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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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Fall 2019 // Week 7

Stone Hollow Farmstead

Holy Basil Batman!

Peppers /  Hamm Farms

Peppers / Hamm Farms

An array of color continues to fill our baskets as the summer stretches into fall. You can expect to see Basil Bundles and Sungold Cherry Tomatoes from our friends at Belle Meadow Farms. Lollipop radishes will also make their way into your baskets which get their name from the way they look when sliced! They are crisp tasting and best served atop a heaping green salad.

We have scored more lovely Heirloom Tomatoes from Habersham Farms!
If you went simple last week- maybe try something a bit more complicated this week like a flavorful Puttanesca or a multi-colored Tomato Pie. Either way you cant lose with these beauties!

Jeweled peppers from Hamm farms are mild enough to be eaten raw with some hummus or go the classic sausage & peppers route like this recipe here. The mighty purple eggplant is nestled in there as well and we have plenty of ideas what to do with it. Perhaps you can slice thin and make into Eggplant Chips and serve with a Basil Yogurt Sauce or maybe lightly brush with pomegranate molasses like in this recipe Mahogany Eggplant with Pomegranate & Labneh. Vidalia Onions are in from Georgia and are begging to be made into a quiche or caramelized atop a juicy sirloin.

Did you see that we are lucky enough to get Hinkel’s coveted orange rolls? If you’ve walked around Pepperplace on a Saturday morning you see happy children with these EVERYWHERE! The secret to their goodness is real orange zest throughout the entire roll that provides balance so it isn’t overtly sweet.

From Stone Hollow we wanted to change up the preserves with something you might not have heard of before- Calamondin Preserves! It is a slightly unusual citrus tree that is a cross between kumquats and mandarin oranges. This gives the calamondin fruit a slightly sour taste, but the skins a surprisingly sweet one. Perfect for spreading on a buttery toasted sourdough or atop a seared chicken breast. We also included some White Chive Blossom Marinated Goat Cheese which has a slight garlicky flavor- smear it on a baguette for a perfect afternoon goûter. Enjoy the okra we placed in your baskets as well- it’ll be gone before you know it!

Don’t forget to enjoy the sunshine as the days continue to get shorter and our routines become more set in stone. Test that new recipe you’ve had bookmarked, but have been too nervous to try out!

As always, thank you for being apart of CSA.

Basil Bundles  / Belle Meadow Farms - Tuscaloosa, AL

Basil Bundles / Belle Meadow Farms - Tuscaloosa, AL

Heirloom Tomatoes  / Habersham Farms

Heirloom Tomatoes / Habersham Farms

What's In The Bag

A Complete List of Contents of the CSA Weekly Share

From Friends

  • Lollipop Radishes / Belle Meadow Farms - Tuscaloosa, AL

  • Basil / Belle Meadow Farms - Tuscaloosa, AL

  • Sungold Cherry Tomatoes/ Belle Meadow Farms - Tuscaloosa, AL

  • Heirloom Tomatoes / Habersham Farms

  • Peppers / Hamm Farms

  • Purple Eggplant / Blount County

  • Crook Neck Squash / Blount County

  • Vidalia Onions / Georgia

  • Orange Rolls / Hinkel’s Bakery

    From Stone Hollow

  • White Chive Blossom Cheese / Stone Hollow FarmStead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Okra / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Calamondin Preserves / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Calamondin Preserves /  Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Calamondin Preserves / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Milk Share

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

Cheese and/or Yogurt

  • Stilton

  • Sweet Grass Dairy Griffin

Flower Share

  • Celosia / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Dahlias / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Gomphrena / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Scented Geraniums / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Herbs / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Vidalia Onions  / Georgia

Vidalia Onions / Georgia

Orange Rolls /  Hinkel’s Bakery

Orange Rolls / Hinkel’s Bakery


Fall 2019 // Week 6

Stone Hollow Farmstead

Rain, glorious rain!

Hinkel’s Pizza dough, heirloom tomatoes and basil- perfect start to a pizza!

Hinkel’s Pizza dough, heirloom tomatoes and basil- perfect start to a pizza!

We are over-the-moon excited about the variety in this week’s basket and all of the inspiration that comes with some new ingredients to cook with. From Belle Meadow we have pink radishes and basil bundles. We also are pleased to include their Covington sweet potatoes which are a variety that is not only naturally very sweet but they are more uniform in size and can be stored for much longer than traditional sweet potato varieties. So, if you fail to make something this week with them, just store them in a cool, dry spot (the like a basket with air that can circulate) such a kitchen cabinet. The uniform size makes them the ideal potato for this recipe which is pretty and never fails to impress.

