Spring                                                    Geauga County, Ohio                                                     April 1, 2017

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"It is only the farmer
who faithfully plants seeds
in the Spring,
who reaps a harvest
in the Autumn."
~ B. C. Forbes

Spring is here!
It's not an April Fool's joke. Spring is finally arriving, after a false alarm a month or so ago, and we have so much to tell you! We've been busy all winter and the impending arrival of spring adds a sense of urgency to the buzz of activity going on in our hoop houses and all around our farms.

We are looking forward to a wonderful 2017 Summer season. We hope you can take a few minutes out of your busy day to catch up with all of us here at Geauga Family Farms.

We are excited to announce our tentative list of pick-up sites and a preliminary schedule for the summer. We have some new locations and new times and are excited to expand our offerings. We hope you will find a location that suits you. If not, we are always looking for additional pick-up sites so feel free to suggest new areas and locations to us.

The biggest news of all is our new customizable share. On the fence about kale? Already have more lettuce than you know what to do with? With this option, you can choose every item in each week's share, one by one, and customize your own box all season long.

As those of you who have already signed up for this season are aware, we have new CSA software this season. (A huge thanks goes out to those of you who did. Your support in the middle of the winter helps our farmers purchase seeds and other much-needed items during the leaner months.) We hope you will find this system easier to use and more adaptable to whatever method you use to connect with Geauga Family Farms.

As we did last year, we will be continuing to offer greater flexibility this season with vacation holds and anytime sign-ups. Going on a summer vacation? No problem! You can put your share on hold and have two boxes delivered on the delivery date of your choice.  Not ready to sign up until July? No problem! Sign up anytime throughout the season.

Whew! Did we mention it has been a busy winter? We hope you join us this summer. We know you're looking forward to the fresh, local produce as much as we are!

Hope to see you there!
Laura Dalheim
~ with Rachel Machesky and the farmers and families of Geauga Family Farms
Tentative pick-up site list
Here is a preliminary list of Summer 2017 pick-up sites. This list is subject to change.   We are working on adding a few additional sites as well, so stay tuned. Remaining produce shares not picked up from the truck will be left behind at some sites; refrigerated items cannot be left at most sites.
Eddy's Fruit Farm, Chesterland - 5 - 6:30 p.m.  
Farm pick-up, Middlefield -  1 - 5 p.m.
Healthy Pursuit Wellness Center, Middlefield - 1 - 7 p.m.
Lake County History Center, Painesville Township - 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Lowe's Greenhouses, Bainbridge - 1 - 6 p.m. (Truck remains with refrigerated items till  2:30 p.m.)
Materion Corp., Mayfield Heights -  For Materion employees only
Peace Lutheran Church, Munson Township - 3 - 5 p.m.
St. Andrew Episcopal Church, Mentor - 5:30 - 7 p.m.
The Grove, Mayfield Village - 2:30 - 4 p.m.

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lyndhurst - 4 - 5 p.m. 
Ernst & Young, Cleveland -  For E&Y employees only
Jones Day, Cleveland -  For Jones Day employees only
LEAF Night, Lakewood - 5:30 - 8 p.m.  (Truck remains with refrigerated items till  6:15 p.m.)
Lucy's Sweet Surrender, Shaker Heights - 5:30 - 7 p.m.
MRI, Solon -  For MRI employees only
Market Cafe, Cleveland - 3 - 7 p.m.

