The farm-to-table movement has been going strong since the early 2000s. Popular with foodies and sustainability advocates alike, it’s seen as a way to improve food quality with fresher ingredients, support local farmers, and promote overall food safety. Now, that movement is getting a unique two-wheeled twist with events known as Farm to Fork Fondo, providing cyclists with a new way to see — and taste — all that Northeastern regions have to offer.
From now until late September, six different Northeast rural farming communities will host one-day farm-to-table events specifically for cyclists. In 2015, 36 million Americans aged seven and above rode a bicycle at least six times, and these events will allow bike enthusiasts of all abilities to sample regional cuisines and beverages while taking in breathtaking scenic views.
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The third edition of the ride took place at Artwater Estate Vineyards in Burdett Saturday and Sunday.
This is the first time the Finger Lakes hosted the event, which highlights the region's agricultural community, allowing cyclists to ride through the area and enjoy locally sourced meals.
"The Finger Lakes really has all the elements that we're looking for, it's a really strong tourism region, people think of the wine and they want to come here," said Tyler Wren, the event director and founder of Wrenegade Sports.
Organizers said the event is a great way to boost the economy and tourism. Around 400 cyclists signed up for the ride and traveled from 25 different states.
The event raised over $400,000 in the Finger Lakes region.
Upcoming rides will be held in Vermont, PA Dutch, Maine and Berkshires. To learn more, visit http://www.farmforkfondo.com/
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Hudson Valley News Network: Farm to Fork Fondo – Hudson Valley was a "Celebration of Food, Fitness, and Community"
ORANGE COUNTY – Farm to Fork Fondo – Hudson Valley came to Warwick on Jun. 11 bringing with it a celebration of food, fitness, and community.
Despite the 90 degree weather, more than 500 cyclists took to the country roads of Orange County and surrounding towns to sample what farmers had to offer.
The event, which was hosted by Pennings Farm, featured aid stations at seven local farms where riders sampled the farms’ food. “We’re very happy to host the Farm to Fork Fondo,” said Steve Pennings, owner of Pennings Farm. “Wrenegade Sports’ organization skills are second to none and we can’t wait to do it again next year.”
WARWICK — It's described as a party on wheels where the guests are a unique mix of accomplished cyclists and novice riders.
On a warm Sunday morning, June 11, more than 500 cyclists, for the second consecutive year, rode from Pennings Farm and Cidery in distance options for cyclists of all abilities.
The event, "Farm to Fork Fondo," was presented by Wrenegade Sports LLC and hosted by Pennings Farm Cidery and Pennings Market.
A few minutes before the start of the ride, Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton and Tyler Wren, organizer of the event, welcomed and addressed the cyclists.
Neuhaus told the cyclists that the "Farm to Fork Fondo" would highlight Orange County's distinctive agriculture with locally sourced pre- and post-meals, and mid-ride aid stations hosted by working farms.
After a short countdown, Steve Pennings, driving his antique tractor, led the group down the hill from the Cidery to Warwick Turnpike.
The rides throughout Orange County ranged from a 10-mile family friendly "Ramble Ride" to a grueling 87-mile "Gran Fondo."
All the riders finished back at Pennings, where they had an opportunity to enjoy a country fair style after-ride barbecue and celebration.
The Farm to Fork Fondo series is supported by New Holland Agriculture, Colavita USA, Bianchi Bicycles, and other local and national-level sponsors. The series also includes events in Vermont, Pennsylvania Dutch country and Maine, all organized by Wrenegade Sports.
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National Geographic Contributor Lindsay Warner-Westley shared her experience at 2016 Farm to Fork Fondo - Vermont at Always Riding in a feature titled "Farm to Fork: Riding a Foodie Fondo in Vermont."
Read the full feature here: https://www.alwaysriding.com/features/farm-fork-riding-foodie-fondo-vermont/
The iconic magazine's 40th anniversary travel issue highlights our brand new Berkshires event in its "27 New Adventure Ideas."
BEST TRIPS 2017
#5 - FARM TO FORK FONDO - BERKSHIRES
Former pro cyclist Tyler Wren knows what motivates riders up a steep climb: craft beer and the smell of slow-cooked brisket. Looking to lure more people onto bikes while supporting small New England farmers, Wren launched his Farm to Fork Fondo series in 2015. "Farms represent more than just gorgeous scenery," he says. "Behind every beautiful barn is a family doing work vital to our way of life." Between rest stops fueled with maple candies in Vermont or blueberry turnovers in Maine, riders cover ten-mile or even century-long rides lined with 5,00-foot King of the Hill climbs.
This summer, Farm to Fork Fondo will add a Berkshires tour in western Massachusetts to its menu, starting with a Meet the Farmers Dinner at Hancock Shaker Village and culminating with live music and a barbecue by Wheelhouse Farm, a local farm-to-table caterer. Rides from $40 to $450; farmforkfondo.com
-Jen Murphy (2015 & 2016 Farm to Fork Fondo participant & Outside contributor)
In its first issue of 2017, Men's Health offered monthly recommendations for readers looking to make the best of a new year. We're excited to announce that Farm to Fork Fondo - Maine was listed as the essential August adventure for 2017!
The Berkshire Eagle looks into the story behind Farm to Fork Fondo, and why we're expanding to the Berkshires in 2017.
Coverage of Farm to Fork Fondo Hudson Valley by The Warwick Advertiser:
The Boston Globe takes a ride at Farm to Fork Fondo Vermont:
Road Bike Action Magazine covers the news of the Colavita | Bianchi Women's Professional Cycling Team's attendance of the 2016 Farm to Fork Fondo events: http://roadbikeaction.com/home-page/colavita-farm-to-fork-fondo-series
Bike World News details the presence of the Colavita | Bianchi Women's Professional Cycling Team at the 2016 Farm to Fork Fondo series: http://www.bikeworldnews.com/2016/02/03/womens-professional-cycling-team-headlines-2016-farm-to-fork-fondo/