Produce at Main Street Farmers Market. Photo credit: Jenny Park.
Fall is a favorite time for bicycling in Chattanooga. With the relief of cool weather, traveling by bike becomes a particularly pleasant and intuitive endeavor. In our region, fall is also the time of some of my favorite produce: apples and arugula, pumpkins and radishes.
Bicyclists often say there is something enthralling about arriving by your own power; equally satisfying is eating food grown within our region. So, GreenTrips is particularly excited to highlight two fabulous farm to table bike rides coming up! The first is a short ride hosted by Crabtree Farms, and the second is an overnight ride to McLemore Cove with Outdoor Chattanooga and Electric Bike Specialists.
Crabtree Farms, an urban farm and GreenTrips Employer Partner, is hosting its second Farm to Table Bike Ride on Saturday, October 11th. The group will travel from the farm by bike to two favorite local restaurants (Lupi’s Pizza and 212 Market) that will be serving special dishes using Crabtree produce.
For more information, and to buy tickets, visit http://crabtreefarms.org/happenings/farm-to-table-bike-ride-2. You can also get updates through their facebook event page here.
The second ride is a quite different experience-- an electric bike eco tour from downtown Chattanooga to Mountain Cove Farms in Walker County, Georgia on October 25th through 26th.
Photo op on the way to Mountain Cove Farms. Photo credit: Chandlee Caldwell
This 32-mile (each way) overnight ride using electric bikes will be a relaxed-pace ride through the gently rolling hills of the Chattanooga Valley. No worries if you’ve never made a longer trip by bicycle before-- the electric bicycles provide a boost when you need it.
Outdoor Chattanooga ride organizer James Eubank tests the route on an electric bike. Photo credit: Chandlee Caldwell
By mid-afternoon, you’ll arrive in McLemore Cove, one of the region’s pristine places to experience fall colors along the Cumberland Plateau. Eat a farm-fresh dinner at the Mountain Cove Restaurant, or bring your own food to eat by the campfire. After camping overnight, the group will return by bike to downtown Chattanooga. Cost is $85 per person and includes lunch and breakfast, electric bike rentals, van support, and camping equipment (if requested). For more information or to reserve a spot (limited to 10 people), call 423.643.6888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.