UglyCSA

Carrots with visible imperfections

Creates new markets for previously unsellable produce—benefiting local farmers and preserving the resources that went into food production.

For 12 weeks during peak growing season (July–September), subscribers receive a weekly box of “ugly” produce and locally sourced items. Purchasing just one UglyCSA share saves approximately 180 lbs of good food and 2,450 gallons of water, equivalent to enough drinking water for 13 people for an entire year!

Ugly CSA

About UglyCSA

Each year, 10 million pounds of food is wasted on farms – food is deemed unsellable because it does not meet cosmetic standards or is glut produce that the farmer cannot harvest or sell. Food waste at farms wastes not only the food itself, but also the resources that was used to grow it.

UglyCSA directly benefits 412 Food Rescue’s mission of keeping perfectly good food out of the waste stream.

FAQs

How much food can I expect every week?

The content of each week’s share will vary depending on what our local farmers are harvesting, but you can expect about 15 pounds – picture a standard paper grocery bag – of fruits and veggies. We’ll email you each Monday to let you know what to expect in your Wednesday share so you can meal plan!

Where does the food come from?

We’ve partnered with Isidore Foods to source our “ugly” produce. Based in Bethel Park, Isidore Foods works with small family farms no further than 175 miles from Pittsburgh. Learn more about the farms here.

Is this a more sustainable option than visiting my local grocery store?

Yes! Did you know that the average piece of produce in the U.S. travels 1,500 miles? Local food typically travels 100 miles or less, reducing CO2 emissions significantly. Each UglyCSA share saves approximately 180 lbs of good food and 2,450 gallons of water, equivalent to enough drinking water for 13 people for an entire year!

This year, we’re committed to eliminating single use plastics from our UglyCSA shares. Each subscriber will even receive a canvas bag so we can re-use our paper bags.

Will it be safe to pick up my CSA share this year?

Yes! We are keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 situation and adjusting our practices accordingly to ensure everyone’s safety. Our ten pick-up sites will be no-contact if necessary at that time.

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UglyCSA waiting list

We're so sorry to inform you that UglyCSA 2020 is officially sold out. If still interested we encourage you to fill out the waiting list above in the event that a subscriber cancels or we release more shares.

I just wanted to say thank you for an amazing first box. We’re blown away by the quality and variety of produce. We’ve had other CSAs before, but this is our first season with 412 Food Rescue. Thanks so much for everything you do.

Andrea S.Pittsburgh