Tails from the Farm – Bison and Bikes

On Saturday, October 1st, we are privileged to be one of the scheduled farm stops for Cycle to Farm®. This is a fun event, as cyclists travel throughout Leicester and Sandy Mush, stopping at farms along the way to meet farmers and sample the foods they produce. The ride culminates at New Belgium Brewing Liquid Center in West Asheville with a catered meal (made from ingredients from all the participating farms). This event has been going on for years but this is our first time as a farm stop.

Bikers pose with a camel

It should prove to be a busy and fun day on the farm with 300 riders coming through, plus who knows how many volunteers and support staff. Chef Greg and I are making a big vat of bison chili to share with the riders as they come through, and I sweet-talked him into sharing his fantastic recipe so that we can print it out and give it to anyone who wants to make it at home.

Join the Fun

We are greatly looking forward to participating in this event, as it will give us an opportunity to meet with lots of local folks as well as people who travel for this sort of thing. And since I never seem to run out of words, I’m always looking for an opportunity to try! Kidding aside, I’m so passionate about this place and these animals that I just want to share all the wonderful things we have with as many people as possible. I’m also eager to sample out our bison and show people how tasty and healthy it is, and share that through humane harvesting, we are actually helping preserve this grand animal for future generations.

As I write this blog, there are still a few slots left for riders and there is always a need for more volunteers, so dust off that helmet and get your cleats on if you want to spend a beautiful day in the countryside and see some great farms. I’ll put in a link below to the Cycle to Farm website if you want to get more information.

Happy riding!


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