Alabama Tomato Festival
@ Stone Hollow Farmstead
July 12, 2015
Stone Hollow Farmstead
By Buffy York
This past weekend I was at Lake Martin with my family staying with my long time friends, Jodi and David Benck. Jodi and I were college roommates and I actually set she and David up on their first date. We have known each other a long time. Jodi and I were making lunch and slicing some gorgeous heirloom tomatoes and she said, “remember when you were a mater hater?” It was not that long ago and you can read all about my conversion in my Mater Hater post from last summer. Like most people that convert to anything later in life, I am a rather zealous lover of really beautiful heirloom tomatoes. If you have loved tomatoes from birth or, like me, had your Road to Damascus tomato moment as an adult, you will want to be at Stone Hollow Farmstead this weekend. Stone Hollow Farmstead in Harpersville, Alabama is hosting the Alabama Tomato Festival Saturday, July 18th from 1:00-5:00 and a dinner featuring Chef David Bancroft of Acre at 6:00.
Tickets for the Festival are $20 for adults and $5 for children and you can spend the day on the farm enjoying delicious tomato dishes from local chefs, hang out in the local farmers tent and meet author and forager Chris Bennett, Southern cookbook writer Morgan Murphy and American tomato breeder Tom Wagner (aka Tater-Mater) who developed the green zebra tomato. Little Memphis and Friends will be on hand cranking out their cool tunes and your kiddos will love having their faces painted, bottle feeding the baby goats, playing corn hole, and much much more. Make the trip to Harpersville and savor our southern heritage, the season, the tomato and our local farmers…taste why it’s so good to live in the South!!!
Tickets for the Dinner are $110 and features Chef David Bancroft of Acre and music and humor from Red Mountain White Trash. Cocktails start at 6:00 and dinner at 7:00. Chef David Bancroft and his team bring classic favorites to the table with fresh, innovative flavors and artistic presentations. His commitment to using locally sourced ingredients has been recognized by Southern Living Magazine, East Alabama Living Magazine, Alabama Magazine, ESPN’s ‘Taste of the Town’, the ‘Buy Fresh, Buy Local’ campaign, and several local publications. In addition to supporting the local farming community, he also maintains a one acre fruit and vegetable farm that is utilized in his kitchens. Bancroft is a founding member of SlowFood® Auburn University, The Front Porch Revival, and a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance. His cuisine is fresh and inspired with a story to tell. His culinary passion and commitment to his community re-defines the principles of Southern Hospitality!
Dinner tickets also are good for admittance into the festival and a complimentary shuttle ride from The Summit to the farm at 5:45.
Stone Hollow Farmstead is proud to be a part of the local farming community and enjoys working with local farmers on a personal level. They want to show their thanks to those who make sure we have high quality local produce and fruits. A Portion of the sales the Alabama Tomato Festival will be held in escrow as seed money to begin a new non-profit benefitting our local farming community. Tim and I along with our neighbors had a blast at Stone Hollow’s Spring Dinner and we can’t wait to see what Saturday night has to offer.
Stone Hollow Farmstead
2006 Dead Hollow Road, N
Harpersville, Alabama 35078