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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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Spring 2019 // Week 2

Michael Celozzi

Here Comes the Sun // First Day of Spring

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Days like these call to mind that 1980 Jackson Five song, “Can You Feel It?” – spring feels just that close. In fact, it IS that close; the first official day of spring is this Wednesday, March 20th. The forsythia and spirea blooms have popped. Crocus and daffodils were not far behind and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, providing snowflake-like cascades all over town.

 

Speaking of plants, we hope you’ll make plans to join us for our First Annual Farm Tour and Plant Sale on Sunday March 31st, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm in Harpersville. Pick up some ready-to-be-transplanted-to-your-garden vegetables, heirloom and modern tomatoes, pots of herbs, flowers and seeds. Help us release beneficial bugs (including lady bugs!) every hour in the garden and join us on a tour of the dairy and flower farm at 1:00 pm. Of course, no visit to Stone Hollow Farmstead would be complete without plenty of opportunities to visit our baby goats and Day Spring Dairy lambs. Rounding out the day will be an array of artists, makers and musicians, as well as tastings of our pickled vegetables and award-winning chevre. We can’t wait to share the farm with all of our friends!

 

Until then, we enjoy sharing the best of our farm and that of our friends at Mount Laurel and Belle Meadow and Farmer Hab in Mentone in this week’s CSA. Your basket includes cilantro, pea tendrils, asparagus, Chioggia beets and plenty of other great spring vegetables to help celebrate the arrival of the season. Everything is best when its eaten fresh but we love offering additional recipes for ways to enjoy these vegetables (see below).

Chiogga Beets /  Belle Meadow Farms

Chiogga Beets / Belle Meadow Farms

Stone Hollow Farmstead

Stone Hollow Farmstead

What's In The Bag

A Complete List of Contents of the CSA Weekly Share

From Friends

  • Collards / Mt. Laurel - Birmingham, Alabama

  • Pea Tendrils / Mt. Laurel - Birmingham, Alabama

  • Cilantro / Mt. Laurel - Birmingham, Alabama

  • Chiogga Beets / Belle Meadow Farms - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Spring Onions / Belle Meadow Farms - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Green Cabbage / Belle Meadow Farms - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Asparagus / Habersham Farms- Mentone, Alabama

  • Fingerling Potatoes / Habersham Farms- Mentone, Alabama

  • Stone Ground Cornmeal / McEwen & Sons- Wilsonville, Alabama

  • Assorted sausage / Marble Creek - Sylacauga, Alabama

From Stone Hollow

  • Whole Jersey Cow’s Milk  / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Goat Feta / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Stone Hollow Farmstead

Stone Hollow Farmstead

Milk Share

  • Whole Jersey Cow’s Milk  / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Cheese and/or Yogurt

  • Goat Feta / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Thomasville Tomme / Sweet Grass Dairy - Thomasville, Georgia

Flower Share

  • Blooming branches / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Jonquils / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Columbines / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Ranunculus / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Anemones / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Sweet Pea / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Eggs /  Stone Hollow Farmstead

Eggs / Stone Hollow Farmstead

Green Cabbage /  Belle Meadow Farms

Green Cabbage / Belle Meadow Farms


Spring 2019 // Week 1

Michael Celozzi

Welcome Spring -- We Herald Your Arrival! 

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Now that we have moved our clocks ahead one hour, it seems those coveted warmer days are that much closer. Our views from the Farm are telling us that spring is here as well! 

Your first CSA share will be filled with so many happy harbingers of the season – early carrots and green garlic to name a couple – and we desperately wanted to surprise you all with the prettiest radishes you’ve ever seen. But, apparently, our deer friends got to them before we could and made off with this week’s harvest. As Doris Day would sing, “Que será, será…” Rest assured, there will be more radishes in the future.

Saint Patrick’s Day is this Sunday and if you can hold off on enjoying your cabbage before then, we have a great idea for a spin on the traditional Irish dish, colcannon. Typically made with potatoes and cabbage, we plan to make ours with the equally starchy Jerusalem artichokes (also known as sunchokes.)  Their mellow flavor will pair wonderfully with the cabbage. For you non-vegetarians out there, maybe throw in a handful of lardon. Crispy bacon makes everything taste better!

