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Special Notice                    Geauga County, Ohio
Jan. 26, 2012

The Fair Share

What's cropping up!
The Year of Local Food
Eggs anyone?
Summer 2012 CSA applications now available
2012 CSA Survey
Need a carpenter?
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January    

Now is here
A fine new start
For a whole new year.
The snow comes down
In the dark of night.
When we awake
The world is white.
In January
Buggy silhouetteWhen there's snow,
We get our sleds
And away we go.
-Unknown 

    

 
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This is the year of local food 

Cleveland has designated 2012 as the year of Local Food. You're already ahead of the game through your participation in a Community Supported Agriculture program. You may find that it's not quite as easy to get your fill of local foods during the off-season, though. We're trying to make it a little easier for you. Many of our members have requested the chance to order things like eggs and beef through the winter and spring. See below for details, and thank you for your continued support of local farms!

 

Michelle, Laura and the farmers of Geauga Family Farms

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Eggs anyone?    

  

We have A LOT of eggs!

 

This fall Daniel Fisher invested in hens, coops and feed to provide the CSA with eggs of consistent quality. They are finally up to speed, and that means 80+ dozen eggs per week! To help out the Fishers during the off-season, we are taking orders for egg shares to be dropped off at three locations on a monthly basis.

 

How does it work?

 

Sign up for the number of dozen you would like to have delivered each month to your pick-up site for the next four months. (Eggs are $3.25 a dozen.) Because these eggs are fresh off the farm, they will be good for several weeks.

 

You are also welcome to order other extras to go with your eggs (baked goods, honey, jams, cheeses, ground beef and possibly some limited produce), and these items can be added on each month (four-month commitment not needed). Check out the full list on our Web site and remember that orders must be received at least four days in advance of the delivery date.

 

The egg shares will help us to make sure we have enough items to make the delivery worthwhile, and will reserve your eggs on a monthly basis to make sure they are available.

 

Anyone is welcome to order other items for delivery during these dates/times, but we cannot guarantee the eggs will always be available without an egg share.

 

We will have three convenient locations where you may pick up your eggs and additional items. Locations are as follows:

 

B-Z residence (Cleveland Heights) - Feb. 11, March 10, April 14 and May 12 
Pickup time - 10 a.m. - Noon

Hill's Family Karate (Mentor) - Feb. 4, Feb. 25, March 24, and April 28  
Pickup time - 10 a.m. - Noon

 

Sage's Orchard (Chardon) - Feb. 4, Feb. 25, March 24, and April 28
Pickup time - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sign up on our Web site now! Our first delivery will be Feb. 4. Visit www.geaugafamilyfarms.org or just click here

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2012 applications are available    

Guarantee a spot by signing up early for the 2012 season. A payment plan is available for applications submitted by March 21. See the application here.

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Please tell us what you think    

As we work on planning for the 2012 season, we would love to hear your ideas and opinions. Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey that will be sent to you in a separate e-mail. Thank you for your time!

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Need a carpenter?    

Before they got into farming full-time, most of our farmers did other types of work. Many have participated in the building trades. Some continue to do other work during the off-season to supplement their farm incomes and support their families. We'll bring you information from time to time about services that are available from our farmers. Feel free to pass this information on to others who might be interested.

 

D & A Hershberger Construction: 440-477-4438 (7 a.m. - 4 p.m. - leave a message if calling after hours)

Marvin Hershberger, one of our board members, is taking on some construction work this winter. His team is skilled in a range of interior and exterior construction projects, from detailed tilework and cabinetry to masonry and roofing. They have a significant amount of experience in drywall work, kitchen renovations, basement renovations, water damage repairs and more. References are available. These craftsmen are available to work in locations within an hour's drive from Middlefield. Feel free to call Marvin to discuss your project needs.

CONTACT US

(Between the regular business hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. PLEASE!)

Farm Representatives:

Laura Dobson, 440-478-9849,

Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris, 216-321-7109,

Grass-fed beef & poultry

Kathleen Webb, 216-408-7719,  

www.GeaugaFamilyFarms.org

Geauga Family Farms, Middlefield, Ohio 44062