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 shares at the Maplewood Farmers’ Market and supplementing with the plethora of goods from the other local vendors. Our CSA farmer mentioned the stress of trying to provide a wide enough array of produce for the members. We began talking to all the local farmers to see if they would be interested in providing a piece of a CSA that could include more variety, and allow farmers to focus on what they do best. The farmers were interested, and the St. Louis community was very receptive.

We began Fair Shares in April 2008 with 225 members and we hope to grow to 400 weekly shares in 2017. We have a staff including our sister Malinda Sullivan, Jamie’s son Kevin Warner, Kevin’s wife Arianna Aerie, and Colleen Lischwe, and we rely heavily on our incredible volunteers, without whom this just would not work. Our amazing members, volunteers, staff, and farmers understand that we are the Combined Community who is 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 market price for the food they grow, offering opportunities to expand their growing season and their market. Our members know who grows their food, and our farmers know this, as well. So we're creating a level of accountability and integrity, as well as 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 work at making connections between growers and the makers of other value-added foods in St. Louis to improve the quality and variety available to our members. 

How We Share

In addition to offering a weekly food subscription to our members, we support the local community by donating extra produce to St. Louis non-profit organizations that support low-income families. We also encourage our members to donate back unwanted items in their share or entire shares that they cannot pick-up, so we can donate to needy families. In addition, we periodically donate to fundraisers that will contribute to the local food community.

Tip: CSA Eating

There is a learning curve to eating locally and seasonally, so give yourself and your family the time to figure it out. It's worth learning because it can save you time and money, make you a more creative cook, and teach you to appreciate your food more as you savor the delicious quality of produce at its peak of...Read more

Testimonials

To Betty and me, Fair Shares means security and fairness. It is great to know that every week we will be able to move product and receive a fair price for it. I am proud to be part of the Fair Shares team.

Alan Nolte, Nolte Hills Farm, Morrsion MO
Nolte Hills Nursery