Welcome to Fair Shares Week 4!

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 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.

Login to your account to swap items from your cart and add extras.

Fair Shares Mothership and UCity Pickup Members: The online store closes at 11am on the day of your pickup.

Kirkwood and Delivered Share Members: You have until 9:00 on Thursday morning to place orders. Remember to swap out the "choice" items in your cart if you have a preference, e.g. Del Carmen variety, vanilla regular vs. plain Greek yogurt, regular gyro meat vs. spinach and feta gyro, oyster vs. shiitake or mushroom mix, when available.


Mary Mary, quite contrary, what will your garden grow?
We're offering a choice on Biver's organic potted herbs and vegetables in the shares, but you are welcome to put in an order. We will attempt to get all your plant requests to you in the coming weeks, so get out in the garden and start prepping! We'll have a clipboard available for you to write your plant orders. We have a printed list from Keith Biver on what is available if you pick up at the Mothership. Most plants will be $2.50 per pot, though some items may be grown in larger, multi-pack starters with different pricing.

NOTE: The sungold tomato and parsley starters need another week or two to grow, so anyone who ordered those will receive them as soon as they're ready. This also means that we didn't get any for the share choice either, so we may be a little short for all the groups who are getting them. If we run out, don't worry, we'll be getting more in next week. Plant orders will be separate from the shares choice. either in a box with your name if you ordered several plants, or in a tray with your name on the individual plant. Please be careful to identify your labeled plant and not take someone else's. Thanks!

Cheers, and happy Spring!

Sara, Jamie and Lindy


How to Prep Cooking Greens

Prepping your greens can seem like a chore if you don't have a good system. Try this method for kale, collards, Swiss chard, spinach, etc. and you'll find that it's easy eating greens! 1. De-stem the greens by grasping the stem in one hand and the bottom of the leaf where it meets the stem in the other. Holding the leaf with the back facing you, carefully pull the leaf away from the stem toward the front of the leaf with your thumb and forefinger on either side of the stem. Then lightly squeeze the leaf around the stem and... Read more
D&M Farms in Breese, IL just brought us some lamb -- chops, ground and shanks, as well as lamb gyro burgers, both plain (spiced) and with spinach & feta cheese. Limited quantities because we wanted to make sure they're delicious before over-committing. The verdict is, gyro burgers: thumbs up! If you want to sub in some already spiced meat in this recipe, you can say you're doing it in the name of science, not just because you're lazy busy.Read more
Those of you who got a nice clean spinach in your shares can rejoice in a simple salad that hardly needs cleaning and is a cinch to prep. Everyone else, just suffer through the tedious destemming and two rinses... :) The salad prep is still simple and delicious.Read more

Clean Greens

The greens we get (particularly some of the winter spinach) can be pretty dirty. Sometimes they're pristinely clean, but still, we suggest you always wash your food! Give it an initial rinse and then remove the stems and soak the leaves in plenty of clean water. I use my salad spinner, placing the leaves in the basket and filling the bowl with water. This allows me to soak it for a bit to allow the dirt to soften and dissolve, agitate the greens, and then let the dirt settle to the bottom. Then I lift out the basket and repeat... 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
We try to include tips and nutritional information in the newsletters to help you figure out what that mystery item is, and part of the fun for us is to introduce you to new things, and expand your food horizons. We include at least one recipe in the newsletter each week, and we try to incorporate several items from a particular share in the recipe. If the food in the recipe isn’t in your share for the week, take note, because you’re likely to be receiving it over the next nine weeks, and you can find all the recipes, blogs, and tips on the website. Ask us for ideas when you pick up--we love ...Read more


Pork Choice ($6.75)
Grains Choice ($4.50)
Windcrest Dairy Yogurt ($3.75)
Biver Fresh Thyme
Biver Arugula -4oz
St. Isidore Mexican Sour Gherkins
Biver Okra - 12oz
Kopmann Banana Peppers - 3
Biver Hot Peppers Jalapeno-3 and Serrano-3
St. Isidore, Biver Heirloom Toms - 1.5lb.
Schwartz Apples


Raincrow Ranch - Ground Beef ($6.50)
Del Carmen Choice ($5.75)
Buttonwood/DryDock Eggs ($4.75)
Companion Seedy Wheaty Bread ($3.50)
Kopmann Hot Hungarian Wax Peppers - 5
Kopmann Pepper Mix Green Bell - 2, 1 Carmen, 1Aruba
Biver Tomatillos (.75lb)
Girod Green Beans
EarthDance Scallions
MO Wild Edibles Paw Paws
Ivan's Figs

2. FSB FSE ucb kwb

Circle B P. Chops ($11) gyro, t-loin, cutlet, p chop
Coffee or Kitchen Kulture Choice ($11.50)
Buttonwood/DryDock Eggs ($4.75)
Kopmann Eggplant 
Wildcard Veggie
Biver Cherry Tomatoes
Biver Slicing Tomatoes 1.5lb
Schwartz Apples

3. MINI 

Buttonwood Ground Turkey ($8)
Ozark Forest Mushrooms ($7)
EarthDance or St. Isidore Cucumbers - 2
EarthDance Lunchbox or Shishito or Bell Peppers
Biver Bok Choy or St. Isidore Savoy Cabbage
Biver Cherry Tomatoes
MO Wild Edibles Paw Paws -9oz
Schwartz Apples

2. Delivered

Buttonwood Turkey ($8)
Ozark Forest Mushrooms ($7)
EarthDance or St. Isidore Cucumbers - 2
EarthDance Lunchbox or Shishito or Bell Peppers
Biver Bok Choy
Biver Cherry Tomatoes
MO Wild Edibles Paw Paws -9oz
Schwartz Apples