August 24-25, 2018 – Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, ME
Taste the bounty of both the land and the sea as you ride through Maine - where forest meets shore in rocky coastlines that echo the rugged determination of its farming community
Yes, the 2017 Farm to Fork Fondo - Maine was awesome! Guess what?? We have even more updates and amenities for 2018, including:
- Exciting new start/finish venue at beautiful Pineland Farms
- New Friday/Saturday format to make your post-ride drive home easier
- Updated 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
All activities at Pineland Farms, 15 Farm View Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260
Friday August 24, 2017
- 5 to 7pm Packet Pickup at Pineland Farms
- 7pm Meet the Farmers Dinner (tickets required)
Saturday august 25, 2017
- 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
GRAN - 85mi
MEDIO - 55mi
PICCOLO - 35mi
RAMBLE RIDE - 10mi
Note: space is limited to 600 riders
Fondo difficulty level: Moderate
Constantly rolling hills
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.
More than 5,000 feet of climbing. Dozens of beautiful Maine farms. Picturesque coastline. Challenging timed climbs. Earn your feast. Dine in style.
- 5,068 feet of elevation gain
- 6 Aid Stations hosted by local farms
- 4 timed segments
Get up close and personal with a variety of local Maine farms and the Vacationland coast. All of the Gran Fondo experience in a tighter package.
- 3,021 feet of elevation gain
- 4 Aid Stations hosted by local farms
- 2 timed segments
Bucolic landscapes, working farms and stunning views in and around the Maine coast. Your favorite Sunday drive, now on two wheels. We've packed the picnic.
- 1,981 feet of elevation gain
- 3 Aid Stations hosted by local farms
- 1 timed segment
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 hosted by a local farm
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 19
After July 30
*Plus $13 min donation to the Volunteer Competition and Pineland Farms,
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)
After Jan 16
After Aug 14
After July 30
*Plus $13 min donation to Volunteer Competition and Pineland Farms,
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 Barbecue - Adult
Post-Ride Barbecue - Child (12 & under)
After July 30
Farming in Maine is in transition. The Maine Farmland Trust estimates that 400,000 acres of Maine's best farmland (nearly one third of all Maine farmland in production) will be changing ownership within the next five years, simply due to the age of the farmland owners. Much of that farmland could be lost to farming without active intervention.
Young farmers are diversifying the state's farming production. Along with Maine staple crops like blueberries and potatoes, small farms are increasingly producing organic produce, Maine maple syrup, artisan cheeses and more.
Situated on some of the most picturesque landscapes in Maine, Pineland Farms is a 5,000-acre working farm, diverse business campus and educational and recreational venue that welcomes visitors to enjoy its beautiful rural landscapes.
Part of Pineland Farms' mission is to support the Maine farming community by creating a strong brand and promoting ethical production practices. Pineland Farms is Maine's largest producer of cheese.
Learn more at PinelandFarms.org.
Jan and Carl Wilcox's 118-acre farm is located along the the Royal River in New Gloucester. In 2004, the 200 year-old farmhouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1995, Intervale Farm started growing a few pumpkins and by 2014, they were busting at the seams with pumpkins, squash, and gourds! Since then the farm has also produced beef cattle, flowers, hens/eggs, and goats.
Now Intervale Farm is farmed by the Somali Bantu Community Association, a tribe that farms local lands and provides immigrants with job opportunities.
Scatter Good FARM
Most of the land that is now Scatter Good Farm was once part of Brunswick’s Two Echo Dairy Farm, which ceased operation in the 1980s. Patty Carton and John Newlin established it as a stand-alone 30-acre farm in 2002, and added another 10 acres in 2010; the farm is now about 30 acres of woodlands, 8 acres of grass-dominated fields, and 2 acres for the homestead, animals, and vegetable production.
In 2017, inspired by Twin Villages Foodbank Farm in Damariscotta and other foodbank farms in Maine, Patty and John joined with others to create Growing to Give, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foodbank project at the farm. Vegetable production doubled again and became exclusively devoted to the foodbank project.
Since 2012 Karla and David Buchanan have been working to bring this old New England farm back to life. Our 117 acres include open fields, orchards, gardens, and a variety of woodland trails. They share the farmhouse with friends and their young daughter, and welcome a steady stream of visitors and guests throughout the year. Karla has an environmental science background and currently works in healthcare as a business intelligence developer. David Buchanan, plant collector and cider maker, is the author of "Taste, Memory: Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, and Why They Matter".
They serve flights of cider paired with seasonal foods from local producers and their own farm fields. Their goal is to move cider from the barstool to a seat at the table. Dry, lightly sparkling, richly-flavored ciders go best with an aged cheese, good bread, and dinner with friends.
For more information visit PortersfieldCider.com.
