Fall Week 6                                             Geauga County, Ohio
Dec. 3, 2015

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Winter is a season of recovery
and preparation."
~ Paul Theroux

Greetings from Geauga Family Farms.

Welcome to Week 6 of our fall season - our final week of deliveries for the year. We are so glad you were able to join us for the 2015 Fall Program, and hope you enjoyed your experience.

As we begin to wrap up the details that will allow us to move into planning for next year's CSA programs, we appreciate the short break in the action the month of December provides. While we still have plenty to do (the work never comes to a complete stop!), there is a definite sense of peace that descends over the farms. It is the opposite of the frantic pace that drives our schedules from late spring until early fall, and we deeply appreciate this small break that provides time for reflection and reconnection. 

We hope you are able to find peaceful moments in the coming weeks, too. They can come in so many varieties - a hike in the woods, time shared with family and friends, a quiet cup of coffee on a snowy morning. As you find opportunities to reflect on the past year, we hope you find that your participation in our CSA program was a valuable experience. Your participation certainly was valuable to our farm families and we look forward to bringing you more delicious harvests next year.

We won't be sending out weekly newsletters during the off-season, but we will keep you informed of special events and updates. We hope you will keep in touch, too. If something comes to mind you think would help to improve the program, please don't hesitate to drop us a line. We'll be here, and we certainly appreciate ideas to make this program better for everyone.

Here's hoping the coming year brings peace, good health and fruitful harvests.


Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris
~ with Laura Dobson and the farmers of Geauga Family Farms
In this week's shares
In this week's shares, CSA members can expect things such as Winesap apples, kale (Winterbore, Red Russian, Lacinato), lettuce (Romaine, green leaf), cabbage (Napa, green), spinach, beets, micro-greens, radishes (regular, Daikon), carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes (sweet, red, Yukon Gold), turnips, storage onions, shallots, squash (acorn, butternut), and pie pumpkins.

NOTE: You will not receive all of the types of produce listed above. This is a list of possible items. Shares received at different times of the week may include different items.
2016 season details
Our early-bird sign-up will be available soon. Members who purchase their share by Dec. 31 will receive a discount on their share price for the 2016 season. We will also have a "Save My Spot" option that will allow members to make an initial payment on a share for the 2016 season by Dec. 31 using our payment plan, with full payment due by April. 

Pricing is as follows:

Early Bird Discount (pay in full by Dec. 31)
Small share - $290
Medium share - $435
Large share - $720

Save My Spot Discount (Make first payment by Dec. 31 with full payment by April)
Small share - $300
Medium share - $450 
Large share - $750

2016 Pricing
Small share - $310
Medium share - $465
Large share - $775

Please note we do not have all of our pick-up locations and routes finalized yet. You will select a general area, and we will follow up with you to finalize your location in February. The only exception to this is if you choose to pick up your share at the Miller Farm in Middlefield. If this is your preference, select "Farm" instead of a regional option. Look for a special e-mail in the next few days with links to our 2016 Early Share Sale.
Local gift guide
We promised more locally themed gift ideas, and here they are.

Geauga Family Farms - A share for the 2016 Summer Season is the ultimate gift for the locavore in your life. 

Sage's Orchard - The store is full of locally-grown and locally-produced treats. Want to ship some Ohio goodness to out-of-town loved ones? Sage's has gift boxes. 

Middlefield Original Cheese Co-op - Local cheeses, meats, jams, noodles and more. This is a great spot for delicious local gifts in the heart of Amish Country.

Marigold B&B - Surprise a loved one with a weekend getaway at this beautiful Chesterland bed and breakfast.

Hill's Family Karate - Instead of more stuff, treat your family to the health benefits of classes at Hill's Family Karate in Mentor. 

Lowe's Greenhouse, Florist and Gift Shop - This is the perfect local spot for great decorations, plants and holiday surprises. Check their website for fun events during the holiday season and beyond.

Market Cafe and Wine Bar - Give the gift of a locally-sourced lunch or dinner to your favorite downtown resident or co-worker. 

Village Blacksmith - Gates, railings, and balconies, custom furniture, hardware, fireplace screens, lamps and a wide variety of miscellaneous and restorative works compose Ken Roby's impressive portfolio. Ken's interest is in the art of the blacksmith, so most pieces continue to be made by hand and are signed and dated.
Esperanza Threads - Organic cotton clothing made in Cleveland. Good for your health and for the planet.

Garden-pedia by Maria Zampini and Pamela Bennet - Written to fill the need for a clear, concise book of useful terms for the layman gardener in a friendly, conversational style.

The Entrepreneurs: Success & Sacrifice by Kip Marlow - Stories of local entrepreneurs, their travails and how they made it.

22 Years - A poetic feast with a dash of wry from renowned underground poet Wendy Shaffer.

For architectural enthusiasts, try Nina Freedlander Gibans' books, Cleveland Goes Modern: Design for the Home, 1930-1970 and Creative Essence: Cleveland's Sense Of Place (Cleveland Artists Foundations Dialogue).

The Outspoken Team - Inspiring material for the teacher in your life by authors, performers, and keynote speakers Michael Salinger and Sara Holbrook. This dynamic duo travels the globe teaching students - and their teachers!

Salon and Spa Gift Certificates:
The gift of relaxation and beauty is always in season. Give gift certificates to: In Style Salon (Kirtland), Razor's Edge Salon & Spa (Tremont area of Cleveland) and Jenniffer & Co. Salon and Spa (Mentor and Mentor-on-the-Lake).

Tickets to Performances:
Fine Arts Association - Scrooge! is showing through Dec. 20 and the arts organization also offers many other holiday performances and craft and gift-making workshops for children.

