The PantryTuesday, May 14, 2013
I've been a fan of Deborah Stone since I used to frequent her day spa; now her business, The Pantry, is open in Crestline. This article in the Bham News goes into her transition from spas (she owned the first in the southeast) to her farm:
By 2001, they were able to move the horses, and Stone Hollow Farmstead started out as a small breeding and training facility for European Hanoverian horses. When not tending the horses, Stone grew therapeutic herbs and developed her own skin care line...
"I wanted a sustainable farm," she said. "I wanted to have our own milk and meat; we already had chickens and eggs."
...The herb gardens yielded up delicious ingredients for the cheeses as well as therapeutic ones for the skin care.
A peppercorn goat cheese has a touch of lemon verbena. Vidalia Onion and Muscadine uses grapes grown on the property. Pecan and Honey uses honey from the Stone family's hives. All the products of the farm are free of chemicals, antibiotics and additives.
Besides the food being divine (I ordered a catered lunch for several people from there just last week), the interior is pretty great, too.