Preseason 2015                                       Geauga County, Ohio
April 2, 2015

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"The first day of spring is one thing,

and the first spring day is another.

The difference between them 

is sometimes as great as a month."

~ Henry Van Dyke



It is maple syrup season on the farms right now, with time spent gathering the sap and cooking it down to make that deliciously sweet treat. Did you know that it takes approximately 30-40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup? Ohio is fifth in the nation in terms of maple syrup production, with Geauga County the top producer in the state. We take tremendous pride in participating in the production of this great local product, and Geauga Family Farms will have fresh syrup available as soon as the season starts in quart, half-gallon and gallon sizes.  


While our season gets its start in early June, there are great local farms with a range of fresh produce available now. Some outdoor farmers markets are getting their start this weekend, with items such as lettuce, spinach, potatoes, garlic and apples available. Hope you can check them out!  


We are always looking for ways to help you enjoy the variety of great local products that are available throughout Northeast Ohio, and we are proud that our farms contribute to this wonderful local economy. Thanks for doing your part to make this all possible by being a local farm supporter.



Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris

~ with Laura Dobson and the farmers of Geauga Family Farms


Pick-up site information, updates

We are happy to announce some additional and new pick-up sites for the 2015 season, including sites in Beachwood, Hudson, Munson Township and Painesville. Our list so far (with times) is as follows:



Catholic Montessori School, Kirtland - 5 - 6 p.m.

Farm pick-up, Middlefield - 2 - 7 p.m.

Lake County History Center, Painesville - Time TBA

Lowe's Greenhouse, Bainbridge - 2:30 - 6 p.m.

Marigold B&B, Chesterland 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Sage's Orchard, Chardon - 4:30 - 6 p.m.

St. Andrew Episcopal Church, Mentor - 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.



Church of the Good Shepherd, Lyndhurst/Beachwood area - 4:30 - 7 p.m. 

Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Parma - 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Farm pick-up, Middlefield - 2 - 7 p.m.

JCC, Beachwood - Time TBA

LEAF Night, Lakewood - 5:30 - 8 p.m. 

Market Café, downtown Cleveland - 3 - 7 p.m.

Mustard Seed Market, Solon - 3 - 8 p.m.

Ruffing Montessori School, Cleveland Heights - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.


Employees-only sites

Jones Day - employees only 

MRI Software - employees only

Tucker Ellis - employees only



Farm pick-up, Middlefield - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Goddard School, Macedonia - 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Healthy Treasures, Newton Falls - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Hill's Family Karate, Mentor - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Hudson Square Building, downtown Hudson - 10:30 a.m. - noon

Peace Lutheran Church, Munson Township - 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

St. Noel Church, Willoughby Hills - 9:15 - 10:30 a.m.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights - 8 - 9:30 a.m.


Site selections, changes

If you need to select your site or make a change to your pick-up site based on the updated information above, please take the following steps to update your account.


First, click here to access your account information page, then:

  • Log in to your account.
  • Click "Change Site" in the summary section at the upper right corner of your account page.
  • Select the site of your choice.
  • Save changes.

This feature will be available until May 15, after which your site choice will be set for the season.


Office equipment needed

The Geauga Family Farms warehouse is in need of a fax/printer/copier. We know that many businesses upgrade this type of equipment on a regular basis to stay current with technological advances, regardless of whether the item is still functioning well. If your business is upgrading equipment and has a working fax/printer/copier that you would be willing to donate, we would love to give it a second life. Please contact Michelle at to make arrangements. 


Spread the word

Print one (or more) of our flyers and post in your office, a local store, library, etc. Take a picture where you've posted it, and send it to us at For each flyer posted, we will enter your name into a drawing for a Farm Store voucher to use during the season. The more you post, the more chances you have to win. We will hold monthly drawings in March, April and May. You can find our flyer on our website, here.


Congratulations to our March winner, Donna Cowie! We have added a Farm Store voucher to her account which can be redeemed during the 2015 season. Thanks to all who participated in our March drawing.


Please like us on Facebook

We are trying to reach 2,000 likes on Facebook. If you've already liked us, please take the additional step of clicking on the down arrow on the "Like" button and check "Get Notifications." This way you won't miss any of the interesting and often important information we post on our page. If you haven't liked our page yet, please do! Click here to like our Facebook page.


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.


(ONLY between the regular business hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday 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

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