CSA: May 21, 23, 2018

In the box

Full Share

10 pounds Snead’s Farm asparagus
2 4-pint bags Snead’s Farm sugar snap peas
1 dozen free-range eggs from Canning Farm in King George County

Total retail value of this week’s box: $69
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $211

Small Share

5 pounds Snead’s Farm asparagus
1 4-pint bag Snead’s Farm sugar snap peas

Total retail value of this week’s box: $32
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $117

Note: This wet weather has been excellent for asparagus and sugar snap peas, but unfortunately not for strawberries. This week’s crop of strawberries was a washout in the weekend rains. We are very happy to see the sunshine!

Cooking Ideas

Breakfast

Lunch

  • Make a salad bar! Steam some asparagus and snap peas ahead of time (or it’s perfectly fine to use snap peas raw) and hard-boil some eggs. Layer these into a salad or wraps with greens, cheeses and your other favorite salad ingredients. Prepping the items ahead makes it a lot easier to use them when you need them.

Dinner

  • Asparagus-Snap Pea Stir Fry (I plan to make this without the red peppers, and will probably add some chicken and a little extra asparagus and peas. Serve with rice or noodles. It’s a busy week in our house, and I’ll probably make this in the afternoon so it will be ready to heat up for a quick dinner.)
  • Asparagus Lasagna – If you are looking for ways to freeze your lasagna, make this dish in a foil tray and freeze it. “Four bunches of asparagus” usually means four pounds.
  • Sugar Snap Pea Salad

Snacks

  • Dip Sugar Snap Peas into ranch, hummus or peanut butter. I am mildly obsessed with dipping them into Sprelly’s Sweet Thai Chili fresh-ground peanut butter, available at their shop in Downtown Fredericksburg. Remove the strings first (see link below).
  • Asparagus “fries”

Basic techniques

CSA add-on: Pick-your-own strawberries!

strawberries

Our friends at Braehead Farm report that the strawberry fields are finally full of fruit! We’re celebrating by adding 4 pounds of pick-your-own strawberries to this week’s CSA share.

All CSA members (full and small shares) can go to Braehead Farm on Thursday May 17, Friday May 18 or Saturday May 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to pick up to 4 pounds of strawberries.

Braehead is located at 1130 Tyler St., Fredericksburg, VA, 22401.

Here’s how to get your berries:

  1. Go into the market at Braehead Farm on one of the days listed above.
  2. Check in with the staff. They will have a list of all CSA members. They will give you a container to pick in and tell you which fields to head to.
  3. Pick your berries.
  4. Come back into the market and check out. Your berries will be weighed. If you over-pick, you can pay the market price of $2.99/pound plus tax for any overage. You can pay $1 to keep the plastic container, or have your berries bagged.
  5. Enjoy your berries!

CSA: May 14 and 16, 2018

Snead's Farm CSA

In the box

Small Share

5 pounds Snead’s Farm asparagus
2 pints (equals one quart) Jenny’s Gourmet strawberries grown in Sedley, Va.
1 bunch Chandler Farms onions from Hartwood, Stafford County
1 large box Bibb lettuce grown by Rain or Shine Greenhouse Gardens of Mechanicsville

Total retail value of this week’s box: $31
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $73

Full Share

10 pounds Snead’s Farm asparagus
2 quarts Jenny’s Gourmet strawberries grown in Sedley, Va.
2 bunches Chandler Farms onions from Hartwood, Stafford County
1 large box Bibb lettuce grown by Rain or Shine Greenhouse Gardens of Mechanicsville

Total retail value of this week’s box: $58
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $130

Cooking ideas

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Snacks

Basic techniques

Recommended by other CSA members

Yes, you can still join the CSA

Snead's Farm CSA Box

We have posted prorated prices in our online store to reflect the cost to join the CSA for the remainder of the season. We will do this every week during CSA season.

The next pickup for Braehead and North Stafford customers is Monday, May 14. The next pickup for Snead’s Farm customers is Wednesday, May 16. You can still choose between a full and small share.

You may also join by printing the CSA contract and sending it in with your check.

We hope our CSA members enjoyed the first week’s box!

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Asparagus Festival May 26-28!

Snead's Farm Asparagus Festival

Be sure to include our Asparagus Festival in your Memorial Day Weekend plans. This is an annual tradition here at Snead’s Farm.

The Well at Snead’s Farm farm-to-table restaurant will be open, serving delicious asparagus, strawberry and sugar snap pea dishes made by the great folks at The Sunken Well Tavern. We will also have locally brewed beers made with ingredients grown right here on the farm!

There is no farm admission fee during this festival. Bring your family out and enjoy our Snead Mountain slides.

Dogs on leash are welcome on the farm. No outside food allowed during the festival, please.

Festival hours are 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The farm will be open for produce sales 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. as always.

 

CSA: May 7 and 9, 2018

Snead's Farm AsparagusIn the box

Small Share

1 quart Jenny’s Gourmet oyster mushrooms grown in Sedley, Va.
1 five-pound bag Snead’s Farm asparagus
1 bunch Truslow Farm red onions from Stafford, Va.
1 pint Snead’s Farm raspberry jam

Total retail value of this week’s box: $39
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $39

Full Share

2 quarts Jenny’s Gourmet oyster mushrooms grown in Sedley, Va.
2 five-pound bags Snead’s Farm asparagus
2 bunches Truslow Farm red onions from Stafford, Va.
1 pint Snead’s Farm raspberry jam

Total retail value of this week’s box: $66
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $66

Cooking ideas

Breakfast

Lunch

  • Asparagus farro salad: Add chilled, chopped grilled asparagus (see below) and chopped red onions to cooked farro. Drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Add feta or parmesan cheese and any other chopped vegetables you have. Makes a great cold salad for lunch boxes.
  • Use your raspberry jam in this grilled PB&J

Dinner

Snacks

Basic techniques

CSA starts in 3 weeks!

asparagus

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. Whether 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.

Buy a CSA share

 

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.