Our 2017 CSA starts May 1

Sneads Farm CSA

The Snead’s Farm 2017 CSA starts in less than two months!

Once again this year, we will be offering pickup at Snead’s Farm, Braehead Farm and at our North Stafford location.

To join the CSA, click here to download the contract, and send it in with your payment. Then don’t forget to come pick up your delicious box of farm-fresh produce on your first pickup day.

 

 

Mark your calendars for a special Snead’s Farm holiday event

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Come to the farm on Saturday, Nov. 26, for a holiday-themed event where you can cross several holiday tasks off your list in one stress-free trip.

The farm will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for Christmas tree sales. Find all the details on this year’s trees here.

The Well at Snead’s Farm will be open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. selling its popular menu of farm-to-table favorites, as well as a selection of Virginia craft beers.

Kerry Renee Photograsantaphy will offer styled holiday mini-sessions for all ages from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Make sure to click here to reserve a session in advance.

In addition, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a stop at the farm. From noon until 2 p.m., kids can have their picture taken with them in the barn and get a few minutes to make those all-important Christmas gift requests. Parents will receive a thumb drive of photos to take home, all for $50.

Darling D’s Concession Stand  and Martino’s Donuts will be open, selling hot chocolate and other sweet holiday treats. Take this opportunity to ditch the mall for some time outside with your family.

Please, no outside food, and all vendors take credit cards.

 

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CSA Week 17: Aug. 22 and 24, 2016

In the box:

2 containers Snead’s Farm berries
3 watermelons
1 bag tomatoes
1 dozen corn
2 bags Irish potatoes

OPTIONAL BONUS 
To be picked on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Snead’s Farm:
1 quart raspberries (7 a.m. until 10 a.m. only)
2 bouquets sunflowers (15 flowers each)

To be picked on Sunday, Aug. 28, at Snead’s Farm:
1 quart raspberries (7 a.m. until 10 a.m. only)
2 bouquets sunflowers (15 flowers each)

Total retail value of this week’s box: $99
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $1,738

Meal ideas:

Night 1: Ready for something completely different? This Watermelon Salad recipe from the August issue of Bon Appetit looks like just the ticket.
Night 2: Who says graham cracker crust has to be on the bottom of a  berry dessert? Try this graham cracker blueberry crumble (you can sub in whatever berries are in your box) for dessert tonight.
Night 3: Baked potato bar. Get inspired here.
Night 4: Corn, tomato and black bean tostadas (use chopped tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes)
Night 5: Beef and watermelon stir-fry 
Night 6: Grilled corn salad with black beans and queso fresco
Night 7: Raspberry and Blue Cheese salad (add some grilled shrimp or chicken on top to complete the meal)

CSA Week 16: Aug. 15 and 17, 2016

In the box

1 pint blueberries
1 container of Snead’s Farm berries (raspberries or blackberries)
7 watermelons
1 dozen eggs
1 bag tomatoes
2 eggplants
2 peppers

OPTIONAL BONUS 
To be picked on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Snead’s Farm:
2 quarts raspberries (7 a.m. until 10 a.m. only)
2 bouquets sunflowers (15 flowers each)

To be picked on Sunday, Aug. 21, at Snead’s Farm:
2 quarts raspberries (7 a.m. until 10 a.m. only)
2 bouquets sunflowers (15 flowers each)
Total retail value of this week’s box: $154
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $1,639

Meal plan

Night 1: Watermelon gazpacho with grilled-cheese sandwiches (or alongside grilled shrimp)
Nights 2 and 3: Baked eggplant parmesan
Night 4:Tomato-watermelon salad
Night 5: Bell pepper and herb quiche with a side of cold watermelon
Night 6: Chinese-style eggs and tomatoes
Night 7: Watermelon “steak” salad

 

CSA Week 15: What’s in the box?

