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Kings Mark Tour des FarmsKing's Mark Ride: October 2, 2010

Event Details: East Canaan Ride

2010 Tour de Farms at the Freund Farm
October 2, 2010
9:00 AM

Date: October 2, 2010
Ride begins and ends at The Freund’s Farm Market & Bakery at 324 Norfolk Road (Rte. 44), East Canaan, CT 06024.
9:00 Registration - Refreshments have been provided by local farms and food distributors – think globally/ eat locally – support your local farms. Check out the displays from folks who love this region.
9:30 About The Routes – A brief summary about the routes, farms, and what to expect along your ride.
1:00  Free concert open to the public – 102nd Army Band

Cyclists may register online at www.active.com or call (203) 284-3663 x3.
Call Mark Cummings with questions at 203-284-3663 or send an email to mark.cummings@ct.usda.gov for more information.

Pedal through some of Connecticut’s most scenic and productive farmland.  Choose between a 10 mile route; 25 mile route; or a Metric Century (62 mile) mile route with farm stops at approximately every five miles. 
Buy as much produce or plants as you like and need not worry about carrying it as it will magically appear at the finish.  Cyclists will also receive five Farm Bucks to spend at the farms they will be visiting.  Come enjoy a great day of exercise and support Connecticut agriculture.
The 102nd Army Band will be performing at 1:00 PM (Concert is free and open to the public)
2010 Tour des Farms Brochure (pdf)

Supporting Agriculture Proceeds from the ride will go to support the King’s Mark Resource Conservation and Development program and Farmland Preservation. King’s Mark RC&D is a 501(c)3 non-profit committed to the protection and preservation of natural resources in the State of Connecticut.

Eastern CT RC&D Tour des FarmsTour Sponors and Partners include:

King's Mark RC&D, Eastern CT RC&D
Northwestern CT COG, Litchfield Hills CEO
Northwest Conservation District
Town Of East Canaan
Town Of North Canaan
Town of Canaan
Town of Salisbury
Town of Cornwall


Tour Route: Some of the Farms on the Route

Freund’s Farm Market & Bakery – This farm features a complete garden & greenhouse center with annuals & perennials, soil products including their own dairy compost.  Seasonal fruits & vegetables, locally produced honey, maple syrup & eggs.  The bakery makes pies, cookies, cakes, breads, jams & pickles.  April - Dec. daily 9am - 6pm.

Land of Nod Farm & Winery – This farm has been owned & farmed for 8 generations.  They offer maple syrup, raspberries, & grapes.  There is an established winery on the premises with free wine tasting & gift items.  Open most holidays.  April-Oct.31st Fri-Sun 11am-5pm.

Zinke’s Homegrown – Bruce Zinke has been farming since the early 1950s.  This 47 acre farm features vegetables, pumpkins, apples, raspberries, blueberries, and is known locally for their butternut squash.

Ford Farm This scenic 200 acre vegetable farm began 30 years ago.  The farm stand offers a variety of vegetables, apples, apple cider, pumpkins, and gourds.

Pine Meadow Farm – This farm specializes in Polled Herefords.  Buy fresh eggs or fresh cut beef.

Dean’s Farm Stand – George Dean has been farming this 86 acre farm for over 30 years.  The farm stand offers fresh vegetables & fruit, pumpkins, fall and winter squash, honey, maple syrup, and Indian corn.

Rustling Wind Creamery – This creamery offers raw milk; several varieties of cow and goat cheese; jams, jellies, chutneys, and fudge.  Sorry, no ice cream.  Handmade wool garments and goat soaps also available.
Ridgway Farm LLC – This scenic 100 acre farm has been owned and operated by Gordon Ridgway for over 30 years.  Mr. Ridgway has also been the First Selectman of Cornwall for 19 years.  His ‘self serve’ farm stand features a variety of vegetables and cut flowers.

* Keep in mind that some items are seasonal and may not be available at the time of the ride.


Call Mark Cummings with questions at 203-284-3663 or send an email to mark.cummings@ct.usda.gov for more information.


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