Welcome to Week 9

We look forward to seeing all full-share, mini-share, ODD-week half-share and Delivered-share members tomorrow and Thursday.

Please read the newsletters: This is how we communicate important information to you!

BYOB:  Please remember to bring your bags with you.  If you borrowed a guilt bag last week, please return it so others can borrow it when they have a bag emergency, too!

Delivered Share Members: There are a few of you who consistently forget to return your bags. We can't allot more than three per member, so if you require a 4th bag, we will begin charging a $5 fee per week. We would rather have your bag than your money.

Missed Shares Policy: We're becoming a little more strict about needing to know if you're coming for your share after a missed pickup. When Kitchen Kulture opens their brick and mortar store, we will be working with them to reduce food waste in the form of fresh produce by using what's left after Thursday's pickups in the phenomenally delicious prepared meals they make for us. Pretty cool, we think! So let's start working on the timeline: If you have missed your share, please let us know before noon Friday if you want to come get your share. 



Delivered Share Members: Kevin will be posting the video describing this week's share here on our Fair Shares YouTube Channel by mid morning Thursday.

Help Us Grow!

Please let friends and family know how much you love Fair Shares and encourage them to sign up, and tell them to give your name to let us know how they hear of us in order to get your credit. History has shown there is no better way than word of mouth from our members. How about posting something on your Facebook or Twitter account? You can also help by writing a review on our LocalHarvest.org listing. If you haven't reviewed us there for a while and would like to post a follow-up, or if you're rejoining after taking some time off, it's always helpful for potential members to read about continued satisfaction or returning members.

Our Two-week trial membership is a great way to check out Fair Shares and kick the tires before making a commitment. We have Fair Shares brochures we would be happy to send along.


 See everyone at the First Tuesday Happy Hour next week on the 7th--read more below. 




Trades and Additional Purchases

Remember, fresh produce IS NOT tradable, but you're welcome to order extra.

Please read the rules of trading and how we like to receive your trades and orders on the Trades and Orders page of our website (note you must be logged in to access this page).

Place orders by noon (Delivered-share members, please email by 10a.m. Thursday, but if you wait until after noon on Wednesday, check the Wednesday evening newsletter for the updated produce list) to orders@fairshares.org -- you can just reply to this email.

Be sure to include your account name--which is your name and pickup group, so we know where to send the food! (New members, check the reply email we sent when you joined to find your account name: Re: Receipt - Join as a New Member)

Please note we have gotten some price increases from some of our vendors and will need to raise the prices on the following items:

Kakao Chocolate Barks: $3.50
Kakao Sea Salt Carmels & Bon Bons: $8 (Ouch, that one's gonna leave a mark. They raised the price a while ago and we absorbed the last increase--to our own loss, oops!)
Pate de Fruit: $5.50

Trout: $12.65/lb. Starting NOW. We'll have to assess the sizes of the trout over the next few weeks and determine whether to adjust the share value weekly, or if all the fish are similar in size week to week, we'll use the average as the price per package. For now, share value is $13.25.

Bison is also going up, but we haven't purchased it at the new price yet, so we'll let you know.


Coconut Oil $11.30
When ordering, please specify refined (qt.) or unrefined (pt.). Though it seems contrary to the amount of effort and energy required for processing, the unrefined coconut oil is twice the price of the refined coconut oil--in my opinion, it's worth it. Some people may use coconut oil for the health benefits; for me, it's all about the flavor and aroma. If you haven't popped your popcorn in unrefined coconut oil, you are missing out on one of the greatest joys in life (I said it was my opinion, didn't I?). Mmmm, popcorn.

Steak-a-Palooza: Ribeyes and NY Strips. Mix and Match: 1 for $12.50 (regular $13)  -  2 for $24 ($12 each)  -  4 for $44 ($11 each)  -  6 for $ 60 ($10 each)  -  8 for $72 ($9 each)

Local Charcoal: Did you know that we have hardwood charcoal from Missouri? It is really great and perfect for summer barbecues. 10lb. for $9.50 or 20lb. for $16.

Kitchen Kulture Yummy Prepared Foods

Creamy vegetable soup featuring Three Rivers gai lan and La Vista kale and spinach with wild rice. $10. Heads up to the groups who haven't received this in the shares, we aren't putting it in next week to make room for more of the produce that is now starting to come on strong. You can purchase it.

Cheesy Grits: $10. Fast food, Fair Shares style.
Saag Paneer - It's back. Rejoice and eat saag.

Carrot Top Pesto Dressing: $7.50. Sick of salads? BAM, it's exciting again. Thank you Kitchen Kulture!



We didn't order in as much produce as we did last week because there was a lot more to put in the shares, so please leave a second choice when you order, or don't plan to make even trades. You can always ask for items from other lists--we just don't always know if there will be extra to sell by the time the newsletter goes out. 

Strawberries $6.00/qt. The aroma in the walk-in when all the strawberries come in is completely intoxicating. Add them to your salad with Angel Food Cheese, thinly sliced garlic scapes, chopped toasted peanuts, and a nice sprinkle of aged balsamic and mushroom soy sauce for an absolutely dee-lish dish.

