If you truly care where your food is coming from, appreciate and love supporting the local community, the environment, and getting to know the land and people that are growing your food, then you are going to love Copper Moose Farm. Located on Old Ranch Road with spectacular views of Canyons Resort and surrounding mountains, this 3-acre farm with a 2,400 square feet passive solar greenhouse and two hoop houses (seasonally) provides organically grown vegetables and cut flowers to the community.
Who’s running the whole operation? Originally from New Mexico, Daisy Fair was exposed to organic gardening at a young age while her mother ran an apple orchard. Was this somewhat of a shoo-in career, being naturally exposed into that experience? “It was actually never something I ever knew for sure I was going to get into,” she said. “I was super engulfed in raft guiding and ski patrolling when I moved to Colorado, but once I went to botany school, I got really into it.”
Growing at 7,000 feet with a snowy winter season definitely seems as though it would present a challenge for the farm, but it is definitely a year-round operation. The winter months may not bring all of the produce as summer, but the farm is still able to grow and thrive, which is where the benefits of their greenhouse and hoop houses come in. During the colder half of the year, the farm mostly grows greens inside their greenhouses, which are distributed to local restaurants that the farm works with and are also still available for purchase with a CSA membership. Deer Valley Ski Resort, Bistro 412, and Promontory Club are three of the local supporters that are provided with fresh organic greens from the farm during the winter, with Deer Valley being the biggest and longest supporter of the farm. The farm also has 30 chickens whose eggs are for sale to CSA members.
With the warmer months comes different produce such as root vegetables (usually around July), tomatoes, kale and more. The fields on the farm are going to be soon expanding, so if you do go to the farm stand to check out their produce and flowers this summer, you will be able to see a lot more of the actual operation. This will be the second year that they have had a farm stand with produce for sale, which will be located at 1285 Old Ranch Road, and you can plan on that being reopened in June. With a CSA membership, fresh cut flowers and seasonal produce are available once a week during the 16- to 20-week season (season duration just depends on the weather), with pick up at the farm stand as well. There is still limited availability for a CSA membership for the 2015 season, but the time to sign up is now! For an approximate crops calendar, click here.
“We’re going to have longer hours at the farm stand as well as a fun new event called Tasty Tuesdays. On the last Tuesday of each month from 5-6 p.m, we will have various guest speakers at the farm stand who will further encourage the conversation about agricultural land, and local farming,” Daisy said.
They will also be hosting the Harvest Fest in August, truly amazing experience featuring five local chefs, live music, cocktails and around 120 people in the beautiful farm land. Stay tuned for more details!
Copper Moose has also recently begun a relationship with Shannon Doleac who has come up with some awesome, nutritious recipes for the farm’s website. Shannon is currently working as the Nutritionist for the University of Utah’s Gymnastics Team, a Nutrition Consultant (owner of Primal Peak, LLC), and a CrossFit trainer at CrossFit Park City. She is also part of the EATS program (Eat Awesome Things at School). Learn more about her and Primal Peak here.
Do we have you excited for summer yet? We can’t wait to pop by the farm stand and see what the farm has to offer this summer! Make sure you continue to support local especially with gems like Copper Moose Farm.