Week 1                        Geauga Family Farms CSA                     June 6, 2017             

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    "Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field."
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower



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SAVE THIS NEWSLETTER!!
This is one of the most important newsletters we send out all season. It has invaluable information in it that you will want to refer to throughout the season. Please at least skim this and take note of the items in it so you know where to look if you forget pick-up times, can't remember extras ordering deadlines or want to share the pick-up instructions with someone who is picking up for you.
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Off to a great start!
Welcome to the start of the Geauga Family Farms Summer 2017 season. Our team has been working hard for the last several months in preparation for this week. We are so delighted you are joining us for what we are hoping to be our best season ever. We have a great combination of pick-up sites, including old favorites and exciting new locations. Most importantly, we have you. We can't wait to share the great harvests that begin with this week's deliveries. 

But first, this is one of the most important newsletters that we send out all season. This has basic instructions and details that will be helpful in making sure you have a great experience. Please take a few minutes now to review. Will everything run perfectly this week? We hope so, but we recognize that there may be a few glitches as we get back into the weekly pattern. Please be patient if there is an issue. Let us know, and we will be happy to make things right.

Each week our newsletter will include a general list of items that will be appearing in shares that week. Different combinations will occur on different days. When we have extra produce available, it will be available for purchase in our online farm store. You will receive a weekly e-mail reminder and farm store link in case you would like to order extras for the following week's delivery. Our weekly newsletters will also include farm news, recipes and much more. This will be our primary method of contacting you about upcoming events, changes, etc.

Also, join us on Facebook. It's a fun place for extra stories we think will interest you, and for you to share your thoughts on the shares, photos of meals you've made with our produce, recipes and more.

We look forward to a great season together, and we want to extend our sincere thanks for the role you play in making small, family farms viable in Northeast Ohio. We couldn't do this without you!

Warmly,
Laura Dalheim
~ with Rachel Machesky and the farmers and families of Geauga Family Farms
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Pick-up instructions by site
Pick-ups for our full 20-week season begin TODAY. Here are the basics. If you have signed up after our June 4cut-off point, you may not be starting this week. Please double check your receipt to confirm the date of your first pick-up if you have recently signed up. 

Tuesdays or Saturdays:
Your pick-up site: Parkman Produce, Noah Yutzy's farm, 17050 Nash Road, Middlefield
Pick-up day & time: Tuesdays from 1 - 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Contact person: Noah Yutzy, 440-548-5697
Pick-up instructions: Your shares will be inside Noah's barn. He will have signage directing you so it will be easier to find. Once inside the barn, be sure to take the proper share size and any extras you ordered. There will be a cooler there as well holding eggs if they are part of your share. Please be mindful of animals and children while on his property

Tuesdays:
Your pick-up site: Eddy's Fruit Farm, 12079 Caves Road, Chesterland
Pick-up day & time: Tuesdays 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Pick-up instructions: Pick-up shares from truck in parking lot. Remaining, non-refrigerated shares will be left behind.

Your pick-up site: Lake County History Center, 415 Riverside Drive, Painesville
Pick-up day & time: Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Pick-up instructions: Pick up share from truck in parking lot. 

Your pick-up site: Lowe's Greenhouse, 16540 Chillicothe Road, Bainbridge
Pick-up day & time: Tuesdays from 1 - 2:30 p.m. for refrigerated items; non-refrigerated shares can be picked up until 6 p.m.
Pick-up instructions: Produce shares may be picked up at this location between 2 and 6 p.m., but egg, cheese and beef orders and shares must be picked up between 1 and 2:30 p.m. Pick-up will occur behind the clearance area adjacent to the main greenhouse area. There is a large sign that says "Clearance" that is visible from the parking area. For the first few weeks of
the season, please check in at the main cashier before picking up your share. Staff members will help to walk you through the pick-up process (location, share sizes, check-off). Boxes will be grouped by share size (medium, large or custom) with a form to check off your name when you pick up your share. If you do not see your name on the form, check the forms for the other share sizes. Please make sure you take the correct size. You may want to bring cloth bags to transfer your produce. Please unfold your box and leave the box at the store. Special orders will be marked clearly with a name. Please do not take someone else's special order package. Other parties may pick up your share for you if you are out of town. Please make sure they check off your name and take the correct size and make sure they are aware of these instructions before sending them to pick up for you. Shares will not be held past the pick-up time.

