Welcome!

Three Stone Hearth is pioneering a new business model: a community-supported, worker-owned cooperative, and a teaching kitchen all in one.

Our Mission: We heal our community, our planet, and ourselves by building a sustainable model for community scale food preparation and processing that honors culinary traditions and provides nutrient dense foods for local households and beyond.

Our work is grounded in shared values of sustainability, community, and health.
Inspired by diverse cuisines, our weekly menus are prepared using the nourishing traditions approach to ensure maximum digestibility and nutrient absorption. Ordering from us helps reduce your carbon footprint.  We pack our foods in re-usable glass containers, compost waste, and purchase from local farms.

Our ingredients include:

  • organically farmed produce, grains, and nuts
  • pasture-raised meats, eggs, and dairy products
  • unrefined sweeteners
  • traditional fats

Menu for Week of 1/18/17

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No gluten? No problem! Try the Spaghetti Squash and Ragu Pie, with our hearty broth-based ragu and a sprinkling of authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano on top.

No gluten? No problem! Try the Spaghetti Squash and Ragu Pie, with our hearty broth-based ragu and a sprinkling of authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano on top.

Southern-Style Chicken Soup with Collard Greens*
Vegetable Mushroom Soup with Beef Polpettini*
Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Lemongrass and Ginger*
Ethiopian Beef Stew with Carrots (Sega Wat)*
Chicken Puttanesca*
Spaghetti Squash and Ragu Pie*
Chicken Liver Pâté
Infused Salmon Broth*
Potatoes with Ginger and Fennel Seeds (Aloo Ki Lonji)
Marinated Mushrooms Ajillo*
Winter Season Salad with Quinoa, Feta and Delicata Squash
Marbella Sauce*
Herb Vinaigrette*

After this latest round of heavy rains, we all deserve a treat. With whole palm sugar, pastured eggs, coconut milk and organic cocoa powder, our Coconut Chocolate Pudding is as nutritious as it is decadent!

After this latest round of heavy rains, we all deserve a treat. With whole palm sugar, pastured eggs, coconut milk and organic cocoa powder, our Coconut Chocolate Pudding is as nutritious as it is decadent!

Arugula Pesto*
Roots and Shoots Kraut*
Paleo Banana Bread
Coconut Chocolate Pudding
Transit Bars*, Granola, TSH Oatmeal
Housemade Ketchup*, Mayonnaise, Yogurt Cream, Golden Blend*
Plus Our Slow-Cooked Bone Broths*:
Chicken, Beef and Pork

*GAPS Diet-Friendly Dishes

Menu for the Week of 1/11/17

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Our New Menu!
For order pickups, deliveries and store shopping
beginning Wednesday, January 11th 
 
Trying to avoid nightshades? Is there a hole in your life where creamy tomato soup used to be? Our chefs have created a lovely alternative we playfully call Velvet Underground Soup for its smooth texture and bounty of fortifying root vegetables (with an homage to Lou Reed).

Trying to avoid nightshades? Is there a hole in your life where creamy tomato soup used to be? Our chefs have created a lovely alternative we playfully call Velvet Underground Soup for its smooth texture and bounty of fortifying root vegetables (with an homage to Lou Reed).

Chicken Soup with Wild Rice and Mushrooms
Hearty Beef Soup with Seasonal Vegetables*
Velvet Underground Soup*
(Nightshade-Free “Tomato Soup”)
Thai Style Ground Pork
Picadillo and Black Bean Pie
Mushroom and Walnut Pâté*
Braised Chicken*
Pumpkin Purée*
(aka Butternut Squash Purée)
Indian Red Lentil Fritter Dough (Vada)*
Winter Season Salad with Quinoa, Feta and Delicata Squash
Pickled Beets*
 Marinara Sauce*
Caesar Dressing*
Green Olive Tapenade*
Classic Kraut*
One of our most popular casseroles, the Picadillo Pie features a savory meat filling with a hint of olives and capers and a hearty black bean purée, baked with a topping of Sierra Nevada grassfed cheddar.

One of our most popular casseroles, the Picadillo Pie features a savory meat filling with a hint of olives and capers and a hearty black bean purée, baked with a topping of Sierra Nevada grassfed cheddar.

Fudge Brownies with Crispy Walnuts
Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate Chips
Lemon-Orange Tapioca Pudding
Transit Bars*, Paleo Crunch, TSH Oatmeal
Housemade Ketchup*, Mayonnaise, Piima Cream and Golden Blend*
Plus Our Slow-Cooked Bone Broths*:
Chicken, Beef and Pork
*GAPS Diet-Friendly Dishes

Still Cooperative After All These Years

We are writing to let you know that on January 1, 2017, Three Stone Hearth changed its legal entity. When we first incorporated in the summer of 2006, we did so as a “Cooperative Corporation” in the State of California. Over the past 10-plus years, we have grown the membership of the cooperative from five founding worker-owners to nineteen. All worker-owners share in the profits of the company through a system called “patronage.” All worker-owners also have a say in how we

All worker-owners have a say in how we manage the company….
We will continue to operate as a worker cooperative.

manage the company, in wage determinations, in the distribution of authority, and in deliberations over any major decision affecting the future of the company.

In December, the worker-owners of Three Stone Hearth voted unanimously to change from a Cooperative Corporation to a Limited Liability Company (LLC) beginning January 1. This choice was driven primarily by a law that passed in California in 2016 (AB 2883), which made it no longer possible for the worker-owners of Three Stone Hearth to be exempt from workers compensation insurance. Because of the way we are classified as a workplace, our workers compensation insurance premiums are extremely high (almost 12% of payroll).
There are a number of reasons why Three Stone Hearth’s worker-owners prefer to waive workers compensation insurance for themselves:
  1. Three Stone Hearth covers 100% of health insurance premiums for all full-time employees  (30 hours a week or more), which includes all worker-owners
  2. Our health insurance plan has no deductible
  3. All worker-owners have long term disability insurance paid for by the company
  4. We have an internal policy that will reimburse worker-owners for out-of-pocket health expenses for any injury sustained at the workplace
  5. The money that we save by waiving the workers compensation insurance constitutes a majority of the patronage we are able to distribute to ourselves after each year.
We have always paid for workers compensation insurance for all non-owner employees, and will continue to do so.
TSH worker-owners last year, around the corner from our kitchen, in Ohlone Park.  Yes, we always carry mason jars with us! (Raty Syka, bot. right, left the cooperative in 2016.)

TSH worker-owners last year, around the corner from our kitchen, in Ohlone Park. Yes, we always carry mason jars with us! (Raty Syka, bot. right, left the cooperative in 2016.)

With the new law, the workers compensation exemption for owners is not available to us as a Cooperative Corporation, but is available as an LLC. There will be a legislative campaign to “fix AB 2883 for cooperatives,” coordinated by the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), based here in the East Bay. We encourage everyone to support this campaign (the law simply didn’t consider the differences between cooperatives and other kinds of corporations). There are very few financial advantages to being a worker-cooperative, and this was one of them. In this economy and in these troubled times, worker cooperatives deserve all the support they can get!

In unanimously approving the LLC, the worker-owners also signed an operating agreement that mirrors our previous bylaws, and ensures that there will be no operational changes as a result of the entity change. We will continue to operate as a worker cooperative under the LLC legal entity.
We’re very proud of the cooperative business model of a Community Supported Kitchen we have created, which has grown and served so many people over the last 10-plus years! Those of us who get to see you, our customers, each week, know how deeply we are valued and appreciated. In the coming year, we are going to create new opportunities for you to engage with our staff, so we can all feel the love, and you can get to know the hands that feed you.  We really are all here for each other!