Click here to download the 2017 contract.
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture.” It is a way of buying a “share” of the farm’s produce for the growing season, to be picked up every Wednesday during business hours. It is also the most fun we have ever had in farming.
The Snead’s Farm CSA aims to provide the highest variety and biggest value of any area CSA. In addition to a bountiful supply of fruits and vegetables, you’ll also have exclusive opportunities, like the chance to pick your own berries here at the farm, discounts at the farm stand on CSA pickup days and much more. You’ll also become part of a growing community of families who understand the value of eating local. CSA pickup days are an event here at the farm. Parents bring their children, who get to see our animals close-up, and learn about the growing process as they watch the fields change and mature over the course of the year. A day in our pick-your-own patch with CSA members can feel kind of like an extended family gathering, with friends chatting through the raspberry bushes, and kids playing among the rows. Put very simply, we think you’ll eat healthier, get more fresh air and keep your kids away from the television if you join our CSA. Our members receive weekly tips on cooking the vegetables in their box from local writer Emily Freehling. The list and tips are distributed via our e-mail list (which you can sign up for on the left-hand side of this page) and are archived on the sneadsfarm.com homepage.
We are thankful for each and every one of our member families, and do our best to provide the best value for their dollar.
In the 2014 season, CSA members received $1,609.50 worth of goods for each $880 share. In the 2015 season, members received $1,525.50 worth of goods for each $800 share. In each case, members received nearly double what they paid for their shares (and folks who took advantage of our early-joining 10 percent discount did double their money).
It is important to understand that when you join a CSA, you also take on some of the risks inherent in farming, such as crop loss due to drought, pests, etc. However, Snead’s Farm tries to lessen that risk by including produce from other farms, such as Canning Farm and Steve Minter Farm in King George County, Agriberry of Hanover County and C&T Produce of Stafford, in our shares. This allows us to offer maximum variety and maximum quantity to our members.
What does a typical box look like? If you look back through all of the posts on SneadsFarm.com, you’ll see our weekly box contents posted every week. Here is an example of a late June box.
To download an application for the 2017 CSA season, click here.