Best CSA in the RTP area?
Looking to join a CSA in the Morrisville/Cary/Apex area. Does anyone have any experience as to which ones have the most varied/interesting veggies?
We have been a member of HillTop Farms for the past 3 years. I don't have any experience with other area CSAs, but HillTop grows all kinds of good stuff. Lots of greens - spinach, kale, chard, mustard, turnip, bok choy, lettuces, cabbages. Also strawberries, tomatoes, green onions, radishes, peppers, potatoes, squash, zucchini, some melons, and probably at least several other things. Last year they added the option of getting WIlkerson Farms beef. This one operates as a weekly farmer's market - you get to pick what you want. They do a Thursday evening dropsite in Cary. The upfront cost is close to $500, but it runs from early April to maybe November, or something like that. It's certified organic.
Some people I know do Papa Spuds - they deliver and offer a lot more variety. I'm kind of tempted to try it myself.
Papa spuds is amazing...so many choices, it's like a local fresh grocery store. We just upped our allotment from $20 to $40, after they got fresh fish and scallops. They also get incredible breads ands sweets! We also use Brinkley farms, which we love, but you have to pick up weekly. They are out of Creedmoor, but deliver to several different pickup spots...
We did producebox last year. It is a litle more expensive, but it gets delivered to your house and each week you get a choice of 3 different boxes (or you can skip a week). You can also change between the small or large (really a double) box each week. You pay per week.
Last year we were members of the Coon Rock Farms CSA. Overall we were very happy with the quality of the produce. The greens early in the season were particularly good, as were the tomatoes. They also seem to experiment with some more exotic vegetable varieties than other CSAs might. We also got eggs from them weekly and that worked out well.
This year we will probably try Produce Box or Papa Spuds. Right now I'm leaning toward Papa Spuds because they delivered to other people who live in our building last year, so I figure we can get our deliveries from them as well without too much trouble. A couple of my officemates subscribed to Produce Box last summer and were very happy with it, though.
Another CSA I considered is Double T Farms, I haven't heard much about them though: