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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.

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Farm to Fork Fondo - Vermont

July 15-16, 2017 - Riverside Farm - 57 Tweed River Drive, Pittsfield, VT

Green Mountains, quaint villages, quiet meandering roads,  fresh and fantastic local foods --  this is Vermont, the heart of the small farm movement

Overview

WHAT'S NEW
FOR 2017

Yes, the 2016 Farm to Fork Fondo - Vermont was awesome! Guess what?? We have even more updates and amenities for 2017, including:

  • New Meet the Farmers Dinner the night before the ride with the families from our featured farms
  • Updated routes with new featured farms and an enhanced Stages Segment Challenge
  • Expanded professional course support from Silca and La Bicicletta
  • New pre-ride Maple Hill Creamery Fuel-Up Station
  • New post-ride Elite Performance Team Recovery Zone with Normatec recovery boots
  • 2 brand spankin' new Bianchi bikes to give away
  • New merchandise items including the official 2017 Farm to Fork Fondo kit
  • Expanded post-ride festival with local vendors
  • More money for local farms through the Volunteer Competition

Event SCHEDULE

All activities at Riverside Farm - 57 Tweed River Drive, Pittsfield, VT

Saturday July 15, 2017

  • 5 to 7pm Packet Pickup with cash bar at Riverside Farm Red Barn
  • 5pm Free Pro Rider Bicycle Skills Clinic for riders of all abilities, presented by Bianchi and Elite Performance Team
  • 7pm Meet the Farmers Dinner at Riverside Farm Brown Barn (tickets required)

SUnday July 16, 2017

  • 6:30 to 8am Packet pickup, Abracadabra Coffee, and Maple Hill Creamery Fuel-Up Station open
  • 8:30am Farm to Fork Fondo (Piccolo, Medio and Gran) departs (pre-registration required)
  • 11am Ramble Ride departs
  • 11am to 6pm Farm to Fork Post-Ride Barbecue open (tickets required)
  • 1pm Kids' Mini-Fondo departs
  • 1 to 5pm Live music 
  • 5pm Volunteer Competition Awards Ceremony

Latest Updates

Ride Details

GRAN - 93MI

MEDIO - 50MI

PICCOLO - 36MI

RAMBLE RIDE - 12MI

Note: space is limited to 600 riders and we expect to sell out

Warman Memorial
Gran Fondo
93 miles

This challenging ride is designed by former professional cyclist climbing specialist Tyler Wren and is based on a route created by the founder of Spartan Race. The course features 3 tough ascents, visits to 7 farms, endless farmland, challenging gravel roads, and a massive sense of satisfaction when you cross the finish line. We are honored to feature this route which serves as a remembrance of local cycling legend Chet Warman. Earn your feast. Dine in style.

DETAILS

  • 6,574 feet of climbing
  • 7 Aid Stations at local farms
  • 4 timed sections
  • Two dirt road sections, rolling, navigable by road bike

ROUTE

 

Medio Fondo
50 Miles

Get up close and personal with the Green Mountain National Forest and a variety of local Vermont farms along its borders. Challenge yourself on a mountain gap and some gravel roads, but don't forget to pause and take in the gorgeous summer-in-Vermont views. All of the Gran Fondo experience in a tighter package. 

DETAILS

  • 3,283 feet of climbing
  • 4 Aid Stations at local farms
  • 2 timed climbs
  • One dirt road section, smooth, rolling, navigable by road bike

ROUTE

 

Piccolo Fondo
35 Miles

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

DETAILS

  • 1,884 feet of elevation gain
  • 3 Aid Stations at local farms
  • 1 timed climb
  • One dirt road section, smooth, rolling, navigable by road bike

ROUTE

 

Ramble Ride
11 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
  • All paved

ROUTE

     

    Note: The Fondo courses at our Vermont event are our most challenging and the Gran and Medio courses ascend mountain gaps. Check out our other events if you're looking for a less challenging ride. Don't worry, the Vermont Ramble Ride is suitable for beginners.

