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Tour Des Farms a Big Success

Participants of the Tour Des Farms gather with their bikes for instructions.

On a beautiful fall morning in late September, over 100 enthusiastic individuals brought their curiosity and bicycles to Simsbury to participate in the annual Connecticut Tour des Farms. The purpose of the tour was to highlight the value and contributions that agriculture brings to Connecticut and its communities.

Riders pedaled their way through some of the state's most beautiful farmland while seeing, smelling, and tasting a variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as flowers, organic garlic, ice cream, and wine. They also had an opportunity to visit a petting zoo and take a haunted hayride.

Riders met at the Tulmeadow Farm where they received a free T-shirt, several informational handouts, and $5 worth of Farm Bucks to spend at the farms of their choice. They were also treated to a minor tune-up from an Earth Team volunteer mechanic.

Armed with the rules of the road and fueled with fresh-baked bagels and beverages, riders set off to explore the 24-mile scenic loop. Following the spray-painted arrows and directions provided by the invaluable Earth Team volunteers stationed at critical points along the route - all the riders completed the course, were happily fed, and left with their farm fresh purchases knowing a little more about the farming community in Connecticut.