CSA: June 19, 21, 2017

In the box:

UPDATE: We have added two pick-your-own opportunities for Wednesday, June 21, at Snead’s Farm. Berries may be picked between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.

  • 2 quarts PYO blackberries
  • 2 half-pints pick-your-own raspberries

2 pints blueberries
2 large bags snow peas
2 bags squash
2 dozen eggs
4 cucumbers
2 bags Yukon gold potatoes
1 head cabbage
**Optional Bonus** 1 dozen pick-your-own zinnias, to be picked between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at Snead’s Farm

Total retail value of this week’s box: $103
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $545

Cooking ideas:

Note: There are a lot of snow peas this week. They make a satisfying, cold, crunchy snack if you blanch them, dry them and keep them chilled in the fridge. To do this, first remove the strings by grabbing them by the leafy stem at the top and pulling down the side with the visible peas. Plunge stringed peas into boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and immediately plunge into ice water for 3-4 minutes. Drain, dry on a dish towel and store in a sealed container in the fridge. Reach for these when you get hungry for a snack. The boiling brings out their natural sweetness.

Night 1: Add a new technique to your vegetable repertoire: Homemade Tempura Vegetables. This would be good with your squash and snow peas (and sweet potatoes, if you have them left over from last week). Serve with soy sauce for dipping and a bowl of soba noodles.
Night 2: Two-cheese squash casserole could be served as a side dish or as a main with a green salad.
Night 3: I make a version of this Crunchy Peanut Slaw any time I have cabbage in the house. It keeps great for lunch the next day and is wonderful with grilled shrimp. If I don’t have onions, I don’t use them.
Night 4: Baked potato bar!
Night 5: Smoked salmon in cucumber boats (Appetizer dinners are the way to go when the weather gets hot.)
Night 6: Blueberry goat cheese empanadas (Are these dinner or dessert? Hey, it’s summer break, let’s ditch the rules.)
Night 7: Grilled meat with a side of snow pea slaw.

Farm Stand opens June 21!

Snead's Farm roadside stand

We will open our roadside farm stand for summer produce sales on Wednesday, June 21. Hours will be 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily through Labor Day. Get ready for sweet corn, tomatoes, berries and all of your summer favorites!

Also, mark your calendars for the Snead’s Farm Summer Flavors Festival July 1-2. The Well at Snead’s Farm will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on these days serving farm-fresh food and craft beverages, and there will be no farm entry fee.

Stay tuned for more details!

CSA: June 12 and 14, 2017

In the box

UPDATE: After looking at the blackberry fields on Monday, we have decided to add one quart of pick-your-own blackberries. This optional bonus add-on may be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, June 14, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m.

2 pints blueberries
2 bags snow peas
2 bags squash
1 dozen free-range eggs
2 bags sweet potatoes
1 bag string beans

Total retail value of this week’s box: $68
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $442

Cooking ideas

Night 1: Baked cod and summer squash in foil packets
Night 2: Peanut chicken and sweet potato noodle stir fry (Note: I would substitute snow peas for broccoli and squash for peppers here.)
Night 3: Greek stewed green beans and yellow squash with tomatoes (this would be great with a pork chop)
Night 4: Fresh snow pea salad with pancetta and pecorino
Night 5: Baked sweet potatoes with egg
Night 6: Green bean salad with mustard vinaigrette
Night 7: Classic egg salad sandwiches

CSA: June 5 and 7, 2017

In the box

2 quarts strawberries
2 dozen free-range eggs
2 bags squash
2 pints sugar snap peas
5 pounds asparagus
2 kohlrabi, with greens
**optional bonus** 1 dozen pick-your-own sunflowers, to be picked on Wednesday, June 7, at Snead’s Farm, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $73
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $374

Cooking ideas

Kohlrabi is usually one of the most perplexing vegetables in the CSA rotation, but it’s really quite tasty and nutritious. Kohlrabi is a member of the cabbage family, and you can eat both the greens and the (peeled) bulb. Click here for an excellent primer on the vegetable.

Night 1: Stir-fry of kohlrabi matchsticks, asparagus and meat of choice. (Here is a foolproof formula for stir-frying anything.)
Night 2: Barbecue Salmon and Snap Pea Slaw (I’d use grated squash or kohlrabi to avoid buying radishes.)
Night 3: Summer Squash Gratin (use zucchini and yellow squash interchangeably)
Night 4: Shaved Asparagus Salad (sub in chopped kohlrabi greens for arugula)
Night 5: Asparagus frittata
Night 6: Grilled meat with a side of sauteed asparagus and snap peas (because you can never go wrong with Ina Garten)
Night 7: Summer squash pizza

CSA: May 29 and 31, 2017

In the box

4 heads broccoli
2 quarts strawberries
2 dozen free-range eggs
2 bags sweet potatoes
2 bunches beets, with tops
2 bunches spring onions

Total retail value of this week’s box: $52
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $301

Cooking ideas

Night 1: Serve a side dish of grilled sweet potatoes. I made this recipe a few years ago and really liked the combination of citrus and sweet potatoes. I’d recommend adding a bit of cumin and crushed red pepper or cayenne to the spices you toss the potatoes with, and a squeeze of orange juice (along with lemon or lime) goes nicely in the dressing.
Night 2: Farm-fresh broccoli is so tasty that my favorite thing to do with it is chop it up raw in salads. A salad with broccoli, chopped hard-boiled eggs, chopped green parts of the spring onions and some leftover grilled sweet potatoes would be delicious!
Night 3: Spanish Tortilla made with Sweet Potatoes
Night 4: Sandwiches or burgers with a side of beet chips (I finally broke down and bought a mandoline for this)
Night 5: Sauteed beet greens and spring onions, topped with an egg
Night 6: Beet, goat cheese and walnut tart
Night 7: If you’ve still got a few beets, these dark chocolate beet brownies would go great with vanilla ice cream and strawberries.

