Advance registration for Tour de Farms now open

SHOREHAM - The third annual Tour de Farms will take place rain or shine Sunday, Sept. 19, starting and ending at the Shoreham Green. Bicyclists from all over Vermont and beyond will hit 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.

This year's event will again feature a 30-, 25-, and 10-mile route, with start times of 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m., respectively. Many of the farms featured on the routes in previous years will be back for year number three. 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 & Gardens, and Vermont Cookie Love are just some of the farms and food producers to expect, plus many new additions are in the works.

New to this year's tour will be special event T-shirts and a Ploughman's Lunch - apple, cheese, chutney, and bread - both available for purchase in advance or the day of the event.

Cyclists who take advantage of 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 younger. All kids in bike seats or trailers ride free. The deadline for advance registration is Monday, Sept. 13.

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 younger. All Tour de Farms proceeds benefit the Addison Country Relocalization Network (ACORN), Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition, and Rural Vermont.

The Tour de Farms is sponsored by Earl's Cyclery in South Burlington and Sovernet Communications.

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

The Shoreham Apple Fest, hosted by the Platt Memorial Library, is back by popular demand and will again be happening on the Shoreham Green following the Tour de Farms. Plan to stay and enjoy live music, prepared foods, a farm and craft market, and more. Apple Fest proceeds benefit the Platt Memorial Library Building Fund.

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