Posted by Charlene on Sep 27 2010
The ride was hillier than we expected, but my partner and I had a great time on the 30 mile loop of the Vermont Bike/Ped Coalition’s 3rd Le Tour de Farms last Sunday. We met lots of friends along the way, including Ron Manganiello of Local Motion’s Bike Recycle Vermont program and Tim Mathewson of Little City Cycles.
Here we are at Millborne Farm with Nancy Schulz, Executive Director of the VT Bike/Ped Coalition and her partner, Anne. One of Millborne Farm’s cows was conveniently grazing near the front door of the barn for an excellent cyclists’ photo op.
The food was great: bites of butternut, acorn, and hubbard squash cooked with butter and maple syrup; freshly made ice cream; maple coated walnuts and maple sugar maple leaves; apples and cider; drinkable yogurt; artisan cheeses and sausage. I hiked back into Champlain Orchards for a bushel of Empire “drops” to bring home for sauce. They fit nicely into my pair of “grocery bag” panniers –1/2 a bushel on each side. I figured it didn’t hurt to make the ride a little more challenging. We’ve made several quarts of sauce from them this past week.
We were entertained by bands both at Champlain Orchards and again at the Shoreham town green, where a harvest festival was taking place upon our return. It was a beautiful day for a great ride that benefited Rural Vermont, the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition, and the Addison County Relocalization Network.
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