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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 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


Fall 2019 // Week 2

Stone Hollow Farmstead

Ephemeral Eatings

Squash Blossoms /  Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Squash Blossoms / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

One of the first treasures you will discover in this week’s basket are the squash blossoms. The season for these is as fleeting as any so take a moment to savor this treat and contemplate how you might like to prepare the blossoms tonight or tomorrow.

Squash blossoms are especially delicious when filled with a goat cheese stuffing and flash fried. Try blending a bit of snipped fresh herbs and lemon zest with our signature goat cheese and perhaps a tablespoon of panko or other breadcrumbs. Pipe this mixture into each blossom. Dip each blossom into a batter of 2/3 cup flour whisked into ¾ cup club soda then fry the blossoms in a cast iron skillet filled 1”-deep with 375* oil. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.

Or you might try José Andrés’ recipe for what he calls a ‘cheeseadilla’. You can find that recipe here. Both ideas sound delicious so we hope to get our hands on more blossoms soon and try them both!

Rounding out today’s basket are all the usual late-summer suspects with whom we love to conspire: beefsteak tomatoes from Jerry Gladden of Chandler Mountain, cherry tomatoes from Farmer Hab in Mentone. There are yellow squash from Chilton county and then Chilton county peaches from Farmer Wayne Headley. Blount county okra and Vidalia onions from Georgia beg to be thrown on the grill alongside your next Delmonico steak or Kansas City strip. Belle Meadow Farms has supplied us with russet potatoes which are the ideal conveyance for butter, sour cream, and bacon bits when baked until fork tender.  

Whatever dishes you put together this week, we consider it an honor and a pleasure to be a part of your meals. By connecting our customers with local farmers, we aim to improve the health and well-being of this community and beyond. Thank you.

Cherry Tomatoes /  Habersham Farms

Cherry Tomatoes / Habersham Farms

Sweet Banana Peppers /  Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Sweet Banana Peppers / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

What's In The Bag

A Complete List of Contents of the CSA Weekly Share

From Friends

  • Basil / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Squash Blossoms / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Russett Potatoes / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Cherry Tomatoes / Habersham Farms

  • Celebrity Tomatoes / Chandler Mountain

  • Yellow Squash/ Chilton County

  • Peaches / Chilton County

  • Butter Beans & Purple-Hulled Peas / Chilton County

  • Focaccia Bread / Hinkel’s Bakery

  • Okra / Blount Co.

  • Cucumbers / Blount Co.

  • Vidalia Onions- Georgia

From Stone Hollow

  • Fresh Chevre / Stone Hollow FarmStead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Cilantro / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Sweet Banana Peppers / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Celebrity Tomatoes /  Chandler Mountain

Celebrity Tomatoes / Chandler Mountain

Milk Share

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

Cheese and/or Yogurt

  • Peppercorn Chevre

  • Pimento

Flower Share

  • Dahlias/ Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Sunflowers / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Strawflowers / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Zinnias / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Mint/ Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Basil /  Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Basil / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Vidalia Onions- Georgia

Vidalia Onions- Georgia


Fall 2019 // Week 1

Stone Hollow Farmstead

Oh What a Beautiful (Dahlia) Day!

Dahlias -  Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Dahlias - Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

We hope you were able to take advantage of the glorious weather this past Sunday and join us at our Harpersville farm for the first annual Dahlia Day. It was truly splendid and we loved seeing so many faces of friends, old and new. Chef Angela Schmidt and our own Mari Lopez crafted an inspired menu that perfectly paid homage to the Central American origins of this beloved flower. In addition to Mari Lopez’s tamales, there was elote street corn with lime mayo and queso fresco as well as chicken, pork, and flank steak tacos. It is hard to pick a favorite but some of y’all may be partial to the variety of condiments on hand. We’re delighted to be able to include some of the fresh and peppy salsa verde in today’s CSA basket. Enjoy it with a handful of your favorite tortilla chips or spoon it over fresh greens topped with some pulled rotisserie chicken meat for an easy weeknight supper.

