Welcome to Week 4!

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

Please read the newsletters: This is how we communicate important information to you!

We Need New Members - Please Tell Two Friends!

Can you help us by posting photos of your awesome food and talking about us on your social media pages? We have both a FaceBook page (@FairSharesSTL) and Twitter account (@fairsharesccsa), and could really benefit from a little member love.

Please let friends and family know they can still sign up for Fair Shares Season 10! We need help getting the word out, and history has shown there is no better way than word of mouth from our members. Our Two-week trial membership is a great way to check out Fair Shares and kick the tires before making a commitment, so please encourage your friends and family to try it.

If you know of any businesses, such as your work, gym, or kids' school that might be interested having Fair Shares Delivered, please pass our info along. If you are a Delivered Share member, you can help us by encouraging your co-workers to get on board.

If you are a returning member, we'd love for you to give us a review on our localharvest.org account, as well as on your own social media accounts--word of mouth is always the best advertising for us!

SOLD OUT: Pacific Cod and smoked salmon (back at the beginning of May). 

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). Email orders@fairshares.org -- you can just reply to this email.

Be sure to include your account name--which is your last name and pickup group, so we know where to send the food! (New members, check the reply email we sent when you joined to find your account name: Re: Receipt - Join as a New Member)

Mr. Meowki's Sourdough Tasting in UCity
Tim Nordmann (Mr. Meowski's Bread Baker himself) will be on-hand at Trinity Presbyterian tomorrow to sample his wonderful sourdough bread, made with 20% local whole wheat from Brian Severson Farms). We will be including this in the shares in the near future, and wanted to give everyone the opportunity to try it, so you know that it is worth the extra dough (ahem) for this artisan loaf. Tim will have extra loaves available for purchase, which you may use toward your trades, or have your friendly member volunteers add on to your receipt as an extra. $7.

Better Butter

Butter is good. Everyone knows that. But locally-made, sweet, creamy, luscious, delectable, buttery butter...well now, that's something entirely different--but you'll have to taste it for yourself. Larder & Cupboard Butter: $6.75/.5lb.
Fresh Bread: $4.00. Mr. Meowski's Sourdough Bread: $7/loaf. Baker Tim will be sampling to UCity members this week, but will drop off a number of his beautiful loaves for us at the Mothership--those of you who tried it here last week will probably arm wrestling over it...

Baetje Cheese

We're getting just a small number of a few varieties to start, but will be putting them in the shares. Read more in the blog below.
Fresh Chevre Hearts: $8.50/ 6oz. We have a plain chevre, three-pepper, and herbs de Provence. We're getting in more varieties next week.

Date Lady
All items are $7: Organic Dates, Date Syrup, Date Balsamic Vinegar (YUM! This is my go-to salad dressing right now)

New! Ludwig Farms Cheeses
Kickapoo: $6.25
Sangmon: $5.75

Mother's Day Hams
She really wants chocolate, but go ahead and baker her a ham. Limited availability. Order ahead.
Bone-in hams are $6.25/lb. (~18-20 lb.)
Boneless Hams are $8/lb. (~7lb.)

Kitchen Kulture
Apple Cider and Tarragon Dressing: $7.50/pt. 
Saag Paneer: $11. With Mofu Tofu and local greens--just add rice, and maybe some sauteed chicken for a quick and tasty meal.

Coconut Grits: $10. Creamy coconut milk and grits? Okay! 
Cheddar Grits: $11. They're cheesy delish and the perfect base for a little grilled meat or fish. Greens on the side, please.

Moroccan Letil Stew: $11. As seen in the shares. Heady Moroccan spices bring ana exotic savory spice to the dinner table.
Pumpkin Risotto: $11. A hearty side dish with a little sweetness from the winter squash and dried fruit.



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

Whitaker Farms Strawberries: $6.75/qt. The first strawberries of the season are never as sweet and delicious as they will be soon, but who can wait, I mean really

St. Isidore Salanova Lettuce: $4/share. One head of Little Gem (baby romaine) and one head of red sweet Salanova (curly).
Ivan's Romaine Lettuce: $4/hd. Lest week it was Italian Heirloom instead of Romaine, but they are equally lovely and delicious.
Spinach: $5.50/.8lb.

Ivan's Swiss Chard: $4/bu
Biver Farms Kale: $4.75/lb.
Biver Farms Collards: $4.50/lb.

EarthDance Turnip Greens: $3.00

Ivan's Bok Choy: $4/hd.
Biver Chinese Cabbage: $3.50

Yellow Dog Asparagus: $3.25/bu. 
Mast French Breakfast Radishes: $2.75/bu.

Mast Green Onions: $2.75/bu.
Nolte Leeks: $3.50/lb. These are nice fat, flavorful stalks. Time for a frittata!

