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December 16, 2017 Market Newsletter



We are now open to accept orders
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
Order Pickup for this Week is Friday, Dec. 22
THIS IS THE LAST ORDER CYCLE FOR THIS YEAR

Waxing Nostalgic
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

2017 in Review

Traditionally all the year end tv specials that examine the year’s history takes place after Christmas and before New Years Day. Traditions though are subject to change. When you consider that we’ll see Easter decorations before the end of February and shake our heads yet again next August when Christmas decorations come out . . . you see where I’m going.

This has been quite a year for Market at Dothan. Your editor has been a part of this Market since a handful of farmers pitched tents every Friday morning in the employee parking lot at Dothan Nurseries. How many years has it been? I should know but I don’t! Somewhere in there the Market changed platforms to use the internet for online ordering which was pretty radical for the time. What I do know is that in 2015 our remaining founder was facing major life changes and in order for Market At Dothan to continue, management had to change hands. It was no small change and a rookie took over in January 2016.

Those of you who were with us then remember the shade tent on the other side of the property. We used coolers in the summer and the greenhouse in rain! Early January this year JD Boone mentioned in an email that he and the staff were looking at changing our pickup location. We had no idea what to expect and were thrilled late February when we moved into what is now “The Market Shed” (and yes, that’s our new location name!). Such a blessing! Maura fixed us up with cabinets and a fence and it’s still a lot of fun keeping it cute and inviting. We celebrated by adopting a logo of our very own.

Internal changes took place as well and on July 1 the Market began operating as an LLC. We really wanted to incorporate as a non-profit, but the time, resources and manpower needed to do that did not justify the benefits of going that route. Thankfully one of our customers (Thanks C!) is a super smart lawyer and set us up in a way that allows us to operate similar to a non profit.


The best changes have been our people. We’ve had the absolute BEST vendors and customer always and though growth has not been by leaps and bounds, it’s been steady and sustainable (there’s that word again!) as more committed growers and health conscious consumers have joined us. More growers has meant a wider variety of wholesome sustainable foods and we love the wide variety of wholesome meats, beautiful produce, etc. on our Market Page.

So yes, it’s been quite the year and we’ve loved every minute of it. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of it. YOU are the reason Market At Dothan exists and we love serving you.

MARKET CHITCHAT

Another Open House is in the history books now and a big Thank You to everyone came out. It was nice seeing old friends and making new friends. The hot cocoa with peppermint that Dothan Nurseries served wasn’t bad either!

If you didn’t see it above our team of volunteers has settled on a name. Our Dothan pickup location is now henceforth and forever more called “The Market Shed”. I’ve searched and searched my emails to see who sent it and . . . nothing. So it had to be verbal and I can’t remember for the life of me who suggested it. (APOLOGIES!) That’s why I like things in print. Please shoot me an email if it was you so I can get a $5 credit applied to your account.

Our Growers have been BUSY! Fresh, Local, Sustainable and YEAR ROUND food production means that something’s always happening on the farm. We hope our Grower Notes section is enjoyable and beneficial for you.

2017 Holiday Market Schedule
Order Online December 16 – December 19 for Pickup on Friday, December 22
Closed for Christmas Break
Weekly orders will resume on January 6, 2018


Wishing You


SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ! No, I’m not politically correct.  Praying blessings on each and every household involved with this market.  Dream big.  Go for it.  There is no failure…only learning what not to do.

Sugar Snap Peas really took a hit in the freeze. Thankfully I remembered to pick them all.  This will be the last ones till spring. Buy lots! Ha Ha

Satsuma are hanging in there. Will be offering a larger size so you can have lots to share over the holidays. These are great for juicing.

Portuguese Kale is coming along. Hopefully I’ll have enough to offer in the market. A chef I  know says it’s delicious!

