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February 16, 2019 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


Market at Dothan uses the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.

This Week’s Newsletter:
In Season
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

SPOTLIGHT ON GREENS

As an “in season” Market we realize seasonal eating can start to become boring after a few months of eating the same recipes for root veggies and winter greens. It doesn’t have to be that way! We’ve located some greens recipes that should shake things up in your kitchen and keep things fresh and exciting. The nice thing about some of these recipes is that you can substitute greens that you like. Let us know what you try and how it turns out!

Top Left: Dairy-Free Pumpkin Alfredo with Greens
Top Right: Spinich Detox Soup
Bottom Left: Vegetarian Stuffed Chard
Bottom Right: Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni


Top Left:“The Only Winter Greens Recipe You Will Ever Need”
Top Right:Swiss Chard and Chipotle Tacos
Bottom Left:Fall Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale Chips, and Pomegranate Seeds
Bottom Right:Creamy Winter Greens Gratin


MARKET CHITCHAT

Today was the day! All total we had about 30 people show up for Hydroponics 101. We appreciate everyone’s patience with the technical difficulties and the noise. Normally classes like this are held in the nursery greenhouse but with it being stacked and packed with spring arrivals we met in the Market Shed instead. Plans are already underway to do a make-it-and-take-it type hydroponics class in the fall.

Left: Virginia Schafer answers questions as people arrive
Right: Chris Judge explains the benefit of using reflective plastic in a hydroponics system

Farewell & Best Wishes This week we say Goodbye to Bain Home Gardens as their gardening journey takes a different direction. You’ll find their sweet goodbye note in the Grower Notes section.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

We have the best Growers in the Wiregrass! Please learn more about them on our Grower Page.

GRIER ACRES: We have been absent for a while.  Hurricane Michael did quite a bit of damage and hindered our ability to grow and maintain all of our crops.  We have a lot of deer on our property and they took full advantage of our absence and just had a buffet of Harry’s greens and Jeannie’s radishes.  We also rescued a Anatolian Shepherd for our future livestock. Hopefully that will be coming soon once we can restore fencing. We tried him with 2 adult chickens 1 older hen and a beautiful rooster.  It lasted about 5 days. Earl killed and ate them on the 5th day. We were late getting home that night. We hope to try chickens again. Be on lookout for mayhaws which we have on property and possibly some blueberries.  Harry’s Dad planted them years ago and we have cleared around them for this year. Harry has aso found Paw paw’s on the property as well. Our apologies again for our absence. We have noticed we have some garlic and mullein which the deer don’t seem to like.  On a lighter note, Jeannie is considering becoming a deer hunter. HaHa.

AVALON FARMS:



Our wonderful new greens, Senposai, are beautiful when they bloom. Unfortunately that means they are no longer good eats. The Spring crop of transplants will be going out this week. Excited to introduce you all to our new favorite green. 

Also going in the ground this week will be transplants of: cabbage, broccoli, tatsoi, spinach and kale. Seeds going in the ground include: turnips, salad turnips, watermelon radishes, other radishes, sugar snap peas and english peas.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Marketeers, This will be our final Market post as this is our last week as a grower of the Market of Dothan. Thank you for joining our adventures & supporting our Farm & this Farmers Market. We are growing and expanding and traveling unchartered waters and we just know we will see you along our voyage. May the seas be kind to you and yours.
The Bain Family,
Of Bain Home Gardens



FOOTNOTES

We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write marketatdothan@gmail.com.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

Feb 9, 2019 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


Market at Dothan uses the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.

This Week’s Newsletter:
The Rest of the Story
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

AVALON FARMS

Part 2
For those who have enjoyed Avalon’s wonderful broccoli this year, this is the bed it was harvested from. As you can see, the plants are still rather lush and green. Broccoli is one of those crops that offers it’s prime first and diminishing quantity afterwards as long as you keep it picked. When the plants have finished producing they will be given to the chickens who turn it into nitrogen fertilizer.

Left to Right: Senposai, Red Russian Kale, Broccoli

Speaking of chickens – I met the Freedom Rangers! While Avalon’s egg layers are a mix of chicken breeds (the reason for all the lovely colors) the Freedom Rangers are grown for meat. They are slow growing birds that work well in free range, organic and pasture environments. The hatchery they are from is very intentional about using sustainable and environmentally-friendly farming methods to raise them. These birds are housed seperatly from the egg producers and their mobile housing is moved frequently so they are always on fresh grass.

Wendy’s Freedom Rangers were a bit younger & smaller than these. I wasn’t able to get a good photo of them in their very large mobile pen.

The aquaponics system caught me by surprise. Wendy showed the damaged bok choy that had been flourishing there until those unseasonable sunny days in January burned the plants. Wikipedia defines aquaponics as “any system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment.


I felt right at home when we went indoors and I got to load up on caffine for the drive home. All the seed catalogs and sustainable farming books on the big coffee table with the great view outdoors felt familiar and invited good conversation. While Wendy is the hands on person during the week she has the complete support of her Mr. who helps design and build some of the equipment and systems they use. One of their growing principals is that they grow things they themselves enjoy eating. It’s one of the reasons they’re the only growers in the area to offer patty pan squash in season. They are not opposed to trying new methods and vegetables, like the Senposai (which is delicious!) and are constantly looking for ways to improve.

On the drive home I thought about how they have adapted their farming methods to the conditions we have here in Southeast Alabama. Just like beekeeping methods in Ohio and California won’t work here, neither will every organic trick of the trade practiced in other places. The principals are the same but things like soil composition, local resources, heat, humidity, and the local pests play into how those principals are utilized. The Robbins’ are lifetime students in this regard and will no doubt continue to innovate to produce great food. We’re thankful to have them as part of our Market Family.

MARKET CHITCHAT

DON’T FORGET NEXT WEEK’S HYDROPONICS CLASS! Class will start at 10am in the Market Shed. We don’t know how many people to expect so come early and if you have a favorite folding chair feel free to bring it. This class will be presented by Dr.Virginia Schafer who along with Chris Judge produce organic microgreens. They will explain the science behind hydroponics and how it can be done successfully on a small scale at home.

Dr. Schafer has helped several of our Market customers grow their own hydroponic vegetables with the Kratky system which can be used with many different type containers.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

We have the best Growers in the Wiregrass! Please learn more about them on our Grower Page.

DANNY’S GREENS: Danny is listing more greens this week as his beds have LOVED the longer days and nice temparatures.

HORTONS FARM: Off again! Today something special happened as seasoned Alabama Master Beekeepers were trained by the Department of Agriculture to be “first responders” for beekeeping related issues. This is something near and dear to Ros’s heart as she initiated training the Wiregrass’s fire departments and EMS personnel about africanized “killer” bees in 2013. Thankfully there have been no incidents where that information has been required, but the need for qualified beekeeprs to be eyes and ears around the state remains. We are happy to be part of this and look forward to serving our community.

On a different note, we have re-listed some soaps and will be new-listing a couple of products over the weekend AFTER the trip. Keep an eye out! Thanks in advance for being considerate of our time crunch!

AVALON FARMS:



Current events on the farm.

(Upper left) This is not what this pear tree is supposed to look like now! The next freeze will give it a rude awakening and ruin that potential fruit. It shouldn’t be putting out blooms till March.

