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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.

Vermont's Champlain Islands 2019

July 20-21, 2019 Snow Farm Winery, South Hero, VT

Overview
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Stunning lake and mountain views, quaint villages, quiet meandering roads, fresh and fantastic local foods -- this is Vermont, the heart of the small farm movement

 

Event Schedule

All activities at Snow Farm Vineyard
190 West Shore Rd, South Hero, VT, 05486

SATURDAY JULY 20, 2019

  • 4 to 7pm Packet Pickup and wine sampling at the tasting room

  • 6:30pm Meet the Farmers Dinner (tickets required)

SUNDAY JULY 21, 2019

  • 7 to 8am Packet pickup, Forto Coffee Station, and Bicycle Tune-Up Station open

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

  • 10:30am Ramble Ride departs

  • 11am to 6pm Farm to Fork Post-Ride Barbecue and Festival Market open (tickets required)

  • 1 to 5pm Live music

  • 5pm Volunteer Competition Awards Ceremony


Latest Updates

Ride Details

GRAN - 93mi

MEDIO - 55mi

PICCOLO - 29mi

RAMBLE RIDE - 7mi

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

Overview

Fondo difficulty level: Easy+
Mostly flat routes with often windy conditions on frequent lakeside roads

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
93 miles

Dozens of Vermont farms. Breathtaking views and rolling green hills along Lake Champlain. Earn your feast. Dine in style.

DETAILS

  • 7 Aid Stations at local farms

  • 4 timed sections

ROUTE 

 

Medio Fondo
55 Miles

Get up close and personal with Lake Champlain and a variety of local Vermont farms along its borders. Enjoy the lake breezes and take in the gorgeous summer-in-Vermont views. All of the Gran Fondo experience in a tighter package. 

DETAILS

  • 5 Aid Stations at local farms

  • 3 timed sections

ROUTE 

 

Piccolo Fondo
29 Miles

Bucolic landscapes, working farms and stunning views on and around Lake Champlain. Your favorite Sunday drive, now on two wheels. We've packed the picnic.

DETAILS

  • 3 Aid Stations at local farms

  • 1 timed section

ROUTE 

 

Ramble Ride
7 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 

 

*Exact route details are subject to change. Check back here 24 hours before the event for all final cue sheet and GPX files

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 June 23
$139.99
$119.99
$99.99
$39.99
$24.99

Regular
Until July 14
$151.99
$131.99
$111.99
$39.99
$24.99

Event Week
Until July 19*
$166.99
$146.99
$126.99
$44.99
$24.99

 

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 July 14
$389.99
$369.99
$349.99

Event Week*
Until July 19
$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 July 14
$89.99
$29.99
$14.99

Event Week
Until July 19
$99.99
$29.99
$14.99

 
Farms

OVERVIEW

Farming has always played a large role in the lives of Vermonters, but today it faces more pressure than ever before and much of the state's quiet country landscape is in danger.

In the late 1700's Vermont was filled with self-sufficient farmers, consuming everything they grew on their land. Then sheep were introduced and became a major source of income until the Civil War when dairy cows began to take prominence. Milk and dairy products have since been the state's signature, recently accounting for as much as 79% of Vermont's annual agriculture revenues. 

But farming in Vermont is changing. There are fewer and fewer farms and less and less of the land in the state is used for agriculture. Rising land prices and taxes have lead to residential development of many of Vermont's farms. The ones that have survived hold the prime farmland or have diversified into beef cattle, pigs, turkeys, eggs, apples, honey and maple syrup. The brightest change recently has come from young Vermonter farmers creating artisan cheeses, craft breweries, high-quality organic fruits and vegetables, and more.  


Snow Farm WInery

South Hero
Start/Finish

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Snow Farm Winery and Vineyard began as a dream in 1996 – to preserve Vermont’s agricultural land in the face of rapid development by providing an alternative for farmers. The location, on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain, permits them to grow cooler climate vinifera grapes, Pinot Noir and Riesling, as well as the more cold hardy French Hybrids, Vidal Blanc and Baco Noir. Thanks to Vermont’s cold winter temperatures, Snow Farm also produces an ice wine, a product that cannot be made in many other places in the world.

For More information visit SnowFarm.com.


