Daisy Fair, manager of Copper Moose Farm, examines produce at the farm’s public stand, which opened in July. Previously, the farm s produce was only
Daisy Fair, manager of Copper Moose Farm, examines produce at the farm's public stand, which opened in July. Previously, the farm s produce was only sold wholesale or to CSA members. (Christopher Reeves/Park Record)
Daisy Fair became accustomed over the years to turning away people who wanted to buy produce at Copper Moose Farm, which only sold wholesale to local restaurants or to Community Supported Agriculture members.

That's the way it was for the farm from its opening in 2007 until this summer, when it opened a farm stand for the public three days a week, at 1285 Old Ranch Road.

Plans for the stand began in earnest in the winter, with a building to house the stand being built in the spring. But for Fair, the farm's manager, offering produce to the public has been a long time coming.

"I felt for years like there were a lot of 'no's'" Fair said. "'Can we get your produce?' 'No, unless you're on the CSA.' It's nice now to be able to say, 'Yes, come on by.' It's always been in the back of our heads, for years."

Though the stand has only been open since July, Fair said it already has developed a devout group of regulars who are hungry for local, fresh produce. The produce is always harvested the day before the stand opens, meaning it's been out of the ground for around 24 hours when people buy it.

"People love it and are so excited," Fair said of the stand. "People are so surprised to see that we're growing everything on the farm right here."

One of the most satisfying aspects of opening the stand has been getting to know the customers the farm feeds, Fair said. She pointed to a woman shopping in the stand and illustrated her point.

"We fed her through her pregnancy, and now we're feeding her kids," Fair said.


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"It's really gratifying. It's a unique thing to grow it and then to see who it's feeding. A lot of farmers wholesale to Whole Foods or whatever, and they know who they're feeding, kind of, but they don't know them."

The process to get the produce to customers began in the spring, when seeds were planted at the farm. And Fair offered this insight of all the hard work she and the farm's other employees have put in between then and the harvesting of the produce: "You can literally taste it.

Produce at Copper Moose Farm, whose farm stand opened to the public in July. (Christopher Reeves/Park Record)
Produce at Copper Moose Farm, whose farm stand opened to the public in July. (Christopher Reeves/Park Record)
" That she has been able to oversee the process from beginning to end has been special.

"I planted a seed back in April, and now here are these gorgeous carrots," she said. "It's one of those things where I'm seeing it from seed to Joe right there, who's buying it. It's as full-circle as it gets."

The farm stand, which is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, offers many kinds of produce, including kale, onions, carrots, spinach and potatoes. The farm also partners with a Salt Lake City farmer to offer various kinds of fruit.

"I'm not going to say we grow everything you can grow up here, but we grow a really wide variety," Fair said.

The plan is to keep the stand open into October, though Fair said that will be largely determined by the weather. And as for future expansion of the stand, given its success so far? Nothing is currently in the works, but that may change.

"We'll have to wait and see until the end of the year," Fair said. "We don't necessarily want to be huge. But so far, so good."

Copper Moose Farm

1285 Old Ranch Road

Coppermoosefarm.com

daisy@coppermoosefarm.com