Fair Shares Season 10 Preseason Newsletter

Welcome to Fair Shares!

Thanks to our returning members and welcome to our new members. This page has a lot of info that we want both returning and new members to read. It will help us not have to repeat ourselves. It will help us not have to repeat ourselves.

If you are no longer a Fair Shares member, please click the Unsubscribe link below to remove yourself from the list. Or feel free to stay on the list to continue reading these exciting and fascinating newsletters. If you want others to get this newsletter, please ask them to subscribe. If you forward this and they click unsubscribe, they will be unsubscribing you!

PLEASE read this whole message for answers to your questions before you email us; we beg you. We have way too many members to answer the same questions individually for each of you, so please help us by seeking answers to your questions here and on the Membership page of the website.

We also have a lot of helpful info about missed pickups, member expectations, how to make trades, etc. on the Member Info page on our website.

Season 10 begins next week, April 5th and 6th, for Full-share, Mini-share, Delivered-share and ODD-week Half-share members, and the following week, April 12th and 13th for EVEN-week half-share members. 

Payments

A number of people have been confused about our payment system, noting that on the monthly plan, they pay in March even though there are no pickups. Each monthly payment covers only four weeks worth of pickups (which is only two pickups for half shares), but there are several months with five Wednesdays/Thursdays. We start the season in April and run for 48 weeks, which means you pay for the food over 12 months, but receive it all within 11 months. Because we pay our farmers on delivery, we need those of you who aren't paying in one lump sum to be paid one month ahead of the start of your pickups, otherwise we'll be paying for your food before we've received your payments. That's our Advance Payment Policy.

Read the Weekly Emails

If you have not renewed your membership and do not wish to receive the newsletters, click the opt-out link at the top of the email newsletters.

These weekly newsletters are how we communicate important information to you!

At least browse the first few paragraphs to see if there is anything critical you need to know. We know who reads the newsletters (and who doesn't!) by the questions we hear at pickups. It's okay, we know there isn't always time between the posting of the newsletter and the time of pickup, but be sure to take a peek so you don't miss an important message that we may have included for weeks on end, like our September break*, the wacky Thanksgiving week schedule, or the end of the season!

This is where we list produce and other special items available for trades or extra purchase (you can browse the Trades and Order page on the website for the regular stuff). We also include recipes, tips, blog posts and the share lists each week.

*Seasonal Breaks and Account Credits
We take a couple of breaks during the season--one in September and one during the year-end holidays. These weeks are credited to your account so you may purchase additional food or cover your overages. We make one break an even week and one break an odd week so that all the half shares get a credit. This info will be posted in the newsletter as we get closer to the breaks.

Answer your burning questions about the newsletter schedule and other topics of intrigue here on our FAQ page. Even if you don't read all the FAQs now, take a look at the topics in case you have questions later, such as how to add emails to your account, or what to do if you can't make your pickup. The FAQ is located under the Basics tab on the website, in case you need to look it up.


ODD- Versus EVEN-Week Half Shares

Because our half shares pick up on alternating weeks, it's very important to know whether you are an ODD- or EVEN-week half-share member. Equally important is knowing what this means:

- ODD or EVEN has nothing to do with the date or the weeks in the month, only the week number in our season. We start at Week 1 and count up to 48.
- The ODD members pick up on the odd-numbered weeks of our 48-week season, Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, etc.
- The EVEN members pick up on the even-numbered weeks of our season, Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, etc.
- We always include the Week number in the email subject and at the top of each weekly newsletter for reference because we take a couple of breaks in the season and that throws people off.

So please, know your ODD versus EVEN status and pay attention to the week number at the top of the newsletter.

 

Don't make a trip to the grocery store; pick up your milk when you get your food from Fair Shares! You can set up a standing weekly or bi-weekly order so that we will be sure to have your milk for you (you may cancel at anytime). Feel free to place a one-time order to see how you like it.Read more
Fair Shares employs three people (all of them are in the photo). Sara and Jamie (the youngest and the second oldest, respectively) are the sisters who founded Fair Shares in 2008. During the first season, we hired sister Lindy Sullivan (third oldest, standing to the left of Jamie, at right). I know, we haven't changed a bit.Read more

Trial Membership

Tell your friends who are on the fence about joining Fair Shares that we offer a two-week trial membership. We appreciate the opportunity to help potential members understand what to expect, and how to make the most of being part of our program. You can also bring a friend along to your Fair Shares Mothership pickup any time--we can usually accommodate a walk-in trial share.Read more

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 it's peak of flavor when it's in season. MiniShare.adj_.jpg As I look at recipes, I automatically adjust them according to what is in my refrigerator and cupboard. I've learned to cook according to what I have available. As you learn to assess what you... Read more

Fair Shares Delivers

Get weekly delivery of fresh, healthy local produce, happy meats, and a plethora of other locally and sustainably-produced food, including dairy, pasta, breads, grains, and more right at your workplace! We're open to group delivery at your gym, yoga studio, school, or home,Read more

Member Testimonials: Why Join Fair Shares CCSA?

Fair Shares has created a community of happy eaters who care about and appreciate their food--how it tastes, who grows it, and who aggregates it. We have a Facebook group in which our members share ideas and recipes on how to use the food in the shares. We include recipes and tips in each weekly newsletter, and love chatting with members during pickups to help them feel confident when trying new foods. Our members are amazing, smart, professional, creative, witty and wise people who we are honored to call friends and acquaintances--we even host happy hours so we get to visit and say thanks...Read more

11/13&14/2019
3. FSA/FSD

Buttonwood Whole Chicken ($12.75)
Eggs ($4.75)
Ozark Forest Mushrooms ($7)
Grains Choice ($4.50)
Missouri Pecans - .5lb. ($8)
Pea Shoots
Radishes - Mix
Asian Pears

11/13&14/2019
4. UCA/KWA

Pork Choice ($6.75)
Eggs ($4.75)
Mr. Meowski's Sourdough ($6)
Windcrest Dairy Yogurt ($3.75)
Missouri Pecans - .5lb. ($8)
Lettuce - Salanova Mix
Turnips - Purple Top
Potatoes
Tomatoes - Green Cherry
Asian Pears

11/13&14/2019
1. FSB FSE ucb kwb

Raincrow Ranch - Ground Beef ($6.50)
Del Carmen Choice ($5.75)
Eggs ($4.75)
Ozark Forest Mushrooms ($7)
Bok Choy
Turnips - Purple Top
Tomatoes - Green Cherry
Squash - Choice
Potatoes
Asian Pears

11/13&14/2019
2. MINI 

Mermac Bison or D&M Gyro or Circle B Chops ($11.50)
Black Beans ($3.50)
Cham Pita ($2.50)
Cabbage - Chinese or Dutch
Spinach
Beets
Sweet Potatoes

11/13&14/2019
1. Delivered

Mermac Bison or D&M Gyro or Circle B Chops ($11.50)
Black Beans ($3.50)
Cham Pita ($2.50)
Cabbage - Dutch
Spinach
Beets
Sweet Potatoes