Category Archives: CSA

CSA: June 18, 20, 2018

In the box

SMALL SHARE

1 pint blueberries from Agriberry in Hanover County
2 cucumbers from Steve Minter Farm in King George County
1 large bag Snead’s Farm summer squash
1 head broccoli from Canning Farm
2 pounds sweet potatoes from Canning Farm

Optional Pick-Your-Own Opportunity:
2 dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, June 20, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $29
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $222

FULL SHARE

2 pints blueberries from Agriberry in Hanover County
2 dozen free range eggs from Canning Farm in King George County
4 cucumbers from Steve Minter Farm in King George County
2 large bags Snead’s Farm summer squash
1 head broccoli from Canning Farm
1 head cauliflower from Canning Farm
4 pounds sweet potatoes from Canning Farm
1 bunch collards from Moss Neck Farm in Caroline County

Optional Pick-Your-Own Opportunity:
2 dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, June 20, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $60
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $417

Cooking Ideas

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CSA: June 11 and 13, 2018

strawberries

In the box

FULL SHARE

2 quarts strawberries from Agriberry in Hanover County
2 pints portobello mushrooms from Jennie’s Gourmet Mushrooms in Sedley, Va.
2 bunches spring onions from Moss Neck Farm in Caroline County
2 cucumbers from Steve Minter Farm in King George County
1 head cabbage from Steve Minter Farm
2 large bags squash from Moss Neck Farm
1 dozen free range eggs from Canning Farm in King George County

Total retail value of this week’s box: $49
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $357

SMALL SHARE

1 quart strawberries from Agriberry in Hanover County
1 pint portobello mushrooms from Jennie’s Gourmet Mushrooms in Sedley, Va.
1 bunch spring onions from Moss Neck Farm in Caroline County
1 cucumber from Steve Minter Farm in King George County
1 head cabbage from Steve Minter Farm
1 large bag squash from Moss Neck Farm

Total retail value of this week’s box: $23.50
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $193

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CSA: May 28, 30, 2018

Snead's Farm

In the box

FULL SHARE

4 pounds Snead’s Farm asparagus
1 pint Snead’s Farm sugar snap peas
2 pints Jenny’s Gourmet shiitake mushrooms from Sedley, Va.
1 bunch kale from Moss Neck Farm in Caroline County
1 bunch Swiss chard from Moss Neck Farm in Caroline County
2 4-pound bags sweet potatoes from Canning Farm in King George County

Total retail value of this week’s box: $57
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $268

SMALL SHARE

2 pounds Snead’s Farm asparagus
half pint Snead’s Farm sugar snap peas
1 pint Jenny’s Gourmet shiitake mushrooms from Sedley, Va.
1 bunch Swiss chard from Moss Neck Farm in Caroline County
4 pounds sweet potatoes from Canning Farm in King George County

Total retail value of this week’s box: $28.50
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $145.50

Kitchen Ideas

Breakfast

Lunch

  • Sweet Potato Toast (This would be great topped with goat cheese and Swiss chard or kale sauteed in garlic.)
  • Asparagus and Avocado Wraps – I like to blanch or steam a batch of asparagus when I bring my box home and keep it in the fridge so that I can quickly use it in wraps like this, or on cold salads.

Dinner

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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

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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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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.

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: May 22 and 24, 2017

In the box:

2 quarts strawberries
1 pound asparagus
1 pint sugar snap peas
1 dozen eggs
2 bunches beets, with tops
4 pounds pick-your-own strawberries at Braehead Farm, to be picked between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. between Monday, May 22, and Thursday, May 25.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $41
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $249

Cooking ideas:

**Note: The greens atop these beets are very similar to Swiss chard and can be used in the same way. Below we include them in the week’s meal plan. You will want to separate the greens from the beets as soon as you get home, otherwise the beets will get soft.

Night 1: Asparagus risotto
Night 2: Grilled steak salad with beets and scallions
Night 3: Beet greens and feta pasta
Night 4: Grilled chicken salad with sugar snap peas and strawberries
Night 5: Beet green frittata
Night 6: Breakfast for dinner: Buttermilk pancakes with roasted strawberries
Night 7: Strawberry-beet salad