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Stone Hollow Farmstead is an artisan farm located in Harpersville, Alabama.  Stone Hollow produces dairy and creamery products, along with canned goods, eggs, fresh flowers, herbs, skin care, and more.

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Community Supported Agriculture – The Stone Hollow Farmstead Way

Deborah Stone

We’re the type of people that get excited over local and fresh produce, and we want to share that passion with you. We have teamed up with other local farms to provide you, our valued friends and clients and community, with the best of the best.  If you’re anything like us, preparing healthful meals for your family is important. Knowing the origin and method of raising and harvesting the foods you’re ingesting helps establish a sense of pride and ownership that ultimately results in a healthier lifestyle.

With our CSA program, you’ll be guaranteed fresh and certified sustainably grown products, available for pick-up every Tuesday during your selected share. Within your weekly shares, you’ll find variations of fresh produce and herbs, Stone Hollow Farmstead cannery products, fresh bread, and occasionally dairy products.

Here’s what a few of our loyal customers had to say about our program:

“Stone Hollow's weekly CSA Program (Community Supported Agriculture) enriches both our family’s table and our healthy lifestyle. What a privilege to partake in organic, local produce and artisan goods on a weekly basis. Stone Hollow gathers the freshest products from our Alabama farmers and presents it to our family with recipes, advice, and diversity. It is my favorite day of the week when I can peek inside my bag to find what Stone Hollow has chosen—it is always a surprise and a joy.”

- Patti Callahan Henry

“Thank you for introducing us to Alabama’s treasured farmers across the state.  With Stone Hollow Farmstead’s CSA, we are cooking more at home and enjoying healthier and more adventuresome meals each week.  We always look forward to the online recipes and our Tuesday bag of surprises.  Highlights have been the Alabama fresh vegetables, gourmet baked bread, goat cheese specialties, jams, simple syrups, herbs, fresh yogurt and butter, and even wild flowers.  To Deborah and her creative team, thank you for enriching our family’s dinner time together.”

- Koko Mackin

We have greatly enjoyed seeing each of our loyal CSA clients on Tuesdays, and we look forward to another amazing year of fresh and local food. The 2017 CSA program will launch on March 7. If you haven’t already selected your share, please visit our CSA page for more information. Stay up to date with what’s in your share by keeping up with Tuesday Table, our very own CSA blog devoted to recipes, nutritional facts, and photos!

Stone Hollow Farmstead Gifting

Deborah Stone

The Stone Hollow Farmstead story has been gracefully written over the years. We love to procure, showcase and adore artisan, farm-fresh and organic materials – from delicious foods and home goods to luxurious body care and more.

Spreading this love of natural and small, artisan brands is conveyed in the form of extraordinary and curated gifting – Lifestyle Gifting by Stone Hollow. With our knack for luxury products, expert presentation, and intentional finishing touches, let us help you celebrate life’s special occasions.

For the foodie in your life, a good neighbor, a new mommy and new baby, new home owners, newly weds and those celebrating engagements, birthdays, mother’s and father’s days and simply just because. Each curated or custom gift box contains items such as Stone Hollow Farmstead Cannery and Pickled items, Botanikō Skin Care, and other unique products from brands we love and trust.

Custom gifting is available, so to provide the most unique gifting experience, fit for any recipient. Swing by The Pantry, in Crestline Village, and we will help you perfect your gifting experience.

With a very special and romantic holiday right around the corner, remember Stone Hollow Farmstead to help you endow those you love. We have something for everyone!

Stop by The Pantry and shop our curated gifts or allow us to help you customize a gift.

The Pantry, 17 Dexter Avenue, Birmingham, Alabama 35213

Monday - Friday 7 AM - 6 PM, Saturday 8 AM - 3 PM

205-803-3585

 

Our Journey to Washington’s Floret Flowers Workshop

Deborah Stone

Stone Hollow Farmstead Flowers are now in full swing on the farm, and beginning this week, on our new flower carts which will be appearing throughout the city. Deborah and Alex traveled to Mount Vernon, Washington last summer to gain the necessary knowledge needed to bring flowers to their Alabama farmstead.

Floret Flower Farm is a small, two-acre, family-run flower farm in Washington, specializing in the art of growing beautiful, uncommon heirloom flowers. Stone Hollow is now growing flowers seasonally and learning to grow in our Alabama climate. To help us better understand, Deborah and Alex Stone, of Stone Hollow Farmstead, have answered a few questions explaining the different things they have learned on their beautiful flower journey.

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What made you want to start growing flowers?

Growing flowers for cutting just made so much sense for our farm, because we grow so many herbs and flowers for botanical extracts used in our clinical skin care line, Botanikō Skin

What was the most influential thing you learned from your time at Floret Flowers?