THOSE HEIRLOOM TOMATOES FROM FARMER HAB IN MENTONE!
Can you believe we are lucky enough to get more of these this week? They are stunning and honestly, the epitome of summer, any way you choose to serve them. We’re partial to slices on a plate with a light sprinkle of kosher salt and not much more. Of course, we’ll never turn down a great BLT either and these are just the tomatoes for that sandwich.

Shiitake mushrooms from Grandview make a command performance this week and we’re already dreaming of sautéing them with some shallots and fresh thyme leaves and tossing with al dente pasta and a healthy knob of our goat cheese. Or maybe you take that same mushroom mixture and add in some cooked fresh Italian sausage and fold it up in the middle of Corey Hinkel’s fabulous pizza dough for a weeknight calzone. *stomach is officially growling now*

Chilton county continues to shine with their cucumbers and purple hull peas. The peas freeze well so if you aren’t cooking them this week, just toss the bag in the freezer (make sure it is knotted tight!) and save them for a meal this fall when you need to remember the warm days of early September. We’ve gone to South Carolina for peaches this week – let us know what you think of these juicy jewels and how they compare to our own Alabama peaches.

Finally, from our own farm, in addition to the goat cheese we LOVE to share with y’all, we have more okra (who likes theirs grilled? We do! Threaded on a metal skewer and drizzled with olive oil and maybe some za’atar seasoning? They are the ideal addition to anything you throw on the grill.) We also have some duck eggs in this basket! They are so big and pretty! You can enjoy these any way you’d enjoy a chicken eggs; there is just more of it. Bakers love the larger size for the extra protein they impart. We can see adding these to a big cast iron skillet of shakshuka, like this one from Phyllis Grant (who has a cookbook coming out this fall!)
Nothing better.

Seize this day friends. It is the only one of its kind and deserves to be savored.

Basil Bundles  / Belle Meadow Farms - Tuscaloosa, AL

Basil Bundles / Belle Meadow Farms - Tuscaloosa, AL

Radish Pink /  Belle Meadow Farms - Tuscaloosa, AL

Radish Pink / Belle Meadow Farms - Tuscaloosa, AL

What's In The Bag

A Complete List of Contents of the CSA Weekly Share

From Friends

  • Radish Pink / Belle Meadow Farms - Tuscaloosa, AL

  • Covington Sweet Potatoes / Belle Meadow Farms - Tuscaloosa, AL

  • Basil Bundles / Belle Meadow Farms - Tuscaloosa, AL

  • Heirloom Tomatoes / Habersham Farms

  • Shitake Mushrooms / Grandview Farm - Mentone, AL

  • Cucumbers / Chilton County

  • Purple Hulled Peas / Chilton County

  • Peaches / South Carolina

  • Pizza Dough / Hinkel’s Bakery

    From Stone Hollow

  • Okra / Stone Hollow FarmStead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Duck Eggs / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Goat Cheese/ Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Previous Week’s Basket

Previous Week’s Basket

Milk Share

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

Cheese and/or Yogurt

  • Rolled Chevre Log / Stone Hollow Farmstead

  • Coffee Lavender Rubbed Cheese

Flower Share

  • Celosia / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Dahlias / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Mint / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Zinnias / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Veronicas / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Amaranth / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Heirloom Tomatoes  / Habersham Farms

Heirloom Tomatoes / Habersham Farms

Chevre /  Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Chevre / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama


Fall 2019 // Week 5

Stone Hollow Farmstead

Rain, glorious rain!

This Week’s Basket

This Week’s Basket

Let it rain!
Like all of our farmer friends, we have been desperate for a good soaking from Mother Nature and this past week, we got it. It almost feels like a harbinger for autumn, doesn’t it? It won’t be too long before we start to see fewer tomatoes and more hard squashes. It is almost too easy to wish away the last of the warm weather, as we all look toward the new beginnings of fall: football, harvest time, more intimate family get-togethers. But let’s pinkie-promise to stay in the moment, and enjoy the waning days before Labor Day. Just one look at this week’s basket and you will know we are still in reaping the summer bounty.

