Why a Sold-Out CSA Matters?

Why a Sold-Out CSA Matters?

  • Posted by Kaleigh
  • On July 18, 2019
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“Due to The Front’s dedication, Farmer Next Door has sold out for the summer season and we currently have the biggest CSA pick-up in history on Wednesday evenings at the gym,” said Jill Bell, manager of the program.  

Our connection to the Bell family and the CSA runs deep, and selling all slots means more to us than just knowing our members are staying strong and healthy for their summer sends…

Dave Bell was a Wasatch climbing pioneer, and one of the original founders of The Front Climbing Club, which began under the name, The Bodyshop. Dave eventually took up organic farming and it became a family affair with his wife, Jill, and four kids. Unfortunately, in August 2017, Dave passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. 

Now, Jill and the rest of the Bell family carry the torch through the Farmer Next Door program, a co-op that includes 25-30 farms which began in 2012 in order to provide fresh produce to the community all year long. 

“The Bell Family has been climbing in and growing food for the Salt Lake Valley for more than 20 years. Our strong love for the climbing community and commitment to local food production and distribution have always been inextricably intertwined,” Bell said. “The Front Climbing Club shares this same strong commitment to bringing the local community together in a way that not only celebrates the joys of climbing but goes beyond that by providing a space that nurtures both the human body and soul through movement, music and healthy, local food.”  

Each Wednesday at The Front, Dave’s son, Max (pictured above), distributes to CSA members bags of produce with seven different items a week, ranging from heirloom, sauce and slicing tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, basil, zucchini, chard, broccoli, potatoes, peaches, pears, green beans, spinach, garlic, arugula, beets and beet greens, cabbage, apples, cherries, kale, sweet corn, cucumber, turnips, onions, local eggs, bread and cheese, and much, much more.

Although the summer CSA is sold out, those interested can already sign up for either the fall or winter program, or both. The fall CSA begins on September 4 and runs for nine weeks, while the winter CSA begins on November 6 and also runs for nine weeks. The fall and winter CSA will feature similar items as summer, as well as autumnal veggies such as squash, pumpkin, mustard greens, and more.  

“Our partnership with The Front developed out of a joint passion for connecting with the land around us and by a mutual understanding of the importance of nourishing your body with what the land provides, whether that be a good day on the rock of the Wasatch, or a good meal grown in the dirt of the Wasatch,” Bell said.  

Regular pricing for the Farmer Next Door program is $245, but for Front members the cost is discounted at $200. With this price, the weekly cost for produce rings in at just $22. Sign up today to support a good cause, and so you don’t miss out on healthy, fresh veggies that are perfect sustenance for helping you send your next proj