St. Isidore Green Garlic: $2.25/bu. Think green onions, but with the flavor of fresh garlic. These are the whole plant, thinned to allow the other roots to develop big, full bulbs. The entire stalk is edible, and if the larger leaves seem a little too fibrous, throw them in a ziplock in the freezer to use as a flavoring in broths and soups (or even in cooking your rice or pasta). 

Bee Simple Shoots: $4. Not sure what we'll be getting tomorrow - pea, sunflower, maybe a super mix.
Ozark Forest Mushrooms: $7.00. Shiitakes or Oysters or a mix.

Happy Milk from Ozark Mountain Creamery

Low-temp pasteurized, glass-bottled milk. Everyone must have a standing weekly or bi-weekly order (you are welcome to purchase one week to try it and you may cancel or put your standing order on hold at anytime).

Four varieties available: Whole, 2%, Skim, Whole Creamline (unhomogenized), Chocolate and Cream. Cost is $6.25/half gallon ($6.75 for chocolate and $13.50 for cream), and you'll get a $2.25 credit when you return your cleaned Ozark Mountain bottle*. When you return your bottle, please hand it to the person who checks you in for your share and make sure they note your receipt.

*Please don't return other creameries' bottles. Ozark Mountain can refill only their own bottles and won't give us credit.

Here is the dairy's site with more info: http://www.ozarkmtncreamery.com/products.html

Please place your orders with kevin@fairshares.org by Friday to get in on the following week's order. Be sure to include the variety, quantity, and your pickup group (including ODD or EVEN week for half share members). If you are already signed up, you must email by Friday to cancel your standing order if you choose not to get milk next week.

RSVP by Sunday June 4th for the cheese tasting next Tuesday, June 6th at 6p.m!Read more

Asparagus Tip

asparagusbunches.tn_.png When you get asparagus in your CSA, it's going to be so much fresher and more tender than the often tough and woody stalks you'll find in the grocery store. The "proper" technique for removing the tough end is to hold the end and the lower part of the stalk and bend until it snaps. In theory, it will break where the stalk is at the point where it's too tough to eat. We find this to be wasteful because usually, only the very end of the stalk where it was cut needs to be removed, and it's almost... Read more
This is the final week of the members-only special on Raincrow Ranch 80/20 grass-fed and finished ground beef. Buy 4 ground beef and get the 5th for $.99 (Save $5.26). Limited availability. Email orders@fairshares.org . Sale ends April 28th. Look for our May Special next week!Read more
We're putting the flower CSA on hold for a bit so the flower girls can get through Mother's Day and June wedding season--we want to make sure everyone gets nice big bouquets. We're hoping to schedule another Farm Tour followed by Happy Hour at Fair Shares for July, so stay tuned for details.Read more
This was a very popular recipe back in the 90's, and like bad fashion, sometimes food trends make a comeback. This is one that actually deserves a spot in the permanent cookbook, in my opinion.Read more
When strawberries come in season, I want to eat them on my granola and yogurt. If using plain yogurt, I like to add a bit of honey. Although we didn't include it in the photo, we think a drizzle of Salted Caramel Chocolate Sauce from Bittersweet Chocolates would really sweeten the deal.Read more

Please order by 11AM Wednesday

3. FSA/FSD $38.5

Buttonwood Whole Chicken ($12.75)
Ozark Forest Pesto ($7)
Companion Seedy Wheaty ($3.50)
Dry Beans ($3.50)
Cheese Choice ($6.25)
Wildcard ($5.50)
Wildcard Vegetable
Apples - Fuji

Please order by 11AM Wednesday

4. UCA/KWA $39.75 

D&M Sausage ($7)
Eggs ($4.75)
Midwest Whole Wheat/Spinach Cresta ($6.50)
Marina's Tomato Sauce ($5.50)
Almond or Cashew Butter ($9)
Ozark Forest Mushrooms ($7)
Turnips with Greens
Spaghetti Squash - M

Please order by 11AM Wednesday

1. FSB FSE ucb kwb  $41.05 

Raincrow Ranch Stew Beef ($8.80)
Del Carmen Black Beans Choice ($5.75)
Mr. Meowski Pizza Dough ($4)
Clean Plate Kitchen Pizza Sauce ($4)
Coffee or Kitchen Kulture Choice ($11.50)
Ozark Forest Mushrooms ($7)
Wildcard Vegetable

Please order by 11AM Wednesday

1. MINI $22.50

Meramec Bison, D&M Gyro, CircleB Pork Chop ($11.50)
Eggs ($4.75)
Cham Pita ($2.50)
Yogurt Choice ($3.75)
Greens Choice
Sweet Potatoes
Squash - Acorn

Please order by 11AM Wednesday

1. Delivered $22.50 

Meramec Bison, D&M Gyro, CircleB Pork Chop ($11.50)
Eggs ($4.75)
Cham Pita ($2.50)
Yogurt Choice ($3.75)
Sweet Potatoes
Squash - Acorn