W i n t e r   S h a r e   2 0 1 5 - 1 6 :   W e e k  8
Hi there! 

Welcome to Week 8 of the Winter Share!

We are now settled into the exact middle of the Winter Share-- including this bag, there are only 8 bags left of the Winter Share Program. We hope you're enjoying it so far!

True to our word, you'll have some more frozen vegetables in this bag and some more root vegetables-- radishes, rutabagas, parsnips and carrots. And you will also be seeing (for the LAST TIME this share, we hope!) a butternut and an acorn squash. It keeps better at your house than in our warehouse (piled in large, vegetable bins). In case you're suffering from squash overload, here are some recommendations: 

  • Store the squash out of direct sunlight. Make sure to turn over every once in a while and check for soft spots which indicate over-ripeness. Acorn squash should keep for about 4 weeks, and butternut up to 3 mos (or maybe longer.) 
  • Cook all the squash right away by roasting it in parts. Once roasted, allow to cook and separate into freezer-safe bags and keep for later use in soups or casseroles. 
  • Let your kids decorate them and make charming paper-weights or door stops to give to grandparents (kidding!) 
Squash is a mammoth Winter staple here in Ohio, so if you have any favorite preparations, please share them on our Facebook page to inspire your fellow Forkers!

The root veggies you have in your bag will also keep for weeks and weeks if you're not ready to use them yet. First, wash and lightly scrub them, and make sure any greens or tops are removed. Store wrapped in a damp paper towel inside a plastic bag in your crisper drawer to make sure they don't dry out. 

First things first: here are some important details about your share: 

Payment Reminder email coming this week. 

If you are in our Divided Payment Plan, you'll be receiving a Payment Reminder Email towards the end of this week for the 2nd installment of your subscription cost. Also, if you have any outstanding balance on your account, you'll also get an email reminding you to sign in and settle up.

As a reminder, you have to pay account balance off  in full to sign up for the Summer Share 2016. You can sign into your account at any time to make a payment, but make sure to sign up for Summer before March 15th to get the Early Bird Rate! 

Did you know about our Visual Guide to Fresh Fork?

Curious what that funky looking root veggie is that you find in your bag? We have two ways for you to find out! Every share week on Wednesday, we publish a Bag Contents post on our website that shows pictures of the whole bag as well as portraits of each individual item. Each week you can just go to our website and click on BAG CONTENTS on the top menu bar (look above main menu; background in white) on the top right of the page. There are also handy-dandy links there to sign in, see our Winter Stop locations if you miss your pick up, or join up for a new share. 

If you don't remember the name of that delicious vegetable you had a while ago, but you'd remember if you saw a picture of it, we also have a Visual Guide to all of our products. Click here to scroll through the pictures, or go to our website and hover over "OUR FOOD" on the menu bar to see all the different categories.

FAQ- What is the Full Access Program? 

We have a great deal for those of you who like to buy extras-- the Full Access Program. It's basically an add-on purchase: select whatever Share option and size you'd like (Small Vegetarian, Large Omnivore, etc.), and then if you tack on the Full Access Plan, you'll pay an additional $25 per week (paid upfront- $550 cash/check) and you'll receive $30/week in credits to spend ($660) throughout the Summer. 

If you regularly buy $15-$40 in extras each week and have the cash to pay for it up front, this is a huge savings.  Additional 3% processing fee if paying by credit card, see our Pricing Page for full details. 

Featured Products
Chill Pop Sale

Outrageously good deal on chill-pops-- just $9 for a pack of 6 locally-made pops: Blueberry Basil (2), Brown Butter Banana (2), & Cucumber Kiwi (2.) Locally grown blueberries, basil and cucumbers along with local grass grazed butter and milk. They are all lightly sweetened with fair-trade organic cane sugar.

Erie Bone Broth 
As featured last week, we are now selling Erie Bone Broth!

