IMPORTANT INFO, PLEASE READ!

Those of you who read this last week can skip down to the NEW section below

Even if you can't take the time to read this immediately, there are changes you need to know about, so come back to it. This is how we keep you up to date.

 

Hi Fair Shares Members!

We are working on making Fair Shares more viable and sustainable. With our new system allowing members to put their shares on hold, cash flow is becoming a challenge, and we do not want our farmers to suffer when we are unable to pay them on delivery. With the number of members decreasing while our rent and other costs continue to increase, we’re struggling to make ends meet. We’ve not really raised the price of shares in 12 years, therefore all shares are going up $1 across the board effective immediately. Thanks for understanding.

We also would like to note that we are so appreciative of the generosity many of you show--whether in clicking the donation items in the online store or offering your share to friends and family when you take vacation--every little bit is really helpful to us.

Our program is ridiculously complicated and we are in dire need of simplification from an administrative and organizational perspective. Some things will take evaluation and evolution, but we have a few things we’re implementing immediately and over the next few weeks.

Although some of you may have preferences, we have found that, generally, most of our members are not particular about whose farm all the share items come from. Everyone knows that we’ve vetted our farmers and producers, so all we offer are superior products. Therefore, we will begin simplifying the following:

1. For like produce that comes from various farms, e.g. squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, kale or arugula, we will stop specifying whose is going into each share. This will enormously simplify things on our end.

2. For meat items, we try to select one farmer for each product, but when something isn't available, we order it from another farmer (e.g. bacon, pork chops, breakfast sausage, bratwurst). We like all of it and are confident you will too. In order to reduce our overall inventory, as well as the time it takes to stock, count shares, dig for orders, and count inventory, and then keep the store updated, we will no longer stock the same items from multiple producers and will begin listing those items generically in the online store as “All Fair Shares Producers.” As much as we like being everyone's personal shopper, the degree to which we can meet everyone's preferences has limitations. Those who pick up at the Mothership will have more ability to customize since you can get it yourself.
3. Eggs in the share are listed without the farm name. If you have a preference, you may still order either Dry Dock or Buttonwood eggs, otherwise, we'll mostly use Buttonwood.
Blind Star is no longer producing their Happier Eggs for us. If you had a standing order and would like to switch to the Buttonwood/Dry Dock eggs, please let us know.

NEW INFO
We had overwhelmingly positive feedback from our notice last week, and those of you who said you would be fine paying more, we'd be happy to add an extra dollar to your weekly or bi-weekly share--just let us know. Alternatively, we'll be putting a few more options in the store for you to direct your donations (e.g. the Fresh Rx Graduates--see below).

Over the next few months, we will be taking a look at costs of individual items and ensuring that our pricing is accurate, so expect a few adjustments in the store. 

Don't miss the info on our upcoming Happy Hour below!

Thanks for reading!

 


 

Welcome to Fair Shares Week 30!

We'll see all Full-share, Mini-share, Delivered-share and EVEN-week Half-share members on Wednesday and Thursday.


Notes on Trades and Orders

Please do not add items to your cart until your tradable share items have been added. 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.

If you order before receiving the newsletter, you may see a discrepancy in pricing or availability because we don't send the newsletter until we've updated the store.

Login to your account to swap items from your cart and add extras. Remember you can customize your cheese, yogurt, gyro, Del Carmen, Wildcard$ and other choices by switching these items to your preferred choices in your cart. 

Fair Shares Mothership and UCity Pickup Members: The online store closes at 11am on the day of your pickup, so be sure to login and make your trades before then.

Kirkwood and Delivered Share Members: You have until 9:00 on Thursday morning to place orders.  After 9am, we are not at our computers, so even if you are able to access your cart and the store, we won't see it. Keep in mind that Wednesday pickups and on-site purchases might make the quantity available in the store false.

KIRKWOOD MEMBERS: Please note - we request the THIRD to last person text us when you pick up. If you are one of the last two people, you may be appreciative of the reminder to fetch your food. We also need the last bag pickup member to let us know everyone has picked up. Lindy's phone number is on the clipboard. Thanks! 

 

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11/13&14/2019
3. FSA/FSD

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

11/13&14/2019
4. UCA/KWA

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
Potatoes
Tomatoes - Green Cherry
Asian Pears

11/13&14/2019
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
Potatoes
Asian Pears

11/13&14/2019
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
Spinach
Beets
Sweet Potatoes

11/13&14/2019
1. Delivered

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