Spring  2016                                            Geauga County, Ohio                                               May 17, 2016

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"Spring is when you feel like whistling
even with a shoe full of slush."
~ Doug Larson

Greetings from Geauga Family Farms! It's getting close, isn't it? The start of the season is just around the corner, and we couldn't be more excited. I stopped out at a few of our farms on Friday, and had an opportunity to walk through the fields that are beginning to show the promise of delicious things to come. Tender lettuce, kale and Swiss chard were a welcome site. Greenhouses and high tunnels were nearly bursting with strong and healthy-looking plants. Strawberry plants were full of blooms. I even tried some early cherry tomatoes at Andy Miller's farm. They tasted like a bite of summer. It's getting close.

We hope you don't miss out on the opportunity to enjoy all that this year's season has to offer. From new extras (pastured pork and organic grains) to a range of great new pick-up sites and the ability to put your share on hold if you are away for vacation, 2016 is shaping up to be our best season yet!

We continue to allow sign-ups during the season, but the deadline for getting the full 20 weeks is getting close. Order by May 30 to enjoy the entire program, and know that you are making a difference in the lives of our farm families. If you are mailing in your application with a check, we must receive it by no later than May 23; applications and checks received after that date will result in a start date of the following week.

Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris
~ with Laura Dobson, Rachel Machesky and the farmers of Geauga Family Farms
Please note: slight adjustment to start date
We will be sending out a detailed e-mail with pick-up instructions and other details for the season shortly, but we wanted to let you know that we will be starting deliveries the first full week of June. This means our first delivery will be Tuesday, June 7.
New site - Mayfield Village
We have a great new offering for a pick-up site. Our truck will be in the parking lot of The Grove recreation area in Mayfield Village (off 91, near Parkview Pool) on Thursdays from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Please help spread the word!
Our full schedule
If you signed up early and have not yet selected 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. See our full list, including many new sites this season.

Catholic Montessori, Kirtland - 3:30 - 5 p.m. 
Miller's Organic Produce, Middlefield - 2 - 6 p.m.
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.
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.
1815 Tavern, Aurora - 4 - 5:30 p.m.  NEW!
David Simpson Hospice House of Hospice of the Western Reserve, Euclid/Cleveland - 2:30 - 4 p.m.  NEW!
Mandel JCC, Beachwood - 4:30-6 p.m. (*No beef at this location)
Mustard Seed Market, Solon - 2 - 3:30 p.m. - remaining produce shares will be left for pick-up until 8 p.m.
The Goddard School, Macedonia - 6 - 7:30 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.
Ernst & Young (employees only) - 3 - 5 p.m. NEW!
Healthy Treasures, Newton Falls - 3 - 6 p.m. 
Jones Day (employees only) - 2:30 - 5 p.m. 
LEAF Night, Lakewood - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Market Café, Downtown Cleveland - 2 - 6 p.m. 
Miller's Organic Produce, Middlefield - 2 - 6 p.m. 
MRI Software (employees only) - 3 - 5 p.m.
Ruffing Montessori School, Cleveland Heights - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 
The Grove, Mayfield Heights - 2 - 3:30 p.m.  NEW!
Tucker Ellis (employees only) - 3 - 5 p.m.
Chagrin & Lomond Shops, Shaker Heights - 10 - 11:30 a.m. NEW!
Eltech Building parking lot, Chardon - 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. NEW!
Family Karate, Mentor - 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Hudson Farmer's Market, Hudson - 9-11 a.m.  NEW!
Miller's Organic Produce, Middlefield - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
North Union Farmer's Market, Shaker Square - 8 - 11 a.m. NEW!
St. Noel, Willoughby Hills - 9 - 10:30 a.m.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights - 8 - 9:30 a.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.
Spring flavors

Chard and Goat Cheese Frittata
8 large Swiss chard leaves, with stems
2 Tbsps. extra virgin olive oil
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsps. fresh rosemary, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
8 large eggs
Fresh ground black pepper
4 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled

Cut out the chard stems, dice and set aside. Coarsely chop the leaves. In a large cast iron skillet*, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add onion, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and rosemary. Sauté for 10 minutes over medium heat, until the onions are soft and beginning to brown. Stir in the chard leaves and 1/4 teaspoon salt, and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes, until the greens begin to soften. Remove from heat. Stir in garlic and chard stems and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, add the chard mixture and goat cheese, and stir to combine. Preheat the broiler in the oven. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, pour in the chard-egg mixture and cook for about 3 minutes. Place the skillet in the oven and for 3 minutes. Pry the frittata from the edges of the skillet and invert it onto a serving platter. Cut into wedges and serve.
*If you don't have cast iron, use a skillet with an oven-safe handle
Recipe from the Farmers' Almanac
Area events

Noon Friday, May 20 - Noon Saturday, May 21 
Locations throughout Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The CVNP is the Midwest showcase site for National Geographic's BioBlitz, a 24-hour national event to find and identify as many species as possible. Citizen scientists, students, amateur naturalists, youth groups, families and individuals are encouraged to help in the counting and cataloging. Sign-up by Friday, May 21 at 8 a.m. to collect data with a scientist monitoring: plants, lichens, amphibians, birds, spiders, fungi, insects, aquatic invertebrates, reptiles, mussels, frogs, macro-invertebrates, owls, woodcocks, nighthawks and more! For more information or to register, 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.
(ONLY between the regular business hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday PLEASE!)
Farm Representatives:
Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris, 216-321-7109, MichelleBZ@GeaugaFamilyFarms.org
Laura Dobson, 440-478-9849, LDobson@GeaugaFamilyFarms.org
Rachel Machesky216-246-8254, RMachesky@GeaugaFamilyFarms.org

Geauga Family Farms, Middlefield, Ohio 44062