This rich, protein-laden broth starts with bones from pasture-raised animals, which are then are soaked and simmered in a bath of apple cider vinegar and cold filtered water for 24 full hours to help pull out the nutrients and minerals from the bones. Fresh herbs and aromatics are added to the broth to boost flavor, and no salt is added. 

We currently have Turkey & Chicken available in 24 oz spout bags for $15. 

Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Company

We have a really special product for sale that you may not have noticed before: locally-made Chagrin Valley Soaps and Shampoo bars for just $8 a piece.  

These shampoo and soap bars are exfoliating and richly scented with locally sourced ingredients:

- Honey, Beer & Egg Shampoo Bar
(for dry hair)

- Java Spice Soap
(good for kitchen/garden/workshop)

- Scarborough Fair Soap
(very herbal, great for kitchen)

- Cornmeal & Honey Soap
(light exfoliating shower soap)

- Goat Milk Oatmeal Soap
(gentle, good for kids & sensitive skin)


Here are the quick facts:

The Summer Share is 22 weeks long, and runs from June 1st- October 29th

Pick Ups are every week, Wednesday through Saturday

Omnivore, Vegetarian, Vegan Shares available

Small, Large & Full Access sizes to suit your family & your appetite

You have to pay off your current or previous balance in full in order to sign up. 

You can take 4 weeks vacation from the share and get the credits back. 

Prices start at just $25 per week 
Click here to see the bag contents from last year's shares

Click here to see the Summer 2016 Stops

What's in the Bag 
Winter Share 2015-16: Bag Contents Week 8



Turkey Pack - Back, Drum & Wing
Ground Beef - 1#
Acorn Squash
Butternut Squash
Daikon Radishes - 1#
Napa Cabbage or Kale
Red Onion - 1
Frozen Strawberries - 1 qt
Frozen Green Beans - 1 qt
Frozen Corn - 1 pt
Frozen Tomatoes - 1 qt
Canned Peaches w/ honey - 1 qt

Vegetarian Pilot    

Whole Wheat Linguine - 1 #
Eggplant Pasta Sauce* - 1 qt
Acorn Squash
Butternut Squash
Daikon Radishes - 1#
Napa Cabbage or Kale
Red Onion - 1
Frozen Strawberries - 1 qt
Frozen Green Beans - 1 qt
Frozen Corn - 1 pt
Frozen Tomatoes - 1 qt
Canned Peaches w/ honey - 1 qt

*Contains: Roma Tomatoes, Onions, Eggplant, Tuscan Seasoning, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Dark Chili Powder, Chipotle Powder, Pink Salt, Cane Sugar, Fresh Lemon Juice. No dairy. 
Can be used as a pasta sauce, or delicious heated up on its own as a thick stew.

What's Cooking? 
Recipes featuring this week's bag contents
Bag contents in recipe: Turkey Pack, Carrots, Onion
How to Cook a Turkey Pack & Parker's Pot Pie 

The Turkey Pack in this week's bag is the base for a few different delicious meals-- Parker's Pot Pie, turkey noodle soup, a casserole, or maybe just roasted or braised on their own. Read the recipe/guide to choose your way to prepare this delicious dark meat, and keep use the bones for stock in step 2!

Click Here for Recipe
Bag Contents in Recipe: Pasta, Parsnips, Butternut squash, Kale
Parsnip & Mixed Veggie Pasta

This recipe is a veggie-based "kitchen sink" kind of recipe: use some pasta, some greens, some parsnips (or another root veggie), some raisins and a light pasta sauce (like pesto) for a delicious and easy mid-week meal!

 Click Here for Recipe
Bag Contents in Recipe: Frozen Green Beans, Frozen Tomatoes, Onion
Green Beans & Tomatoes

Bag Contents in Recipe: Ground Beef, Acorn Squash, Frozen Corn, Frozen Tomatoes, Onion 
Tex Mex Stuffed Acorn Squash 
Bag Contents in Recipe: Parsnips

Parsnip Purée 
Bag Contents in Recipe: Frozen Tomatoes, Carrots, Onion

Parker's Winter Tomato Soup with Thyme
Links to More Recipes


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