Welcome to Week 1!

We'll see all Full Shares, ODD week Half-Shares, Mini Shares and Delivered Shares this week

Read the Weekly Emails

The newsletters aren't just your food lists, recipes and tips. They are how we communicate important information to you!
Please at least browse to see if there is anything critical you need to know.  

Sales Tax and Pricing
We've had two half percent sales tax increases in the last half year, the second of which went into effect April 1st, and will reflect on your overall share price. We've also had to raise prices on a few items here and there, but haven't just done a blanket price increase, so please take note, in case you had some things memorized!

Notes on Trades and Orders
Please do not add anything to your cart before we have filled it with your share items. 
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 your 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.

More questions? Check here on our FAQ page. The FAQ is located under the Basics tab on the website, in case you need to look it up later.



Produce available

We're getting a variety of greens and root vegetables in this week, some of which won't arrive before Wednesday, so we may need to change pricing from what is in the store, but we'll do our best to match what's listed. Also, we may include some of this produce as a choice with some tradable items as your pickup site, just to keep you on your toes.

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

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

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

Trial Membership

Tell your friends who are on the fence about joining Fair Shares that we offer a two-week trial membership!Read more
A few of our farmers are growing a lovely array of chicories, so I looked up a bit more info to share and found this great blog from the Whistling Train Farm in Washington state. She has some great information not just on chicories, but on a lot of the same goodies we see in our shares, so it's worth a look around there.Read more
This should be called German potato salad over endive leaves, but hey, you can call it whatever you want. Feel free to use escarole or another chicory in place of endive . Adding the hot oil and vinegar will wilt the leaves a bit, diminishing the bitterness slightly. Plus, there's bacon...Read more
It's Easy Being Green! Make every day Earth Day. We reuse and recycle and need your help! Not only are we helping the earth by recycling, we're helping our farmers and producers save money on packaging materials. Please note, we have new guidelines on what we will and won't take back.Read more

Trades, Orders and Credits

Fair Shares operates on a pre-paid credit plan. This means whatever payment plan you select puts that amount on your account as credit, and your weekly (or bi-weekly) shares are deducted from that. If you order extra items or have an overage on your trades, that comes out of your credit as well. When your credit falls below $75, your card will recharge your payment plan amount to insure that we have the money necessary to pay our farmers upon delivery for the food you get each week, as well as for all the extra inventory we keep on hand for your trades and extra purchases.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