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello market friends, We hope that you guys are enjoying the cool weather.  Here at Bain Home Gardens the cold means that there is less work in the garden.  However, that doesn’t mean that we are sitting idely! To the contrary, we have been quite busy! We are pleased to announce that we are currently filming and producing two new video series that will be featured on our Facebook page beginning in January.  One of these, Our Garden Adventures, will follow our family through the joys and pains of the modern home gardener.  In the other, From Our Garden to Your Table, we will explore new recipes and spice up some old ones with fresh produce from the garden.  If you haven’t already liked and followed our page, now would be a great time to do so & follow us as we bring quality produce from our family to yours!
Till next week!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARMS: Hello everyone! Our family had a great vacation this past week to Las Vegas. No….we’re not gamblers so we didn’t win any money or anything like that, but we actually went out to visit my oldest sister. I had not seen her in about 8 years since she visited us back in North Carolina so this visit was extremely special to me! I actually started writing this newsletter entry from the airplane, but missed the deadline. We were excited to get back home to Mr. Hawkins Homestead Farm. He had been holding down the fort for us. I’m very thankful for FaceTime which allowed me to check in on him and everything else.

So anyway in getting back to the topic of where all the eggs went. We talked before about molting so now we will talk about how shorter days after the bird’s laying cycle. Chickens require a lot of hours of daylight to be able to produce each egg. The figure is somewhere between 14-16 hours of sunlight. As you can imagine with the short days, eggs start to dwindle. Right now half of the birds are molting and the other half are being affected by colder temperatures and shorter days. For us this means ZERO eggs. We have had to buy eggs for the last couple of weeks. While we were in Las Vegas, I was told that there were 7 eggs laid, but when I came home they were nowhere to be found! Guess the egg monster must of eaten them or that was Mr. Hawkins Homestead Farm’s payment for doing all the work. Either way I was happy to hear that we got some eggs, but now all these hens are living rent free. They will have a lot to make up for as the days get longer. Some people use artificial lighting to keep their birds laying, but we believe in giving them a break and letting them go through their natural cycle.

In other news, we hatched 6 baby chicks this week out of the 8 eggs we set under our broody hen. We are always very excited to add new members to our flock. More chickens mean more eggs for everyone as they grow up and we all look forward to that.



HORTONS FARM One thing about honeybees is that they need minimal tending to during the cold winter months. As long as they were relatively robust going into the season and have ample food reserves, there’s very little reason to open the box, doing so in fact can harm or even kill a colony! We like to pick up the back of each hive every week or so to check the weight. This way we can tell when food reserves are getting low in which case we give them additional food so they don’t starve. I’m happy to say we seldom have to do this as one of our management principals is to leave the bees PLENTY of honey to see them through till spring.

MARY’S PEEPS: I just wanted to thank everyone who orders my products and have stuck with me thru my health problems. I’m still not 100% but I hope time and patience will help.  I appreciate all the prayers. I will be offering a few cakes for listing before Christmas so now is the time and first come first served. I hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed  Christmas with your family and friends. That’s what I’ll be doing. Christmas on the Hill in Echo, Al. Our little bit of heaven. MARY,S PEEPS,AND MARY’S BEES. MARY DALE PEEPLES

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
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 9, 2017 Market Newsletter



We are now open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
Orders Pickup for this Week is Friday, Dec. 15.

This Week’s Newsletter:
Here We Go Again!
Market Chitchat
Seasonal Growing
Grower Notes

TUESDAY OPEN HOUSE

Days like today . . . you either love them or you hate them, and your thoughts may well depend on whether you are indoors or out! As I type, the sky is clear bright blue, the wind is howling and it’s cold as blue blazes . . . at least this particular 44 degrees fells like it.

As you know, Open House did not take place last Thursday as originally planned. When everything was said and done, rescheduling was the absolute right thing to do! Thankfully it has not been canceled! We are looking forward to much nicer weather next TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 from 4-7 pm. It will still be chilly and require a jacket or sweater but the weather promises to be warmer and hospitable.

So that’s what’s going on with Open House. THANK YOU for your patience with all the ups and downs dealing with this cold front.


