Things we love: Farmstead treasures

Farmers Market JOY

Fall’s the time when local farmers markets are in full bloom. These farmers produce small batches of locally grown or raised foods, where quality and a unique experience is the goal.

Honey Caramels

Sam Huntzinger, at age 19, and his brother Nathan, 20, have turned their exploratory home project of beekeeping into a small business. Since the ages of 7 and 8, the brothers have been harvesting honey and creating tasty treats. Their father, Craig, works for the USDA Bee Lab in Logan, so the brothers have had native bees around for as long as they could remember. Wanting to extend their knowledge to honeybees, they got a couple of hives. At the end of their first year, with more honey than expected, they started selling it at the local farmers market, and it took off from there.

“The lesson began with just learning about the bees,” Nathan says, “then transformed into how to sell honey and run a business.” The brothers have expanded their operation to include 25 beehives which, at summer harvest, typically produces several gallons of honey each.

Look for their honey caramels (1-pound bag for $27) at the Cache Valley Gardeners’ Market in Logan on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 19.

Bees Brothers, North Logan, 435-764-6532

Beef Grill Master Package

In September 2017, Tyler and Whitney Thomas took over operations for the 200-acre Christiansen’s Family Farm, west of Utah Lake in Utah County. Both came from beef-producing backgrounds, so they settled in quickly and soon began raising registered Berkshire (aka Kurobuta) pork as well.

As a small, family-operated farm, the farm prides itself in producing all natural, humanely treated, pasture-raised pork and beef. Their grass- and barley-fed beef is available for purchase year-round, but fall is the best time to buy as animals are usually in their best condition. The farm offers a variety of cuts and quantities.

But for your backyard BBQ, consider the Grill Master package ($85) with four 20-ounce premium steaks, plus 1 pound each of bratwurst and hamburger. Order online, then pick-up monthly at various locations from Utah County to Salt Lake County listed on their website, or have it delivered.

Christiansen’s Family Farm, 1599 N. 17790 West, Fairfield, 385-215-4557,

Wasabi Arugula

Inspired by the farm-to-table movement, Salt Lake City’s first vertical, hydroponic, leafy green farm was built inside a state-of-the-art, 400-square-foot shipping container retrofitted with LED lights and 256 crop columns. Founder Reed Snyderman calls his farm “beyond organic” as water is distributed through a reverse-osmosis filter and no pesticides or herbicides are used. “We are trying to ascend to a better food-supply system,” Snyderman says—one that’s cleaner and better for the customer and the environment. His goal is to prove the locally grown concept works and provide people with fresh, organic leafy greens. While many varieties are grown, the wasabi arugula (1 ounce for $3) offers a nice bite of flavor. Purchase greens at the farm (by appointment), Redmond Heritage Farm Store and the Downtown Farmers Market.

Ascent Farms, 2023 S. 800 East, SLC,

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