Bicycles. Farms. Food. Beers. Autumn.
The five elements that make a rad weekend are all covered in Tour de Farm. The second annual event happens this weekend, October 12 + 13, and seeks to raise money for the farmers that work with Community Farmers Market. In the meantime, check out this video from last year and pick up tickets here.
Hams+Yams What is Community Farmers Market and what is the mission behind the markets?
Lolly Beck-Pancer Community Farmers Markets is a non-profit that operates the Decatur, East Atlanta Village, and Grant Park Farmers Markets. Farmers and vendors sell directly to consumers at these outdoor markets which build a stronger local food system. We also do educational outreach, farm-to-table suppers, and special events to foster a local food community in Atlanta.
H+Y Tour de Farm is coming up, can you talk a bit about this event?
LBP Tour de Farm is going to be incredible. We will begin the ride at the Decatur Kitchen Garden operated by Global Growers, head to the Decatur Farmers Market for breakfast, learn about mushroom inoculation at 5th Kingdom mushrooms, enjoy lunch courtesy of Spotted Trotter, explore Southwest Atlanta with Patchwork City Farms then head to Le Tre Lune Farm in Douglasville for a farm-to-table supper by Brittany Grace of Grace's Goodness and beer from New Belgium. We will camp overnight and wake up to breakfast by Revolution Doughnuts then begin riding back into the city stopping at Scharko Farms, Crack in the Sidewalk, Brightside Farm, Love is Love Farm, then wrapping up where we began at the Decatur Kitchen Garden. The ride is fully assisted with so you only have to carry your water, we provide all the meals, snacks, and carry your camping gear. We will have bike experts on hand. You can do Saturday and Sunday or just one of the days. I didn't get to do the ride last year but all accounts made it seem magical and I'm so excited to ride this year.
H+Y Besides being an amazing idea, how does Tour De Farm help support CFM?
LBP Tour de Farm showcases the beauty of our farms right in the city and builds that connection to where our food comes from. We are so lucky to be a part of a community that supports us. Riding Tour de Farm enables us to do outreach visits to community centers, gives us the financial resources to double food assistance benefits at markets, and grow markets that bring people together around wholesome, local, organic food.
H+Y What was your first bicycle and your favorite bicycle?
LBP My bicycle in Los Angeles was a 1984 Olympic bicycle. That was the year the Olympics were in Los Angeles, so I loved riding around repping the city. It is a white Murray living in my parents garage. I ran by an older lady
having a garage sale and I told her I would be back. I went home and dug though drawers and couch cushions to find between 8 and 9 dollars in change. My friend helped me get the bike into good shape. That was my first post childhood bicycle.
H+Y When is your favorite season for fruits and veggies?
LBP Right now is a magical time because you have all the warm seasonal hold overs like tomatoes, basil, and peppers but you are also starting to get the early cool crop of delicious greens. Recently, I have been making green drinks with home grown sweet potato greens, homemade Jasmine kombucha, a Mercier apple, and a frozen banana in my blender I purchased at the Les Dames culinary yard sale. I'm also going to miss the watermelon snow from Good Food Truck.