(Upper right) These tatsoi transplants are suffering from an iron deficiency, based on the veining and yellowing of the leaves. To remedy this, they were sprayed with an organic mix of micronutrients.

(Lower left) Apparently one of the pasture chickens is an escape artist that wants to lay in the blackberry row. These beauties went in the home consumption pile.

(Lower right) This is Ms. Pickles. She’s pretty much our honorary quality control. She inspects everything! Here she is checking out the onion transplants.

FOOTNOTES

We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write marketatdothan@gmail.com.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

February 2, 2019 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!
Market at Dothan uses the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.

This Week’s Newsletter:
A Visit To . . .
Mark Your Calendar
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

AVALON FARMS

Part 1
Several years back we ran a series of articles written by our growers about the history of their farms. It was most helpful and very informative, and before Avalon Farms rejoined the Market after being away a few years. Recently Wendy shared the history of their farm in the Grower Notes section of our newsletter. We had already scheduled a visit coinciding with my monthly visit to Coffee County Jail. As luck would have it I got out of there a bit early which gave us more time to visit.

There was NO DOUBT I had arrived at a real sustainable farm when the gps told me I had arrived. After driving past miles and miles of traditionally farmed land seeing neatly sectioned beds in various stages of preparation (complete with a movable chicken fence and chickens) was a welcome sight.

From left to right: Sam, Maggie (who was born in a coyote den on the adjacent property), Zoe and Quiggles.


I have to admit being a bit jealous of the the relatively flat land where they are located. Different parts of the farm operation pretty much circled the home making the 100 ft. beds an easy walk in any direction, but possible to get something motorized close enough to assist if needed. Being out in the open with no close forest also meant their main predators came from the sky instead of the woods (like those of us who deal with possums, fox, coyotes, bobcats, etc). Different outbuildings on the backside of the house serve different functions including housing the aquaponics, a walk-in cooler and chicken station.

Lloyd and Wendy wasted no time showing me around and telling me about the various garden beds and what was going on there. The asparagus bed was happily overwintering under a layer of mulch so there wasn’t much to see there. The blackberries looked like . . well, blackberry plants in winter! The egg chickens had recently finished digging up grass and weeds in one area, fertilizing it well in the process, and had started on another. I saw the disked area Wendy wrote about in last week’s newsletter and agree that the space will give them a lot of breathing room in their soil preparation and crop rotations.


This bed featured in our Dec. 8 newsletter“wowed” me. The straight lines and perfect spacing appealed the my little bit of OCD because I’ve never managed to plant even a small bed that neat, let alone 100 ft! The other thing was the nice thick layer of peanut hulls mulching the area. Talk about utilizing sustainable local materials! Once the crop has been harvested the hulls will be tilled into the soil (making it that much richer) then the spot will be planted with a cover crop, then tilled again for additional benefit before hosting a different vegetables crop.


Wendy had shared her planting grid back then with us. It is one of several with varying size grids for even spacing. This like many things on the farm are build from available and recycled materials.

Hate to stop now that I’ve got you good and interested, but don’t despair – more good info to come in Part 2 next week.

Stay Tuned!

HYDROPONICS CLASS

“Smart Doc” Virginia Schafer, along with Chris Judge will be presenting a class on Hydroponics at Dothan Nurseries on Saturday, February 16 at 10am. Many of you have enjoyed their hydroponic greens. This class will cover many aspects of the system including how you can do it at home! The class will take place in the greenhouse. Seating is limited so please arrive early.

Chris tending some of Smart Doc’s delectable hydroponic greens

MARKET CHITCHAT

Thank You for your kind patience to those of you who paid with credit/debit this week. We trust you didn’t feel too much like guinea pigs as we attempted to break in our new credit card system.

We’re pretty sure all the personalized Market Bags have dried out from the deluge we experienced week before last. They’ll go back into a new secure storage container next week.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

We have the best Growers in the Wiregrass! Please learn more about them on our Grower Page.

MARTIN TEAS: Martin Teas on vacation February 1,2019 through February 12, 2019. No online orders February  5th. You may order again on February 12th. Thanks Birdie 

AVALON FARMS: Taking advantage of these cold days to get my seed orders done. Then I have to work out the when, where and how of planting them. How many succession plantings? Row feet needed? Seeds per row? Direct seed or transplants? It’s sort of like a puzzle or playing tetris.


I’ve also started a bunch of cool weather transplants; kales, cabbages, broccoli, tatsoi, senposai and spinach. The fall spinach was a dismal failure, hoping these do better.


In the warmer afternoons I’ve been working on incorporating my “cover crop” of winter weeds. LOL It’s actually a thing, really. Kill them before they make seed and till them in as green manure. They’ve been using the soil’s nutrients to grow and I don’t want to lose those nutrients by throwing them out, so back into the soil they go.

There will be some kale available this week. At this writing I’m not sure how much.

EGGS….in an effort to “share the love” I’m going to stop offering 18 count eggs and add more dozens. This will allow more people the opportunity to get some farm fresh eggs. Thank you for your understanding. Hopefully everyone’s egg production will be up soon. Go, Chickens! Go!

HORTONS FARM: Today I’m at the 24th Annual Alabama Cooperative Extension System Beekeeping Symposium in Clanton. This is one of two annual statewide educational events for both new and experienced beekeepers. I must say I’m thankful to be attending as a participant and not a teacher this year!

20th Annual Symposium in 2015.

FOOTNOTES

We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write marketatdothan@gmail.com.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan



We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

January 26, 2019 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about clean healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Organic and Sustainable
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

THIS IS US

”Wouldn’t it be nice to have a food system that promoted organic, local, seasonal, sustainable
agriculture and paid farm workers a living wage?”


This quote was lifted from a 2012 article on The Atlantic.com. I had to chuckle – the four words they chose are very close to Market at Dothan’s four core values: Fresh, Local, Sustainable, & Year Round.

The word “organic” is pretty much a household word now and most people have a pretty good idea of what it means: crops grown without artificial pesticides, fertilizers, GMOs, irradiation, or sewage sludge, and animals raised without hormones or antibiotics. Organic food production can take place in a bucket on a balcony or a monstrous farm using tons of machinery on thousands of acres. As long as the production meets certain standards the food is considered organic with or without certification. Certification means an agency has examined the practices and bequethed the USDA stamp of approval. For small farms producing under 5k in revenue use of the word is allowed but without the green & white seal. Fines for claiming “organic” without following the guidelines are substantial for any size farm.

Sustainability goes beyond production methods focused primarily on the end result to consider the manner in which land, man and beast are treated. The grand goal of sustainable farming is that mankind will be able to continue living off the land without depleting natural resources and ruining the earth. Using cover crops and green manures to nurture the soil for the long haul is one example of sustainable methods. This the primary reason why Market at Dothan chooses to use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic.” You can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.

Healthy soil is the foundation for organic growth. The copy here at Hortons Farm is well used!

One of the things that sets our Market at Dothan vendors apart from most local food sources is that all of our growers/vendors use sustainable methods, meaning we grow organically while tending to the welfare of the earth & animals and with human welfare in mind. This means we’ll probably never be a big business as so few growers are up to the extra work invoved, but it does mean that you can trust the food we offer to be clean . . . to be safe. Each of us nurture the land God has provided. We treat our animals with dignity. Some, as one recently shared, work family land with years of records knowing what has and has not been used in and on the soil. Others are working hard to transform urban plots with unknown history and most of us are somewhere in between.

