Riders pulling onto the road for Bike the Barns

For the seventh year in a row, the Fairshare CSA Coalition has put together a fundraiser called “Bike the Barns”. Participants chose to bike either the shorter “radish” route, 30 miles, or the longer “rutabaga” route, 70 miles. The route winds throughout the Southeast Wisconsin countryside, stopping at pre-designated farms along the way. Each farm fuels the participants on with food from local farms and vendors, with a big after-party at the end of the ride full of tasty things to eat and drink. When I left my house in my toasty car the morning of this year’s event, I doubted there would be a large turnout. It was chilly, and even more-so the rain didn’t seem to be letting up. I was so excited to find out from the first person on the route that hundreds of people had already rolled through, and I should hurry to get to the next farm before they were all moved on to the next one. Despite the rain, the ride was beautiful, and people seemed to be in high spirits. The ride raised $34,891, which will help the Coalition’s Partner Shares Program, a program that helps low-income families in our community have the ability to get CSA boxes, meaning fresh, healthy produce! I love the work they’re doing, and I had a great time documenting this beautiful event. (albeit, I felt a little guilty & lazy driving around in my dry, warm car!) Hooray to all you bikers who raised money and biked through the rain, kudos to you.

Bikers ride next to telephone poles in the countryside in WisconsinTwo bikers starting Bike the BarnsBlue Skies Farm ownersWet bikers in rainGroups of parked bikesBarn and silo in WisconsinTwo people bikingColorful pheasantNice calves sign for Bike the BarnsBikers waving for Bike the BarnsRed barn and yellow field en route for Bike the BarnsParking the bikes through the trees.Petting the goats. Funny goat face. sheep at Scotch Hill FarmIce Cream Sandwich at Scotch Hill FarmCorgi at Farm in WisconsinChickens at Scotch Hill FarmSmiles at Scotch Hill Farm.Candid smile at farmSign for Bike the BarnsLong country roadBikers in the rain on country roadRainy day in the countryPheasants on side of roadBikers on country road with Wisconsin countrysideWisconsin countrysideBeer is near the finish for Bike the BarnsFinishing the rideKale salad made for Bike the Barns participantsBike the Barns glassesPlate of food for Bike the BarnsClose up of Banjo player at Bike the Barns, WisconsinBeer and food at Bike the BarnsEating farm to table Bike the BarnsGroups of people eating at after partyBand playing outside for Bike the BarnsBike the Barns 2013
The beautiful farms that were visited this year included
Blue Moon Community Farm in Stoughton, Wi.
Blue Skies Farm in Brooklyn, Wi.
Tipi Produce in Evansville, Wi.
Scotch Hill Farm in Brodhead, Wi.