Who’s Who at Open House

This list has changed a bit so if you don’t see your favorite Vendor you can still ORDER from them
for pickup on Friday.
Company Product
Avalon Farms Fruits & Vegetables
Casablanca Farms Grass Fed Beef
D’s Jellies Local Gourmet Jellies
Hortons Farm Local Honey, Honey Products, CITRUS
Katies Good Kookies Artisinal Sugar Cookies
Lynn Koning Pottery Local Artist
Martin Teas Gourmet Tea Products
Mary Opiary Local Artist Crochet Products
Mayim Farms Local Organic Medicinals
Restoration Farms Fresh Microgreens & Vegetables
Richter Farms Pastured Heritage Pork
Simple Life Essential Oils
S’More Dessert Company Decadent Local Sweets
Working Cows Dairy Organic Dairy Products

MARKET CHITCHAT

Thank you to everyone who braved Friday’s nasty weather to pick up their orders. Some of you probably noticed that your “refrigerated” items were already bagged. It just made since as the weather felt like a refrigerator! Those of us working were most thankful for the little Coffee Bar inside the Nursery as the warm liquid refreshment was most helpful!

I thought we’d have a name for our pick up area to announce this week, but more names came in on Friday. We talked about them, then got so busy we forgot to settle on one! So its not too late to speak up if you think of anything. Just email to marketatdothan@gmail.com . We’ll try again!

Today is the first of two more order cycles for 2017. Individual schedules allowed us to “stay open” a bit longer this year which means you should be able (weather permitting!) to get FRESH greens and produce almost right up to Christmas.

And if you have not noticed, the Market is offering local seasonal citrus this year! A neighbor in Dothan is sharing his abundance and we are so glad because his fruit is so good!

2017 Holiday Market Schedule
OPEN HOUSE TUESDAY, DEC 12, 2017 4-7 pm
Order Online December 9 – December 11 for Pickup on Friday, December 15
Order Online December 16 – December 19 for Pickup on Friday, December 22
Closed for Christmas Break

Weekly orders will resume on January 6, 2018

SEASONAL GROWING

Today seemed like to good time to talk about cold and how it affects crops. Market At Dothan has been very blessed with beautiful and bountiful greens this year. Yesterday I saw several kinds of lettuce, chard, kale, collards and turnip greens come through . . . and brought some home too!

Farmers have dealt with the forces of nature for centuries and have employed many means to deal with it – everything from row covers to blankets and spraying water and in recent years the use of greenhouses and hoop houses. Even those are subject to the whims of nature. At one time Avalon Farms enjoyed the use of a hoop house . . . until a tornado came through. The Lolleys of Mayim Farms are engaged with Auburn developing cold tolerant Moringa Trees . . and hoping theirs survive. No doubt Danny has his hand built bed covers over the lettuce at his farm. We here at Horton’s farm have lost several citrus trees over the years despite drastic measures to keep them alive all the while hoping the cold will help the raspberries set fruit the next spring.

Now that we’ve got this cold front upon us all of our growers are hoping it doesn’t destroy the hard work they’ve put into their winter gardens. No doubt covers and protections are in place, but those things don’t guarantee plants will do well in harsh conditions.

Timing determines a lot of a plants ability to survive tough conditions. Young tender shoots don’t stand much of a chance in prolonged harsh conditions, whereas other plants actually thrive and become tastier on a bit of cold. I’ve heard many an old timer talk about frost making their collards better.

Variety plays a part in it too. While lettuce prefers cool weather , Danny of Danny’s Greens has elevated growing lettuce to nearly an art by careful selection of seasonal varieties. The seed for the winter varieties growing right now wouldn’t even germinate in June because of the soil temperature.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: One of our goats has learned a new trick…not in a good way. She’s discovered that the temporary fence we used to utilize some extra grass is NOT electrified. So she just politely rears up and sort of falls over it! Smarty pants. Another trip to Tractor Supply for electric fence tape. She loves kale, turnips and snap peas so free range goat near the market garden is a BAD idea.

“Hmm, this is electrified. Let’s try this other part.”


As far as the garden goes, we’ll  have to see what things look like after this freeze. Farming is so unpredictable.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello market friends, We hope this weblog finds you are yours warm & dry! This has been a difficult task over the last few days and we have concerns about how the garden will fair, especially since the lowest forecasted temperatures are yet to come! Although we didn’t get any snow, friends of ours, north of us in Grady, Al did get some. I made sure to express just how jealous we were!


As a side note, this is good time to make sure that those we love have adequate heating for the winter.  Sometimes our dear friends & loved ones suffer in silence so as to not be a bother. If everyone checks on someone, we should all be ok.

