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Join us for our first-ever Winter Warehouse Sale!
We know you aren't used to hearing from us in the middle of winter, so we are happy to have a good reason to contact all of you now about our first-ever Winter Warehouse Sale Feb. 25! This is an opportunity for you to fill your freezers and pantries and a chance for us to empty out ours before the summer CSA program begins. 

We planned this event for Saturday, Feb. 25 not only to beat the winter blues, but to coincide with National CSA Signup Day, an entire day dedicated to the celebration of community-supported agriculture. Read more about it below.

Come meet our farmers and farm reps and get a little winter pick-me-up before the homestretch until your veggies start arriving weekly in June. We will be offering discounted pricing on everything from meat (grass-fed beef filets and ground beef, chicken breasts and thighs, ham steaks, pork chops and ribs, breakfast sausage and sweet Italian sausage links) to fresh greens like lettuce, kale and spinach, staples like honey, syrup and jams and even some items leftover from fall. We will also have cheese, fresh eggs and baked goods for sale. 

Winter isn't over yet, so come pick up all you need to make comfort food like beef stew and chicken noodle soup and shepherd's pie. Stock up on maple syrup to sweeten your pancake breakfasts and honey to sweeten your hot tea.

Please let us know if you'll be stopping in by RSVPing to Laura at or Rachel at

Hope to see you there!
Laura Dalheim
~ with Rachel Machesky and the farmers and families of Geauga Family Farms
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National CSA Signup Day is Feb. 24
In 2015, Small Farm Central released the 2014 CSA Farming Annual Report, which gathered data from more than 250 CSA farmers and almost 53,000 memberships. Among other interesting facts, the report showed that the most popular day for CSA Signups in 2014 was Friday, Feb. 28. So in 2015, the first National CSA Signup Day was held Saturday, Feb. 28. 

CSA farmers offered special CSA Signup Day discounts and promotions and enjoyed an influx of signups from members wanting to support local agriculture. This year, CSA Day is about more than getting lots of CSA signups; it's a whole day dedicated to the celebration of community-supported agriculture.

This is why we are holding our first-ever Winter Warehouse Sale the following day, Feb. 25. Please join us and help us celebrate community-supported agriculture.
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Spring into the Garden with GFF at Lowe's Greenhouse
Can't make it to our Winter Warehouse Sale? Join us March 18 at Lowe's Greenhouse, 16540 Chillicothe Road, in Bainbridge for Spring into the Garden which will be held March 17 - 19. 

GFF will be 
presenting our CSA program and introducing our farmers. We will also have our locally produced items for sale, including meat, fresh greens, honey, syrup, jams, cheese, fresh eggs and baked goods. 

Lowe's will have sales on fruit trees and berry bushes and a demonstration of basic vegetable planting. Fresh vegetable snacks will be available. Lowe's weekly winter farmers market will be that Saturday as well.

Come join us!
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Important info for Summer 2017 CSA program
We have new CSA software this year, so even if you are a returning member, you will need to sign up as a new member. Here is the step-by-step process to sign up, beginning from our website here.

1. Click on Sign Up Now. 

2. Choose your size and extras. 

3. Scroll to bottom of page and click on submit and continue.
 
4. Choose farm or pick-up site to be announced. 

5. Enter contact information (add additional emails if more than one). 

6. Read member agreement. Check "understand and agree" to acknowledge that you have read and understand the member agreement so there are no surprises or misunderstandings during the season.

7. Click on submit and continue.

8. Check order is correct - it will give you a total cost and the cost for the three separate payments in the payment plan if you choose that option. You must pay in full to apply the returning member discount.

9. Enter your coupon code (RETURNING17).

10. To pay in installments by credit card, you must click on Member Assembler Payments - it will automatically take you to the payment plan page. 

11. To pay in full by credit card, click on PAY IN FULL near the bottom of the page to exit the payment plan page and pay in full.

12. Enter credit card information. 

13. Click on sign me up. Returning members may take advantage of a 5 percent discount. 
You must use the discount code RETURNING17 to receive the discount.

Share sizes/options
New this year is a customizable share. Many of you have been requesting this option for years! This share is equivalent to the medium share in volume. Members will select $23 worth of produce only from the farm store to fill each week's share. The total regular price of $700 includes a $12 fee each week to cover the cost of special packaging and the extra labor required to hand-select each item ordered by the member. Since this is a new option, we are only offering a limited number of customizable shares. This means quantities will be limited, so order early to get one of these customizable shares. There are no small shares this year. 

Pick-up Sites
For now, select "Pick-up sites to be announced" or select the Farm location to complete your order. We will finalize our pick-up sites in the spring and follow up with you then to select your location. An additional savings of $50 is applied to those picking up at our farm location. 

Payment
You may pay for your share with a check by mail or online with a check or credit card. We offer a payment plan which breaks down the total cost into three equal payments. If you are paying by check, it requires mailing in all three checks at once. If you are paying online, three payments will be automatically deducted from your credit card, each one month apart. Please be sure to use a credit card that does not expire before the final payment is due, or make a note to update it when your new card arrives. 

Pricing
This year, returning members can take advantage of a 5 percent discount.
Medium share - $441.75*
Large share (returning members) - $736.25*
NEW! Customizable share - $665*

For our new members, regular pricing remains the same as last year.
Medium share - $465
Large share - $775 
NEW! Customizable share - $700

*Enter discount code Returning17 when ordering.

Click here to order your share now.
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Corporate pop-ins
We would love to bring the farm to your employees. Our farm representative Rachel Machesky will be making
visits to local businesses to talk about the opportunity to bring farm-fresh goodness to your employees, right where they work. She will share information on our programs and accept sign-ups.

Rachel will be accompanied by one of our farmers, who will bring along over-wintering vegetables including potatoes and onions
, as well as farm-produced items such as maple syrup, honey and jams. 

Schedule a pop-in visit now. To set up a convenient time for Rachel and the farmers to come out to your company, please contact Rachel at 216-246-8254 or email her at
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Follow us on Instagram
GFF is now on Instagram! Share photos of your shares and favorite veggies during the season, 
post photos of the delicious meals you make with our produce and more. We plan to have photo 
contests, offer discounts and feature you, our members, on our Instagram account

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CONTACT US
(Between the regular business hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday ONLY PLEASE!)
 
Farm Representatives

Laura Dobson, 440-478-9849,
Rachel Machesky, 216-246-8254,  

Geauga Family Farms, Middlefield, Ohio 44062
Geauga Family Farms, 17201 Bundysburg Road, Middlefield, OH 44062
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