Available this week:
Green Leaf Lettuce
Red Bibb Lettuce
Red Leaf Lettuce
Red Russian Kale
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 :
||2014 Summer CSA!|
|Hilltop Farms is now accepting new and returning members into our 2014 Summer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. A CSA is a membership program whereby consumers can support a local farm by paying in advance to receive a weekly harvest of fresh picked produce during the growing season. In our case, the produce will be 100 % USDA Certified Organic!|
We are the first and only certified organic grower in all of Wake County and will be offering a CSA FOR THE 16TH STRAIGHT YEAR!
The season starts in mid-April, 2014 and runs for 19 weeks through the end of August. At that time we will start taking members for our 12 week Fall CSA season, just like this year. The cost is $475 with discounts for paying the total upfront or you can break in down into three payments over the winter.
For more information or to receive the 2014 membership form, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will send out the form and harvest schedule to you!
||Fall Farmstand Hours|
|Our stand here at Wake County's first and only certified organic produce farm is open every Saturday morning from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, through December 14th. Look for extended hours of 10 AM to 3PM on Saturday, November 23rd, so you can load up on delicious organic sweet potatoes and seasonal greens like kale, spinach and collards for your Thanksgiving Day feast! We will even be open the Wednesday before turkey day, Nov. 27th, from 4 to 6 PM for any last minute goodies you might need!|
Please come see us!
||New Fall CSA Available!|
|Hilltop Farms is Wake County's first and only Certified Organic farm and we are offering a 12 week Fall CSA of fresh picked, local, certified organic vegetables! The Fall season will start on Monday, September 23rd and run through Saturday, December 14th. |
We will delivery a weekly supply of produce to four locations in Raleigh and Cary and host two pick-up days each week at the farm in Willow Springs.
Right now, all existing members of our spring/summer CSA have first dibbs to renew for the fall. We will open it up to new members, if room is available, starting Sept. 1st.
If you are an existing member check you inbox for the fall membership form and send it in! If you would like to join as a new member please click on the "contact page" and send us an email requesting the membership form. We'll send it to you to look over and put your name on our waiting list for Sept.1st.
The fall season will consist of lots of summer veggies that will still be producing, like okra, beans, tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, melons and eggplant to name a few. However, it will also feature cool season crops like lettuce, kale, spinach and pac choi, amoung others. We harvest our sweet potatoes in late September and plan on picking a bumper crop of several types of winter squash, including butternut, acorn, delicata and spaghetti squash. We'll even throw in a few pumpkins for baking and carving just in time for Halloween!
So, please send us and email to get started and thanks for supporting local organic agriculture!
||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.|
||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 email@example.com 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!
|We will be open at our farmstand here at the farm selling fresh picked organic produce for your Thanksgiving Day feast from 10:00 AM to noon this Saturday, Nov. 23rd.
Please come see us and get some great tasting sweet potatoes and much more for your turkey day meal!|
|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! |
||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)