The Farm-to-Farm Century was created to show off two of the very best things about Oregon: wonderful local, food-producing farms and beautiful backcountry cycling.
This is not just a bike ride. It’s 100 miles of beautiful, backcountry roads and sweeping Willamette Valley landscapes. It’s several hours of unforgettable times with 99 other like-minded cyclists. It’s discovering local farms and enjoying healthy, natural, mouth-watering edibles. And certainly, it’s an event that will leave you feeling proud, healthy and a little tired.
The event is also a fundraiser benefiting the Monroe Sharing Gardens, a unique community garden designed to encourage local food, self-reliance, build more resilient communities and provide fresh produce to food banks and other charities. The event cost is just $88 – a bargain considering the benefits you’ll enjoy along the way.
This debut event begins and ends at the Monroe Sharing Gardens on Saturday, September 17, 2011. The route will visit four food-producing farms, where you will be spoiled with mid-ride food that comes directly from the farms and local food-producing companies that share this ride’s philosophy: Be healthy! Eat locally!
At the end of your 100-mile excursion, the folks at Monroe Sharing Gardens will greet you with a freshly prepared, catered meal from produce grown right in their gardens, plus live bluegrass music and a Bounty Bag. (It’s like swag, but better.)
Each farm is equipped with restrooms, delicious food, helpful volunteers, cold water, shade, seating areas, and a place to put your bike. Fresh fruit, beautiful vegetables, homemade oatmeal cookies, and organic potato doughnuts are just a few of the tasty foods you can expect from the farms. As an added bonus, we will share some of our favorite local products with you, including Toby’s Tofu Spread, Dave’s Killer Bread, and Genesis Juice just to name a few.
The event starts with a hearty breakfast: fresh, straight-from-the-garden fruit, a variety of Rudi’s Organic Bakery breads and bagels with gourmet nut butters, hearty Grizzlies-brand porridges, and freshly brewed Café Mam coffee.
At the end of your ride, enjoy a scrumptious, vegetarian meal that will leave you feeling full and satisfied. And we didn’t forget dessert! Lochmead Dairy is kindly providing vanilla ice cream, and Heidi Tunnell Catering in Creswell is baking up a variety of delicious cookies – ice cream sandwich anyone?
And if you’re tempted to buy something at one of the farms, the event will transport any purchased goods back to the starting line.
Visit the event website for more information.