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NEW MAP AIMS TO HELP CONSUMERS LOCATE UTAH COUNTY’S SELLERS OF FARM PRODUCTS

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Maps traditionally have been used to help people navigate from Point A to Point B. But a new farm products map may help bring consumers and farmers closer together, according to its author.

Utah State University Extension Services Agent Dean Miner, with help from other extension agents and the mapping division of the Utah County Public Works Department, has spent the past four months compiling information for the map, entitled "Utah County Farm Products Map: Enjoy Utah's Farms and Their Bounty."On one side, the map features locations of 68 farms between Alpine and Genola. On the other, it specifies the exact addresses and names of the farms and outlets, what goods are sold at those locations (anything from fruits and vegetables to dairy products and eggs to mulch and compost) and from what dates the goods are sold.

"We had two objectives (in compiling and printing the maps)," Miner said. "We're lining up producers and consumers, and we're also increasing people's awareness of farms in the valley. We have more farms in Utah County than any other county in the state."

Miner said the county has "a tremendous agricultural heritage," and that the map may benefit both farmers and consumers.

"(There are a lot of farms) just out here in front of people and they need to take advantage of them," he said. "Utah County is fortunate to have many farms that sell products directly to the public."

Not all Utah County farms are shown on the map, but it does include most of those that sell directly to the public, according to Miner.

"This map does not recommend one farm over another, nor does it list all farms that sell their products to consumers," Miner said. "The intent of this map is to list as many farms and products as possible to give the consumer a wide selection."

In addition to the farm locations, the map also includes a harvest calendar for the curious, fishing spots, locations for horse training and riding lessons and a listing for a company that offers carriage, hay wagon and sleigh rides.

"There are just a variety of agricultural-related goods and services throughout the county," Miner said. "And we've tried to include as many as possible."

The maps are free to the public and were paid for by display advertisements located on the map's front. They are available from the USU Extension Service Utah County and Salt Lake County offices, the Utah Travel Council, all Utah County Farm Bureau Insurance offices and the Utah Farm Bureau Federation offices in Murray. For information, call 370-8460.