Market to Market Bicycle Adventure - Saturday, October 2, 2010

Two of Columbus' premiere independent, locally-owned specialty foods markets, North Market and The Hills Market, are returning with what is now one of the most anticipated bicycling events of the season, Market to Market. We are proud to celebrate our third event on the anniversary of the inaugural Market to Market ride with the cycling adventure that was named the “Best Bike Ride for Foodies” in 2010 by Columbus Monthly. Join both markets on Saturday, October 2, as we kick-off  Local Matters Local Foods Week in Columbus and celebrate the end of a great summer season with a cross-city local foods-centric bike ride.
Participants have the option of starting at either market to fuel up with breakfast before embarking on the 13 mile adventure to the market at the other end of the bike trail. Each participating rider will be issued a local foods passport at the beginning of their journey. Bikers can collect stamps along the way by visiting with local vendors and organizations set up along the path including B1 Bicycles, Greenovate, Local Matters, Pattycake Bakery, Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA), Opera Columbus, Seagull Bags, Small Business Beanstalk, the Wexner Center for the Arts and Wild Goose Creative. Participants who show completed passports at their destination market will be rewarded with a scoop of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream and a reusable bag filled with coupons and goodies from local foods purveyors. Those intrepid enough to bike back to their market of origin will receive a completely different bag of goodies, creating a total value of $50 worth of savings and samples. All participating riders will also be entered into a random drawing for prizes including a custom messenger bag created by local courier bag gurus Seagull Bags, tickets to the Local Matters Harvest Ball and a bonanza of gift certificates to local businesses provided by the Small Business Beanstalk.
Market to Market will take place on Saturday, October 2. Registration is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The cost includes breakfast, a scoop of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream (at either location), an event t-shirt and reusable shopping bags from both locations filled with up to $50 worth of savings on Ohio foods. Breakfast will be served at both locations from 8- 10 a.m. to allow for riders to eat and set out on the trail at their leisure. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will be available at both locations upon ride completion. Registration can be made online here> or by phone by calling 614-463-9664 (North Market), or in person at either location beginning September 10.
Market to Market will take place in conjunction with The Hills Market's Ohio Market Day and the North Market Harvest Festival. Ohio Market Day at the Hills Market is a free event from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. featuring the wares of Ohio's best food producers. The North Market Harvest Festival is also a free event that celebrates the end of a great growing season in Ohio with fall produce and an abundance of baking contests.

Market to Market sponsors include: The Hills Market, North Market, Amanda Hills Spring Water, B1 Bicycles, CrimsonCup Coffee, Greenovate, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Local Matters, Pattycake Bakery, Seagull Bags, Small Business Beanstalk, Snowville Creamery, WCBE: Central Ohio’s NPR Station and the Wexner Center for the Arts.


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