Viroqua Food Co+op Blog

Bike the Barns West - Sunday, June 30th 2013

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Mon, May 13, 2013 @ 04:44 PM

Bike the Barns WestDo you enjoy riding your bicycle in the rolling hills of the Driftless? Do you love local food? Are you interested in learning more about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and the local farms that supply produce to the Viroqua Food Co-op? If you answered yes to all those questions, do we have the event for you! 

Bike the Barns West is a recreational bicycle tour featuring FairShare CSA Coalition farms and local food in the Driftless region on Sunday, June 30. This unique bike tour takes riders to CSA farms around the region to raise awareness of and participation in local CSA farms. Bike the Barns West riders travel a 52 mile scenic route that starts and ends in Readstown, Wisconsin and visits Keewaydin Farm and Small Family Farm, both of which are CSA farms that supply delicious organic produce to the Viroqua Food Co-op. The ride is fueled by gourmet food grown by local farmers and prepared by Rooted Spoon Culinary, including snacks, lunch, and post-ride refreshments.

Biking on Cty Rd A

Funds raised through rider pledges support FairShare CSA Coalition’s Partner Shares Program, a community initiative to improve access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables, and support local farmers. Bike the Barns West is a fantastic way to roll through the countryside, visit local farms, eat delicious local food, and support a great cause.

Register for the ride here:

CSA Celebration After Party: Not able to ride but still want to party with us? Join us for the after party at the Readstown Tourist Park (310 W. Center St., Readstown, WI) where the emphasis is on locally produced drinks and snacks. 
Highlights include:
   •Music by Edward Stanton LeMar
   • Local Brews from Driftless Brewing Company
   • Local Soda from Wisco Pop!
Get your tickets for the After Party here:
Suggested $10 donation includes a drink and food ticket. Additional beverages will be available for purchase!

Volunteers: We need volunteers on Sunday, June 30th! To volunteer, contact Erika Jones at
The following volunteer positions and times are available:
   • Registration: 7-9:30am at Readstown Tourist Park
   • Water Stop: 9:15-11:15am at New Forest Farm
   • Lunch Stop: 10am-1:30pm at Keewaydin Farms
   • Snack Stop: 1-4pm at Small Family Farm
   • Water Stop: 2:30-5pm at the Liberty Bar
   • CSA Celebration After Party: 3-8pm at Readstown Tourist Park

Bike the Barns West is sponsored by: Viroqua Food Co-op, Driftless Organics, Organic Valley, Rooted Spoon Culinary, Badgerland Financial, Wisconsin Farmers Union, Bluedog Cycles, SnoPac, Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Wisco Pop!, GoMacro, Kickapoo Coffee Roasters, Vernon Trails, and FairShare CSA Coalition

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