The Yin to Crankworx’ Yang, Slow Food Cycle Sunday returns for 2010
Step out of your vehicle. Put your hands on your handlebars. Take a hard left at McDonalds. It’s time for Sea to Sky’s signature agritourism event, Slow Food Cycle Sunday.
364 days a year, Pemberton farmers battle mosquitoes, machinery, and markets to meet their mission to feed the world. And on Sunday 15 August 2010, they will stop for just long enough to take part in a 26km long festival of farmers.
Fuelled by clean air and conscience-clear calories, over 3000 riders are expected to take up the invitation to pedal and graze along Pemberton Meadows Road, and shorten the distance between fork and field.
13 family farms, nestled between the Coast Mountains and the Lillooet River, will partner with chefs, artisans and musicians, as self-propelled explorers earn their appetites and get to know the growers who supply Araxi and C restaurants, Hardbite Chips, Whistler Blackcomb, the Foodlovers and Schramm’s Organic Vodka, as well as consumers, restaurants and harvest-box subscribers up and down the Sea to Sky and throughout the Lower Mainland.
Slow Food Cycle Sunday also coincides with Whistler’s 10 day celebration of bike wrapping Crankworx’ homage to speed, gravity and beefed up suspension, by bringing the celebration back down to earth. The yin to Crankworx’ yang, bike lovers can wind down and pedal off the adrenaline hangover with a cruisey social ride through the natural buffet of Pemberton meadows farmland.
This year, Slow Food Cycle will commence at registration downtown in Pioneer Park, and will wrap up there with an AfterParty to benefit the Community Kitchen.
The thirteen participating farms will host artists, musicians, chefs, and other makers, growers, movers and shakers, to create a long farm festival.
Participating farmers/stops along the road:
Pemberton Valley Coffee Co – organic, fairtrade, shade grown UTZ certified freshly roasted coffee here in Pemberton
North Arm Farm – Pemberton’s only year-around agritourism operation, North Arm Farm is a staple at Whistler Farmers Market, and launches the event at the registration, with energy bars etc.
Riverlands Market Garden – delicious high quality vegetables, herbs and fruits, supplier of mint for Namasthe teas, and grows heritage vegetable, herb and flower seed.
Ice Cap Organics – in its second season, this small family run organic farm grows mixed market vegetables and supplies harvest boxes to subscribers.
RootDown Organics – small organic farm supplying ground crops, culinary herbs, cut flowers and farm fresh eggs.
Helmer’s Organic Farm – a certified organic family-run farm producing several varieties of potatoes, garlic, honey, celeriac and other vegetables. Salad greens are sold at Pemberton Valley Supermarket, and the local Mt Currie Coffee Co uses Helmer’s potatoes and rhubarb.
Across the Creek Organics – 4th generation family farm produces organic table potatoes, and supplies potatoes for Blackbird Bakery’s potato bread, Schramm Vodka and Whistler Blackcomb
Pemberton Meadows Natural Beef – hormone-free happy cows range on natural grass pastures for their entire lives, to create beef that supplies restaurants include West, RainCity Grill, Bishop’s, Araxi, the Bearfoot Bistro, Meadows Golf Club, and is available through the Foodlovers at North Arm Farm store.
Shaw Creek Farms – growing Pemberton Elite Seed Potatoes for over 50 years, third generation seed potatoe growers, have added market garden crops including beans, beets, corn and pumpkins. Famous for their ice-cream sandwiches.
Pemberton Meadows Farm, operators of Goat Mountain Produce – Marty and Andrea VanLoon Elite Seed potato farm is also one of the most scenic places to tie the knot in Pemberton. Van Loon’s will host The First Supper, the pre-Slow Food Cycle fundraising dinner this year.
The Los Farm is a private self-reliant residence where visitors can enjoy bubblegum honey treats, feel alpaca wool socks and tour a microhydro project.
Slow Food Cycle Sunday was first held in 2005, organized by Pemberton residents looking to strengthen the connection between producers and consumers in our area. Since its first year, the ride has spawned spin-off events in Harrison and Agassiz, been hailed by Slow Food International as the perfect event, and seen 3 new organic farms open along the Meadows Road. The inaugural event had close to 500 participants who rode bicycles 50 kilometers from farm to farm enjoying fresh produce, prepared foods by skilled chefs and live music while learning about agriculture and farming in the Pemberton valley. In 2008 the event grew to 2,300 participants. Wildfires in the Pemberton caused the cancelation of the event in 2009.