It’s time for the 9th Annual 5K for Farmland & Farmers’ Market Festival! Our biggest community event of the year will take place on Sunday, October 15 (RAIN OR SHINE) on the historic Hadley Common, with running and walking routes through the scenic farmlands of the Great Meadow and along the Connecticut River.
The event brings together more than 500 people to run, walk, support local farmers, and raise awareness about the need to conserve our Valley’s precious farmland. The 5K road race is USATF-sanctioned loop that starts and ends on the West Street Common. A 2-mile walking route offers a bird’s eye view of the Connecticut River. After the run or walk, enjoy the post-race Farmers’ Market Festival on the Town Common with great food and locally grown and brewed beer provided by Valley Malt! All registered participants get a FREE beer (age 21+) and anyone can buy a pint, with proceeds going to support Kestrel’s work to conserve our local farms. The Farmers’ Market highlights local farm products and unique local crafts, as well as nature exhibits and more. And, listen the upbeat sounds of “Banish Misfortune” or get silly with Trevor the Games Man.
Join us on Sunday between 9 am and 10:45 am at the West Street Common to register for the day of the race/walk. Race begins at 11 am!
THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD RAIN OR SHINE! PLEASE DRESS FOR THE WEATHER!
View the program details here: 5K for Farmland 2017 Program
Day of Registration Fees: (All Proceeds Benefit Kestrel Land Trust!)
Adult Registration: $30
Family Registration: $60 (2 adults + 2 kids age 18 or under)
Grade School/College Student Registration: $15
Kestrel is excited to announce a special partnership with Valley Malt and Northampton-based Beerology, to create a truly local beer to benefit Kestrel’s work to conserve critical farmland throughout the Valley. Beerology, a homebrew supply shop and education center, has brewed two different beers: One highlighting locally grown wheat and the other locally grown rye, both malted by Andrea and Christian Stanley at Valley Malt in Hadley.
At this year’s 5K for Farmland & Farmers’ Market Festival, you will be able to sample both brews and vote for your favorite! The winning beer will become Kestrel’s Truly Local Beer, to be brewed on a larger scale at another local brewery and then made available at local restaurants and bars on tap, with a portion of proceeds from each pint sold going toward conserving farmland in the Valley.
Don’t miss it!