We hope to be sharing some new items with you this week! They have been tried and tested by our family and pass the “deliciousness test”! So look out for our tasty peas & salad blend 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
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!

Emergency Market Announcement



PICKUP WILL TAKE PLACE THIS FRIDAY AS USUAL


OPEN HOUSE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED


A Happy Announcement

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY

Remember last week when we said, “Right now the weather forecast is agreeable and our vendors are looking forward to seeing you and getting to know you better. We hope you’ll make plans to come and spend a little time hanging out with us and enjoying the prettiest place in Dothan at the Nursery!

That’s turning out to be a big foot in the mouth situation! Just a few minutes ago JD Boone of Dothan Nurseries had to make the call to move Open House because the weather forecast has changed since Saturday’s newsletter. Basically it’s going to be cold, wet and miserable . . . not very merry at all.


Our vendors are still looking forward to seeing you, but it will be next week as Open House is moved to TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 3-7 pm..

The upside is that it will give our Market People a wee bit more time to prepare. And with it being election day what better way to put another awful campaign behind us!

Plan To Come See Next Tuesday, December 12!

3 – 7 pm

Company Product
Avalon Farms Fruits & Vegetables
Casablanca Farms Grass Fed Beef
D’s Jellies Local Gourmet Jellies
Hortons Farm Local Honey & Honey Products
Lynn Koning Pottery Local Artist
Martin Teas Gourmet Tea Products
Mary Opiary Local Artist Crochet Products
Mary’s Peeps Lovin from the Oven
Mayim Farms Local Organic Medicinals
Restoration Farms Fresh Microgreens & Vegetables
Richter Farms Pastured Heritage Pork
Simple Life Essential Oils
Smith Farms Pastured Beef, Lamb & Eggs
S’More Dessert Company Decadent Local Sweets
Working Cows Dairy Organic Dairy Products

ENDING ON A HAPPY NOTE

If you are one of those frustrated people who have tried to post on our Facebook Page, this announcement is for YOU.

This week your not-so-web-savvy, struggles-with-html editor took the plunge and created a GROUP Facebook page where anybody can join and anybody can post. Market At Dothan is blessed to have wonderful people on both sides of the table willing to share their vast experience and vast knowledge. We hope you’ll take advantage of it as another resource in you quest to live healthy.

The actual web address is https://www.facebook.com/groups/MarketDiscussion/ and you may go there by clicking HERE.

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. 2, 2017 Market Newsletter Open House Edition



We are now open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm

This Week’s Newsletter:
VIP Schedule Change
The Rest of the Year
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

THURSDAY PICKUP THIS WEEK

Hopefully you’ve got your calendar marked for next Thursday, December 7, 2017 for this year’s Open House and Old Fashioned Christmas at Dothan Nurseries.

One of the values we hold dear is that our customers and growers know each other. Much of what we do almost seems non-personal as so much takes place online. We are so THANKFUL for our webmaster who started the Locally Grown system many years ago, but the REAL transacting is what takes place in real life – real farmers providing real, sustainable food to real people. The Open House events we participate in twice a year with Dothan Nurseries is a way to keep that face to face, person to person relationship alive and thriving. We want that because YOU are important and we want to serve you well.

That being said – Order Pickups take place this THURSDAY from 2 -3 pm in our regular spot. It has been set to this time because of the heavy traffic that will begin around 3pm when the carolers start singing and Dothan Nurseries starts serving up finger foods and punch. We don’t want our regular customers to be inconvenienced by having to park far away or have to deal with the many vehicles that will be coming through next to our location with the refrigerators.

There will be no Daleville Deliveries this week.

Right now the weather forecast is agreeable and our vendors are looking forward to seeing you and getting to know you better. We hope you’ll make plans to come and spend a little time hanging out with us and enjoying the prettiest place in Dothan at the Nursery!


