Welcome to Week 20!

We look forward to seeing all full-share, mini-share, EVEN-week half-share and Delivered share members tomorrow and Thursday.

Please read the notes below regarding changes to our Member Accounting System and how to make trades and place orders. If you have not already logged in to the system per the email Tuesday morning, please do so before you even attempt to make your trades. If your account credit is below $75, we will require payment before you get your share.

Note that you will need to select a new payment plan and that they are no longer tied to the calendar, nor do they reflect a certain number of shares because we now have one set of plans for all the types of shares. PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE EMAIL AND BELOW BEFORE EMAILING US WITH YOUR QUESTIONS. WE WILL NOT BE REPLYING BECAUSE WE ARE TRYING TO GET THE NEW TRADE AND ORDER SYSTEM FIGURED OUT. We have 353 members setting up their accounts. If only 20 percent of you email a question, that is 70 emails. So please, help us! Re-read the instructions, read this email thoroughly and try it again if it doesn't work the first time!

We need about a week with nothing else to do but figure this out, but unfortunately we are running a 275-member per week CSA, with only three old ladies and a handful of awesome volunteers*, so please be patient and bear with us. This is going to be an awkward transition; we took the leap and are in a total freefall right now. We don't even know how this works because we haven't seen it in action, so we don't have all the answers, but together we'll figure it out. We want everyone to try to use the store in your new account, but we haven't had time to get all the items in there and the items in your share aren't showing up properly (insert hyserical laughter here). If you don't find something in the store that you usually order, go ahead and email us. 

*Thanks to our amazing new member volunteers, Ann Posega, Cabrini King, Emily Levin, Kevin Linden and Steve Neville, and Wednesday pickup volunteers Kelly and Carrie. This is not even including our "regular" volunteers who have committed their every Wednesday and Thursday to Fair Shares--some for all 10 years!. We love our volunteers and couldn't do it without you all (seriously, we can barely do it with you!).

We could really use help this week as we try to work with the new trades and order system and answer the 800 questions everyone no-doubt has about the new member setup. If you have a large credit on your account, don't worry if you are having trouble getting your payment info set up, we can't deal with it--you have to be on fire to get a little spray bottle action right now.
 

Trades and Additional Purchases

We are now attempting to use the online store in the new Farmigo system, but it's a total mess because we only learned how to use it yesterday late afternoon, and nothing is set up correctly (smiley face, more hysterical laughter)!  Please read the information below before you login to your your account per the instructions in your Tuesday morning email.

The new system shows your share in the Store when you click on your Cart. It presents it as if you are purchasing items, but the produce has a $0 cost and you can't trade it. The tradable items are listed as credit items (credits = $) and you can trade them in and select other items from the store. Of course all of this didn't happen correctly in all the shares, so we will be making adjustments. We still require you to spend the value of your trade and the credits will not carry over from week to week. Do your best and we'll go from there. 

*Delivered-share members: please order by noon Wednesday OR wait until after you've received the Wednesday evening newsletter and order by 9:30a.m. Thursday. (Because we may no longer have certain items available, please check the Store on Wednesday after the newsletter is sent for the updated produce list). 

If you email, be sure to include your account name--which is your last name and pickup group, so we know where to send the food.

Mr. Meowski's Sourdough 
Available fresh this week (no frozen available): $6/loaf. 

Kitchen Kulture
See what's available in the store - login to your your account (if you want something not listed there, email--we may not have had time to add it yet).

PRODUCE

We haven't been able to update the numbers in the online store, but want you to know that the majority of the food irems you buy at the grocery store are probably available through Fair Shares (we know this because you leave your Trader Joe's and Schnuck's receipts in your bags!). Send us an email if you want to come in on another day to get a few extras. Did you check the new online store from your Farmigo account? We are still trying to get everything in, but if there's something you want that isn't listed, reply to this email.

How To Eat Figs

Fresh, ripe figs are a delicacy that not many people get the chance to enjoy. Because of this, a bit of information may be helpful to those of you who haven't experienced a fresh fig. Unlike the dried version, which will live on indefinitely in the cupboard, fresh figs are highly perishable and must be refrigerated, and handled carefully. They are picked ripe, which makes them sweet and flavorful, but also very delicate, and they need to be eaten right away. figbliss.jpg Figs do mold quickly, but many people mistake the blue, waxy-looking substance that forms along the bottom or... Read more
This photo is from the stunningly-beautiful, creativity-inspring cookbook Jeruselem, by Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi, which I highly recommend you race out and buy right now. You can be inspired and let it lead you on your own path.Read more
This is not a low-cal, healthy recipe. But man it's so good. I may try to adapt this using yogurt instead of mayonnaise--if anyone tries that, let me know! The photo here is a tomato pie made with a homemade whole wheat crust because I don't have a photo of my own. You can find a more realistic image of what the pie for this particular recipe looks like hereRead more
Did you read the email from last Tuesday? Did you login and update your account info and enter a payment plan? PLEASE READ THIS NOW. I'M NOT YELLING, I'm begging...Read more
I got this recipe from Cooking Light. It was sooo good and the tomato jam is seriously a winner if you are looking for new ideas to get through all those tomatoes.Read more
The long thin ribbons created by using a vegetable peeler give a nice texture and exciting twist to the squash, which after many weeks in the shares will be a necessary distraction. Maybe we'll post this recipe again later, but put this idea in the back of your brain, just in case. Of course, if you try it now, it will likely become part of your regular squash routine.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