Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs)
Recycle Utah is a CSA Pick-up Center
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 1-3 CSAs that drop off bags or boxes of produce for Park City share-holders throughout the year. Learn more about who they are and how to get one for yourself:
- BELL ORGANIC GARDENS (Spring through fall)
- FARMERS NEXT DOOR (Fall through spring | Not available during summer)
Not sure what a CSA is?
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.