Mentone’s own Farmer Hab has added his heirloom corn polenta to the basket while Chef Corey Hinkel has produced a stunning brioche made with our own duck eggs. If you have any bread left by the weekend, make a plate of pan perdu for someone you love using thick slices of this brioche. Syrup optional.

We are giddy to be able to include our ‘first flow’ goat cheese for our CSA subscribers. As you may surmise by the name, this mellow-yet-grassy chevre is in limited supply and we think it is extremely special. In every delightful bite, you can practically conjure up visions of frolicking goats in open pastures, happily nibbling away at early grass shoots and tender wild herbs. 

In closing, we are delighted you have joined us in this 21st season of the Stone Hollow Farmstead CSA. We cannot wait to share the best our farm (and those of our friends’ farms) has to offer each week. Welcome friends and WELCOME SPRING!

Red Carrots /  Stone Hollow Farmstead

Red Carrots / Stone Hollow Farmstead

Stone Hollow Farmstead

Stone Hollow Farmstead

What's In The Bag

A Complete List of Contents of the CSA Weekly Share

From Friends

  • Russian Kale / Mt. Laurel Farm - Mt. Laurel, Alabama

  • Green Cabbage / Belle Meadow Farms - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Red Beets / Belle Meadow Farms - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Green Garlic / Hamm Farms - Cullman, Alabama

  • Heirloom Corn Polenta / Habersham Farms - Mentone, Alabama

  • Jerusalem Artichokes / Habersham Farms - Mentone, Alabama

  • Duck Egg Brioche / Hinkel’s Bakery - Birmingham, Alabama

    *Made with Stone Hollow Farmstead’s Duck Eggs

From Stone Hollow

  • Red Carrots

  • Buttermilk

  • Chèvre

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Milk Share

  • Whole Jersey Cow’s Milk  / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Cheese and/or Yogurt

  • Goat Pimento Cheese / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersille, Alabama

  • Yogurt / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Flower Share

  • Blooming branches / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Jonquils / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Columbines / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Ranunculus / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Flower Share /  Stone Hollow Farmstead

Flower Share / Stone Hollow Farmstead

Green Cabbage /  Belle Meadow Farms

Green Cabbage / Belle Meadow Farms


Our Juicing Philosophy

Michael Celozzi

Hello, 2019! We are so excited to see you but first, we have some housekeeping to take care of.

It’s time to hit the reset button and a perfect way to begin is with an organic juice program.  January officially marks the beginning of our juicing season here at The Pantry by Stone Hollow, and we would love to have you join us!  We want to share with you the answers to the most common questions we hear.

Why juice?

There are many reasons to juice.  A few of the most common reasons we hear about are weight loss, preventive health and a need for increased energy.

How does my body benefit from juicing?

In simple terms, your body has a fuel tank and the fuel is your food. Just as your car requires clean fuel to run smoothly, so do our bodies.

The process of making juice removes the pulp and fiber. Therefore, to make a 16-ounce juice we estimate that we use the volume of produce it would take to make ten salads.  With those solids removed, we benefit from a concentrated dose of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.  This simple food added to your daily diet is a way to live out Ben Franklin's axiom, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

When setting your juicing goals, be sure they are realistic.  If you are new to juicing, it is not recommended to begin with a three or five day cleanse.  Set a small goal and obtain it. Then start again.  Juicing is serious business for cleansing our bodies. The liver and blood need time to process the waste that is released when juicing.

At The Pantry, we insist that you juice cleanse one day a week for several weeks. After a few weeks, your sour taste buds begin to wake up and your body starts to show the increased energy benefits from your efforts.  Changing a few small habits really will make a dramatic difference in your wellness program.