A few weeks ago I shared with our growers that I plan to visit their farms. I’ve been to many but there are still a few that I’ve not had the privilege of seeing yet. This year we’re fixing that! I’ve seen the Richter’s Red Waddle pigs but I’ve not seen Smith’s Dexter cows or sheep yet. I’ve seen Mayim’s aquponics but not the mahaw trees down in Cottonwood where D’s Jellies are made. The plan is to share with you the unique ways your M@D growers balance organic methods with sustainability. Stay tuned – it will be fun!

MARKET CHITCHAT

This week we say Goodby to Hawkins Homestead. They’ve done a marvelous job building their farm and their business in preparation for this this next big step. No doubt they’ll do well and we wish them the best! Many of you received their goodbye statement by email and if not you may view it here.

If you’re up for doing something crazy cool Wiregrass Beekeepers (WBA) starts their 2019 Beginning Beekeeper Classes next month. Normally we don’t publish notifications like this but since several Market customers have mentioned beekeeping we’re sharing in case there are others interested. WBA is partnered with the City of Dothan to help new beekeepers if that is a concern. Class participation does not require anyone to get bees, but who knows, you might find yourself excited like a little kid again!

Have you tried to join our Market at Dothan Discussion Group and failed to connect? This is a problem we’ve been working on for a while and we’re happy to announce it’s recently been fixed. This page is where our Market family can stay in touch during the week.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

We have the best Growers in the Wiregrass! Please learn more about them on our Grower Page.

MAYIM FARMS: Greg and Carole of Mayim Farm will be travelling on to Little Rock Arkansas to the Southern Sustainable Ag Workshop Group (SSAWG) conference this week so no market on the 26th. We’ll return on the Feb 2 market…thank you all for your generous support!

HORTONS FARM: We will not be listing some of our prepared products for the next two weeks to accommodate participating in the annual Auburn Beekeeping Symposium and the Alabama Master Beekeepers Recertification Program. THANK YOU for your understanding.

AVALON FARMS:


I’ve definitely lost my mind. LOL I borrowed the tractor and disced up a new garden patch 100 ft by 300 ft. This will double the garden area, bringing it up to 1.25 acres in total. Insane, I know! But I don’t  plan for all of this to be planted in vegetables at one time. This extra space will allow me to put more in cover crops to build the soil and reduce weeds. Creates time and space to utilize the chickens to help recycle and fertilize old garden areas. It will also allow space for more long term crops like onions and garlic that take 4 to 6 months to grow.

Oh, man! Today is a beautiful sunny day!  I wish we would have a week of these. The plants could sure use the sunlight. Even though our day length is once again over 10 hours a day the lack of actual sunshine is still hampering growth. For this reason I have decided to not list kale this week. I’m going to pamper them with some organic fertilizer and spray them with some soap to help with the aphids.

The broccoli  will also be removed from the market. It has basically run its course and it’s time to let the chickens have the rest.

FOOTNOTES

We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write marketatdothan@gmail.com.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

January 19, 2019 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Food for Thought
Delivery Update
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

WEATHER, WARMING & HOPE

This week Avalon Farms sent a note that their broccoli and kale may be damaged by the hard freeze expected on Monday morning. The truth is, this holds true for all our growers and their products as we are all subject to the forces of nature. Even as I write the temperature is dropping and a tornado watch has been issued.

It’s no secret that weather affects farmers. It can show up as a late cold snap that destroys all the blooms destined to become fruit or a hard freeze like the one that took out all Mr. Danny’s lettuce beds last year. Hortons farm has experienced poor honey production some years because of too much or too little spring rain affecting nectar production and the bees ability to forage. No matter what a farmer is working to produce, there’s a “sweet spot” with perfect weather conditions always hoped for. Anything on either side of that can decrease production.

That’s the bad news and every farmer knows it. We all go into our work year with hopes and plans for the best knowing it might not work out. It’s the reason irrigation systems, greenhouses and tunnel houses are widespread because they reduce the odds of failure.

The issue is not all doom and gloom. Climate Collabrative reports that a return to organic methods of production may actually help reverse the damage done by big-agra methods in regards to greenhouse emissions claimed to affect weather.

Many organizations like At the Epicenter believe that organic farming is a low cost solution to global warming.


“Agricultural activities responsible for greenhouse gas emissions include the use of nitrogen fertilizer, synthetic herbicides and insecticides, fossil fuel consumption associated with farm equipment, and the transportation of materials and products to and from the farm. The manufacture of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides also constitutes a major source of energy use in conventional agriculture.” That’s the bad news.

The good news is that there’s plenty of science to support organic farming as a solution for climate change. “Organic farmers do not rely on fossil-fuel intensive synthetic inputs to manage pests or increase soil fertility. Studies show that diverse crop rotation strategies and soil-building practices required by USDA’s National Organic Program reduce overall emissions per land area farmed, while simultaneously sequestering carbon in the soil. Every carbon molecule that is stored in the soil is one that is not contributing to climate change in our atmosphere.”

Even if organic methods of production don’t help the weather there’s no denying that they help the soil, the quality of food being produced and ultimatly our fellow man. We here at Market At Dothan are humbled and grateful to work in this manner and be part of the solution to what’s broken in our food system and our world.

FOR OUR DALEVILLE & ENTERPRISE CUSTOMERS

“Good service requires adapting to find newer and better ways to serve.” That being said, our delivery schedule for Daleville and Enterprise pickup is being modified.

Daleville Order Pick Up – FRIDAYS, 11:00am – 11:30am behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce, 750 Daleville Ave., Daleville AL 36322.
Enterprise Order Pick Up – FRIDAYS, 12:00pm -12:30pm at Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise, AL 36330.

This is the view from the parking area behind the Chamber building. It has street parking with easy access.

MARKET CHITCHAT

A hearty THANK YOU to you folks who have made donations to the Market. Your support helps make it possible for us to be available during the ups and downs of the Market year. Our goal is to always provide the best FRESH, LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE and YEAR ROUND foods in the Wiregrass.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

We have the best Growers in the Wiregrass! Please learn more about them on our Grower Page.

SMART DOC RESOURCES:editor’s note – this message comes to us from Africa! You can find photos of this adventure on Virgina’s facebook page. Greetings from Smartdocs.  We’re still a go these next couple of weeks even though I will be visiting Africa and look forward to studying with  my friend the rootman(the original herbalogists) and hopefully will be back with some new ideas and products. In the meantime, Clifford will be hydro and gardening so he will be the contact for questions.  Also I want to thank our fellow farmer friends from the Market (Greg and Carol) from Mayim farms for a great presentation at the Backyard Garden and Farmers’ Workshop. I look forward to more information and workshops and will pass info about these great free sessions on to you all.  Greg is a wealth of information and we look forward to meeting with him. Happy gardening (& eating)

Blessings, Virginia And Clifford

PS  Don’t forget our Hydroponics 101 workshop at the Dothan Nurseries on Feb 16th from 10-12!

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Good day! This week’s farm tidbits included finalizing our succession planting schedule through Spring. Last year, we did not do well with succession planting which lead to gaps in availability of produce. This year we are eliminating that problem with planning and STICKING TO SAID PLAN! Easier said than done!
Included in this planning is our “grow to order” produce. We have received some requests to grow specifics from some of you marketeers. If you have a request & haven’t had the opportunity to reach out yet, now is the time! You can message us via our Facebook page or over on our Webpage . Till next week – from our family to yours!

