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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.

Tuesday Table


Michael Celozzi


Farmer Hab


So the story goes:

Several years ago, Deborah Stone met up with a farmer from Mentone, Alabama at the Saturday morning Pepper Place Market in downtown Birmingham. Farmer Hab, as he is called, was selling beautiful “garlic scapes,” and Deborah had never heard of them before. She quickly set about getting to know him better and bought every scape he had brought to market. She could not wait to pickle them upon returning to the farm. It became evident that garlic scapes were just one of the many old world veggies Hab would produce from the rich soil in the hills of North Alabama.

Situated high up on Lookout Mountain, Hab is able to take full advantage of
the cool evening temperatures and warm breezy days that are the perfect
recipe for turning out remarkable heirloom tomatoes. The partnership that
has developed between Farmer Hab and Stone Hollow Farmstead does not
end at the vine; when the weather cooperates just so, Hab can produce
enough ruby red fruits to turn into Stone Hollow’s signature Bloody Mary
mixes, vegetable soup and more. When the occasion occurs that there are
excess tomatoes, especially towards the end of season when Hab has more
tomatoes than he knows what to do with, the Cannery staff at SHF turns his
excess tomatoes into well preserved “canned tomatoes”. This helps Hab
carry his crop well past the tomato season providing continued revenue to his
farm, Habersham Farms, during the off season. He sells these beautiful jars
of tasty fruits to restaurants from Atlanta to Austin, and all points in

In the coming weeks, Hab and Habersham Farm will offer even more of his
farm’s bounty to CSA customers – if the rain and sun do their part,
shareholders will find four varieties of asparagus, English garden peas,
Jerusalem artichokes, tender carrots, green onions, shallots and more. He
still has plenty of his famous Floriani red corn polenta to offer, as well.
These heirloom kernels, which are red on the outside and yellow on the
inside, are known for their earthy, nutty flavor that produce an exceptionally
noteworthy Italian polenta.


When asked what he enjoyed most about the relationship he’s developed
with Stone Hollow and Deborah he stated “she not only appreciates the
farming side of my work but the business side as well. She understands
that the stuff I grow is expensive, but she gets a fair price because she buys
from me consistently and in large quantities.”

Asked how he came to raise crops in Mentone, Hab described himself as a
former lawyer with a keen sense of what will grow and what won’t. His
family hails from Atlanta, but he was raised in Baton Rouge. Summers at
Camp Alpine in Mentone solidified his love for the locale, so he bought land
there some time ago, determining it perfect for raising the types of open-
pollinated crops he prefers to grow. “Almost everything I grow is unique or
unusual and almost everything has a southern Appalachian connection. Up
here, I know two things: it is going to rain, and it is going to get hot. And
when I decide to grow something, I grow a lot of it.”

We can’t wait to see what else Farmer Hab grows for The Stone Hollow Farmstead CSA.