In the box

2 pints blueberries
2 pints blackberries
4 watermelons
2 cantaloupes
1 bag tomatoes
3 peppers
1 eggplant

OPTIONAL BONUS 
To be picked on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Snead’s Farm:
2 quarts raspberries (7 a.m. until 10 a.m. only)
2 bouquets sunflowers (15 flowers each)

To be picked on Sunday, Aug. 14, at Snead’s Farm:
2 quarts raspberries (7 a.m. until 10 a.m. only)
2 bouquets sunflowers (15 flowers each)

Total retail value of this week’s box: $159
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $1,485

Meal ideas

Night 1: BLTs make the ultimate lazy summer dinner. We’ve been jazzing ours up by stirring pesto into the mayonnaise we use, adding a fried egg to the sandwich or going all-out on really good crusty bread. This week it might be time to add pimiento cheese to the mix.
Night 2: Eggplant and Olive Pizza
Night 3: Tomato and Watermelon Salad (this would be great with grilled shrimp)
Nights 4 and 5: Lasagna with spinach and peppers
Night 6: Melon and crispy prosciutto salad
Night 7: Blueberry and farro salad

 

 

CSA Week 14: Aug. 1 and 3, 2016

In the box:

2 pints blueberries
2 pints blackberries
1 dozen corn
1 large bag tomatoes
3 cantaloupes
3 peppers

OPTIONAL BONUS 
To be picked on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Snead’s Farm:
2 quarts raspberries (7 a.m. until 10 a.m. only)
2 bouquets sunflowers (15 flowers each)
**Also on Wednesday, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. in the herb garden (to the left of the sand pile), Ellen Snead will be out in the garden sharing the bounty of this year’s herbs (especially basil). Visit her in the garden to take home some aromatic additions to your menu for the week.**

To be picked on Sunday, Aug. 7, at Snead’s Farm:
2 quarts raspberries (7 a.m. until 10 a.m. only)
2 bouquets sunflowers (15 flowers each)

Total retail value of this week’s box: $154
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $1,326

Meal Plan

Night 1: Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s Savory Cantaloupe Salad served on crusty bread. This is summer eating.
Nights 2 and 3: Corn soup with grilled cheese-and-tomato sandwiches
Night 4: Grilled sausage links and peppers served on hot dog buns (To grill the peppers: Cut lengthwise into chunks that won’t slip through the grill grates, brush lightly with oil. Grill until tender, then toss hot peppers with raw chopped garlic, salt and pepper. Cut grilled pepper chunks into strips to serve with sausages.)
Night 5: Marinated tomatoes. There are some summer nights I would eat this all by itself. Serve with a hard-boiled egg, a slice of crusty bread spread with cheese, a plate of chips and hummus…it’s a low-maintenance dinner.
Night 6: Prosciutto, melon and mozzarella (This would be great to bring to a pot-luck)
Night 7: Blueberry-corn salad

CSA Week 13: July 25 and 27, 2016

In the box:

2 pints blueberries
2 pints blackberries
1 dozen eggs
1 bag tomatoes
1 dozen sweet corn
4 green peppers
1 eggplant
1 butternut squash

OPTIONAL BONUS 
To be picked on Wednesday, July 27 at Snead’s Farm:
3 quarts raspberries (7 a.m. until 10 a.m. only)
2 bouquets sunflowers (15 flowers each)

To be picked on Sunday, July 31 at Snead’s Farm:
3 quarts raspberries (7 a.m. until 10 a.m. only)
2 bouquets sunflowers (15 flowers each)

Total retail value of this week’s box: $188
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $1,172

Meal Plan:

**Note: Due to extreme heat, berry picking hours this week will be 7 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Night 1: Hamburgers topped with tomato slices and grilled eggplant (My eggplant method – Slice crosswise, douse in olive oil. Prepare a dish with lemon juice and minced garlic. Grill eggplant slices until tender, then throw them in the prepared dish. Use these to top burgers, and use any leftovers on sandwiches throughout the week.)
Night 2: Shrimp and corn with basil (add some chopped fresh tomatoes)
Night 3: Grilled sausages and peppers with a side ofgrilled corn.
Nights 4: Mexican butternut squash and corn saute
Night 5: BLT sandwiches with berries on the side
Night 6:  Blackberry Ricotta Pizza
Night 7: Breakfast for dinner: Blueberry buttermilk pancakes