CSA: May 22 and 24, 2017

In the box:

2 quarts strawberries
1 pound asparagus
1 pint sugar snap peas
1 dozen eggs
2 bunches beets, with tops
4 pounds pick-your-own strawberries at Braehead Farm, to be picked between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. between Monday, May 22, and Thursday, May 25.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $41
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $249

Cooking ideas:

**Note: The greens atop these beets are very similar to Swiss chard and can be used in the same way. Below we include them in the week’s meal plan. You will want to separate the greens from the beets as soon as you get home, otherwise the beets will get soft.

Night 1: Asparagus risotto
Night 2: Grilled steak salad with beets and scallions
Night 3: Beet greens and feta pasta
Night 4: Grilled chicken salad with sugar snap peas and strawberries
Night 5: Beet green frittata
Night 6: Breakfast for dinner: Buttermilk pancakes with roasted strawberries
Night 7: Strawberry-beet salad

The best bet for locavores this Memorial Day weekend

Snead's Farm AsparagusSpend Memorial Day weekend enjoying a truly unique local dining experience at the Snead’s Farm Asparagus Festival May 27-29. There will be no entry fee to visit the farm on these days from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

This weekend is likely to be the end of asparagus season here at the farm. Buy it while it lasts for $5 a pound. We also have raspberries, strawberries, yellow squash, sugar snap peas and more.

The Well at Snead’s Farm will be serving a farm-to-fork menu each day, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The chefs at Sunken Well have had grass-fed beef from Fredericksburg’s Braehead Farm butchered specially for this event. They’ll be serving the Snead’s Asparagus Burger, topped with Swiss cheese and loads of grilled asparagus.

Other menu items include:

  • Locavore Salad, with sugar snap peas, asparagus, spring onions, local lettuces and Braehead Farm strawberry dressing.
  • Braehead Farm Strawberries
  • Snead’s Farm Asparagus
  • Barbecue
  • Hot Dogs

The Well will also have a selection of local beers and wines, including Spencer Devon’s Snead’s Farm Blackberry Saison beer, along with a selection of other asparagus dishes.

While you’re at the farm, be sure to spend some time strolling around. Say hello to our lambs, sheep, llamas, goats, cows, horses and more, and purchase fresh-cut asparagus at the carport.

And if you decide you’d like to keep coming back every week to pick up your very own box of hand-picked local fruits and vegetables, you can still sign up to join our 2017 CSA.

**Please, no outside food.**

CSA: May 15 and 17, 2017

In this week’s box:

2 quarts strawberries
1 pound rhubarb
2 dozen free-range eggs
2 4-pound bags sweet potatoes
2 2-pound bags asparagus
4 pounds pick-your-own strawberries at Braehead Farm, to be picked between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. between Monday, May 15, and Thursday, May 18

Total retail value of this week’s box: $69
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $208

Cooking ideas:

Night 1: If you’ve never cooked rhubarb before, know that it is very tart, making it a wonderful match for strawberries. This recipe for strawberry-rhubarb pie also includes a nice explanation of how to use rhubarb. If you’re not in the mood to make pie crust (I promise, it’s not that hard), opt for this strawberry-rhubarb crisp.
Night 2: Sweet potato coconut curry soup
Night 3: Asparagus frittata
Night 4: This asparagus-strawberry salad would pair nicely with any grilled meat.
Night 5: Sweet potato latkes (I might pick up a few links of sausage at Braehead Farm this week to serve alongside these.)
Night 6: Blanched asparagus (store it in the fridge for 1-2 days) draped over egg-salad tartines
Night 7: Sweet potato and black bean enchiladas

CSA shares still available!

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Shares in our 2017 CSA are still available. Join this week to take advantage of this week’s bonus add-on: pick up to 4 pounds of pick-your-own strawberries at Braehead Farm, now through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

You must be a Snead’s Farm CSA member to take advantage of this opportunity. To join the CSA this week, go to Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, May 10, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. with our CSA contract and payment. You may pay extra to receive delivery at Braehead Farm or North Stafford in subsequent weeks, but this week you must sign up and take home your box from Snead’s Farm.

Click here to download the CSA contract.

Click here to see what else is in this week’s box.

CSA: May 8 and 10, 2017

In the box:

**UPDATE: We have added 4 pounds (per membership) pick-your-own strawberries this week. Strawberries may be picked at Braehead Farm, from Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Be sure to stop in at the market and tell them the name on your membership.

4 quarts strawberries
2 2-pint bags sugar snap peas
1 dozen free-range eggs
2 bunches collard greens
2 bunches Swiss chard
2 bunches spring onions

Total retail value of this week’s box: $65
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $139

Cooking ideas

Night 1: Swiss chard, strawberry and feta salad
Night 2: Throw a bone-in chicken breast on the grill, coat it in barbecue sauce and serve alongside these Southern-style collard greens
Night 3: Sesame roasted snap peas would go nicely with some rice and this easy hoisin baked salmon
Night 4: I recently heard an interview with an NYC pizza chef where he encouraged adding raw chopped greens as a final topping to pizza before it goes into the oven. The parts of the greens touching the cheese will wilt and melt into the pizza, and the parts sticking up will get crispy (kind of like kale chips) and add nice texture. You could try this with either chard or collards. Here is my go-to recipe for homemade pizza.
Night 5: Swiss Chard Cakes (I know the recipe calls for 3-4 bunches, but with only 2 eggs, you’re probably going to be fine using one bunch, or even less.)
Night 6: Quinoa salad with sugar snap peas
Night 7: Giant collard leaves make a nice alternative to rice paper for these spring rolls . Or go a different direction with Italian Stuffed Collard Greens.