Hackett's Orchard

South Hero

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Hackett's Orchard is a family-owned diversified farm and farm market in South Hero, Vermont with 47 varieties of apples, fresh cider donuts, apple cider, vegetables, pumpkins, Vermont maple syrup and more. Enjoy their picnic and play area, and scheduled fall wagon rides and orchard tours. 


Goulet Farm

South Hero

 

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Goulet Farm has a farm stand with a scenic lakeside view of Lake Champlain. They are open everyday selling fresh local fruit, vegetables, eggs, honey, syrups, salsa, and baked goods. The ingredients are grown fresh on the farm.

Click here to visit the Goulet Farm Facebook page.


Hall Home Place

Isle la Motte

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The cidery is located in the scenic Hall's Orchard of Isle La Motte. The property has been in the Hall family since the late 1700's and different generations of Halls have been cultivating apples and pears since the orchard was started. From 1828 until 2005 when the matriarch of the family, Mina Hall, passed away, these generations of Halls have lived in the family farm house. The stone in the house was quarried on the island and ancient coral reef fossils can be found in them. In an effort to help keep the orchard in the family and operating successfully Steve and Carol Hall Stata began restoring the family farm house and in 2008 started a seasonal café. The café is in a renovated carriage barn attached to the house. Building on the success of the café, in 2009 they decided to experiment with making ice cider and today make 5 different delicious varieties.

Click here to visit their website.


Darby Farm

Alburgh

The Darby Farm has been providing agricultural products to its neighbors for over 200 years.

In 1800, Johnathon Darby, a resident of Halfmoon, New York, traveled by ox cart to the shores of Lake Champlain. In Whitehall, New York, he boarded a barge with his family and traveled to the west shores of Alburgh.  He obtained a land grant, settled just north of town and took up occupation as a farmer and wheelwright.  This farm, The Darby Farm, has descended down the Darby Family as such from father to son with each new generation leaving a special mark of its own.

In 2003, Heather Darby & Ron Hermann became the seventh generation to farm this productive land in the Lake Champlain Islands. Their 130-acre diversified farm produces a wide array of vegetables and fruit. Organic strawberries are a must-have in June. The vast list of vegetables including potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, and squash can all be found at the farm's roadside produce stand.

For more information visit DarbyFarm.com.

Menus

Post-Ride
Farm to Fork
Barbecue

By Wheelhouse Farm Catering

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Menu

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

Barbecue Buffet

  • Pearled couscous with paprika peppers, scallions, feta, and roasted tomatoes with preserved lemon dressing

  • Salad of young brassica greens, roasted carrots, crumbled parmesan, toasted quinoa, and flowers with ginger scallion dressing

  • Scallion-cheddar cornbread with Vermont sharp cheddar

  • Braised collard greens

  • Cider-poached beets with cucumber, herbed labneh, and mint

  • Slow roasted barbecue pork shoulder with Vermont maple syrup

  • Grilled chicken, marinated with garlic, lemon, and herbs

  • Barbecue-marinated tofu with charred scallions

Dessert

  • Sliced melon

  • Buckwheat chocolate chip cookies

  • Rosemary shortbread cookies

Drinks

  • Sweet tea from local herbs

  • Mint lemonade

Finisher Brew

Green State Lager provided by Zero Gravity Brewing
*One pint included with your registration cost for all finishers over 21

Tickets

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


Meet the Farmers Dinner

Catered by Wheelhouse Farm Catering

Sponsored by Elite Performance Team and Thornton Wealth Management

Gourmet farm to table bicycle event farm to fork fondo meet the farmers dinner at riverside farm

Menu

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

Includes wine pairings from host farm Snow Farm Vineyard.

Hors D'oeuvres

  • Manchego, membrillo from Vermont quinces, parsley, and balsamic-port reduction

  • Crostini with charred eggplant, burrata, and tomato jam

  • Crostini with whipped goat cheese, beets poached in Vermont maple, and mint

Cheese and Charcuterie

  • Cheese and charcuterie boards with cheeses from Jasper Hill

  • Seasonal pickles (peppers, pickles, beets, and apples)

  • Local fruit preserves

  • Herbs and crackers

Bread at Tables

  • Naturally leavened bread with whipped herb butter

Raw Course

  • Watermelon, labneh, fried rosemary, apple syrup, and flowers

Main Course

  • Braised lamb with coriander and cardamom served with grilled paprika potatoes, roasted fennel, and young brassica greens

