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April 8, 2013

The Fair Share

What's cropping up!
More signs of spring - pickup sites announced
Early spring goodies Saturday at mini farmer's market
Certified-organic chickens for sale
Are you ready to garden?
Refer a friend and get a rebates
Grass-fed beef box specials still available
Looking for a few good truck drivers
Share your GFF story
Earth Day events
Healthy eating classes offered in Chardon
Lowe's Greenhouse offers gardening classes
Countryside Conservancy schedules classes
Join the Right to Know GMO fight
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"The American poultry industry had made it possible to grow a fine-looking fryer in record time and sell it at a reasonable price, but no one mentioned that the result usually tasted like the stuffing inside of a teddy bear."

~ Julia Child, My Life in France











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More sure signs of spring

Here at Geauga Family Farms, one of the signs that spring is approaching is when our mailbox is stuffed with membership applications for the coming summer's CSA season. April is always a crazy month of opening envelopes, downloading online applications, answering questions and finalizing pickup site and delivery details.


And speaking of pickup sites, we are excited to announce them for this summer. Some sites remain the same, and we've added a few new ones. Some returning sites have switched pickup days, while others stayed with the same day. We are still waiting for confirmation from a few more sites, but wanted to get this information out to you as soon as possible. We will post additional sites and pickup times to our Web site as soon as we have them confirmed.


If you've already signed up for your share, please e-mail Laura Dobson at and let her know what your pickup site of choice is. Please remember to include what day you'd like to pick up if your site (warehouse or Sage's) has pickups on more than one day.


If you are planning to pick up at one of our corporate sites, not all of them are up on the Web site yet, but will be soon. You may still sign up though; just e-mail Laura at and let her know the name of the corporate site where you want to pick up. Please note: corporate sites are for employees only.


So, if you were holding off on signing up until we announced the pickup sites, the wait is over! Deadline to sign up for Summer 2013 is May 1, so sign up now.



Lowe's Greenhouse, Bainbridge - 2 - 6 p.m.

Sage's Apples Fruit & Vegetable Farm, Chardon - 4 - 5:30 p.m.

St. Andrew Episcopal Church, Mentor - 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Warehouse pickup site, Miller's Organic Produce, Middlefield - 1 - 7 p.m.



Market Café, Cleveland - 3 - 5 p.m.              

LEAF Night (Lakewood Library), Lakewood - 5:30 - 8 p.m.              

Mustard Seed Market, Solon - 4 - 8 p.m.              

Ruffing Montessori School, Cleveland Heights - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.               

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lyndhurst - 4:30 - 7 p.m.              

Warehouse pickup site, Miller's Organic Produce, Middlefield - 1 - 7 p.m.



St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights - 9:30 - 11 a.m.

First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, Shaker Heights - 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Hill's Family Karate, Mentor - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

St. Noel Church - Willoughby Hills - 9 - 10:30 a.m.

First Church Congregational, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

The Goddard School, Macedonia - 11 a.m. - noon

Sage's Apples Fruit & Vegetable Farm, 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Warehouse pickup site, Miller's Organic Produce, Middlefield - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


We hope you'll join us!



Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris, Laura Dobson and the Farmers of Geauga Family Farms

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Chardon, Mentor pickup sites hold mini farmer's markets Saturday

Chicken, early spring produce and more for sale

This Saturday, we are holding a mini-farmer's market at our pickup sites in Chardon and Mentor. When you come to pick up your shares and/or extras, you will have the opportunity to purchase additional farm products, including frozen, free-range chicken (see more info below on chicken). These items will be available to anyone, even if you haven't placed an order in advance. 


Click here to place your order by Tuesday night for a range of eggs, honey, syrup, cheese, baked goods and beef. A limited amount of produce will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Your order will be available to pick up directly from our delivery truck at the sites below. We will offer the mini-farmer's market at the remaining sites on the later dates:


                Sage's Apples Fruit & Vegetable Farm Market parking lot - 9:30-11 a.m.

