CSA Day                 Geauga Family Farms CSA                             Feb. 23, 2018             

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"Groundhog found fog. New snows and blue toes.
Fine and dandy for Valentine candy.
Snow spittin'; 
if you're not mitten-smitten, you'll be frostbitten!
By jing-y feels spring-y."
Summer 2018 CSA season just around the corner
Believe it or not, the 2018 Summer CSA season is not that far away in the grand scheme of things. We usually have the first pick-up in the first week of June, and are planning the same this year. Barring any major setbacks by Mother Nature, we will have our first pick-up on June 5, just a little more than three months from now.

Light eaters, small families and single people will be excited to learn that we are bringing back our small share this season. This time it will be fully customizable so you may choose every item in your box. We will also have a medium customizable share, as well as the regular, surprise every week, medium and large shares.

If you would like to participate in our payment plan, now is the time sign up or, if you're a returning member, to set it up in your existing account. After a downpayment of one-third of the total, the remaining balance due will be divided into three payments with the first scheduled payment deducted on March 15, the second on April 15 and the final payment on May 15. 

Returning members will receive the returning member discount when paying in full by June.

Please don't hesitate to contact me anytime with any questions.

John Egan
~ and the farmers and famili es of Geauga Family Farms
CSA Day offers second chance for New Year's resolutions
Celebrate Community-Supported Agriculture Feb. 23 with Geauga Family Farms
Are your New Year's resolutions already in the rearview mirror? If so, you're not alone, but you still have time to make good on those resolutions. Geauga Family Farms is pleased to join other farms from around the country for the third annual CSA Day Feb. 23, when you can join other like-minded people around the country who are committed to:
  • eating healthful foods and preparing them for their families;
  • supporting their local farmers;
  • being kind to our planet;
  • learning something new; and
  • being adventurous in the kitchen.
As you know if you're receiving this newsletter, community-supported agriculture is a subscription to a season's worth of sustainable, locally grown produce that is distributed to members throughout the harvesting season. It is a form of investment that allows small farmers to continue growing on a scale that may not be sustainable without the CSA model. CSA members enjoy quality fresh fruits and veg etables with their family, while supporting their local farmer.

According to Small Farm Central's  CSA Farming Annual Report , the most popular time to join a CSA each year is at the end of February. To promote this important time for farmers, CSA Day was coined, and each year it falls on the last Friday in February. It's an entire day dedicated to the celebration of community-supported agriculture, and CSA farmers enjoy an influx of sign-ups from members, which gives them revenue when they need it most for the growing season.

Getting food from a CSA is different from going to a farmers market or using a grocery delivery service. As a CSA member, you make a seasonal commitment to a small farmer in your area, and the produce is either delivered to your door or you pick it up at a local distribution center. CSA members take pleasure in knowing where and how their food is grown, and typically have an open line of communication with their farmer. 
"Community-supported agriculture is all about relationships and feeding families," said Simon Huntley, CEO of Small Farm Central, a company that provides marketing support for small farms and started CSA Day. "CSA farmers typically teach members what's in season throughout the year, and help them appreciate and cook food to which they may not otherwise be exposed." 

How to Get Involved with CSA Day
If you would like to celebrate CSA Day and support us, and you haven't already done so, please sign up for a share on Feb. 23, and use the hashtag #CSAday to join the online conversation. You can also sign up here to stay up to date on news and updates about CSA Day.

"Sign-up is easy," says John Egan, new Geauga Family Farms farm representative. "To learn more and to join us for the 2018 season, please visit our website or feel free to give me a call anytime." Contact John at 440-749-6137 or jegan@geaugafamilyfarms.org.
Corporate pop-ins
We would love to bring the farm to your employees. Our farm representative John Egan will be visiting local businesses to talk about the opportunity to bring farm-fresh goodness to your employees, right where they work. He will share information on our programs and accept sign-ups.

John will be accompanied by one of our farmers, who will bring along over-wintering vegetables including potatoes and onions
, as well as  farm-produced items such as maple syrup, honey and jams. 

Schedule a pop-in visit now. To set up a convenient time for John and the farmers to come out to your company, please contact John at  440-749-6137 or  jegan@geaugafamilyfarms.org .
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, 440-478-9849, JEgan@GeaugaFamilyFarms.org  

Geauga Family Farms, Middlefield, Ohio 44062