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  Week 1                                     Geauga Family Farm CSA                                June 12, 2018    

The Fair Share     

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Kicking off the summer season!
Welcome to Week 1 of the of the 2018 summer season.
I know everyone is excited to get started this year. Watching the produce grow is always a remarkable sight to see every year.  

A few tips for new and returning members alike. 
  1. Remember to add a weekly calendar reminder to your smart phone - even we have forgotten to pick up our share from time to time.
  2. Like and Follow our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute updates, vegetable ID, to share recipes and just to be part of the GFF community.    
  3. READ OUR WEEKLY NEWSLETTER! We can't stress this enough. This is where you will find all the info you need - recipes for those unusual/unfamiliar veggies, any changes in delivery, tips and tricks for handling the items in your share and much, much more. And, all our newsletters are archived on our website so you can look back at previous newsletters for additional recipes.                            
Remember, if you're not already a member, there are no deadlines for signing up - you may sign up at any time during the season for a pro-rated cost. 

Going on vacation? No problem! Put your share on hold and receive an extra share further down the line.
There are many perks for joining the Geauga Family Farms CSA. We offer small, medium, large and customized  shares. We have room for more members for this season. Returning members still receive a 5 percent discount.  

Refer a friend and receive a $20 Farm Store credit. (Referral must be for a new member's first-time sign-up.)  
Thank you for your support of our program and the local food movement!

John Egan and Constance Hendrick 
~and the farmers and families of Geauga Family Farms

Click here to order your share now.
NOTE: Important pick-up time changes!  
The Grove: Pick up until 3:45 p.m.
Peace Lutheran: the truck arrives at 3 p.m. and stays until 3:30; you may pick up your share until 5 p.m.

St. Andrew: Saturday pick-up time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.
In this week's shares  
Look for some of these items in your share this week:

Cucumbers, radishes, lettuce (red leaf, green leaf, Romaine), Swiss chard, kale (Lacinato, Winterbore, Red Russian), kohlrabi, green garlic, garlic scapes, bunching onions, spinach, beets and strawberries.

NOTE: 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 produce favorites to your weekly share? You'll find the following items in our farm store here. Look for many more items as we progress through the season. Remember, we always have eggs, bread, maple syrup, honey, jams and other items available in our farm store.
Broccoli - 3/4 lb. $3.75
Lettuce: Romaine, Red or Green Leaf - $3
Bunching onions - $2.50
Spinach - 8 oz. $3.50
Cucumbers - 1 for $2.25, 2 for $3.75
Storage Onions - each $2.50
Garlic scapes - $2/bunch
Strawberries $6
Green garlic - 1 for $1.75, 2 for $3
Swiss chard - $3.75
Kale - 1/2 lb. $2.50, 3/4 lb. $3.50
Tomatoes - 1 lb. $4
Kohlrabi - $3.50
Yellow squash - $2
Peas - 1/2 lb. $2.50, 1 lb. $4.50
Zucchini - each $2.10, 2 $3.50
Radishes - $2.50

Tips for handling lettuce, other greens 
We run this article at the beginning of each summer season as it includes essential info that will help you manage your share, save you a lot of time and save your greens in the process!

We see a LOT of greens during the CSA season, and love the health benefits they provide. It can seem a little overwhelming if you're not used to eating salads and greens on a regular basis, so we wanted to start the season with some basic tips to help make it easy and enjoyable. 

Follow these lettuce-handling tips to keep your greens crisp and fresh all week:

Fill your kitchen sink with cold water as soon as you get home with your share. Twist or chop off the stem at the bottom of the lettuce. Place the loose leaves in the water and gently swish them around to remove any soil. Place part of the leaves in a salad spinner and spin until dry. Remove the lettuce leaves and place inside a large zipper storage bag between two paper towels. Repeat with remaining lettuce leaves and fill bag. Do not overfill the bag. If the leaves are too tightly packed, they will not last as long. Place bag in refrigerator and grab a handful of leaves whenever you need a quick and delicious salad.

*This can also be applied to greens such as Swiss chard, kale and collards.

