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Week 19                           Geauga County, Ohio
Oct. 9, 2012

The Fair Share

What's cropping up!
Come for a visit!
In this week's shares
Bulk veggie bargains
Fall/Winter applications now availabale
Summer CSA coming to an end
Last farm tour this Saturday!
Volunteers help out at GFF farm
Order Thanksgiving turkeys now
Getting the most out of your CSA membership
Amish auction fundraiser
Local food events
Apple prices up, supplies own due to spring freeze
Corporate pickup sites wanted
Extras ordering how-to
Missing newsletters
Mailing list add-ons
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"That many if not most people...who want fresh leafy greens in January buy them at the supermarket 

after they've been bleached and plastic-bag shipped 

from California or beyond is not a tribute to modern technology; it's an unprecedented abdication of personal responsibility and a ubiquitous benchmark of abnormality." 

Joel SalatinFolks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World















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Come for a visit!

As our Summer CSA season begins to wrap up, we would like to extend an invitation to join us this Saturday afternoon at our warehouse and at the farm of Abner McDaniel for the last farm tour of the year. Saturday will be a great day to head out to Geauga County - the leaves are starting to turn, and the countryside looks beautiful!


In addition to showing off our warehouse and chatting about the CSA, we are planning a fall marketplace. There will be plenty of items for sale, including baked goods, eggs, beef, produce, cheese and more. We'll also have refreshments and a basket or two of farm goodies to give away as part of the event. Wrap up with a tour at Abner and Maria McDaniel's Red Sled Farm next door, and enjoy a relaxed afternoon with Geauga Family Farms. Time and location details are listed below.


There are plenty of area activities that day in addition to our farm tour, including an Ox Roast and Apple Butter Festival in downtown Burton. Plan a stop at Geauga Country Meats, Middlefield Original Cheese or Countryside Bakery while you're here. The warehouse is also very close to the End of the Commons General Store that Lyn described in one of her recent columns. So much to do!


We would love to have a general idea of how many people we might expect. If you are planning to come, drop us an e-mail. Please feel welcome to join us even if you do not get a chance to let us know. As always, you are more than welcome to bring friends to our farm events.


We really do hope to see you this Saturday. It has been wonderful to get to know so many of you this season, and we are looking forward to a fun wrap-up to the summer.

Michelle, Laura and the families of Geauga Family Farms


Marlin Barkman                Jonas L. Byler                     Thomas C. Byler

Daniel Fisher                    Lester Hershberger             Marvin Hershberger

Dominic Marchese            Abner McDaniel                   Andy J. Miller                   

Noah Yutzy Jr.


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In this week's shares

In this week's shares, CSA members can expect things such as apples, green beans, lima beans, red beets, bok choy, broccoli, bunching onions, cabbage, carrots, eggplants (purple), garlic, Red Russian kale, Lacinato kale, rainbow chard, kohlrabi, green romaine, green or red leaf lettuce, peas, peppers (green, red, orange, yellow or purple), potatoes, sweet potatoes, yellow squash, Big Beef tomatoes (from greenhouse), and butternut squash.


*While we check our corn closely, you still may find a caterpillar in your corn. Just trim the end off and the rest of the ear will be fine.


NOTE: You may or may not receive all of the types of produce listed above. This is a list of possible items. Different size shares and shares received at different times of the week may include different items. 


Bulk veggie bargains

We still have lots of bulk veggies for sale so get some while they last.  


#1 Sweet potatoes - $31/half-bushel (about 20 pounds)

#2 Sweet potatoes* - $20/half-bushel (about 20 pounds)

Red beets - $20/half-bushel (with or without tops)   

Green bell peppers - $18/bushel, $9/half-bushel

Red bell peppers - $20/half-bushel

Yummy Orange peppers - $18/half-bushel

Hot peppers - $12/half-bushel 

Sweet banana peppers - $12/half-bushel


*The sweet potatoes, while fine for eating, are not the prettiest potatoes you've ever seen. Some have marks or were cut by the shovel when we were digging them up.


To order, call Rosanna at 440-693-4625 between 7 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. Your bulk produce will be delivered with your share in a box with your name on it. Please look for it when you pick up your share. Rosanna will include an invoice in the box that needs to be mailed with your payment.



