Stone Hollow Farmstead announces fall CSA

Stone Hollow Farmstead's CSA will begin August 18 and ends November 25. (Contributed)

Stone Hollow Farmstead’s CSA will begin August 18 and ends November 25. (Contributed)

By GINNY COOPER MCCARLEY

HARPERSVILLE—As summer wanes and temperatures cool, a variety of delicious vegetables including okra, eggplant, radishes, greens and squash abound on the farm.

To take advantage of this fresh produce, many are opting into community supported agriculture (CSA) programs. CSA is a way for consumers to “pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer’s salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season,” according to the USDA.

Stone Hollow Farmstead’s fall CSA will kick off August 18 and last for 15 consecutive weeks, ending November 25.

Customers can sign up for either a regular or mini share, and will receive a container “filled to the brim with lots of yummy stuff,” owner Alex Stone said.

CSA members can opt to include a variety of “specialty shares” in their weekly basket as well, with options such as Stone Hollow Farmstead cheese and yogurt, fresh cow’s milk, a dozen eggs or extra fruit or salad greens.

“The cool thing about it is it’s a surprise each week,” Stone said. “There’s so much to give in the fall. It’s going to be really promising.”

Each weekly container includes a recipe, and with a diverse array of produce consumers can “branch out of their normal routine,” Stone said.

Stone Hollow Farmstead relies on a variety of local farms for their CSA, including Mt. Laurel Farm and Jones Valley Teaching Farm.

“We try to include farmers every week outside of our farm,” Stone said. “It’s based around supporting other farmers and the products they make.”

The regular fall share, approximately one-half bushel of produce each week, is $630 for the season. The mini fall share, approximately one-fourth bushel, is $480 for the season.

For more information, visit Stonehollowfarmstead.com.