CSA starts in 3 weeks!


We’re getting close!

The first pickup for Braehead Farm and North Stafford CSA customers is Monday, May 7. The first pickup for Snead’s Farm customers is Wednesday, May 9.

Mark your calendars and don’t miss your first box!

There’s still time to join the Snead’s Farm 2018 CSA. Wether you want home delivery (limitations apply), or one of our three pickup sites, a full share or a smaller one, you’ll find all the options in our online store.

Buy a CSA share

In the meantime, now is a great time to get your kitchen ready for the farm-fresh produce you’ll be enjoying soon! Here are some tips:

  1. Sign up for our e-mail list…and don’t forget to check the box for your CSA pickup and box size. The e-mail signup form can be found here. We will send an e-mail every Sunday telling you what to expect in your box, and sharing recipes to help you make the most of it. This is a new list for 2018. We are adding members as they sign up, but if you have a partner you are sharing with, or if you’re not sure which e-mail address you provided when you purchased, sign up just to be sure!
  2. Clean out your refrigerator. The week before CSA season starts is a great week to not buy a lot of groceries. Use up what you have, especially those odd bottles and jars in your fridge. When the CSA starts, you’ll need room to store all of the good stuff, so make room now. Cleaning the shelves and drawers of your fridge will ensure your farm-fresh produce has a clean place to await your recipes.
  3. Check your equipment. A CSA kitchen needs a good chef’s knife, a few sturdy cutting boards, one or two large salad spinners (wash and store your greens in these to preserve them longer), sheet pans for roasting vegetables and a good pan or wok for stir-fries. You might also want a mandoline, a spiralizer, a blender (for smoothies, pestos and sauces) or an immersion blender (which I love for making asparagus and greens soup to stock in the freezer). I use a FoodSaver in my kitchen to preserve extra sliced peppers, peaches, raspberries and more.
  4. Shop for staples. The beginning of the CSA season is a great time for stir-fries, frittatas, quiches, soups, quesadillas, pizzas and similar go-to dishes that can translate all of the greens, onions, kohlrabi, sweet potatoes, asparagus and more into diverse and delicious meals. Check your spice cabinet and pantry and stock staples like rice, soy sauce, rice wine, ginger, honey, olive oil, flour, stock, tortillas, yeast, shredded cheese and other ingredients you’ll need to make these happen on busy weeknights.

Do you have recipes or techniques you’d like to share with the Snead’s Farm CSA community? Feel free to share them with Emily Freehling for inclusion in a future CSA e-mail.

Book signing at Sunken Well Tavern

Come to Sunken Well Tavern Thursday, April 26, from 5 to 9 p.m. for another chance to talk to Emmett Snead about his book, Yankees in the Cornfield. These events are a great chance to meet other Fredericksburgers who remember the places and happenings recounted in the book.

Emmett Snead

We’ll be serving free grass-fed, hormone-free Snead’s Farm beef sliders while supplies last. Books will be for sale and signing by Emmett.

Want to know more about the book? The Free Lance-Star’s Cathy Dyson recently caught up with Emmett. Read her article about the book here.

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New: Purchase your CSA membership online!

Snead's Farm CSAThe start of February means we’re only three months away from CSA season. Have you reserved your family’s share of farm-fresh produce for 2018? We’re  making it easier than ever.

Snead’s Farm can now accept CSA membership purchases online via credit card. We use Square, which means all major credit cards are welcome. All online purchasers must provide phone and e-mail contact information, and agree to the terms of the 2018 CSA contract, which we recommend you print for your records.

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The contract outlines the various pickup and size options that are available for the 2018 CSA. This year, for the first time, we are offering “small” shares in addition to our popular full shares.

We hope these added options make it easier for your family to bring home high-quality, delicious local produce during the 2018 growing season. We want more people to experience the fun and the health benefits of seasonal, local eating.

Emmett Snead talks about his book, “Yankees in the Cornfield”

Emmett Snead will release his book, Yankees in the Cornfield, this month. Snead has been Yankees in the Cornfieldfarming all his life. Read on to find out why he decided to put pen to paper to turn the settings of his childhood into a work of historical fiction.

What is Yankees in the Cornfield?

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How long have you known you wanted to write a book?

Emmett SneadSince a very good friend of mine would request some of my farm sayings and experiences back when we were in college. He would quote some of the stories and refer to them as being from the “Book of Emmett.”

How did you fit the book writing in with the work of running a farm?

My farming operation is not as intense in the winter, from January through March. I also get bored on vacations. I always feel productive when I’m writing. Now that I’m older and not able to cut and split firewood in the winter to sell, I can still write.

You describe Yankees in the Cornfield as “historical fiction with feeling, set in a real place and time.” What about 1960s Fredericksburg makes it an apt setting for a novel?

Sometimes people categorize Fredericksburg or similar small towns as “sleepy” or “boring.” Some of those places were where I went to small colleges (Louisburg, N.C., Emory, Va.). There was always plenty to do and fun to be had at all of those places. I discovered that all of the “soft underbellies” of these places have plenty going on. You just have to know where to look, have a sense of humor, know how to have a good time and sometimes create your own party. This can always be accomplished with a little imagination.

