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GIANT pumpkins in our Tarzan Patch

New this year at Snead’s Farm: Our “Tarzan Patch” along U.S. 17 in front of the farm is an early-bird giant pumpkin patch filled with heirloom baking pumpkins that weigh into the hundreds of pounds. You’ll find orange, white, blue and pink gourds for your cooking and decorating needs. Pick your own for $40 per GIANT pumpkin.

Right behind the pumpkins we have a row of sunflowers about to burst into peak bloom. Pick your own flowers for $1 per stem (keep in mind many stems have multiple blooms).

This is in addition to the other attractions you’ll find throughout Snead’s Farm, all of which are accessible with your $5 per person admission.

Our Snead’s Farm roadside stand will remain open through Sept. 27. Right now, we have sugar ‘n’ spice sweet corn, raspberries, tall tunnel tomatoes, peaches, grapes and more.

We’re working on even more fun activities, hikes and play areas for this year’s Fall Festival, which will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Come see us at the farm. We’re open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. We take cash and all major credit cards. Dogs on leash are welcome!

**And don’t let our CSA Early Bird Special pass you by! Join before Oct. 2 and get 10 percent off a small or full share! Click here for details. **

CSA Week 17: What’s in the box?

Last pickup ’til fall!

This is the last summer pickup of the 2019 CSA. Don’t forget to come to Snead’s Farm (all members, even those who normally pick up at Braehead and North Stafford) on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for your fall pickup, which will include pumpkins. Oct. 2 is also the last day to join the 2020 CSA at a 10 percent discount.


Snead’s Farm 2020 CSA

It’s already time to start thinking about the 2020 CSA! Once again, we are offering a 10 percent discount to those who join by Oct. 2, 2019. Get all the details here

In the box

SMALL SHARE

  • 1 dozen free-range eggs from Canning Farm
  • 1 quart Snead’s Farm Concord grapes
  • 2 quarts Snead’s Farm peaches
  • 1 jar local strawberry jam from 3 Ladies Foods

Pick-Your-Own Opportunities:

1 dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, Aug. 28, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

We will not have pick-your-own on Sunday this week.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $41

Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $2,102.50

FULL SHARE

  • 1 dozen free-range eggs from Canning Farm
  • 2 quarts Snead’s Farm Concord grapes
  • 1 flat Snead’s Farm peaches
  • 2 jars local strawberry jam from 3 Ladies Foods

Pick-Your-Own Opportunities:

1 dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, Aug. 28, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

We will not have pick-your-own on Sunday this week.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $69

Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $2,574

Cooking Ideas

Emmett this week was remembering the grape juice his mom used to make from Concord grapes when he was growing up. The method is simple, even if you’re not an experienced canner. This blog post comes pretty close to the process he remembers. He said his father liked to eat the grapes left in the jars once the juice had been extracted. 

This is a great week to put away some sliced peaches for colder weather. Here is a no-peel method that calls for soaking the peaches in a lemon juice mixture to slow down browning. If you prefer a peeled peach, here’s another method that includes slipping the skins off after a hot water bath. 

You could also make a freezer peach pie and have instant deliciousness any time of year. 

What to do with Concord grapes?

We’ve got beautiful Concord grapes in season now, at the farm stand and in CSA boxes. These grapes have seeds, but they also have a flavor you won’t find in the varieties sold at the grocery stores.

Many people have asked what to do with them. We offer this method for simply canning grape juice. This is very close to the method Emmett Snead remembers his mother using to make grape juice when he was a child. Even if you’ve never canned, this is a simple method worth trying!

CSA Week 16: What’s in the box?

In the box

SMALL SHARE

  • 1 quart Snead’s Farm Concord grapes
  • 1 dozen ears Snead’s Farm sweet corn
  • 2 quarts Snead’s Farm peaches
  • 1 Snead’s Farm watermelon

Pick-Your-Own Opportunities:

1 dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, Aug. 21, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

1 dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Sunday, Aug. 25, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $46

Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $2,061.50

FULL SHARE

  • 2 dozen free-range eggs from Canning Farm
  • 2 quarts Snead’s Farm Concord grapes
  • 1 dozen ears Snead’s Farm sweet corn
  • 4 quarts Snead’s Farm peaches
  • 2 Snead’s Farm watermelon

Pick-Your-Own Opportunities:

1 dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, Aug. 21, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

1 dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Sunday, Aug. 25, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $77

Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $2,505

Cooking Ideas

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Watermelons are 3 for $8!

Our seedless watermelons are currently on sale for $4 apiece, or buy two get one FREE. That’s three watermelons for $8!

