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Adventurous Eating

Community-supported agriculture is the best food practice you might not know about.

By Austen Diamond
Posted // April 20,2011 - Slow food is all the rage, locavores roam the earth, canning is in again, men wear aprons, Mormon moms have food blogs and the community garden is the new social center of town. Yet, use the acronym CSA and you’ll often face a blank stare.

Simply put, Community Supported Agriculture is a way for consumers to support local farmers. People buy shares (or a subscription) of a farmer’s expected output at the beginning of the growing season. The price is determined by the farmer and can be several hundred dollars in one lump sum. That generally works out to $20-$40 per week. This is valuable startup money for the farmers to buy seed, pay hired help and cover other essential overhead costs.

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In return for their investment, investors begin receiving a weekly share of seasonal fruits and vegetables—spring greens, summer squash, late-summer tomatoes—and, sometimes, even meats. Often, investors receive veggies that they’ve never seen or heard of before—that’s the fun, adventurous part of the experience.

Another part of the adventure is financial. By investing on the front end, consumers share the farmer’s seasonal risks. It’s like the stock market, only the dividends are much more delicious. It’s essentially a way for consumers to connect with their food on a deeper level by knowing who grew it and where it came from.

CSA Utah is working hard to connect locals with farmers. A spreadsheet at CSAUtah.org/Find-a-CSA offers a complete list of local CSAs with a complimentary map as well as information on delivery options.

Jeff Williams, CSA Utah Great Salt Lake resource conservation and development coordinator, encourages direct contact with farmers before making a decision on a CSA. With myriad ways to grow veggies and a variety of systems, spending some time to ensure everyone is on the same page is crucial. Then, enjoy the adventure that CSAs offer.

“CSA is a direct action that shareholders can take to ensure farming and farmers remain a viable part of our local communities,” Williams says.

COMMUNITY -SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE FARMS
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Backyard Urban Garden (B.U.G.) Farms
1136 First Ave.
Salt Lake City
801-718-7478
BackyardUrbanGardens.com

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Bell Organic Gardens
975 Canyon Breeze Lane
801-571-7288
Draper
BellOrganic.com

Late Bloomin’ Heirlooms
8103 Old Bingham Highway
West Jordan
801-664-9352
LateBloominHeirlooms.com

Live and Thrive
3000 E. 5000 South
Holladay
LiveAndThrive.com

Petersen Family Farm
11887 S. 4000 West
Riverton
801-440-4004
PetersenFamilyFarm.com

Sadee’s Pride
3980 W. 3800 South
West Valley City
801-554-0553

DAVIS COUNTY
3 Squares Produce
623 E. Coatsville Ave.
Bountiful
801-243-2801
3SquaresProduce.com

Black Island Farms
3178 S. 3000 West
Syracuse
801-774-6293
BlackIslandFarms.com

Borski Farms
251 W. 100 South
Kaysville
801-941-9620
BorskiFarms.org

East Fams LLC
4910 W. Canvasback Lane
West Point
801-525-2219
EastFarmsCSA.com

Zoe’s Garden
1700 Fort Lane
Layton
801-721-8238
ZoeGarden.com

UTAH COUNTY
Jacob’s Cove Heritage Farms
1526 S. Geveva Road
Orem
888-880-8039
JacobsCove.net

Roberts Ranch & Gardens
Spanish Fork
801-997-0708
RobertsRanch.org

SUMMIT COUNTY
Copper Moose Farm
Park City
435-604-0497
CopperMooseFarm.com

Ranui Gardens
1459 Hoytsville Road
Dog Holler
Ranui.com

TOOELE COUNTY
Christiansen Family Farm
175 E. Sharp Road
Vernon
435-839-3482
ChristiansenFarm.com
WEBER COUNTY
Sandhill Farms
1778 N. 6250 East
Eden
801-866-3620

CACHE COUNTY
Appenzell Farm
1146 E. 4400 North
Hyde Park
435-535-1121
AppenzellFarm.com

Bryan Palmer CSA
435-245-4579
Wellsville

Joseph’s Naturally Grown Farm-Garden
Paradise
435-237-9112
Garden.Lofthouse.com

Sun River Farms
141 S. 6000 West
Mendon
435-757-7507

Tveit Gardens
2674 S. 900 West
Nibley
435-770-8714

BOX ELDER COUNTY
Blue Spring Farm
10855 W. 12800 North
Tremonton

Heritage Valley Poultry
12025 N. 10800 West
Tremonton
435-770-2365

Tagge’s Famous Fruit
3431 S. Highway 89
Perry
801-755-8031
TaggesFamousFruit.com

GRAND COUNTY
Creekside Lane Organics
3373 S. Creekside Lane
Moab
435-260-9563
CreeksideLaneOrganics.com

Sol Food Farms
375 S. Main, #219
Moab
435-260—8287
SolFoodFarms.com

Youth Garden Project—
Community Supported Agriculture

530 S. 400 East
Moab
435-259-2326
YouthGardenProject.org

IRON COUNTY
Cricket Song Farm
5221 N. 1600 West
Beryl

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Peacefield Farm
4771 W. 2100 North
Cedar City
435-865-7540
PeaceFieldFarm.net

Red Acre Farm
2322 W. 4375 North
Cedar City
435-865-6792
RedAcreFarmCSA.org

WASHINGTON COUNTY
Little America Organic Orchard
748 N. 175 East
New Harmony
435-867-4532


Directory courtesy CSAUtah.org

 
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