'Local Food' ride recap

Thanks to ride leader Alec Fleschner for a fantastic experience and this write-up!

 Gathering pre-ride at Whole Foods Market Easton. Photo credit: Shyra Allen

Gathering pre-ride at Whole Foods Market Easton. Photo credit: Shyra Allen

This month’s ride, “Local Food,” was incredible! The weather was hot, but the route wasn’t too hilly, and each stop helped refuel us for the next leg. We had over 45 riders registered, and the route went just a hair over 23 miles. The weather predictions said that rain would be coming, but it held off until after the ride. Beautiful weather!

  Nothing but sunshine! Photo credit: Shyra Allen

Nothing but sunshine! Photo credit: Shyra Allen

Starting from Whole Foods in Easton, we traveled to the south side of the airport and over to the Columbus Produce Terminal to meet with Jeff Givens of Sanfilipo Produce. He spoke for a couple of minutes on how the company has been providing produce to Columbus businesses and people since 1899, but he gave us lots of time to check out the Cash & Carry store. He also kindly provided us with bags with grapes and apples. Thank you so much!

  Ready to explore Sanfillipo Produce. Photo credit: Alec Fleschner

Ready to explore Sanfillipo Produce. Photo credit: Alec Fleschner

  Jeff introduces Sanfillipo to us. Photo credit: Shyra Allen

Jeff introduces Sanfillipo to us. Photo credit: Shyra Allen

  Look at those goodies! Photo credit: Alec Fleschner

Look at those goodies! Photo credit: Alec Fleschner

After that, we headed north through Gahanna on our way to Coffee Time Bakery and Cafe. Check out Darrell McGrath's video of us riding down Bridgeway Ave:

At Coffee Time, we fueled up on sweet treats and coffee, as well as looking around at their baking supplies, scoping out the candy shop, and just relaxing for a few minutes before we took off. 

  Nothing like a coffee break at the halfway point! Photo credit: Shyra Allen

Nothing like a coffee break at the halfway point! Photo credit: Shyra Allen

  Checker break? Don't mind if we do! Photo credit: Shyra Allen

Checker break? Don't mind if we do! Photo credit: Shyra Allen

Finally, we headed to Nazareth Restaurant & Deli. The owner, Hany Baransi, was considering leaving the business after a man wielding a machete attacked patrons in February of this year, making national news. However, he has remained and recently remodeled. He was kind enough to talk to us about his food and provide us samples of hoummus and baba ghannoug, along with fresh pitas for dipping. 

  Owner Hany Baransi explains the appeal of hoummus and baba ghannoug to us. His samples help just as much! Photo credit: Shyra Allen

Owner Hany Baransi explains the appeal of hoummus and baba ghannoug to us. His samples help just as much! Photo credit: Shyra Allen

  Lining up to try the food. Photo credit: Alec Fleschner

Lining up to try the food. Photo credit: Alec Fleschner

Our bikes laden with food, we headed back to Whole Foods. Thank you to everyone who rode with us! We hope to see you next month!