    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
    $126.99*
    $102.99*
    $82.99*
    $39.99
    $22.99

    After Jan 16
    $137.99*
    $113.99*
    $92.99*
    $39.99
    $22.99

    After May 8
    $149.99*
    $125.99*
    $104.99*
    $39.99
    $22.99

    After June 12
    $169.99*
    $145.99*
    $124.99*
    $39.99
    $22.99

     

    *Plus $3 minimum donation to the Volunteer Competition


    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
    $376.99*
    $352.99*
    $332.99*
     

    After Jan 16
    $387.99*
    $363.99*
    $342.99*

    After May 8
    $399.99*
    $375.99*
    $354.99*

    After June 12
    $419.99*
    $395.99*
    $374.99*

     

    *Plus $3 minimum donation to the Volunteer Competition


    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

    $79.99
    $29.99
    $14.99

     
    Featured 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 to the Green Mountain State 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.  


    Riverside Farm

    Start/Finish
    Pittsfield

    Our host Riverside Farm is Vermont's most exclusive wedding venue – a sprawling estate located in beautiful Pittsfield, Vermont. The stunning property has a quintessentially Vermont feel including six beautifully restored barns, over 700 acres, a working farm and much, much more.

    The estate is also the birthplace of the wildly popular obstacle event series Spartan Race, and regularly hosts endurance events in between world-class weddings. Healthy living is a core value of Riverside Farm owner and Spartan Race founder Joe Desena.  

    For more information visit RiversideFarmWeddings.com.


    SWEET
    GEORGIA P'S

    Pittsfield

    Sweet Georgia P's is a family-owned and operated certified organic farm on a beautiful tract of land in the heart of Pittsfield. The family's mission is to provide fresh, local certified organic produce and eggs produced by organically fed, pasture-raised chickens through their community supported agriculture (CSA) program. 

    Sweet Georgia P's will be supplying much of the ingredients for the gourmet post-ride barbecue and the Saturday night farm-to-fork feast. 

    Find out more about Sweet Georgia P's and sign up for their CSA, which has pickup locations in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, at SweetGeorgiaPs.com.


    LIBERTY HILL
    FARM & INN

    Rochester

    Liberty Hill is both a Dairy of Distinction working farm and a bed and breakfast inn. They are a member of the Cabot Cooperative and maintain a herd of 270 purebred Robeth Holstein cows. 

    Owner Beth Kennett educates her guests about Vermont agriculture and dairy farming. She makes seasonally fresh meals from locally-sourced ingredients and was named 2013 Innkeeper of the year by Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

    Sharp Vermont cheddar cheese sourced from Liberty Hill Farm and the other farmer-owner members of the Cabot Cooperative will be featured at an aid station stop, the gourmet post-ride barbecue and the Saturday night farm-to-fork feast. 

    For more information on Liberty Hill and to book a farm stay, visit LibertyHillFarm.com


    SUNSHINE VALLEY BERRY FARM

    Rochester

    Established as Blair's Berry Farm in 1998 by Ron and Leslie Blair, Sunshine Valley is growing into one of the prettiest and most productive organic farms in central Vermont. Only organic practices and products have been used since the farm's founding. 

    Owned and operated since 2007 by local couple Rob Meadows and Patricia Rydle, the farm remains proudly independent, local and organic. 


    NORTH HOLLOW FARM

    Rochester

    Carrol Bowen bought 200 acres of land in 1948 for $2,000 and started North Hollow Farm. Carrol's son Mike and his wife Julie Brown have since taken over and expanded the farm to 1,000 acres in a beautiful, sprawling setting a stone's throw from the Green Mountain National Forest. 

    North Hollow Farm is home to 4-500 beef cattle and delivers the finest in grass-fed beef, natural pork, chicken and goat, and 100% pure Vermont maple syrup products. In 2003, for environmental and health reasons, Mike and Julie decided to forgo corn feed for their cows and maintain an all-grass feed program.

