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Preseason Summer 2014       Geauga County, Ohio
May 30, 2014

The Fair Share

What's cropping up!
Getting close!
New start dates
Wait-listed site update
Volunteers needed
Local events
Farming, environment, local food in the news
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 "I think it's clear from our film that it is easy for children to become addicted to the wrong kind of foods from an early age."

~ Katie Couric, from the movie "Fed Up"  










Getting close

The start of the season is getting so close we can taste it. In no time at all we'll be enjoying fresh, crunchy lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and all of the delicious items that fill our weekly boxes. We can hardly wait!


The next week will be spent pulling together all of the last-minute details for our first deliveries the week of June 9. Please note that we have shifted our season start back by one week. We wanted to have a few more things ready for the first boxes. We will be sending out introductory e-mails next week confirming your pick-up location, share size and pick-up site instructions. This information is also accessible to you in your account. If you do not receive an e-mail from us by Friday, please contact us right away.


We do everything we can to ensure the start of the season goes smoothly, and we appreciate your patience if there are a few bumps on the way. Know that we will fix any problems as soon as we can. Your satisfaction is important to us!



Michelle, Laura and the farmers of Geauga Family Farms


New start dates

As we mentioned in the letter, we have pushed the start date back by a week, to allow time for crops to catch up from the cooler spring weather. As such, our Tuesday sites will begin deliveries Tuesday, June 10, our Thursday sites will begin deliveries Thursday, June 12, and our Saturday sites will begin Saturday, June 14. This means the season will end one week later in October.


Wait-listed site update

We are sorry to have to let you know that our wait-listed sites at Perennials Preferred Nursery and Seven Hills Community Center did not receive enough sign-ups to work as pick-up sites this season. Any members who have signed up for those tentative locations will be switched to their alternate choice locations. Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.


Site volunteers needed

We have a few pick-up spots that could use an extra hand or two this season. Lowe's Greenhouse and Sage's are self-serve sites that would benefit from having volunteers to help people find the right size share, get their extras and check off their names during the pick-up time period the first few weeks of the season. Please let us know if you are able to lend a hand, even if it is just for a portion of the pick-up time. Thank you! 


Local health, exercise and food events


Essential Oils: Learn how to enhance and balance your emotions

Do you ever feel down, but can't place exactly why? Do you ever wish you could have just a little extra push of motivation and excitement to get you through your day? Your week? Or perhaps you feel great, but wish others would be happy, too? 


Join Laura at Light Your Life Healing Arts to learn how you can enhance and balance your emotions with powerful, organic essential oils. To RSVP, e-mail Laura Novak here.


Tuesday, June 3

7 - 9 pm 
Light Your Life Healing Arts
7501 Clover Ave., Mentor


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.


Just How Much Dye is in Your Food?

From Quads to Plots: Colleges With Great Campus Farms

If Local Farms Aren't Local Enough, Buy From The Rooftop

California's Drought Isn't Making Food Cost More. Here's Why

The Vegetables Most Americans Eat Are Drowning In Salt And Fat 

Amish Leave Pa. In Search Of Greener, Less Touristy Pastures


(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