MONTCLAIR, NJ - Want to tour 8 of Montclair’s urban farms by bike this Saturday, Oct. 17? If so, join Bike&Walk Montclair’s Fall Harvest Bike Tour is a bicycle tour of local gardens and farms in Montclair. 

This celebration of sustainable transportation and food systems will visit Montclair’s dynamic and diverse farming community by bike.

The ride will begin and end at Montclair Farmers’ Market at the Walnut Street Train Station in Montclair and follow a route through each of Montclair’s 4 wards. Riders are encouraged to bring backpacks to shop the market where five farmers and 15 food artisans offer fresh produce (often picked within 24 hours) and accept “double value” SNAP WIC, and Senior FMNP vouchers.

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Bike tourists will not only meet inspiring, engaged and committed urban farmers, but we’ll get a glimpse of fall harvesting, winterizing, beekeeping, raising chickens and check out how Montclair’s urban farmers are building an edible, sustainable, and healthy food system right here at home.

Participating farmers include Montclair Community Farms CoalitionMontclair Public Library Friends of the Garden & Guerrilla HarvestA Lot to Grow Community Garden at the Montclair Inn, Presby Memorial Iris Gardens Apiary and Farm, Montclair District Initiative for Gardens in Schools (DIGS), and Grace’s Organic Garden part of the Cornucopia Network.

This ride is for adults and mature teens that are comfortable with “driving” their bikes as vehicles in the street. Come prepared with the basics: a fully-charged cell phone, a helmet that fits, a full water bottle, and a spare tube. Please have bikes tuned-up before the ride. And do an ABC Check (Air, Brakes, Chain) before you come. The ride will be canceled if it is raining.

Start: Montclair Farmers’ Market, Walnut Street Train Station, Montclair, NJ
Begin time: 8:15 am
End time: 11:30 am (approximate)
Donation: $10

Want more? Continue your ride to the many activities in the afternoon in Montclair including the 1st Annual Harvest Fest sponsored by the South End Business District or Montclair Mounties Homecoming Game.

Suggested donation is $10 per person to benefit Bike&Walk Montclair. It’s a great opportunity to learn how Bike&Walk Montclair is working to support policies, programs, and practices that make walking and biking a safe and appealing way to get around.

Bike&Walk Montclair’s Fall Harvest Bike Tour is part of the NJ Healthy Communities Network and the Eat. Play. Live… Better Coalition – building a culture of health where we live, learn, work and play. Funded in part by the Partners for Health Foundation.

For more information, contact info@bikewalkmontclair.org.

 

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