About Us

Who We Are

 

We're a family-run business, siblings who grew up eating home-cooked meals by a mother and grandmother who instilled in us a love for cooking and eating real food, and the traditions that surround the family and food.

The idea for Fair Shares started in 2007 when we sisters, Jamie Choler and Sara Choler Hale, were picking up our CSA—Community Supported Agriculture—shares at the Maplewood Farmers’ Market and supplementing with the plethora of goods from other local vendors. Our CSA farmer mentioned the stress of trying to provide an array of produce for CSA members. We began talking to all the local farmers to see if they would be interested in providing part of a CSA that would include more variety, and allow farmers to focus on what they do best.

We launched Fair Shares in April 2008, and now we have more than 300 members. A family-run business, our staff includes our sister Malinda Sullivan, and we rely heavily on an incredible group of volunteers, without whom this would not work. Our amazing members, volunteers, staff, and farmers make up the Combined Community who are Supporting Agriculture.

 

Our Mission

Fair Shares is dedicated to helping more people gain access to fresh, local, seasonal, and sustainably-produced food in the St. Louis area. We help farmers earn a fair price for the food they grow, and help expand their growing season and their market. We partner with Operation Food Search in their Fresh Rx programs to help eliminate food insecurity for expectant mothers at DePaul Hospital and students at Normandy High School. We believe eating safe, healthy and nutritious food should be available to those who need it most.

Our members know who grows their food, and our farmers know their reputations are important. This creates accountability and integrity, loyalty, dedication, and appreciation that goes both ways. Food with a face, as it were.

We encourage farmers to grow food not previously or sufficiently available in our area, and we connect growers with other St. Louis-area food makers to improve the quality and variety available to our members.

Find out how you can eat real, good food.

 

Tip: Roasting a Chicken...and Creating a Stock

To roast a chicken, pre-heat the oven to 400F. Rinse and pat the bird dry, then rub with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stuff a bunch of herbs inthe cavity (along with the neck and other parts that are in there--they add flavor and nutrients) and throw it in the oven for an hour to an hour and a...Read more

Testimonials

Yellow Dog Farms is a successful small farm in a large part due to Sara and Jamie at Fair Shares CCSA. They were willing to take a chance on a budding (pun intended) first generation Farmer. We were not a supplier to Fair Shares the very first year, but have been ever since and hopefully far into our shared futures.

I am proud to be a supplier and you should be proud to be a member of Fair Shares CCSA where we are all involved in growing and eating better quality, healthy food and supporting small, local businesses and small scale agriculture in Missouri and Illinois.

sara
Yellow Dog Farms