Available this week:
Green Leaf Kale
Red Leaf Lettuce
Red Russian Kale
Sugar Snap Peas
Find Hilltop Farms produce at these fine stores and restaurants:
ECO, Eastern Carolina Organics
Serving Wholefoods, Earthfare, & local restaurants
5653 Creedmore Rd. & Milbrook
25 Old Drug Store Road
Vinnie's Steak House and Tavern
7440 Six Forks Road
News from the Farm :
||Memorial Day Weekend Hours|
|Hilltop Farms will be open on Saturday, May 25th to the public for strawberry picking at our Memorial Day Weekend hours of 10:00 AM to just 3:00 PM. We will resume our regular Saturday hours of 10 AM to 5:00 PM the next weekend. We will still be open for Pic-Yer-Own orgainc strawberries on Wednesdays from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM as usual. Prices are $4.00 /lb pic-yer-own and $5/pound if we pick. We'll also have freshly harvested organic veggies for sale during those hours as well. So, come on down to the farm for some holiday fun and make it a memorable Memorial Day! |
|Hilltop Farms is now open to the public for strawberry picking on Wednesdays from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We have over 2 acres of certified organic strawberries just waiting to be plucked! Prices are $4.00 /lb pic-yer-own and $5/pound if we pick. We'll also have freshly harvested organic veggies for sale during those hours as well. So, come on down, get a take-home basket to fill-up with the best strawberries you'll eat this year and enjoy! |
||CSA Membership Closed|
|Sorry, but we have closed our membership for this season's Spring/Summer CSA at Hilltop Farms. Membership started back in November of 2012. Thanks to all returning members and new members who are helping to support Wake County's only organic farm! We will begin to take members for our Fall season, which starts September 23rd and runs for 12 weeks, in August.|
||May 1st CSA Deadline!|
|We will accept additional members into our 2013 CSA season up to May 1st. All membership forms should be sent in by this date to participate in Wake County's only certified organic produce membership program. We still have room for new members and if you are interested in joining or just learning more about the program, please, send us an email to email@example.com requesting the 2013 membership form and harvest schedule.You can also read some earlier posts below to get more info. I hope you will let us grow your veggies this year!Thanks!|
||Another Good Reason to Eat Your Veggies: Carotenoi|
|Here's an excerpt from The Cornucopia Institute. Another good reason to join a CSA!|
People who eat plenty of fruit and vegetables tend to be more optimistic about the future, new research suggests. Scientists have discovered that optimistic folk have higher levels of plant compounds called carotenoids in their blood.
A commonly-known carotenoid is beta-carotene, a pigment found in high levels in orange fruit and green, leafy vegetables.
Previous studies have shown that high blood levels of antioxidants — of which carotenoids are one form — may be a marker of good health. Antioxidants help keep other molecules in the body from producing free radicals, which can damage cells and contribute to disease. One theory is that antioxidants might have a de-stressing effect.
The study, conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, evaluated blood concentrations of nine different antioxidants, including carotenoids such as beta-carotene and vitamin E in nearly 1,000 American men and women ages 25 to 74. They also measured the degree of optimism in the same group.
|I am happy to post a recent article written about the farm by my alma mater, East Carolina University. Please check out the article by EC Alumni at http://www.piratealumni.com/s/722/rdsite/index.aspx?sid=722&gid=1&pgid=1225. |
||Hilltop Farms Receives Award|
|On December 9th, 2010 Fred & Virginia Miller, owners of Hilltop Farm of Willow Springs, were given the inaugural Pioneer Award from the Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District. The award, given by the Board of Supervisors, sited Hilltop Farms for "leadership and innovation in developing Wake County's first USDA Certified Organic Farm". Hilltop Farms was first certified in January of 2004, shortly after the new National Organic Program was finalized by the USDA in the fall of 2003 and has maintained continual certification ever since. Now in their tenth year of running a full-time sustainable farming operation, Hilltop continues to implement new conservation measures such as an installation and utilization of a solar powered well for irrigation and an approved USDA high-tunnel greenhouse for year-round vegetable production that uses no electricity or fossil fuels. Congratulations to Fred & Virginia of Hilltop Farms!|
|Updated Post: 1/31/11|
We are a working certified organic produce farm located in Willow Springs, NC in southern Wake County, 15 minutes from Raleigh.
We also operate a horse boarding business with a new 2,500 sq. ft. barn and now have chickens and goats. We love to host farm tours for any age on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and welcome homeschool, pre-school, church or civic groups, ag classes, garden clubs and more.
A tour of our 35 acre farm consists of a trip through the horse barn where participants get a up close, hands on education about equine care including feeding and grooming one or more of the nine resident horses, feeding the chickens and petting the goats.
Next, we load up for a hayride out to the fields where you get to see and taste organic vegetables in production and learn about how things grow and why organics is important. We'll pass the beehive and visit the greenhouse where participants can plant their own seed in a peat cup to take home and watch grow or even plant a seedling in our "Practice Field" where you get to be the farmer!
Our focus is on education and relaxation, but the fun comes naturally as there is something to be learned by everyone, regardless of age. The tours last about two hours and you are welcome to picnic on the grounds, under the shade of 100 year old pecan trees, before or after your visit!
The charge is only $8 per person, 3 yrs. and up, including all adults. During strawberry season, you can even stay and Pic-Yer-Own basket of organic strawberries! Strawberry season runs through the month of May.
If you'd like to spend a day in the peaceful setting of a working farm please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Fred at 919 618-5601 to schedule your group's visit! (minimum 10 paid participants, maximum limit, 40).
See you Down On the Farm!
||Hilltop Farm Shirts!|
|We have just gotten in a new batch of Hilltop Farm T-shirts that are made from 100% organic cotton. They come in Biodiesel (gold), Mutts Blue and White and feature the Hilltop Farms' logo as see at the top left corner of this home page. The print asks the message, "Do you know where food comes from?" on the front, and displays " Hilltop Farms, Cetrtified Organic Produce, Willow Springs, NC". on the back.|
They look and and feel great! They come in Adults sizes small through XXL, ladies cap sleeve S, M and L, and even youth sizes S, M, and L (youth in white only). Adults and ladies shirts are $15.00 each and youth sizes are $12.00 each, and we can ship them to you!
If you are interested in one, please shoot us an email from the "contact us" page and I'll send you a picture and an order form.
Show your true colors by supporting a local farm and the organic industry and wear a great looking Farm Tee that will tell everyone that you know "Where Food Comes From"!
||Pics From The Farm|
|This is what you missed last summer!|
Hannah and her gourd
See what chemicals can do to kids!
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||Spring Planting Day Social|
Boomer, the Big Head Dog
Somebody, plant something!
Oh, the end of the row?
It's 300 feet that way!
So, now do we get to eat?
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Welcome to HilltopFarms.org!|
We are a Certified Organic Membership Farm in southern Wake County, practicing sustainable
agricultural methods. We operate our version of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
You can find information here about how it works and how you can join. Thanks for visiting
Fred & Virginia Miller, Owners/Growers
Learn more about becoming a member
2006 Membership Form
(Microsoft Word©, 30 KB)
Click for directions to the Farm and the Cary & Raleigh drop sites:
Corner of Hilltop Rd. & Kennebec Rd.
St. Cyril Church
Piney Plains & Tryon
TBA (Inside the Beltline)