AVALON FARMS: The history of Avalon Farms,  part 2. (See last week’s newsletter for part 1)

The story of those ladies homesteading here has always meant a lot to me. Being a woman who chose a male dominated profession back in the 80s, I’ve faced a few you-can’t-do-that scenarios, but I did. (It took me 4 years, 1 semester and 1.5 babies to complete my Bachelors Degree in Computer Science.) Sort of like some of the looks I get when I say I have a sustainable market garden that produces clean, nutrient dense food. “You do what?”

A year after we moved here in 2007, we found ourselves unemployed with 3 kids at home. I’d always helped my Dad with the garden when I was a kid so I was inspired to plant a BIG garden to help support the family. For 3 years, as Wendy’s Produce,  we farmed and participated in 4 farmer’s markets, including the first 2 years of the Market at Dothan. From those years came our family motto: “it’s better than picking peas in July!”

When hubs was blessed with an engineering job at Ft Rucker we had to reevaluate the farm. With 2 kids away at college that only left me and the youngest. He and I did one more summer, then I was offered an engineering job.  That was 6 years ago, and one very stressful office job later for me. I wish I had never hung up my farming hat. Sad how much time I lost.

Been doing farming now full time (by myself) for 3 years. Each year I learn a little more and do a little better. I’ve had a lot of “well that didn’t work” and “have to figure out a better way” moments. I won’t say that I “love” farming. It’s hard physical work.  The endless to do list and summer temperatures are daunting, but I will say I love providing healthy, tasty food to our community. Hearing one of you say how good something tasted makes all the hard work worth while.

Just bought my first pair of overalls. They’re from Duluth Trading, not Sears and Roebuck, but I think they still count. I’m committed to seeing this adventure through. I think those ladies that originally worked this land would approve.

HORTONS FARM: Last week we shared a little about the sowthistle growing on our property. So far we’ve only found the one plant by the chicken coop, in which case we’ll need to let it bloom to reseed.

What we are seeing a lot more of is chickweed.

Many of you know that I had to fetch my mother from an upstate hospital last month following a pneumonia scare. While there with her I mentioned (after listening to her coughs) that I’d be making her some chickweed tea once we got home. So what does my sassy mom do but share that with a nurse! Thankfully this nurse had gone through an alternative medicine course and was delighted! I’m glad to report Mom took our advice and recovered much faster than she would have otherwise.

I must confess to feeling like the lone ranger encouraging the use of chickweed tea for respiratory ailments for many years. It was very satisfying to be supported by a medical professional. It was even more satisfying to see an article about chickweed in the current Mother Earth News! If you can get your hands on the Feb.March 2019 issue it’s got some great information.

FOOTNOTES

We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write marketatdothan@gmail.com.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup:behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

Enterprise Pickup:Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise, AL 36330

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

January 12, 2019 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Blast From the Past
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

WHAT WE’RE ABOUT

Editor’s Note – this originally appeared in our January 14, 2016 Newsletter. The information is as current now as it was then!

Recently someone asked my why our Market does not have (insert fruit or vegetable product) like some of the roadside vendors they drive by on a regular basis. They thought it strange those people would offer certain food items that we do not. It got me to thinking about our core values: Fresh, Local, Sustainable and Year Round.

While roadside products may appear FRESH, (as opposed to overripe or poor quality), sometimes that’s not the case as many items can be refrigerated an extended time or ripened with gasses before being put on display for sale. They are seldom LOCAL. More often than not, they have been purchased from a wholesaler who got vast quantities by truck from down in Florida. If not there they’ve probably been hauled off a boat from Central America. These too have been subject to refrigeration, spray, dye or gasses. Market at Dothan limits our distance to within fifty miles of Dothan, ensuring that the food you purchase from us is truly LOCAL. As far as FRESH, it is usually picked 1-2 days before pickup on Fridays.

The other issue is SUSTAINABILITY. Sustainability is all about growing food without depleting natural resources. The nutrients taken from the soil by crops must be replaced using natural methods. The USDA defines sustainable farming as agriculture that:

*Enhances the natural resources upon which society lives
*Efficiently uses resources by implementing natural controls and biocycles
*Is economically viable
*Enhances life for farmers and those eating the products

The grand hope of sustainable farming is that mankind will be able to continue living off the land without depleting natural resources and ruining the earth. To be sustainable, farmers must also be able to afford their business.


While sometimes underappreciated, the kumquat provides a fresh source of chewable vitamin C during winter cold and flu season. Kumquats grow well in the Wiregrass and many homeowners let them go to waste.


The last core value of Market at Dothan is YEAR ROUND. While it is nice to serve fresh berries during the fall and winter, it is not natural, and it is not necessarily what our bodies need the most. Case in point: citrus in this region ripens and is available most of the winter months. What does citrus offer? Vitamin C. We all know that. And what do we need during the fall and winter months to help fight off colds and flu? Vitamin C, of course. There are other studies showing the value of root vegetables during the cold months as well as leafy green brasseric vegetables which are very popular in the deep south.

The downside of a Year Round Market is unpredictable weather. Those of you who ordered root crops last week experienced the downside of that as our recent cold snap damaged them severely and has limited what our growers are able to offer this week.

That being said, THANK YOU from all of us here at Market at Dothan.

MARKET CHITCHAT

Thank you to everyone who braved the chilly weather to pick up their market orders yesterday. It was good to see you all after the winter break and we’re so THANKFUL to to all our growers who work hard to provide hearty produce to you all year round. The selection of greens we saw going through yesterday was a reminder of the great variety available to our M@D customers that you can’t get from a traditional grocer.

A hearty welcome too to our new customers! We don’t call names but do want you to know you are appreciated!


THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

We have the best Growers in the Wiregrass! Please learn more about them on our Grower Page.

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends,

Most of you guys know that both Brandon and I work full time in addition to farming, so that coupled with having two kids in college who also work and one who is homeschooled, plus our spiritual activities makes for a BUSY life! As you can imagine our time has become limited so we have had to limit our Market offerings for now. Our mornings are no longer free and with everyone going a million different ways throughout the week, dropping off on Friday mornings has become difficult for us. We definitely appreciate all of you.

Thank you to everyone who has voted and continues to vote for us and Bain Home Gardens. Remember you can vote once every 24 hours so set those reminders please.

AVALON FARMS:


I always enjoy reading the story behind things,  so here’s a little history of Avalon Farms. This land is part of my families history since the 1890s, when it was homesteaded by two of my great-great aunts, a couple of  "old maid" sisters with no “menfolk” to help or support them. Back then, homesteading required you to live on the property and make physical improvements. They moved to the property and lived here long enough to claim the land.

The family story goes that a traveler stopped once and planted a pecan nut beside the corral they had built. They had never heard of pecans. Can you imagine a time when people round here didn’t know about pecans?

My father, who moved away to Orlando when he was young,  retired back to this property in 2006. The old shotgun style house, made from rough cut heart pine,  was falling down, so it was carefully disassembled saving all the good wood and a new house built. I have many childhood memories of that old house – watching the sun come up through the cracks between the wall boards,  using the outhouse and taking baths on the back porch in a galvanized tub.

Watch next week’s newsletter for the exciting conclusion of how Avalon Farms came to be!  

