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CSA: July 24, 26, 2017

In the box:

2 containers berries
2 dozen free-range eggs
2 bags tomatoes
1 flat peaches
2 bags new potatoes
1 canary melon

The following pick-your-own opportunities are available for CSA members only:

On Wednesday, July 26 at Snead’s Farm:

  • 2 dozen sunflowers, to be picked from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • 4 quarts of blackberries, to be picked from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m.
  • 4 quarts of raspberries, to be picked from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m.

On Sunday, July 23 at Snead’s Farm:

  • 2 dozen sunflowers, to be picked from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • 4 quarts raspberries, to be picked from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $205
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $1,306

Cooking ideas:

Night 1: Grilled chicken with blackberry barbecue sauce
Night 2: Chicken and peach pesto pizza (Peaches and pesto is one of my favorite sweet-salty combinations. Use it in a pasta salad, too!)
Night 3: Eggs baked in tomatoes
Night 4: Smashed new potatoes with garlic and chives
Night 5: This freezer peach pie is a new way to preserve your peaches.
Night 6: Use your canary melon in a simple summer salad like this one (sub in canary melon for the ones they call for).
Night 7: Smashed raspberry grilled cheese

CSA July 17, 19, 2017

In the box

2 containers berries
1 bushel sugar ‘n’ spice corn
6 cucumbers
2 bags tomatoes
2 bags new potatoes
4 eggplant
6 bell peppers
2 bags sweet potatoes
1 bunch beets
2 heirloom “superstar” cantaloupe

The following pick-your-own opportunities are available for CSA members only:

On Wednesday, July 19 at Snead’s Farm:

  • 2 dozen sunflowers, to be picked from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • 1 quart of blackberries, to be picked from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m.
  • 3 quarts of raspberries, to be picked from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m.

On Sunday, July 23 at Snead’s Farm:

  • 2 dozen sunflowers, to be picked from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • 3 quarts raspberries, to be picked from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $177
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $1,101

Cooking ideas

Breakfast: I’ve been making these sweet potato muffins quite a bit with this year’s sweet potatoes. They aren’t too sugar-heavy and come together quickly. Roast your potatoes ahead of time when you are thinking about it and store them in the fridge to be able to whip these up in a flash.

Night 1: Roasted corn and potato salad
Night 2: We really enjoyed this Asian Marinated Cucumber Salad last week. Serve it alongside Stir-fried sesame eggplant and a bed of rice.
Night 3: Roast your bell peppers during a time when you are in meal-prep mode. Peel and seed them and store them in the fridge. They make a great topping for pizza, or add them to a grilled cheese with some bacon and a smear of pesto for a delicious sandwich.
Night 4: Herb-roasted eggplant with tomatoes and feta
Night 5: Appetizers for dinner! Serve Grilled Beet Babaganoush and melon, mozzarella and prosciutto skewers
Night 6: Tomato, cucumber and corn salad
Night 7: Curried Sweet Potato Corn Chowder

CSA July 10, 12, 2017

In the box

2 containers berries
1 bushel corn
1 dozen eggs
4 cucumbers
2 bags new potatoes
2 candy onions
6 bell peppers
6 banana peppers
2 cantaloupes

**OPTIONAL BONUS**
To be picked on Wednesday, July 12, at Snead’s Farm:
– 1 quart blackberries (7 a.m. – 10 a.m.)
– 2 quarts raspberries (7 a.m. – 10 a.m.)
– 2 dozen sunflowers (7 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

To be picked on Sunday, July 16, at Snead’s Farm:
– 2 quarts raspberries (7 a.m. – 10 a.m.)
– 2 dozen sunflowers (7 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Total retail value of this week’s box: $136
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $924

Cooking ideas

Night 1: Grilled corn and potato chowder
Night 2: Grilled chicken thighs with corn and bell pepper relish
Night 3: Cantaloupe and cucumber salad
Night 4: Quick pickled banana peppers would make a nice topping for tacos, hot dogs and more.
Night 5: Italian sausage, peppers and onions
Night 6: Roasted corn and egg salad
Night 7: Corn risotto

We are open July 4! And this weekend’s menu…

American Flag

Our farm stand stays open daily 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. all summer, and that includes July 4. Come on out to stock your Independence Day barbecue with sugar ‘n’ spice sweet corn, tomatoes, blackberries, raspberries, squash and much, much more.

Also, don’t forget to join us this weekend (July 1 and 2) for the Snead’s Farm Summer Flavors Festival. The Well at Snead’s Farm will be open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., serving delicious dishes like Carolina Wings, smoked sausages and blackberry-raspberry shortcake. Download the full menu here.  There is no farm entry fee during the festival, so come enjoy summer at Snead’s Farm!

 

CSA: June 26 and 28, 2017

In the box

2 bushels “sugar and spice” sweet corn
4 heads broccoli
2 pints blueberries
6 banana peppers
4 bell peppers
4 cucumbers
2 quarts snow peas
1 dozen eggs
1 bag squash
1 head cabbage
2 eggplant
**Optional Bonus** 1 dozen pick-your-own zinnias, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, June 28, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $91
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $636

Cooking ideas

Preserving your corn: If you find yourself with more than you can use or give to friends, here are some ideas for preserving your corn:

Night 1: Summer Squash and Corn Chowder
Night 2: Santa Fe Style Stuffed Peppers with cucumber-blueberry salad
Night 3: Serve a side of Corn and cabbage cole slaw
Night 4: Eggplant and snow pea stir-fry
Night 5: Grilled main dish aside grilled corn and snap pea salad
Night 6:  Garlic-roasted broccoli with parmesan alongside fresh corn spoonbread
Night 7: Having a party? Consider these stuffed banana peppers as an appetizer.

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.