|Fall Week 5 Geauga County, Ohio||Nov. 19, 2015|
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"A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long."
~ e. e. cummings
Greetings from Geauga Family Farms.
This is the time of year when we find ourselves making lists. It seems like the only way to keep things straight as we prepare for busy times ahead. There are celebrations to plan and meals to prepare and all of the activities associated with getting our farms ready for the winter. It can feel a little overwhelming. That's where our lists come in. After sitting down to think through as many details as possible, our lists help to keep us on track when times get hectic.
We hope your weekly share delivery makes your life a little easier each week. Your pre-packed box means you don't have to spend as much of your valuable time at the grocery store - a bonus for busy schedules. This week we would like to help out even more by including some timely lists for you in thenewsletter. The first is a list of great recipes to help you plan your Thanksgiving meal while utilizing the local bounty from your CSA share. From appetizers to dessert, we have a range of delicious suggestions. The other is a list of thoughtful gifts for the locavores in your life. Whether it's a gift for holiday hosts or a treat for yourself, we think you will find some great options.
One of the things we always include in our long to-do list is a reminder to stop and think about the many blessings that this way of life provides. As we get ready to celebrate next week's holiday with family and friends, the families of Geauga Family Farms are feeling especially thankful this year for our members and our partners who make all the hard work of the season so worthwhile. This is a very special community, and we thank you for valuing local, organic farms. We would not be here without you.
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday.
~ with Laura Dobson and the farmers of Geauga Family Farms
In this week's shares
In this week's shares, CSA members can expect things such as Melrose & Winesap apples, kale (Winterbore, Red Russian, Lacinato), lettuce (Romaine, green leaf), Napa (Chinese) cabbage, cabbage, turnips, beets, radishes, parsley, garlic, onions (storage & bunching), tomatoes, Yummy Orange peppers, broccoli, potatoes (red, Yukon, sweet), spinach, winter squash (acorn, butternut), and pie pumpkins.
Our farms grow a range of mild and hot peppers. Hot peppers will be labeled with a HOT sticker on the package. Peppers without a sticker should be mild, but it is always good to be cautious.
NOTE: You will not receive all of the types of produce listed above. This is a list of possible items. Shares received at different times of the week may include different items.
No deliveries Thanksgiving week
Our farm families and delivery team will be taking a well-deserved rest next week. Shares will resume the following week.
Final extras orders
Please note: Dec. 3 and Dec. 5 will be our sixth week and our last deliveries of the fall season. Final orders for extras must be received by Sunday, Nov. 29 at midnight.
Tired of making the same dishes for Thanksgiving year after year? Mix in a few of these recipes, or create a whole new menu (see suggestions below). We found so many great recipes that we are including them as links. Just click on the link and it will take you to the article or blog post where it originated.
Suggested menus (to go with your turkey or vegetarian main dish)
Appetizers: Creamed Onion Tart, Roasted Squash Seeds
Salad: Mixed Green Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette
Sides: Cinnamon Pecan Roasted Butternut Squash, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Chive Pesto, Sautéed Broccoli and Kale with Toasted Garlic Butter
Dessert: Candied Yam Cupcakes
Appetizers: Polenta Crostini with Butternut Squash, Ricotta + Sage, Crudite Plate with Pickled Turnips
Salad: Fennel, Citrus and Roasted Beet Salad
Sides: Mashed Potato Casserole, Garlicky Greens, Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash
Dessert: Apple Dumplings in Phyllo Pastry
Gifts for the locavore on your list
Here is a variety of offerings and gift ideas from Geauga Family Farms and beyond, to share a little bit of Northeast Ohio goodness this holiday season.
Brunch basket idea - include Miller's jam, honey, Taste granola and Countryside Bakery's specialty corn bread (it makes fantastic toast). Items available through Geauga Family Farms.
Cheese and crackers basket idea - include a selection of cheeses from Middlefield Original Cheese Co-op. We love their Garlic & Onion, Smoked Cheddar and Farmer's Cheese flavors. Items available through Geauga Family Farms or at the Middlefield Cheese House.
Geauga County maple syrup - everyone appreciates a bottle of the real thing. Item available through Geauga Family Farms.
Fowler's Mill baking mixes - mixes for pancakes, scones, cobblers and more from a local mill that grinds local grains. Items available at the mill store in Chardon.
This is just a start! We will follow up with additional gift ideas in our next newsletter.
Salmon available throughout fall season
Joe Ruvolo from Wild One Seafoods will be at St. Noel and Family Karate again this week with wild-caught Alaskan salmon directly from a fisherman co-op in Sitka, Alaska.
Wild One has frozen Coho fillets at $9.50/pound and King salmon fillets at $15/pound. The Coho fillets are between 1 and 2 pounds each and the King fillets are between 2 and 4 pounds each. Due to the size of these fillets, you may not want to consume the entire piece of fish at once. You may partially thaw the fillet, cut the size piece(s) you would like, and refreeze the remainder.
You can find Joe in the parking lot near the pick-up area at the following pick-up sites:
Saturday, Nov. 21
St. Noel - 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Hill's Family Karate 10 - 11 a.m.
If these pick-up sites are not convenient for you, you may place an order by calling Joe Ruvolo at Wild One Seafoods at 440-391-3569. Wild One Seafoods offers free delivery to your home or business for orders over 10 pounds. Wild One accepts cash and personal checks.
One additional note: There will likely be pin bones in these fillets. Once a fish is caught it is cleaned and flash-frozen immediately on the boat. In order to allow for fresher fish, instead removing these bones at the processing facility, which would require thawing and refreezing the fish before vacuum-sealing and shipping, the salmon remains frozen. Thus, small bones may be found in the fillets.
Local food, farming, environment in the news
We have so many things we'd like to share with you regarding the local food movement and things like the farm bill, the latest news on GMO foods, and much, much more, but we don't want to make our newsletter any longer. Until we get our blog up and running on our website, we are going to include links to articles that you may find interesting. Here are a couple. If you run across any articles you think would be of interest to our members, feel free to send us the link for inclusion here.
(ONLY between the regular business hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday PLEASE!)
Laura Dobson, 440-478-9849,
Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris, 216-321-7109,
Geauga Family Farms, Middlefield, Ohio 44062