Hilltop Farm of Willow Spring, Sustainable Produce and CSA

Hilltop Farm of Willow Spring, Sustainable Produce and CSA Hilltop Farms is a pesticide free produce farm, 15 miles south of Raleigh, with a CSA, farm stand, wholesale and retail sales. Hilltop Farms of Willow Springs was Wake County, NC's the first and only USDA certified organic farm.
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Grown out of a 250 year old family farm, we have converted 34 acres of conventional to***co fields over the past 19 years into organic produce and small grains, such as barley, wheat and non GMO soybeans. We offer sales of fresh picked organically grown vegetables through a 100 + member Summer and Fall CSA. We also sell at the Apex Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and to several local restauran

Grown out of a 250 year old family farm, we have converted 34 acres of conventional to***co fields over the past 19 years into organic produce and small grains, such as barley, wheat and non GMO soybeans. We offer sales of fresh picked organically grown vegetables through a 100 + member Summer and Fall CSA. We also sell at the Apex Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and to several local restauran

Operating as usual

Hilltop Farms will be at the Apex Farmers Market this morning, 9 to noon, May 15th!Kale, Collards, Pac Choy, Tatsoi, But...
05/15/2021

Hilltop Farms will be at the Apex Farmers Market this morning, 9 to noon, May 15th!
Kale, Collards, Pac Choy, Tatsoi, Buttercrunch Lettuce, Carolina Mushrooms and more!

Hilltop Farms will be at the Apex Farmers Market this morning, 9 to noon, May 15th!
Kale, Collards, Pac Choy, Tatsoi, Buttercrunch Lettuce, Carolina Mushrooms and more!

Quick Farm updates: 1. Our Summer CSA has reached capacity and we are no longer taking additional members. Thanks to 100...
05/04/2021

Quick Farm updates: 1. Our Summer CSA has reached capacity and we are no longer taking additional members. Thanks to 100 families that signed up! We will host a fall CSA starting in mid-September and we will also be selling Saturday mornings at the Apex Farmers Market, 9 to noon, all summer. We may open our farmstand to the public later this summer if crops are "a good and plenty" and I will certainly post it here if we do!
2. Sorry but we are not growing strawberries this year, so no Pic-Yer-Own.
3. Saw this visitor under my hydroponic channels last evening, see pic below.

Quick Farm updates: 1. Our Summer CSA has reached capacity and we are no longer taking additional members. Thanks to 100 families that signed up! We will host a fall CSA starting in mid-September and we will also be selling Saturday mornings at the Apex Farmers Market, 9 to noon, all summer. We may open our farmstand to the public later this summer if crops are "a good and plenty" and I will certainly post it here if we do!
2. Sorry but we are not growing strawberries this year, so no Pic-Yer-Own.
3. Saw this visitor under my hydroponic channels last evening, see pic below.

Greetings, our CSA is filling up fast and is almost full. The season starts in less than 2 weeks on April 17th. We still...
04/06/2021

Greetings, our CSA is filling up fast and is almost full. The season starts in less than 2 weeks on April 17th. We still have room for a few more members! If you are interested, please email us at [email protected] for the membership form or go to our website, www.hilltopfarms.org to download it.
THANKS!

Greetings, our CSA is filling up fast and is almost full. The season starts in less than 2 weeks on April 17th. We still have room for a few more members! If you are interested, please email us at [email protected] for the membership form or go to our website, www.hilltopfarms.org to download it.
THANKS!

03/27/2021

Hey Food Fans! Hilltop Farms will be at the Apex Farmer Market in downtown Apex, NC this morning, from 9 AM to noon! This is the original Apex Market that's just started up for the season (not the Winter market we have been attending). It's located off of Salem Street in the huge lot behind To***co Mule!
Fresh kale, collards, cabbage, lettuce, mushrooms and free-range eggs! Lots of other great vendors, too! Come see us!

02/27/2021

Hilltop Farms will be at the @Friendship Winter Market this Saturday morning, February 27th, 9 AM to Noon! @Vicious Fishes Apex, 2237 Old US1 in Apex! No rain, warmest temps of the market so far!

Our 2021 Summer CSA sign up is now open to new members! The season starts April 17th, only 82 days away! We will have pi...
01/26/2021

Our 2021 Summer CSA sign up is now open to new members! The season starts April 17th, only 82 days away! We will have pick ups at the farm on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons as well drop sites in Raleigh, Cary and Holly Springs for Thursday afternoon deliveries.
This year I will double my hydroponic lettuce operation and bulk up the field plantings, as well. We got caught a bit off guard last year by the swarm of people joining the program, brought on by Covid fears I think and had to cut membership off in May. This year we have already doubled the number of members we had at this time last year!
So don't delay if you want to get in. Email me now for the membership form at [email protected], and join the longest running CSA in the area. Since 1999! Yes I'm that old!

