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CSA Week 6: What’s in the box?

In the box

SMALL SHARE

  • 1 large bag squash from Steve Minter Farm in King George County
  • 1 pint Snead’s Farm blackberries
  • 4 cucumbers from Steve Minter Farm
  • 1 natural waxed cotton food wrap from Walnut Hollow Naturals in Woodford

Pick-Your-Own Opportunities:

1 busketplums and plumcots, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, June 12, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. 

1 dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, June 12, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

1 quartraspberries to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Sunday, June 16, between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.

1 busketplums and plumcots and one dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Sunday, June 16, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $95

Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $552

FULL SHARE

  • 2 dozen dozen free range eggs from Canning Farm in King George County
  • 2 large bags squash from Steve Minter Farm in King George County
  • 2 pints Snead’s Farm blackberries
  • 8 cucumbers from Steve Minter Farm
  • 2 natural waxed cotton food wraps from Walnut Hollow Naturals in Woodford

Pick-Your-Own Opportunities:

1 busketplums and plumcots, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, June 12, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. 

1 dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Wednesday, June 12, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

1 quartraspberries to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Sunday, June 16, between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.

1 busketplums and plumcots and one dozen sunflowers, to be picked at Snead’s Farm on Sunday, June 16, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $126

Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $703

Cooking Ideas

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Dinner

CSA: June 25 and 27, 2018

Snead's Farm Fredericksburg, VA

In the box

FULL SHARE

2 pints blueberries from Westmoreland Berry Farm
1 dozen free range eggs from Canning Farm in King George County
2 cucumbers from Steve Minter Farm in King George County
3 large bags Snead’s Farm summer squash
3 heads broccoli from Canning Farm
4 peppers from Steve Minter Farm
4 pounds sweet potatoes from Canning Farm
1 bunch candy onions 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 27, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $61
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $477

SMALL SHARE

1 pint blueberries from Westmoreland Berry Farm
1 dozen free range eggs from Canning Farm in King George County
1 cucumber from Steve Minter Farm in King George County
1.5 large bags Snead’s Farm summer squash
1 head broccoli from Canning Farm
2 peppers from Steve Minter Farm
2 pounds sweet potatoes from Canning Farm
1 bunch candy onions 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 27, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Total retail value of this week’s box: $39.50
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $261.50

Breakfast

Lunch

  • Broccoli salad
  • Farro and cucumber salad 
  • Make-ahead: When you grill this week, slice some of your summer squash into planks, season with salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon and grill those while you’ve got it hot. Tuck them in the fridge and use them in sandwiches and wraps (hot or cold) all week long.

Dinner

Snacks

Basic techniques

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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Dinner

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CSA: June 4 and 6, 2018

BarnIn the box

FULL SHARE

2 quarts strawberries from Agriberry Farm in Hanover County
1 pound rhubarb from Agriberry Farm
1 dozen free-range eggs from Canning Farm in King George County
2 bunches greens from Moss Neck Farm in Caroline County
2 bags summer squash from Moss Neck Farm
1 pint sugar snap peas from Snead’s Farm
4 pounds sweet potatoes from Canning Farm

Total retail value of this week’s box: $40
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $308

SMALL SHARE

1 quart strawberries
1 pound rhubarb
1 dozen free-range eggs
1 bunch greens
1 bag summer squash
2 pounds sweet potatoes

Total retail value of this week’s box: $24
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $169.50

A note from the farm: The volatile weather we had back in April has killed our first batch of raspberries for the year, so we won’t have raspberries for another few weeks. The good news is that the late strawberry crop continues to produce, so we are enjoying these fruits later into June than we normally do.

Cooking Ideas

Breakfast

  • Barefoot Contessa’s Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp– Yes, it is a dessert, but it is a must-make when you have both of these fruits in the house. And it makes a great breakfast!
  • On the healthier side, wrap your sweet potatoes in foil, pre-bake them and store them in the fridge. A warmed baked sweet potato with butter, fruit, nuts or a fried egg makes an excellent breakfast.

