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Cropping Up: Why local farmers grow peaches, tomatoes and other specialty crops

A basket of fresh tomatoes of all shapes, sizes and colors.
Richard Barnard

UPR’s Cropping Up series continues this week featuring recipes and ideas for cooking with Utah specialty crops grown by local gardeners.

In this week’s episode we visit the Cache Valley Gardeners Market and continue our conversations with local ag producers.

Plus, we feature food demos with professional Chef Matt Lott from Blackstone cooking up some tasty treats with locally grown fresh peaches and more.

Find the recipes chefs used to prepare specialty crops on a Blackstone grill in Logan at the Cache Valley Gardeners' Market.

Support for Cropping Up comes from the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food in partnership with USU’s Hunger Solutions Institute and Create Better Health Utah.

Nicholas Porath is a Logan native and music lover. Having graduated from USU with a degree in broadcast journalism, it was while studying journalism that he found his niche and newfound love for radio. He first started out as an intern behind the scenes and eventually made his way to the production and control rooms where he worked as a fill-in host, as well as producer for numerous UPR programs including Cropping Up, Access Utah, Behind the Headlines and more. In 2023 he took on a new hurdle as UPR’s new Radio Broadcast Engineer. He still works as a programming producer and is a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers.
Shalayne Smith Needham has worked at Utah Public Radio since 2000 as producer of Access Utah. She graduated from Utah State University in 1997 with a BA in Sociology, emphasis on Criminology. A Logan native, she grew up with an appreciation for the great outdoors and spends her free time photographing the Western landscape and its wildlife.