The rest of the basket is just as special with gherkin cucumbers and zucchini from Belle Meadow Farms. Jerry Gladden of Chandler Mountain sends us Celebrity tomatoes, butternut squash and bell peppers. From Chilton County, we’ll see more of those talked-about peaches as well as butter beans or purple-hulled peas. One of our favorite recipes for any summer pea comes from Frank Stitt’s seminal cookbook, Frank Stitt’s Southern Table. His marinated field pea recipe on page 253 is about as dog-eared as the recipe on page 311, Dolester Miles’ Seven-Layer Coconut Cake. *SWOON*

Corey Hinkel has made us each a loaf of his savory rosemary bread which we’ll no doubt put to good use in sandwiches or toasted into breadcrumbs and used as a topping for our next squash gratin – the perfect dish for nestling in a little extra SHF goat cheese. We look forward to seeing everyone at their various CSA pick up locations. We appreciate you and your support of our endeavors. We treasure this opportunity to connect us all more closely with local farmers and growers.

Tomatoes  / Chandler Mountain

Tomatoes / Chandler Mountain

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

  • Gherkin Cucumbers / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Squash & Zuchinni Medley / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Celebrity Tomatoes / Chandler Mountain

  • Butternut Squash / Chandler Mountain

  • Bell Peppers / Chandler Mountain

  • Peaches / Chilton County

  • Butter Beans & Purple-Hulled Peas / Chilton County

  • Rosemary Loaf- Hinkel’s Bakery

From Stone Hollow

  • Okra / Stone Hollow FarmStead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Cilantro / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Salsa Verdi / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Blueberry & Wine Goat Cheese / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Rosemary Loaf-  Hinkel’s Bakery

Rosemary Loaf- Hinkel’s Bakery

Milk Share

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

Cheese and/or Yogurt

  • Parmigiano Reggiano

  • Havarti Dill

Flower Share

  • Dahlias/ Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Sunflowers / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Strawflowers / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Zinnias / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Mint/ Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Gherkin Cucumbers /  Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Gherkin Cucumbers / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Squash & Zuchinni Medley /  Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Squash & Zuchinni Medley / Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Summer 2019 // Week 10

Stone Hollow Farmstead

Spotlight: Chef David Bancroft

Multi-Colored Bell Peppers -  Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Multi-Colored Bell Peppers - Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

In the kind of business we’re in, there is no shortage of opportunities to meet amazing people. Chefs and farmers, seed savers and bakers. Chef David Bancroft of the Acre and Bow & Arrow restaurants in nearby Auburn, Alabama is one of our favorite people. We recently sat down with Chef Bancroft to talk about our connection and how he uses Stone Hollow Farm products in his restaurants.

SHF: Chef, thank you so much for taking the time to share your passion with our customers. We have long loved working with you and sharing similar approaches to what we both do.

DB: I like that we practice all of the same values and traditions at Acre that you do at Stone Hollow and that’s why we have this relationship. We both enjoy living off the land and being a good steward in the same fashion.

SHF: We know you use a lot of our goat cheese at Acre. Of course, we’re partial to it, but tell us why you like using it in recipes!

DB: We use a ton of Stone Hollow Farm cheese.  It’s amazing to go to the farm and see all the goats there – the fact that your farm provides all its own milk for the products is really worth noting. A lot of places bring in goat’s milk from other locations. To see it from start to finish is really inspiring.

SHF: What are three dishes that you have on the menu that use our goat cheese?

DB: We feature your goat cheese in a goat cheese risotto with one of our entrees. We do a seared crispy duck and a sauce of ancho-chile honey underneath. We also use your cheese on its own – singing a capella on a cheese plate – that we serve with our own homemade preserves, jams, jellies, and peanut brittles. But one of our favorite recipes is something we do at lunch which is goat cheese guacamole. We mash the avocados with your goat cheese and it just makes it super creamy. You get some tanginess that might traditionally come from lemon or lime juice but here it comes more from the goat cheese. Next, we fold in some our own pico de gallo and then just add a flick of cumin.  It is one of my wife Christin’s favorites for sure. At the restaurant, we serve the guacamole with smoked paprika chips from flour tortillas we make ourselves at our sister restaurant up the road, Bow & Arrow.