Farm pick-up, Middlefield - 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
1815 Tavern, Aurora - 10:30 - noon
ElTech Building, Chardon - 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Goddard School, Macedonia - 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Hill's Family Karate, Mentor - 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Truck remains with refrigerated items till 10:30 a.m.) 
St. Noel Church, Willoughby Hills - 9 - 10:30 a.m.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights - 8 - 9:30 a.m.
WANTED: Pick-up site suggestions for Beachwood, Hudson
We are looking for pick-up sites in the Beachwood and Hudson areas. If you have an idea for a pick-up site in these areas, please call Rachel Machesky at 216-246-8254 or email her at RMachesky@geaugafamilyfarms.org.
Read about us in Crain's Cleveland Business!
Paris Wolfe, freelance writer and former member of GFF, wrote this informative and interesting article for Crain's Cleveland Business magazine.
Some Northeast Ohioans are bypassing the grocery store to secure their favorite seasonal produce and instead subscribing - for several hundred dollars a season - to local farms for shares of their harvests... To read more, click here.
It's time to sign up for your Summer 2017 CSA share
We have new CSA software this year, so  even if you are a returning member, you will need to sign up as a new member. Returning members receive a special discount. To receive the discount, the discount code (below) must be entered when placing your order. 

Share sizes/options
New this year is a customizable share. Many of you have been requesting this option for years! This share is equivalent to the medium share in volume. Members will select $23 worth of produce only from the farm store to fill each week's share. The total regular price of $700 includes a $12 fee each week to cover the cost of special packaging and the extra labor required to hand-select each item ordered by the member. Since this is a new option, we are only offering a limited number of customizable shares. This means quantities will be limited, so order early to get one of these customizable shares. We are not offering small shares this year. 

An additional savings of $50 is applied to those picking up at our farm location. And, also new this year, we are offering a 5 percent discount to returning members.

You may pay for your share with a check by mail or online with a check or credit card.  We offer a payment plan which breaks down the total cost into three equal payments. If you are paying by check, it requires mailing in all three checks at once. If you are paying online, three payments will be automatically deducted from your credit card, each one month apart. Please be sure to use a credit card that does not expire before the final payment is due, or make a note to update it when your new card arrives. 

No deadlines
We introduced this last year, but remember, you can sign up anytime during the season. Taking a summer vacation in early June and want to wait until mid-June to sign up? No problem!

Vacation holds
Another new feature we introduced last year, and one of our most popular, is the vacation hold option. Put your share on hold while you're on vacation and then let us know when you'd like to receive your make-up share.

Returning member discount pricing:
Medium share - $441.75 *
Large share (returning members) - $736.25 *
NEW!  Customizable share - $665 *

Regular pricing (remains the same as last year)
Medium share - $465
Large share - $775 
NEW! Customizable share - $700

*Enter discount code  Returning17 when ordering.

Click here to order your share now.
Never let your share go to waste again with CSA Helper
Julianne DiLorenzo, one of our longtime members, is working on an online service 
that provides recipes designed to use up exactly what came in your share each week, putting an end to the question, "What am I going to do with all this stuff?" 
After her own experiences as a CSA member, Julianne, a web designer,
came up with the idea for the meal-planning service called CSA Helper. You can try out the prototype  here and sign up to be notified when it launches.

After you give the prototype a try, Julianne, who is the CEO and co-founder of CSA Helper, would appreciate your feedback at julianne@csahelper.com or 440-703-0272.
Corporate pop-ins
We would love to bring the farm to your employees. Our farm representative Rachel Machesky will be making
visits to local businesses to talk about the opportunity to bring farm-fresh goodness to your employees, right where they work. She will share information on our programs and accept sign-ups.

Rachel 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 Rachel and the farmers to come out to your company, please contact Rachel at 216-246-8254 or email her at RMachesky@geaugafamilyfarms.org.
Area events
EarthFest 2017
April 22,  10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Berea
EarthFest is the state's largest environmental education event. This year's Sustainable Cleveland event celebrates the Year of Vibrant Green Space. For more information, 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 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.
Follow us on Instagram
GFF is now on Instagram! Share photos of your shares and favorite veggies during the season, 
post  ph otos of the delicious meals you make with our produce and more. We plan to have photo 
contests, offer  discounts and feature you, our members, on our Instagram account. 
(Between the regular business hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday ONLY PLEASE!)
Farm Representatives

Laura Dalheim, 440-478-9849, LDalheim@GeaugaFamilyFarms.org
Rachel Machesky216-246-8254, RMachesky@GeaugaFamilyFarms.org 

Geauga Family Farms, Middlefield, Ohio 44062