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This week's

Updated 9/16/2014
Available this week:
Cherry Tomatoes
Globe Eggplant
Green Bell Peppers
Hilltop Honey
Hot Peppers
Mixed Sweet Peppers
Purple Bell Peppers
Rosa Eggplant
Sugar Baby Watermelons
Sweet Red Peppers
Yellow Bell Peppers

Vriginia's Recipe of the week :
Eggplant Ratatouille
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Find Hilltop Farms produce at these fine stores and restaurants:
Aviator Smokehouse
Broad Street
Fuquay-Varina, NC

ECO, Eastern Carolina Organics
Serving Wholefoods, Earthfare, & local restaurants
Pittsboro, NC

Gravy Italian-American Kitchen
135 S. Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC

Harmony Farms
5653 Creedmore Rd. & Milbrook
Raleigh, NC

Terrafin Station
25 Old Drug Store Road
Garner, NC

The Meeting Corner
135 S. Main Street
Fuquay-Varina, NC

Vinnie's Steak House and Tavern
7440 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC

News from the Farm :
Fall CSA
Posted 9/16/2014
Hilltop Farms is finally back online! So, time to announce that we are accepting new members to our Fall CSA of organic produce. Its a 12 week season that starts today here at the farm, but you can still get in for all 12 weeks if you act fast as we have other drop sites from now through next Monday that will be starting week one, as well. If you get in late we can always prorate the cost. Please email us at htf@embarqmail.com for the 2014 Fall Membership Form and I will email it back to you.

Thanks and Eat Healthy!

Pic-Yer-Own Strawberries!
Posted 4/22/2014
Hilltop Farms offers one of the few u-pick operations for certified organic strawberries in the state and we will be open to the public for picking on Saturday, May 3rd from noon to 5 PM or as long as the ripe berries lasts! We will also be open each Saturday after that from 10 AM to 5 PM and Tuesday afternoons from 4 to 7 PM throughout the season.
Prices are $4.50/lb for pic-yer-own and includes a take-home basket to pick in. You can also purchase 1 lb quart containers of already picked berries for $5.50/lb at our farm stand which will be featuring fresh-picked organic veggies, straight from our fields, as well.
We are located at 6612 Kennebec Road, Willow Springs, NC on the corner of Hilltop Rd. and Kennebec and only one turn off of Hwy 401 S from Raleigh.
So, please come see us, bring the family and friends and pick some delicious NC organic strawberries starting May 3rd!
Sorry, no pets, please.

Update on Joining CSA
Posted 4/22/2014
Even though the CSA deliveries have started you can still join. We will prorate the cost based on the number of weeks missed. Email us for the 2014 Summer Membership Form if you are interested and we'll figure out the price for you! info@hilltopfarms.org.


Hilltop Farms Now Has 7 Drop Sites!
Posted 3/28/2014
We are making it easier and more convenient than ever to pick up a weekly box of fresh-picked, certified organic produce! We now have seven times and six locations for our CSA members to collect their harvest share each week.
We are happy to announce our two newest drop site hosts in Raleigh. Hilltop Farms' CSA members will now be able to drop by Vinnie's Steakhouse and Tavern at 7440 Six Forks Road in north Raleigh on Mondays and The Raleigh Wine Shop at 126 S. Glenwood Ave in downtown Raleigh on Tuesdays to pick-up their produce.
The seven drop sites are as follows:

Raleigh -Mondays: 4:30 to 6:00 PM - Unitarian Church, 3313 Wade Ave.
Raleigh -Mondays: 3:30 box drop-off - Harmony Farms, 5653 Creedmoor Rd.
Raleigh -Mondays: 3:00 box drop-off - Vinnie’s Steakhouse, 7440 Six Forks Rd.
Raleigh -Tuesdays: 3:00 box drop-off - The Raleigh Wine Shop, 126 S. Glenwood Av.
Hilltop Farms -Tuesdays: 4:00 to 6:00 PM - 6612 Kennebec Rd., Willow Springs
Cary -Thursdays: 4:30 to 6:00 PM - St. Cyril Church 2510 Piney Plains Rd.
Hilltop Farms -Saturdays: 10:00 AM to Noon - 6612 Kennebec Rd.