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Marketeers! First off thanks so much for the abundant support you have given us over the last 12 days with the Cultivating Change Grant! Every vote counts. We now have direct links. For Bain Home Gardens click here & for Hawkins Homestead Farm click here .

We are sad to say our Collard crop was damaged to some degree and we have temporarily removed them from the our listings. However, we have added our Classic Salad Blend in limited quantities.

More Lettuce, Collards, Peas & Radishes have been planted. We have just begun harvest of peas. They are maturing at various rates & since this is the first time experimenting with this variety, we are hesitant to list them just yet but stay tuned. More to come- from our family to yours!

HORTONS FARM: It seems like every time I turn around I’m discovering a new “weed” around here, especially the hearty ones that grow in winter. Lately the stinging nettle has started coming up as well as little stands of chickweed here and there.

Last year we positively identified one strange obnoxious weed as sow thistle coming up. I let it seed before removing it and have been recently rewarded with young plants coming up here and there on the property. It turns out that sow thistle leaves “are said to be a good source of vitamins A and C, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, phosphorus, and iron.“ Eat The Invaders has more inutritional nformation about this very interesting plant while Natural Medicinal Herbs details its medicinal properties.


Right now we are watching the young plants develop. As they mature we plan to make them available to you. We’d love to get your thoughts on how you think they would best serve your needs.

FOOTNOTES

We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write marketatdothan@gmail.com.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

Happy New Year! January 5, 2019 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Welcome 2019!
You Can Help!
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
The more it changes, the more it’s the same thing.
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr


The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done:
and there is no new thing under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9


I’m sure they’re still popular but we’ve quit watching all the “Year in Review” and “Top 10” type programs that have dominated network television for as long as I can remember. If you check any of the brower home page storys you’re sure to bump into them there as well.

Rather than look back, this year I choose to look forward to see what we can expect in health and wellness trends for 2019 . . . and had to laugh, because it’s mostly stuff we already know!

Like much of the research our Market family is involved in, this can get quite involved so we’re going to hit the high nutritional points. Links are included at the end if you wish to do more reading. Be warned, some of the trends are, well . . . not exactly dinnertime discussion material!


HEALTHY FOOD: Low Carb and Ketogenic Diets seem to have brought healthy fats back into vogue. Even pork fat is reported to be a nutritionally dense food. The Farm to Table movement (we’re part of that!) is gaining as more people seek clean fresh foods sources. As vegan-keto diets gain in popularity plant based proteins will gain in popularity.

CBD & Medicinal Herbs: Cannabis Oil and things made with it are on the rise as more people are gaining relief and demand is increasing. Both CBD and medicinal herbs are increasingly being added to foods. By way of an announcement, Market at Dothan has moved all our Medicinal Herbs into a separate category on the Market Page.

Fermented Foods: “In 2019, more individuals will seek their probiotics from fermented food and drink such as yogurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha tea. Since high-fiber foods act as prebiotics fueling probiotic growth, there are now more reasons to consume fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.” Dr. Mindy Karr, NYIT

Meghan Telpner, Toronto Lifestyle

Forbes.Com

HealthLine.Com

Mind & Body Green

Healthista.Com

FROM SHEENA BAIN . . .

Well it is 2019! We cannot believe it! We are looking to 2019 as a year of growth! I like the way Mr. James Cash Penny, founder of J.C. Penny stores, said it: “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” You marketeers are a force to be reckoned with! Much of our growth has been a beautiful side effect of the Market at Dothan. Thank you for your support. 

We hope you will stand beside us, Bain Home Gardens, & Hawkins Homestead Farm as we undertake a new venture. Both of our Farms have applied for the Cultivating Change grant. Funded by the Greener Fields Together network, this program is truly about helping small farms grow and further help their communities. To learn more about it click here

Since we are not are not a Greener Fields Together farm, our winnings are based on a what is called a popular vote contest. This is where you come in Marketeers – we need your votes! You are allowed to vote for multiple farms daily after you register here . So if you can find the time between now and the end of the month, please vote as often as you can remember for both our farms! Voting closes January 31st. Your efforts are so appreciated. A big thank you from Bain Home Gardens & Hawkins Homestead Farm to you all & Roslyn for helping us find our voice!

editors note – Thank You in advance for helping our growers by participating in this! Cultivating Change allows you to vote once every 24 hours and we encourage you to do so as often as possible.


MARKET CHITCHAT

Several Announcements:

Vivian B. Adams School in Ozark will be hosting a backyard garden workshop next Friday on January 11. If you have been considering getting your hands in the dirt to grow some of your own produce this is a fabulous opportunity, and if you’ve been with the Market 5 years or so you’ll be delighted to see what our own sweet Susan Owens is doing these days. More information is in this document.

And then . . . there’s HYDROPONICS! Virginia Schafer along with Clifford Judge will be teaching and demonstrating hydroponics at Dothan Nurseries on February 16 at 10am. They will remove the mystery from this form of gardening and show how you can produce as little or as much in the space you have. We hope you’ll join us.

Coastal Sharps has promised to join us in February for KNIFE SHARPENING. We’ll let you know as soon as the date is set. Amory was trained by some pretty sharp folks (no pun intended, seriously!) and can make your old dull blades cut like new. Word on the street is “good enough to skin an elk”.

DALEVILLE & ENTERPRISE CUSTOMERS – Regular Delivery this week.

New & Relisted Products

  • Farmer’s Market Fun Kit– ages 6 & up
  • Danny’s Greens are Relisted

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

We have the best Growers in the Wiregrass! Please learn more about them on our Grower Page.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Marketeers!

We are happy to be back with you guys! Much of our break was rained out sadly. However, when it didn’t rain, we very were productive! From mulching to planting to planning – ah a farmers life!

New to the market this week are Collards Greens. We have had several losses with these due to the ground being so wet. So these are in limited supply. Also on the market we have Green Mustards, Premier Kale bundle, Kale Salad Blend, & Pepper Jelly. Peas & various Lettuce plantings are coming along nicely and there is a slim chance we will get more planting done on Monday. Till next week – from our family to yours!

AVALON FARMS:

Broccoli, being a cool weather crop, is loving these warmer temperatures a little too much. The florets that make up the broccoli heads are immature flowers. Every plants goal in life is to flower and produce seeds. Unfortunately, even though edible, those pretty yellow broccoli flowers just aren’t quite as tasty. Personally I love the stems best anyway, so I’ll be keeping all those flowering stems for me….the chickens get the flowers.


Cooked up some of the oldest and I assumed toughest, Senposai leaves. They were awesome! Even the “big old” stems cooked up tender and sweet in just a few minutes. These greens are very tender, but held up better than spinach. Will be using these as a spinach substitute in recipes.

Here’s 1 of our favorite spinach recipes. I’m going try use  Senposai next time.

Creamy Chicken with Spinach and Chickpeas 

1/3 cup chicken broth
8-oz. pkg. Cream Cheese, cubed
1/2 tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne)
1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed, divided
1/4 cup Zesty Italian Dressing
8 small bone-in chicken breast s (3 lb.)  (I use boneless, cut in bite size pieces.)
4 slices Baked Cooked Ham, chopped
2 pkg. (6 oz. each) baby spinach leaves

Directions
Blend broth, cream cheese, pepper and 1/2 cup chickpeas in blender until smooth.