Who’s Who at Open House

Company Product
Avalon Farms Fruits & Vegetables
Casablanca Farms Grass Fed Beef
D’s Jellies Local Gourmet Jellies
Hortons Farm Local Honey & Honey Products
Lynn Koning Pottery Local Artist
Martin Teas Gourmet Tea Products
Mary Opiary Local Artist Crochet Products
Mayim Farms Local Organic Medicinals
Restoration Farms Fresh Microgreens & Vegetables
Richter Farms Pastured Heritage Pork
Simple Life Essential Oils
Smith Farms Pastured Beef, Lamb & Eggs
S’More Dessert Company Decadent Local Sweets
Working Cows Dairy Organic Dairy Products

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

We don’t want you to be caught unprepared! Market at Dothan will be closed two weeks starting December 23. Below is our schedule for the remainder of the year and the beginning of 2018. Our hope and prayer is that each of you make blessed and peaceful memories during this season and are filled the knowledge that you are greatly loved.

2017 Holiday Market Schedule


Order Online December 2 – December 5 for Pickup on
THURSDAY, December 7 at Dothan Nurseries OPEN HOUSE



Order Online December 9 – December 11 for Pickup on Friday, December 15
Order Online December 16 – December 19 for Pickup on Friday, December 22
Closed for Christmas Break


Weekly orders will resume on January 6, 2018

MARKET CHITCHAT

Just wanted to send a hearty THANK YOU to the customers who hung out with us yesterday as we awaited the arrival of the last of the vegetables. We appreciate your patience and it was fun getting to know you a bit better!

Please note that Meyer Lemons have been added this week from a new grower called “Seasonal”. All kidding aside, for some time we’ve needed a listing for those individuals who meet our guidelines and only offer one crop per year (like the bulk blueberries in 2016). We’re happy to welcome T.L. and his great citrus products.

And we need your help – we need a name. Every week your editor cringes and struggles with the cumbersome phrase “Pickup Location” when there’s got to be something better to call the super cute area where our growers deliver and you come to get your orders every week. If you’ve got a suggestion email it to marketatdothan@gmail.com. We’ll run it by a panel of vendors and give a $5 credit to the person whose title is chosen.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: Looking forward to seeing everyone Thursday at the Christmas Open House. The weatherman says it’s going to be cold so break out those Christmas sweaters!! We’ll be offering samples of our jams as I’m sure others will be too!  So come on out and snack your way around the market.

Wanted to talk to you about the sugar snap peas. They will be available thru the market at least this next week. If it freezes this week (that weatherman again) I’m not sure what the impact will be on the baby peas. BUT the good news is if you keep them in the  refrigerator, sealed up they will keep fresh for a couple weeks. So buy lots while they are available! LOL


Picture notes: As you can see, the sugar snap peas are grown on a trellis to keep them off the ground. The material I am using is a plastic 6 × 6 inch mess. I used the same piece in the spring and hope to use it again next spring and beyond. Reusing it multiple times makes is affordable and sustainable. Keeping the pea vines off the ground makes for a more and better crop. Plus saves my back a little.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hey there market friends,
This week we want to share a family milestone. WE CANNED FOR THE FIRST TIME! Seems like such a simple thing but it’s honestly something I have been afraid of for a while. However, our family managed to end up with bunches of tangerines and had no idea what to do with them. After browsing the internet, I found a recipe on canning mandarin oranges which was interchangeable for basically any citrus. So we decided to give it a try. It was lots of fun and a family effort. The cans are still sitting on the counter for now just because seeing them makes me smile.


As we become more experienced with this new venture, we look forward to sharing and getting your feedback, & exchanging recipes & techniques. It’s a learning process and learning new things and ideas is one way we will continue to bring a quality product from our family to yours! Till next week…

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
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!

Nov. 25, 2017 Market Newsletter



We are now open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm

This Week’s Newsletter:
Mark Your Calendar!
Market Chitchat
Why No Eggs?
Grower Notes

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

It’s beginning to look a lot like . . . . well, you know.

We are so pleased to participate in the Annual Christmas Open House hosted by Dothan Nurseries every year. Hopefully you are on their mailing list or Facebook page and have your calendar marked for December 7, 2017 for this year’s Old Fashioned Christmas. The Festivities run from 3pm – 7pm.


From JD: Please join us for an old fashioned Christmas Open House. We’ll be serving up warm gingerbread and “adult” eggnog while you shop and enjoy our Christmas Carolers.

