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Week 1                                                      Geauga County, Ohio                                                    June 6, 2016

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"Rest is not idleness,
and to lie sometimes on the grass
under the trees on a summer's day,
listening to the murmur of water,
or watching the clouds
float across the blue sky,
is by no means a waste of time."
~ John Lubbock

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At last!

Welcome to the start of the Geauga Family Farms Summer 2016 season. Our team has been working hard for the last several months in preparation for this week. We are so delighted you are joining us for what we are hoping to be our best season ever. We have a great combination of pick-up sites, including old favorites and exciting new locations. Most importantly, we have you. We can't wait to share the great harvests that begin with this week's deliveries.

But first, this is one of the most important newsletters that we send out all season. This has basic instructions and details that will be helpful in making sure you have a great experience. Please take a few minutes now to review. Will everything run perfectly this week? We hope so, but we recognize that there may be a few glitches as we get back into the weekly pattern. Please be patient if there is an issue. Let us know, and we will be happy to make things right.

Each week our newsletter will include a general list of items that will be appearing in shares that week. Different combinations will occur on different days. When we have extra produce available, it will be available for purchase in our online farm store. You will receive a weekly e-mail reminder and farm store link in case you would like to order extras for the following week's delivery. Our weekly newsletters will also include farm news, recipes and much more. This will be our primary method of contacting you about upcoming events, changes, etc.

We look forward to a great season together, and we want to extend our sincere thanks for the role you play in making small, family farms viable in Northeast Ohio. We couldn't do this without you!

Warmly,
Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris
~ with Laura Dobson, Rachel Machesky and the farmers of Geauga Family Farms
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In this week's shares
We are really excited about our starting line-up! The crops are looking great.

Lettuce (red leaf, green leaf, Romaine), Swiss chard, kale (Lacinato, Winterbore, Red Russian), spinach, kohlrabi, turnips, zucchini, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, radishes, garlic scapes, bunching onions, strawberries and rhubarb.

NOTE: You will 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.
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Now in our farm store
Want to add some favorites to your weekly share or make a giant batch of your grandmother's famous strawberry jam? Look for quantities of these items, small and large, in our farm store. Look for more items as we progress through the season. 

Strawberries - $5/quart
Garlic scapes - $1.50 each
Swiss chard - $2.50 a bunch
Red Russian or Winterbore kale - $2.50 a bunch
Green leaf, red leaf or Romaine lettuce - $2 a head
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Shares still available
Do you have a friend or coworker who might like to join? We have shares available throughout the season, with the ability to sign up anytime. Please forward this newsletter to anyone you think might be interested in a share of their own. Get a share here.
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Pick-up instructions by site
Pick-ups for our full 20-week season begin this week. Here are the basics.
If you have signed up after our May 31 cut-off point, you may not be starting this week. Please double check your receipt to confirm the date of your first pick-up if you have recently signed up.

Tuesdays:

Catholic Montessori School, 8100 Eagle Road, Kirtland
Pick-up period: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Location: pick up from truck in parking lot

Lake County History Center, 415 Riverside Drive, Painesville
Pick-up period: 1:30 - 3 p.m. 
Location: pick up from truck in parking lot

Lowe's Greenhouse, 16540 Chillicothe Road, Bainbridge
Pick-up period: 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: pick up from truck in rear parking lot, remaining produce shares will be left in this area from 3:30-6.

Marigold B&B, 12647 Caves Road, Chesterland
Pick-up period: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: pick up from truck in driveway

Miller's Organic Produce, 17201 Bundysburg Road, Middlefield 
Pick-up period: Tuesdays - 2 - 6 p.m.
Location: Farm stand - check off name when picking up

Peace Lutheran Church, 12686 Bass Lake Road, Munson Township
Pick-up period: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: pick up from truck in parking lot in front of the church

St. Andrew Episcopal Church, 7989 Little Mountain Road, Mentor 
Pick-up period: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Location: pick up shares inside church

Wednesdays

1815 Tavern, 170 S. Chillicothe Road, Aurora 
Pick-up period: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: pick up from truck in parking lot

David Simpson House - Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E 185th St., Cleveland
Pick-up period:2:30 - 4 p.m.
Location: Pull into parking lot, head past building to the back of the lot. Pick up from truck.

