Fun & Philanthropy in Madison!

August 21st, 2013

It may be back to school time, but summer isn't over yet! There are still lots of fun things to do in and around Madison. Even better than that, many of the options have a philanthropic bent to them, too. We've highlighted three of them below. So go out there and enjoy these dog days of summer!

(All text and photos are courtesy of the respective websites.)



The 7th Annual Bike the Barns is scheduled for Sunday, September 15, 2013.

FairShare’s spectacular fundraising bicycle tour that features local farms and local food!
When you participate in Bike the Barns, you not only enjoy a day biking to local farms and eating artisan delicacies, but you also support our community’s health — the health of our neighbors, our land, our farmers, and our local economies.

Proceeds from this event benefit FairShare’s Partner Shares Program, which helps low-income families purchase local, organic vegetables and have a direct connection with their food and farm through community supported agriculture.
We’re riding to make sure all of our neighbors have access to fresh, healthy food!

For more information and to sign up or sponsor a rider, visit the FairShare CSA website.



Saturday, Sept. 21st, 8:30am – 1:30pm on MLK Jr Blvd

The annual Food for Thought Festival is a fun, festive forum that explores and celebrates our many opportunities to eat more pleasurably, healthfully and sustainably .

Taking place alongside the Dane County Farmers’ Market, this popular event offers opportunities for the whole family to taste, learn and connect with our local food system….. for free!
The festival will feature booths from over 40 organizations, farms and restaurants as well as an appetizing local foods tent, cooking and tasting demos, kids activities and Food Camp.


Food Camp!
Back by popular demand! Food Camp offers opportunities to participate, taste, and learn on topics like beekeeping, backyard chickens, yogurt and kombucha-making, extending the growing season, and more. Details coming soon!

Chef Showdown
A not-to-be missed experience where Area chefs are challenged to create a Grilled Cheese Specialty
with fresh ingredients from the Dane County Farmers’ Market and a selection of mystery cheeses.
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Local Foods Journal: Cheese Edition, by Joan Peterson and Terese Allen,
a year-round guide to all things cheese in Wisconsin.

Local Food Tent
Pick up freshy-prepared and locally-sourced breakfast and lunch dishes from Buy Fresh Buy Local partner chefs.

Interactive Exhibitor Booths
Expect displays by dozens of organizations, farms, restaurants & others working to promote a healthy food system.

Kid's Activity Tent
Chickens! Kids can feed, pet, and meet chicken friends.
Face painting and so much more!

Fore more information about teh festival or to sign up to volunteer, please visit the REAP website.


Friday, September 20, 2013 at Blackhawk Country Club

Friends of Clean Lakes will be holding a fundraiser golf event at Blackhawk Country Club. In the last several years, Blackhawk Country Club has made significant improvements in making the golf course more sustainable and reducing runoff. We are excited to partner with them for this event.

An exceptional golf experience awaits all who have the opportunity to play the course, and part of what makes the course so special are the natural plantings and lovely views of nearby Lake Mendota. The plantings help attract wildlife and at the same time help prevent stormwater runoff–thereby helping to keep Lake Mendota protected.

Some of their other actions include utilizing best management practices to minimize chemical usage, installing an impressive three level water garden on the 13th hole, and mulching all of the leaves they pick up in the fall. All these steps help Lake Mendota. Blackhawk is also in the 4th year of a Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Program and will soon be certified for their efforts at making the course friendly for creatures other than golfers. Mark your calendars now and call some golfing friends, it’s going to be a great time at a great course!

Check-in: 9:00 a.m.
Shotgun start: 11:00 a.m.
Cocktails-Happy Hour: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Awards: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


For more information, visit the Clean Lakes Alliance website.