Your pick-up site: Peace Lutheran Church, 12686 Bass Lake Road, Munson Township
Pick-up day & time: Tuesdays from 3 - 5 p.m.
Pick-up instructions: Pick up share from truck in parking lot.

Your pick-up site: St. Andrew Episcopal Church, 7989 Little Mountain Road, Mentor
Pick-up day & time: Tuesdays from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Contact person: Reggi Kucera
Pick-up instructions: Pick-up will take place in the parish hall. A volunteer will help you get a box and will check off your name. You may want to bring a bag to transfer your produce. Please leave the boxes at the site. Other parties may pick up your share for you if you are out of town. Shares left at the end of the pick-up time will be donated to the food pantry at St. Andrew.

Your pick-up site: The Grove, 425 N. Commons Blvd., Mayfield
Pick-up day & time: Tuesdays from 2:30 - 4 p.m. 
Pick-up instructions: The actual pick-up area is in the service drive area just south of Parkview -pull in off Route 91.

Corporate sites - Tuesdays:
Materion, Mayfield
Deliveries will be made to the building.

Thursdays:
Your pick-up site: Church of the Good Shepherd, 23599 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst 
Pick-up day & time: Thursdays 4 - 5 p.m.
Pick-up instructions: Pick-up from truck in front parking lot. Remaining non-refrigerated shares will be left behind for pick-up.

Your pick-up site: Lakewood LEAF Night, 15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood 
Pick-up day & time: Thursdays from 5 - 6:15 p.m. for refrigerated items; non-refrigerated shares can be picked up until 8 p.m.
Pick-up instructions: Pick-up location is in front of Lakewood Library.

Your pick-up site: LifeTime Fitness, 3850 Richmond Road, Beachwood
Pick-up day & time: Thursdays from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Pick-up instructions: Pick-up from truck in the back corner of the parking lot.

Your pick-up site: Lucy's Sweet Surrender, 20314 Chagrin Blvd., Shaker Heights
Pick-up day & time: Thursdays from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Pick-up instructions: Pick up from truck in the parking lot behind building (between Bicycle Boulevard and Lucy's Sweet Surrender).

Your pick-up site: Market Café, 1801 East 9th St., Cleveland
Pick-up day & time: Thursdays from 3 - 7 p.m.
Pick-up instructions: Pick up is located inside restaurant.

Your pick-up site: Mustard Seed Market, 6025 Kruse Drive, Solon
Pick-up day & time: Thursdays from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. for refrigerated items; non-refrigerated shares can be picked up until 7 p.m.
Pick-up instructions: Pick up from truck in parking lot. Refrigerated items must be picked up by 2:30 p.m. Remaining shares will be left near the customer service area in the front of the store until 7 p.m.

Your pick-up site: Ruffing Montessori School, 3380 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights
Pick-up day & time: Thursdays from 4 - 5 p.m.
Pick-up instructions: Pick up at front of school This is a bulk site. Instead of receiving your shares pre-packed in a box, produce is delivered here in bulk. Members at this location fill their bags with share contents during pick-up. A volunteer is available to assist members in this process

Corporate sites - Thursdays: 
Jones Day, Cleveland
Deliveries to the building will be made on Thursdays

Tucker Ellis, Cleveland
Deliveries will be made to the building.

Ernst & Young, Cleveland
Deliveries will be made to the building.

MRI Software, Solon
Deliveries will be made to the building.

Saturdays:
Your pick-up site: 1815 Tavern, 170 S. Chillicothe Road, Aurora
Pick-up day & time: Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. - noon
Pick-up instructions: Pick up from truck in parking lot.

