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Wrenegade Sports, LLC
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Burlington, VT 05401

241 Pine St, Suite 314
Burlington, VT, 05401
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518.662.0211

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 2018

July 21-22, 2018 - 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

 

What's new
for 2018

Yes, the 2017 Farm to Fork Fondo - Vermont was awesome! Guess what?? We have a completely revamped Vermont event planned for 2018: Farm to Fork Fondo - Champlain Islands! Here's what to expect:

  • An all new location in the picturesque Lake Champlain Islands

  • Exciting new start/finish venue at Snow Farm Winery

  • Brand new routes with new featured farms 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 Snow Farm Vineyard
190 West Shore Rd, South Hero, VT, 054086

SATURDAY JULY 21, 2018

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

  • 7pm Meet the Farmers Dinner (tickets required)

SUNDAY JULY 22, 2018

  • 6:30 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 open (tickets required)

  • 1 to 5pm Live music

  • 5pm Volunteer Competition Awards Ceremony


Ride Details

GRAN - 85mi

MEDIO - 55mi

PICCOLO - 30mi

RAMBLE RIDE - 7mi

Note: space is limited to 750 riders and we expect to sell out

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.


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Gran Fondo
85 miles

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

DETAILS

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

ROUTE 

 

Piccolo Fondo
30 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

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

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*
$85.99*
$39.99*
$24.99*

After Jan 16
$132.99*
$113.99*
$95.99*
$39.99*
$24.99*

After April 30
$144.99*
$125.99*
$107.99*
$39.99*
$24.99*

After July 9
$164.99*
$145.99*
$127.99*
$44.99*
$24.99*

*Plus $5 minimum donation to the Volunteer Competition and processing fee


FIRST CLASS REGISTRATION

Includes Standard Registration, Meet the Farmers Dinner ticket, Official 2017 Farm to Fork Fondo kit, and more! (full list of amenities)


Gran Fondo
Medio Fondo
Piccolo Fondo

Early Bird
$369.99*
$352.99*
$335.99*
 

After Jan 16
$382.99*
$363.99*
$345.99*

After April 30
$394.99*
$375.99*
$357.99*

After July 9
$414.99*
$395.99*
$377.99*

*Plus $5 minimum donation to the Volunteer Competition 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
$79.99
$29.99
$14.99

After July 9
$89.99
$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 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 house is one of the historic stone houses built by the Scottish stone mason, James Ritchie. 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. We made 3 different varieties, all of which were delicious. The response was immediate and we quickly sold everything we had produced and we began making plans for expansion. In 2010 we tripled production and added a fourth variety. 2011 found us tripling again and adding a fifth variety.

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 wheelright.  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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Buffet Menu

  • Salad of young greens, crumbled parmesan, pickled shallots, radishes, toasted seeds, edible flowers and scallion-cider vinnaigrette

  • Quinoa, charred green beans, balsamic glazed garlic, and ricotta with honey-lemon vinaigrette

  • Scallion and Vermont Cabot cheddar corn bread

  • Braised collard greens with cider vinegar

  • Roasted beets with labneh and mint

  • Pulled pork with house Vermont maple barbecue sauce

  • Grilled chicken with garlic, thyme, and lemon marinade

  • Barbecue-marinated tofu with charred scallions

  • Sweet tea from local herbs, mint lemonade and water

*Vegetarian options available

Finisher Brew

Pint of Green State Lager by Zero Gravity Brewing
*Free for all finishers of age

Tickets

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


Meet the Farmers Dinner

By Wheelhouse Farm Catering

Menu

Includes wine pairings from host farm Snow Farm Vineyard

Hors D'oeuvres

  • Crostini with zucchini and zephyr squash, pesto, and slow-roasted cherry tomatoes with balsamic-port reduction

  • Crostini with beef heart pastrami, mustard, ruby kraut, and Jasper Hill Landaff

  • Poached beets, whipped local goat cheese, beet syrup, candied walnuts, and mint

Cheese and Charcuterie

  • Selection of local Vermont cheeses

  • Vermont Smoke and Cure VT99 Salami

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

  • Local fruit preserves (mostarda, raspberry and blackberry jams, and compotes)

  • Edible flowers

Bread at tables

  • Sourdough bread with whipped Vermont Cabot herb butter and rosemary oil

Salad Course

  • Young Arugula, pickled ginger, toasted quinoa, crumbled parmesean, flowers, roasted carrots, and preserved lemon vinaigrette

Main Course

  • Ratatouille with pork-beef meatballs and Cabot Clothbound cheddar grits

  • Vegetarian option with beets braised with peppercorns, coriander, and caraway

Dessert

  • Flourless walnut cake with Balacon cherry compote and maple creme fraiche

  • Coffee and tea service

*Vegetarian options available

Tickets

$79.99
*Included in First Class Registration


Aid Station 'Small Bites'

Full Aid Station 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 - 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. We work 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, we grow markets for organic food. Through organic certification, technical assistance, research, policy and advocacy, we work 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 our programs, we ensure women and girls learn about healthy lifestyle choices, explore the intersection of race and gender, and nurture 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 our community. As an emerging, regional food systems program supporting the growers, producers, and consumers in Franklin and Grand Isle County. Healthy Roots provides programs and services for both consumers and producers in the Northwest Corner of Vermont that focus on food education, access and infrastructure. We envision 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 our 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, Inc. As 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 accomplishes 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. Our 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

 

Local lodging partners

SOLD OUT - Official Event Hotel - The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa

Enjoy a culinary experience at an award-winning luxury Vermont resort, including unique restaurants and cooking classes, a relaxing spa and a Vermont experience unlike any other. Farm to Fork Fondo participants get a special reduced rate of $209 per night for July 21 & 22, plus free access to the Spa & Wellness Facility and a 15% discount on services at the Spa at The Essex over $75.

Limited space available - book your stay on the Farm to Fork Fondo event booking page.

SOLD OUT - 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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