Here are some frequently asked questions:
- What makes your Market different?
- Will I have to buy vegetables I don't want?
- How do I order?
- When do I pay?
- When and Where do I pick up my order?
- Why is Local Important?
- How can I sell through this market?
- Are there minimum orders?
- I forgot to pick up my order! Now what?
- Please explain Sustainable Agriculture
- Are there any fees to join?
- I'm In! How do I get started!
And here are some answers:
What makes your Market different?
FRESH: Your order is picked no more than 48 hours prior to delivery.
LOCAL: Our growers are Wiregrass residents within 50 miles of Dothan. We do not sell anything that is trucked in from out of the area.
SUSTAINABLE: Market at Dothan DOES NOT ALLOW GMO’s, CHEMICAL FERTILIZERS, PESTICIDES OR HERBICIDES. Our vendors are carefully vetted on both their growing philosophy and practices. While most of our growers are too small to invest in organic certification, they DO use organic/sustainable methods to grow your food. You may learn more about each farm on our Grower page.
YEAR ROUND: You read it right. Because we don’t participate in truck farming, you can’t get fresh strawberries in September or corn in January. But, because our growers are super sharp and know what they’re doing, we are able to offer many products outside their traditional growing season.
We make no claims to be like other markets and invite you to check us out! You will find a wealth of information on our Home Page, the Market Page, the Grower Page and hopefully everything else here on the Q&A page. There’s even a Facebook page where information and updates are shared.
And if that’s not enough, just come by and visit us at the Dothan location one Friday morning and take a look for yourself! We would love to meet you and will give you a 5% discount coupon for your first order.
Will I have to buy vegetables I don't want?
While some of our vendors offer traditional CSA boxes, the bulk of our products are listed on an individual basis. This way you get to order what you want, in the quantities that you want, from the farms that you want. The weekly update provides current Market information, grower announcements, new and returning products, and helpful information. We encourage you to browse the Market every week as the products our farmers list constantly changes depending on what is in season and becomes available. You might just find your new favorite food!
How do I order?
Each Saturday evening at 5pm, an email is sent to all of our registered customers with a link to our website notifying customers that ordering is enabled and it’s time to shop!
Orders are placed here on our website. Ordering through this web site is our only method as it is designed to reduce the amount of time it takes us to process orders as well as provide you with detailed information about our products.
Customers nave 72 hours to place their order for the week. Ordering is closed Tuesday at 5pm.
When you complete your order you will be asked which location you would like to pick up. An email with your total will be sent to confirm your order.
(If you do not specify a location you will not receive an email and your order will disappear into cyberspace.)
When do I pay?
We accept cash, checks, debit or credit when you pick up your order. Checks are made payable to Market at Dothan LLC.
When and Where do I pick up my order?
DOTHAN: 10am – 12pm at
1300 Montgomery Hwy,
DALEVILLE: 11:30am – 1pm
Daleville Chamber of Commerce, 750 Daleville Ave., Daleville, AL 36322
Why is Local Important?
Enhance your local economy: By purchasing produce and other items from local growers you are providing stability to your local economy through the support of local businesses.
Save natural resources: Buying locally makes you an invaluable link in the process of saving resources such as fossil fuels and packaging materials. Also, we are right here in your community so the expense of transportation and delivery is kept to a minimum.
Provide learning opportunities: Locally Grown supporters provide member growers the means to help educate our community about the importance of sustainable agriculture.
Supporting a way of life: The number of small farms in the United States has decreased dramatically in the last decade. Please help us preserve an honest and worthy means of making a living.
We believe that small, diverse, family-owned farms contribute to society’s overall health.
Increasing scientific evidence supports that foods grown in your area are better for you.
How can I sell through this market?
If you’ve already created a customer account here, simply go to Our Growers and click on ‘Join this Market’. This will get your farm added to the website. You will receive vendor information and an application by email. All information about fees, schedules, etc. is contained in these documents. Once we receive your application and it is approved your online account will be activated for you to list items and begin selling.
Are there minimum orders?
There are no minimum number of orders or minimum amounts required of any orders you place. You order when you want and order how much you want.
I forgot to pick up my order! Now what?
We will leave your NON-perishable order inside at Dothan Nurseries until 5 pm Day of Delivery. We will call the number you provide to remind you to pick up by 5 pm day of delivery. If order is not picked up, your order will be donated. We do not have capacity to keep items. Since growers harvest just for you, you are STILL RESPONSIBLE for paying for items even if you do not pick them up. We will charge your account and that amount will be invoiced to you via Square.
Please explain Sustainable Agriculture
In simplest terms, sustainable agriculture is the production of food, fiber, or other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare. This form of agriculture enables us to produce healthful food without compromising future generations’ ability to do the same.
The primary benefits of sustainable agriculture are:
Sustainable farms produce crops and raise animals without relying on toxic chemical pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified seeds,or practices that degrade soil, water, or other natural resources. By growing a variety of plants and using techniques such as crop rotation, conservation tillage, and pasture-based livestock husbandry, sustainable farms protect biodiversity and foster the development and maintenance of healthy ecosystems.
Protection of Public Health
Food production should never come at the expense of human health. Since sustainable crop farms avoid hazardous pesticides, they’re able to grow fruits and vegetables that are safer for consumers, workers, and surrounding communities. Likewise, sustainable livestock farmers and ranchers raise animals without dangerous practices like use of nontherapeutic antibiotics or arsenic-based growth promoters. Through careful, responsible management of livestock waste, sustainable farmers also protect humans from exposure to pathogens, toxins, and other hazardous pollutants.
Sustaining Vibrant Communities
A critical component of sustainable agriculture is its ability to remain economically viable, providing farmers, farmworkers, food processors, and others employed in the food system with a livable wage and safe, fair working conditions. Sustainable farms also bolster local and regional economies, creating good jobs and building strong communities.
Upholding Animal Welfare
Sustainable farmers and ranchers treat animals with care and respect, implementing livestock husbandry practices that protect animals’ health and well being. By raising livestock on pasture, these farmers enable their animals to move freely, engage in instinctive behaviors, consume a natural diet, and avoid the stress and illness associated with confinement.
adapted from sustainabletable.org
Are there any fees to join?
Not at this time.
Beginning Sept. 1, 2017 new customers will receive one courtesy order before being charged an annual participation fee of $15.00.
Existing customers will be exempt.
I'm In! How do I get started!
Use the far right tab on this site to create a customer account. That puts you on the mailing list to receive newsletter notifications when Market at Dothan opens for orders on Saturday. It’s that simple!
The rest is up to you!