CSA Week 12: July 18 and 20, 2016

In the box:

2 pints blueberries
2 pints blackberries
2 pints cherry tomatoes
4 cucumbers** (because cucumbers are not available for Wednesday’s pickup this week, we will include these in a future box for our Wednesday customers)
2 eggplant
1 large bag tomatoes

OPTIONAL BONUS 
To be picked on Wednesday, July 20 at Snead’s Farm:
2 quarts raspberries (7 a.m. until 11 a.m. only)
2 bouquets sunflowers (15 flowers each)

To be picked on Sunday, July 24 at Snead’s Farm:
2 quarts raspberries (7 a.m. until 11 a.m. only)
2 bouquets sunflowers (15 flowers each)

Total retail value of this week’s box: $147
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $984

Meal Plan

Night 1: This Tomato and Eggplant Tian would make a nice side to a roasted or sauteed fish fillet. Add a side of berries for a light summer meal.
Night 2: Cucumber and Israeli Couscous salad, with rotisserie chicken or something pre-cooked as your main, because it’s too hot to cook!
Night 3: Leftover rotisserie chicken on a salad with raspberries and feta cheese.
Night 4: Blueberry balsamic glazed rosemary roasted chicken
Night 5: Taco night with homemade pico de gallo
Night 6: Blackberry glazed salmon
Night 7: Polenta tart with roasted cherry tomatoes

CSA Week 11: July 11 and 13, 2016

In the box:

2 pints blueberries
2 pints blackberries
2 peppers
1 eggplant
1 dozen eggs
1 bag squash

OPTIONAL BONUS: (please note that pick-your-own berries are for CSA members ONLY.)
On Wednesday, July13:
2 quarts pick-your-own raspberries, to be picked between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Snead’s Farm
2 bouquets pick-your-own sunflowers (15 flowers per bouquet), to be picked between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Snead’s Farm

On Sunday, July 17:
4 quarts pick-your-own raspberries, to be picked between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Snead’s Farm
2 bouquets pick-your-own sunflowers (15 flowers per bouquet) to be picked between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Snead’s Farm

Total retail value of this week’s box: $170
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $837

Meal Plan:

Congratulations! All CSA members have now broken even on their investment! That means you can think of the rest of the summer’s bounty (and your quadruple fall box) as “free!”

Night 1: Sticky blackberry honey hot wings
Night 2: Summer Salmon Cakes with Zucchini-Fennel Slaw (I made these last week and added one egg and a few more cracker crumbs to the cake mixture to make the cakes a little heartier) Wonderful use for zucchini if you are starting to get sick of zucchini.
Nights 3 and 4: Portobello and Summer Squash Lasagna (This recipe is a go-to every summer for me. I often sub out the mushrooms for hot Italian sausage. The key to any good lasagna is to splurge on good fresh-made ricotta and high-quality marinara sauce.)
Night 5: Make Baba Ganouj, then assemble a Mediterranean Mezze Platter for a non-traditional dinner. My kids love “snacky” meals like this. Buy some pitas and cut them into triangles, open a jar of kalamata olives, and try some of these ideas from Martha Stewart to fill out your platter.
Night 6: Eggs in a pepper. Have a side of fresh berries and serve up some biscuits (homemade r from the fridge) and bacon to complete the meal.
Night 7: Raspberry Grilled Cheese (The recipe I have linked to uses Brie. Brie is delicious but seems a little rich to me for summer. I think tart raspberries would be nice with a good sharp cheddar. If you can’t find brioche, try a good, crusty sourdough.)