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May 31, 2013

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"It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.

~ Lewis Grizzard





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Welcome to the 2013 season!


Dear Geauga Family Farms CSA members:

Welcome to Geauga Family Farms CSA program for the 2013 season! We will begin the 20-week summer season the first full week of June. For those picking up on Tuesdays, the first pickup date will be June 4; for those picking up on Thursdays, the first pickup date will be June 6; for those whose pickup day is Saturdays, your first pickup date will be June 8.


If you are one of the many returning members from last season, we're delighted to have you back. If this is your first season with us, we're looking forward to getting to know you.


This is one of the most important e-mails we send all season, so please be sure to read it carefully and thoroughly, including the pickup instructions at the bottom of this e-mail. It is a good idea to save this e-mail to pass along to anyone who might pick up for you during the length of the summer program. It also has contact information that you may need during the season.


Your shares will be delivered to your pickup site at the same time each week. Please pick up your produce within the designated pickup time; your share will not be kept beyond that time. Our site managers have generously offered space and are volunteering their time to provide convenient spots to pick up your produce. It is unfair to expect them to hold onto your food for an extended length of time. 


NEW THIS SEASON: There is a new share size this year, a half share, the smallest share size. Please be sure you know what size you signed up and paid for and be sure you are taking the correct size box. Please verify the size share you signed up for, as well as your pickup site and times, with the information in this e-mail.


Laura Dobson and Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris are our farm representatives and they can assist you with any questions you may have during the season. Their e-mail addresses, as well as a link to our Web site, are at the bottom of this e-mail. You will receive a weekly e-mail with recipes, farm updates and a weekly produce list, as well as other important information.


As a member of the GFF CSA, you will 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 "Like" 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 Web site that will help you as well.


Please visit our Web site,, 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 a label with the person's name. Please do not take a share with someone else's name on it. The only nonorganic items that will appear in the shares during the season are apples, blueberries and peaches. Typically the shares are completely organic. Likewise, if you have chosen to receive organic produce only, take only the box with your name on it. Your name will be printed in bold black letters on fluorescent sheets of paper on at least two sides of the box.


Remember, you may order extras such as eggs, bread, jam and beef via the Web site. 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.


We will start weekly extras the second week of the program; seasonal extras will start deliveries on Week 1. Please make note of the deadlines for ordering to be sure your extras are included with the next week's share.


ALSO NEW THIS SEASON: Beef will be delivered on a monthly basis rather than weekly (unless you have chosen to have it delivered all at once). We are still finalizing our monthly delivery dates for each site, and will let you know once that information is available.


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 pickup sites. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Laura or Michelle.


We would like to request that you pick up your share the first week closer to the end of your pickup time to allow us to work out any delivery timing and last-minute kinks the first week. Please bear with us if there are minor mistakes or issues in the first few weeks, and know that we will correct them.


All of the farmers and their families are working hard to bring you the freshest and tastiest produce we 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!



Michelle, Laura and the farmers of Geauga Family Farms


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Individualized emails were sent May 31, 2013 to GFF members regarding their pickup site.

You have chosen to pick up at the site below. Please read over the information below carefully, checking to be sure your share size and pickup site are correct. If they are not, please let us know so we can make the appropriate changes. If they are correct, you need do nothing but pick up on the day and time indicated for your pickup site.


Your pickup site - St. Andrew Episcopal Church

7989 Little Mountain Road, Mentor

Share size: Single share (Medium)

Pickup day: Tuesdays

Pickup time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Contact person: Reggi Kucera

Pickup instructions: Pickup will take place in the parish hall. A volunteer will help you get a box and will check off your name. You may want to bring a bag to transfer your produce. Please leave the boxes at the site. Other parties may pick up your share for you if you are out of town. Volunteers will be available to help you get refrigerated items if you have ordered them. Shares left at the end of the pickup time will be donated to the Food Pantry at St. Andrew.


In this week's shares

We will start this section with the first week's newsletter.


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.



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 


Local food events

Look here for upcoming local food events. These could include farm dinners, gardening classes, anything to do with local food. If you are having an event, or if you know of an event you'd like to see included in our newsletter, please send it to


Links to our partners

Please take advantage of your weekly visit to the establishments of our partners. Shop, dine, and otherwise get to know those who do so much to help us with our efforts in the local food movement. We couldn't do it without them!

Church of the Good Shepherd

First Church Congregational


Sign 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