Wild Onion Farms is a small sustainable farm in northern Johnston County. The farm was established in 2005, on what was formerly part of an old tobacco farm. I grow a wide variety of produce and culinary herbs. I also raise pastured laying hens and heirloom tomato plants. The farm is a little over 7 acres. About 3 acres are cultivated for produce each year. Another 2 acres of the farm are wooded, with the remaining areas left fallow or sown to cover crops for soil restoration.
I grow everything on the farm using strict organic methods. I use no chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides or other poisonous sprays. Soil fertility is built through the use of cover crops, compost, and pastured poultry. Pulverized limestone, kelp meal and other natural additives are sometimes used to promote crop health and good growth. I do my best to have as little negative impact on the environment as possible, and to create healthy soils that will support nutritionally-packed vegetables for years to come.
Am I USDA Certified Organic? No. The government has simply made it too time-consuming and difficult for a small farm managed by one person to keep up with all of the requisite paperwork. I'd rather spend my time growing good food than filling out forms. I do adhere to or surpass all of the USDA's requirements for organic certification, I just don't have that pesky little piece of paper.
Where to get it? I sell through farmers' markets, through a CSA program, and to the occasional restaurant. I am at the Midtown Farmers Market in Raleigh on Saturdays, 8am-noon, April through November. I am also at the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market at City Plaza on Wednesdays, 10am-2pm, April through October.
Now accepting new CSA memberships for 2013! Visit wildonionfarms.com/csa for details.
Season: Year round
Type: single farm
# of Shares: 75
Full Share: Optional, from $200 to $500.
Work Req? No
Midtown Farmers' Market: Saturdays, 8am - 12 noon. Open every Saturday April through November. The market is right off the beltline at North Hills Mall in Raleigh.
Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market: Wednesdays, 10am-2pm. Open every Wednesday April through October. The market is in downtown Raleigh, on City Plaza at Fayetteville St.
Our family has been buying Wild Onion's produce through farmers markets or the CSA for five years now. Elizabeth has everyone else beat, hands down, for quality and consistency.... [more]
I have been buying produce from Elizabeth at the Wake Forest Farmer's Market for the past several seasons. Always great and very fresh. Well worth the price.... [more]
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I've been buying Wild Onion Farm's delicious produce and eggs at the Downtown Wake Forest Farmers Market on Saturdays the past few years. Elizabeth tends to pick her veggies on the young-ish side when they're tender and there's little or no waste, and she somehow manages to get nearly all the sand and dirt off.... [more]