The IndyGrown HARVEST RIDE presented by Purdue Extension - Marion County and Flatland Kitchen is your chance to spend a Saturday cycling Indianapolis, eating treats from local businesses and touring urban farms--and then top it all off with an on-farm dinner prepared by a local chef with farm fresh ingredients.
Join us Friday, the day before the tour, for a bike safety check up at Bicycle Garage Indy Downtown. Previously we listed that packet pickup would happen on Friday, but this is no longer the case. You will receive your packet on Saturday when you check in for the ride. Your packet includes an urban farm passport and market tote bag designed by the local artists at Flatland Kitchen.
Participants will fill their farm passport on Saturday afternoon by visiting three to six of these urban farms while biking, depending on the tour selected:
Growing Places Indy at Chase Legacy Center
Growing Places Indy at Public Greens
Choose from three routes:
LONG ROUTE is 27 miles and begins at 12:00 and begins at Fitness Farm. Riders visit Fitness Farm, CUE Farm at Butler University, South Circle Farm, Pleasant Street Produce, Big City Farms and Growing Places Indy at Chase Legacy Center. Farm stops are shorter on this ride, given its length.
NORTHSIDE ROUTE is 10.5 miles begins at 2:00 and begins at Fitness Farm. Riders will split into two groups of 25 and visit Fitness Farm, CUE Farm at Butler University, and Growing Places Indy at Public Greens. Farm stops include a 30 minute guided tour by the farm owners or managers.
DOWNTOWN ROUTE is 10 miles and begins at 1:00 and begins at Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center. Riders will split into two groups of 25 and visit Growing Places Indy at Chase Legacy Center, Big City Farms, Pleasant Street Produce and South Circle Farm. Farm stops include a 30 minute guided tour by the farm owners or managers. This ride ends back at Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center and participants can drive or bike north to Fitness Farm.
About the ride and dinner:
Bikers will be greeted at each farm by the urban farmers who own and manage these productive, beautiful spaces. You will learn how a parking lot turned into a market farm, meet the couple who are converting vacant lots around their home into lush, healthy ground, and hear many other stories from these bold urban agriculture entrepreneurs. Riders on the LONG ROUTE will stop briefly at farms and riders on the DOWNTOWN ROUTE and NORTHSIDE ROUTE will take longer tours of each farm.
While on the route, you will be guided by a team of bike-knowledgable volutneers supported by Bicycle Garage Indy who can help navigate the intersections and fix a flat if it occurs. At various farms, bikers will eat treats from local food businesses like The Garden Table juicery and Wildwood Market.
Following the bike tour, everyone will sit down together at Fitness Farm for a freshly prepared meal by local chef Rob Gaston, owner for Fond. His dinner will use ingredients from the urban farms you visited and other sustainble farms in Central Indiana.
In addition this wonderful afternoon and evening, every participant leaves with a one-of-a-kind American Apparel farmers market tote bag designed just for this event.
We are excited to explore Indy's urban agriculture via bike with you. Please join us for this magnificent day!
The lead organizers of this tour are Emily Toner, Urban Agriculture Educator for Purdue Extension - Marion County and Sarah Mullin, a community food system builder.
A note about refunds: Until September 10, tickets are fully refundable. After September 10, tickets will not be refunded.