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Tour de Farms is growing, local cycling event

Take advantage of early bird rates by registering for what's becoming one of Addison County's late summer hottest events-the third annual Tour de Farms. The event will take place rain or shine on Sunday, Sept. 19, starting and ending at the Shoreham Green.

Join bicyclists from all over Vermont and beyond in hitting the roads to take in one of three scenic routes highlighting the agricultural landscape of the Champlain Valley, while stopping and sampling the freshest foods at farms along the way.

Cyclists who take advantage of the advance registration pricing will save $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Advance registration for adult riders is $20 and $10 for kids 12 and under. All kids in bikeseats or trailers ride free. The deadline for advance registration is Monday, Sept. 13 (sorry - no exceptions). Those who miss the advance registration deadline are welcome to come and ride at the higher day-of registration fee. Day-of registration fees will increase to $30 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under. All Tour de Farms proceeds benefit the Addison Country Relocalization Network (ACORN), Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition, and Rural Vermont.

This year's event will again feature a 30, 25, and 10 mile route, with start times of 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 11:30 a.m., respectively. Many of the farms featured on the routes in previous years will be back for year number 3: Doolittle Farm, Golden Russet Farm, Eagle's Flight Farm, Champlain Orchards, Douglas Orchards, Shoreham Winery, Crescent Orchards, Millborne Farm, Singing Cedars Farmstead, Stonewood Farm, North Branch Farm and Gardens, and Vermont Cookie Love are just some of the farms and food producers to expect, plus many new additions are planned.

New to this year's Tour will be special event tee shirts and a Ploughman's Lunch (apple, cheese, chutney, and bread), both available for purchase in advance or on the day of the event. The Tour de Farms is sponsored by Earl's Cyclery in South Burlington and Sovernet Communications.

The Shoreham Apple Fest, hosted by the Platt Memorial Library, is back and will again take place on the Shoreham Green following the Tour de Farms. Apple Fest proceeds benefit the Platt Memorial Library Building Fund.

For complete details about the Tour de Farms and to register in advance, visit www.ruralvermont.org, or call 802-223-7222.

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