Simple Salad Dressing  
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
½ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. freshly ground pepper
1 tsp. honey
¼ cup vinegar (cider, white wine, balsamic are all great)
½ cup olive oil

Place mustard, seasonings and honey in a small bowl. Combine with a whisk. Add vinegar of choice and whisk together. Pour oil in a slow stream, continuing to whisk until dressing has a smooth consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. Toss with fresh greens and vegetables.
Strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, strawberry ice cream, jams, jellies and smoothies...there are all kinds of ways to eat the luscious, juicy, red berries, not least of which is out of hand, my favorite way to get that burst of summer into my mouth. Here is another idea, and it uses several other items in your share as well.  

Spring Strawberry Spinach Salad
1 bunch fresh spinach
1 cup sliced strawberries
Thinly sliced onions to taste
1/2 cup cheese (grated cheddar or Parmesan, crumbled Gorgonzola)
1/2 cup nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp. honey
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine the spinach, strawberries, cheese and nuts in a large bowl. Stir the balsamic vinegar and honey together in a bowl; slowly stream the olive oil into the mixture while whisking continuously. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the salad just before serving.

We all know to do with strawberries, but when it comes to kohlrabi, many struggle. Here is a link to eight recipes to use up those funny looking veggies in your share.

Garlic scapes
What are those curly green things in your share? They're garlic scapes, the flowering part of the garlic we cut off so all the energy goes into the bulb instead of into the flower. They can be used just like their more pungent counterpart, and more. Here is a recipe for garlic scape pesto, our favorite way to use them, and a link to six additional ways to prepare them. 

Garlic Scape Pesto
1/4 cup pine nuts
3/4 cup coarsely chopped garlic scapes*
Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
A few generous grinds of black pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
*Or use half scapes and half herbs such as basil, dill and chervil
In a small, dry pan set over very low heat, lightly toast the pine nuts, stirring or tossing occasionally until just beginning to brown, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes. Combine the scapes, pine nuts, lemon juice and zest, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse about 20 times, until fairly well combined. Pour in the olive oil slowly through the feed tube while the motor is running. When the oil is incorporated, transfer the pesto to a bowl and stir in the grated cheese. If you plan to freeze the pesto, wait to add the cheese until after you've defrosted it.
Share ordering process 
  1. Log into Geauga Family Farms website
  2. Click on Store/Account
  3. Scroll down to bottom left to member login
  4. You will be sent an e-mail with a link to access your account. You will see a header labeled "Public Stores"
  5. Simply click on the store you need to access (The store named Small Custom Share can only be accessed by members signed up for a small custom share; all other stores can be accessed by all.)
If you would like to add additional items (above the value of produce for your share) you can do so by selecting produce from the Farm Store list.
Summer 2018 pick-up details 
This information can always be found on our website. 
Yutzy Farm                             17050 Nash Road, Parkman
                                               Pick-up: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Materion Corp.                        6070 Parkland Blvd., Mayfield Heights
                                               Pick-up: Employees only, upon arrival
The Grove                               425 N. Commons Blvd., Mayfield
                                               Pick-up area is in the service drive area just south of Parkview 
                                               Pick-up period 1:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Eddy's Fruit Farm                    12079 Caves Road, Chesterland
                                                Pick-up period: 4 - 5:30 p.m.    
Lowe's Greenhouse                  16540 Chillicothe Road, Bainbridge
                                                Pick-up period  12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church            12686 Bass Lake Road, Munson Township
                                                 Pick-up period: Truck stays 3 - 3:30 p.m.; pick up until 5 p.m. 
                                                (Use parking lot in front of church)
Lake County History Center      415 Riverside Drive, Painesville
                                                 Pick-up period: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
St. Andrew Episcopal Church     7989 Little Mountain Road, Mentor
                                                  Pick-up period: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.  
Hershberger Farm                      15549 Patch Road, Middlefield
                                                  Pick-up period: 12:30 - 5 p.m.
Market Café                               1801 East 9th St., #5, Cleveland
                                                  Pick-up period:  3 - 7 p.m.
Jones Day                                   901 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland
                                                   Pick-up period: Employees only, upon arrival
Tucker Ellis/Ernest & Young        905 Main Ave., Cleveland
                                                   Pick-up period: Employees only, upon arrival
Independence Primary School     7600 Hillside Road, Independence
                                                   Pick-up period: 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Leaf Night - Lakewood                15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
                                                   Pick-up period 5:30 - 8 p.m.
                                                   (Truck to stay until 6:15 p.m. for beef, eggs, cheese pickup)   
Iron Oak Fitness                          7638 Bond St., Solon
                                                   Pick-up period 5 - 8 p.m.
MRI Software                               28925 Fountain Parkway, Solon
                                                   Pick-up period: Employees only, upon arrival
Mustard Seed Market                   6025 Kruse Drive, Solon
                                                   Pick-up period: 1:30 - 8 p.m.
                                                   (Truck remains with refrigerated items till 2:30 p.m.)
Church of the Good Shepherd      23599 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst
                                                    Pick-up period: 3 - 3:30 p.m.  
Ruffing Montessori School            3380 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights
                                                    Pick-up period: 4 - 5 p.m.  
Lucy's Sweet Surrender               20132 Chagrin Blvd., Shaker Heights
                                                   (parking lot behind building, between Bicycle Blvd. & Lucy's Sweet Surrender)
                                                   Pick-up period: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Lifetime Fitness                          3850 Richmond Road, Beachwood
                                                   Pick-up period: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Yutzy Farm                                 17050 Nash Road, Parkman
                                                   Pick-up period 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
St. Paul's Episcopal Church         2747 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights
                                                   Pick-up period: 8 - 9:30 a.m.
1815 Tavern                               170 S. Chillicothe Road, Aurora
                                                   Pick-up period: 10:30 a.m. - noon
The Goddard School                   2073 Alexandria Way, Macedonia
                                                  Pick-up period: 12:30 - 2 p.m.
St. Noel Church                          35200 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills
                                                  Pick-up period: 9 - 10:30 a.m.
St. Andrew Episcopal Church     7989 Little Mountain Road, Mentor
                                                  Pick-up period: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Eltech Building                          100 7th Ave., Chardon
                                                  Pick-up period: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Area events 
CSA Cooking Class

