Yes there are great CSA's where you can get locally-grown produce, and there's always Morgan Valley Lamb, but now if you just want a locally-sourced burger, t-bone or porterhouse, and you live in Summit County, you can have it.
Following a successful early June “pre -pilot” program at The Market at Park City that registered strong consumer demand for locally-raised grass-fed beef, with over 1300 pounds of meat sold in less than 2 weeks, the Summit County Beef program is now taking the next step towards making local grass-fed beef readily available to shoppers.
Summit County Beef will be sold direct-to-consumers starting this week, with bulk orders being taken online at www.summitcountybeef.com or (435) 503-4179 for whole and 1/2 Black Angus calves. With a limited supply, orders are first-come/ first- served, and will be delivered late October/ early November at a central pick-up location. A whole beef is $1600, which equates to approximately 250 lbs of total usable beef that takes up approximately 12-13 cubic feet of freezer space. A half beef is $800 and equals approximately 125 lbs of total usable beef that takes up approximately 6-7 cubic feet of freezer space. Credit cards and local checks will be accepted.
Typical cuts from a whole Summit County Beef include:
•Ground beef and/or stew meat
Consumers will have some flexibility in choosing specific cuts and will be contacted in September regarding requests. All orders will be delivered frozen, cut and wrapped in butcher paper, with the name of the cut stamped on the outside of the package.
Interested beef lovers are encouraged to place their orders now since supplies are limited...and because according to Summit County Manager Bob Jasper, “It’s dang good beef.”
About Summit County Beef:
The USDA inspected grass-fed beef is raised without antibiotics by Blazzard Farms in Kamas and Half Circle Cross Ranch just outside of Coalville, and is processed in Utah, thus eliminating long trucking distances and grain-finishing at feed lots. Local grass-fed beef is healthier, has a smaller carbon footprint and means that more money is kept within the local economy, rather than going to feed lots or packers far from Utah.
The ultimate goal of the Summit County Beef program is to have local grass-fed beef available at retail for long periods of time. To accomplish this involves expanding the supply of grass-fed cattle and to do so, means that ranchers have to considerably adjust their animal husbandry practices in order to produce a steady supply of high quality grass-fed beef. As an interim measure and to answer the demand for this beef, a larger (but still limited amount) of grass-fed beef is now being offered for sale direct to consumers, while supplies last.
About The Summit County Food Coalition:
The Summit County Food Coalition is made up of Summit County ranchers, local government representatives, local nonprofits, and concerned citizens working to support a local food initiative in Summit County. Coalition members include the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Uinta Headwaters Resource Conservation & Development Council, Park City Chamber/Bureau, Park City Municipal, Utah State University Extension Office, the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, Summit County, The Summit Land Conservancy, Summit County ranchers and local agency Flashpoint. This is the Coalition’s first project and the only one of its kind in the state.