Your pick-up site: ElTech Building, 100 7th Ave., Chardon
Pick-up day & time: Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Pick-up instructions: Pick-up shares from truck in parking lot.

Your pick-up site: Hill's Family Karate, 8901 Mentor Ave., Mentor
Pick-up day & time: Saturdays from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. for refrigerated items; non-refrigerated shares can be picked up until 1 p.m.
Contact person: Tom & Libby Hill
Pick-up instructions: This is a bulk site. Instead of receiving their shares pre-packed in a box, produce is delivered here in bulk. Members at this location fill their bags with share contents during pick-up. A volunteer is available to assist members in this process.
Hill's Family Karate is located on Mentor Avenue, behind the Sunoco gas station and across from Malley's Chocolates. It is necessary to turn onto the side street beside the Clark station to reach Family Karate. Pick-up will occur just inside the front door of the karate school. A volunteer will help you get a box and will check off your name. You may want to bring a bag to transfer your produce. Please unfold the box and leave it at the site. Other parties may pick up your share for you if you are out of town; please make sure they understand these instructions.

Your pick-up site: St. Noel Church, 35200 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills
Pick-up day & time: Saturdays from 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Contact person: Anthony Camino (440-728-0805), Kathy Murphy and Janice Cackowski
Pick-up instructions: Pick-ups will occur on the lower level of the church. Follow the signs in the parking lot to the lower, side door. A volunteer will assist you with the process. Please bring a bag or two in which to put your produce. Other parties may pick up your share for you if you are out of town. Shares left at the end of the pick-up time will be donated to a hunger center.
Your pick-up site: The Goddard School, 2073 Alexandria Way, Macedonia
Pick-up day & time: Saturdays from 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Pick-up instructions: Pick-up from truck in parking lot.

Your pick-up site: St.Paul's Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights
Pick-up day & time: Saturdays from 8 - 9:30 a.m.
Pick-up instructions: Pick up shares from truck in parking lot at northwest corner of North St. James and Fairmount.
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In this week's shares
We are really excited to get started! However, we are off to a bit of a slow start due to two late hard frosts and the extremely wet conditions this spring. So, the first two weeks will be a little sparse, but as our longtime members know, we will more than make up for it later in the season. Variety will continue to increase as the weather warms up. The crops are looking great!

Lettuce (red leaf, green leaf, Romaine), kale (Lacinato, Winterbore, Red Russian), garlic scapes, turnips, collards, Swiss chard, bunching onions, strawberries and rhubarb.

NOTE: You will not receive all of the types of produce listed above. This is a list of possible items. Different size shares and shares received at different times of the week may include different items.
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Now in our farm store
Want to add some produce favorites to your weekly share? You'll find the following items in our farm store here. Look for many more items as we progress through the season. Remember, we always have eggs, bread, maple syrup, honey, jams and other items available in our farm store.

Garlic scapes - $2/bunch
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Vacation holds
Taking a summer vacation? We are happy to offer again this season our popular option of placing your share on a vacation hold!

To do so, go to our website at GeaugaFamilyFarms.org and click on Account at the top of the page. It will redirect you to your online account. Click on the brown box on the top left that says Member Login. Click on Schedule a new vacation hold. Select a starting week, the number of weeks you want your share on hold and the week(s) you'd like to receive a double share; you may also donate your share for the weeks you're gone if you prefer. Be sure to click on Schedule Action.

