The open house at Snead’s was an opportunity to take a nice drive in the country and tour the farm. The “festival” wasn’t quite as much as I expected, since there really weren’t all that many local products (just a fraction of what’s available at my local farmer’s market at the commuter lot on Rt. 3), and no free samples (ah, free samples...the pathway to my heart). But there were hamburgers and steaks from locally raised hormone-free beef, grilled asparagus with 6 kinds of sauces, and a variety of asparagus side dishes ($3 per side). There was no entry fee, plenty of parking, and we enjoyed strolling around the grounds. I came home with 2 quarts of Westmoreland Berry Farm strawberries, enough to keep us happily in berries for a couple of days. There were activities for the kids, including a rope swing in the hay barn, a small zip line over a creek, pony rides, and a tepee to crawl around in. So if you are looking to get the kids out of the house, want to experience a taste of farm life, or just want to spend a relaxing hour in the country, check it out. The festival continues today and tomorrow from 10-6.
The postcard-perfect setting:
Grilling up the asparagus and beef:
Tepee for the kids:
I was fascinated by the free range chickens. Somehow, I guess I expected free range chickens to be enclosed by some sort of fence. Not here--they freely range in the Christmas tree field, but don't stray too far from the "chicken wagon."