For five years, Stone Hollow Farmstead has tempted us with bouquets, cheeses and other treats at its tent on Saturday mornings at Market at Pepper Place. Now it has set up shop permanently in the neighborhood with FarmStand, a new brick-and-mortar that opened its doors on March 7.
FarmStand is the latest development to come to Pepper Place, which recently gained entertained district status. The area is also slated to be the future home of Hot and Hot Fish Club when it moves from Highland Plaza.
If you are in the main parking lot of Pepper Place, you’ll find FarmStand in the back-left corner. It’s the same spot as the former pop-up store by Birmingham Candy Company, which is moving to the Pizitz Food Hall.
FarmStand replaces Stone Hollow Farmstead’s previous location on Dexter Avenue in Crestline, known as The Pantry. Here’s what you can expect at FarmStand.
Gourmet Canned Yummies
The shelves are stocked with an array of jams, jellies and pickled vegetables made in small batches with produce grown at Stone Hollow Farmstead in Harpersville. (That’s 35 minutes down Highway 280 toward Auburn.)
Labels on jars hint at all sorts of canned deliciousness, from Fairytale Plum Preserves to Lavender Flowers-and-Prosecco Jelly. I went home with the classic Strawberry Jam. So good.
Meats, Eggs and Dairy
Stone Hollow Farmstead is a grade-A dairy, so of course you can expect to find their delectable goat cheeses and other cheeses at FarmStand. You’ll also find cured meats—the Aged Summer Sausage caught my eye—as well as eggs and cultured butter in the cold section.
During the week, you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables from various Alabama farmers at FarmStand. On Saturdays, you can visit those farmers in person at the Market at Pepper Place.
“We’re farmers, too. We get the idea of how hard it is to make a farm work. We want to give the opportunity to the farmers to sell their goods on the weekend. We’re going to be the home for farmers to leave their produce with us to sell during the week. It’s a little bit harder to find great local produce during the week, so we’re excited about that.”Alexandra Stone of FarmStand by Stone Hollow Farmstead
As for Stone Hollow Farmstead’s own produce, it’s almost all directed toward their CSA program or their canned goods. “We don’t actually have a lot of extra produce to sell,” Stone said. “That’s why we really love working with other farmers because we can’t grow it all.”
Stone Hollow Farmstead is also a flower farm. In addition to their bouquets and cut-flower CSA program, they grow and distill 100 different herbs for its skincare lines, Botaniko Skin and NeoTegument.
That means that while you’re at FarmStand, you can stock up on all your beauty needs too, including Botaniko’s Papaya Enzyme Exfoliating Mask, which Bham Now recently highlighted as one of four locally sourced ways to get spring-ready lips.
Let’s see. Gourmet sodas, candles, textiles, pottery, gift books, stylish straw hats, teas, chocolate-covered figs imported from Spain, gourmet beef jerky … okay, maybe I can’t list it all. But go take a look. It’s so fun to browse.
“Sloss Real Estate is really good about fostering a community of people. We’re really excited to part of the Pepper Place community with the great restaurants and the different businesses that are down here.”Alexandra Stone of FarmStand
FarmStand is open Monday through Saturday from 9AM to 6PM in Pepper Place.