Week 3                       Geauga Family Farms CSA                     June 20, 2017             

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    ""We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly."
~ Anna Thomas,
author of The Vegetarian Epicure

Working out the kinks
Welcome to Week 3 of the CSA season. Well, we made it through the first two weeks 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 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 what seem like millions of details 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 and what keeps us doing this every year. We're so glad to be back together for another great season. 

Laura Dalheim
~ with Rachel Machesky and the farmers and families 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), Swiss chard, kale (Lacinato, Winterbore, Red Russian), spinach, kohlrabi, cucumbers, broccoli, garlic scapes, bunching onions, beets, parsley, cauliflower, chives, peas and green garlic

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.
Farm Store Opening Soon!
Looking to add some of your favorites to your share each week? Or simply try some delicious bakery? How about Grass-Fed beef? Honey and maple syrup, too! The farm store will be open for business this week; an email announcing it will be sent. 

Order deadline is Sunday, 8pm for week of delivery. So even if you pick-up your shares on Saturday, please make your order by 8pm Sunday prior.

Sign up for our mini strawberry festival farm visit
Please make plans to join us Saturday, June 24 at D&S Organic Farm in Mesopotamia for a very special farm visit. We will have a mini strawberry festival with strawberries and ice cream as long as Mother Nature smiles on the strawberry fields. The farm visit will be held rain or shine, strawberries or no strawberries. 

Tours, games, pony cart rides and more are on tap. Kettle corn and other snacks and treats will be available. Traditional Amish treats will be  for sale, as well as grass-fed beef, organic eggs and  produce.
Please remember to bring bug spray and sturdy shoes. You might also want to bring a cooler for your purchases.

The farm visit will be from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. You are welcome to show up any time. The address is 4738 Gates East Road, Mesopotamia. Find a link to a map here

We ask that our members reserve free tickets for this event so we will know how many to expect. Sign up for the farm visit  here We hope to see you on Saturday, June 24!
It's never too late to sign up for the remainder of the season
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! The price of your share will be pro-rated to charge you only for the remaining weeks in the program.

Click here to order your share now.
Area Events
CSA Cooking Class
June 30, 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 bags, attendees will prepare and take home the week's share for several wholesome and delicious dishes. Chef Kate will lead the group in all aspects of preparation, packaging, will offer tips on handling and storage, and demonstrate how to make three dishes as she prepares a tasty meal for the group. One of the Farmers will also be at each class to answer questions. If you've ever been stumped by how to use the surprise items in your CSA, this is the place to find inspiration!
There will be additional classes each month. Visit lpscinc.com for more information.

To sign up for the classes, click here.

Farm-to-Table Dinner at Sapore
Aug. 23, 6 p.m.
Sapore Restaurant, 8623 Mayfield Road, Chesterland
Join Chef Loretta Paganini and Geauga Family Farms as they join together for a farm-to-table dinner. The dinner will feature Chef Loretta's excellent cuisine fashioned from Geauga Family Farms' finest produce and meats.
Menu: Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Peppers; Cheddar Corn Chowder with Crispy Bacon Chips; Summer Mixed Melon Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette; Pan-Seared Walleye with Fresh Vegetable Ratatouille; Grilled Beef with Tomato Balsamic Steak Sauce, Heirloom Potato Salad; Peach & Blackberry Cobbler with Honey Gelato

Click here for reservations.
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 Representatives

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

Geauga Family Farms, Middlefield, Ohio 44062