After you have completed your day of juicing, try to eat 30% of your daily food intake in uncooked vegetables, fresh fruit, raw nuts and coconut water which will support a new approach to healthy eating and living.  Juicing has proven to be an excellent source of increasing nutrient consumption and has earned powerful credibility in the health and wellness arenas.

When juicing, remember that whatever ingredients are in your juice have been condensed into liquid form. This makes using organic ingredients so important, as to avoid consuming large amounts of fertilizers and pesticides that are used to grow non-organic food items.

Lastly, juicing is not a single source of protein or fiber, so lengthy juices programs are not recommended.

Stop by The Pantry and we will be glad to discuss our juicing philosophy, and recommend a juice or cleanse program for your personal needs. 

The Pantry, 17 Dexter Avenue, Birmingham, Alabama 35213

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

205-803-3585

New Year's Eve Cocktails

Michael Celozzi

Winter’s Sojourn

Kumquat Marmalade + Gin

Ingredients
Ice
1 oz. Gin
1 tsp. Simple Syrup
1/2 tbsp. Kumquat Marmalade
Squeeze of Lemon
5-6 Fresh Rosemary Leaves
4 oz. Club Soda
Sprig of Rosemary for Garnish
Sliced Kumquat for Garnish


Instructions
In a shaker, add ice, gin, simple syrup, jam, lemon, and rosemary leaves. Shake vigorously to combine.

Strain into a chilled glass and top with club soda. Add a sprig of rosemary and a slice of kumquat for garnish.

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Kumquat Marmalade
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The Farmer Remedy

Centennialquat Preserve and Vanilla + Bourbon

Ingredients
2 oz. Bourbon
1 tsp. Simple Syrup
1 tbsp. Centennialquat Preserve with Vanilla
Crushed ice
Lemon peel for garnish


Instructions
In a shaker, add bourbon, simple syrup, and crushed ice. Shake until chilled.

Add Centennialquat Preserve with Vanilla to the bottom of your rocks glass and pour shaker content over the preserves.

Stir until well blended. Garnish with a twisted lemon peel.

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Centennialquat Preserve with Vanilla
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Twilight’s Blush

Blackberry Rose Geranium Fruit Topping + Champagne

Ingredients
6 oz. of Good Sparkling Wine (Something dry)
1 tbsp. Blackberry Rose Geranium Fruit Topping

Instructions
Find your favorite champagne glass. (We all have that one.)

Pour the fruit topping into the glass and pour over your Champagne slowly.

Cheers!

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Winter Holiday 2018, Week 10

Michael Celozzi

Radishes /  Stone Hollow Farmstead

Radishes / Stone Hollow Farmstead

Flower Share /  Stone Hollow Farmstead

Flower Share / Stone Hollow Farmstead

What's In The Bag

A Complete List of Contents of the CSA Share Weekly

From Friends

  • Satsuma Tangerines / Apalachicola, Florida

  • Hot Cross Buns / Hinkel’s Bakery - Birmingham, Alabama

From Stone Hollow

  • Salad Greens

  • Radishes

  • Tomato Puree

  • Buttermilk

  • Pink Grapefruit Marmalade

  • Marinated Fig Goat Cheese

  • Gift Certificates for First Flow Goat Cheese in January and First Spring Bouquet in mid February

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Milk Share

  • Whole Jersey Cow’s Milk  / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Cheese and/or Yogurt

  • Cave Aged Gruyere / Switzerland

  • Strawberry Jalapeño Cheese Ball / Stone Hollow Farmstead

Satsuma Tangerines /  Florida

Satsuma Tangerines / Florida

Salad Greens /  Stone Hollow Farmstead

Salad Greens / Stone Hollow Farmstead

Tomato Puree /  Stone Hollow Farmstead

Tomato Puree / Stone Hollow Farmstead

Pink Grapefruit Marmalade /  Stone Hollow Farmstead

Pink Grapefruit Marmalade / Stone Hollow Farmstead

Buttermilk /  Stone Hollow Farmstead

Buttermilk / Stone Hollow Farmstead

Hot Cross Buns  / Hinkel’s Bakery

Hot Cross Buns / Hinkel’s Bakery