We’ll also have our full Farmers Market. All the vendors with fresh produce, honey, jams, jellies, meats, cheeses, and lots more. Don’t worry, we’ll have kid friendly snacks as well. So bring the whole family and don’t forget to invite your friends. Everyone is welcome.

As usual, we’ll be giving away prizes including some $100 gift cards.


VIP for Market Customers

  • Pickup takes place 2pm-3pm in our regular location.
  • No Daleville delivery this week (apologies!)
  • We will be set up in the open area next to the Butterfly House
  • LOTS of old and new Market Friends will be on hand – 15 so far!

MARKET CHITCHAT

What a delightful treat we had on our last pickup date when Carshenina Bain (Bain Home Gardens) joined Kathy (Kathy’s Cluckers) and Viki (Richter Farms) and Ros. If you’ve not met this dear lady yet we hope you get the opportunity. I’m sure it sometimes looks like chaos as we scurry together orders from coolers and refrigerators, but we actually have a lot of fun and love serving you!

As announced earlier this month, plans are in the works to have classes once a month starting in 2018. While there is a tentative list of topics we’re looking int,o what we really need to know is WHAT DO YOU WANT? So if there’s some aspect of healthy food preparation, preservation, medicinal, or even growing that interests you, please speak up as the whole purpose is to be a blessing to all involved.

MOLTING MADNESS

Thank you HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM!

So I know you guys having been reading all about chickens molting and hens on hiatus and you may be wondering what does all of that mean. More importantly, where are all the eggs?!?! Well we would like to help you out.

We have 24 hens. You would think that this means that we’re should be getting at least 2 dozen eggs per day right? Wrong! We actually never get that many in one day. The birds all lay at different times, days, and cycles. So needless to say, we are getting more layers for the Spring because we need more eggs. We had to buy eggs! My children are complaining because there are barely any eggs and my offline customers, like many of you are like what do you mean you have no eggs?!?!

So why? Let’s take Dottie for example. She is a Golden Laced Wyandotte. She used to be a beautiful chicken, but currently she is having a moment because she is going through a molt. Molting is when chickens shed their old feathers to grow new ones. This is a natural process that occurs in adult birds every year. It usually happens during late Summer or early Fall. During this time there are very little to no eggs. I can’t remember the last time Dottie was in the nesting box. Sadly, this process can last for months. Feathers are made of mostly protein, so we try to help the birds out by boosting up their protein in hopes that they can grow their beautiful feathers back quicker. They are already spoiled, but then I find myself buying specialty worms and treats high in protein. I liken it to having someone take care of you when you’re not feeling good. We all appreciate and need that! Speaking of protein, did you guys know that pumpkins are a wonderful source of proteins for chickens?!?! So if anyone wants to donate their used pumpkins instead of throwing them away…..we will take them!

Next time I will talk with you guys about how the sun and shorter days affect their laying cycle. So stay tuned.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: We are back from vacation. It is always great to get away, but it’s even better coming back home! The farm seems to have survived without us. LOL

New this week:


  • Satsuma oranges.  These are grown by my Dad. No sprays. I have to walk all the way across the pasture to get these. Hope you appreciate it. ?

  • Sugar snap peas are back! These bright green jewels brightened up our Thanksgiving plates.

  • Broccoli….cheese sauce with Working Cows cheese goes great.

  • Baby Goat….ok, she’s not for sale. She was kind enough to arrive a few days before we left. Awesome timing.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello Market Friends,
We missed you guys last week! We did take advantage of the off time to cultivate the ground for new planting as well as beginning the process of filling our raised beds. I read somewhere that in order to have continual harvests, one should be planting SOMETHING in the ground every 2 – 3 weeks.  Well it is a worthwhile goal and although we aren’t there yet, it is a work in progress.

Left: New Raised Beds. Right: Sir Francis of the Basford Family

We want to give a nice shout out of appreciation to Vicki of Richter Farms, Kathy of Kathy’s Churpers and of course Ros of Horton’s Farms. Thanks for teaching us the ropes of handling the pick-up on Friday mornings. It was a lot of fun getting to know other growers and the market customers! Thanks also to Dothan Nurseries for giving our junior gardeners,b Jarod & Thai some needed work experience while we were there. We had a special visitor that week that stole my heart, Mr. Francis of the Basford family. Please bring him back to visit us again!