Heat dressing in large skillet on medium heat. Add chicken; cook 8 min. or until browned on all sides, turning occasionally. Add ham and remaining chickpeas. Pour cream cheese sauce over ingredients in skillet; cover with lid. Simmer on medium-low 15 min. or until chicken is done (165ºF).

Add spinach; cook, covered, 5 min. or until spinach is wilted.

DANNY’S GREENS: Danny reports that ALL his beds are in production now and he’s able to list full weekly quanities of greens despite the slower winter growth. His garden is loving the recent spring like weather and all the bed covers are in place, ready for cooler temperatures. No matter what type farming one does, you can do everything perfect, yet remain at the mercy of nature’s forces. Last year a hard freeze killed ALL the lettuce beds and it took a few weeks to get back in production. We’re hoping that don’t happen again!

RICHTER FARMS:

Viki shared some cute photos of her goat standing on a pig. The pig was ok with it for maybe 5 minutes!


FOOTNOTES

We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write marketatdothan@gmail.com.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

December 15, 2018 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
A Special Thank You
Trending
VIP Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

NEEDY FAMILY UPDATE

Some years back I read a marvelous book called “In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day.” (Some title, right?) It is based on the exeperience of Benaiah in II Samuel 23 of the Bible and is about siezing the God ordained opportunities He places in front of us.

“The only God-ordained fear is the fear of God, and if we fear Him, we don’t have to fear anyone or anything else.”
Mark Batterson


Sharing the real needs of a struggling family with you last week was such a situation. From then to now . . . I was not prepared for the outpouring of love and help from so many unexpected people and so many unexpected places. Some of you I’d never met before!

Today I’ll be running a tree and new coats for the children to the family. It’s cold and the kiddos need the coats now. Next week they’ll received the remainder of clothing and gifts supplied by our Market family.

These three years of managing Market of Dothan I’ve thought to myself and shared mutiple times that our Market folks are the BEST. Once again you’ve proved that to be so very true and I am humbled and grateful to serve you. Ros

HOLIDAY FOOD TRENDS

Every once in a while it’s fun to look outside our own kitchen to see what others are doing. This section is to take a peek at what some popular publications consider “in” AND the hot items our own Market customers are stocking up on.

1. VEEM reports that “The holiday flavor trends this year are salted caramel and clementine, with gingerbread spice making an unexpected appearance in various savory dishes.” Our take and experience on that is that satsuma juice is just as delectable if not better. You may read the entire article here.

2. We had to chuckle at this article that included these comments: “As one of the newest trends, hyper-local sourcing is taking the food service industry by storm. Local food restaurants are taking the idea of buying nearby, sustainably-sourced foods to the next level by growing produce right in their own backyards or restaurant gardens.” It’s nice to see we’re not the only ones that get it!

3. Edible Christmas Wreaths have been around since . . . well as long as anyone can remember! Everything from fruit to bread to candies. Our favorite – fresh salad greens arranged on a platter all decked out with cherry tomatoes , carrot curls & fresh asparagus.

4. Cooking with kiddos always makes for great memories. If you’d rather not break out the rolling pin and cookie cutters the following, while not necessarily healthy, is a fun and memorable food craft that’s easy on everyone.

And now, for our trending M@D items

  • Ranch Dressing Mix from Richter Farms
  • Candied Pecan Halves from Smart Doc Farms
  • Kale from Avalon
  • Lamb from Smith Farms
  • Casablanca and Smith Farms beef
  • Satsumas & Kumquats
  • Pumpkin Spice Buckwheat Pancake Mix
  • Arugula from Mayim
  • Medicinal Tinctures

MARKET CHITCHAT

This is our last ordering cycle for 2018
M@D opens for orders again on January 5, 2019

New & Relisted Products

  • Radishes from Bain Home Gardens relisted
  • New: Senposai greens from Avalon
  • Mustard Greens from Bain Home Gardens relisted
  • Kratcky hydroponics kit from Smart Doc Resources

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

We have the best Growers in the Wiregrass! Please learn more about them on our Grower Page.

MARY’S PEEPS: Just wanted everyone to know I’m back trying new sweets for the Holidays. Please look thru all the baked goods, candies, and cinnamon rolls offered this week. This will be your last chance before Christmas and the New Year. I would appreciate everyone’s support. Thank you and hope you and yours will have a safe and Happy Holiday with your families.

DANNY’S GREENS: Danny’s Lettuce is not listed this week as the cooler temps have slowed down plant growth substantially. He shared that he will be using the upoming winter break to work on his garden beds. One of the reasons he is able to offer such superior produce is his year round commitment to improving the quality of his soil because healthy soil produces healthy food!

AVALON FARMS:



We’ve been trying out 2 new cold weather Asian brassicas(greens); Tatsoi and Senposai. Both are considered Asian greens but that’s where the similarity ends. Tatsoi is a small plant that forms a flat rosette of shiny, dark green spoon-shaped leaves and white stems. It has a mild flavor great for salads or cooking. The Senposai is a cross with regular cabbage. It grows big leaves, bigger than collards, that have a delicious  sweet cabbage flavor.

The Tatsoi has been available in the market for a few weeks. I’ll be offering the Senposai as a new listing this week.

Thank you for the warm reception on our pastured poultry beginnings. We have sold half of our first 50 meat birds!! The next 50 are chirping away in my guest bathroom. LOL I’ll keep them there for a couple days then move them out to a bigger brooder in the barn. These are so hardy that in just a couple weeks they’ll be out in their very own chicken tractor, enjoying the good life. Fresh pasture every day, sunshine, fresh air, massages and mocha lattes. (Ok, just kidding about the last two. ; ) Around mid March they’ll be in the market.


This article closes out this year. I would like to thank you all for your purchases, but also for your kind words. You enjoying my products is such a great encouragement to me! Farming is a lot of hard work, but I love providing our community with natural, tasty food.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Good Evening!
It was so refreshing to see the sun in all its glory this morning! Clear skies!


It didn’t stay as long as we had hoped but these days, we are thankful for whatever we may receive in the way of sun rays. We talked about it in detail over on our Webpage earlier this week.

This week we reached out to Patricia Basford and talked with her about her feelings on our year round Market. Notice what she had to say in her online interview:

Shena:” How long have you been a part of the Market?”

Patricia: “I’ve been a customer of Market at Dothan for almost a year and a half now.”

Shena: “How do you benefit from our year round market schedule?”

Patricia: “I love the year-round aspect because I get to purchase winter (and flu season!) items like cold-weather produce, bone broth kits and ingredients, elderberry syrup kits, chapsticks, etc right when I need them. Also get to keep my year-round products like whipped body butter, meat products, and eggs going. I love knowing I’m doing even a small part to help my local farmers/makers and my local economy even in what is often considered an off-season for farmers.”

We totally agree with Mrs. Basford! There is so much being offered on the Market at Dothan! The unique nature of some items begs us to try them! This upcoming year we will he doing just that! With each new item we purchase, we will make a corresponding video showing how we utilized it – recipes included. This is going to be FUUUNNN! Keep a look out over on our Facebook page.

Since the market will be closed for a few weeks make sure you stock up this week so all of your needs are met. If however you do need something last minute, feel free to contact us via our Webpage , our Facebook , or our Instagram . Till next year – good times ahead from our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: As the Market closes out for the year, we at Hawkins Homestead Farm want to tell all of you THANK YOU for the continued support you’ve given not only us, but the Market as a whole.

