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Summer  Start               Geauga Family Farms CSA                             June 5, 2018             

The Fair Share     

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The Summer 2018 season begins Tuesday, June 12. The delay is due to Mother Nature; the produce will not be at its peak until then, despite the best laid plans of we humans. 

To participate in the full 20-week season, you must sign up by June 6. There are no deadlines for signing up - you may sign up at any time during the season for a pro-rated cost. 

There are many perks of membership in our CSA. We offer small, medium, large and customized shares. Those picking up at our farms receive a $15 discount. Returning members receive a 5 percent discount. - and just think of all those delicious, fresh veggies you will receive each week.

As we kick off the 2018 Summer CSA season, we want to alert you to possible delays in the first couple weeks. The delivery schedule is based on our assumption of normal traffic etc. and may have some delivery timing and last-minute kinks to work out. We appreciate your patience as we resolve minor issues. Please know we will correct them.  

All of the farmers and their families are working hard to bring you the freshest and tastiest produce they can grow. If you have any questions or suggestions, don't hesitate to let us know!
We hope your experience with us this season is nothing short of wonderful and delicious.
Thank you for your support of our program and the local food movement!

John Egan and Constance Hendrick 
~and the farmers and families of Geauga Family Farms

Click here to order your share now.
Change is in the air this season  
There are a few changes this year. Please read on to discover what's new with your Geauga Family Farms CSA program.

There is a new share size this year, a small customized share. This share is equivalent to 1/4 bushel or a peck of produce. Members receiving a customized small share will need to select $13.50 (average) worth of produce from the Small Custom Share Store to fill each week's share. The total price of $390 reflects the produce value and an additional cost of $6 per week for extra labor and packaging to hand-select each item ordered.
John Egan and Connie Hendrick are our new farm representatives. They can assist you with any questions you may have during the season. Their e-mail addresses, as well as a link to our website, are at the bottom of this newsletter. As always, you will receive weekly newsletters with recipes, farm updates and a produce list, as well as other important information.
More news you can use  
CSA members receive a wide range of fruits and vegetables, some of them unusual or different from what you might be used to. To help you identify these vegetables, it is a good idea to join Facebook now if you aren't already on Facebook, and to follow our page. You can find our page by clicking on the "Find us on Facebook" tab in this e-mail. We also have a veggie ID guide on our website that will help you as well.
Please visit our website anytime for up-to-the-moment updates and copies of our weekly newsletter, as well as archives of past year's newsletters where you'll find all kinds of recipes for the more unfamiliar vegetables.
Organic Only shares will have be labeled with "Organic Only." They will not include non-organic items that will appear in non-organic share bags during the season, such as apples and peaches. They will contain substitute organic produce to fill the share. Please do not take a share labeled "Organic" unless you ordered Organic Only or you will be missing out on great fruit. If you have chosen to receive organic produce only, take  the box with the Organic Only label on it. 

Customized shares will have members' name on the box. Shares are completely organic except as noted. Please leave the box to be recycled for the next week.
Remember, you may order extras such as eggs, bread, jam and beef via the website. If you do order items such as eggs and cheese they will be available in refrigerators at the sites. You will be responsible for remembering to get your own items out of the refrigerators.
There will be several opportunities to tour our farms and meet the families who are growing your food throughout the season. Keep your eye on the newsletter for more details soon.
If you are looking for a way to be more involved with Geauga Family Farms CSA, consider volunteering at one of our pick-up sites. If you are interested in volunteering, contact John Egan.
Share ordering process 
  1. Log into Geauga Family Farms website
  2. Click on Store/Account
  3. Scroll down to bottom left to member login
  4. You will be sent an e-mail with a link to access your account. You will see a header labeled "Public Stores"
  5. Simply click on the store you need to access (The store named Small Custom Share can only be accessed by members signed up for a small custom share; all other stores can be accessed by all.)
If you would like to add additional items (above the value of produce for your share) you can do so by selecting produce from the Farm Store list.
Area events 
CSA Cooking Class

Fresh from Geauga Family Farms
Friday, June 22, 6 p.m.
Loretta Paganini School of Cooking, 8613 Mayfield Road, Chesterland

Cost: $45 for members, $65 for non-members (The extra $20 covers the cost of a week's share, which is sent home with the student.)

Using products delivered straight from Geauga Family Farms Community Supported Agriculture shares, attendees will prepare and take home the week's share for several wholesome and delicious dishes. Not a member, no problem! Try out a CSA program for one week! 