This week’s share is classic end-of-summer-early-fall: peas, butter beans and cherry tomatoes from Chilton County just south of here. There are heirloom tomatoes from Farmer Hab in Mentone and butternut squash and cayenne peppers from Jerry Gladden. We’re happy to be able to include some green beans from Georgia and creamer potatoes from Texas. Sounds like Sunday supper may come early this week, with ingredients like these. Warm up that loaf of peasant bread from Corey Hinkel and everyone will be happy to gather at the table.

From our own farm in Harpersville, we have more of that fantastic okra that has been yielding strong all summer, peppers, dill, goat cheese, and dahlias. Ahh, is there any flower that just looks happier to be a flower, than a dahlia? You can’t help but smile when you see their open-faced and unapologetic bright cheer. Now, you could keep these blooms all to yourself but it might be nicer to share some with a friend who could use some of that brightness. Or maybe you just pick up an extra bouquet to share the floral love.

We hope you have a fantastic week and a safe and happy Labor Day – we look forward to seeing all of YOUR happy faces next week!

Dill /  Stone Hollow FarmStead - Harpersville, Alabama

Dill / Stone Hollow FarmStead - Harpersville, Alabama

Butter Beans  / Chilton County

Butter Beans / Chilton County

What's In The Bag

A Complete List of Contents of the CSA Weekly Share

From Friends

  • Pink-Eyed Peas / Chilton County

  • Butter Beans / Chilton County

  • Cherry Tomatoes / Chilton County

  • Heirloom Tomatoes / Habersham Farms

  • Butternut Squash / Jerry Gladen

  • Cayenne Peppers / Jerry Gladen

  • Green Beans / Georgia

  • Creamer Potatoes / Texas

  • Peasant Bread / Hinkel’s Bakery

    From Stone Hollow

  • Dill / Stone Hollow FarmStead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Okra / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Peppers / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Chevre / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Dahlias / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Previous Week’s Basket

Previous Week’s Basket

Milk Share

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

Cheese and/or Yogurt

  • Honey Creamed Feta / Stone Hollow Farmstead

  • Thomasville Tomme / Sweet Grass Dairy

Flower Share

  • Celosia / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Dahlias / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Mint / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Zinnias / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Veronicas / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Amaranth / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Heirloom Tomatoes  / Habersham Farms

Heirloom Tomatoes / Habersham Farms

Chevre /  Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Chevre / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama


Fall 2019 // Week 4

Stone Hollow Farmstead

Let’s Try Something Different

Squash Blossoms /  Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Squash Blossoms / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

This week’s basket is full of warm-weather favorites as well as some things we have not seen so far this year. From Belle Meadow Farm, we have some gorgeous Genovese basil, more of those interesting sweet potato greens (how did you enjoy YOURS last week? We want to know!), squash blossoms (ethereal and so very special), and yellow Romano beans.
These Romano beans are a perennial favorite (see what we did there?) in a traditional Italian garden and are known for being hardy and can be trained to grow on a trellis, making any garden even prettier. Once harvested, store in a brown paper bag in the refrigerator and plan to use in three to four days’ time. Think of any Italian ingredient and you can almost guarantee it will pair well with these Romano beans – garlic, tomatoes, prosciutto, olives, capers, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, oregano, basil – you get the idea. Hopefully that ingredient list sparked some ideas but if you still need some inspiration, try your hand at one of these recipes from Epicurious:
Charred Snap Beans with Whole Lemon Dressing
Beef Brisket with Slow-Roasted Romano Beans and Black Olive Aioli

Of course, there are lots of other great items in the basket this week that will pair just as well with those beans – from Georgia, we have more sweet Vidalia onion, eggplant and green beans as well as tart scuppernongs. For the uninitiated, scuppernongs are kin to muscadines as well as grapes. They thrive in our Southern climate and are known for their tart flavor. You might find it interesting to note that while muscadine vines do not fare well in California vineyards, viticulturists often use their roots as grafting stock for their grapes since they are naturally disease- and pest-resistant and are as tough as any Steel Magnolia.
Hamm Farm has some pretty little cherry tomatoes for us while Chilton County continues to send us stellar peaches and purple-hull peas. There is a yummy seeded loaf from Corey Hinkel that will make some great sandwiches in those back-to-school lunches. This is bread that raises the bar and demands more than mere bologna and cheese – we’re thinking maybe some shaved roast beef and horseradish mayonnaise for starters. Or layer up some grilled eggplant slices, fresh mozzarella and basil between two slices of bread. Or slather toasted bread with any of our Stone Hollow Farm preserves.

