Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

412 Food Rescue to Sponsor Ugly Csa, 2 Farm-to-Table Dinners

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

412 Food Rescue to Sponsor Ugly Csa, 2 Farm-to-Table Dinners

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412 Food Rescue will save fruits and vegetables from the trash heap in two novel ways this summer.

The organization, which rescues healthy foods that otherwise would be discarded, is starting a new program called "Ugly CSA" where it will sell misshapen or overstocked produce at reduced prices. The group also will host two multicourse farm-to-table vegan dinners using rescued produce.

For the past year, the group has operated with the help of about 300 volunteers who pick up discarded food - mainly fruits and vegetables - from local farms and stores and deliver the food to nonprofit agencies such as food pantries and homeless shelters.

Ugly CSA: Through a traditional Community-Supported Agriculture subscription, customers can sign up to receive periodic boxes of food - mainly fruits and vegetables - from local farms or co-ops throughout the growing season. Customers usually pay a flat fee for a box delivered weekly or bimonthly, either to their homes or more typically to a pick-up point.

Ugly CSA will be run through Penn's Corner Farm Alliance. Customers will receive boxes of perfectly edible food that is oddly shaped or dented, or food that is considered at "glut" level, where there is too much supply and not enough demand. Those who sign up for Ugly CSA, running for eight weeks in August and September, will pay about 40 percent less than customers ordering traditional CSA subscriptions - a total of $120 or $15 for each week's delivery.

Being a pilot program, it will be limited to 50 subscribers this year, but 412 Food Rescue will maintain a waiting list. If there is a high interest level, the organization will expand the program next summer.

Farm-to-table dinners: 412 Food Rescue will prepare two farm-to-table dinners using rescued fruits and vegetables. Brazen Kitchen's Leah Lizarondo, one of the principals behind 412 Food Rescue, will prepare vegan menus using fresh "rescued" produce based on what's available on the weeks of the dinners.

The first will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. July 23 at Frankferd Farms in Clinton. In addition to dinner, the evening will include live music, wine and beverage pairings and a tour of the farm, which runs some of its operations using solar power. …

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