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BRISTOL, VT – ACORN’s annual Tour de Farms will be held Sunday, September 18th with four exciting new additions: a 14-mile family-friendly route, a Farm Bus, a concierge Farm Van, and an After Party with live music, ice cream, food and drinks!
“The Farm Bus idea originated within the community and we are quite excited to offer this opportunity for the very first time,” confirms Jonathan Corcoran, ACORN’s Executive Director. “People heard about the Tour and asked for an alternative to riding bikes. They will now be able to share in the experience of sampling delicious, farm fresh food while enjoying the beauty of the landscapes from the comfort of the bus.”
ACORN also heard, and listened to, requests for a family-friendly route. In addition to the flagship 30-mile route is a new 14-mile route, suggested for families with kids over the age of 14. The Farm Bus will follow the 30-mile route and tickets must be purchased in advance. The Farm Van enables all riders to purchase products from the farms without having to worry about carrying the extra weight on their backs. The After Party will pick up where the Tour ends, and includes live music by The Doughboys, free Farmhouse Ice Cream for all riders, a food truck, and local beverages for sale by Shacksbury Cider, Savouré Soda and Hogback Mountain Brewery.
The Tour de Farms will start and end at the Bristol Rec Field, next to Mt. Abraham High School, and will feature over 25 participating farms, food businesses and restaurants. “The Tour is a fantastic way for our community to connect with the people who grow our food,” notes Jonathan. “Riders enjoy not only the pastoral landscape, but they also get a kick out of going behind the scenes of the farm, talking to the farmers in person, learning about the efforts that go into growing food, and tasting the food right where its grown by the people who grow it. The farmers love it, too.”
The Tour de Farms is ACORN’s major fundraiser, and they are accepting donations beyond the price of tickets in an effort to further promote their mission. ACORN’s goal is for citizens to fully understand the value of local food and its possibilities to build a stronger local economy and a healthier community. 25% of the proceeds from advanced registration will go to all participating farms on the Tour.
ACORN is also recruiting volunteers. Most volunteers ride for free and all will be entered into a raffle to win various prizes. People interested in volunteering can send an email to email@example.com.
This year’s event is sponsored by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, City Market, Skinny Pancake, Earl’s Cyclery, Citizen Cider and Seven Days. Advance registration is open until 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 and registrations are also accepted day-of-ride. For more information and to register, visit www.acornvt.org.
ACORN(Addison County Relocalization Network) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community organization based in Middlebury, VT whose mission is to promote the growth and health of local food and agriculture in Vermont’s Champlain. We are working with growers, schools, businesses and community and statewide partners to double the consumption of locally-grown food by 2020. For more information, go to http://www.acornvt.org/.