Today's image is titled Parking Lot and was photographed by Jill Muller.
Row upon row of bicycles sprout from a field at Tipi Produce on the 2008 Bike the Barns tour of community supported agriculture farms around southern Wisconsin. This particular farm in Evansville was the midday stop on the 63-mile ride to the south of town, at which sponsor Underground Food Collective served a gourmet lunch that included homemade corn tortillas for pulled port and pulled goat tacos, a broad array of salads, and some late-season watermelon for dessert.
"Let me assure you that it was just as much fun this year," declares one rider who joined the ride for a second consecutive year. "This year, the ride featured a totally different route and four farms we hadn't visited last year." Other stops on this Tour de CSA included an opening breakfast at Drumlin Community Farm, morning stops at Blue Skies Berry Farm in Brooklyn and Scotch Hill Farm in Broadhead, and an afternoon stop at Blue Moon Community Farm on the shores of Lake Waubesa.
"Here the riders took breaks, talked to the farmer, filled up on water, read inspirational messages in the toilets, sampled the local food," explains another rider, who notes servings of homemade bruschetta, granola, ice cream, cookies, and an opportunity to pick fresh raspberries.
While the tour is an opportunity for a harvest time ride around one of the most beautiful agricultural regions in the world, Bike the Barns also serves as a fundraiser for the Partner Shares Program, a decade-old charity that "has made fresh local food available through financial assistance to more than 2,300 underserved and low-income households" throughout south-central Wisconsin. CSA season may be winding down, but interest in local eats is growing as fast as ever, and Bike the Barns will be for more next year.
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