Spring 2016                                            Geauga County, Ohio                                               April 23, 2016

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"It's spring fever.
That is what the name of it is.
And when you've got it, you want -
oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want,
but it just fairly makes your heart ache,
you want it so!"
~ Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, Detective

Greetings from Geauga Family Farms!

We have been thankful for the longer days of spring, as they have allowed us to get up a little earlier and work a little later to try to accomplish everything that needs to be done before the start of the season. This weekend's beautiful weather gave us a great opportunity to make progress in the fields. It was a wonderful gift from Mother Nature.

We have a lot of updates and new information to share this week, so we will jump right in! 

Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris
~ with Laura Dobson, Rachel Machesky and the farmers of Geauga Family Farms
Friendly reminder
If you signed up early and have not yet chosen a pick-up site, please follow this link to access your account and choose a site. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to let us know.
Help us spread the word
Our spring flyer contest is back! Print a copy of our 2016 season poster, hang it at your business or a local message board, take a picture and send it to us for a chance to win a $20 credit to our farm store for the 2016 season. We will draw the winning name May 10. Hang posters in multiple locations for multiple chances to win!

Download our poster, here

There is also still time to earn farm store credits as part of our April membership drive. During the month of April, if you recommend a new member (someone who has not participated before), and they include your name on the application, we will reward you with a $5 farm store credit to be used during the 2016 summer season. This means that if you recommend five new members, you will receive $25 in credits. 

Please note that this offer is good for April sign-ups only.
Special pre-season sale in University Circle 
Cleveland Montessori Middle School students to hold farm fundraiser at high school
The Cleveland Montessori Middle School is hosting a spring fundraiser that includes products from Geauga Family Farms. If you can't wait for the start of the CSA season, our members are welcome to participate in this special sale. Students from the school have been working with our farms on special programs over the past few years, and they are excited to add this partnership.

A farm truck will be delivering items to the school Friday, May 20. Orders must be picked up at 10924 Magnolia Drive in Cleveland between noon and 6 p.m. that day. Available items include grass-fed beef, organic eggs, honey, jam, cinnamon rolls, pecan rolls, and spring greens (kale, Swiss chard, lettuce). Orders are due by Friday, May 13. 

You may place an order starting early next week for this special sale through our farm store, here. Please note that pricing is slightly higher than our normal prices for these items because this is a fundraiser for our young partners.
Help needed 
Geauga Family Farms is looking for two friendly and enthusiastic veggie-lovers to help our driver pass out shares at our sites on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays during the summer season. We have two 10-16 hour-per-week options available. The assistant can ride with the truck from our warehouse in Middlefield, or can meet the truck at our initial stop and follow the remainder of the route. 

Option 1
Tuesday - 2 - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday - 2 - 7:30 p.m.

Option 2
Tuesday - 1:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday - 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Please contact Laura Dobson at 440-478-9849 or LDobson@geaugafamilyfarms.org to let us know if you are interested.
2016 sites and schedule
New pick-up sites
We will be continuing to add a few more sites and site details over the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for one near you. Here are the latest additions: 

Chagrin & Lomond, Shaker Heights - Saturdays, 10 - 11:30 a.m. 
Our farm truck will be in the parking lot behind the shops at Chagrin and Lomond near Juma Gallery and Coffee Shop, and Lucy's Sweet Surrender. There are many great local businesses here that will help to make this pick-up location a convenient one.

Hospice of the Western Reserve - Wednesdays, 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Our truck will be parked at the David Simpson Hospice House, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland/Euclid. Members have been asking for a pick-up location in the Euclid area for years, and we are delighted to announce that we finally have one!

North Union Farmer's Market, Shaker Square - Saturdays, 8 - 11 a.m. 
Pick up your share at the Hershberger Organics produce stand. Please note that this site can distribute shares and non-refrigerated extras only. 

