canyon Ranch

Team pURPLE

Canyon Ranch encourages their associates to volunteer their time for a worthy cause with paid time off for that purpose. This year, Canyon Ranch volunteers will benefit 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. Your vote for Team Purple will support ongoing conservation efforts in Parson’s Marsh, a hard-pack and boardwalk accessible hiking trail that winds through a wetland wildlife viewing area—making nature and outdoor recreation available to everyone.

For more information visit BNRC.org


Great Barrington Farmers Market

Team Black

The Market Match program at the Great Barrington Farmers Market strives to make locally produced nutritious foods available to all members of the community regardless of economic barriers while supporting and promoting local agriculture. A vote for Team Pink is a vote to make a dollar for dollar match for SNAP customers, up to $25 per week, so that they can purchase fresh foods at the market.

Learn more at GreatBarringtonFarmersMarket.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.

Special Discounted Event lodging

  • We’ve partnered with HBC Event services to bring you discounted rates at several area hotels. Visit the Farm to Fork Fondo booking page or call them at 505-346-0522 to snag the deal and book your room

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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