Community Supported Agriculture Pick Up Site
Recycle Utah supports local CSAs by offering our center in Park City as a pick-up location for share-holders in the area. We have a CSA that drops off bags or boxes of produce for Park City share-holders throughout the year.
- Farmer Next Door CSA: Pick up every Wednesdays at Recycle Utah at 1951 Woodbine Way from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm. The Spring CSA Share will include the best of Utah’s early bounty. You will receive 7 different items a week from the following list: Radish, green onion, asparagus, kale, peas, kohlrabi, chard, lettuce, arugula, beets and beet greens, hot house tomatoes, braising mix, mushrooms, spinach, pac choi, cilantro, mustard greens, potato, local cheese, local honey, local eggs, local bread. Sign up at www.farmernextdoor.net
What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is one way for farms to get you the food you want while they get the money they need.
Generally, the most capital is needed on a farm at the start of the growing season. Through a CSA program, you purchase a share of produce at the beginning of the season. In exchange for making an investment in the farm, you will receive a box (or bag) of produce every week once the harvesting begins. CSAs will supply produce anywhere from 16-25 weeks, depending on the growing season. Although it varies from farm to farm, a share will usually cost somewhere between $250-$500. Price is dependent on the size of the share and what the farmer decides she needs to charge to make it worth her while. It’s fair to expect to pay at least $25 per week of food you receive.
When shopping around for a local CSA, recognize that every farm is going to be different. With any CSA you will get fresh, local produce every week for the duration of the summer, if not beyond. It’s a great way to eat well and explore foods you may not normally buy. Plus, there are considerable pay-offs to spending a little more on local produce: It’s more nutritious; You are supporting local businesses; And it protects arable land and open space from urban sprawl. Keeping local, organic farmers in business assures that their beautiful, productive agreage remains so, and it puts your food dollars back into the community instead of to far-off industrial agriculture giants.