Tour de Farms 2016 connects cyclists and food lovers with Midcoast farms
On Sept. 10, The Morris Farm Trust of Wiscasset will hold its 17th annual Tour de Farms, a cycling and car tour through the scenic farmland of Maine’s Midcoast with stops at working farms along the way. The event will comprise a full, fun and exciting day for farmers and riders.
This year’s Tour de Farms offers three new, beautiful rides: 56 and 42 miles, as well as an 18-mile family ride through the towns of Wiscasset, Dresden and Whitefield. Riders will visit some of Maine’s most unique and beautiful farms; learn where their food comes from; and better understand the effort that goes into producing it. They’ll also be able to purchase fresh goods to take home. Volunteers will courier cyclists’ purchases back to the Morris Farm. Participating farms include Goranson’s, a certified organic farm; Maine Medicinals, a certified organic processor of standardized nutraceuticals; Uncas Farm and Sheepscot General Store; Hamilton Farm and Barred Owl Creamery; and Wandering Root Farm, among others.
The event is intended for experienced and novice cyclists, as well as local food lovers. Non-cyclists are invited to drive a route developed for vans and cars.
After the ride, participants will return to the Morris Farm for a barbecue featuring local foods and entertainment provided by the musical group, Well-Seasoned.
The Midcoast Tour de Farms is sponsored annually by The Morris Farm Trust. Located in Wiscasset, the Trust is both a working farm and an educational resource for the communities of Midcoast Maine. A non-profit, educational membership organization, the Morris Farm Trust promotes the values of sustainable agriculture and stewardship of the earth through education, demonstration and community involvement.
Additional partners for this year’s event include ReVision Energy, Wiscasset Ford, Reny’s, Chesterfield Associates, Inc., Norm’s Used Cars, and Carl M.P. Larrabee Agency.
To register, or to learn more about the 2016 Tour de Farms, visit www.morrisfarm.org/tourdefarms2016, and follow Tour de Farms Midcoast Maine on Facebook for updates. Those who register by Aug. 27 will receive a reduced price. The rain date for the 2016 Tour de Farms will be Sunday, Sept. 11.