Thank you Chef Bancroft for sitting down with us. We can’t wait to try making this guacamole at home and the tomatoes in this week’s CSA share are the perfect base for our own pico de gallo.

Tomatoes  / Hamm Farms

Tomatoes / Hamm Farms

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

  • Russet Potatoes - Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Purple-Hulled Peas - Chilton County

  • Cucumbers- Mountain Sun Farm

  • Yellow Squash- Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Red Onions- Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Tomatoes- Hamm Farms

  • Peaches- Chilton County

  • Butter Beans- Chilton County

  • Muscadines

  • Pizza Dough- Hinkel’s Bakery

From Stone Hollow

  • Okra / Stone Hollow FarmStead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Black Peppercorn Goat Cheese/ Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Assorted Bell Peppers/ Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Stone Hollow Farmstead

Stone Hollow Farmstead

Milk Share

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

Cheese and/or Yogurt

  • Aged Leicestershire Red- Thomas Hoe

  • Smoked Gouda- Maple Leaf

Flower Share

  • Dahlias/ Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Sunflowers / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Strawflowers / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Zinnias / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Mint/ Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Flowers/ Stone Hollow Farmstead

Flowers/ Stone Hollow Farmstead

Pizza Dough/ Hinkel’s Bakery

Pizza Dough/ Hinkel’s Bakery


Summer 2019 // Week 9

Stone Hollow Farmstead

Pure Summer

Heirloom Tomatoes -  Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Heirloom Tomatoes - Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

This week’s CSA basket is pure summer: okra, peaches and cantaloupe. Tomatoes, watermelon and cucumbers are all hallmarks of the peak of the season. In fact, just rattling off these still-warm-from-the-ride-in-with-the-farmer ingredients call to mind a lovely summer salad.

Whisk together the juice and zest of two limes with a tablespoon of your favorite honey. Stir in a tablespoon of chopped fresh mint (or other herbs of your choice – why not try some Thai basil here?). Drizzle in ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil and whisk until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper then toss with 2 cups cubed watermelon, 1 cup cubed cantaloupe, and 1 cup sliced tomatoes. Peel, seed and slice a cucumber and add to the salad, along with ¼ cup thinly sliced Vidalia onion. Chill until ready to serve. This is a very forgiving recipe and we encourage you to make it your own by adding more or less of your favorite produce. Slices of radish or celery would be a welcomed crunch here. Or toss in some cubed feta and red onion slices as well. We can imagine serving this with grilled bone-in chicken breasts or pork tenderloin for an easy weeknight meal.  

If you happen to have any leftover salad, why not toss in some cubed and toasted molasses wheat bread from Corey Hinkel for a modern version of the Italian summer classic, panzanella. Is there anything better than a no-oven-needed summer supper? We think not and are delighted to share this bounty with you, our customers.

Cantaloupe  / Stone Hollow FarmStead

Cantaloupe / Stone Hollow FarmStead

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

  • Red Potatoes - Belle Meadow - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Lady Peas or Purple-Hulled Peas - Chilton County

  • Vidalia Onions- Georgia

  • Peaches- Wayne Headley

  • Watermelon- Chilton County

  • Molasses Wheat- Hinkel’s Bakery

From Stone Hollow

  • Okra / Stone Hollow FarmStead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Blueberry & Wine Marinated Goat Cheese/ Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Cantaloupe/ Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Tomatoes / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Cucumbers / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama (If you didn’t get it last week)

Watermelons- Chilton County

Watermelons- Chilton County

Milk Share

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

Cheese and/or Yogurt

  • GRIFFIN- Raw Cow’s Milk Cheese / Sweet Grass Dairy- Thomasville, Georgia

Flower Share

  • Dahlias/ Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Sunflowers / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Strawflowers / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Zinnias / Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

  • Mint/ Stone Hollow Farmstead - Harpersville, Alabama

Vidalia Onions/  Georgia

Vidalia Onions/ Georgia

Molasses Wheat Bread/ Hinkel’s Bakery

Molasses Wheat Bread/ Hinkel’s Bakery