The Goddard School, 2073 Alexandria Way, Macedonia
Pick-up period:6 - 7:30 p.m. 
Location: pick up from truck in rear parking lot

Mandel JCC, 26001 South Woodland Road, Beachwood
Pick-up period:4:30 - 6 p.m.
Location: pick up from truck at the eastern end of the parking lot (near I-271) 

Mustard Seed Market, 6025 Kruse Drive, Solon
Pick-up period: 2 - 3:30 p.m. (leave remaining produce shares for this site here)
Location: pick up from truck in parking lot, remaining shares will be left near the customer service area in the front of the store from 3:30 - 7. Ask a customer service team member to retrieve refrigerated items.

Thursdays

Church of the Good Shepherd, 23599 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst
Pick-up period:4 - 5 p.m.
Location: pick up from truck in front of church - remaining produce shares will be left for pick up until 6:30 p.m. 

Ernst & Young - Employees only
Pick-up period: 3 - 5 p.m.

Healthy Treasures, 40 West Broad St., Newton Falls
Pick-up period: 3 - 6 p.m.
Location: inside store - check off name when picking up

Jones Day - Employees only
Pick-up period: 3 - 5 p.m.

LEAF Night - Lakewood, 15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
Pick-up period: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Location: Front of Lakewood Library 
(truck to stay until 6:30 each week for beef, eggs, cheese pick-up - these items cannot be left behind)

Market Café, 1801 East 9th St. #5, Cleveland
Pick-up period: 3 - 7 p.m.
Location: inside restaurant - check off name when picking up

Mayfield Village - The Grove, 425 N. Commons Blvd., Mayfield Village
(actual pick-up area is in the service drive area just south of Parkview - pull in off 91)
Pick-up period:2 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: pick up from truck in service drive area just south of Parkview - pull in off 91

Miller's Organic Produce, 17201 Bundysburg Road, Middlefield
Pick-up period: Thursdays - 2 - 7 p.m.
Location: Farm stand - check off name when picking up

MRI Software - Employees only
Pick-up period: 2 - 5 p.m.

Ruffing Montessori School, 3380 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights
Pick-up period:5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: pick up at front of school

Tucker Ellis - Employees only
Pick-up period: 3 - 5 p.m.

Saturdays

Eltech Building - Chardon, 100 7th Ave., Chardon
Pick-up period:11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: pick up shares from truck in parking lot

Hill's Family Karate, 8901 Mentor Ave., Mentor
Pick-up: Saturdays - 10 a.m. - 1p.m.
Location: Pick up shares inside building. Pick up refrigerated items from truck between 9:30 - 11 a.m. 

Miller's Organic Produce, 17201 Bundysburg Road, Middlefield
Pick-up: Saturdays - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Farm stand - check off name when picking up

Shaker Farmer's Market, Shaker Square (Hershberger Organic Produce stand)
Pick-up period:8 - 11 a.m.

Shaker Heights - Shops at Chagrin & Lomond, 20132 Chagrin Blvd, Shaker Heights
Pick-up period:10 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: pick up from truck in the parking lot behind building (between Bicycle Boulevard and Lucy's Sweet Surrender)

St. Noel Church, 35200 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills
Pick-up: Saturdays - 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: pick up shares in building

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights
Pick-up period:8 - 9:30 a.m.
Location: pick up shares from truck in parking lot at northwest corner of North St. James and Fairmount
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Recipes by Rachel
I think its safe to declare it's finally patio season! As Clevelanders, we live for these days. Here is a great recipe to utilize our veggies in a different way. A big bang for little effort. So pour yourself a refreshing summer beverage, pull up a chair and enjoy this light snack. Feel free to grill some chicken or shrimp to make this a more satisfying meal. ~ Rachel

Radish Butter Flatbread
Radish Butter:
12-16 red radishes
2 Tbsps. butter, at room temperature
Salt and pepper to taste

Bring four cups of water to a boil. Add all but 2 or 3 radishes and boil until soft, approx. 10 minutes. Drain the radishes and place in a food processor or blender. Pulse to puree then add the butter, salt and pepper. Pulse to combine.