Fresh from Geauga Family Farms
Friday, June 22, 6 p.m.
Loretta Paganini School of Cooking, 8613 Mayfield Road, Chesterland

Cost: $45 for members, $65 for non-members (The extra $20 covers the cost of a week's share, which is sent home with the student.)

Using products delivered straight from Geauga Family Farms Community Supported Agriculture shares, attendees will prepare and take home the week's share for several wholesome and delicious dishes. Not a member, no problem! Try out a CSA program for one week! 

Take the class time to clean, cut and store all of your vegetables for a week of meals at home if you like, or simply learn the skills and techniques to do so. Chef Kate will lead the group in all aspects of preparation, packaging, will offer tips on handling and storage, and demonstrate how to make several dishes as she prepares a tasty meal for the group. If you've ever been stumped by how to use the surprise items in your CSA, this is the place to find inspiration!

Class menu: Grilled Vegetable Crostini; Summer Salad with Homemade Herb Dressing; Pasta Primavera; Creamy Panna Cotta with Fruit Compote.

For more information or to sign up for the classes, click here.
Local food, farming, environment in the news
We have so many things we'd like to share with you regarding the local food movement, what is affecting the food you eat and the world around us, and much, much more, but we don't want to make our newsletter any
longer. So, we include links to articles you may find interesting. Here are a few. If you run across any articles you find interesting and think other members would be interested in reading, feel free to send us the link for inclusion in an upcoming newsletter.
(Between the regular business hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday ONLY PLEASE!)
Farm Representative

John Egan, 440-749-6137, 
Constance Hendrick, 214-636-0335,

Geauga Family Farms, Middlefield, Ohio 44062
Geauga Family Farms, 16505 Mumford Road, Burton, OH 44021
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