Set atop a hill surrounded by woods and rolling pasture in the beautiful southern midcoast region of Maine, Winter Hill Farm is a small, family run farm in Freeport. They manage a herd of very rare Randall cattle alongside a few Jersey cows, and operate a small farmstead creamery producing raw milk, yogurt, and artisanal cheeses. They also have Berkshire pigs, a mixed flock of laying hens, and produce seasonal vegetables and flowers for a small CSA, farmers' markets, and weddings.
Winter Hill Farm's mission is to provide the local community with high quality, wholesome products while maintaining the integrity of the natural environment. This mission follows four basic concepts which guide all they do there on the farm: stewardship, transparency, community, and quality of their craft.
Learn more at WinterHillFarm.com
Gillespie Farms, Pineland Farm's Produce Division, cultivates 300 acres of crops on Mayall Road in New Gloucester, growing a variety of fruits and vegetables for wholesale and direct purchase. The farm also grow strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries for pick-your-own (PYO), a great experience at any age. The farm's PYO stand is open during the growing season from the first strawberries in June through the last of the high bush blueberries in August. Open 7 days a week from 7am-1pm.
Call the 'Berry Hotline' for daily updates and conditions at (207) 657-2877 or visit their page on the Pineland Farms website for more information.
In 1999, a group of preservation-minded residents formed a non-profit organization, pursued an aggressive fundraising campaign and purchased Skyline Farm in North Yarmouth. This is one of the few farms in the town's village center with its original land, fifty-four acres of fields and woods.
Skyline Farm has protected its open space by putting 46 acres into a conservation easement held by the Royal River Conservation Trust. Skyline Farm now hosts a wide variety of community events, including equine activities, museum exhibits, antique auto gatherings, an art show and a music festival.
More at SkylineFarm.org.
By Black Tie Catering
Rotating Buffet and Grilling Station
- Bisson's Farm chicken breasts marinated in lime and wildflower honey with Maine blueberry-mango salsa
- Quinoa with tomatoes, parsley, chick peas, lemon zest
- Summer vegetable slaw with Spears Farm green cabbage, red cabbage, red peppers, green beans, julienned carrots, orange zest
- Romaine hearts, Borealis Breads sourdough croutons, shaved pecorino, lemon herb vinaigrette
- Cantaloupe, watermelon, shaved cucumber, mint simple syrup
- Chocolate chip cookies and Maine maple-ginger snap cookies
- Cucumber water, lemonade with blueberries, iced tea
*Vegetarian options available
Provided by Allagash Brewing Company, local craft brewery
*Free for all finishers of age
*Included in all ride registrations
Children under 12: $14.99
Meet the Farmers Dinner
By Black Tie Catering
The Farmer's Table Hors D'oeuvres
- Local and seasonal vegetables, cheeses, fruit, housemade dips, spreads, local honey, jams and jellies with crostini, crackers and baguette
Passed Hors D'oeuvres
- Crostini with summer vegetable tapenade
- Charred flatbread with peach, cheese curds, smoked bacon and basil with Maine maple balsamic reduction
- Fried green tomato with garlic aioli and roasted corn salsa
- House made rolls with whipped butter
- Mixed greens with Pineland Farms feta cheese, Maine berries, toasted almonds, sweet corn and honey dill vinaigrette
- Maine lobster with local pork sausage, fresh herbs and tomato basil butter
- Roasted farmers potatoes with peas, caramelized onions and warm mustard vinaigrette
- Berry crisp with whipped cream
- Coffee station
*Vegetarian and vegan options available upon request
Aid Station 'Small Bites'
Small bites menu coming soon
Note: all aid stations are also stocked with ride fuel from GU & Clif Bar
All activities at Pineland Farms 15 Farm View Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260
Free on-site parking
Official Event Hotel
Hampton Inn Freeport/Brunswick
194 Lower Main Street
Freeport, ME 04032
We are pleased to once again be working with the Hampton Inn Freeport/Brunswick as our partner hotel. Conveniently located just off I-295 in Freeport, the property is a short drive to our venue and convenient to all that Freeport has to offer. Please keep in mind that August is high season in Maine, so reserve your room soon!
Call 207-865-1400 and mention Farm to Fork Fondo to book, or click here to make your reservation online.
Suggested Area Activities
- Explore local offerings with Maine Foodie Tours and Maine Beer Tours
- Maine Native American Summer Market and Demonstration at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester
- Horseback riding lessons at Pineland Farms in Pownal
- Visit the L.L. Bean Flagship Store and L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools in Freeport
- Culinary classes at Stonewall Kitchen in York
- Local wine education classes with Wine Wise sommelier Erica Archer
- Visit local lighthouses by bike
- More suggested local activities