Donations & Volunteer Ops
The holidays are a great time to consider volunteering and donating. There are so many good causes.

Lake County History Center - Place matters. History matters. Learn & support.

Lake Erie Folk Fest - Support the folk music scene with this winter folk fest crowdsourcing campaign.

Northeast Ohio Sierra Club Group - Get involved, donate, gift a membership, help Planet Earth.

Many thanks to Lakenetwork, our LOCAL website development company, for their contributions to this list, and for making us look so good online year-round!
We include recipes each week using the items in your box. We'd love for you to share your recipes with us and we will include them in the newsletter. Please e-mail them to 

Simple Fall Spinach Salad
8 ounces fresh spinach
1/2 cup feta or goat cheese, crumbled
1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup Craisins® Original Dried Cranberries
2 Tbsps. toasted sliced almonds, optional
1/2 cup bottled balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
2 Tbsps. orange juice
1 tsp. orange zest, optional
Wash and clean spinach. Tear into bite size pieces and place in a serving bowl. Add half of the feta or goat cheese and onion; toss to combine.
Combine dressing ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Top with dried cranberries and almonds. Serve immediately. 
Makes 4 servings.
Recipe from Ocean Spray Cranberries
Curried Apple & Sweet Potato Soup
2 large (1 pound) sweet potatoes
1 large (8 ounces) tart apple (such as Fuji, Honeycrisp or Gala)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 large onion, coarsely chopped (2 cups)
2 to 3 tsps. curry powder
1 can (14 to 14-1/2 ounces) vegetable broth (about 1-3/4 Cups)
1-3/4 cups unsweetened apple juice
3/4 tsp. salt
1 container (6 ounces) plain low-fat yogurt
3/4 cup croutons, optional
Pierce sweet potatoes and apples with fork tines. Microwave sweet potatoes and apple on high until apple is very tender, about 6 to 7 minutes. Remove apple; set aside until cool enough to handle.
Continue microwaving sweet potatoes on high until tender, about 4 to 5 minutes longer. Set aside until cool enough to handle.
Meanwhile, in large saucepan over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and curry powder. Cook and stir until onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes. Transfer broth mixture to bowl of food processor; reserve saucepan.
Halve sweet potatoes and apple. Remove apple core, scoop potato and apple pulp from skin. Add to processor. Add salt; whirl until very smooth, gradually adding apple juice through processor feed tube. Transfer mixture to reserved saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat; whisk in yogurt. Reheat just until hot (do not boil). Serve topped with croutons, if desired.
Serves 4.
Recipe from ncsweetpotatoes.com

Angel Hair Pasta with Shallots, Garlic, Broccoli & Lemon 
1 package of angel hair pasta
2 Tbsps. olive oil
1 large shallot, diced
2 cups broccoli, cut into tiny pieces
3 large cloves garlic, chopped
½ cup white wine
1 Tbsp. butter
½ lemon, juiced
¼ to ½ cup reserved pasta water
Salt and pepper to taste
Put a large stock pot of water on the stove over high heat. Bring to a boil. Once it boils salt it generously.
While you are waiting for the water to boil start getting the rest of the dish together.
Add the olive oil to a large frying pan. Start to cook over medium heat. Add the shallots. Cook for about 5 minutes so they can soften.
Now add the broccoli and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes. Stir occasionally so it doesn't stick. If you need more olive oil add a little.
Now toss in the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the white wine and let it cook until it is reduced by half. It should only take a few minutes.
Add your butter and lemon, stirring till the butter melts and the mixture is slightly saucy. Only takes a few moments.
Turn the heat down for a couple of minutes while you cook your angel hair noodles.
Once your pasta water is boiling well, and it's been salted, toss your angel hair pasta in the water. It only needs to cook for about 1 to 2 minutes. Check your package directions.
Now drain pasta (reserve a little bit, there's flavour in the pasta water) but do not rinse.
Bring the frying pan back up to a medium heat, add your pasta to the pan and start to toss it gently until it comes together. Add a little pasta water to the pan, it helps bring the dish together beautifully.
Add some salt and pepper to your own taste.
Recipe from the blog cravingsofalunatic.com
Salmon available throughout fall season
Joe Ruvolo from Wild One Seafoods will be at St. Noel and Family Karate again this week with wild-caught Alaskan salmon directly from a fisherman co-op in Sitka, Alaska.

Wild One has frozen Coho fillets at $9.50/pound and King salmon fillets at $15/pound. The Coho fillets are between 1 and 2 pounds each and the King fillets are between 2 and 4 pounds each. Due to the size of these fillets, you may not want to consume the entire piece of fish at once. You  may partially thaw the fillet, cut the size piece(s) you would like, and refreeze the remainder.

You can find Joe in the parking lot near the pick-up area at the following pick-up sites:

Saturday, Dec. 5
St. Noel - 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Hill's Family Karate 10 - 11 a.m.

If these pick-up sites are not convenient for you, you may place an order by calling Joe Ruvolo at Wild One Seafoods at 440-391-3569. Wild One Seafoods offers free delivery to your home or business for orders over 10 pounds. Wild One accepts cash and personal checks.

One additional note: There will likely be pin bones in these fillets. Once a fish is caught it is cleaned and flash-frozen immediately on the boat. In order to allow for fresher fish, instead removing these bones at the processing facility, which would require thawing and refreezing the fish before vacuum-sealing and shipping, the salmon remains frozen. Thus, small bones may be found in the fillets.


(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,



Geauga Family Farms, Middlefield, Ohio 44062

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