  • Vegetarian option: eggplant, braised with aromatics, served with grilled paprika potatoes, roasted fennel, and young brassica greens

Dessert

  • Whipped ricotta, macerated sour cherries, black pepper, and hibiscus

  • Coffee and tea service

*Vegetarian options available

Tickets

$79.99
*Included in First Class Registration


Aid Station 'Small Bites'

 

Small Bite menus coming SPring 2019

*Note all aid stations are also stocked with ride fuel from Gu & Clif Bar

Volunteers

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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 - VT 

Team Pink 

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont is a nonprofit association of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working to promote an economically viable and ecologically sound Vermont food system for the benefit of current and future generations. NOFA-VT works to help every producer understand the values of farming organically, and every consumer to understand the impacts of eating organic food. By building public awareness, NOFA grows markets for organic food. Through organic certification, technical assistance, research, policy and advocacy, NOFA works to grow organic agriculture in Vermont.

For more information visit nofavt.org


YWCA Vermont 

Team Green 

YWCA Vermont is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. YWCA Vermont envisions vibrant, equitable, and connected communities where women and girls thrive with access to opportunities for education, wellness, growth, and leadership. Throughout all their programs, the YWCA ensures that local women and girls learn about healthy lifestyle choices, explores the intersection of race and gender, and nurtures environmental stewards and life-long learners.

For more information visit ywcavt.org


Healthy Roots Collaborative

Team Orange

Healthy Roots’ mission is to strengthen the local food system of Northwest Vermont for the health and vitality of its local community. Healthy Roots is an emerging regional food systems program supporting the growers, producers, and consumers in Franklin and Grand Isle County. The organization provides programs and services for both consumers and producers in the Northwest Corner of Vermont that focus on food education, access, and infrastructure. Healthy Roots envisions a healthy Northwest Vermont with a community rooted in a strong agricultural economy with thriving farms, where all are connected to and nourished by local farms and food.

For more information visit healthyrootsvt.org


Island Arts

Team Red

Island Arts fosters and promotes artistic creativity in the rural communities of the Lake Champlain Islands and beyond through the celebration of the arts, stewardship of our environment, and education for the enrichment of all.

For more information visit islandarts.org


C.I.D.E.R

Team Purple

C.I.D.E.R. is an acronym that stands for Champlain Islanders Developing Essential Resources. Because there are many apple orchards in Grand Isle County, it is a very appropriate name. C.I.D.E.R.’s mission is to develop and foster resources that enable the people of Grand Isle County, Vermont, to live in their community with dignity. They accomplish this by providing direct services and collaborating with other individuals and groups. C.I.D.E.R. feels a special responsibility to elders and persons with disabilities.

The values that guide C.I.D.E.R. are to be: Caring, Creative, Client Based, Cost Effective and Community Based.

For more information visit cidervt.org


North Hero 7th & 8th Graders

Team Blue

Folsom School is a small K-8 school in South Hero, Vermont, that strives to develop academically prepared, civic-minded, and socially conscious students who are committed to making positive change in the world. Folsom School students will be thinkers, creators and problem-solvers. An important part of the Folsom middle-level education is personal learning, with each student setting, pursuing and sharing their goals. In addition, every year students take an overnight trip to broaden their experience, and their volunteering with Farm to Fork will help support this trip!

Travel Info

Travel Information

Directions

All activities at Snow Farm Winery - 190 West Shore Road,. South Hero, VT 05486
Free on-site parking

 

OFFICIAL EVENT HOTEL

Hampton Inn Colchester

Recharge at the Hampton Inn Colchester hotel, located just off Interstate 89 in Colchester, Vermont. Enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Champlain, and the Adirondack and Green mountains. The Farm to Fork Fondo participant rate of $179/night is available Saturday and Sunday of event week, with a complimentary full hot buffet breakfast included. To reserve, please call the hotel for a reservation at 802-655-6177 and mention that you’re a Farm to Fork Fondo participant. You may also reserve online here. Reservations must be made before June 20, 2019 to assure this great rate.

Crescent Bay Farm Bed & Breakfast

Stay on-site at the farm with the comforts of home in a country farmhouse setting. Contact innkeepers Julie and Dave Lane at 802-324-5563 and mention Farm to Fork Fondo. 

More at Crescentbaybb.com.

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