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Tomatoes on sale now!

Snead's Farm Tomatoes

Emmett’s Tall Tunnel Tomatoes are coming on strong as summer comes to a close here at Snead’s Farm, so we are offering our 1…2…FREE deal on these summer beauties. That means that when you buy two quarts, for $5 apiece, you get 1 additional quart FREE! We’ll be offering this deal now through Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Also on sale for 1…2…FREE are our $5 quarts of Snead’s Farm peaches. And Snead’s Farm sugar ‘n’ spice sweet corn is still 25 cents an ear, $10 a bushel.

We’ve still got lots of great summer produce here at the Snead’s Farm road stand, and we’ll be keeping the stand open this year through Sept. 28. Come visit us, we’re open 9-6 every day.

Blackberries are now 1…2…FREE!

Snead's Farm Blackberries

UPDATE (Aug. 22, 2018) We are currently out of watermelons. More may be  ready in September. (Aug. 16, 2018): Raspberries have been added to our buy 2 get one free sale. 

It’s peak blackberry season! We’re celebrating with a sale! Buy two pints of blackberries ($5 apiece), get one FREE! You can also buy a flat for $40. These are great for snacking, on cereal, in pies, jams, sauces and more! Our blackberry season is short, so don’t miss out!

We also still have peaches on sale at the same 1…2…FREE pricing. Read here about the different varieties of peach that will be ripening over the next several weeks.

We’re open every day from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. We take all major credit cards!

Happy eating!

On sale now: Peaches and sweet corn

Our special pricing on melons has now ended, but you can still (for now) find cantaloupes and watermelons for $5 apiece at the farm stand.

We’re also still offering our 1…2…FREE pricing (buy two quarts at $5 per quart, get one free) on peaches. And corn is still selling for 25 cents an ear, or $10 a bushel.

We’ve also still got lots of other summer favorites, including raspberries, blackberries, tomatoes, peppers, squash, free-range eggs and more. Our Concord grapes will be coming in later this month!

Come get your summer favorites while they’re still here!

Summer is peachy at Snead’s Farm!

As summer winds down, our peach orchard continues to be prolific. We grow several varieties of peaches here at Snead’s Farm, and as we move into the last months of the growing season, some of our favorites are starting to ripen. These are some of the biggest, juiciest peach varieties we grow.

If you’re not yet ready to say goodbye to summer, it would be a good idea to take advantage of our deal on half-bushel boxes, which we’re selling for $30 (down from $35 last year) so that you can stock some away for a colder day. You an also buy peaches for $5 a quart, or buy two quarts, get one free.

Here’s a little guide to what will be ripening over the next few weeks. Find all of these at the farm stand every day, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Dates Peach variety Notes
Aug. 9 – Aug. 13 Loring Emmett’s father’s favorite peach. A taste-test winner in panels across the U.S.
Aug. 13 – Aug. 19 Cresthaven These large freestone peaches have less fuzz than others, and they’re a great variety for canning or freezing.
Aug. 20 – Aug. 26 Redskin A fine-flavored peach with firm yellow flesh covered by deep red velvety skin.
Aug. 27 – Sept. 4 Fat Mama Another large, late-summer freestone peach variety. Perfect for cobblers!

Freestone peaches…worth the wait!

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Our big, beautiful freestone peaches are finally in! We grow two types of peaches: clingstone and freestone. The clingstones are always the first to ripen. They are delicious, but smaller and in some ways better for eating out of hand than slicing for recipes, because the flesh clings to the stone on the inside (hence the name).

But as of July 14, we are fully into freestone season. Freestone peaches are bigger, tastier, and ideal for pies, cobblers, salads, canning, freezing and other preparations, because the flesh pops so easily off the stone.

We are selling peaches at our special 1…2…FREE pricing, meaning you can get three quarts ($5 apiece) for $10 here at the farmstand.

You can also buy a half-bushel box of peaches for $35.

Come get a sweet taste of summer!

Also: Watermelons have come in! We’ve got large, seedless watermelons for $5 apiece!

Our stand is open every day, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Peaches on sale for “1…2…FREE!”

Sneads Farm CSA

Peaches have really sprung into full season this week! To celebrate, we’re offering our special “1…2…FREE” pricing on peaches. Buy two quarts, get one FREE! That means you can get 3 quarts of Snead’s Farm peaches for $10.