There is a large event scheduled at Ruffing Montessori School this Thursday evening, which will limit vehicular access within the campus. The location for the CSA pickup will move to Ruffing's playground area near the corner of Fairmount and Shelbourne, and a gate will be opened to that area for easy access. Please park on Shelbourne (or other nearby streets) and come to the playground to pick up your share. It will also be helpful to pick up as close to 5:30 as possible, although we recognize this may not work for everyone. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and appreciate your flexibility for this week's pickup. 


Sign up for your Fall/Winter CSA now!

Shares are going quickly for our Fall/Winter CSA. We have only about 300 shares available. The fall/winter season will run for eight weeks, from Thursday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 27, through Thursday, Dec. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 22 (in previous years our season has run for six weeks). This is a very popular program. To be sure you get your share, we advise signing up as soon as possible. Shares will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadline to sign up is Oct. 18. To download the application, or to sign up online, click here.


Summer 2012 CSA coming to a close

After this week, there is just one more week left in the Summer CSA program. See below for the date of your last pickup at your pickup site.


TUESDAY, Oct. 16
Lowe's Greenhouse
Whole Foods
St. Andrew Episcopal Church, Mentor 
Marigold Bed & Breakfast

Market Café, Downtown Cleveland 
Sage's Orchard, Chardon 
Congregation Kol Chadash, Solon 
Mustard Seed Market, Solon  
Ruffing Montessori School, Cleveland Heights
LEAF Night, Lakewood 

St. Noel, Willoughby Hills 
St. Paul's, Cleveland Heights 
First Church Congregational, Painesville 
First Unitarian Church, Shaker Heights
Hill's Family Karate, Mentor 
The Goddard School, Macedonia 
Sage's Orchard, Chardon 


Farm tours - final tour of the season this Saturday, Oct. 13


Warehouse visit, fall marketplace and tour of Red Sled Farm

RSVP to Michelle or Laura if you can, but it isn't necessary for attendance.

Time: 1:30-3:30 pm

Location: 8122 Parkman-Mespo Road, Middlefield, OH 44062

The last farm visit of the season is set for this Saturday. You won't want to miss this fall tour and get-together.


We will gather at our warehouse at 8122 Parkman-Mespo Road in

Hershberger Organic
Hershberger Organic: 
Make it out to the farms before the snow flies!

Middlefield. There will be plenty of items for sale in our fall marketplace, including baked goods, eggs, beef, produce, cheese and more seasonal items. We'll also have refreshments and a basket or two of farm goodies to give away as part of the event. 


Wrap up with a tour at Abner and Marie McDaniel's Red Sled Farm right next door, and enjoy a relaxed afternoon with Geauga Family Farms. 


Bring a dish to share and be entered in a drawing for a basket of GFF goodies.


Youth group volunteers at Miller Organic Produce

GFF Farmer Andy Miller got some much appreciated help last weekend from the Chagrin Valley Youth Board, led by Ellen Weaver, one of our members who picks up at Lowe's. The CVYB is an all-female group of high school students from Geauga County representing Laurel School, Hathaway Brown and West Geauga. Its purpose is to reach out to different organizations in interactive ways that will enrich their connection to their community. 


The members who helped out at Miller Organic Produce last Saturday were Paige Jeckering (Laurel), Isabelle Arnson (Hathaway Brown) and Addair Levine (Laurel), along with their leader, Ellen Weaver. Two girls could not make it this weekend.


One of the members, Addair Levine, sent us a message telling us how much the group enjoyed their experience.


Hi Laura, 

I just wanted to let you know how well Saturday went for us! Working in the field was something most of us had never done so that was a cool new experience. We also got a short tour of how the farm operated which was really cool. Mr. Miller even invited us inside for pie which was also an awesome experience. 

I know we all had a great time and would love to possibly do it again. 

Thanks so much for coordinating!
Addair Levine, Class of 2013


Gobble, gobble! Thanksgiving is getting closer

Some of our farmers raise turkeys for the holiday season, and we are just starting to take reservations. Local, humanely-raised, GMO-free turkeys make a delicious feature for your special holiday meals. The turkeys are fed non-GMO feed and organic minerals. They are not considered fully organic. The price is $3 per pound. All turkeys will be 20 pounds or larger.


Please contact farmers directly to reserve your bird. You can request a general size range and arrange a day to pick up the turkeys at the farm. Turkeys cannot be delivered to pickup sites, but this provides a wonderful opportunity for an autumn drive in the country. Reserve your turkey today with the farmers below! 