We also have corn back in at 25 cents an ear, and half-bushel boxes of freestone peaches are $30.

Blackberries are no longer on sale, but we do have them.

Come on out, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. We take cash and all major credit cards.

CSA Week 15: What’s in the box?

Snead's Farm

In the box

SMALL SHARE

  • 1 dozen free-range eggs
  • 2 pints Snead’s Farm berries (blackberries or raspberries)
  • 1 jar Snead’s Farm plum jam made by Fredericksburg-based Pälzer Mädel 
  • 1 quart Snead’s Farm Concord grapes

Pick-Your-Own Opportunities:

1 dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, Aug. 14, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

1 dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Sunday, Aug. 18, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $53

Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $2,015.50

FULL SHARE

  • 1 dozen free-range eggs
  • 4 pints Snead’s Farm berries (blackberries or raspberries)
  • 2 jars Snead’s Farm plum jam made by Fredericksburg-based Pälzer Mädel 
  • 2 quarts Snead’s Farm Concord grapes

Pick-Your-Own Opportunities:

1 dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, Aug. 14, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

1 dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Sunday, Aug. 18, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $76

Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $2,428

Cooking Ideas


CSA Week 14: What’s in the box?

In the box

SMALL SHARE

  • 1 dozen free-range eggs
  • 3 pints Snead’s Farm berries (blackberries or raspberries)
  • 1 jar strawberry jam made with local strawberries
  • 1 jar pepper jelly made by Fredericksburg-based Pälzer Mädel

Pick-Your-Own Opportunities:

1 dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, Aug. 7, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

1 dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Sunday, Aug. 11, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $57

Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $1962.50

FULL SHARE

  • 1 dozen free-range eggs
  • 6 pints Snead’s Farm berries (blackberries or raspberries)
  • 2 jars strawberry jam made with local strawberries
  • 2 jars pepper jelly made by Fredericksburg-based Pälzer Mädel

Pick-Your-Own Opportunities:

1 dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, Aug. 7, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

1 dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Sunday, Aug. 11, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $82

Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $2352

Cooking Ideas


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How Snead’s Farm is helping to Save the Bay

Next time you bite into one of our juicy watermelons, or pop one of our giant blackberries in your mouth, keep in mind that you’re doing good for more than your taste buds.

The sustainable farming practices used at Snead’s Farm are carefully chosen to reduce the amount of chemicals, fertilizers and other runoff that ultimately hurts the Chesapeake Bay. We see this as a win-win, because these same practices are much better for the long-term health of our soil than the typical methods of industrial agriculture, and when it comes down to it, our soil is our most important asset.

Read more about the details of no-till farming, cover crops, succession planting and other strategies we use in this piece by From the Farmer, a business that supports sustainable farming in our region.

And remember that those beautiful sunflowers you’re seeing now are making the soil better for next year’s snap peas, pumpkins and more!

CSA Week 13: What’s in the box?

Snead's Farm Raspberries

In the box

UPDATE: Please note that pick-your-own peaches for Sunday, Aug. 4, will be 1 busket grounders only (no picking from trees). This is to ensure you get ripe peaches, and to ensure the fruit on the trees can ripen for the next week. Thank you!

SMALL SHARE

  • 1 dozen free-range eggs
  • 1 small bag tomatoes
  • 2 pints blackberries
  • 2 quarts peaches
  • 1 watermelon

Pick-Your-Own Opportunities:

1 quart raspberries, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, July 31, between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

2 buskets blackberries and 1 busket peaches, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, July 31, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. 

1 dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, July 31, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

1 quartraspberries to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Sunday, Aug. 4, between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.

1 busketpeaches, 2 buskets blackberries and one dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Sunday, Aug. 4, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $203

Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $1905.50

FULL SHARE

  • 1 dozen free-range eggs
  • 2 small bagS tomatoes
  • 4 pints blackberries
  • 4 quarts peaches
  • 2 watermelon

Pick-Your-Own Opportunities:

1 quart raspberries, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, July 31, between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

2 buskets blackberries and 1 busket peaches, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, July 31, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. 

1 dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, July 31, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

1 quartraspberries to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Sunday, Aug. 4, between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.

1 busketpeaches, 2 buskets blackberries and one dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Sunday, Aug. 4, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $232

Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $2270

Cooking Ideas

Apparently you can grill eggs. News to me.

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Don’t let summer pass you by without making the Barefoot Contessa’s Summer Fruit Crostata. Don’t worry about having the exact fruits she specifies. Any mix of berries and peaches will do. Be sure to have vanilla ice cream ready.