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Side Dishes: Tour de Farms is Our Kind of Exercise

Published September 24, 2008 at 5:53 a.m.

Will and Judy Stevens showed up last weekend among the Addison County farmers and food producers who participated in the area's first "Tour de Farms." Cyclists rode planned routes with plenty of stops at orchards, fields and dairies, sampling some of the area's finest cooking and freshest products.

While organizers expected about 100 participants, they were shocked to see more than twice that number. "We never thought it would be quite so large. People were so excited and so hungry for it. It was really very wonderful," boasts Jonathan Corcoran. "There were people from Addison County who I recognized, but there were also people from further afield."

The event was such a hit that organizers are already starting to think about next year, although one eager participant "asked if we could do this every week," says Corcoran.

Though riders had their pick of three routes - the longest being 30 miles - they all ended up at the Shoreham Inn. There, many were seen sipping cool glasses of Will Stevens.

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Suzanne Podhaizer

Suzanne Podhaizer

Former contributor Suzanne Podhaizer is an award-winning food writer (and the first Seven Days food editor) as well as a chef, farmer, and food-systems consultant. She has given talks at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture's "Poultry School" and its flagship "Young Farmers' Conference." She can slaughter a goose, butcher a pig, make ramen from scratch, and cook a scallop perfectly.


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