Eltech Building parking lot, Chardon - Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Pick up your share from our truck, which will be parked in the front parking lot of the Eltech Building, 100 Seventh Ave., Chardon. Seventh Avenue is right next to the Wendy's and across from Bob Evan's.

We would like to thank our members who have been recommending potential spots in Chardon and Shaker Heights!

Here is our full list so far, as well as a link to sign up for your summer share:

Lake County History Center, Painesville - 1:30 - 3 p.m. 
Lowe's Greenhouse, Bainbridge - 2 - 3:30 p.m. - remaining produce shares will be left for pick-up until 6 p.m.
Catholic Montessori, Kirtland - 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Marigold B&B, Chesterland - 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, Chardon - 6 - 7 p.m.
St. Andrew Episcopal Church, Mentor - 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Farm pick-up, Middlefield - 2 - 6 p.m.
Mustard Seed Market, Solon - 2 - 3:30 p.m. - remaining produce shares will be left for pick-up until 8 p.m.
Hospice of the Western Reserve, Euclid - 2:30 - 4 p.m.
1815 Tavern, Aurora - 4 - 5:30 p.m.
The Goddard School, Macedonia - 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Market Café, Downtown Cleveland - 2 - 6 p.m. 
Jones Day (employees only) - 2:30 - 5 p.m.
Tucker Ellis (employees only) - 3 - 5 p.m.
Ernst & Young (employees only) - 3 - 5 p.m.
MRI Software (employees only) - 3 - 5 p.m.
Healthy Treasures, Newton Falls - 3 - 6 p.m.
Church of the Good Shepherd, Lyndhurst - 4 - 5 p.m. - remaining produce shares will be left for pick-up until 6:30 p.m.
LEAF Night, Lakewood - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Ruffing Montessori School, Cleveland Heights - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 
Farm pick-up, Middlefield - 2 - 6 p.m.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights - 8 - 9:30 a.m.
North Union Farmer's Market, Shaker Square - 8 - 11 a.m. 
St. Noel, Willoughby Hills - 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Chagrin & Lomond Shops, Shaker Heights - 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Family Karate, Mentor - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Chardon area, Eltech Building parking lot - 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Farm pick-up, Middlefield - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Follow this link to sign up for a share at one of these sites.

Follow this link to sign in to your account and change/adjust your pick-up site location. 
Corporate sites
Do you know of any businesses along the I-271 corridor that would be interested in providing a CSA delivery for their employees? Hosting a corporate site is simple - provide an area where we can unload shares each week, and help to market the program to staff members. It's an easy way to provide a special health-focused program for employees. Please contact Laura Dobson at 440-478-9849 if you would like more information about this.
Spring recipes
Spring Salad with Sugar Snap Peas
This salad is crisp and delicious!
Serves 4
6 cups fresh lettuce (washed, dried and cut into bite-sized pieces)
1 cup sugar snap peas (rinsed, ends cut and sliced into ½ inch diagonal pieces)
½ cup crispy fried onions (I like Lars brand)
4 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
½ cup fresh goat cheese, crumbled
Place ingredients in a large bowl and toss with your favorite dressing. Balsamic vinaigrette and lemon vinaigrette are both great with this salad.
Area events

Celebrate World Tai Chi Qigong Day with Family Karate
April 30, 10 a.m. - noon
World Tai Chi Qigong Day is April 30. Our partner, Hill's Family Karate, is sponsoring a group that will meet in Veteran's Park in Painesville. The folks from Family Karate will be doing Tai Chi and Qigong and are encouraging people from all practices and styles to share. The group will be videotaped and shared on YouTube along with groups from all over the world. This feature is coordinated by Bill Douglas and David Dorian Ross. For more information on this free event, contact Libby Hill 
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:
Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris, 216-321-7109,
Laura Dobson, 440-478-9849,
Rachel Machesky216-246-8254,

Geauga Family Farms, Middlefield, Ohio 44062
Geauga Family Farms, 17201 Bundysburg Road, Middlefield, OH 44062
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