                11355 Chardon Road, Chardon

                               April 13 and May 11


                Family Karate parking lot - 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

                8901 Mentor Ave., Mentor

                              April 13 and May 11


                St. Noel parking lot - 9-10:30 a.m.

                35200 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills

                              April 27


                St. Paul's parking lot - 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

                2747 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights

                               April 27


         Miller's Organic Produce (Warehouse pickup site) - 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

                17201 Bundysburg Road, Middlefield

                               April 27


Certified-organic chicken available

GFF meat farmer Silvio Pellegrino of Pellegrino Pastures will be selling his USDA certified-organic chicken at Sage's this Saturday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and at Family Karate from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Silvio accepts cash, checks and credit cards, and will have all the products listed below for sale Saturday. Learn more about Pellegrino Pastures at 



Whole chickens - $3.99 a pound

Whole chickens, cut up - $4.30 a pound

Leg Quarters - $3.40 a pound (2/pack)

Boneless/skinless chicken breast - $7.99 a pound

Wings - $2.99 a pound

Backs, necks and breast bones for soup - $1.29 a pound

Livers - $1.29 a pound

Hearts - $1.29 a pound

Chicken sausage (Italian or Cajun) - $6.49 a pound made with GMO-free/certified-organic chicken and a clean list of spices



Mild pork sausage links - $3.79 a pound


Order your certified-organic seedlings now

Did this weekend's warm weather have you dreaming about your garden? If so, now is the time to reserve your organic seedlings from Geauga Family Farms farmer Marvin Hershberger. The plants will be delivered to the following locations on May 11 - Sage's, Hill's Family Karate, St. Noel, St. Paul's and our warehouse. You need not participate in the Winter/Spring program to purchase seedlings. Send orders to Michelle Bandy Zalatoris at You will receive an invoice via PayPal. Invoices not paid by the delivery date will not be filled. Click here for the form.

Refer a friend and earn a rebate on Summer 2013 CSA shares

Now is the time to sign up for our Summer 2013 CSA program. By popular demand, we are offering a new share size this year. In addition to our single and family shares, we will now have a half-share size. We have heard from many of you who want to belong to a CSA, but don't have someone to share it with. The half-share, which is a little bit larger than half the size of a single share, provides a selection of produce perfect for one person. Also new this year, receive a $5 rebate for every person you refer to the program who signs up and pays for a share by the May 1 deadline.To sign up, visit our Web site here.


Grass-fed beef box specials available

The Geauga Family Farms Beef Team is happy still has box specials available. This is a great way to sample our 100 percent grass-fed prime beef in a range of cuts. Grass-fed beef is naturally higher in Omega 3 fatty acids and lower in saturated fat, making it a healthier red-meat option. Our cows are raised in open pastures, and are not treated with steroids or antibiotics.


These selections will provide you with several delicious meals for your family and friends.


Winter Comfort box       $60

Our Winter Comfort box is designed with stews, slow roasts and crock-pot favorites in mind. This package includes the following: (4) 1-pound packages of ground beef, (2) 1-pound  packages of stew beef, 1-1/2 pound beef shank, 1-1/2 lbs. of short ribs, (1) approximately 2-1/2 pound roast


Small Sampler box          $73

Our Small Sampler box has a little bit of everything: (5) 1-pound packages of ground beef, (1) approx. 2-1/2 pound roast and 4 steaks (Will include a combination of two or more of the following - sirloin, T-bone, porterhouse or rib eye - selected by our butcher.)


Large Sampler box          $102

Our Large Sampler box is designed to provide more meal options or feed a larger crowd: (9) 1-pound packages of ground beef, (2) 1-pound packages of stew beef, (1) approximately 2-1/2 pound roast and 4 steaks (Will include a combination of two or more of the following - sirloin, T-bone, porterhouse or rib eye - selected by our butcher.)


