Join the 2019 Snead’s Farm CSA
New for 2019: Snead’s Farm is bringing back pick-your-own asparagus for the first time in 30 years! This year’s CSA will include 6 days of pick-your-own asparagus on Saturdays and Wednesdays, starting May 4. Pick-your-own asparagus hours for CSA customers will be:
- Saturdays (May 4, 11, 18): 10 – 11 a.m.
- Wednesdays (May 8, 15, 22): 10 – 11 a.m.
We also hope to offer three days of pick-your-own sugar snap peas, weather permitting.
Also, celebrate the return of the growing season with our CSA Kick-off Party May 4 here at the farm. Stay tuned for more details!Get the CSA Contract Buy Online
What is a CSA?
Joining the Snead’s Farm CSA is like buying a “share” in our farm’s product for the year. In exchange for your investment, you receive a “dividend” of the freshest produce possible. Members take on some of the risks and share in the benefits of growing food. CSAs are not about getting discounted produce, nor are they cooperatives. However, the Snead’s Farm CSA strives to be unsurpassed in the combination of value, quality, freshness, quantity and variety of items offered with the least amount of risk possible.
In the 2018 season, all CSA members broke even on the price of their CSA share the week of July 23, the 12th of 22 total distributions for the year. That means those last 10 distributions were virtually free!
Two share sizes to choose from
Our traditional CSA shares are big enough to be split between two families, and provide a huge bounty of asparagus, corn, peaches and other popular crops. To meet the needs of busier families and smaller households, we have begun offering “small shares.” See all pricing and pickup options in the table below:
|Pickup Location*||Pickup Day||Date of first pickup||Date of final pickup before fall pickup||Price before Oct. 3, 2018||Price after Oct. 3, 2018|
|Snead’s Farm||Wed. 9a–6p||May 8 (Wed)||Aug. 28||$720 full share/ $495 small share||$800 full share/ $550 small share|
|Braehead Farm||Mon. 10a–6p||May 6 (Mon)||Aug. 26||$756 full share/ $531 small share||$836 full share/ $586 small share|
|North Stafford**||Mon. noon-6p||May 6 (Mon)||Aug. 26||$792 full share/ $567 small share||$872 full share/ $622 small share|
*All members will pick up their quadruple fall box at Snead’s Farm on Oct. 2, 2019.
**Space in the North Stafford pickup is limited, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. This pickup is at a private residence, and the location is disclosed upon joining.
What does a share include?
Snead’s Farm CSA shares include fresh produce from our farm, as well as from Moss Neck Farm of Caroline County, Canning Farm and Steve Minter Farm of King George County, Agriberry of Hanover County, Westmoreland Berry Farm of Westmoreland County and Braehead Farm of Fredericksburg. These partnerships allow us to offer a wider variety of items in our weekly boxes, reduce the risk to the consumer and promote the success of more local farms.
The retail value of CSA boxes last year averaged $96 per week for full shares, and $67 per box for small shares (Compared to an initial investment of $36 per week for full shares, $22 per week for small shares.)
The contents of boxes will vary based on the yield of fruit and vegetable fields, plants and orchards, and of the laying hens, which depends on the forces of nature. However, Snead’s Farm and its partners have enough variety, growing more than 40 different crops, that enough shall come to fruition to afford everyone a good supply of almost everything. All crops at Snead’s Farm can be irrigated, greatly reducing the risk of failure.
The Snead’s Farm CSA may offer pick-your-own opportunities to members for strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or grapes when there is a plentiful crop; however, Snead’s Farm cannot guarantee this. Small-share owners will enjoy the same pick-your-own opportunities as full-share owners.
In addition to the above, all CSA members also receive a 20 percent discount off all items sold at the farm stand on CSA pickup Wednesdays only. (Does not apply to sale items, or items already marked down.)
Payment: A full share of the 2019 Snead’s Farm CSA costs $800, plus added transportation costs for the Braehead and North Stafford pickups, as explained above. Small shares cost $550, plus transportation costs for Braehead and North Stafford.
How to joinGet the CSA Contract