Bike the Barns, FairShare CSA Coalition’s ninth annual fundraiser, will be held Sunday, Sept. 20. This bicycle tour will take riders to community supported agriculture (CSA) farms around south central Wisconsin in support of the Coalition’s Partner Shares Program, a community initiative to improve access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables that also supports small family farmers.
The ride will be fueled with fresh food grown by local farmers and prepared by community favorites such as Monty’s Blue Plate Diner, Madison Sourdough, 4&20 Café and Bakery, Just Coffee and more, and includes snacks, lunch, and after-party refreshments.
Bike the Barns riders will visit three farms and is approximately 55 miles. (A shorter route visits the same farms and is approximately 38 miles.)
This year’s ride will be located east of Madison, highlighting Regenerative Roots (Jefferson), Sprouting Acres (Cambridge) and Wholesome Harvest (Fort Atkinson). The ride starts and ends at Rock River Park in Fort Atkinson and is supported by SAG vehicles and onbike support riders.
All proceeds support FairShare CSA Coalition and the Partner Shares program.
“Bike the Barns riders get a chance to visit three CSA farms, meet the farmers, and really learn about where and how veggies are grown,” said Erica Jones, FairShare’s executive director.
FairShare envisions a future where Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is the backbone of a strong local food system. Where all families have access to locally produced, organic food, and strong connections to farms, food and community.