Creating new markets

Each year, 10 million pounds of food is wasted at farms for many reasons – some items are deemed unsellable because they do not meet consumers’ cosmetic standards, some are glut produce that the farmer cannot harvest or sell.

Through 412 Food Rescue’s UglyCSA program, we create new markets for previously unsellable produce–benefiting farmers and preserving the resources that went into food production. Our first UglyCSA program was piloted in 2016 in partnership with Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance. In 2017, we tripled our shareholders to 126 and provided specialty local products such as maple syrup, organic bar soap, and tea. Check out photos of some of our 2018 UglyCSA shares below:

Sign up for our 2018 season below, or email for more information.

2018 Ugly CSA Season 3 is HERE!

Sign up below!

  • IT'S HERE! Sign up for 12 weeks of "ugly" produce and special products from local vendors! • Dates: Every Wednesday from July 11th - September 26th. Cost: $240/12 weeks, plus $10 processing fee.* Pickup Neighborhoods: East Liberty, Sharpsburg, Millvale, Greenfield, South Hills, North Side, Lawrenceville (You will receive a confirmed pickup address once you have signed up and paid in full). • Customers using SNAP/EBT must pickup their shares from our office in East Liberty (this option is not available for other customers at this time). If you are paying using SNAP, please email for your coupon code that you can use at checkout. • *Note: Unless you are paying with SNAP, we do not offer a payment plan at this time.
  • Please choose a pickup location that works best for you! Pickup locations were chosen based on a survey of our previous Ugly CSA subscribers and our 2018 waitlist. For privacy, exact addresses for private residences will be emailed to you once you have signed up. Pickup times will be provided in the coming weeks. Please email if you have questions.
  • If you are not available to pick up on certain dates (or get someone to pick up your share for you), please consider donating your Ugly CSA share to 412 Food Rescue for one of our nonprofit partners! Shares MUST be picked up by the end of the time slot listed for your pickup neighborhood.
  • Awesome! Please put the name of the second household or persons who will be picking up the share.
  • Purchase your share!