Arugula: $2.25/.25 lb. Welcome back to my favorite reason to eat salads! This peppery green is delicious mixed in with your lettuce, spinach and kale for a delightful mixed green salad, or serve it as a bed for your flank steak or briefly saute it in olive oil with green garlic for a super flavorful side dish.

Asparagus: $3.00/bu. We put it in one share, so don't have many to sell. Have you ever tried the asparagus pesto recipe by Mark Bittman? Or maybe you'd like to try this recipe for asparagus with green garlic by Martha Rose Shulman.
Sunflower & Pea Shoot Mix: $4. This lovely mix of shoots make a tasty addition to your salad and are an impressive last-minute toss-in for your freshly cooked pasta. This is the final week we're putting shoots in the shares, since there is so much other fresh produce to include.

Kale: $4/.75lb. Limited. 
Spinach: $4/.75lb. Limited.

Carrots: $3.50/lb. Limited.
Kohlrabi: $1.50 ea. Limited.

Radishes: $1.50/bu.

Spring Onions: $2.00/bu. Larger than scallions, with a bulb beginning to form and the greens still tender and edible like green onions.
Green garlic: $2.00/stalk. 
Garlic Scapes: $1.50/.25lb. These are the best thing about this time of year. I know, I say this all the time, and I mean it all the time. Read about them and try the garlic scape pesto recipe below.

Ozark Forest Mushrooms: $7.00. Shiitakes.

Cut Herbs: Chives, Sage, Lemon Balm, Thyme, Mint, Oregano: $1.25

Potted Herbs: $2/pot. Have you planted everything you'll need yet? Basil, rosemary, parsley, cilantro? We've had plants dying of thirst over the weekend when we buy in more than we need, so please do us a favor and take them off our hands!



Join our community-building activity (read COCKTAIL PARTY) at the Fair Shares Mothership! Tuesday, October 4th, 5:30-7:30p.m. 5021 Northrup Ave. We invite all members (along with your interested friends and family) to join us from 5:00-7:00p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month for a happy hour so we can have the opportunity to visit and get to know everyone better.Read more
It's officially salad season. That means it's time to start using a bed of lettuce as the base for every meal. Whether you're cooking burgers, making pasta, mixing up a smoked salmon salad, or whipping up a stir-fry, be sure to serve it on salad. Some people say they have trouble getting through so much lettuce every week, but if there is one thing we should all be eating with abandon, it's salad. I know, I know, sometimes just the thought of making a salad is too much work, but there are a number of things you can do to prepare in advance and make salads a simple joy rather than a thankless chore.Read more
Binomial Name: Allium sativum L. When we found out the garlic scapes were ready, we were fairly giddy with excitement, what with garlic being our favorite vegetable and all. Garlic scapes are the above ground stalk and seed head of the hardneck garlic bulb. Scapes are often harvested about three weeks before the head of garlic reaches maturity. Removing the scape makes for a bigger garlic bulb.Read more
Whenever there is bibb or butterhead lettuce available, I fantasize about lettuce wraps. You can wrap anything in a lettuce leaf, really, just make sure to make it a fun, communal meal in which everyone gets to participate in the assembly of their own wraps.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
It's lettuce season. This is the time of the year when organizing a combined CSA gets difficult. When everyone who grows lettuce for us has lettuce ready, and we have committed to buying their lettuce, we all get a little tired of salads. Now you may wonder why we would commit to purchasing lettuce from so many farmers, and that's a good question, with a reasonable answer: the weather makes us do it.Read more

5/22 & 23/2019

Circle B Pork Chops ($11)
Prairie Fruits Angel Food Cheese ($5)
Marina's Marinara Sauce or Mast Applesauce ($5.50)
Windcrest Dairy Yogurt (3.75)
Midwest Pasta Spinach & Egg Fettucini  ($6.50)
Veggie Wildcard
EarthDance Head Lettuce
Biver Bok Choy
Yoder Farms Strawberries

5/22 & 23/2019

Raincrow Ranch - Ground Beef ($6.50)
Del Carmen Bean Choice ($5.75)
Cool Cow Cheese ($8)
Ozark Forest Fresh Mushrooms 8oz. ($7)
Mr. Meowski Sourdough ($6)
Bee Simple Shoots
Kopmann Lettuce Mix
Yoder Zucchini
Yoder Farms Strawberries

5/22 & 23/2019
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Buttonwood Whole Chicken ($12.75)
Marcoot Cheese ($4.50)
Buttonwood/Dry Dock Eggs ($4.75)
Companion Frozen Bread Choice ($3.50)
Ozark Forest Fresh Mushrooms 8oz. ($7)
Biver Head Lettuce
Greens Choice (chard, kale, bok choy)
EarthDance/Kopmann Veggie Choice (scallion or radish)
Yoder Farms Strawberries

5/22 & 23/2019

D&M Lamb Gyro Meat ($10.75)
Buttonwood/Dry Dock Eggs ($4.75)
Midwest Pasta WW & Egg Fusilli ($6.50)
St. Isidore Head Lettuce x 2
Biver Collards
Yoder Farms Strawberries

1. Delivered

Raincrow Ranch - Ground Beef ($6.50)
Del Carmen Beans Choice ($5.75)
Companion Pain Beaucaire Rolls ($3.50)
Bee Simple Shoots
Kopmann Lettuce Mix
EarthDance Swiss Chard
Yoder Farms Strawberries