Fair Shares Pre-Season 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.

Season 11 begins next week, April 4th and 5th, for Full-share, Mini-share, Delivered-share and ODD-week Half-share members, and the following week, April 11th and 12th for EVEN-week half-share members. If you switched your share type or opted out for next season, please insure that we have switched your account per your request so that you will not be charged incorrectly and so that you will be on the appropriate list. If it is not listed correctly here, please let us know immediately.

PLEASE read this whole message for answers to your questions before you email us; we beg you. We have too many members and too little time 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.

Read the Weekly Emails

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 (they will be MUCH shorter than this one). 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! We also include recipes, tips, blog posts and the share lists each week.

Notes on Trades and Orders
We fill the carts in Farmigo on Tuesday afternoons. Then we send the newsletters. Note that the share clipboards in the newsletter will include the fresh produce on your list, but the cart in your Farmigo account lists only the tradable items in your share. You must spend the total credit value in your cart because it will not be added back to our account. If you are trading for meat or fish that is priced per pound, you may want to email (reply to this email) to let us know your intention, e.g. whether you are trying to trade close to even, or whether you are looking for three packages of boneless thighs versus three pounds of boneless thighs. With the variability of package sizes and the limitations of the online store listing, sometimes it's helpful to avoid big surprises when we have to guess.

The online store closes at noon┬░ on the day of your pickup because it takes us that long to create the reports, gather the orders and get all set up for pickups. If you miss the opportunity to make trades within your account, or if you prefer to just browse availability when you come in, you can do so at your pickup.

┬░Delivered Share members have until 9:30 on Thursday morning to place orders. Note you do not have an opportunity to make trades at your delivery site, so online is your only option, and thus, we encourage you to visit the Mothership so you can acquaint yourself with what is available.

Seasonal Breaks and Account Credits
We take a couple of breaks during the season. One in September and one during the year-end holidays--and this year Independence Day falls on a Wednesday, so we'll be taking that off as well. These weeks are credited to your account, so we encourage you to purchase additional food for the week off. 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

Half shares pick up on alternating weeks, so it's 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.

Happy Hour Shopping Day Tomorrow

Wednesday, March 28th, 3-7p.m. Come restock a few items before the new season begins next week. We'll have some nibbles and libations--and, of course, riveting conversation-- to enjoy while you shop. EarthDance will bring us some kale and spinach, and we have plenty of eggs, meat, yogurt, grains and the regular array of non-produce goodies. Have we mentioned how helpful it is for members who don't pick up at the Mothership to come see all we have in the store? Hope you can make it!

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. 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 need... Read more

Trial Membership

Tell your friends who are on the fence about joining Fair Shares that we offer a two-week trial membership!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
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
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

12/12&13/18
5. FSA/ FSD $47 trade value

Circle B Meatballs or Choice ($8)
Prairie Fruits Chevre Cheese ($7)
Buttonwood Eggs ($4.75)
Midwest Pasta-Short ($6.50)
Ozark Forest Sun-dried Tomatoes ($6.75)
Mr. Meowski's Frozen Sourdough or Comp. Croissants-2 ($6)
Ivan's Fig Jam ($8)
Kopmann Squash Choice

12/12&13/18
1. FSB/FSE $40.50  trade value

Raincrow Ranch - Ground Beef ($6.50)
Del Carmen Black Beans Choice ($5.75)
Kitchen Kulture Choice ($11)
Buttonwood Eggs ($4.75)
Ozark Forest Fresh Mushrooms ($7)
Condiment Choice ($5.50)
Bee Simple Shoots
Kopmann Butternut or Acorn Squash - s
Kopmann Daikon Radish

12/12/18
2. FSC $36.50 trade value

Buttonwood Chicken Sausage Choice ($9)
Marcoot Choice ($4.50)
Coffee ($11.50)
Hilty or Nolte Pickles ($7)
Braggadoccio Rice or Polenta Choice ($4.50)
Thies Beets
Kopmann Spaghetti Squash
Kopmann Daikon Radish

12/12&13/18
3. UCA/KWA $41.50  trade value

D & M Gyro Lamb ($10.75)
Ozark Forest Pesto ($6.75)
Cham Pita ($2.25)
Buttonwood Eggs ($4.75)
Midwest Pasta - WW/Porcini/Egg Linguine ($6.50)
Windcrest Dairy Yogurt Choice ($3.75)
Ozark Forest Mushroom Box Kit ($6.75)
Kopmann Acorn Squash 
Kopmann Purple Top Turnips or Earth Dance Radishes

12/12&13/18
4. UCB/KWB $40.75 trade value

Meramec Ground Bison ($12.75)
Ozark Forest Fresh Mushrooms ($7)
Hilty Tomatoes ($7)
Kreta Reserve Olive Oil ($7)
Bellews Creek Black Beans ($3.50)
Companion Seedy Wheaty Bread ($3.50)
Bee Simple Shoots
Kopmann Spaghetti Squash

12/12&13/18
2. MINI  $25 trade value

Buttonwood Chicken Sausage Choice ($9)
Marcoot Choice ($4.50)
Braggadoccio Rice or Polenta Choice ($4.50)
Hilty or Nolte Pickles ($7)
Bee Simple Shoots
Kopmann Acorn Squash
Kopmann Purple Top Turnips or Earth Dance Radishes

12/13/18
4. Delivered $30.25 trade value

Meramec Ground Bison ($12.75)
Hilty Tomatoes ($7)
Kreta Reserve Olive Oil ($7)
Bellews Creek Black Beans ($3.50)
Kopmann Spaghetti Squash