Welcome to Week 18!

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

Welcome to a new chapter of Fair Shares. Now that Kevin and Arianna are no longer working at Fair Shares, we are down to three staff and a number of great volunteers. We are still extremely short-staffed for some of our very busy times during the week, so if you have the luxury of time and would care to help us support our Fair Shares community, please reply and let us know what days and hours you might be able to spare. We could especially use a little more help on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the morning and early afternoon for farmer deliveries and produce weighing, counting and sorting. I promise you'll appreciate your farmers and the food so much more! 

Please read the post below regarding upcoming changes to our Payment System. It is really important for everyone to be aware of this change, how it will affect your payments and what is expected of you when we make the transition.

Trades and Additional Purchases

Please read the rules of trading and how we like to receive your trades and orders on the Trades and Orders page of our website (note you must be logged in to access this page).

Place orders by noon* to orders@fairshares.org -- you can just reply to this email.
*Delivered-share members: please email 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 Wednesday evening newsletter for the updated produce list). 

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 frozen this week: $5/loaf. 

Kitchen Kulture

Anchovy Tomato Sauce: $7.50/pt. ? We didn't get an invoice yet, but this is what it was last year. We'll adjust if necessary.

Pumpkin Risotto: $11. A hearty side dish with a little sweetness from the winter squash and dried fruit.
Moroccan Lentil Stew: $11.

Vegetable Green Curry: $11. This Thai Green Curry is delicious over rice, pasta, or perhaps the coconut grits below.
Sundried Tomato Grits: $11. We're excited to try this new variety--we were confused about whether this is supposed to be smoked, or sundried tomatoes, and we won't know until they deliver tomorrow, so let us know if you don't want it if it's smoked instead of sundried.

Coconut Grits: $10. Creamy coconut milk and grits? Yes, please!  I mixed this with Saag Paneer, for a win.
Cheddar Grits: $11. They're cheesy delish and the perfect base for a little grilled meat or fish. Greens on the side, please.


Some of the produce is limited, so please leave a second choice when you order, or don't plan to make even trades.

IT'S FIG THIRTY! Woot woot! $7. Ivan has his fantastic figs available, and everyone needs to learn how to eat them (see post below). They are ripe and fragile and need to be eaten relatively quickly, but please do read about figs because they can be eaten even if they look "rotten" to you.

Yoder Blackberries: $5.50/pt. LIMITED.

Jacob's Peaches: $3.50/share. The number per share varies per size.

Jacob's Orchard Peach Seconds: $2.50/share. Peach cobbler, peach pie, peach crisp, peaches and cream, peaches and yogurt, peaches and oatmeal, peach jam, peach butter, peach ice cream. Do you need any more suggestions?

Nolte Tasty Bites (Small) Cantaloupe:  $2/ea. Sweet!
Nolte Aphrodite Cantaloupe: $3.ea.

Watermelon: $6.75. We may have a number of varieties coming in, and only a few of them are seedless. The majority will be seeded so if you will ONLY take seedless, let us know, otherwise we will sub in seeded melons when the seedless run out.


Biver Green Beans: $2.75/.75lb.
Yoder Carrots: 3.00/lb. 

EarthDance Red Russian Kale: $4/bu. 
EarthDance Rainbow Swiss Chard: $4.

Biver Sungold Tomatoes: $4/pt. These beloved sweet, gold nuggets represent one of the best things about seasonal eating--the anticipation and the reward for waiting.
Biver Cherry Bomb Tomatoes: $4/pt.

Heirloom Tomatoes: $4.50/share. We have some lovely varieties in from Biver, including the peach tomato, which is a smallish, yellow, sort of fuzzy skinned beauty. Mixed variety bags in about 1.3lb. shares. 
Slicing Tomatoes: $3.80/share. Now that basil is starting to come in, it's really happy tomato gorging season!
Basil: $2.75. We didn't buy lots of extra but we'll sell it from the share, assuming some will be happy to trade it or take another herb instead.

San Marzanos: $1.50/lb. This is the end of them, so if you wanted to make that sauce (or make more of it), this is your last chance this season! We don't have a full box, but will sell as much as we have if someone wants to claim it all, or we'll sell however many pounds you'd like.

Nolte Cherry Tomatoes: $3.50. This is the last week for these large nummy red cherry tomatoes; get 'em while you can.
Tomato Seconds? Not sure what we might have, but we'll sell the spotted or iffy ones at a discount. If anyone wants a box of seconds from the farm, let us know and we can order it for your next pickup.

Biver Pickling Cucumbers: $2.75/lb. I forget that not everyone knows that pickling cucumbers are just a cucumber variety that is small enough to fit in a jar. They are good raw, too.

Sweet Corn: $1.60/4 ears. This week we're making the corn shares 4 ears instead of 6. Feel free to order more at 40 cents an ear.
Biver Tomatillos: $3/.75lb. 

Zucchini or Zephyr Squash: $1.50/share. Zucchini is not coming in until Thursday, so we have only zephyrs available. We have a few shares of baby zephyrs if you would like those, otherwise we have two medium squash per share. 
Nolte Eggplant: $1.50/ea. Asian, or $2/globe.

Colored Peppers: $1.75/ea. These are red, yellow and mixed color--at last, wee! Limited.

Lee Garlic Scapes: $1.85/.3lb. We're nearing the end! Chop and use as you would green onions and garlic, and don't miss the garlic scape pesto recipe on the website.
Bellews Creek Garlic:  We just got a new crop of cured garlic in this week. Some big, beautiful heads in various sizes. XL: $3.00, L: $2.50, L: $2.00, S: $1.00.

Girod Red Potatoes: $3.00/2lb.

Ozark Forest Mushrooms: $7.00.  Shiitakes this week.


Happy Milk from Ozark Mountain Creamery
Order by Sunday for pickup with your share.

This recipe was created with larger bell peppers in mind, but will work well for other peppers, either hot or sweet, such as corno de toro, ancho and poblano peppers. Go ahead and make extra, so your dreams of more in the future will come true.Read more
Chilled soup sounds pretty appealing on a hot summer day. This is a sweet and savory combination that you can use to cool your jets, or use a hot pepper and spice up your life.Read more
From the cookbook From Asparagus to Zucchini.Read more

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
Thanks to the efforts of Jim Person, our member liaison with Trinity Presbyterian Church, we still have a home at Trinity! We will need to readdress our participation with the church's mission in regards to their food pantry,Read 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
From Cooking Light, August 2007 (NEW! ha ha) This recipe would be great with wheat berries or brown rice instead of the quinoa. Give it a whirl.Read more
Belonging to a CSA provides a new learning experience for all of us. In most CSAs, members join with a single farm to share the risk of the growing season, being subject to the limitations of the farm's diversity, as well as to the possibility of crop failure or poor yields caused by heat or drought. The risk also tips in the other direction--sometimes there's an abundance of a single crop, such as collards or beets, and many a CSA member has lamented getting four-consecutive weeks of five heads of cabbage. This teaches us about the risks that farmers take, the difficulty involved in growing produce, the toll that weather takes on crops, and the importance of having a good stock of recipes and cooking creativity on hand!Read more


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


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
Tomatoes - Green Cherry
Asian Pears

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
Asian Pears

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
Sweet Potatoes

1. Delivered

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