Community Supported Agriculture (or CSA) is a special way of creating a relationship with your local community and the people who grow your food.

Raleigh’s Hillside Farm started as a CSA farm in 2013 and we have grown, adapted and refined our program every year since. CSA means everything to us. It is the heart and soul of everything we do at our farm.

By signing up with our CSA in the spring, you will receive boxes of organic vegetables, melons, and herbs throughout the growing season (June through October). Your CSA box will be accompanied by an e-mail newsletter packed full of stories, photos and information from the fields alongside recipes, links, storage tips, and vegetable descriptions to help you use your bounty. Members are also invited to events throughout the season and given access to a private Facebook group for sharing recipes, ideas and questions with one another. 

Our farm currently offers two different styles of CSA: a traditional CSA program and a free choice market style CSA program with a multitude of sizes and delivery options.

If you are new to us or new to CSA, there’s a lot to learn so keep on scrolling to learn what's included in a CSA membership with Raleigh's Hillside Farm, share sizes, prices, delivery locations, payment methods and which CSA option is best for you.

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What is included in a CSA membership?

Weekly boxes of certified organic, seasonal produce delivered to neighborhood drop sites June through October

Relationship with your farmer

Weekly newsletter from the fields

Vegetable storage tips

Recipes for all skill levels

Opportunities to order extra produce

Invitations to special members' only events

Access to private Facebook group

Additional recipe archive and farm stories through Lauren's food and farming blog The Leek & The Carrot

 

Traditional CSA Shares

We currently offer two different share sizes for our traditional CSA program. Either option can be delivered one of four different ways: weekly, biweekly, flexibly, and once every four weeks (ouSampler option). You will find descriptions and prices below followed by a list of delivery locations and payment options.

If you are interested in seeing the kinds of vegetables you receive each month, just keep on scrolling to see sample box photos.

  Large Share  from early July

Large Share from early July

Weekly Large Share ($625): This share is best described as a paper grocery bag full of vegetables and herbs delivered weekly for the 20 week season.  This “bag” of groceries is definitely enough for a family of four who loves to cook. Members can expect large quantities of 7-12 items in their box throughout the season.

Flex Large Share ($515): The same amount of produce as the Large Share listed above, but delivered just 15 times throughout the season. This share is ideal for people who love to cook but know they will be traveling for 4-5 weeks of summer. Flex Share members will be contacted in May to select their 15 delivery dates. 

Every-Other-Week Large Share ($350): The same amount of produce as the Large Share listed above, but delivered every other week throughout the season. Members will receive 10 total boxes of produce. This is especially great for people who deal well with bulk produce and enjoy cooking (but not consistently) as well as folks who travel a lot throughout the summer.

Sampler Large Share ($200): The same amount of produce as the Large Share listed above, but delivered every four weeks. Members will receive 5 total boxes of produce. This is especially great for people who are trying CSA for the first time.

 Small Share from early July

Small Share from early July

Weekly Small Share ($395): This share receives a little over half as much produce as the Large Share. In other words, a half grocery bag of vegetables and herbs delivered weekly for the 20 week season. It still includes great variety (7-10 items in the box each week) but members won't receive quite as many items as Large Share members. This box is designed for one or two individual-households who love to cook most nights of the week. It's also great for families who enjoy cooking but find themselves eating away from home a few nights each week.

Flex Small Share ($335): The same amount of produce as the Small Share listed above, but delivered just 15 times throughout the season. This share is ideal for people who enjoy cooking but know they will be traveling for 4-5 weeks of summer. Flex Share members will be contacted in May to select their 15 delivery dates. 

Every-Other-Week Small Share ($235): This box contains the same amount of produce as the Small Share listed above, but is delivered every other week throughout the season. Members will receive 10 total boxes of produce. This is good for people who are brand new to CSA and nervous about getting overwhelmed, or those who enjoy also visiting the farmer's market regularly.

Sampler Small Share ($100): The same amount of produce as the Small Share listed above, but delivered every four weeks. Members will receive 5 total boxes of produce. This is a very small amount of produce and is especially great for people who are trying CSA for the first time or supplement with a lot of other local food purchasing options.