Take the class time to clean, cut and store all of your vegetables for a week of meals at home if you like, or simply learn the skills and techniques to do so. Chef Kate will lead the group in all aspects of preparation, packaging, will offer tips on handling and storage, and demonstrate how to make several dishes as she prepares a tasty meal for the group. If you've ever been stumped by how to use the surprise items in your CSA, this is the place to find inspiration!

Class menu: Grilled Vegetable Crostini; Summer Salad with Homemade Herb Dressing; Pasta Primavera; Creamy Panna Cotta with Fruit Compote.

For more information or to sign up for the classes, click here.
Summer 2018 pick-up details 
Yutzy Farm                             17050 Nash Road, Parkman
                                               Pick-up: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Materion Corp.                        6070 Parkland Blvd., Mayfield Heights
                                               Pick-up: Employees only, upon arrival
The Grove                               425 N. Commons Blvd., Mayfield
                                               Pick-up area is in the service drive area just south of Parkview 
                                               Pick-up period 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Eddy's Fruit Farm                    12079 Caves Road, Chesterland
                                                Pick-up period: 4 - 5:30 p.m.    
Lowe's Greenhouse                  16540 Chillicothe Road, Bainbridge
                                                Pick-up period  12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church            12686 Bass Lake Road, Munson Township
                                                 Pick-up period: 3 - 5 p.m. (Use parking lot in front of church)
Lake County History Center      415 Riverside Drive, Painesville
                                                 Pick-up period: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
St. Andrew Episcopal Church     7989 Little Mountain Road, Mentor
                                                  Pick-up period: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.  
Hershberger Farm                      15549 Patch Road, Middlefield
                                                  Pick-up period: 12:30 - 5 p.m.
Market CafĂ©                               1801 East 9th St., #5, Cleveland
                                                  Pick-up period:  3 - 7 p.m.
Jones Day                                   901 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland
                                                   Pick-up period: Employees only, upon arrival
Tucker Ellis/Ernest & Young        905 Main Ave., Cleveland
                                                   Pick-up period: Employees only, upon arrival
Independence Primary School     7600 Hillside Road, Independence
                                                   Pick-up period: 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Leaf Night - Lakewood                15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
                                                   Pick-up period 5:30 - 8 p.m.
                                                   (Truck to stay until 6:15 p.m. for beef, eggs, cheese pickup)   
Iron Oak Fitness                          7638 Bond St., Solon
                                                   Pick-up period 5 - 8 p.m.
MRI Software                               28925 Fountain Parkway, Solon
                                                   Pick-up period: Employees only, upon arrival
Mustard Seed Market                   6025 Kruse Drive, Solon
                                                   Pick-up period: 1:30 - 8 p.m.
                                                   (Truck remains with refrigerated items till 2:30 p.m.)
Church of the Good Shepherd      23599 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst
                                                    Pick-up period: 3 - 3:30 p.m.  
Ruffing Montessori School            3380 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights
                                                    Pick-up period: 4 - 5 p.m.  
Lucy's Sweet Surrender               20132 Chagrin Blvd., Shaker Heights
                                                   (parking lot behind building, between Bicycle Blvd. & Lucy's Sweet Surrender)
                                                   Pick-up period: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Lifetime Fitness                          3850 Richmond Road, Beachwood
                                                   Pick-up period: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Yutzy Farm                                 17050 Nash Road, Parkman
                                                   Pick-up period 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
St. Paul's Episcopal Church         2747 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights
                                                   Pick-up period: 8 - 9:30 a.m.
1815 Tavern                               170 S. Chillicothe Road, Aurora
                                                   Pick-up period: 10:30 a.m. - noon
The Goddard School                   2073 Alexandria Way, Macedonia
                                                  Pick-up period: 12:30 - 2 p.m.
St. Noel Church                          35200 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills
                                                  Pick-up period: 9 - 10:30 a.m.
St. Andrew Episcopal Church     7989 Little Mountain Road, Mentor
                                                  Pick-up period: 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Eltech Building                          100 7th Ave., Chardon
                                                  Pick-up period: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Local food, farming, environment in the news
We have so many things we'd like to share with you regarding the local food movement, what is affecting the food you eat and the world around us, and much, much more, but we don't want to make our newsletter any
longer. So, we include links to articles you may find interesting. Here are a few. If you run across any articles you find interesting and think other members would be interested in reading, feel free to send us the link for inclusion in an upcoming newsletter.
(Between the regular business hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday ONLY PLEASE!)
Farm Representative

John Egan, 440-749-6137, 
Constance Hendrick, 214-636-0335,

Geauga Family Farms, Middlefield, Ohio 44062
Geauga Family Farms, 16505 Mumford Road, Burton, OH 44021
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