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Week 2                                                      Geauga County, Ohio                                                 June 14, 2016

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"A farm is a manipulative creature. There is no such thing as finished. Work comes in a stream and has no end. There are only the things that must be done now and things that can be done later. The threat the farm has got on you, the one that keeps you running from can until can't, is this: do it now, or some living thing will wilt or suffer or die. Its blackmail, really."

Welcome to Week 2 of the CSA season. Well, we made it through the first week of new schedules, new locations and new routes without too many bumps along the way. Was it perfect? No. There is always room for improvement and we are committed to working together to create a great experience for those who have made supporting local farms a priority.

Our first order of business is to provide some of the additional details that have been requested by several of our members over the last week. See below for information on ordering extras, placing your account on hold for a vacation and identifying those less-familiar vegetables. We also have some site information updates - please take a look to see if your site is included. Finally, we have recipes to help you use the items from your share in new ways - we hope you like them.

We are especially thankful for those who have been patient as we work out kinks, those who kindly let us know when there were issues that needed to be addressed and those who took the time to let us know how excited they were for the start of the season or how much they loved their first share. As we work through the seemingly millions of details that it takes to get a season started and running smoothly, we are so thankful for our community of members. Your notes provide a pick-me-up on stressful days. You remind us time and time again what it means to be a part of such a wonderful community. We're so glad to be back together for another great season. 

Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris
~ with Laura Dobson, Rachel Machesky and the farmers of Geauga Family Farms
In this week's shares
Look for some of these items in your share this week.

Lettuce (red leaf, green leaf, Romaine), kale (Lacinato, Winterbore, Red Russian), Swiss chard, bok choy, kohlrabi, turnips, radishes, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, pickling cucumbers, slicing cucumbers, bunching onions, garlic scapes, rhubarb, strawberries and zucchini.

You will 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.
Now in our farm store
Want to add some favorites to your weekly share or make a giant batch of your grandmother's famous strawberry jam? Look for quantities of these items, small and large, in our farm store. Look for more items as we progress through the season. 

Rhubarb - $3.50/pound
Kohlrabi - $2.50/a bunch
Strawberries - $5/quart
Garlic scapes - $1.50 each
Swiss chard - $2.50 a bunch
Red Russian or Winterbore kale - $2.50 a bunch
Green leaf, red leaf or Romaine lettuce - $2 a head
Ordering extras
We have had a lot of questions about ordering extras. We have a range of items that can be added to your share at most of our pick-up locations, including jams, honey, maple syrup, eggs, beef, cheese and additional produce. 
  • Access your account
  • Click on Web Store in the top right corner
  • Select your items
  • Make an online payment
  • Receive a confirmation of your order
  • Your order will arrive in a specially marked bag or box
Please note the following cut-off dates for ordering:
  • For delivery on the following Tuesday, order by Wednesday at midnight.
  • For delivery on the following Wednesday, order by Thursday at midnight.
  • For delivery on the following Thursday, order by Friday at midnight.
  • For delivery on the following Saturday, order by Sunday at midnight.
Please note that refrigerated items must be picked up from our truck and cannot currently be left behind at Lowe's, Mustard Seed, Lakewood and Family Karate after the initial pick-up time.
Vacation holds
This new feature is already seeing a lot of use. A minimum of seven days is required before your hold date. Here are the basics to put your share on hold for an upcoming vacation: 
  • Access your account.
  • Select the "Delivery Hold" tab on the main menu.
  • Enter the dates that you would like to place your share on hold (please remember that you must do this at least seven days before your hold date).
  • Click "Save."
  • A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you and to us, confirming your dates and asking you to let us know what date(s) you would like to receive your make-up share(s). Reply to this e-mail, and we will make the adjustment to your account.
What veggie this?
The first thing you can expect from CSA participation is an increased knowledge about vegetables. You are likely to find things in your share that are unfamiliar, either because it's a new variety of a familiar vegetable, or a completely new vegetable to you. Be sure to keep our website handy at www.geaugafamilyfarms.org, where you can find our Veggie ID Guide in our About Us/FAQ section. We will supplement as new varieties come along. 
Site updates
LEAF Night Lakewood - Our official pick-up time is 5:30-7:30 p.m. We apologize for the fact that there were different times listed in a few locations.

Hudson Farmer's Market - We are still working on confirmation of a final location and will let you know as soon as possible.

Mandel JCC - We are finding that traffic volumes are a little heavier than anticipated on Wednesday afternoons, which may result in a slight delay on some days. If we do not arrive by 4:30, know that we are on our way and will be there very shortly. We will see how the next few weeks go, but we may need to slide the pick-up start time to 4:45 if we continue to have traffic issues. We will keep you posted.
Share terminology and organic certification
Several members had questions about our new share names this season.