Growing up in Fredericksburg, hunting, fishing and finding ways I could make money were all the fun I needed. No smartphone necessary.

Could the farm that Everett Smith lives on in the book exist in today’s America?

No, the 1960s and 1860s are “Gone with the Wind.” As well it should be, but there are still some good things that have lasted from that time until now, including the American farm work ethic, family values and private ownership of farm land.

The farm could not exist as a dairy farm today because of economies of scale. One hundred cows back then was a big farm. Now you need half a million cows just to break even. The industrialization of dairy farming has had a huge impact on the smaller family farm.

What would you say to readers who say they have a hard time telling where fact ends and fiction begins with this story?

I’d either say, “Thank you for the compliment, that makes me feel like I’ve done a good job writing,” OR “It’s better to believe that it’s all fiction.”

2018 brings new CSA options


If the new year has you thinking about ways to get your family eating better, healthier food, then consider how one decision today could hold you accountable on that resolution down the road.

The Snead’s Farm CSA is a way to buy a “share” of the produce of our farm and a handful of other sustainable local farms for the growing season. You’ll get spring greens, asparagus, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, berries, melons, grapes, corn, cucumbers, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes and all kinds of other delicious produce, picked hours before you come pick it up.

If you’ve been on the fence in the past about joining, 2018 is a great time to take the plunge. This year, for the first time, we are offering what we are calling “small” shares. When we say “small,” though, we’re simply trying to signal that these shares are roughly half (or more) of what our full shares will receive. Full shares are so large that almost all are split between two families. So small shares provide a way for smaller households or families who don’t have a partner to participate.

Click here to learn more about purchasing a small or full share in the 2018 CSA.

This is an investment that will pay dividends–in health, and in the joy of seasonal eating–down the road.

Christmas tree sales start Thanksgiving Day!


We will open Thanksgiving Day for Christmas tree sales. This year, we will be selling Blue Spruces for $95 apiece. (We no longer have white pines.) Price includes tax, baling and twine to tie to your car. You can use our saws to cut your own. Our trees range in height from 5 to 9 feet, with most in the 8- to 9-foot range.

Hours will be 9-5 daily during Christmas tree season.

We take cash and all major credit cards. Dogs on leash are welcome.

Snead’s Farm is also a great place for holiday card photo shoots. See our policy on professional photography here.

Two weekends left in our Fall Festival!

Snead's Farm fall festival


Weekdays: $5 per person

Weekends: $7 per person

children 1 year old and younger free

Dogs on leash are welcome!

Activities available every day: Unicorn Trail, sheep walk, goats, Snead’s Mountain Slides, Vietnam-era helicopter “playroom,” sunflower maze, farm animals to see, pick the biggest pumpkin you can find for $7, swing across a creek, walk in the woods, explore, enjoy nature and peace on this working family farm.

Additional activities available on weekends only: Hayrides, The Well at Snead’s Farm restaurant, Appalachian Kettle Korn, Garaffa’s soft-serve ice cream, seasonal treats. No outside food on weekends, please.

Pumpkins are not included with admission. 

Find full details on the Snead’s Farm Fall Festival here. 


Find local art at the farm this weekend!

We’ll have some special guests at our Fall Festival this weekend. Local artists will be on-site selling specially created works. These are one-of-a-kind pieces you won’t find anywhere else. Here is the lineup:

PONSHOPSaturday Oct. 21PONSHOP – This downtown studio creates beautiful and useful tableware and other pieces. “We are bringing a variety of handmade ceramic items for your kitchen and dining table,” says co-owner Scarlett Pons. “Eat and shop local!” Examples of Pons’ work can be scene in the photo at left.

Sunday, Oct. 22 – Dolly Whitley of Elliot & Evelyn will be selling some of her whimsical paintings and other creations. (See an example below right.)


Elliot and Evelyn

In addition, we’ll have all the other weekend festivities going on. The Well at Snead’s Farm will be open 10-5 each day, hayrides will be leaving every hour and you can enjoy Appalachian Kettle Korn and delicious soft-serve ice cream from Garaffa’s Pizza.

Click here for The Well’s Fall Festival menu. 

Don’t let fall slip away without visiting us!

Find all of the details on our Fall Festival here. 

Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; weekends 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Admission: weekdays – $5 per person; weekends – $7 per person (1 years old and younger free)

Dogs on a leash are welcome!

Click here for a map to the farm. 


The Well open weekends during Fall Festival


The Well at Snead’s Farm will be serving field-to-fork food every weekend at our Fall Festival. They’ll offer picnic boxes to eat out on the farm, sit-down service at the farmhouse and a “fast food” counter for popular items like $1 smoked sweet corn, hot dogs, etc. The Well will be open on Saturdays and Sundays only, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Click here to read the Fall Festival Menu.

Please note: The Well will not be open on Columbus Day Monday.

Fall Festival opens this Sunday!

Snead's Farm pumpkin

We will open our Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 24!

Admission to this year’s festival is $7 per person 2 years old and older. We’re adding lots of fun amenities this year, like our Snead’s Mountain Slides, a Unicorn Trail that will appeal to kids of all ages, improvements to our Vietnam-era helicopter and much more. This is a family-friendly, dogs-on-leash-friendly celebration of one of our favorite seasons.

Learn all about it here.