You MUST place your vacation hold one week in advance; the system will not allow you to do so any later than that. This is so we can tell our growers how much produce we will need for the coming week well in advance of the delivery dates. 
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Ordering extras
When ordering extra items, keep in mind the ordering deadlines to receive your items the following week:
For delivery on the following Tuesday, order by the previous Wednesday at midnight
For delivery on the following Thursday, order by the previous Friday at midnight
For delivery on the following Saturday, order by the previous Sunday at midnight
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Add a reminder to your calendar
We are all very busy and have many things we need to remember every day. We recommend adding a weekly reminder to your calendar so you don't forget to pick up your share. Even our farm reps have forgotten to pick up their shares on occasion!
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Premium Pastured Meats at Hill's Family Karate this Saturday
Have you been looking for quality pastured chicken? Premium Pastured Meats is a small family farm near Alliance. Owner Seth Sharp raises his meats to the highest standard to provide the highest quality. The farm is pasture-based and makes all of its feed on farm with organic and non-GMO ingredients. 

Seth will be selling his chicken at Hill's Family Karate in Mentor this Saturday during pick-up times from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Look for more sites to be announced soon.

Some of you may already be familiar with the farm - many of you received your Thanksgiving turkeys from Seth last year.

Premium Pastured Meats' mission is to provide the local community with good wholesome meats. As far as chicken goes we have boneless skinless breast, boneless skinless thigh, Italian chicken sausage and whole birds. 
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Recipes
We include recipes each week using the items in your share. While our in-house chef Rachel always has great recipes to share, we'd love for you to send us your favorite recipes as well. We will include them in the next newsletter. Please e-mail them to  LDalheim@geaugafamilyfarms.org

I think its safe to declare it's finally patio season! As Northeast Ohioans, we live for these days. Here is a great recipe to utilize our veggies in a different way. A big bang for little effort. So pour yourself a refreshing summer beverage, pull up a chair and enjoy this light snack. Feel free to grill some chicken or shrimp to make this a more satisfying meal. ~ Rachel

Strawberries
Arguably a favorite time of year for many, it's a sign that summer is here. We are lucky to be where strawberries grow sweet and plentiful. And while they are like candy to eat fresh and plain, its fun to transform them and use them for others things...cobblers, pies, jams and jellies, smoothies, the list is endless. How about doughnuts? Baked, of course, so eating more than one won't make you feel guilty.

Baked Whole-Wheat Strawberry Doughnuts
Makes approx. 10-12

1 ¼ cup whole-wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
2 Tbsps. softened butter
½ cup sugar
1 large egg
½ cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup fresh strawberries, cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a doughnut pan and dust with flour. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer), cream the butter and sugar together. Add the egg, buttermilk and vanilla and mix until well combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined. Gently fold in the strawberries. Spoon batter into the prepared doughnut pan (filling each well ¾ full). Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly pressed.
Enjoy!

Garlic scapes
What are those curly green things in your share? They're garlic scapes, the flowering part of the garlic we cut off so all the energy goes into the bulb instead of into the flower. They can be used just like their more pungent counterpart, and more. Here is a recipe for garlic scape pesto, my favorite way to use them, and a link to six additional ways to prepare them. ~ Laura

Garlic Scape Pesto
1/4 cup pine nuts
3/4 cup coarsely chopped garlic scapes*
Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
A few generous grinds of black pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
*Or use half scapes and half herbs such as basil, dill and chervil

In a small, dry pan set over very low heat, lightly toast the pine nuts, stirring or tossing occasionally until just beginning to brown, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes. Combine the scapes, pine nuts, lemon juice and zest, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse about 20 times, until fairly well combined. Pour in the olive oil slowly through the feed tube while the motor is running. When the oil is incorporated, transfer the pesto to a bowl and stir in the grated cheese. If you plan to freeze the pesto, wait to add the cheese until after you've defrosted it.

Not into pesto? Try these other recipes for scapes. 
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Invaluable tips for CSA members
Some find the idea of a season's worth of fresh vegetables, some of which might be unfamiliar, a daunting one. There is no need to worry with the Geauga Family Farms team on your side! Your CSA experience can be much simpler and more rewarding with a little bit of early preparation.