As we mentioned earlier, our certification is expanding. Our farms have been certified organic all along, meaning the produce grown on our farms is certified organic as well. Up until this point, we could not call our CSA program certified organic because we had not gone through the certification process with our warehouse facility. 

We are making that change this year, which means an additional level of inspections and more stringent rules for packaging and deliveries. We want our members to know that we are committed to meeting these national standards, and that we take this commitment very seriously.

Our share terminology has changed as a result.
The produce in our shares is 100 percent organic for the majority of the season. The only time this changes is during apple season (September-October), because we have not been able to find locally grown, organic apples to use in our shares.

Those who choose our Standard Share will not receive apples at this time (we will provide additional organic produce).

Those who choose our Standard + Conventional Apples will receive non-organic apples with their share during apple season.

We hope this clears up any confusion!
We include recipes each week using the items in your share. While our in-house chefs Rachel and Michelle always have great recipes to share, we'd love for you to send us your favorite recipes as well. We will include them in the next newsletter. Please e-mail them to 

Kohlrabi. We see this a lot in our CSA shares. It is part of the cabbage family and can be eaten both raw and cooked. Slaws are a popular way to prepare it. It is a rich source of vitamin-C and high in dietary fiber. Sometimes when introducing a new vegetable to my kids, I like to combine it with something they are familiar with and like. ~Rachel
Sautéed Kohlrabi with Apples
Serves 6
½ stick butter
3 medium kohlrabi peeled and cut into ¼ slices
1 Granny Smith apple, halved, seeded and cut into thin wedges
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet. Sauté the kohlrabi slices until they are bright green, approx. 5-7 minutes. In a separate skillet, sauté the apples in the remaining butter until slightly browned and barely softened, about 5 minutes. Toss with warm kohlrabi, adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and serve.
Recipe by Rachel Machesky

This soup is cool and refreshing on hot days. ~ Michelle

Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup
2 small cucumbers (chopped)
1 avocado (peeled and cubed)
3 garlic scapes (chopped)
Juice of 1 lime
½ tsp. salt
1 Tbsps. chopped fresh dill
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
½ cup Greek yogurt
¾ cup ice cubes
½ cup cold water
Place all items in a blender. Puree until smooth. Serve immediately.
Makes 4-6 servings - perfect for a first course.
Recipe by Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris

Sautéed Greens
1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 pinch dry crushed red pepper
1 bunch Swiss chard or kale, stems trimmed, leaves cut into 1/2-inch-wide pieces
¼ cup water
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Salt to taste
Melt butter and oil in heavy large pan over medium-low heat. Add garlic and crushed red pepper. Sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add chopped greens; stir to coat. Add water to pan. Cover and cook until tender (stirring occasionally) about 7-8 minutes. Sprinkle lemon zest and juice over greens. Season to taste with salt.
Recipe by Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris
Salmon available
Once again this year Joe Ruvolo with Wild One Seafoods will have wild-caught Alaskan salmon available at a couple of our sites.  

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.

King salmon, also known as Chinook salmon is, as its name implies, the "king" of all salmon, usually selling for $25 to $30 per pound. It is the tastiest, due to its high level of Omega fats (15-16%). Coho, or Silver salmon, is second in terms of premier status, with 10 to 12 percent Omega fats. Both of the fish being offered are only hook-and-line, troll-caught (no net fisheries).   

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

Saturdays at St. Noel - Saturdays, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Hill's Family Karate 11 a.m. - 1 p.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.
Area events
Dinner in the Valley
Head to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park at 6 p.m. June 23 for Party in a Basket at the Hines Hill Campus. Chef Larkin Rogers will prepare seasonal and delightful picnic foods for this early-summer meal. The menu includes chilled cucumber soup, escabeche of salmon, green salad with pea shoots or peas (market dependent), soba noodle salad with sesame-ginger dressing, grilled bread cheese with mint and olive oil, farmers market salad, strawberry-rhubarb hand pies with walnut flour crust and creme fraiche and beer. Click here for reservations, directions and more information. Sign up by June 17.

St. Andrew Bocce Tournament
Join our partner St. Andrew Episcopal Church for the ninth annual St. Andrew Bocce Tournament. The cost is $150 per team or $40 per person. Game Nights will be Tuesday, July 5, Tuesday, July 12, Tuesday, July 19, Tuesday, July 26 and a rain date of Tuesday, Aug. 2 The Super Bocce Bowl will be held Tuesday, Aug. 9. All activities will be held at St. Andrew Episcopal Church at 7989 Little Mountain Road in Mentor. The bocce banquet will be Sunday, Aug. 14. This year one member from each team is requested to assist with food sales. Enjoy lots of family fun while supporting a great cause. All proceeds go to the St. Andrew Food Pantry.
For more information, contact Erin Garlock at 440-263-3561 or ohiorenaissance@gmail.com or Chris Peshek at 440-773-2700 or chris.peshek@gmail.com. 
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
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