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Stowe Derby Fat Bike Race

The Fat Derby is limited to 100 racers. Riders must be at least 13 years old, and be experienced fat bikers. The race will start at 2:30pm, with waves of five riders leaving every 30 seconds. Racer start time is assigned according to bib number and the clock starts whether you are there or not.

The course is the same as last year, approximately 15 km, or 9.5 miles. It will start near the bottom of the Auto Toll Road at the Stowe Mountain Resort, and will navigate through the same path as the Derby skiers – through the undulating cross country ski trails and then on the Stowe Recreation Path. In the essence of this race, racers will be treated to a nice long downhill down the Powerline. The finish will be the same for all racers, behind the Community Church on Main Street (subject to change due to snow and other conditions).

Farmer’s Market & Benefit

Help save the Kaiser Farm in Nebraska Valley & support the next generation of farmers in Stowe while enjoying this indoor Farmers’ Market & Benefit at the Rusty Nail from 1-5pm. Meet farmers from the area and stock up on their meats, cheeses, spirits, fruit and vegetable preserves & more. Live music, cash bar, pizza & kids’ activities. Donations accepted at the door to support the conservation of the Kaiser Farm & Stowe Land Trust.

Applecheek Farm, Hyde Park – Meats
Better Baked in Vermont, Jericho – Baked goods
Barr Hill by Caledonia Spirits, Hardwick – Spirits
Elm Brook Farm, East Fairfield – Spirits
Farmer Sue, Bakersfield – Pickles, preserves & eggs
Gizmo’s Pickled PLUS, Braintree – Farmed & wild pickled foods
Mama Hoo Rah by Susanna’s Catering, Morrisville – Pepper sauces & dips
Mt. Mansfield Creamery, Morrisville – Cheeses
Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm, Stowe – Maple products
Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge, Stowe – Wood-fired pizza
Sage Farm Goat Dairy, Stowe – Artisinal goat cheeses, eggs & maple syrup
Sterling Brook Farm, Stowe – Lamb & sheepskins
Stowe Cider, Stowe – Hard ciders
The Farm Between, Jeffersonville – Organic fruit syrups, jellies & preserves
Snug Valley Farm & The Frozen Butcher, East Hardwick – Meats
The Nutty Vermonter – Nuts & nut butters
The Simmering Bone, Essex – Organic bone broths

This is a Stowe Land Trust and Vermont Land Trust co-hosted event.

Christine Kaiser grew up on her family’s dairy farm on Barrows Road in Stowe. Her family pastured, hayed, and cropped the fields around where the high school is now. Some of that land remains in farming today, but much of it has been developed or fallen out of farming – a trend Christine has seen play out around town over the past several decades. When Christine took over her father’s farmstead in Nebraska Valley, she continued the tradition of dairy farming, but then switched to running a goat dairy. She’s also produced and sold hay, eggs, turkeys, and pork locally for years. Now, as she prepares to retire and pass her farm on to the next generation of farmers, she hopes that farming can and will continue to be a part of the Stowe landscape and community. “I hope that the land that is still open, remains open. We also need to come up with a plan to make farmland affordable for farmers and ensure that farmers can earn a sustainable income. Farms in Stowe provide a safe, economical, environmental, local, and pristine landscape. It doesn’t get any better than that.” – Christine Kaiser #stowefarmsforever #passingthetorch #stowe #vermont #farmsmatter #conserve #vermontlandtrust #nicetractor

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The Stowe Derby

The Stowe Derby is one of the oldest and most unique ski and Fat Bike races in North America. It started in 1945 as a personal challenge between two amazing skiers – Austrian, Sepp Ruschp who was hired to come to America and head the new ski school at Stowe and Erling Strom, world famous mountaineer from Norway. The challenge was the same as it is today – to race from the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak to the historic village of Stowe… on ONE pair of skis! The ultimate test of a skiers ability. Continue reading The Stowe Derby