2012 Summer Season
SUMMER CSA PROGRAM PRICES
The 2012 deadline for joining our 10 week Summer Share was August 1. You can join our Fall/Winter program here–this starts in October.
Laura Dobson – Farm Representative
Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris – Farm Representative
Geauga Family Farms is a cooperative of 10 family farmers whose goal is to provide organically grown produce to the Northeast Ohio community. The group formed to create a more sustainable approach to supporting one another in the farming way of life. The inclusion of multiple farms means a wider variety of produce is available for our members. The farmers of Geauga Family Farms strive to bring you high-quality, healthy and delicious produce.
The farmers run a CSA program, short for Community Supported Agriculture. Members of the CSA pay up front for a share of organically grown produce they will receive on a weekly basis throughout the season. By purchasing a share from Geauga Family Farms at the beginning of the season, members provide financial support to the farms when it is most needed. This approach also means that what members receive is tied to the growing conditions, but the wide variety of produce that can be planted by multiple farms means that if it is a bad year for one item, you’ll get others instead.
Members who have the most rewarding CSA experience are people who:
- Enjoy experimenting with new foods and new recipes – we do our best to provide ideas for what to do with the items that appear in your box in our newsletters.
- Recognize that their weekly menus will be based on what they receive in their shares (rather than developing a menu first and shopping for the items).
- Understand that all produce is not perfect in appearance.
- Get out to the farms and meet the families involved – we hold monthly field nights and farm visit days, and we love to meet our members.
- Understand that the items provided in the shares will be chosen for them based on what is available in the fields.
- Are willing to freeze, preserve or share items when quantities are beyond what can be consumed during a given week.
- Aren’t afraid to eat their greens! You will be receiving healthy doses of kale, swiss chard, collards, bok choy, lettuce, etc.
- Read their newsletters and join our Facebook page. An informed CSA member is a happy CSA member.
Our season: We typically have a 20-week summer season beginning in early June and ending mid-October; we have shorter season shares as well, and winter season shares. Stay tuned or contact us to learn when applications for upcoming seasons start. Shares are delivered to your pickup site of choice on a weekly basis. Many items in your shares will vary as the season progresses.
2012 Season Pricing
Next year’s prices may be different, but to give you an idea of what a 20 week summer share costs, here are 2012′s prices:
- Single share–$425
- Family Share–$700
- $50 discount for picking up at the warehouse (Miller’s Organic Produce, 17201 Bundysburg Rd., Middlefield
Extras * (20 week share, 2012)
- $65 – 1 dozen eggs each week for 20 weeks
- $65 – 1 loaf of wheat bread each week for 20 weeks
- $65 – 1 jar of jam each week for 20 weeks (specify a flavor or we’ll choose)
- $88 – 1 pound of ground beef each week for 20 weeks
* A wide range of extras is also available on a week-by-week basis during the season.
Information about the shares
Shares are in single and family sizes. The single size provides enough produce for two to three people to have several servings throughout the week. The family size provides enough for four people to have several servings throughout the week with greater variety and a little more volume.
Due to the growing conditions in this region, you may find that shares have a little less in the beginning of the season. We more than make up for this as harvests increase later in the season. Total value for you the season will not go below the amount you have paid.
Typical shares might include:
Early season – lettuce, kale, collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, radishes, green onions, strawberries, raspberries
Mid-season – tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, sweet corn, Swiss chard, broccoli, beans, basil, peaches, blueberries
Late season – sweet corn, tomatoes, squash, potatoes, beets, carrots, onions, peppers, kale, pumpkins, apples, pears, watermelon
Please note: We try to include at least one fruit each week, but due to harvest conditions this may not always be the case. Please recognize that these shares are primarily vegetables.
The vegetables in the shares are certified organic. Not all of the fruit is organic – strawberries, blueberries, apples, peaches are grown conventionally on other farms. Please notify us if you would prefer not to receive non-organic items. We will replace these items with organic produce.
At the beginning of the season, we may supplement the shares with nonproduce items such as eggs, bread or jam.
Additional items such as bread, jam, eggs and ground beef can be added to your weekly share for an additional cost.
2012 Pickup Sites
Pickup Information: Pickup sites will be available at a range of locations throughout Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Summit counties. Pickups occur on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with each site having a specific pickup day and time. Once the pickup site information is finalized, we will contact you so that you may choose your preferred site. Once a choice is made, you may not switch sites.
Shares that are left after the pickup times will be donated to a hunger center or a family in need.
If you are out of town on a given week, you may have a friend or neighbor pick up your share for you. It’s a great way to share the harvest!
Pickups occur Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at the following convenient locations. If you choose to pick up at our warehouse at 17201 Bundsyburg Road in Middlefield, you must choose one day of the week to pick up and stick with it throughout the season. Please indicate what day you will pick up at the warehouse on your application or when you sign up online.
|Lowe’s Greenhouse, Bainbridge||2 – 6 p.m.|
|* Whole Foods, Woodmere Village||3:30 – 8:30 p.m.|
|St. Andrew Episcopal Church, Mentor||4:30 – 6:30 p.m.|
|NEW SITE! Marigold B & B, Chesterland||5 – 6:30 p.m.|
|Warehouse, Middlefield||1 – 7 p.m.|
|Market Café, Downtown Cleveland.||3 – 5 p.m.|
|Sage’s Apples, Chardon||3 – 5:30 p.m.|
|Congregation Kol Chadash, Solon||4:30 – 6 p.m.|
|* NEW SITE! Mustard Seed Market, Solon||4:30 – 8 p.m.|
|NEW SITE! St. Augustine’s, Tremont||5 – 6:30 p.m.|
|Ruffing Montessori, Cleveland Heights||5:30 – 6:30 p.m.|
|NEW SITE! LEAF Night – Lakewood||5:30 – 8 p.m.|
|Warehouse, Middlefield||1 – 7 p.m.|
|St. Noel, Willoughby Hills||9 – 10:30 a.m.|
|St. Paul’s, Cleveland Heights||9:30 – 11 a.m.|
|First Church Congregational, Painesville||9:30 – 11 a.m.|
|First Unitarian Church, Shaker Heights||9:45 – 10:45 a.m.|
|Hill’s Family Karate, Mentor||10 a.m. – 1 p.m.|
|NEW SITE! The Goddard School, Macedonia||11 a.m. – noon|
|Sage’s Apples, Chardon||11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.|
|Warehouse, Middlefield||9 – 5 p.m.|
*No beef delivery
Shares that are left after the pickup times will be donated to a hunger center or a family in need. If you are out of town on a given week, you may have a friend or neighbor pick up your share for you. It’s a great way to share the harvest!
TERMS OF MEMBERSHIP:
As a member of the Geauga Family Farms Winter CSA program, I understand the following:
- Members are responsible for full payment by the deadlines listed on the following application.
- Members are not sent notices or invoices. This completed contract serves as the indication of amounts due. Please make a copy for your records.
- Payments are not refundable. However, members may recruit new members to take over their share and arrange to receive payment from the people whom they recruit.
- Shares must be picked up by the time listed for your pick-up site. They won’t be held beyond that time.
- If I do not pick up my share on a particular week it will be donated to a family in need or to an emergency food provider. I do not expect my share to be held beyond the pick-up site time limits.
- Exact dates of harvest and content of shares will depend on weather and Mother Nature.
- My CSA share may include non-produce items such as eggs, baked items, etc. in addition to produce.
- Fruit, eggs and baked goods will not be certified organic.
- Organic produce is not always perfect in appearance.