Marvin Hershberger (ask to speak with Marvin, Rosanna or Iva Mae): 440-548-2399


D & S Farm & Garden (Ask to speak with Susan Fisher.): 440-693-4632



We include recipes each week using the items in your share. We'd love for you to share your recipes with us and we will include them in the newsletter. Please e-mail them to  


Butternut Squash Salad

"This is based on a delicious recipe prepared by my friend, Liz Young. It's great as a side dish and very filling as a breakfast!"


For the salad

2 cups cubed squash (roasted or steamed)

2 apples, cut into ½ inch pieces

2 cups cooked quinoa

½ cup golden raisins

½ cup cranberries

½ cup nuts (almonds or walnuts are great)

½ cup chopped dried apricots


For the dressing

¼ cup olive oil (or nut oil)

¼ cup cider vinegar

2 T honey

1 T cinnamon

(Adjust these amounts to taste)

Cook quinoa according to package directions. Combine quinoa and remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl. Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. Pour over salad and stir to combine.

Recipe from Michelle


Mashed Potatoes and Kohlrabi

"Great comfort food!"

1 large kohlrabi, leaves removed, peeled and diced

2 large baking potatoes, peeled and diced

2 T butter

¼ cup low fat sour cream

Salt and pepper to taste

Finely chopped green onion, for garnish

Add kohlrabi cubes to a large pot of boiling water.  Cook for 6-8 minutes.  Add potatoes to water and continue cooking for another 10-12 minutes or until potatoes and kohlrabi are soft. Drain water from pot and add butter, sour cream and salt and pepper. Mash with a potato masher until smooth. Serve immediately, garnished with chopped green onions.

Recipe from Michelle


Baba Ghanoush

"This classic smoky, garlicky Middle Eastern roasted eggplant spread is easy to make at home."

1 eggplant

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup tahini

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

2 cloves garlic, minced

Salt and pepper to taste

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet. Place eggplant on baking sheet, and make holes in the skin with a fork. Roast it for 30 to 40 minutes, turning occasionally, or until soft. Remove from oven, and place into a large bowl of cold water. Remove from water, and peel skin off. Place eggplant, lemon juice, tahini, sesame seeds and garlic in an electric blender, and puree. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer eggplant mixture to a medium size mixing bowl, and slowly mix in olive oil. Refrigerate for three hours before serving.

Recipe from


Getting the most out of your CSA membership

By Lyn Trier


Eating local during the winter months


Eating local year round is challenging in Ohio. We have a much shorter growing season than many areas of the country. Here are a few ways to eat local after the bountiful summer harvest comes to an end.

  • Join a winter CSA
  • Shop at the winter farmers' markets
  • Seek out local products at grocery stores
    • Eggs, cheese, milk, honey, grains, etc. are easy to find
  • Buy items like ground beef now and stock up the freezer
  • Can and freeze items to enjoy throughout the winter
    • It's not too late to stock up on items like squash puree, onions and other storage crops

As the CSA season nears its end, think about how your eating has changed this summer and what you can do to continue supporting local farmers and businesses year round.


Need to ID some veggies? Try these sources:

Visit our Facebook page

Check Lyn's blog

Check the Veggie ID Guide on our Web site.


Amish auction fundraiser for children's health clinic in Geauga

The DDC Clinic is an important personal cause for Neil Miller and his family. We wanted to help spread the word.


Amish Auction Benefit for the DDC Clinic - Center for Special Needs Children 

Friday, Oct. 12

4 p.m.

Middlefield Market Pavilion

15848 Nauvoo Road


Live auction, quilts, furniture, Chinese raffle, bake sale, door prizes, food stand, salad bar and more. Come play Cow Patty BINGO - the winner receives a half-side of beef, cut and wrapped for the freezer.


The DDC Clinic - Center for Special Needs Children is a non-profit primary care and research facility in Middlefield providing medical services for patients with over 70 different rare conditions. The clinic was conceived as a "gathering place;" a place of love, compassion and caring where children and families are respected; a place where people take the time to listen and share; a place of faith and hope. For more information on the Clinic, visit


Local food events 


Dinner in the Valley: Exploring Local Cheese

Wednesday, Oct. 17 6 -9 p.m. at Hines Hill Conference Center

Enjoy an informative evening tasting delicious cheeses made from sheep, goat, and cow milk. The meal incorporates these diverse cheeses. For reservations, call 330-657-2796 ext 121. Pricing is $35 for non- members, $32 for Conservancy members, and $7 for children ages 5-12.

Reservations will be taken until Friday, Oct. 12.