Deliveries of these packages will be made to the following pickup locations on these dates:

Saturday, March 9 (Sage's Orchard - Chardon, Hill's Family Karate - Mentor)

Saturday, March 23 (St. Noel - Willoughby Hills, St. Paul's - Cleveland Heights)

Saturday, April 13 (Sage's Orchard - Chardon, Hill's Family Karate - Mentor)

Saturday, April 27 (St. Noel - Willoughby Hills, St. Paul's - Cleveland Heights)


Remember - one-pound packages of our ground beef and stew beef are available through our CSA program year-round.


Geauga Farms Country Meats also stocks a wide range of our roasts, steaks and other cuts. Feel free to visit them at 14320 Main Market Road (Route 422) in the Burton area, and don't hesitate to call ahead at 440-834-8476 if you want to make sure they have a particular cut in stock.


Thank you for supporting our local grass-fed beef producers!

Wanted: Truck drivers

Geauga Family Farms is now interviewing new drivers for the 2013 season. Candidates must be prompt, responsible, friendly and professional, and must own their own heavy-duty truck for towing our trailers. If you or someone you know is looking for regular delivery work this summer, please contact Neil Miller at 440-693-4625. 


Share your GFF story on Geauga Tourism site

If you've been a member of the Geauga Family Farms CSA for a year or more, chances are you've been out to Geauga County for a farm tour, to pick up your share or a Thanksgiving turkey, or just to drive around and see what you might find for sale on one of our farms. 

Now, you can share the story about your experience on the Geauga Tourism Web site at or just click here. You can share your experience and a photo from your visit to the county. While you're there, check out what others have posted and maybe you will discover even more reasons to visit Geauga County.

Celebrate Earth Day

Here are a few Earth Day celebrations being held near and far.


City of Painesville Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 21, 1 - 4 p.m.

Veteran's Park, 85 N. Park Place, Painesville.

Lubrizol & Painesville Municipal Electric are sponsoring an Earth Day event for the city. There will be live music, a tree giveaway to the first 200 people, eco-friendly exhibits, crafts and games. Participate in the vendor scavenger hunts for a chance to win some great prizes. Or take part in a game of two of disc golf and corn hole.

They will be collecting donations of aluminum cans for the Painesville Fire Department, or used cell phones for Forbes House. Anyone who donates will be entered into a raffle for free movie tickets.


Farm Girls Pub & Grub, 253 East Main St., Alliance
Saturday, April 20, 5-9
5 p.m. - Screening of "For the Love of Food" followed by discussion with filmmaker Brad Masi
5-9 p.m. - Earth Day Dinner featuring several local farms
7-9 p.m. - Live music by The Fugga Brothers

First 30-Mile Meal Tasting Fundraiser 
Sunday, April 21st
Honor Earth Day and celebrate environmental and economic sustainability by eating locally! Magic Tree Pub & Eatery in Boardman will host 30-Mile Meal, Lake-to-River OH/PA's first ever Earth Day Tasting Fundraiser April 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. For $25, you can enjoy a beer and wine tasting including Ohio-made beer and wine, as well as sample and buy products from several local vendors. Join 3-Mile Meal on Earth Day for great local food and beverages in a relaxed atmosphere with live music! Pay at the door or purchase your tickets online here


Fresh, a School About Health Through Nourishment

Sign up now for Fresh, a School About Health Through Nourishment, with GFF CSA member Debbi Mayo as instructor. Classes begin April 19 and are held monthly on Friday and Saturday from  10 a.m. - about 2 p.m. at the Mandala Center, 114 East Park St., Chardon.


In these classes you will learn healthy cooking basics, nourishing snacks, the impact of nutrition on children's health, food choices and consciousness, improving the quality of life, macronutrients/micronutrients, and more. You will also learn about food myths, including proteins, carbohydrates and fats, as well as calcium and other harmful myths and the truth about oils, fats, salt and dairy. 


Each class will feature nourishing samples of the foods you'll learn to plan and prepare. Some classes will include food prep. You will receive recipes, informative handouts, a resource list to pursue your own research, a light, delicious, nutritious meal each class, and have access to the center's resource library of books and DVDs.


