Utah's Own Supports CSA Open House

The annual Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Open House in late February, gave about 350 local residents a chance to meet representatives from 15 different farms and sign up for a share of the harvest with the farm of their choice.

The event, sponsored by the Great Salt Lake Resource Conservation and Development Council, and co-sponsored by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food’s Utah’s Own program and Communications Office, is a great way for consumers to shop now for a season’s worth of produce and other local farm products, while supporting local farms.

CSA is a partnership between consumers and individual farms or small groups of farms. Consumers pay for their harvest share up front, at the beginning of the season. In return, they receive a weekly share of the harvest that is ripe each week, for a set number of weeks during the growing season.

Because CSA programs can vary from farm to farm, the open house provides a valuable comparison shopping experience.  For those who didn’t make it to the open house, but might be interested joining

a CSA this year, the CSA Utah website has descriptions from each of the farms about their programs and offerings.  www.csautah.org. Click on the find a CSA tab to learn about each of the farms listed.

For those of you who haven’t participated in a CSA before, UDAF has a few tips to help you be a discriminating shopper:

Most CSA farms start their spring or summer seasons in May or June. There is still plenty of time to sign up for the season.