In this episode we’re joined by Deborah Stone, who has been friends with Deanna for over 25 years who went from the spa to the farm. When they met, Deborah owned the first day spa in Birmingham. She would eventually move on and reinvent herself by selling her business and buying her farm, Stone Hollow Farmstead. Deborah discusses community-supported agriculture (CSA) during the episode, including what it is and how it supports the local community.
Deborah explains that CSA supports farmers during their down time. Essentially, shareholders financially support the farm in advance to grow fresh produce for them in the upcoming season. What this also provides is food security, which is more important to people now than before the pandemic.
What shows up in your CSA box is a surprise each time, which can be really inspiring. Typically, CSAs are following organic practices too. If you’re not sure, know it’s always okay to ask a farm about their particular practices. Deborah describes her CSA as a hybrid because they also include and support other farmers as well.
Being part of a CSA not only supports local farmers, but it also helps you eat healthy and eat in season. Eating fresh produce that’s in season is very nutrition supportive. When you go to the grocery store, you aren’t always aware of where your produce is coming from – but this is not the case when you join a CSA.
Stone Hollow Farmstead also has a retail outpost called Farmstand by Stone Hollow. Here, Deborah carries skincare, jarred goods, fresh produce, candles, cookware, and so much more. Consider supporting a CSA because they are a great way to put money back into the community, support local, and get high-quality food.
Stone Hollow Farmstead Website: https://www.stonehollowfarmstead.com/
Stone Hollow Farmstead Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stonehollowfarmstead/
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