Routes Revealed for 2018 Farm to Fork Fondo Series
The Farm to Fork Fondo series has always taken pride in being an inclusive event accessible to any skill level. Riders can choose from three levels of Fondo difficulty and take on the one that they deem best for them. There is also always the “Ramble Ride” which is an 8-10-mile ride accessible to anyone. This year’s series will include eight different events, in seven states throughout the east coast.
The series will open on May 20th with Farm to Fork Fondo – Shenandoah in Middletown Virginia. This event features distances ranging from 35-80 miles and elevations from 1700-4300ft. Local farm stops include Belle Grove Plantation, Valerie Hill Winery, Valley Roots Farm, Woodbine Farm Market, Marker-Miller Orchards, Backroom Brewery, and North Mountain Vineyard & Winery. The rolling green hills and scenic views are enough to make anyone think they’ve stepped back in time.
The next stop will be Farm to Fork Fondo – Hudson Valley in Warwick New York. One of the series most iconic landscapes, Hudson Valley provides Fondo distance from 35-80 miles and elevations from 1500-5000ft, along with stops at Warwick Valley Winery, Lowland Farm, The Brady Farm, Westtown Brew Works, Pierson’s Farm, and Apple Dave’s Orchards. Here you’ll experience a landscape that has been supplying food to the masses for centuries.
The third stop of the series is Farm to Fork Fondo – Pennsylvania Dutch in Honey Brook Pennsylvania. Here you can enjoy a simplicity that can only be found in Amish country. Here you’ll get to experience distances ranging from 30-80 miles and elevations from 1600-4000ft. Stops will be made at Wyebrook Farm, Conebella Farm, Riehl’s Family Farm, Lapp Valley Farms, Wanner’s Pride N Joy Farm, Lil’ Country Store & Miniature Horse Farm, and September Farm. Farming and gathering is a tradition here that can be perfectly experienced from the seat of a bicycle.
The fourth stop of the series is Farm to Fork Fondo – Champlain Islands in South Hero Vermont. Here you’ll experience stunning lake and mountain views, while passing through the local communities that make Vermont local foods so amazing. Fondo distance ranges from 30-85 miles, while elevations here range from 1200-2300ft making it one of our flattest rides. Here you’ll get to make stops at farms such as Snow Farm Winery, Hackett’s Orchard, Goulet Farm, Hall Home Place, Darby Farm, and Savage Gardens. Vermont is the perfect look at what small farming is all about and is a big reason these events exist in the first place.
The fifth stop is Farm to Fork Fondo – Finger Lakes in Burdett New York. Centuries ago glaciers carved the breathtaking views seen here today, that create perfect conditions for both riding and the cultivation of the wine and cheese that riders will sample at this event. Fondo distances here range from 40-85 miles while elevations range from 2400-3600ft. You’ll make stops at farms like Atwater Estate Vineyards, Blue Heron Farm, Muranda Cheese Company, Varick Winery, Lively Run Goat Dairy, Silver Queen Farm, Plowbreak Farm, and Wolftree Farm.
The sixth stop in the series is Farm to Fork Fondo – Maine in New Gloucester. This event allows riders to experience the bounty of both the land and the sea as you ride through where the forest meets the coast. Here the rocky coastline sincerely echoes the rugged determination of the faming community. With stops at Pineland Farms, Intervale Farm, Scatter Good Farm, Portersfield Cider, Winter Hill Farm, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Skyline Farm along with distances from 35-85 miles and elevations ranging from 2000-5000ft; this event is one of our most picturesque.
The seventh stop is Farm to Fork Fondo – Berkshires in Pittsfield Massachusetts. Always considered one of the most delicious events, there is a distinct culinary movement happening in the Berkshires – where farms and restaurants are creating a world-class food culture by working together to use local seasonal ingredients. Distances here are between 30-80 miles, while elevations here range from 1800-5000ft. You’ll get to stop at some of the farms spearheading this farm to table movement such as Hancock Shaker Village, Hilltop Orchards, Colfax Farm, Taft Farms, Bartlett’s Orchard, Turner Farms Maple Syrup, Woven Roots Farm, Les Trois Emme Vineyard & Winery, and High Lawn Farm.
The eighth and final stop of the series is Farm to Fork Fondo – Garden State in Brown Mills New Jersey. Here riders will pedal their way past deep crimson cranberry bogs and uninhabited pine lands as they experience the unique agriculture that gave the state it’s nickname. Here Fondo distance are between 35-80 miles and elevations range from 500-900ft. Riders will get to make stops at local farms such as Whitesbog Historic Village and Pine Barrens Native Fruits.
You can check out all eight event course maps, as well as elevation charts, the featured farms a lot more by clicking the link here: http://www.farmforkfondo.com/schedule/