Here in New York City, spring has arrived in full force; the leaves have returned, the cherry trees have blossomed, the parks are bustling, and legions of pallid hipsters have cautiously reemerged into the sun. Life is good – and so are conditions for the urban cyclist. It’s fitting therefore, that May is Bike Month in New York City!
Organized by the NYC Department of Transportation and cyclist/pedestrian advocacy group, Transportation Alternatives, Bike Month NYC is an extended celebration of – wait for it – bicycling in the city. The goal is to encourage more New Yorkers to ride bicycles since doing so is good for the environment, good for human health and good for fostering development of the sort of livable communities that make cities great. I'd add from personal experience that urban cycling is also tremendously fun – though to quote the inestimable LeVar Burton, “you don’t have to take my word for it.”
Anyway, as if bike month wasn’t already mind-blowingly awesome enough, Eat Well Guide is hosting the Tour de Farmers' Markets on May 15! It'll be kind of like the Tour de France except without the 2,200 grueling miles of high-speed cycling.
As the cheesy title suggests, our event will involve exploration of several NYC farmers' markets (Union Square, Fort Greene and Grand Army Plaza) via bicycle. The goal is to demonstrate the ease with which these hotbeds of sustainable food can be accessed on two wheels.
The event is free, open to anyone comfortable riding a bicycle in the city, and will cover a very modest 6 miles (9.66 km) at a pace best described as extremely leisurely. I'll be the guide for the adventure, leading the group from market to market while providing riveting commentary about such topics as heirloom tomatoes, bicycle lanes, and the manure lagoons used by industrial livestock operations.
And if that’s not sufficiently enticing, we'll also be giving away fancy tote bags, tasty snacks and some exceptionally fashionable Eat Well Guide buttons. If you're in/near New York City on the 15th, join us!
Tour de Farmers' Markets – Saturday, May 15, 9:00 am
Meet at the northwest corner of the Union Square Greenmarket at 9:00 am (or you can join the ride at either of the Brooklyn markets afterward – see schedule below). Ride your favorite bicycle, wear your favorite helmet, and bring money to buy fresh food from local farmers.
See our map