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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…

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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 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.

CSA: May 8 and 10, 2017

In the box:

**UPDATE: We have added 4 pounds (per membership) pick-your-own strawberries this week. Strawberries may be picked at Braehead Farm, from Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Be sure to stop in at the market and tell them the name on your membership.

4 quarts strawberries
2 2-pint bags sugar snap peas
1 dozen free-range eggs
2 bunches collard greens
2 bunches Swiss chard
2 bunches spring onions

Total retail value of this week’s box: $65
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $139

Cooking ideas

Night 1: Swiss chard, strawberry and feta salad
Night 2: Throw a bone-in chicken breast on the grill, coat it in barbecue sauce and serve alongside these Southern-style collard greens
Night 3: Sesame roasted snap peas would go nicely with some rice and this easy hoisin baked salmon
Night 4: I recently heard an interview with an NYC pizza chef where he encouraged adding raw chopped greens as a final topping to pizza before it goes into the oven. The parts of the greens touching the cheese will wilt and melt into the pizza, and the parts sticking up will get crispy (kind of like kale chips) and add nice texture. You could try this with either chard or collards. Here is my go-to recipe for homemade pizza.
Night 5: Swiss Chard Cakes (I know the recipe calls for 3-4 bunches, but with only 2 eggs, you’re probably going to be fine using one bunch, or even less.)
Night 6: Quinoa salad with sugar snap peas
Night 7: Giant collard leaves make a nice alternative to rice paper for these spring rolls . Or go a different direction with Italian Stuffed Collard Greens.

CSA: May 1 and 3, 2017

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In the box

10 pounds asparagus
2 quarts strawberries
2 4-pound bags sweet potatoes
2 bunches spring onions
2 bunches kale

Total retail value of this week’s box: $74

Cooking ideas

Night 1: Kick off asparagus season with what remains my favorite simple preparation: Grilled asparagus.
Night 2: Get your wok, pan or cast-iron skillet screaming hot and make this steak and asparagus stir fry. You can sub out the red pepper and use kale or spring onions instead.
Night 3: This week and next are teacher appreciation week at many schools. If you need a breakfast casserole to bring (or if you just want to serve a make-ahead breakfast for dinner in your own home), try this overnight asparagus strata. Again, lose the red peppers and use what you have. You could sub in either spring onions or kale, chopped into bite-size pieces.
Night 4: Feel virtuous after eating this Kale and Strawberry Salad.
Night 5: This asparagus and sweet potato chicken skillet makes a quick one-pot meal.
Night 6: Sub in kale for spinach in this quiche made with a sweet potato crust.
Night 7: An easy alternative to sometimes-fussy cream of asparagus soup recipes is this pan-roasted asparagus soup from Mark Bittman.

We are open!

asparagus

We are selling asparagus at the carport daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. starting Friday, April 21.

Asparagus is $5 a pound. Get this delicious spring treat while it lasts!

Want more delicious Snead’s Farm goodies all summer long? Join our CSA while you’re here buying asparagus. Find the contract here.