The tools
These are our favorite things to have around the kitchen for quick and easy prep/processing. 
  • Salad spinner - Members receive a good amount of greens. Place them in cold water, spin dry and store with one or two paper towels in a large zip-top bag. They will keep for a few weeks like this.
  • 1-gallon plastic storage bags - The zip-top bags mentioned above.
  • Freezer bags - we keep bags labeled "Soup," "Smoothies" and "Pizza" in our freezer, and add small bags of produce (things we know we won't get to during the week) throughout the season.
  • A good blender - perfect for smoothies and soups, a dependable blender is important.
The recipes
We will provide a selection of recipes in our weekly newsletter, as well as tips on handling and storage. Click here to visit one of our favorite spots for simple produce storage tips.

The newsletter
We know you receive more e-mail than you'd prefer, and it's hard to get through everything. Please take a few minutes each week to browse through the newsletter. This is where we let our members know about important details, information on our produce and upcoming events. 
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Sign up for our mini strawberry festival farm visit
Please make plans to join us Saturday, June 24 at D&S Organic Farm in Mesopotamia for a very special farm visit. We will have a mini strawberry festival with strawberries and ice cream as long as Mother Nature smiles on the strawberry fields. The farm visit will be held rain or shine, strawberries or no strawberries. 

There will be tours, games, pony cart rides and more. Kettle corn and other snacks and treats will be available. Traditional Amish treats will be for sale, as well as grass-fed beef, organic eggs and produce.
 
Please remember to bring bug spray and sturdy shoes. You might also want to bring a cooler for your purchases.

The farm visit will be from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. You are welcome to show up any time. The address is 4738 Gates East Road, Mesopotamia. Find a link to a map here

We ask that our members reserve free tickets for this event so we will know how many to expect. Sign up for the farm visit hereWe hope to see you on Saturday, June 24!
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It's never too late to sign up for the remainder of the season
We introduced this last year, but remember, you can sign up anytime during the season. Taking a summer vacation in early June and want to wait until mid-June to sign up? No problem! The price of your share will be pro-rated to charge you only for the remaining weeks in the program.

Click here to order your share now.
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Area events
Basil Festival
Lowe's Greenhouse & Gift Shop, Bainbridge
June 10 - 11
Join our partners at Lowe's Greenhouse & Gift Shop for their second annual Basil Festival June 10 & 11. Nothing says summer like cooking with fresh herbs and Lowe's wants to help you take advantage of all the healthy and tasty benefits from the garden harvest. It's not too late to Enter the $1,000 cooking contest! Visit their website for details and the entry form. Either way, come sample all the recipes and vote for your favorite. Judging starts Sunday at 1 p.m. and winners will be announced at 3 p.m. There will be store-wide sales on herbs, flowers and plants all weekend long. 

CSA Cooking Class
June 30, 6 p.m.
Loretta Paganini School of Cooking, 8613 Mayfield Road, Chesterland
Cost: $45 for members, $65 for non-members (The extra $20 covers the cost of a week's share, which is sent home with the student.)
Using products delivered straight from Geauga Family Farms Community Supported Agriculture bags, attendees will prepare and take home the week's share for several wholesome and delicious dishes. Chef Kate will lead the group in all aspects of preparation, packaging, will offer tips on handling and storage, and demonstrate how to make three dishes as she prepares a tasty meal for the group. One of the Farmers will also be at each class to answer questions. If you've ever been stumped by how to use the surprise items in your CSA, this is the place to find inspiration!
There will be additional classes each month. Visit lpscinc.com for more information.

To sign up for the classes, click here.
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Local food, farming, environment in the news
We have so many things we'd like to share with you regarding the local food movement, what is affecting the food you eat and the world around us, and much, much more, but we don't want to make our newsletter any longer. So, we include links to articles you may find interesting. Here are a few. If you run across any articles you find interesting and think other members would be interested in reading, feel free to send us the link for inclusion in an upcoming newsletter.
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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 Dalheim, 440-478-9849,
Rachel Machesky216-246-8254,  

Geauga Family Farms, Middlefield, Ohio 44062
Geauga Family Farms, 16505 Mumford Road, Burton, OH 44021
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