Summer 2023: Local Seasonal Fresh Produce (CSA Shares)

Not many people are familiar with the term CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). A CSA is a very similar to a subscription service.

We are offering 100 Shares for Summer 2023. Sign up early!

How a CSA works: Essentially, you reap the benefits of having your own garden without the long hours.

By joining the Passel Hills Farm CSA:

  • You are making an investment in our local farm purchasing shares in our coming year.
  • As a member of the CSA, you provide the “seed” money for the coming year.
  • We share the risks and rewards with you. We are not reliant upon the whims of of banks and corporate contracts to fund our operation, but rather upon you, our neighbors.
  • By purchasing a Share of the harvest, you become a Member of the Passel Hills Farm CSA.
  • You are essentially subscribing to and underwriting the harvest.
  • Joining a CSA is not about cheap food, it is about knowing how your food is grown. We follow “organic practices”. Though not “certified”, we go above certification standards to provide you with quality food.
  • Invest in your community, buy local and purchase a Share from Passel Hills Farm.

Continue to read below and see our current Share pricing and sizes.

Passel Hills Farm is offering CSA Shares for Summer 2023: Local Seasonal Fresh Produce.

Why do a CSA? Buying CSA Shares with Passel Hills Farm, means you are partnering with a local farm. Your CSA membership provides “seed” money for the farm’s operational costs at the beginning of the season. The farm does not need to rely on banks to raise capital for the coming year. You are making a vested investment into your local community.

What to expect? We offer a few different sized shares to cater to your family size and needs. A Share consists of 6 or 18 baskets, which can be picked up one a week over the course of 7 or 20 weeks, sized according to your selection. We currently offer 3 different sizes. A Squat, Peck, and 1/2 Half Bushel.

A Squat will feed 1 person a week. A PECK will feed 2-3 people. A 1/2 Bushel will feed 4-5 people. You will receive a weekly assortment of our best produce. The vegetables will differ seasonally. For example over the course of the season, veggies will include: spinach, radishes, kale, beets, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, basil, & more.

Squat= 1 dry gallon

Peck=2 dry gallons

Half Bushel= 4 dry gallons

What do you mean by seasonal produce? Seasonal means you will receive veggies depending on the current time of year. Below are some examples of what you will receive as the produce comes in through the season.

SUMMER
Example One: 1 bag of loose leaf lettuce mix, 1 bunch swiss chard,  2 lb zucchini/squash, 3 lbs tomatoes, 1 qrt. cherry tomatoes, 1 lb potatoes, 1/2 lb. bell pepper, 1 bunch basil

Example Two: 1 bag of spinach, 1 bunch kale,  2 lb zucchini/squash, 3 lbs tomatoes, 1 qrt. cherry tomatoes, 2 lb cucumbers, 1/2 lb. bell pepper

Late Summer/Fall
1 bag lettuce, 1 bunch kale, 1lb Kohlrabi, 2lbs of tomatoes, 3 lbs. potatoes, 1 butternut squash, 2 lbs sweet potatoes

Where will pickup be? Share owners may pick up their weekly basket of produce at the farm (Wed or Sat) or at our weekly Farmers Markets.

When will this begin and end? A Share will purchase 6 or 18 baskets sized to your needs. One basket will be picked up weekly on your scheduled day. This will allow you some flexibility incase you are unable to pick up your basket a week.

18 Week Summer Subscription: May 20-Oct 7 (Oct 4 for Wed customers)

How much? We offer a few different sizes and payment schedules to better fit your budget.

1/2 Bushel: 18 baskets 2023 summer veggie CSA: $675 (+tax) for the season. This includes delivery to a farmer’s market.

Peck: 18 baskets 2023 summer veggie CSA: $425 (+tax) for the season. This includes delivery to a farmer’s market.

Squat: 18 baskets 2023 summer veggie CSA: $220 (+tax) for the season. This includes delivery to a farmer’s market.

Monthly Payments: A 18 week share costs will be broken down into a deposit and 4 or 5 monthly installments based on the share size.

6 week Summer Subscription: 3 time frames: May 20-July 8, July 1- Aug 19, Aug 12- Sept 30.

