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.

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