As always, thank you for sharing part of your week with us. We are honored to connect farmers with customers and expand this growing community of eaters who love where we live and enjoy every bite.

Genovese Basil /  Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Genovese Basil / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Purple Hulled Peas  / Chilton County

Purple Hulled Peas / Chilton County

What's In The Bag

A Complete List of Contents of the CSA Weekly Share

From Friends

  • Genovese Basil / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Squash Blossoms / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Sweet Potato Greens / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Yellow Romano Beans / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Tomatoes / Hamm Farm

  • Peaches / Chilton County - Wayne Headley

  • Purple Hulled Peas / Chilton County

  • Eggplant / Georgia

  • Cucumbers / Blount Co.

  • Vidalia Onions / Georgia

  • Scuppernongs / Georgia

  • Green Beans / Georgia

  • Seeded Loaf / Hinkel’s Bakery

Previous Week’s Basket

Previous Week’s Basket

Milk Share

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

Cheese and/or Yogurt

  • Feta / Stone Hollow Farmstead

  • Marinated Vidalia Onion and Muscadine Goat Cheese / Stone Hollow Farmstead

Flower Share

  • Celosia / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Dahlias / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Mint / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Zinnias / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Veronicas / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Amaranth / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Scuppernongs  / Georgia

Scuppernongs / Georgia

Yellow Romano Beans /  Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Yellow Romano Beans / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Fall 2019 // Week 3

Stone Hollow Farmstead

We’re In Luck!

Squash Blossoms /  Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Squash Blossoms / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

We cannot believe our good fortune! Squash blossoms make an appearance again this week! We are thrilled with all the feedback from last week and are delighted to be able to share them again. We have Belle Meadow to thank for these beauties, as well as eggplant, red potatoes and sweet potato greens. Speaking of which – have y’all ever tried sweet potato greens before? These greens, or camote/kamote tops in Spanish-speaking countries, are a real treat. They can be a little bitter and are best prepared as you would turnip greens. You can add a ham hock or small piece of pork to the water you saute them in (which will make a delicious pot licker for cornbread) and know that you are dining on something rich in calcium, manganese, vitamns A & C, zinc, copper and iron. Explore and let us know how you like them!

Jerry Gladden brings us more of his fantastic Chandler Mountain tomatoes while Wayne Headley has some of the season’s last peaches from Chilton county. There are lady peas from Chilton county too and cataloupes from Springville and yellow squash from Fort Payne.  Corey Hinkel made us all some fine jalapeño bread with that perfect balance of sweet and heat.

From our own Stone Hollow Farmstead, we have fresh dill and bell peppers, as well as chive garlic blossom goat cheese and a half dozen eggs from the happiest hens we know. We swear you can taste that joy in everything we do.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK and THANKS FOR SHARING IT WITH US!

Tomatoes /  Chandler Mountain - Jerry Gladden

Tomatoes / Chandler Mountain - Jerry Gladden

Eggplant Medley /  Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Eggplant Medley / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

What's In The Bag

A Complete List of Contents of the CSA Weekly Share

From Friends

  • Eggplant Medley / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Squash Blossoms / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Sweet Potato Greens / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Red Potatoes / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Tomatoes / Chandler Mountain - Jerry Gladden

  • Peaches / Chilton County - Wayne Headley

  • Yellow Squash / Fort Payne, AL

  • Cantaloupe / Springville, AL

  • Jalapeno Bread / Hinkel’s Bakery

From Stone Hollow

  • Dill / Stone Hollow FarmStead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Chive Garlic Blossom Goat Cheese / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Bell Peppers / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Fairytale Fig Preserves / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • 1/2 Dozen Eggs / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Cantaloupe / Springville, AL

Cantaloupe / Springville, AL

Milk Share

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

Cheese and/or Yogurt

  • Beehive Barely Buzzed rubbed with espresso and lavender

  • Marinated Mozzarella

Flower Share

  • Celosia / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Dahlias / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Mint / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Zinnias / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Veronicas / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Amaranth / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Dill /  Stone Hollow FarmStead - Harpersville, Alabama

Dill / Stone Hollow FarmStead - Harpersville, Alabama

Peaches / Chilton County - Wayne Headley

Peaches / Chilton County - Wayne Headley