Welcome to Fair Shares Week 33!

Thanks to everyone who came to our happy hour and congratulations to the winners of the geese!

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

If anyone has recently updated their laptop and would like to donate their old one to Fair Shares, we've had two casualties in the past month, and the last remaining one here is a dinosaur...will trade for food!


Fair Shares Holiday Schedule

Thanksgiving is TWO WEEKS from Thursday! Everyone needs to know the special Thanksgiving schedule, and you need to order your Thanksgiving turkey by next Wednesday, November 20th (see the blog below). Following is the info you need about the pickup schedule. Please mark your calendars. Half share members picking up this week, this applies to you!

Thanksgiving Week is Week 35, an ODD week 
- Fair Shares Mothership pickups will take place on Monday or Tuesday, November 25th or 26th, regular hours. You can choose either day. If you're putting in an online order, it would help us know which day you're coming so we can pull your orders on the proper day. You can do this by deleting the other day from your online cart (this will make sense when you login to order that week).
Delivered Shares will receive a double share the Thursday before, November 21st. If you order turkey, you will need to pick it up from the Mothership on Monday or Tuesday the 25th or 26th.
- UCity and Kirkwood members will get their shares on Tuesday, November 26th at the regular location and time. Turkey orders will be available at your pickup.

Christmas and New Years Schedule
Christmas and New Years Day are on Wednesdays this year. That leaves us little option but to close for both weeks. We're extremely concerned about taking two weeks off, so we are thinking of asking everyone to spend one  or both of your week's shares value. Food makes a great gift, so please consider helping us and our farmers by spending your hard-earned money on local food for friends and family. We would be happy to print out a gift certificate for a trial share and/or put together a gift bag of Fair Shares goodies. We plan to open on Thursday, January 2nd for a Happy Hour Shopping Day, and a number of members we spoke with at the Happy Hour said they would be interested in shopping the 27th, so that may be an option as well.

Got Milk (or Cream for the holiday)?
We've emailed all the members with regular milk orders about what their needs will be for Thanksgiving week, and we want to alert everyone else that if you want milk, Half & Half or Heavy Cream (you know, like whipping cream, for pumpkin pie?), please let us know by Sunday the 17th, as we will need to have it delivered that week. Ozark Mountain Creamery Milk comes in half gallon glass bottles in Heavy Cream, Creamline (unhomogenated whole), Whole, 2%, Skim, and Chocolate. Rolling Lawn Creamery is available in pints in Half & Half or Heavy Cream, and 12 oz. chocolate milk.


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! 


Order by Wednesday the 20th! Matt and Eleanor Tiefenbrun of Buttonwood Farm have our pastured, happy turkeys well under way. Reserve yours through your online cart--Thanksgiving is right around the corner. You can tell all your friends, too, because even non-members are welcome to purchase their Thanksgiving turkeys from Fair Shares! You can also order just boneless breasts, wings, drumsticks or thighs.Read more

Fall For Sunchokes

These roots of a sunflower variety, also known as Jeruselem Artichoke, look a lot like ginger root. There are different schools of thought on the origin of the name Jeruselem artichoke, which is not from Jeruselem. I believe the one that says someone misunderstood the Italian word "girasole" which means sunflower. The sunchoke is as versatile as the potato, which is a very close friend. They both enjoy long, romantic roasts in a hot oven, swimming in a pot of boiling water and frolicking about in a pan of olive oil. The sunchoke is also edible raw. Yes, that's right,... Read more
This looks like it would work well with any type of pork. From the Hammons Walnut website ages ago--they have a host of new recipes now.Read more
I was obsessed with this recipe a number of years ago when Arianna first adapted it from Smitten Kitchen. The original recipe called for celery, but since we don't have celery locally, she substituted Japanese Turnips. It was delicious and I resurrect it every year.Read more
FSA Member Joanne McAndrews was channeling my cravings over the weekend! I went to Jay International to shop for some of those not-locally-available food items I miss to go with all the Asian veggies in our shares. That evening she sent me a recipe she'd tried that would be perfect for what I'd just purchased.Read more
You may have heard of Known & Grown STL, the new organization promoting good farming and stewardship practices in our regional food system. This is the brainchild of our friends at Missouri Coalition for the Environment and the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition, and we are thrilled to see how well the word is getting out! You can help grow this--learn how here.Read more

Order by 11:30 Wednesday


Anton's Ground Beef ($6.75)
Del Carmen Black Beans Choice ($6)
Eggs ($4.75)
Nolte Bread n Butter or Hot Sweet Dill Pickles ($7)
Companion Multigrain Bread ($7)
Marcoot Cheese Choice ($4.50)
Lettuce - Mix
Spaghetti Squash - XS

Please order by 11AM Wednesday

3. Trial Full Share

Buttonwood Whole Chicken ($12.75)
Ozark Forest Pesto ($7)
Companion Seedy Wheaty ($4)
Cheese Choice ($6.25)

Order by 11:30 Wednesday


D&M Feta and Spinach Lamb Gyro ($12)
Yogurt - Plain Greek ($4)
Cham Zaatar (or Pita) Bread ($2.50)
Ozark Forest Mushrooms ($7)
Coffee or Kitchen Kulture Choice ($11.50)
Lettuce - Mix
Watermelon Radishes

Order by 11:30 Wednesday

3. FSB/FSE/ucb/kwb 

Buttonwood Whole Chicken ($13.50)
Eggs ($4.75)
Ozark Forest Pesto ($7)
Ozark Forest Mushrooms ($7)   
Nolte Canned Choice ($6)
Lettuce - Mix

Order by 11:30 Wednesday


Buttonwood Apple Cinnamon Chicken Sausage ($9)
Eggs ($4.75)
Bragadoccio Popcorn Cornmeal ($4.50)
Yogurt - Regular Vanilla ($3.75)
Granola Choice - Apricot or Cranberry
Lettuce - Mix