You'll learn simple guidelines to create a plan for nourishing meals each week, one that works and will have you enjoying truly nutritious food on a regular basis! You can be empowered with making informed food choices that you and everyone in your family will love! Empowerment over your health and your enjoyment of life!


Classes meet April 19, 20; May 17, 18; June 14, 15; and July 12, 13. To register, or for more information, click here.

GFF partner site offers classes
Our partner, Lowe's Greenhouses, Florist & Gift Shop in Bainbridge, has all kinds of classes coming up, just in time for the spring planting and gardening season. Here are just a few, all held on Saturday, April 13.


Container Garden Basics 

10-10:30 a.m.

Learn all you need to know to be successful with your potted gardens.  Free.



10:45 - 11:15 a.m. 

Learn professional tips from our décor team to help make your entry or patio something special. Free.


Succulents Garden Workshop

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Find out why succulents are growing in popularity and then plant a garden to take home. $20 material fee, reservations required, class size is limited.


Plant Combinations that work

1 - 1:30 p.m. 

Selecting complimentary plants is essential for successful mixed plantings.  Learn what elements make good plant combinations. Free.


Cactus Garden Workshop

1:45 - 2:15 p.m. 

Make a cactus garden to take home. $20 materials fee, reservations required, class size is limited.


Moss Basket Workshop

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Join this hands-on workshop to make your own mixed, hanging moss garden. Baskets will remain in the greenhouses until May when they will be picked up, full-grown and ready to hang outdoors. $45 materials fee, reservations are required, class size is limited.


Countryside Conservancy offers classes on local food and more

The Countryside Conservancy, whose mission is to support community-based food systems, offers classes to the general public year round. Here are some classes coming up this month.  


Backyard Chickens

Stone Cottage Farm & Garden, 2580 Northampton Road, Cuyahoga Falls

April 9, 6 p.m.

Raising a small flock of egg layers can be fun and rewarding! Learn how to raise and care for these wonderful creatures! Giveaways and drawings make the class fun and will help you get started! $25 per person. Register here.


Countryside Food Swap

Banyan Tree, 3850 Granger Road, Bath

April 16, 6 p.m.

A food swap is a gathering of DIY-ers; they bring homemade and homegrown items to share via silent auction style bidding. These events provide an opportunity to share your favorite creations with an appreciative audience and receive delicious goodies in return. It is also a chance to meet with a group of people who share your passion for getting in the ground or the kitchen and making something delicious out of the experience. Registration is required! Register here.


Growing Your Own Vegetable Garden

Church in the Valley, 2241 Everett Road, Peninsula

April 23, 6 p.m.

Local farmer Heather Walters will teach you all about growing vegetables, from soil health to harvest times. All participants will receive a complimentary Countryside Garden Planner. $20 per person. Register here.


Join the Right to Know GMO fight

Want to get involved in a GMO labeling campaign in your state? You can join Right to Know GMO, the coalition of 37 states collaborating on statewide GMO labeling laws. Right to Know GMO is a grassroots movement of mothers, farmers and citizens dedicated to regaining our basic right to know what we're eating and feeding our families.

At least 24 states have introduced GMO labeling laws this year. Connecticut just this week passed a bill out of the Public Health Committee, by an overwhelming majority vote of 23-4. Washington's I-522, a citizens' initiative, is making its way toward a November 2013 vote. Massachusetts has five bills pending, and Vermont bill, which passed out of the House Agriculture Committee on March 1, will be voted on this week.

Of course the opposition isn't sitting idly by. The New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau has formed a front group, NM Food Feeding Families, even though the bill there died this year. And Monsanto is cranking up its propaganda machine in Oregon, behind a front group called the Oregonians for Food and Shelter.


To get involved in Ohio, click here.


Share our newsletter with family and friends

Want to add a new e-mail address or know someone who wants to receive our e-mails? Anyone can sign up for our newsletter on our Web site. All they have to do is visit our Web site here, enter their information and they will receive the very next newsletter.


(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,

Geauga Family Farms, Middlefield, Ohio 44062