The cost for the 19 week season is $475 and you can split that into three payments, due in 30 day intervals.

The deadline to sign-up is before the season starts on April 19th!

Email us at info@hilltopfarms.org for the 2014 Membership Form that has all the details of the program. We can even send you a harvest schedule that has a list of the 60 different items and varieties that we are growing this year.

Do you like strawberries? Tomatoes? Arugula? Spinach? Kale? Cucumbers? Squash? Watermelons and cantaloupes?

If so, we will have all of those and more, all grown on Wake Counties first and only USDA certified organic farm.

We just don't say we're organic, we've proved it!

Email us now and eat healthy!!


2014 CSA Drop Sites
Posted 3/9/2014
We have just added an additional dropsite for our 2014 Summer CSA program. Harmony Farms at Creedmore and Milbrook Roads in north Raleigh will be hosting a box drop off for us this season starting in mid-April. They have been a long time supporter of Hilltop Farms and you can even find our produce there throughout the winter!
We will deliver pre-packed boxes of USDA certified organic veggies there on Monday afternoons by 5 PM and members designating that site can pick up their box until the 8 PM closing time. Please, email us for the 2014 membership form and more information on all 5 of our dropsite times and locations including Cary and the Fuquay area at info@hilltopfarms.org!
We are also looking to expand our dropsite location list, so if you have or know of a business that would like to host a site for us, please let us know by email.


CSA Article
Posted 2/19/2014
Below is a reprint of an article posted on Chatham County Extension agent Debbie Roos' website, growingsmallfarms.org. Great article. Thanks Debbie!

Many people vow to improve their diet and eat more fruits and vegetables as one of their New Year’s resolutions. If you are looking for ways to make it easier to incorporate fresh, tasty, and nutritious fruits and vegetables into your meals, then consider joining a community supported agriculture program. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a production and marketing model whereby consumers buy shares of a farm’s harvest in advance. Consumers become CSA members by paying an agreed amount at the beginning of the growing season, either in one lump sum or in installments. The annual cost, generally ranging from $400-$700, depends on the length of the harvest season and the variety and quantity of products provided. This upfront payment helps buy the seed and other inputs needed for the season and provides the farmer an immediate income to begin the season. By paying at the beginning of the season, CSA members share in the risk of production and relieve the farmer of much of the time needed for marketing. This allows the farmer to concentrate on good land stewardship and growing high quality food. In return for their membership fee, consumers receive a variety of freshly picked vegetables every week. Some CSAs also offer fruits, herbs, meats, eggs, dairy, cut flowers, and other products. Consumer-members eat healthy, sustainably produced food and have the satisfaction of knowing where it came from and how it was grown. Many CSAs offer on-farm social and educational activities for members, further strengthening the connection between them and the farmers who feed them. Now is a great time to join a CSA for the 2014 season. Chatham County has nine CSA farms and each is unique. Some offer one long session from spring through fall while others break the season into 2-3 shorter sessions and members can join one or all. Members usually pick up their weekly shares at the farm or farmers’ market. You don’t even have to live in Chatham County to join – pickup locations include Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Durham! Community supported agriculture is a convenient way to get high quality locally grown food and is a win-win for both eaters and farmers!

2014 CSA Summer Season
Posted 1/6/2014
Hilltop Farms is now accepting new members for our 2014 Summer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. A CSA is a membership program where 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, and runs for 19 weeks through the end of August. At that time we will start taking members for a 12 week Fall CSA season. The cost for the summer season is $475 with just a $175 deposit due at signing and the balance split into two additional payments.
For more information and to receive the 2014 membership form, please email us at info@hilltopfarms.org, and we will send out the form and harvest schedule to you!


Another Good Reason to Eat Your Veggies: Carotenoi
Posted 2/7/2013
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.

Recent Article
Posted 4/6/2011
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
Posted 3/14/2011
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!
Farm Tours
Posted 1/20/2009
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 info@hilltopfarms.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!

Pics From The Farm
Posted 4/12/2002
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
Posted 2/14/2005

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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More News...
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 our site!

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:

The Farm
Corner of Hilltop Rd. & Kennebec Rd.
Willow Springs

St. Cyril Church
Piney Plains & Tryon

TBA (Inside the Beltline)

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