Each month our Dinner in the Valley series features Chef Larkin Rogers who creates a delightful meal hosted at one of CVNP's Extraordinary Spaces.


Apple prices up, supplies down due to spring freeze

Supermarket prices for apples could climb as much as $1 a pound as the Michigan crop is virtually wiped out and the New York harvest is down by more than half.

by Gary Strauss, USA TODAY


There's an apple shortage this fall, and it's not the iPhone variety.

This year's apple crop is shaping up as the smallest since 1986, down 14 percent from 2011. The core problem: a March warming spree that prompted trees to bud early, followed by an April cold snap that killed off apple blossoms. The weather pattern destroyed 52 percent of New York's harvest, nearly 90 percent of Michigan's and soured crops from Canada to North Carolina, says Mark Gedris, of the U.S Apple Association.

The fallout is expected to push up retail prices on individual apples by as much as $1 a pound, boost juice prices 20 percent or more, crimp regional supplies of prized local varieties and take a slice of the lucrative export market. Tony Freytag, marketing chief for Crunch Pak, a leading sliced apple marketer to Wal-Mart, Costco and Kroger, says price hikes could be more severe later this year and early 2013 in the Midwest and Northeast as local supplies, which can be stored for several months, dwindle.

In New York - where legislators contemplated emergency tax relief for growers - some orchards are charging $8 a gallon for cider, more than double the national average price of gasoline. Some of the state's prized varieties, such as Empire, are especially hard hit, forcing orchards to cut back on roadside farm-stand sales and pick-your-own days.

"I've heard from growers in the business for several generations who haven't seen anything like this since the 1940s," says New York Apple Association spokeswoman Molly Golden.

Dennis Oulette, whose 90-acre orchard in Sterling, N.Y., was mostly sheltered by its proximity to Lake Ontario, says he may lose just 20 percent of his harvest. He'll make that up by getting higher prices. "Demand is incredible," says Oulette, 66.

Fourth generation Michigan apple farmer Mark Youngquist's 180-acre orchard near Kent City will produce just 7,000 bushels this year. In a good year, he harvests 120,000. Youngquist says his workforce of 30 seasonal workers is down to six. Local roads, normally filled with trucks laden for packing plants, are deserted.

"It's like a ghost town. I've never seen a year like this," he says.
Things could be even worse if not for Washington, the nation's No. 1 apple state. Its crop is expected to come in at nearly 109 million bushels, second-largest in history.

"Normally, we have between 50 percent to 60 percent of the domestic market. This year, it'll be nearly 80 percent," says Rebecca Lyons, of the Washington State Apple Commission.

The state's harvest already is yielding 16 percent higher prices for growers. Popular varieties such as Red Delicious are fetching about $25 a bushel, while exotics such as Honeycrisps are selling for almost $60. "It's a good year to be a grower in Washington State," Lyons says.


Corporate sites for 2013 season

Do you work in a large company that might be interested in hosting a CSA pickup for employees next season? Would a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday delivery work? Are there about 40 people at your location who would be interested in participating? If your answer is yes, please contact Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris at


Extras ordering how-to

To order extras, visit our Web site. Click on Extra Items. (Note order deadlines.) Select your preferred pickup site under the item you want to order.  Click on "Pay Now." From there, you have the choice to "Continue Shopping" (button is located to the left of the screen), "Check Out," or "Check Out with PayPal" (Check out buttons are to the right of the screen).


If you want to order more than one item, click on "Continue Shopping" and you will automatically return to our Web site to choose an additional item. Simply repeat these steps for each item. You don't need to check out until you are finished making your selections. 


To check out, you do not need a PayPal account. Simply click on "Check Out." On the next page, click on "Don't Have a PayPal Account?" and it will ask for your debit or credit card number and contact information.


IMPORTANT: Please check your contact information in PayPal. Many people's contact information has changed since they signed up for their PayPal account. If yours is different from what you have in PayPal, please send us an e-mail with your up-to-date contact information.


If you have any trouble with this process, please feel free to contact Laura or Michelle.


Missing newsletters

We've heard from a number of you that you have not received the newsletter for the past several weeks. We just learned this was due to some glitch in the newsletter program. If you would like to read the past several newsletters (some haven't received the newsletter since Sept. 7), you can find them online on our Web site at Or, you can e-mail Laura and she will forward them to you.


Signing up friends and family for our newsletter

Want to add someone to the newsletter mailing list? 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