We have embarked on our Summer 2017 CSA season signups!
2017 Summer Season Info
Please scroll down for all the information you need on CSA membership and pick-up sites.
Geauga Family Farms is a cooperative of five certified-organic family farms whose goal is to provide organically grown produce to the Northeast Ohio community. The group formed to create a more sustainable approach to supporting one another in the farming way of life. The inclusion of multiple farms means a wider variety of produce is available for our members. The farmers of Geauga Family Farms strive to bring you high-quality, healthy and delicious produce.
The farmers run a CSA program, short for Community Supported Agriculture. Members of the CSA pay up front for a share of organically grown produce they will receive on a weekly basis throughout the season. By purchasing a share from Geauga Family Farms at the beginning of the season, members provide financial support to the farms when it is most needed. This approach also means that what members receive is tied to the growing conditions, but the wide variety of produce that can be planted by multiple farms means that if it is a bad year for one item, you’ll get others instead.
Our 20-week summer season begins in June and ends in October. Shares are delivered to your pick-up site of choice on a weekly basis. Many items in your shares will vary as the season progresses.
Information about the shares
Information about the shares: Shares are available in medium, large and customizable sizes. The medium share provides enough produce for two to three people to have several servings throughout the week. The large share provides enough for four or more people to have several servings throughout the week with greater variety and more volume. The customizable share, new this year, is equivalent to a medium share and allows the member to select the contents of each week’s share from our farm store. The extra cost of this share goes toward special packaging and the extra labor for packing each box.
Due to the growing conditions in this region, you may find that shares have a little less volume in the beginning of the season. We more than make up for this as harvests increase later in the season. Total value for the season will not go below the amount you have paid.
Typical shares might include:
Lettuce, kale, collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, radishes, green onions and strawberries early in the season, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, Swiss chard, onions, beans, basil, peaches and blueberries mid-season and sweet corn, tomatoes, squash, potatoes, beets, carrots, onions, peppers, kale, pumpkins and apples later in the season.
We try to include at least one fruit each week, but due to harvest conditions this may not always be the case. Please recognize that these shares are primarily vegetables. All of the vegetables in the shares are certified organic. Not all of the fruit is organic – apples and peaches are grown conventionally on other local farms. Organic-only shares are available. They will not include apples or peaches, but will have extra produce instead.
Share contents are based on what is being harvested each week. Only the customizable share can be adjusted to accommodate individual preferences.
Medium share – $465
Medium share – returning members – $441.75
Large share – $775
Large share – returning members – $736.25
Customizable share – $700
Customizable share – returning members – $665
Farm pick-up discount- $50 (Parkman Produce, 17050 Nash Road, Middlefield)
$75 – 1 loaf of wheat bread each week
$75 – 1 jar of jam each week (specify a flavor or variety)
$75 – 1 dozen eggs each week (free-range, GMO- and hormone-free)
$70 – ½ pound of Middlefield Original Cheese each week (specify a variety)
$140 – 2 ½ pound packages of Middlefield Original Cheese each week
Grass-fed Ground Beef
Before ordering beef, check to be sure your selected pick-up site allows beef deliveries.
$150 – 1 pound of frozen ground beef each week
When ordering extra items, keep in mind the ordering deadlines to receive your items the following week:
Payment Plan Option
We also offer a payment plan which breaks down the total cost into three equal payments. If you are paying by check, it requires mailing in all three checks at once. If you are paying online, three payments will be automatically deducted from your credit card, each one month apart. Please be sure to use a credit card that does not expire before the final payment is due. The payment plan does not apply to Early-Bird pricing.
Pick-up sites are located throughout Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Portage, Summit and Trumbull counties. We will follow up with you before the season begins to select a pick-up site once our list of pick-up sites is complete.
Pick-ups occur on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with each site having a specific pick-up day and time. Pick-up sites will be announced in early spring, and we will follow up with you to select your site at that time. If you choose to pick up at our farm pick-up site, you must choose one day of the week to pick up and stick with it throughout the season. Please indicate which day. Shares left beyond the pick-up times will be donated to a hunger center or a family in need. If you are out of town on a given week, you may have a friend or neighbor pick up your share for you. It’s a great way to share the harvest!
When picking up your share…
The pick-up process for most of our sites has changed a bit over the years. Shares will be handed to you directly off the truck. We hope this will result in a quicker process and leave less room for errors. We’ll have a team who will work to ensure that you get the correct share and extras at pick-up.
With this process comes the ability to follow the truck to its next stop should you miss the pick-up time at your regular site, unless your stop is the last stop of the day.
At some sites we will leave behind any shares not picked up from the truck. However, we are not able to leave refrigerated extras such as beef, eggs and cheese at the pick-up sites; those items must be picked up from the truck.
Terms of Membership
As a member of the Geauga Family Farms CSA program, I understand the following:
- Members are not sent notices or invoices. This completed contract serves as the indication of amounts due. Please make a copy for your records. (If you sign up online, you will receive an email confirmation.)
- Payments are not refundable. However, members may recruit new members to take over their share and arrange to receive payment from the people whom they recruit.
- Shares must be picked up during the time period listed for your pick-up site. Leftover shares will be donated to a food pantry.
- If I do not pick up my share it will be donated to a family in need or food shelter. I do not expect my share to be held beyond the pick-up site time limits.
- Exact dates of harvest and content of shares will depend on weather and Mother Nature.
- Organic produce is not always perfect in appearance.
If you are splitting a share with another person or family, please include contact information for them, including e-mail address and phone numbers.
Please note that communications including our newsletter will occur via e-mail. It is critical that we have a current, valid (and legible) e-mail address.