Join the 2018 Snead’s Farm CSA
Introducing a new option: Small shares!
What is a CSA?
The Snead’s Farm Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, program, is a way for your family to ensure you eat the best local, sustainably raised produce our region offers. Snead’s Farm’s CSA has been going strong since 2008, and we have always sought to give our members as much value as we possibly can for their investment—after all, our members are our partners in keeping this local, family-owned farm going.
Being a CSA member 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, along with the farmer. 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 2017 season, all CSA members broke even on the price of their CSA share the week of July 10, the 11th of 22 total distributions for the year. That means those last 11 distributions were virtually free!
New for 2018: small shares!
We have heard from families over the years that they can’t use all the produce that comes in a full CSA share, but would still like to participate. This season, we are introducing small shares. Small shares are intended for smaller households or active families who do not have time to cook every night. 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 after Oct. 4, 2017|
|Snead’s Farm||Wed. 9a–6p||May 9 (Wed)||Aug. 29||$800 full share/ $500 small share|
|Braehead Farm||Mon. 10a–6p||May 7 (Mon)||Aug. 27||$836 full share/ $536 small share|
|North Stafford**||Mon. noon-6p||May 7 (Mon)||Aug. 27||$872 full share/ $572 small share|
*All members will pick up their quadruple fall box at Snead’s Farm on Oct. 3, 2018.
**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 typical box for a full share 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.
What does a share include?
Snead’s Farm CSA shares include fresh produce from our farm, as well as from 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 over the past three years has averaged around $86 per week, with some boxes totaling more than $200. (Compared to an initial investment of $36 per week.) It is our intention for small share box contents to equal to approximately half the value of a full share, often more than half the value, on average.
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 crop failure.
The Snead’s Farm CSA may offer optional bonus 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.
Payment: A full share of the 2018 Snead’s Farm CSA costs $800, plus added transportation costs for the Braehead and North Stafford pickups, as explained above. Small shares cost $500, plus transportation costs for Braehead and North Stafford pickups.
Pickup: Subscribe to our e-mail list or check our Facebook page for updates on hours and pick-your-own opportunities as the season goes on, and to receive recipe tips and a list of what’s in your box. If you know that you will miss your pickup, your options are to have someone pick it up for you or to simply forgo your share for the week. Cash refunds or share replacements will not be offered for any missed pickups. You are welcome to visit, picnic and stroll around the farm on pickup day.
How to join
NEW OPTION: Click here to pay by credit card.