The Market to Market Bicycle Adventure was named the “Best Bike Ride for Foodies” in 2010 by Columbus Monthly. The Market to Market ride has always been about local foods. On Saturday, October 2, it will also be the opening event for Local Foods Week, organized by Local Matters.
Market to Market is hosted by The North Market and The Hills Market, two locally-owned businesses that specialize in locally-produced foods. Cyclists will ride along a 13-mile stretch of the Olentangy Bike Trail (also known as the Olentangy River Greenway) from one market to the other: North Market in the Short North district, and Hills Market near Worthington Hills Park. Riders can start their ride at either end of the bike trail.
Cyclists enjoy breakfast at either market from 8 to 10 AM, and can collect stamps along the trail 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, 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.
Registration for Market to Market is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The cost includes breakfast, a scoop of Jeni’s 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. You can register online here.