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Montgomery County Farm Tour and Picnic - ALL - 17 to 75 miles

The Farm Tour in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve has become a Potomac Pedalers fall tradition, and it takes place practically in our own back yard!

On Saturday, September 29, we’ll gather once again at Poolesville High School to enjoy a crisp autumn ride on Montgomery County’s scenic Ag Reserve. Depending upon which route you choose, you’ll have the opportunity to stop at either (or both) Homestead Farm and Kingsbury's Orchard, two family farms with thriving markets where you also can pick fruit and eat apple pie a la Mode. The event culminates in a picnic at Kingsbury’s Orchard, which will last from 12:30 p.m. till 3 p.m.  You are welcome to join us for the ride, but registration for the picnic is now closed.

THE RIDE IS FREE. *Registration for the picnic is now closed.*

Rolling routes of approximately 17, 25, 35, 55 and 75 miles will depart from Poolesville High School as follows:

· 75 miles*: 8:30 a.m.

· 55 or 58 miles (two different routes):  9:00 a.m.

· 35 miles: 10:00 a.m.

· 25 and 17 miles: 11:00 a.m.

*Veterans of this event may remember the gravel section on our longest route. That section has been removed!

PICNIC – 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.)


Feel free to purchase a bushel of apples, cider, jams and other goodies while picnicking at Kingsbury’s Orchard. No need to stuff your apples in your jersey pockets! Volunteers from the Montgomery Countryside Alliance ( will shuttle your purchases from the orchard back to your cars from 1:00 p.m. till 3 p.m.


In case of heavy rain, your event leader will show up with cue sheets; however, the picnic likely will be cancelled. As of this writing, a rain plan is possible but not guaranteed. Unfortunately, there will be NO REFUNDS. Any funds remaining after event expenses will be donated to the Montgomery Countryside Alliance. For weather related cancellations and other updates, see Ride News Forum on or sign up for the “Pedalers” Googlegroup. Call[masked] after 7 a.m. on the event morning.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT (no sag support provided):

  • a bicycle in good working condition
  • a helmet
  • water bottles
  • a pump and spare tube

For more information about this event, contact Denise Cohen at bikergal001<at> Enjoy the ride!  You won’t see one shopping mall or big box department store, because you’ll be cycling in the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, where fresh air, farms and quiet country roads are largely protected from the pressures of sprawl.


This Farm Tour is dedicated to the memory of a cherished club member, Neal D. Molloy, who died as a result of a tragic bike accident that occurred shortly before the Farm Tour in 2010. Neal was an avid rider, had boundless enthusiasm and energy for assisting in club events, and made a new friend out of everyone he met on a bike. Those who knew Neal will always remember his energy, his organizational skills, his willingness to help and his kind heart.


Montgomery Countryside Alliance’s Mission

· Advocates for land use and transportation policies that enhance agriculture and land preservation.

· Educates about the environmental, economic and recreational benefits of local farmland particularly in the Agricultural Reserve.

· Supports local farms to strengthen our rural economy.

· Celebrates the beauty and abundance of the Agricultural Reserve.

· Conserves the economic value and rural landscape of the Agricultural Reserve for current and future generations of the region.

For more information about the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, visit


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  • Kelly

    There was a father and son, Casey and Kelly that rode on this ride whom I met and a friend of mine is trying to connect with them to do some mountain biking. If someone can send me a note back if they know their email address, etc. that would be great! thanks, Kelly

    October 2, 2012

    • Denise

      Hi Kelly, I passed the rider's contact info to Casey.

      October 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gorgeous weather and scenery, a tasty picnic with good protein-laden vegetarian food, and nice folks. The picnic setting was great and it was nice to have the opportunity to support a local farm. Delivery to the high school was handy, too.

    September 30, 2012

  • PaulB

    Very good ride and picnic. The 55 mile route was excellent and stayed off main roads for practically the whole route.

    September 30, 2012

  • Bob J.

    Very well organized, good route, beautiful country scenery, perfect weather, good times

    September 29, 2012

  • Erica

    Wonderful route and great farms!

    September 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Driving from College Park if anyone wants to car pool?

    September 28, 2012

  • Erin

    What is the difference between the 55 and 58 mile routes ?

    September 28, 2012

    • Erik

      I am guessing about three miles.

      1 · September 28, 2012

    • Denise

      I'm laughing out loud! The 58 miler is an adaptation of the 35 and the 75. Not sure I have to time to get that cue sheet together. All other cues are good to go, however.

      September 28, 2012

  • Eugene

    Well... missed signing up for the picnic and is now closed. Will anybody be interested in having a separate 'rogue picnic/lunch after the ride? ;)

    September 26, 2012

  • Carl

    Hi, I'm driving from Falls Church VA if anyone wants to ride along, or I can carpool with others if you prefer to drive. Let me know pls. Thanks.

    September 17, 2012

    • Denise

      Hi Carl, try posting a note on the Pedaler's Googlegroup listserve. Go to Google, click on Groups, search for Pedalers, then sign up. Let folks know you'd like to share a ride from Falls Church.

      September 19, 2012

    • Carl


      September 24, 2012

  • Louanne

    I've never ridden out this way, what's the terrain like - rolling hills, big hills or flat? I''d like to do around 30 miles.

    September 12, 2012

    • Carl

      I rode Poolesvill area years ago and just remember it was really, really beautiful countryside. Some hills too.

      September 17, 2012

  • Denise

    Hi, Louanne, the terrain is a mixture of flats and rollers. There are a few challenging hills, but no huge climbs.

    September 12, 2012

  • Denise

    Yes, indeed, a veggie option will be offered. I don't eat meat either.

    September 12, 2012

  • Neal B.

    I prefer vegetarian. Will this be available, or else can I attend the picnic but bring my own food (and not pay $10)?

    September 12, 2012

  • Erik

    Are the shorter routes relatively flat? If I came, I thought I might bring my dogs, and one would ride in a basket on the handlebars and his weight would make steering uphill difficult.

    September 6, 2012

    • Denise

      The least rolling is the 17 mile route, but it is not completely flat. If you're concerned about balance I don't recommend carrying a dog in a handlebar basket. They'd be welcome at the picnic, though.

      September 9, 2012

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