About Us

Who We Are

 

We're a family-run business, siblings who grew up eating home-cooked meals by a mother and grandmother who instilled in us a love for cooking and eating real food, and the traditions that surround the family and food.

The idea for Fair Shares started in 2007 when we sisters, Jamie Choler and Sara Choler Hale, were picking up our CSA—Community Supported Agriculture—shares at the Maplewood Farmers’ Market and supplementing with the plethora of goods from other local vendors. Our CSA farmer mentioned the stress of trying to provide an array of produce for CSA members. We began talking to all the local farmers to see if they would be interested in providing part of a CSA that would include more variety, and allow farmers to focus on what they do best.

We launched Fair Shares in April 2008, and now we have more than 300 members. A family-run business, our staff includes our sister Malinda Sullivan, and we rely heavily on an incredible group of volunteers, without whom this would not work. Our amazing members, volunteers, staff, and farmers make up the Combined Community who are Supporting Agriculture.

 

Our Mission

Fair Shares is dedicated to helping more people gain access to fresh, local, seasonal, and sustainably-produced food in the St. Louis area. We help farmers earn a fair price for the food they grow, and help expand their growing season and their market. We partner with Operation Food Search in their Fresh Rx programs to help eliminate food insecurity for expectant mothers at DePaul Hospital and students at Normandy High School. We believe eating safe, healthy and nutritious food should be available to those who need it most.

Our members know who grows their food, and our farmers know their reputations are important. This creates accountability and integrity, loyalty, dedication, and appreciation that goes both ways. Food with a face, as it were.

We encourage farmers to grow food not previously or sufficiently available in our area, and we connect growers with other St. Louis-area food makers to improve the quality and variety available to our members.

Find out how you can eat real, good food.

 

Tip: Remove the tops from your root vegetables

Woo woo. Take it off baby! When you receive root veggies with the greens attached, it's important to remove the tops from the roots. The greens are edible if they're in good shape--yes, even radish greens--and don't think that just because they are wilted that they are not good. They are just thirsty! Why?...Read more

Testimonials

As both a vendor and a member, I've found Fair Shares to be a wonderful organization to be a part of. It has opened my eyes to a whole range of farmers/producers in the region that I may never have had the opportunity to come in contact with if it weren't for my involvement with Fair Shares. And you folks all rock!

Josh Allen, Companion Bread, St. Louis MO
Companion Bakery