1/2 Bushel: 6 baskets 2023 summer veggie CSA: $225 (+tax) for the season. This includes delivery to a farmer’s market.

Peck: 6 baskets 2023 summer veggie CSA: $145 (+tax) for the season. This includes delivery to a farmer’s market.

Squat: 6 baskets 2023 summer veggie CSA: $75 (+tax) for the season. This includes delivery to a farmer’s market.

See below for the CSA Agreement. When you purchase a Share, you must agree to the CSA Agreement. Also, we will email you the CSA Agreement to sign and to schedule your pick up day.


CSA Share Agreement

Passel Hills Farm LLC promises to provide Member with fresh, local, seasonal food and the Member agrees to receive a portion of Farm’s harvest. Passel Hills Farm LLC practices organic farming but is not certified.

Products and Deliveries Members Should Expect

Passel Hills Farm LLC’s CSA runs for 6 or 18 weeks from May 20, 2023 to Sep. 23, 2023. Members are expected to show up at the weekly predetermined pick up location, which will be finalized by email between Passel Hills Farm LLC and Member, to pick up Member’s share of Passel Hills Farm LLC’s harvest. Member will receive on average the size of share that they have purchased.

Member is responsible for observing Passel Hills Farm LLC’s pick up rules:

  1. Return box from the previous week’s collection
  2. Pick up Member’s share within the timeframe.
  3. Be respectful of pick up location’s property.
  4. Follow additional rules at pick up site.

If Member cannot pickup Member’s share, Member must arrange for substitute to pickup share. Member will need to explain the pickup site location and procedures to Member’s substitute and inform Passel Hills Farm LLC that a substitute is being sent. Any shares not retrieved will be discarded or sold to other markets.

Risk of Crop Failure

By joining Passel Hills Farm LLC’s CSA, Passel Hills Farm and Members are agreeing to share the risk of crop failure, due to factors such as inclement weather, pests, and acts of God. If a crop failure does happen, Passel Hills Farm will purchase crops from other local farms to replace up to 50% of the lost crops.

Crop Surplus

Passel Hills Farm LLC also sells produce to other local markets.  When Passel Hills Farm LLC has surplus crops, Members will receive at least a 10% surplus before Passel Hills Farm LLC sells to other markets. Passel Hills Farm LLC does not segregate CSA production, but CSA production does receive our priority.  Other markets will be satisfied after Passel Hills Farm LLC has satisfied Members’ shares.

Members Fees

Selling CSA memberships helps Passel Hills Farm LLC reduce the burden of up-front costs (such as seeds, tillage, and other inputs) before the season starts. We appreciate Member’s commitment to Passel Hills Farm LLC. By agreeing to the terms of service, you are agreeing to pay the membership fee for share. In the event that  Member desires to downsize his or her share after initial purchase, this request should be clearly communicated to Passel Hills Farm LLC and can be granted but a refund will not be granted unless Passel Hills Farm LLC, in its discretion, decides to grant a refund.

Communications Between Farm and Member

The best way to communicate with Passel Hills Farm LLC is via email. Our email is info@passelhillsfarm.com.  Passel Hills Farm LLC will do our best to respond as soon as possible, but please understand that we spend much of our time in the garden growing your food and are not always near a phone. Please contact us with any news of the following: changes to your postal or email address, problems with your drop‐site, or dissatisfaction with your share.

We will communicate with Members primarily by email. When you sign up, you will be added to our distribution list. Please read your email from us. We depend on being able to communicate important information such as necessary changes to your distribution schedule or notices of our farm events. Every week, we will post on our website information about the crops available that week. We will also regularly farm related news.

Indemnification and Hold Harmless

By acknowledging this Agreement, the Member releases, indemnifies and agrees to hold harmless Passel Hills Farm LLC, its owners, agents and employees from any and all claims, damage and/or liability he or she might suffer from being on Passel Hills Farm LLC property, being at any of the CSA pickup locations or from the purchase of a CSA membership.

I agree to purchase the membership share indicated in the order.  I understand that, although unlikely, Passel Hills Farm LLC may change parts of this agreement related to production and distribution from time to time. I understand that Passel Hills Farm LLC will contact me via email in advance of any changes to this agreement.

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