Market in Park City has locally produced beef |

Market in Park City has locally produced beef

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Those interested in eating locally raised beef are encouraged to purchase their meat from the Summit County Food Coalition, which kicked off its latest campaign Saturday at The Market at Park City.

The beef, which will be available through February, received rave reviews from many who attended Saturday’s event. Ground beef is available along with top sirloin, t-bone, ribeye and tenderloin steaks.

"The coalition is thrilled to have the opportunity of supplying the community with local, grass-fed beef for the winter season," said Michele Devaney, coordinator of Uinta Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Council.

Devaney partnered with the Summit County Food Coalition to provide the locally raised beef to restaurants in the Park City area. The coalition — made up of ranchers, government officials, nonprofits and businesses — tested the program in June and sold about 1,300 pounds of meat in fewer than 30 days.

"We received an overwhelmingly positive response during the test program in June and discovered the community’s eager desire for our local, grass-fed beef," Devaney said. "We plan to have a steady supply of beef from now through February and are hoping to expand to additional outlets."

The meat is "dang good beef," said Summit County Manager Bob Jasper.

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"Not only is consuming locally raised, grass-fed beef good for your health, it’s good for the economy as well," Jasper said. "Studies show that money spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy. We’re delighted to help get this program off the ground and are looking forward to eating more dang good beef this fall and winter."

The beef was raised by Blazzard Farms in Kamas. The Summit County Council approved a $10,000 grant and $15,000 loan for the Summit County Beef Project, a move officials said could help boost economic development in the area. The county used the money to purchase about 60 calves and process and transport the beef. Ranchers who sell their beef locally could earn and extra 20 cents per pound, officers say.