@Friendship Winter Market is back in action tomorrow morning, Saturday 1/23, from 9 AM to Noon! It happens at @Vicious F...
01/22/2021

@Friendship Winter Market is back in action tomorrow morning, Saturday 1/23, from 9 AM to Noon! It happens at @Vicious Fishes Apex. I hear they have great morning coffee. Hilltop Farms will be there, sipping a cup or two. Hope you will be, too!

It's About Time, it's About Space!It's about the @Friendship Winter Market this Saturday, 1/9/21! The Time is 9:00 AM to...
01/07/2021

It's About Time, it's About Space!
It's about the @Friendship Winter Market this Saturday, 1/9/21! The Time is 9:00 AM to Noon and the Space is @Vicious Fishes parking lot at 2237 Old US 1 in Apex! Hilltop Farms will be there with lots of other vendors and our fresh-picked, vitamin-packed lettuce and greens. If you didn't get your collards on for News Years maybe it's not too late! We'll have those as well as Red Russian Kale, Green kale, radishes, turnips, cabbage, Hilltop Honey and Carolina Mushrooms!
Some come on out and and enjoy the winter sunshine and get you New Year in Gear!

Hilltop Farms will be selling at the new Friendship Winter Market at Vicious Fishes in Apex tomorrow morning along with ...
12/12/2020

Hilltop Farms will be selling at the new Friendship Winter Market at Vicious Fishes in Apex tomorrow morning along with a dozen other vendors of meats, produce, cheeses, breads and more! The new market on Salem Street is open from 9 AM to noon on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month now through March.
We'll have lots of fresh kale, collards, cabbage, radishes, our Hilltop Honey and Carolina Mushrooms! Come see us!

Hilltop Farms will be selling at the new Friendship Winter Market at Vicious Fishes in Apex this morning along with a do...
11/28/2020

Hilltop Farms will be selling at the new Friendship Winter Market at Vicious Fishes in Apex this morning along with a dozen other vendors of meats, produce, cheeses, breads and more! The new market on Salem Street is open from 9 AM to noon on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month now through March.
We'll lots of fresh kale and collards, Tatsoi, Pac Choy and other veggies along with our Hilltop Honey and mushrooms! Come see us!

Beautiful foggy fall morning as the farm transitions from squash and okra to kale and collards!Still time to join our Fa...
10/27/2020

Beautiful foggy fall morning as the farm transitions from squash and okra to kale and collards!
Still time to join our Fall CSA. We will pick and deliver until mid-December!

Hello! We are now accepting members for our Fall CSA program! The season starts just after Labor Day and runs for 14 wee...
08/18/2020

Hello! We are now accepting members for our Fall CSA program! The season starts just after Labor Day and runs for 14 weeks to mid-December. There are Full Share ($365 for 14 weeks) and Half Share ($210 for 7 weeks) options. Each with a workshare discount option available. The Fall Membership Form is now on our website where you can download it, email it to us and use PayPal to join! Of course, you can send a hard-copy and check, too. Please, visit www.hilltopfarms.org or email Fred at [email protected] for the form and/or more information.
Thanks!

Saturday morning "play list":  Transplant eight 270 ft rows of fall tomatoes and eggplant, pick 30 lb of Silver Slicer c...
07/05/2020

Saturday morning "play list": Transplant eight 270 ft rows of fall tomatoes and eggplant, pick 30 lb of Silver Slicer cukes and 80 lbs of Market-more green cukes, cultivate 10 acres of non-GMO organic soybeans. Time for lunch!

Red, White and Blue potatoes just in time for the 4th of July.God Bless America!
07/05/2020

Red, White and Blue potatoes just in time for the 4th of July.
God Bless America!

05/01/2020

Our Summer CSA membership is CLOSED!
We have reached our membership target for the summer season and have decided to cut it off at this point. If we have an overwhelming bounty this summer we may re-open the membership or open our farmstand to the public. Right now, we are committed to feeding the 100 plus CSA members who joined us this year! THANK YOU!!!

Kale season all season! Red Russian Kale, the first to come in this year. Green Siberian to follow. We usually can harve...
04/30/2020

Kale season all season!
Red Russian Kale, the first to come in this year. Green Siberian to follow. We usually can harvest kale (and collards) until July and then grow it again in the fall to mid-December!

04/24/2020

Hey Folks, we did not grow any strawberries this year. I know a lot of you have been asking and calling and texting and emailing about it. I wish I had! But no strawberry picking or any picked ones for sale. this year. Maybe next year!
Also, our CSA has blossomed to the point that I our Farmstand is not open to the public at this time, either. Maybe later in the summer, if we have plenty of produce and the deer don't eat it, or hail rip it or drought burn it up or hurricanes wash it away! Thanks!

