Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food.
Who is Hilltop Farms?
Hilltop Farms in Willow Springs, NC is a Certified Organic Produce farm now in our seventeenth year of operation. We currently have 44 acres of certified cropland that has historically been tobacco farmland since the 1750s. Hilltop Farms emerged out of the family-owned JC Rowland Farm in southern Wake County, and is owned and operated by Fred Miller and his wife, Virginia Rowland Miller, who was born and raised on the land.
We are dedicated to exploring agricultural alternatives to conventional farming and traditional crops. We adhere to strict organic standards and strive to provide the healthiest food possible to our customers, while maintaining and improving the health and sustainability of our soils. As Wake County's first and only USDA Certified Organic farm, our long-term goal is to continue to transition conventional farmland into organic acreage as we continue to expand our product range.
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What is a CSA?
CSA stands for "community supported agriculture". We grow a variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs that we distribute on a weekly basis to families who become members of the farm. A set number of memberships are offered in the winter and spring prior to the growing season. Members pay in advance for the food they will receive between the months of May and October. This advance payment provides the "seed money" the farm needs to purchase materials needed to grow the food, and allows the members to become partners in the farming process.
Members may come to the farm on the designated pick-up day to receive their weekly “share” or choose to attend one of the drop sites in either Cary or Raleigh. The farm and several other locations offer a farmer's market setting. Members have flexibility in picking the quantity and variety of the items that suit their palate. Otherwise, they can opt to pick up a pre-packaged box of produce from one of our other drop sites.
All members are welcome to visit the farm and our eight-stall horse barn with family and friends on Saturday morning harvest days to pick up produce. We host several socials during the year for members including: The Spring Planting Day Covered Dish Social, Mulch Madness Workday, and the end of year Harvest Party with food and music. Members are also welcome to participate in the Pic-Yer-Own Strawberry Saturdays each weekend in May. There's always something going on down on the farm! Come join us in the fun!!
Hilltop's Commitment to You!
We are committed to growing all fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs in a completely natural and sustainable way that protects the soil and the health of our members. We will use NO CHEMICAL PESTICIDES, HERBICIDES, FUNGICIDES, OR FERTILIZERS on our crops and NO GENETICALLY- MODIFIED SEEDS ON OR IN OUR FIELDS. We provide a connection that has been lost in recent years between consumers and the land on which their food is grown. Our members share in the risk and the bounty that nature provides.
What do we grow?
The Summer CSA season starts mid-to-late-April with a variety of spring crops and runs to the end of August with hot season veggies. Then the Fall CSA begins in mid-September and extends to early December with a combination of summer holdovers and the return of cool season offerings!
Each year we grow varieties of:
Arugula, Snap Beans, Blueberries, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Collards, Corn,
Cucumbers, Eggplant, Kale, Lots of Lettuces, Mizuna, Mustard Greens, Onions, Okra,
Pac Choi, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Radishes, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Sweet Potatoes, Tatsoi, Lots of Tomatoes, Turnips, Watermelons and Winter Squash!