Welcome to Week 5!

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

Please Be One of Those Annoying People Who Share Too Many Boring Food Photos All Over Social Media!

We could really benefit from a little member love: please "check in" when you come pick up your share; one-up your friends with posts of even prettier produce; brag about how spoiled you are that your personal shoppers at Fair Shares source happy, healthy, local food that makes your weekly shopping as fun as trick-or-treating! Can you help us by posting photos of your Fair Shares meals and talking about us on your social media pages? We have both a FaceBook page (@FairSharesSTL) and Twitter account (@fairsharesccsa).

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. So many of you have brought friends in already and we can't thank you enough!

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!


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 Thursday
Tim Nordmann (Mr. Meowski's Bread Baker himself) will be on-hand at The Mothership Thursday 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 (on Thursday--we may have a couple of frozen available for a discount on Wednesday), 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 (available Thursday).

Baetje Cheese

We're hosting a cheese tasting with Baetje next Tuesday at 6p.m. Read more in the blog below, and RSVP by Sunday.
Fresh Chevre Hearts: $8.50/ 6oz. Not sure which varieties we'll have, but probably plain chevre, three-pepper, and cranberry orange.
Miette and Bloomsdale: $11.50.

New! Ludwig Farms Cheeses
Kickapoo: $6.25. Kickapoo is a semi-hard, raw milk cheese reminiscent of an aged Parmesan, with  fresh, buttery flavors and a sharper finish.  It has a distinctive green rind and we think it’s just fun to say the name.  Kickapoo pairs well with fruit, nuts, and wine.
Sangmon: $5.75. Named after a beautiful Illinois river, Sangamon is a smooth & firm, but still melt-in-your-mouth cheese. Made with day-fresh milk and added cream, this cheese has a velvety texture and fresh, mild buttery flavor. Sangamon is terrific on it’s own, sublime on a warm baguette or as an elegant balance to stronger cheeses. Sangamon melts well as a recipe ingredient.

Prairies Fruits Cheeses
Black Goat: $6.50. A bloomy rind goat round dusted in vegetable ash to neutralize the acidity and give a mellow and buttery finish.
Little Bloom: $9.50. Bloomy rind camembert style with a mushroomy rind and slightly tangy yet creamy interior.
Angel Food: $5. Bloomy rind brie-type with a thin rind and creamy paste. All these cheeses are worth letting them come to room temp for the full-flavor experience.

Mother's Day Hams
She really wants chocolate, but go ahead and bake 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. This is rich and creamy, but dairy free. Delish as a dip or on your salad.
Wild Green Garlic and Almond Pesto: $7.50/8oz.

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.

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


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. Every salad, every yogurt, every peanut butter sandwich...strawberries included.

Organic Head Lettuce: $4/share. We aren't sure which lettuces we may have available, but if you want extra, we'll send it if we have it.
Spinach: $5.00/.75lb.

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

Biver Bok Choy: $4/lb.
Biver Chinese Cabbage: $3.50

Yellow Dog Asparagus: $3.25/bu. 
Biver Radishes: $2.75/bu.

Double Star 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. A mix of Shiitakes and Oysters.

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
Whenever there is bibb or butterhead lettuce available, I fantasize about lettuce wraps. You can wrap anything in a lettuce leaf, really, just make sure to make it a fun, communal meal in which everyone gets to participate in the assembly of their own wraps.Read more
We've gotten some farm photos and stories to share this week. Floods 2017 Here in the city, we are always aware of the floods in our region, if nothing else but because of the media coverage. But our farmers are accutely aware and very often severely affected by the spring rains that often devastate their crops, animals and homes. Every year, we fear for the livlihood of our dear, hardworking farmers when Mother Nature rolls the dice to decide on draught or deluge--or in some cases, both in the same season. This week, Nicola MacPherson of Ozark Forest Mushrooms included the photo and caption ...Read more
(From The Minimalist Entertains by Mark Bittman) 4 cups strawberries 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar 1 ½ cups high-quality heavy cream (preferably not ultrapasteurized)Read more
Make a giant casserole of eggs to serve for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. Good cold as a snack, too.Read more

Kitchen Tips

Here's a quick rundown of how to use some of the items we give in the shares. If any items in your share that aren't listed here have you baffled, just ask! Plus remember that we have an excellent resource in our fellow members! Share your recipes and kitchen tips or questions with each other in our Fair Shares Facebook Group.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