Ran out of gas planting more yellow wax beans, patty pan squash and zucchini Saturday (no fuel gauge on 1961 Farmall). V...
04/20/2020

Ran out of gas planting more yellow wax beans, patty pan squash and zucchini Saturday (no fuel gauge on 1961 Farmall). Virginia had to come rescue me just before dark. No working headlights on the 140 either! She couldn't resist snapping a sunset. Didn't get my cukes in though.

Our CSA has grown by leaps and bounds over the last month. Thanks to all that have put their trust in us to provide clea...
04/16/2020

Our CSA has grown by leaps and bounds over the last month. Thanks to all that have put their trust in us to provide clean, healthy food for their families this spring/summer. Yesterday, I started a revised/prorated CSA schedule. We are still taking new members now for start dates the first week of May. It'll be a 16 week full season or an 8 week half-share. Please, email me for the new membership form at [email protected], if you want to get in. Our website, www.hilltopfarms.org, now has the new form to download as well!
Thanks, stay safe and eat healthy!
Farmer Fred

Pics below: Tatsoi in the Hydro Tunnel and Red Gold potatoes sprouting in the field.

We are planting and preparing for our local, organically grown, fresh produce season to start April 18th. If you'd like ...
03/21/2020

We are planting and preparing for our local, organically grown, fresh produce season to start April 18th. If you'd like some, please, consider joining our CSA! (www.hilltopfarms.org/join or 919 618-5601). That's how we market our veggies. With farmers markets and restaurants on hold, we will have plenty for our CSA members. My crew and I (me and my son) planted 300 lbs of Yukon Gold and Red Gold seed potatoes yesterday and have additional 500 lbs of All Blues and Kennebecs yet to set out. Another field is sprouting with arugula, radishes, turnips, sugar snap peas and spinach. The greenhouse is full of healthy seedlings of kale, collards, Swiss Chard, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, tatsoi, pac choy, tomatoes, eggplant, okra, and peppers waiting to get in the game and the hydro-tunnel is already producing lettuce, tatsoi and pac choy! Fields are being readied for sweet corn, snap beans, cucumbers, squash and watermelons.
As a small, sustainable farm, we have always been about healthy, clean, local produce. Meaning most likely its picked and delivered in the same day with only one or two pairs of hands ever touching it before yours. Eat Healthy!
Farmer Fred

Our hydro tunnel is now full of fluffy lettuce and Hilltop Farms will be at the Apex Farmers Market tomorrow morning, Sa...
02/07/2020

Our hydro tunnel is now full of fluffy lettuce and Hilltop Farms will be at the Apex Farmers Market tomorrow morning, Saturday, February 8th! We will have our New Fire Red Leaf lettuce, Romaine lettuce, free range eggs and assorted baby greens. The market runs from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Lots of other great vendors too, so come see us!

Our 2020 Summer CSA sign up is now open to new members. The season starts April 18th, only 99 days away! We have pick up...
01/10/2020

Our 2020 Summer CSA sign up is now open to new members. The season starts April 18th, only 99 days away! We have pick ups at the farm on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons as well drop sites in Raleigh, Cary and Holly Springs for Thursday afternoon deliveries.
New this year....hydroponic lettuce and greens!
Call Fred at 919 618-5601 or email [email protected] to get the membership form and all the details to join the longest running CSA operated by the first and only certified organic farm in Wake County.
Thanks!

01/08/2020
She Could Talk About Sweet Potatoes for Hours

Here's a great insight into farming and selling, from our CEO, Sandi Kronick of Happy Dirt, formerly ECO (Eastern Carolina Organics) of which we are a proud partner!

Sandi Kronick of Happy Dirt talks all about Sweet Potatoes in North Carolina. Happy Dirt Website - https://happydirt.com/ Instagram @happydirtorganics - http...

My 2020 Vision......Hydroponic greenhouse for growing lettuce and greens! Phase one up and running. Phase 2 & 3 by mid-J...
12/19/2019

My 2020 Vision......Hydroponic greenhouse for growing lettuce and greens! Phase one up and running. Phase 2 & 3 by mid-January leading to a possible Winter CSA and definitely a jump start on the Summer CSA. Which by the way, we are now accepting new and returning members for. I envision being able to grow lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers at the same time of the year! Something rarely accomplished in the summer fields of central and eastern NC.

Last week I posted about ECO becoming Happy Dirt. Today's post.... from my happy dirt here on the farm sprung a happy pe...
11/26/2019

Last week I posted about ECO becoming Happy Dirt. Today's post.... from my happy dirt here on the farm sprung a happy pepper. Have A Nice Day/Pepper!
Thanks to CSA member, Tallie for sending me this pic!