Looking back over this past year, we have grown extensively with adding more to our farm and the Market than ever. We have received such wonderful feedback on all our offerings and in 2019 we hope that you will continue to grow with us even more. We are grateful, humbled, and happy that our small family farm has received such love and attention. This is a truly a labor of love for us and we appreciate everyone who has supported us through reading our blogs and/or purchasing our products.

While the Market will be closed until next year, some of your growers are still open and here for you. Us included! We would love for you to grab anything you may need over the next few weeks before it closes, but in case you forget something that we can offer you we’re always here! Hop over to our Facebook Page and send us a message. Now I am completely brand new to coding, but Shena over at Bain Home Gardens seems to have it all together and helped me out LOL! BUT, if for some reason the link doesn’t work, just search for Hawkins Homestead Farm on Facebook and you can find us. Of course you can always visit our website or Instagram Page (Hawkins Homestead Farms). The point is that you have many options to reach us and we would love to hear from anyone who wants to.

If you’re shopping with us on the Market this week, our jams, gift baskets, and pumpkin butters are all available. We will be picking up honey from Horton Farms! For a funny story, ask Roslyn or myself about the time that someone showed up at her house without a voice looking for honey! Yep, that was yours truly when I first moved to the area. My body was trying to adjust to this environment and I was in bad shape. Who knew that a little ways down the road the we would all be joined in the Market Family?!?!?! See you next year or maybe before!

FOOTNOTES

We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write marketatdothan@gmail.com.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

December 8, 2018 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Ros’s Ramblings
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

NOT ABOUT FOOD

If any of you are connected to my personal Facebook page you have probably seen a few of the gold nuggets I get from scripture now and again. The most recent are from Matthew chapter 2 and concern the ordinary circumstances that Jesus was born into with very extraordinary things taking place at the same time. One thing I’ve noticed this time around is that Joseph did whatever he needed to do to provide for and protect his wife and infant child. He was a good dad and didn’t blink an eye at packing up the whole family and leaving in the middle of the night to do right by them. There was no questioning or procrastinating.

I know a guy like that. Without giving too much personal information a man I know has done something similar to protect his wife and five young children. He has made extraordinary sacrifices to keep them together under one roof. It’s a hardship case if there ever was one. The struggle is real.

I felt like God was dropping it in my lap this morning when I found out that they won’t have any type of holiday celebration at their home. With one car and working as many hours as possible there was just to way to sign up for any of the programs that provide for children from improvished homes at Christmas. They are on NOBODY’s list to help.

Except mine – and yours if you wish to join me. If anone out there is interested in meeting real needs for some down to earth struggling folks shoot me a message at marketatdothan@gmail.com for more information.

MARKET CHITCHAT

Many thanks to everyone who came out on Thursday. It was a sweet time of fellowship. Many of our growers were able to meet you folks face to face for the first time. We love seeing farmers and consumers form make connections and form friendships. That sense of community is one of the things missing from today’s industralized food system. Many grocery stores are trying to get back some of that through wonderful friendliness and customer service . . . they just aren’t as close to the actual food sources as real farmers and can’t tell you about the origin of their turnips or chicken livers!

New & Relisted Products

  • Satsumas from Avalon
  • Rosemary Salt from Avalon
  • Peppermint Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

We have the best Growers in the Wiregrass! Please learn more about them on our Grower Page.

SMART DOC RESOURCES: What a treat to meet many market farmers at the awesome Christmas gathering at Dothan Nurseries.  I know it was successful and can’t wait until next year and I will be better prepared. We had our seminar Hydroponics 101 at the SEC church Wednesday and we had made several salads with our  microgreens and lettuce so we were pretty bare! However, we are constantly expanding and learning new things (thank you friends!) And I am grateful to be where we are considering I have just been in Dothan for less than 6 months!  The Hydroponics Seminar was a success and we realize the timing was not right for many so perhaps we can plan several more workshops in the coming months. We do have some new products online which include candied pecans and dried chilis ( carolinareaper, the hottest pepper out there!)  I hope you all had a chance to meet the farmer, Clifford. He is a young man who is passionate about hydroponics, learning new things and is a hard worker. This is a season to be grateful for friends, family and hard workers! (That includes Roslyn and the team!)

AVALON FARMS: As always, it was great to see all your smiling faces at the Christmas Open House. Over the years we’ve made acquaintance with lots of people that don’t (yet) participate  in the Market at Dothan. They are always excited to take advantage of our year round growing. We are truly blessed to have this market available to us all.

We all enjoyed the fresh locally grown garlic last Spring so much that I’m  increasing the planting by 5 times. One row of 1200 is in the ground and the second row is started.


100 ft rows get pretty long when you are planting garlic 6 inches apart in beds 6 rows across.

The garlic planting was interrupted by harvesting the last of this year’s meat birds. All 28 are cooling their heels waiting for final inspection, bagging, weighing and freezing. This took much longer than we anticipated due to unscheduled events like a coordinated escape (a live version of Chicken Run! I kid you not!!), equipment problems etc etc. You know, the normal adventures you don’t need while trying to complete a job.

With the closing of this year,  I want to thank you all for helping me grow Avalon Farms. Sometimes it seems my plans fail too often but with your encouragement I have succeeded in increasing production. I hope to expand and provide you with even more tasty things to eat!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends,

Today we’re going to continue our educational series. So let’s talk about “cage free.”

When you hear those words the thought that may come to mind is one of birds living their best life-outside, cage free, and happy.

FACT: “Cage free” doesn’t mean outside access. A label can read “cage free” and simply mean that a bird is housed with tons of other birds.

You know those thousands we talked about last week. They may have access to nesting boxes and even bars to roost on, but they also may still live in terrible conditions inside ?a house.

Many farms successfully use outside enclosures, cages, and other methods for their birds and they have an excellent quality of life.

On our farm we use a variety of methods for our birds. From complete outside access to outside mini coops, and hoop houses, their quality of life and safety is important to us.

At harvest time, the meats birds that are set to be processed are moved to a enclosed holding area. This is complete outside access and they get to enjoy the time they have left. It allows us to separate those birds who are ready for harvesting while preserving their quality of life.


The above picture is one of our hoop houses as a work in progress. We use these to move our meat birds to fresh grass. We also use them for broody mama hens, to quarantine new flock members, and to allow young chicks and turkey poults safe outside access.

This series applies to all growers and producers, be it a grocery store, farmers market, or a direct farm. As consumers and people who grow and eat these birds and the eggs that they produce, giving them the best quality of life means that we practice and support a clean, safe, and natural environment for our chickens and those that we purchase from others. If this matters to you, then this education is important.

For example, now is the time of year when local farmers, us included don’t have many eggs or maybe none at all. So as we branch out to get our eggs from elsewhere please read the label carefully and choose wisely.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this series and found it to be informative and educational. If you have questions or would like more information, we would love to share with you. Please email me directly at:
rachel@hawkinshomesteadfarm.com
 
I’d love to hear from you!