“1…2…FREE” pricing is also still in effect on our heirloom cantaloupes. These have been going fast, so get to the stand to get them while you can!

Farm stand is open every day, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Heirloom cantaloupes on sale for “1…2…FREE”

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Heirloom “Superstar” cantaloupes are here!

We’re offering our favorite melons at a special price now through Sunday, July 8. We sell these cantaloupes for $5 apiece, but now through Sunday, you can get them for our “1…2…FREE” special pricing. So you can get three cantaloupes for $10.

We’ve also got blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, peaches, tomatoes, okra, string beans, cucumbers and free-range eggs.

Come get your slice of summer while it lasts!

Farm stand is open every day, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Thanks for the memories, blackberries

 

BlackberriesI WAS inspired by my mother to plant cultivated blackberries. They may be her favorite food. For sure they are her favorite fruit.

 

In 1964, I won first place in a 4–H milk-cow-judging contest. I competed against 180-some 4–Hers, 13 to 18 years old, from all over the state of Virginia. The first prize was a 1-gallon aluminum calf-feeding bucket.

 

It also happened to be the ideal bucket for picking blackberries, because the handle could be easily looped on the inside of my belt in such a way that both hands were free to pick blackberries. When filled or almost full, it was not too heavy and cumbersome.

 

There was one prime wild blackberry picking area on my dad’s farm and another on an additional 100 acres adjoining us that he used for “free grazing” in exchange for cleaning up the property. This property looped around our farm from the RF&P Railroad to the National Battlefield Park along Lee Drive.

 

The part that the RF&P (CSX today) owned had been a racetrack for horses. It had numerous outhouses upon it. My dad moved the best three outhouses onto our property and made chicken houses out of them for me. The racetrack area today would be located between M&M Auto and State Route 3 in the Fredericksburg Industrial Park. The prime blackberry picking spot was located in a low-lying area where the City Shop is now located across Tyler Street to the Rappahannock Roofing area.

 

That particular area was known as “the Buckner place.” The Buckners had lived on a hill (currently the Julian Bly location) overlooking the meadow where the blackberries grew. Back then, the house was dilapidated but still standing. The only evidence now that a house was ever there is the wisteria (that at one time grew in the Buckners’ yard) that grows wild along Belman Road.

 

The prime wild blackberry-picking area on my dad’s farm was the “new land field.” We now call it the “lower meadow.” It was a 5-acre piece of land that he cleared between milkings and planted into pasture the winter after I was born. I always figured he would rather be pulling stumps and clearing brush than listening to a newborn cry.

 

When bushhogging the pastures, once a year, he would drive it around the blackberries because it would help promote their growth. After a few years, there were half a dozen “islands” of wild blackberries in each field. They naturally grew and proliferated in spots in the field that suited them the best.

 

This made excellent habitat for rabbits, quail, songbirds and wild bees. These “islands” offered breeding grounds and sanctuary from predators. The open meadow area offered clover and grass for animals and wildflowers for bees.

 

The islands also came in handy during the winter. There were many blizzards back in the 1960s. The milk cows got fed in the milk barn and in the tramp shed out of the weather. However, the replacement heifers only had a lean-to available to them to be out of the weather. My dad and I hauled hay out to pastures using a hay wagon and an International Super M tractor. The only thing visible during and after an 18-inch snowstorm would be these islands. The heifers would be standing on these islands and I would throw pitchforks full of hay to them as my dad drove the tractor by.

 

Blackberries are biennial and this “rough treatment” during harsh winters acted as a natural way of pruning and thinning. The best crop of large wild blackberries were after a harsh winter.

 

My goal was to pick 1 gallon of blackberries per day during the wild blackberry season. I would do this after the morning milking as soon as the dew dried off and before it got real hot. I was always able to finish in time for lunch. I remember picking 12 gallons that summer. My dad said the blackberries were worth 25 cents a quart.

 

At that time I was delivering produce and eggs to Braehead Woods subdivision on my bicycle. I was selling pullet eggs for 35 cents a dozen, asparagus for 25 cents a bunch and strawberries for 35 cents a quart.

 

I gave all the blackberries to my mother.

 

 

Blackberries