Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hillcrest Farm and Vineyard

Hillcrest Farm & Vineyard
30497 Hixson Road
Elberta, Alabama 36530

Hillcrest Farm & Vineyard has been owned for the last thirty years by the Hixson family. Prior to that, we were told, that the previous family owned the farm for sixty years, so doing the math - we're talking about a farm approaching 100 years of use. The farm stand is just a bit off US 98 in southern Alabama and worth the detour. Farm fresh eggs are a joy to behold and all the jams, jellies, etc. are made right there. This is also a pick-your-own blueberries and grapes in the right seasons and just a great atmosphere.

Ms. Laurel Hixson greated us as if we had know each other for ages. What a delight. The shop is loaded with local honey, hot pepper vinegar, and preserves of all varietes, including blueberry, mayhaw, strawberry, and frog (don't ask - it's good). There is also jalapeno jelly (a favorite of mine), and cinnamon pears, and fig preserves.

So the pick-your-own part starts in June with the blueberries and muscadine grapes, and keeps going with scuppernongs in August, pears in August as well, persimmons in September and a rather impressive harvest of satsumas, lemons, and kumquats in November. There are also other produce for sale as available.

Did I forget the ice cream? No, of course not. Locally-made ice cream - how original is that? Currently, flavors are vanilla, coffee, coconut and cinnamon-pecan. There is also local honey available. 

The store is open seven days a week, from sun-up to sun-down. You might even get to pet the chickens or say hello to the pup.

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