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Good Afternoon Marketeers!
    How are you? The Bain family is always excited around this time of year. Why? Nineteen years ago two people from two very different walks of life said “I do”. In these years we have experienced trials and tribulation but never outweighed by the joy & happiness that neither of us ever thought we deserved.  Life has a funny way of surprising you. Our biggest surprise is that we are FARMERS! If my 37 year old self would have told my 18 year old self I would be a farmer I would have laughed in my OWN FACE! We truly have much to be thankful for. The experience of joining the Market at Dothan has been a journey of its own. Since we are smaller than many of our fellow growers it’s hard to at times feel like we are helping the community, at least to the degree we had hoped. Your words of encouragement have been a real source of strength. Although our selections aren’t as bountiful this time of year, we do strive to grow what is reasonable, especially after hearing from you. Notice what one of our Marketeers had to say in this online interview. Please note that reason 2,4, & 6 will be published later on our Webpage.

Shena:” How long have you been a part of the Market?”
Patty: “I have been a member of Market at Dothan since I got to Dothan in May 2012.  I had been in communication with the manager of the market for a few months before I ever got here.”

Shena: “How do you benefit from our year round market schedule?”
Patty:
“1.  I have severe chemical sensitivity and my diet is severely restricted, not so much from allergies but from residual antibiotics, hormones, pesticides and other chemicals found in conventional food.  Before I figured out what was happening, these resulted in multiple ER visits. I have even had reactions to grocery store certified organic foods but have never had a reaction to anything I’ve bought from the market.  So, I have year round access to foods that meet my special needs.

3.  I consider the vendors friends and it is awesome to meet people who share my passion for growing/raising things safely and sustainably.  Honestly my time at the market every week is virtually the only socialization I’m able to have.

5.  Year round availability gives me the ability to try new foods that I never would have thought of trying.  I may not always like it but I don’t think there’s much new that anyone has introduced that I haven’t at least given a shot.  So this has definitely expanded my palate.”

Catch the remainder of Ms. Patty Donovan’s interview over on our Webpage . It will be under the Interviews tab. Check back next week as we interview more of our loyal Marketeers! From our family to yours…!

FOOTNOTES

We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write marketatdothan@gmail.com.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

Dec. 1, 2018 M@D Newsletter


SPECIAL OPEN HOUSE EDITION


And You are Invited!


We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


THIS IS THE WEEK!

Christmas is such a special time of year and what better way to kick off December than to surround yourself with beauty, good food, good music, and time to find that something special for those you love?

That pretty much sums up what Open House at Dothan Nurseries Greenhouse, Gardens & Gifts is all about. Our Market at Dothan Family has been blessed to be a part of this event for . . as long as we can remember! Many of our Market Vendors will be set up in tents near the Butterfly House where children’s activities will take place.

We hope you’ll come out and see us! Music and refreshments are from 3 – 7 pm. Dress warm!


OPEN HOUSE MARKET CHITCHAT

And now a word for those of you who wish to place orders this week . . . .

As you know the majority of our Market Growers are smaller farms dedicated to producing the highest quality foods. Some will be present at Open House, some will not! So if you want lemon grass from Bain Home Gardens or microgreens from Smart Doc Resources, be sure to order them! Online ordering ensures first pick of each week’s products.

Order Pickup will take place at the Market Shed from 1 pm – 2:30 pm on Thursday, December 6. There will be no Daleville or Enterprise deliveries this week. We invite our friends from those areas to visit us at Open House. If you can’t arrive between 1 pm -2:30 pm to pick up an order because of work or other responsibilities, please send a message to marketatdothan@gmail.com so we can arrange something satisfactory for you.


Holiday Schedule

Market at Dothan will continue our normal schedule with this year’s last pickup taking place on December 21. Then we will be closed for two weeks. The next order cycle will start on January 5 with the new year’s first pickup date being Friday, January 11, 2019.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

We have the best Growers in the Wiregrass! Please learn more about them on our Grower Page.

AVALON FARMS: Taking inventory and checking it twice, getting ready for the Christmas Open House. Some of you may not be familiar with our “jarred stuff”. On the savory side we have garlic salt, rosemary salt and an herbed brine. This year we added these savory options to utilize herbs we were growing. Our eldest is a chef and pointed us in this direction and helped us with recipes that have a wide appeal. Not too fancy, but, oh so flavorful!

On the sweet side we have 3 jams; ginger pear, pear honey and sassy apricot. Sassy apricot is NOT your grandma’s jam. This is an apricot jam married to habanero pepper jelly! It is a heavenly combination of bright fruity flavor with a warm pepper finish.  Pair it with goat cheese for an amazing appetizer. Use as a sassy condiment for pork or chicken.

We still have several whole chickens, livers, gizzards, feet and hearts available now. We’ll be processing more next weekend. If you would like them unfrozen contact me at Avalon Farms to make arrangements to pick them up on farm. Put “Avalon Farms, Kinston” in Google Maps and it will take you straight to us.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Marketeers,
    We hope you are all tucked away warm and dry on this wet Saturday afternoon. Admittedly, we are doing nothing. That’s right! It’s been an extremely rollercoaster kind of a week! Taking time to relax & recuperate with the people whom we love most in this world, each other, is a welcome change of venue.   


  Thanks to all who tuned into our Lemongrass video! Who knew so many of you loved Lemongrass! Thanks Virginia Schafer for sharing your Coconut Lemongrass recipe. We will share another video when we make it!
    Our little community of market supporters is growing! Thanks to all of the new supporters and special thanks to all you longtime loyal supporters! Our shared love of clean & healthy eating brought us together but it is your loyalty that keeps us together.
    We love sharing our adventures with you. What is more, we love hearing from you! Follow us on Facebook, Webpage , or Instagram for more gardening fun – from our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends,

Thank you to everyone who tuned in for our big announcement on Cyber Monday! If you missed it, don’t worry it’s still up on our Facebook page, so feel free to check it out.

As promised we want to speak to you this week about “no added hormones.”
So what does that even mean? Why would poultry be labeled as having no added hormones?

FACT: It’s illegal in the United States for poultry to be given hormones. Whenever these labels are placed on poultry, it is then required for them to say something to the effect of how the use of hormones isn’t allowed in poultry. There is usually a star or a marker for you to read and follow the fine print.

So why the label? Simply put, it’s because the public assumes that all grocery store meat is produced under the same guidelines. But that’s not the case. And there’s no getting around that part of it is marketing strategy. (edited)

I will be the first to tell you that before researching this we had our chickens labeled as steroid free, but as we became educated we realized this was not necessary because of the laws governing chicken in the United States.  

I know what else you’re thinking….why the super chickens? You know those whose legs are huge and the chicken breast is bigger than the entire chicken. It’s called confinement and targeted nutrition. Remember from our last post, chickens are omnivores. They will eat just about anything they can find or are given. Let’s illustrate it this way. If a chicken is housed with 20,000 of its friends, given a diet that mostly consists of genetically modified corn, and they don’t have much if any room to move around, they can be marketed and labeled as “vegetarian fed” with “no added hormones.” Is that what you want to eat and feed your family?!?! NOPE! That is not for us! I’m sure that that is not for any of you either, or else you wouldn’t be here!

In the end we just want you to be educated. Anyone can slaughter a chicken and sell it. They can use creative marketing that looks like something you want, but the facts are that not everything that looks good, is!

Since the Market pick up is on Thursday this week, we will be sitting this one out, but we hope you will read our blog next time when we will tackle what “cage free” labeling means. See you then.

Editors note, This is the poultry industry’s position on the issue if you wish to examine their take on hormone labeling.

FOOTNOTES

We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write marketatdothan@gmail.com.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!