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May 3, 2013

The Fair Share

What's cropping up!
Summer CSA deadline extended
Mini-farmers market this Saturday
Certified-organic chicken for sale
Meet Pellegrino Pastures
Stop in at the farm during the driving tour
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"Did you ever stop to taste a carrot? Not just eat it, but taste it? You can't taste the beauty and energy of the earth in a Twinkie."

~ Astrid Alauda




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We spend a lot of time thinking about ways to inspire our community to eat more healthfully. One of our goals through this CSA program is to make it easier for people to make healthy choices by bringing fresh, organic, nutrient-rich food from our farms to you on a weekly basis. This week we were inspired by a group of students at one of our new pickup sites, the Peaceful Children Catholic Montessori School, and we wanted to share their story.


C.J., Molly, Austin and Michael saw family meal experiences that were rushed and filled with processed food. While making a pot of homemade soup, the students decided to play a game of Scrabble, and a brilliant idea was born. They have developed a program called Food & Family=F2, built around the idea of providing ingredients for a healthy meal and a fun family activity.


The idea is set up a little like a CSA. You pay for a month of Friday meals, and each week you pick up a shopping bag that contains the ingredients for a healthy meal, recipes, and a game for your family to borrow and enjoy together.


The students have developed a business plan and have held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to help purchase the initial supplies. They are hoping to use any profits from this project to support local charities and to build a greenhouse at their school so they may begin to grow the items that will go in the weekly meal kits.


As they sought potential funding sources, they came upon Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaire's Club's "Grow Your Own Business Challenge," a financial literacy program aimed at teaching good financial habits to youth. Nearly 4,000 students from across the country entered the competition this year, and the field has been narrowed to five individual finalists and three team finalists.


We're thrilled to see young people taking such an active role to help promote healthier eating habits and we're inspired to help support them in this nationwide competition. They are finalists for the $5,000 prize, and they are competing with two other teams at this point. We can all support them by visiting between May 6 and May 13 to vote for Molly, Michael, C.J. and Austin's Food & Family = F2 project. Let's rally behind these inspiring students who are making Northeast Ohio proud!



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

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Deadline to sign up for Summer 2013 CSA extended

Still accepting applications, online orders through May 15

Did you forget to sign up for the Summer 2013 CSA? Now you have another chance. We will be accepting applications, online and by mail, now through May 15. Download an application or pay online here. It's not too late to take advantage of the payment plan either. Details are on the print application.


Pickup sites and times for the Summer season are listed below.



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

Marigold B&B, Chesterland - 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

NEW! Peaceful Children Catholic Montessori School, Kirtland - 4 - 6 p.m.

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

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

Farm pickup site, Miller's Organic Produce, 17201 Bundysburg Road, Middlefield - 1 - 7 p.m.



NEW! Church of the Good ShepherdLyndhurst (on Beachwood border next to Legacy Village) - 4:30 - 7 p.m.

**NEW! Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Parma - 4-5:30 p.m.

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

The Market Café & Wine Bar, Cleveland - 3 - 5 p.m.

*Mustard Seed Market & Cafe, Solon - 4 - 8 p.m.

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

*Whole Foods, Woodemere Village (Chagrin Boulevard) - 3:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Farm pickup site, Miller's Organic Produce, 17201 Bundysburg Road, Middlefield - 1 - 7 p.m.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Farm pickup site, Miller's Organic Produce, 17201 Bundysburg Road, Middlefield - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Corporate Pickup Sites (Thursdays, Employees Only)

Jones Day, Cleveland  

Landerbrook Dental Professionals, Mayfield Heights

MRI Software, Solon

Towers Watson, Cleveland


* No pickup of beef at these sites. 

** No pickup of beef, cheese or eggs available at this site.


Certified-organic chicken, mini farmer's markets Saturday

Saturday, May 11, we will be holding a mini-farmer's market at our pickup sites in Chardon and Mentor. This will be the last opportunity to purchase extras and produce until the Summer season begins in June. 


When you come to pick up your shares and/or extras, you will have a chance to purchase certified-organic chicken as well as the usual items. The chicken will be available to anyone, even if you haven't placed an order in advance. Read more about our chicken below.


Click here to place your order by Tuesday, May 8 for a range of eggs, honey, syrup, cheese and baked goods. A limited amount of produce will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. This is one of the last chances you'll have to get fresh farm goodies before the summer season begins.


Your order will be available to pick up directly from our delivery truck at the sites below. 


             May 11

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

                11355 Chardon Road, Chardon


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

                8901 Mentor Ave., Mentor


Certified-organic chicken available

GFF meat farmer Sylvio Pellegrino of Pellegrino Pastures will be selling his USDA certified-organic chicken May 11 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Sage's and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Family Karate. Sylvio accepts cash, checks and credit cards, and will have all the products listed below for sale Saturday. Learn more about Pellegrino Pastures and Sylvio and his family below.



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

A GFF welcome to Pellegrino Pastures

We're thrilled to have developed a new relationship with Pellegrino Pastures for organic chicken, and we would like to introduce you to their farm.

Pellegrino Pastures is a family owned and operated USDA certified-organic farm in Jefferson. Sylvio Pellegrino, his wife Vanessa and their children David, Kayne, Elizabeth and Carmen, have grown the farm from 11 ½ acres to 23 in just a few short years. Besides chickens, they also raise turkeys, beef cattle and more.

The kids help out with all aspects of the farm. David loves the animals and walks them and often feeds them by hand. Kayne helps take care of the chickens, and with Elizabeth is responsible for gathering cleaning and organizing the eggs and taking care of the chicken coop.

Carmen is part-owner of the farm, and when he's not outside working in all types of weather he's inside doing research on the latest techniques and issues affecting farming. They might all work a lot, but they have fun too, riding horses around the property. They have plenty to do away from the farm as well, like playing instruments and sports and participating in activities like scouting, Model UN and student council.

While Vanessa might be the one who keeps it together at the farm, she also works far away at NASA as an occupational safety consultant. And as if being a farmer isn't enough, Sylvio also runs a construction company that not only does roofing and just about any other type of home repair, but in the winter offers snowplowing.

If you can't wait until the next time Sylvio makes a stop at one of our pickup sites with his chicken, you can find his products at Better in Bulk in Austinburg, Eddy's Fruit Farm in Chesterland and at Middlefield Original Cheese as well.

Keep in touch with what's new at Pellegrino Pastures by following them on Facebook here or visiting their Web site here.

Meet GFF farmers during the Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour

For the first time this year, Geauga Family Farms is participating in Geauga Tourism's Spring Drive-it-Yourself Tour May 11. Geauga Family Farms' own Noah and Kathy Yutzy will host a stop at their farm, Parkman Produce at 17050 Nash Road in  Middlefield.

At the Yutzy farm, tour the farm and shop the farmer's market from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. We're planning to have some early spring veggies (Rumor has it there might be asparagus, so get there early!), fresh baked goods, Geauga maple syrup, local honey, jams, cheese and more. Get a $10 discount on any CSA application submitted and paid for during the tour.

Stop in at other local businesses, which also will be having special sales, samples, tours and exhibits that day. If you visit a minimum of 10 locations you have a chance to win prizes when you make your final stop at the Middlefield Market Pavilion at 15848 Nauvoo Road in Middlefield
Activities at the finale begin at 3 p.m. with entertainment, snacks, an auction, kids' activities and the grand prize drawing at 4 p.m! Get to know Geauga County. This is free family fun you won't want to miss.

For more info or to download a map/stop list, click here.

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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