Stone Hollow CSA offers wide variety

HARPERSVILLE – Stone Hollow Farmstead’s Community Supported Agriculture program is big on options.

Not only does the CSA offer a wide variety of produce from Stone Hollow and other area farms, but the program also includes available add-ons of cow’s milk, cheese, yogurt, hen eggs and fresh cut flowers.

CSA is a program that connects consumers to agriculture by offering fresh produce and also requiring customers to share the risk associated with farming.

CSA customers pay a set amount and receive a weekly box, or share, of whatever produce and herbs are being harvested at the time.

Stone Hollow, which operates a Farmstead in Harpersville and the Pantry in Birmingham, guarantees that the products are picked just before delivery, no two shares will ever be the same and genetically modified products will not be used.

Jennifer Cantu, manager of The Pantry, said Stone Hollow takes pride in its diverse offerings.

“We try to change up the bag so that it’s not the same,” Cantu said. “We bring in something different every time.”

For example, the share delivered May 23 included fennel and onions from Heron Hollow Farm in Maplesville; broccoli from Southern Foothills Farm in Oneonta; strawberries from Witt Farms in Hayden; tri-color beans from Jones Valley Teaching Farm in Birmingham; asparagus from Habersham Farm; arugula, red carrots and elegance greens from Stone Hollow Farmstead; beit alpha cucumbers and yellow squash from Owls Hollow Farm in Gadsden; Emerald Isle cheddar cheese from Cahill’s Farm in Ireland; and cow’s milk from Working Cow Dairy in Slocomb.

Pricing for the summer season, which begins May 30 and lasts through Aug. 1, is $430 for a quarter share and $650 for a half share.

A quarter share feeds one to three people, and a half share feeds three-plus.

There are also plans for the spring, autumn and winter seasons, and an annual membership is available.

Visit StoneHollowFarmstead.com/csa for information or to purchase a share.

Also visit StoneHollowFarmstead.com/TuesdayTable for the Tuesday Table blog, which includes information about weekly offerings and recipes that incorporate the ingredients.

Tuesday Table recipes suggested on May 23 included Tuscan chicken with grilled fennel and onions, summer squash pizza with goat cheese and walnuts, asparagus tempura and strawberry-and-wild fennel compote with pound cake.

The only current pick-up location in Shelby County is at the Pure Barre off U.S. 280 at 610 Inverness Corners.

Delivery is usually around 6 or 6:30 p.m.