11/14/2019
Happy Dirt

Eastern Carolina Organics, of which Hilltop Farms is one of several NC organic farm founding partners, has a new name... Happy Dirt! Find us at your local grocery store, if that happens to be Wholefoods! It's all about the soil!

Today's the day! We’re launching a new brand to take us to the next level, grabbing the notion of organic and turning it into something that will speak to everyone! Say hello to Happy Dirt!

First Tuesday Fall CSA Pick-up today! Not too late to get in. Come by the farm between 4 and 6 PM today to check it out,...
09/17/2019

First Tuesday Fall CSA Pick-up today! Not too late to get in. Come by the farm between 4 and 6 PM today to check it out, buy stuff and join if so moved! Below is a couple pics from Saturday's 1st fall harvest and one of our "Add Ons", mushrooms from neighbor Carolina Mushrooms, Hilltop Honey from field 7 and eggs from Hilltop's Happy Hens! Text or call Fred at 919 618-5601 for more info.

Lots of people will post a "morning pic" of sunrises, the ocean, the mountains, their dog, etc. Here's my morning pic. I...
09/13/2019

Lots of people will post a "morning pic" of sunrises, the ocean, the mountains, their dog, etc. Here's my morning pic. It's actually my morning pick!
Fall CSA starts tomorrow! Things are plentiful, finally. Send me an email if you want to get in! [email protected]

TEPOP is my acronym for Tomatoes, EggPlant, Okra and Peppers, all of which get started in the greenhouse around the same...
09/05/2019

TEPOP is my acronym for Tomatoes, EggPlant, Okra and Peppers, all of which get started in the greenhouse around the same time, get transplanted in the same field about the same time, are harvested during the same time and eventually succumb to the first hard freeze and die on the same night.
Our Fall CSA will have lots of organically grown TEPOP from now until the end of October, or into November if we're lucky. SunGolds, Cherokee Purples, sweet bell peppers of assorted colors will be some of the summer holdovers as well as newly planted cukes and zukes, yellow summer squash, Buttercup winter squash, purple hull peas and green and yellow snap beans, all up and runnin'. A greenhouse full of cool season veggies will round out the offering. Join now if you're hungry!
Email [email protected]

Our Fall CSA season will start on Saturday, September 14th and run for 12 weeks.  We aim to put at least $20 worth of or...
08/30/2019
Join | Hilltop Farms

Our Fall CSA season will start on Saturday, September 14th and run for 12 weeks. We aim to put at least $20 worth of organic produce in each week's share and it will change in variety as the weeks go by. The fall will have summer holdovers through the first frost of the season, like tomatoes, eggplant, okra, peas, beans, cukes, squash, zucchini and peppers. At the same time, we are planting cool season crops like kale, collards, lettuce, turnips, radishes, arugula, broccoli, pac choy and cabbage. They will come-in in October and be able to withstand the cooler weather and frosts to the end of the season. There are also winter squash and sweet potatoes already planted that will come in mid-season, too.
You can email me for the membership form at [email protected] and join by mailing or emailing the form back to us and enclose a check or use PayPal from our website's "Join" page at http://www.hilltopfarms.org/Join/. I can also take a card over the phone, 919 618-5601.
Thanks again and we look forward to having you with us this year!
Farmer Fred

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Here's an interesting article from another local farmer. It's a good perspective on what we have been experiencing here,...
08/14/2019
A North Carolina farmer sees the climate changing

Here's an interesting article from another local farmer. It's a good perspective on what we have been experiencing here, too. Successful farms will have to find ways to adapt. For me, that means converting a high tunnel into a hydroponic greenhouse this winter. That will help to eliminate some of the weather affects on certain crops and allow for more year-round production

07/31/2019

August marks the start of sign-up for our Fall CSA which will start in mid-September and run through early December. If you are interested in receiving the Fall Membership form, please, send us an email to [email protected]. We will be taking new members soon!

Looks like the sun has set on our Pic-Yer-Own strawberry season. Short but sweet! Thanks to all that came out and picked...
05/29/2019

Looks like the sun has set on our Pic-Yer-Own strawberry season. Short but sweet! Thanks to all that came out and picked!

05/22/2019

We're open for organic strawberry picking this evening, Wednesday, May 22nd, from 4 to 7 PM. We'll be open Saturday morning at 10 AM, too, but with the coming heat later this week and next, it may be the last week of the season! So, come get them "before" they're hot!

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6612 Kennebec Rd
Willow Spring, NC
27592

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Hi Fred. Just sent you a private message. Let me know when you have a chance to read it.
HI, what produce will you have at Apex market tomorrow?
Thank you, Farmer Fred, for donating the seed potatoes to Willow Springs Elementary. Our garden club harvested these beautiful red, purple and yellow potatoes this morning. Yum!
Great to see you at the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market Wed. Best arugula ever!! Thanks, Fred!