Harvesting garlic is a pivotal time of year for Daisy Fair. This treasured farm tradition happens at the end of July and marks the segue into the most bountiful part of the high mountain’s growing season. The act of pulling this coveted allium, while surrounded by a plethora of farm animals, flowers and veggies, makes the aches and pains of transplant season a distant memory.
Daisy runs Copper Moose Farm in Park City, UT. This family-owned CSA connects the community of Park City with local organic and biodynamically grown food. In the summer, artichokes, carrots, beets and broccoli flourish on three acres of certified organic soil. Their existing customer base consists of 60 CSA members and 5 restaurants, including Deer Valley Resort, their biggest and most loyal supporter.
While growing and distributing abundant produce is their main mission, the Copper Moose crew also educates the public with courses on creating hoop houses, raising chickens and bees and flower design. To top it off they host on-site weddings and provide floral offerings for special events.
Life on the Park City farm –despite all the hard work– is nothing less than idyllic. Fair moved to Park City after her husband landed an engineering position at the Park City Fire Department. She spends her downtime skiing, running, mountain biking and get out of town to camp and raft. “We don’t have to go on vacation to be on vacation in this town,” explains Fair. And, of course, there’s he endearing task of mothering her three-year-old. When the farm’s full-bore Daisy’s family enjoys their chores side-by-side.
So if you find yourself cruising through the Park City area, or if you’re a local intrigued by sustainable practices and yummy veggies, stop by the Copper Moose Farm and check out their scene. Or attend their open house on May 4th from 1-3pm. Just follow the signs on Old Ranch Rd.
If you’re jumping ship this summer, don’t fret. The farm’s 2400 sq. ft. passive solar greenhouse enables year-round production in the challenging mountain climate.