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Preseason Newsletter              Geauga County, Ohio
April 5, 2012

The Fair Share

What's cropping up!
Spring has sprung!
We need your contact info
Extras available by the week or by the season
Start Date for the summer
Summer 2012 Pickup Sites announced
Beef Availability
Extras & egg program
Gluten-free options
Non-organics or not?
Need a carpenter?
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""In the spring, at the end of the day, 

you should smell like dirt." 

~Margaret Atwood 

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Spring has sprung - and with it, spring fever!

With spring having sprung a little early this year everyone seems to have an even earlier case of spring fever than ever. If the interest we've already seen this year in the Geauga Family Farms CSA is any indication, we are in for another great year with members who are interested not only in their own health, but in the health of the community around us.


Buying local produce helps support the local economy and helps you, and your children, connect with the food you eat by getting to know the farmers during our farm visits. Since our farms are organic, operating a CSA helps the farmers grow food sustainably, using methods that care for the soil.


And of course, belonging to a CSA provides your and your family with the freshest, most nutritious food you can buy. Receiving a box of fresh produce each week will help you incorporate more fresh vegetables and fruit into your diet and help you instill healthy eating habits in your children. It will help you explore new foods and learn to cook them as well.


Exploring new veggies can be daunting. Many of you may be new to the CSA concept and some of you may still be considering whether you should join or not. This story might help you decide.


One mother is considering joining a CSA. She has heard, rightly, that she's likely to receive many vegetables that will be new to her family. So she calls a friend who has been a CSA member for some time and asks how their family has dealt with the expansion of their vegetable repertoire. "Easy," her friend says. "If we don't know what it is, first we fry it in a little butter. If that doesn't work, we try it with a little Ranch dressing." 


Now, maybe the butter and the Ranch dressing aren't the healthiest things you can feed your family, but if you are deciding between a meal of heavily processed food full of high-fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils, or kohlrabi fried in butter and dipped in Ranch dressing, we suggest the kohlrabi! 


We'll also take the guess work out of it for you, and provide lists of the veggies you can expect in each week's share, photos of the more unfamiliar items, as well as recipes to cook them with.


We are excited to be a part of this growing and learning process. Remember we are always here to help and to answer any questions you might have, now and throughout the season.

Michelle, Laura and the farmers of Geauga Family Farms


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Contact info essentials

If you are sharing a share, please include two phone numbers and both e-mails on your application. If you've already sent in your application, please send us the information via e-mail. You may sign up as many e-mail addresses as you wish for our newsletter on our Web site at


Remember, the phone numbers you provide on your application should be the best way to reach you in case of an unanticipated complication, for instance if our truck is running late. We want to be able to get in touch with you before you leave the house to pick up your share to save you a wasted trip. If we have enough notice ourselves, we may even send an e-mail to notify anyone affected by a late delivery, so it's a good idea to check your e-mail box as well as your voice mail before leaving the house to pick up your share.


Extras orders for the Summer CSA

Extras can either be ordered for the whole season when you fill out your application or on a week-by-week basis. 


Starting date

The Summer 2012 CSA will begin in early June, but it all depends on Mother Nature. We will send a notice in The Fair Share in late May with detailed instructions for your pickup site, so keep an eye on your inbox so you will know when to pick up your first share.


Summer 2012 pickup sites

We are excited to announce our pickup sites for the Summer 2012 CSA season. We would like to thank our partners who have returned for another season with us and welcome our new partners at LEAF in Lakewood, Mustard Seed Market in Solon and The Goddard School in Macedonia. These sites will provide access to our fresh, local produce to those who live even further out. Guarantee a spot in the Summer 2012 CSA by signing up now. Deadline to sign up for the Summer 2012 CSA is May 1. 


Pickups occur Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at the following convenient locations. If you choose to pick up at our warehouse, 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. If you have already signed up or sent in your application, please e-mail Laura Dobson with your pickup site selection at Times are subject to change up until the first delivery date which will occur in early to mid-June.



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.

Marigold Bed & Breakfast, Chesterland 5 - 6:30 p.m.



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

Sage's Orchard, Chardon 3 - 5:30 p.m.

Congregation Kol Chadash, Solon 4:30 - 6 p.m.

*Mustard Seed Market, Solon 4:30 - 8 p.m.

Ruffing Montessori School, Cleve. Hts. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

LEAF Night, Lakewood 5:30 - 8 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.

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

Sage's Orchard, Chardon 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


*No beef delivery


Our pickup sites and application may also be found here. 


Beef orders

For those who want to add ground beef to your order, please note that we are not able to deliver beef to Whole Foods in Woodmere Village and the Mustard Seed Market in Solon due to government regulations. If beef is something you would like to add to your order, please choose a different pickup site.


Order extras for April 14 pickup at B-Z residence

Please place your extras orders by Tuesday, April 10 for delivery to the B-Z residence in Cleveland Heights. You may order eggs, baked goods, maple syrup, honey, jams, cheeses, ground beef and more. Check out the full list on our Web site. 


The next egg and extra delivery will be next delivery will be April 14 at the B-Z residence in Cleveland Heights. Place your order on our Web site by April 10


The remaining egg and extras delivery dates are below.


Locations are:


B-Z residence (Cleveland Heights) - April 14 and May 12 
Pickup time - 10 a.m. - Noon

Hill's Family Karate (Mentor) - April 28  
Pickup time - 10 a.m. - Noon


Sage's Orchard (Chardon) -  April 28
Pickup time - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Click here to order. 


Gluten-free options

We will have a limited selection of gluten-free baked goods available. Look for this option on our Extras ordering page. 


From time to time, we will be including fruits that are not organic in the shares. Please let us know now if you would prefer not to receive non-organics (such as apples, blueberries and peaches) when you fill out your application. We will provide a vegetable substitution for these items.


Need a carpenter?    

Before they got into farming full-time, most of our farmers did other types of work. Many have participated in the building trades. Some continue to do other work during the off-season to supplement their farm incomes and support their families. We'll bring you information from time to time about services that are available from our farmers. Feel free to pass this information on to others who might be interested.


D & A Hershberger Construction: 440-477-4438 (7 a.m. - 4 p.m. - leave a message if calling after hours)

Marvin Hershberger, one of our board members, is taking on some construction work this winter. His team is skilled in a range of interior and exterior construction projects, from detailed tilework and cabinetry to masonry and roofing. They have a significant amount of experience in drywall work, kitchen renovations, basement renovations, water damage repairs and more. References are available. These craftsmen are available to work in locations within an hour's drive from Middlefield. Feel free to call Marvin to discuss your project needs.


(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