Easter has come and gone, and the sun is shining more often here in Utah. As we leave Winter behind, a new season begins to bloom as Spring comes to town and Summer is well on its way. With the sun being ever more present in our beautiful state, we begin to see more greens coming off the farms and into the markets.
Spring Agritourism and Events -
For the adventurer at heart or a family fun activity, take advantage of the diverse activities and events being hosted throughout the state:
A quick reminder that Cedar City has a year round farmers market - with many people traveling south to hike, camp or enjoy sunny, red-rock Utah it pays to pencil in a stop at the market. Many of the farmers offer spring greens, cheeses, and breads - perfect, wholesome food for you or your family.
If you’re planning a trip downtown, please note that April 25 will be the last Saturday for the Downtown Farmers Market in Salt Lake City - take advantage of the fun environment and quality produce. Many growers are offering spring greens or kale, and their are an abundance of food artisans offering jams, chocolates, salsa, breads and more.
Rowley’s Red Barn is currently open and offering a variety of fun activities and fresh greens to brighten any recipe.
They are harvesting their asparagus and also have some local apples still in their store. Their apples include gala, golden delicious, and fuji apples.
Rowley’s also has a farm store that they keep stocked with their own greens and produce as well as local products, such as juices, dried fruit, and assorted chocolate delicacies that range from $5 to $10. There is also an ice cream parlor that serves over 50 flavors of ice cream, sodas, slushes, shakes and more.
But Rowley’s offers more than just their store and fresh foods. At this time of year, their apple, peach, and cherry trees are in bloom and it is a sight to behold. You can view their blossoming fruit trees while on a tour of the farm, which is open year round.
Again, if you have a trip planned for Southern Utah, plan on stopping by a local foods event, April 25, from 11 am to 8 pm.
Here’s an excerpt from their event website:
“Basically, it’s a big party at the park in sunny St. George, soaking up spring time weather while discovering what our local restauranteur’s and eateries are cooking up. Oh, and what is food without free entertainment like live music, eating challenges, a classic car show and best of all…. A free ‘KIDS ZONE’ that will rival any fair! Bring your family and friends and come enjoy two days of FOOD, FAMILY and FUN!! Admission is FREE, but tasting is $1 or $2 per vendor.”
For those looking to enjoy the freshness of local Spring greens and produce, we encourage you to reach out to local farms and CSAs. For this post, we’ll only mention three, but there are many listed on our farms and ranch listing.
This local farm has been in production since 2008 and has been a huge success for their students. In 2009, they had been large enough to run their own CSA run by the students and under the supervision of their teachers.
The farm has since created their own farm stand along with the CSA, located on campus in Logan. Their farm stand is currently selling spinach, lettuce, radishes, kale, chard, green onions, herbs, and snap peas.
The official CSA season doesn’t start until the beginning of July, so when considering what CSA to go with, make sure you include the USU Student Organic Farm in there! Not only is it good to support a local farm, but it will also give the students confidence in their knowledge.
CSA Shares are on sale for $600 for a full basket (normally feeds 4-6 people), and $300 for a half basket (feeds around 2-3 people). The CSA will run for 20 weeks beginning in July and goes until the end of September.
Johnson Family farm has a deep love of the land they grow their crops on. The farm has been in service for over 100 years and has been passed down over many generations and will continue to be passed down in years to come.
Johnson Family Farm has a unique approach to the CSA and Family Farm. Located in Cache Valley, they understand it can be a little tough to find their farm. So, instead of a normal Share pickup, you can opt to have your share delivered straight to your home.
Currently, the farm is harvesting asparagus, onions, radishes, carrots, and yukon potatoes. Their website provides a full calendar of which produce comes in season and you view that here.
Their CSA is taking orders for the upcoming season. For the next 21 weeks (starting in July), you can receive a variety of fruits and veggies for $300 in Salt Lake City and $335 in Logan. For the home delivery option, which is currently available in Cache County and Eastern Box Elder area only, goes for $329 a share.
Petersen’s Farm has always been one of our favorites because of their fully stocked farm store. Not only can you find fresh produce from vegetables and meats, but they also have many local products that include honey, chocolates, sweets, mixes and more.
All are available in their farm store or when you purchase a CSA share. Their farm store is open from 9am to 6pm, or 5pm on the weekends.
Petersen’s CSA shares run for 15 weeks for $300. The share will begin in July and run until the end of September. Their CSA runs a little differently. When you pick up your share, they give you a grocery list of the items on your share that are mandatory and then a couple extra items you have free choice over.
It is commonly said to “Support Local Farmers” and we have provided you with a simple and easy way to help our local growers stay in business and continue to bring the freshest and highest quality of produce and farm products.