Lunch

Dinner

Snacks

Basic techniques

CSA: May 7 and 9, 2018

Snead's Farm AsparagusIn the box

Small Share

1 quart Jenny’s Gourmet oyster mushrooms grown in Sedley, Va.
1 five-pound bag Snead’s Farm asparagus
1 bunch Truslow Farm red onions from Stafford, Va.
1 pint Snead’s Farm raspberry jam

Total retail value of this week’s box: $39
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $39

Full Share

2 quarts Jenny’s Gourmet oyster mushrooms grown in Sedley, Va.
2 five-pound bags Snead’s Farm asparagus
2 bunches Truslow Farm red onions from Stafford, Va.
1 pint Snead’s Farm raspberry jam

Total retail value of this week’s box: $66
Total value of goods distributed so far this year: $66

Cooking ideas

Breakfast

Lunch

  • Asparagus farro salad: Add chilled, chopped grilled asparagus (see below) and chopped red onions to cooked farro. Drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Add feta or parmesan cheese and any other chopped vegetables you have. Makes a great cold salad for lunch boxes.
  • Use your raspberry jam in this grilled PB&J

Dinner

Snacks

Basic techniques

CSA starts in 3 weeks!

asparagus

We’re getting close!

The first pickup for Braehead Farm and North Stafford CSA customers is Monday, May 7. The first pickup for Snead’s Farm customers is Wednesday, May 9.

Mark your calendars and don’t miss your first box!

There’s still time to join the Snead’s Farm 2018 CSA. Whether you want home delivery (limitations apply), or one of our three pickup sites, a full share or a smaller one, you’ll find all the options in our online store.

Buy a CSA share

In the meantime, now is a great time to get your kitchen ready for the farm-fresh produce you’ll be enjoying soon! Here are some tips:

  1. Sign up for our e-mail list…and don’t forget to check the box for your CSA pickup and box size. The e-mail signup form can be found here. We will send an e-mail every Sunday telling you what to expect in your box, and sharing recipes to help you make the most of it. This is a new list for 2018. We are adding members as they sign up, but if you have a partner you are sharing with, or if you’re not sure which e-mail address you provided when you purchased, sign up just to be sure!
  2. Clean out your refrigerator. The week before CSA season starts is a great week to not buy a lot of groceries. Use up what you have, especially those odd bottles and jars in your fridge. When the CSA starts, you’ll need room to store all of the good stuff, so make room now. Cleaning the shelves and drawers of your fridge will ensure your farm-fresh produce has a clean place to await your recipes.
  3. Check your equipment. A CSA kitchen needs a good chef’s knife, a few sturdy cutting boards, one or two large salad spinners (wash and store your greens in these to preserve them longer), sheet pans for roasting vegetables and a good pan or wok for stir-fries. You might also want a mandoline, a spiralizer, a blender (for smoothies, pestos and sauces) or an immersion blender (which I love for making asparagus and greens soup to stock in the freezer). I use a FoodSaver in my kitchen to preserve extra sliced peppers, peaches, raspberries and more.
  4. Shop for staples. The beginning of the CSA season is a great time for stir-fries, frittatas, quiches, soups, quesadillas, pizzas and similar go-to dishes that can translate all of the greens, onions, kohlrabi, sweet potatoes, asparagus and more into diverse and delicious meals. Check your spice cabinet and pantry and stock staples like rice, soy sauce, rice wine, ginger, honey, olive oil, flour, stock, tortillas, yeast, shredded cheese and other ingredients you’ll need to make these happen on busy weeknights.

Do you have recipes or techniques you’d like to share with the Snead’s Farm CSA community? Feel free to share them with Emily Freehling for inclusion in a future CSA e-mail.

Book signing at Sunken Well Tavern

Come to Sunken Well Tavern Thursday, April 26, from 5 to 9 p.m. for another chance to talk to Emmett Snead about his book, Yankees in the Cornfield. These events are a great chance to meet other Fredericksburgers who remember the places and happenings recounted in the book.

Emmett Snead

We’ll be serving free grass-fed, hormone-free Snead’s Farm beef sliders while supplies last. Books will be for sale and signing by Emmett.

Want to know more about the book? The Free Lance-Star’s Cathy Dyson recently caught up with Emmett. Read her article about the book here.

Buy the book

 

 

New: Purchase your CSA membership online!

Snead's Farm CSAThe start of February means we’re only three months away from CSA season. Have you reserved your family’s share of farm-fresh produce for 2018? We’re  making it easier than ever.

Snead’s Farm can now accept CSA membership purchases online via credit card. We use Square, which means all major credit cards are welcome. All online purchasers must provide phone and e-mail contact information, and agree to the terms of the 2018 CSA contract, which we recommend you print for your records.

Buy a CSA share

 

The contract outlines the various pickup and size options that are available for the 2018 CSA. This year, for the first time, we are offering “small” shares in addition to our popular full shares.

We hope these added options make it easier for your family to bring home high-quality, delicious local produce during the 2018 growing season. We want more people to experience the fun and the health benefits of seasonal, local eating.