Flatbread:
4 pitas, split into 8 thin rounds
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
2 cups snow peas cut in half
¼ cup fresh mint

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Put pita rounds on a cookie sheet and toast in oven until crispy, approx. 5 minutes. Spread a layer of radish butter over each piece of pita followed by a sprinkle of feta cheese, a layer of peas and then sliced radishes. Garnish with mint.

Strawberries
Arguably a favorite time of year for many. It's a sign that summer is here. We are lucky to be where strawberries grow sweet and plentiful. And while they are like candy to eat fresh and plain, its fun to transform them and use them for others things...cobblers, pies, jams and jellies, smoothies, the list is endless. How about doughnuts? Baked, of course, so eating more than one won't make you feel guilty.

Baked Whole-Wheat Strawberry Doughnuts
Makes approx. 10-12

1 ¼ cup whole-wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
2 tbsps. softened butter
½ cup sugar
1 large egg
½ cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup fresh strawberries, cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a doughnut pan and dust with flour. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer), cream the butter and sugar together. Add the egg, buttermilk and vanilla and mix until well combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined. Gently fold in the strawberries. Spoon batter into the prepared doughnut pan (filling each well ¾ full). Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly pressed.
Enjoy!
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Tips for members
Some find the idea of a season's worth of fresh vegetables, some of which might be unfamiliar, a daunting one. There is no need to worry with the Geauga Family Farms team on your side! Your CSA experience can be much simpler and more rewarding with a little bit of early preparation.

The tools
These are our favorite things to have around the kitchen for quick and easy prep/processing. 
  • Salad spinner - Members receive a good amount of greens. Place them in cold water, spin dry and store with one or two paper towels in a large zip-top bag. They will keep for a few weeks like this.
  • 1-gallon plastic storage bags - The zip-top bags mentioned above.
  • Freezer bags - we keep bags labeled "Soup," "Smoothies," and "Pizza" in our freezer, and add small bags of produce (things we know we won't get to during the week) throughout the season.
  • A good blender - perfect for smoothies and soups, a dependable blender is important.

The recipes
We will provide a selection of recipes in our weekly newsletter, as well as tips on handling and storage. Click here to visit one of our favorite spots for simple produce storage tips.

The newsletter
We know you receive more e-mail than you'd prefer, and it's hard to get through everything. Please take a few minutes each week to browse through the newsletter. This is where we let our members know about important details, information on the produce and upcoming events. 
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Area events

St. Andrew Bocce Tournament
Join our partner St. Andrew Episcopal Church for the ninth annual St. Andrew Bocce Tournament. The cost is $150 per team or $40 per person. 

Game Nights will be Tuesday, July 5, Tuesday, July 12, Tuesday, July 19, Tuesday, July 26 and a rain date of Tuesday, Aug. 2 The Super Bocce Bowl will be held Tuesday, Aug. 9.

All activities will be held at St. Andrew Episcopal Church at 7989 Little Mountain Road in Mentor. The bocce banquet will be Sunday, Aug. 14. This year one member from each team is requested to assist with food sales. 

Enjoy lots of family fun while supporting a great cause. All proceeds go to the St. Andrew Food Pantry.

For more information, contact Erin Garlock at 440-263-3561 or ohiorenaissance@gmail.com or Chris Peshek at 440-773-2700 or chris.peshek@gmail.com. 
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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.
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CONTACT US
(ONLY between the regular business hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday PLEASE!)
 
Farm Representatives:
Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris, 216-321-7109,
Laura Dobson, 440-478-9849,
Rachel Machesky216-246-8254,

Geauga Family Farms, Middlefield, Ohio 44062
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