The Strolling of the Heifers is a very Vermont event- farmers bring their cows and lead them up Main Street in Brattleboro, VT, in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of farming and eating local. It’s always on a Saturday, and the following day is the biking component- Tour de Heifer. This year, there were many route options- some family friendly and some incredibly challenging. I did the 30 mile classic challenge, which was mostly on dirt or gravel roads and involved about 3,000 feet of climbing. Biking in Vermont is not for the faint of heart!
It was a gorgeous day- sunny, in the high 70s to lower 80s, and everyone was so happy to be outside and biking. It was a challenging ride, and we averaged about 10.5 miles an hour, putting us back at Lilac Ridge Farm around noon, just in time for lunch. Every year, they have local chefs prepare some tasty dishes for the returning riders. Everyone hangs around, feasts, and listens to a local band play the theme song of the event,”The Heifers are Coming to Town.”
It’s a great weekend, for sure. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.