|Holiday greetings Geauga County, Ohio||Dec. 19, 2013|
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"January is the quietest month in the garden... But just because it looks quiet doesn't mean that nothing is happening. The soil, open to the sky, absorbs the pure rainfall while microorganisms convert tilled-under fodder into usable nutrients for the next crop of plants. The feasting earthworms tunnel along, aerating the soil and preparing it to welcome the seeds
and bare roots to come."
~ Rosalie Muller Wright
Editor of Sunset Magazine
2013 has been a wonderful year for Geauga Family Farms. The weather was excellent, harvests were bountiful and our farm family (which includes our members, suppliers and pick-up site partners) grew. We are thankful to be sharing this exciting farming adventure with all of you, and we're thankful that together we are finding ways to make farming a viable way of life again.
We'll be very busy in the interim (after a short holiday break), and we look forward to reconnecting with you in the spring. Look for improvements to our ordering and delivery systems as well as new produce items and varieties. We also plan to have a full recipe database up and running by next summer, so that you can easily find a range of recipes for any vegetable you receive.
We wanted to let you know that our 2014 application is up on our website at www.geaugafamilyfarms.org. We have discount pricing available until Dec. 31.
The entire Geauga Family Farms team would like to wish you a warm, safe and joyful holiday season!
Andy & Laura Miller Marvin & Iva Mae Hershberger Noah & Kathy Yutzy
Lester & Martha Hershberger Daniel & Susan Fisher Abner & Maria McDaniel
Tom & Esther Byler Jonas & Elizabeth Byler Marlin Barkman
Dominic & Diana Marchese
Neil Miller, Rosanna Hershberger, Rebecca, John Egan, Rick Fenselon
Laura Dobson, Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris
Even though our CSA deliveries have ended for the season, Geauga Family Farms grass-fed beef is available at Geauga Farms Country Meats and at Middlefield Original Cheese House throughout the year. Call ahead to Geauga Farms Country Meats at 440-834-8476 to reserve specific cuts and amounts, or one of our box specials.
Amish baked goods
Countryside Bakery is also open year round. See the options from Countryside Bakery on their general baking list here and for holiday baking here. Contact them at 440-834-0776 to place your order and arrange a pick-up time.
2014 CSA shares make great last-minute gift ideas!
Early-bird discount pricing goes through the end of the year
The 2014 season application is here! If the end of the fall program makes you yearn for next year's CSA seasons, you might want to get a jump on things by reserving your share now. And what could be better than the gift of a membership in the Geauga Family Farms CSA? Our early-bird discounts are available until midnight, Dec. 31.
Keep in touch over the winter on Facebook
We may not be sending out regular newsletters over the winter, but we'll be posting updates on our Facebook page. And you can still keep in touch with us on Facebook too. We'd love to hear from you and to hear stories of what you're doing with the veggies you stored for use during the long, cold winter.
Cheers to another great year!
What a year! If this was your first year with the Geauga Family Farms CSA, I hope you enjoyed trying new veggies like kohlrabi and kale. I know you tasted a difference in the fresh, local flavor. If you have been a member for awhile, you know that those behind the CSA have been working hard to make improvements and that this program just keeps getting better and better!
For me, the fresh vegetables were a reassuring constant. Since June, I've relied on the good farmers of Geauga County to keep the nutritious food coming, the sustenance that has nourished me through change, blessings and life's lessons.
This fresh, local food has helped me to look at my food differently. I've reduced the amount of packaged and canned products I use. When in the grocery store, I take note of how far the produce had to travel and try to lean toward the veggies that had less of a long and bumpy journey. It's very rare that I buy conventional produce. The CSA has demonstrated how delicious veggies are without the harmful chemicals!
Being a member of the Geauga Family Farms CSA has been a continued blessing for me and my family for the last two years. From the bottom of my heart, I offer a prayer of Thanksgiving to those who have worked so hard to make it possible to enjoy the gifts from the earth - even here in Ohio! Thank you to the farmers and their families, to Rosanna, Laura and Michelle who have worked tirelessly to make a difference in the local community. Thank you for reading my column and for learning along with me. It's been an amazing season and I hope you've all enjoyed it as much as I have!
Good health to you and your loved ones and wishing you the happiest of holidays! See you next year!
Laura J. Novak is a freelance writer in Lake County. Her blog, Laurajnovak.blogspot.com, is about eating well and shaking free to live your best life. She enjoys reading about nutrition, participating in yoga, cooking and visiting parks with her husband, Vida. She is a passionate supporter of locally grown, organic produce and even has her own small garden. This is her second year enjoying the Geauga Family Farms CSA. Laura has a bachelor of arts in English and a master's degree in education.
Local food, farming, environment in the news
We have so many things we'd like to share with you regarding the local food movement and things like the farm bill, the latest news on GMO foods, and much, much more, but we don't want to make our newsletter any longer. Until we get our blog up and running on our website, we are going to include links to articles that you may find interesting. Here are a couple. If you run across any articles you think would be of interest to our members, feel free to send us the link for inclusion here.
Fresh Research Finds Organic Milk Packs In Omega-3s
Alternative Christmas Gifts
These Days, School Lunch Hours Are More Like 15 Minutes
Industrial Meat Bad, Small Farm Good? It's Not So Simple
The Case Against Multivitamins Grows Stronger
FDA Asks For Proof That Antibacterial Soaps Protect Health
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Grass-fed beef & poultry
Kathleen Webb, 216-408-7719,
Geauga Family Farms, Middlefield, Ohio 44062