     


    Stitchdown Farm

    Bethel

    Stitchdown Farm is a diversified flower farm & floristry that grows nutrient dense flowers with their hands, horses, and tractor. Rita Champion and Andrew Plotsky, the owners at Stitchdown Farm, strive to bring greater health, nutrition and prosperity to their land, their community and their family by building a farming enterprise that reduces their reliance on fossils and places a strong emphasis on regeneration, vibrance, and human connections.

    Food is Rita and Andrew's prime motivation for farming. They take great pleasure in eating 3 - 7 times a day, and take pride in their flower business making feasible the great privilege to grow much of their own food, living in the most beautiful place in the world, and participating in a productive community of farmers and craftspeople who are working towards a collectively prosperous central Vermont.

    For more information visit StitchdownFarm.com.


    Hurricane Flats

    South Royalton

    Hurricane Flats is a diversified organic produce farm located on 37 beautiful acres nestled along the banks of the White River in South Royalton, Vermont. Since 1995, owners Geo and Sharon have been lucky enough to live and farm in one of the most beautiful places they know. It's a life that wouldn't be possible without the loyal support of so many people who believe in the farm and the simple notion that good, healthy, fresh produce is something worth getting excited about. 

    Potatoes, lettuces, cabbage, carrots, cantaloupe, tomatoes, onions, strawberries, pumpkins, corn...  the farm grows most anything that is on your weekly shopping list. Even though the produce available varies throughout the season, one thing definitely remains true: everything from the farm was grown organically, without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or fertilizers. The farm's produce is not just fresh, healthy and tasty - it's also safe for the environment, your family, and posterity.


    Billings Farm & Museum

    Woodstock

    Elmer Farm partner farm of gourmet cycling event farm to fork fondo

    The Billings Farm & Museum is considered the gateway to Vermont's rural heritage, and features one of the finest dairy farms in America and a museum of Vermont's rural past. The farm continues a long tradition of agricultural excellence, dating back to 1871, when native Vermonter Frederick Billings set out to build a farm and forestry operation that would serve future generations as a model of wise stewardship. His farm flourished and is still an operating farm today, continued through the stewardship of Billings' granddaughter Mary French Rockefeller and her husband, conservationist Laurance Spelman Rockefeller.

    The farm and museum is open to visitors and makes a great Farm to Fork Fondo weekend activity. Learn more at BillingsFarm.org.


    KISS THE COW
    FARM

    Barnard

    Kiss the Cow farm partner farm of gourmet cycling event Farm to Fork Fondo

    Kiss the Cow Farm is an organic dairy farm with a small grass-fed herd of Jersey cows. They also have a greenhouse, chicken coop, and beautiful sunflowers.

    Every summer Kiss the Cow hosts and trains volunteer farmers-in-training through Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Training roles include milking, haying, fencing and driving tractors, and interns are housed in a retrofitted old maple sugar house. 

    Kiss the Cow Farm will be hosting an aid station. For more information about the farm and their internship program, visit KisstheCowFarm.com.

    Menus

    Post-Ride
    Farm to Fork
    Barbecue

    By Vermont Farms Catering

    Menu

    • Heirloom squash salad with Maplebrook feta, mint & chili
    • Peaslee potato salad with north country bacon
    • Grilled Misty Knoll chicken salad with tomatoes, cucumber & lime
    • Roasted Sweet Georgia P’s goat tacos
    • Pulled pork sliders
    • Local vegetable burgers
    • Sweet Georgia P's farm salad with maple balsamic vinaigrette
    • Local tomato gazpacho
    • Colavita pasta salad
    • Assortment of freshly bakes brownies and cookies
    • Lemonade, Iced tea

    Finisher Brew

    Free print from Switchback brewing for all finishers of age

    Tickets

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


    Meet the Farmers Dinner

    By Vermont Farms Catering

    Menu

    *Vegetarian options available

    • Selection of Vermont meats and Cabot cheeses
    • Watermelon salad with fresh mint and feta cheese
    • Crispy roasted Misty Knoll chicken, summer corn succotash, red pepper butter
    • Vermont-raised NY strip stake with horseradish chimichurri and braised greens
    • Crispy fingerling potatoes with garlic and rosemary
    • Coconut panna cotta with fresh berries