Erin teaches "intensive flower farming practices". We learned how to maximize our growing space, extend the seasons with high and low tunnels (which we have 7 of currently in the gardens), market opportunities to sell, and how much our country needs American grown flowers.

How do you determine which flowers to grow and during which season they will flourish?

We have always grown flowers at the farm - mostly things transplanted from my grandmother’s gardens. This knowledge helped in decision-making.

Dahlias are our main focus. Although no one in our family had knowledge of this, we joined the local dahlia society and made lots of new friends with experienced growers. Kathy and Ed Whitfield have been amazingly helpful and willing to share their knowledge! 

Most flowers grown for the first time are considered an experiment. We took notes on everything from the time we planted until they left our flower cooler. From last year’s trials, we now have a very large growing program for 2017. 

How does growing and selling unique heirloom flowers help convey the mission of Stone Hollow Farmstead?

We love farming, providing for our local community, and working with our local farmers. Our flowers are just one more product we can offer. There are not many local flower growers as of yet, and we would love to bring vibrant flowers to the Alabama community.

What makes your flowers different?

The fact that they are American grown makes them different than what you would normally find available for purchase. 

Dahlias are difficult to grow here in our southern climate, so having them locally grown is special. The bouquets we offer are also filled with beautiful aromatic herbs. What we can't grow we source from other American growers, to support the American-Grown mission.

What was the most interesting process you learned from Floret Flowers?

Learning how to extend our seasons and maintain growth for more of the year. Introducing this technique should be very helpful for our business. We hope to have dahlias by early May where normally they are available in mid-June.

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Our flowers will be available beginning this week at our new flower carts, which will be appearing throughout the city.  Follow our Instagram to stay up to date on our cart locations @thepantrybystonehollow & @stonehollowfarmstead

Valentine's Day Bouquet Pre-Sale coming soon.

A Look At The Benefits Of Juicing At The Pantry

Deborah Stone

Juicing is an efficient and delicious way to supercharge your body with the nutrients it needs to properly cleanse your system. Juicing condenses ingredients from fruits and vegetables for optimal absorption. Listed below are a few potential benefits of each juice or beauty water that we make fresh daily at The Pantry.

Beauty Water

Black Magic Beauty Water / SHF

Black Magic Beauty Water / SHF

Black Magic / alkaline water, honey, lemon, charcoal / Enjoy the intense detoxifying and hydrating benefits this beauty water has to offer. The activated charcoal binds to metals and toxins and removes them from the body. Black Magic is the perfect tonic water to hydrate and detoxify after a night of over indulgence.

Rose Water / alkaline water, rose hydrosol, silica / A drink almost solely for your skin! Rose water is packed with hydrating, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, that ease redness and irritation, improve acne, dermatitis, and eczema, as well as promote healing. Rose contains Vitamin C and is touted as a mood enhancer that helps rid the body of anxiety.

Green Juices

All of our green juices are packed with green vegetables that are rich in chlorophyll, a plant pigment that is said to aid in fighting cancers, boosting the immune system, detoxification and improving digestion. Green juices are high in antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals, and can pack an entire day’s needs into one refreshing juice.  We have several green juice options, that all start with greens as their base.  In some, we have added lemon, kiwi or apples for a touch of sweetness and others we’ve added turmeric and ginger for their anti-inflammatory properties and a touch of spice. Because they all have powerful vegetable bases, we recommend choosing a green juice based on add-on flavors.

Green Lemonade / romaine, celery, red apple, kale, lemon / Rich in Iron, B Vitamins, folate from the romaine lettuce and Vitamin A and C from the celery and lemon, let this zingy juice awaken your taste buds and give your body the digestive boost it needs.

Green Dream / kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, red apple, lemon / Pack a mean, green punch and give your body all the greens it needs in one soulful juice. With its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and detoxification properties, you’ll be protecting yourself from disease, promoting healthy vision and eyesight, and boosting your immunity all in one sip.

Green Zing / cucumber, celery, spinach, lemon, ginger, cayenne pepper / A mix of wholesome greens with a little bite from the ginger and cayenne pepper will awaken your senses and jumpstart your metabolism while stimulating circulation.

Cool Cucumber / cucumber, celery, apple, lime, parsley / Ultra-hydrating greens, like cucumber and celery, promote healthy digestion and removal of toxins.

Love Your Skin / cucumber, celery, apple, aloe / Hydrate your cells and skin alike with cucumber and celery combined with aloe. Ingesting aloe vera juice is said to relieve constipation, soothe redness and swelling and is packed with vitamins A, C, E, and B12 leaving your mood boosted.

