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Community Supported Agriculture Open House in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Spring is almost here and that means it's time to start planting crops, but you don't have to plant your own seeds to be able to enjoy home grown fruits and vegetables. There's a group of 40 Utah farms that take part in CSAs or community supported agriculture.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Spring is almost here and that means it's time to start planting crops, but you don't have to plant your own seeds to be able to enjoy home grown fruits and vegetables. There's a group of 40 Utah farms that take part in CSAs or community supported agriculture.

Mololo Gardens in North Salt Lake is just one of about twenty farms taking part in the CSA open house tomorrow. They're hoping to showcase some of their fresh produce and talk to people about the importance of buying local.

The farm is just two years old, the green house only a year, and already they're selling their home-grown produce to local restaurants, at farmers markets and for the first time through the CSA.

Mololo Gardens owner Mele Tuaone said, "This is an absolute labor of love. You’re a farmer because it's what you love to do because it's good for your soul, not because you're going to make money."

But through the CSA Mololo Gardens, and the other 40 or so local farms, can make some money and stimulate the local economy.

Jack Wilbur, a local farmer and member of CSA Utah Program told ABC 4 News, "Every dollar that you spend on local produce means that farm family can then spend money locally as well."

Buying local doesn't only help keep money local, it's also better for the environment.

"The average food you buy in the grocery store can come from upwards of 1500 miles away and your buying produce from us that's coming 10, 20, 30, 40 miles away and so you're saving all that fossil fuels on those trucks that are bringing the produce from various parts of the country and from other countries as well,” said Wilbur.

Tuaone says when your food doesn't travel that far it actually tastes better. "You taste a store bought tomato and take a home grown tomato and obviously you can't even talk about the difference. It’s an obvious one."

The fresh fruit and vegetables you can get through a local CSA can come once a week or twice a month. You can either pick up your box at the farm or a centralized pick up location. It's a one time, up front fee for a higher quality product and the peace of mind that your food is fresh and local.

"It just brings you so much closer to your food and makes you feel more connected to it,” said Wilbur.

The CSA open house takes place Tuesday from 6-8pm at Wheeler Farm, in the Activity Barn, 6351 S. 900 E. Salt Lake City.
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