    Tickets

    $94.99
    *Included in First Class Registration

    Note: All menus subject to change


    Aid Station 'Small Bites'

     

    Heritage farm

    Gourmet pizza - by the NOFA - Vermont Pizza Oven
     - Featured ingredients: Vermont Cabot cheese and Vermont Smoke & Cure pepperoni
     - Routes: Gran, Medio, Piccolo & Ramble Ride

    sunshine berry FARM

    Raspberry tarts - by Sandy's Bakery
     - Featured ingredients: raspberries and basswood honey from the farm
     - Routes: Gran, Medio & Piccolo

    north hollow FARM

    Homemade maple candies - by Mom & Pop's World's Best Maple Syrup
     - Featured ingredient: pure Vermont maple syrup from the farm
     - Routes: Gran, Medio & Piccolo

    Stitchdown FARM

    Flower toast - by Sandy's Bakery
     - Featured ingredients: edible flowers from the farm
     - Routes: Gran & Medio

    Hurricane Flats

    Gourmet popcorn - by Karen's Artisan Popcorn
     - Featured ingredients: popcorn from the farm
     - Routes: Gran

    Billings FARM

    Pretzel bites with beer cheese dip - by The Woodstock Inn
     - Featured ingredients: cheddar cheese made on the farm
     - Routes: Gran

    kiss the cow FARM

    Ice cream - freshly made on the farm
     - Featured ingredient: dairy from the farm
     - Routes: Gran

    Note: all aid stations are also stocked with ride fuel from GU & Clif Bar


    chef Profile

    Kevin Lasko
    Vermont Farms Catering

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    All of the meals at the Farm to Fork Fondo - Vermont are the creation of Vermont Farms Catering and their talented Executive Chef Kevin Lasko. 

    Chef Lasko studied at the New England Culinary Institute and has long believed that Vermont, with its deep farm and dairy roots, stands at the important intersection of agriculture, cuisine and all things culinary.

    Prior to establishing Vermont Farms Catering, Chef Lasko was the executive chef at the Park Avenue Seasons where he earned two stars from the New York Times, the "Best New York Restaurant" title from New York Magazine, and was named one of Forbes Magazine's "Best Eateries in New York City." 

    Travel Information

    Travel Information

    Directions

    All activities at Riverside Farm - 57 Tweed River Drive, Pittsfield, VT
    Free on-site parking

     

    Official Lodging Partners

    Riverside Farm

    Normally reserved for private events, premium on-site lodging at Riverside Farm is available for the Farm to Fork Fondo weekend. The farm offers beautiful private cottages, as well as rooms in a converted iconic white barn. To book your stay call (802) 746-8822 or e-mail reservations@riversidefarm.com.

    Amee Farm Lodge

    (1 mile from Start/Finish)

    Picturesque Amee Farm Lodge is located just one mile north of Riverside Farm - a flat ride from your room to the start/finish. The rustically elegant inn features king & queen suites, group rooms, luxury private bathrooms, and a beautiful covered porch overlooking the working farm across the street. Check availability on the Amee Farm Website and call innkeeper cyclists Simon and Jessica at (802) 746-8196 to book. 

    Trailside Inn

    (4.6 miles from Start/Finish)

    Charming and newly renovated inn and barn run by a young pair of cyclist innkeepers. They offer suites, bunk rooms and group lodging for up to 12-person groups. 

    All stays include breakfast. Book your room on their website or by giving Josh and Ann a call at 802-422-8800.

    Liberty Hill Farm Inn

    (10 miles from Start/Finish)

    This dairy farm along our Fondo route in Rochester is also an award-winning bed and breakfast. Owner Beth Kennet was named the Vermont Innkeeper of the Year in 2013, and cooks up locally-sourced breakfasts for her guests every morning. Visit the Liberty Hill website or call 802-767-3926 to book. 

    Bicycle rentals 

    Great Bike Tours is based out of Amee Farm Lodge right in our host town Pittsfield, and rents a fleet of mid-level road bikes perfect for Farm to Fork Fondo. They also rent helmets. Visit the Great Bike Tours website for more information.  

     

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