Love Your Life / cucumber, spinach, parsley, apple, lemon, ginger/ Hydrate and treat yourself to a sweet and spicy juice packed with iron, folate and B vitamins.  Love your Life will give you the boost of energy you need while flushing out the toxins that slow you down.

Beet Juices

Skip to the Beet / beets, red apple, coconut water, lemon, ginger / Take care of your bones, liver, kidneys and pancreas and promote healthy nerve and muscle function, while enjoying the hydrating flavors of coconut water, red apple and lemon.

Beet It / beet, carrot, cucumber, celery, ginger / Cleanse your liver and kidneys while stimulating your eyes and digestive system. Get your fix of vitamins K, C, and A and treat any stomach discomfort with the powerful medicinal properties of ginger.

Love Your Liver / beets, cantaloupe, orange / Potassium, magnesium, vitamin K, and folate are just a few of the nourishing vitamins and minerals contained in this delicious juice.

Other Juices

Cabo Wabo / pineapple, green apple, coconut water, mint hydrosol / Nourish and refresh your body, while taking your taste buds to an exotic island. You’ll wish you had an umbrella to garnish this sweet and extremely hydrating treat.

Rising Sun / lemon, filtered water, cayenne pepper / Detoxify and cleanse your system with the combination of lemons and cayenne pepper. The vitamin C and potassium in the lemon is said to transform toxins into digestible materials while the cayenne pepper can increase the body’s temperature. The Rising Sun is quite the supercharge to your metabolism

Berry Chia Fresca / strawberries, lemon, maple syrup, filtered water, chia seeds / Give your system a boost of Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein, to keep you feeling full and hydrated.

Aloe Water / alkaline water, aloe juice / Ultra hydrate your cells and skin, while detoxifying your liver and fueling your body with vitamins B, C, E and folic acid. Aloe juice is a natural digestive stimulant.

Happy Heart / pear, carrot, apple, lemon, turmeric, ginger / Treat your body to anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of turmeric and ginger, and enjoy the contrasting flavor of the pear, apple and lemon. The bright orange color of this popular juice comes from the carrots that saturate your system with beta-carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A that contributes to great vision and skin.

Stop by The Pantry for a freshly made juice daily or ask us about our juice cleanses.

The Pantry, 17 Dexter Avenue, Birmingham, Alabama 35213

Monday - Friday 7 AM - 6 PM, Saturday 8 AM - 3 PM

205-803-3585

The Story Behind Stone Hollow Goat Cheese

Deborah Stone

One of our favorite loves at the farm is our family of dairy goats.  As babies, our goats are bottle fed so they are essentially pets! They love getting to be the star of the show when visitors come to our farm for a family outing, or when the elementary schools visit.  They work hard every day, they never let us down, and they always provide the most delicious milk that we use to make our award-winning goat cheese.

Our goats and goat cheeses are one of the most valued divisions of our business and lucky for us, their presence on the farm (and occasionally at The Pantry) keeps you coming back for more!

We want to share some important facts about our goats so you will know just how fresh our products really are, and how much fun we have sharing the farm with our friends.

We milk our goats eight to nine months a year, giving them two to three months off to rest and enjoy the life of a goat! During this time we do not have access to milk, so we have to be extremely strategic to ensure all of our chefs will receive the cheese they need at their respective restaurants. This usually falls during the last three months of the year. We vacuum package the necessary amount of cheese in cryovac, to get us through the off-season. With this process the cheese has a three-month shelf life.

This year we expect a total of about three hundred babies by the end of February, with sixty already enjoying the farm life.  A female goat is called a doe. Our 1500 does will give birth and as soon as the babies are fed, we use the rest for cheese. The good news is there is way more milk than the babies consume, so there is plenty to go around for them and for us!

Goat milk is loaded with nutrients for the babies and is great for us too. It is a blessing for those individuals battling lactose intolerance, as it is safe for their consumption.  The taste of goat milk changes with the seasons, depending on what forage is in bloom. While it is delicious all year, we especially love the “first flow” of milk. It is so rich, has much more cream …or maybe it just makes us so happy to have the babies on the farm!  Either way, we enjoy making a big celebration out of the babies coming and the fresh goats’ milk, back in production.

We have three breeds of goats: Nubians, Alpines, and Saanens. The Saanens give us volume, while the others provide a higher content of butter fat, all of which are important to cheese making.

To meet a few of our babies, come see us at The Pantry any Saturday between now and February 11, from 9 AM – 2 PM.

The Pantry, 17 Dexter Avenue, Birmingham, Alabama 35213

Monday - Friday 7 AM - 6 PM, Saturday 8 AM - 3 PM

205-803-3585