 
 

payment options

Pay in full by credit card through our online store

Pay by check in full

Pay by credit card in six monthly installments

Contact us for reduced cost shares subsidized by our Community Fund or information on FairShare CSA Coalition’s Partner Shares Program

delivery sites

All Traditional CSA Shares are delivered on Wednesday afternoons/evenings

Downtown Madison (Proudfit St)

Eastside Madison (Orton Ct)

Atwood Neighborhood (TBD)

Monroe St Neighborhood (Sheldon St)

Middleton (Windfield Way)

Fitchburg (Placid St)

Verona (Sabertooth Trail)

Stoughton (Patterson St)

Evansville (Second St)

Belleville (TBD)

  June Large Share // 6-10 items //  Sample box includes: Broccoli, escarole, rainbow chard, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, radishes, strawberries, green garlic, scallions and garlic scapes

June Large Share // 6-10 items // Sample box includes: Broccoli, escarole, rainbow chard, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, radishes, strawberries, green garlic, scallions and garlic scapes

  July Large Share // 8-12 items //  Sample box includes: Broccoli, bell peppers, shishito peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, beets, eggplant, rainbow chard, bok choy and onion.

July Large Share // 8-12 items // Sample box includes: Broccoli, bell peppers, shishito peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, beets, eggplant, rainbow chard, bok choy and onion.

  August Large Share // 8-12 items //  Sample box includes: Sweet corn, watermelon, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, Italian red frying pepper, poblano peppers, eggplant, white potatoes, mixed beans, kohlrabi, and onion.

August Large Share // 8-12 items // Sample box includes: Sweet corn, watermelon, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, Italian red frying pepper, poblano peppers, eggplant, white potatoes, mixed beans, kohlrabi, and onion.

 
  September Large Share // 10-14 items //  Sample box includes: Watermelon, butternut squash, purple potatoes, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, Italian frying peppers, eggplant, leeks, radishes, onion and sage.

September Large Share // 10-14 items // Sample box includes: Watermelon, butternut squash, purple potatoes, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, Italian frying peppers, eggplant, leeks, radishes, onion and sage.

  October Large Share // 8-12 items //  Sample box includes: Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, Italian frying peppers, fennel, shallots and onion.

October Large Share // 8-12 items // Sample box includes: Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, Italian frying peppers, fennel, shallots and onion.

 

Free Choice CSA Shares

We are so excited to announce our first ever free choice CSA program!!!! This offering is essentially a fully customizable CSA membership. Think of it like going to the farmer’s market each week and picking out exactly what you like, except that you will be shopping from a password-protected online store we send you every Sunday and boxes will be delivered to a neighborhood pick-up site on Thursday afternoons.

You pay up-front in the spring, receive a digital gift card, and work down the total throughout the season through your weekly orders. Funds are self-managed and non-refundable. However, you may absolutely share with a friend or donate excess to a local food pantry if you are worried you will not use them all.

This free choice market-style CSA share comes in three sizes depending on the amount of vegetables you think your household will eat:

  • Large ($700)

  • Medium ($500)

  • Small ($300)

For reference, a traditional Large CSA share receives about $700 worth of produce and a traditional Small CSA share receives about $450 worth of produce.

 

delivery sites

All Free Choice Market CSA Shares are delivered on Thursday afternoons/evenings

Eastside Madison (Orton Ct)

Middleton (Windfield Way)

Stoughton (Patterson St)

Evansville (Second St)

payment options

Pay in full by credit card through our online store

Pay by check in full

Pay by credit card in six monthly installments

Contact us for reduced cost shares subsidized by our Community Fund or information on FairShare CSA Coalition’s Partner Shares Program


Which CSA Share is Right For Me?

At Raleigh's Hillside Farm, we believe in the power of the CSA model to improve local communities and build better relationships between growers and eaters. But that does not mean it is the only thing enhancing our local food system, and that does not mean it works for everyone's lifestyle.

Before you sign up for a CSA share, it's good to think about your answer to the following questions:

  • Do you like vegetables?

  • Do you enjoy cooking?

  • Do you enjoy the mystery and excitement that comes with CSA (a.k.a. a lack of control over what and how much of a certain product you will receive)?

  • Do you like to learn about and try new vegetables and (sometimes strange) new varieties?

  • Do you travel modestly throughout the summer?

  • Do you value the opportunity to have a real, lasting relationship with the farmer that produces your food?

If you answered yes to most of these questions, then a Traditional CSA is definitely a good option for you! 

If you answered no to most of these questions, then a Free Choice Market Share may be a much better option for you and your family!

 
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CSA Updates

Members can find our most recent farm newsletters below or visit the newsletter page to see the full archive.


Farm Events Calendar


Membership Handbook

CSA members, you can find our most recent membership handbook here. It is packed full of information on our CSA and ways to make the most of our season together!