If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying the smoked bacon and ground sausage of Richter Farms you are missing out! Mr. Bain Home Gardener has cooked them both of on Saturday mornings paired with eggs from Hawkins Homestead Farms & the reviews were great! We feel even better knowing the great care that these growers put into caring for their animals.  We will be permanent customers!  

Till next week, from our family to yours!

HORTONS FARM: We hope all of you had a blessed Thanksgiving. We had a different kind of Holiday here. With all the work (translated: MESS) going on we hauled food, fixins and guests down into the woods where we picnicked in the woods. It was so wonderful we’ll probably do it every year the weather cooperates.

MarketWise, we still have a good supply of yummy 2017 HONEY and are in the process of dressing up smaller sizes for affordable gifts and stocking stuffers. Don’t forget that lip balms and Fire Ant First Aid make welcome and appreciated “stuffers” as well.

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
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!

Nov. 18, 2017 Market At Dothan is CLOSED this Week


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Market At Dothan is CLOSED This Week

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

2017 Holiday Market Schedule


Closed This Week For Thanksgiving Holiday Break
Order Online November 25 – November 28 for Pickup on Friday, December 1
Order Online December 2 – December 5 for Pickup on
THURSDAY, December 7 at Dothan Nurseries OPEN HOUSE



Order Online December 9 – December 11 for Pickup on Friday, December 15
Order Online December 16 – December 19 for Pickup on Friday, December 22
Closed for Christmas Break


Weekly orders will resume on January 6, 2018


GROWER NOTES

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Market Friends,
How are you all? We sure hope this cool weather finds you warm and snuggly this beautiful evening.

Our okra plants WILL NOT DIE! We have been keeping a select few pods on the stalk to save seeds for next year but even the smaller plants just refuse to give up! This would not be issue if we were not cramped for space. So today they were pulled up with an assist by Mr. Duke. Here at Bain Home Gardens everyone earns their keep. Working together to bring home grown goodness from our family to yours!


HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Well guys, it’s happened. Fall is definitely upon us! The temperature is all over the place and it has definitely gotten cold at night. So cold in fact, that we turned our heat on at night for the first time last week. Of course with the weather changing, we want to make sure that everyone is taken care of so we’ve been checking to make sure our birds are snug outside in the big coop. We gave it a good scrubbing this past weekend and put some extra bedding in there to make sure everyone is nice and warm.

With the addition of cool weather and shorter days, the hens have gone on hiatus. Sad, but true. I will speak to you guys more about this in the next few weeks.

Thank you to everyone who tried out our basil pesto! We hope you enjoyed it. That was the last of our beautiful basil. For now we are concentrating on cool season vegetables, turning over beds, and saving seeds for next year.

HORTONS FARM: Some of you may know that we have been undergoing barn renovations in an effort to streamline the various things we do up here in beautiful Echo, AL. Today the Mr. and I mapped out a plan to include a combination kitchen/storage she-shed space for Ros. This means all the honey extraction, containers, pouring, storage, making candles, soaps, lip balms, creating new products, etc, etc, etc, can be moved OUT OF THE HOUSE. Hallelujah!

MARY’S PEEPS: I am so sorry for all the cancelled orders and not being there for all my customers in the past couple months, as I care for each and every one of you. It has been some bad times for me health wise. I have had some serious and difficult procedures, and only time will staighten them out. I keep hoping for thngs to go back to normal,  and God willing they will. Your prayers  are always welcome and appreciated. Thank you all and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Maybe 2018 will bring health and hope for a new year.  Mary Dale Peeples. (editor’s note: Please keep this dear lady in your prayers for health and healing!)

Richter Farms: Wishing all our wonderful customers-friends a Very Happy Thanksgiving! May you have a blessed time with family and friends! Love and hugs, Viki Richter

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!

Nov. 11, 2017 Market Newsletter



We are now open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm

This Week’s Newsletter:
Good Things To Come
Healthy Soil Essentials
Market Chitchat
You are Invited!

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

2017 Holiday Market Schedule
Order Online November 11 – November 14 for Pickup on Friday, November 17
Thanksgiving Holiday Break


Order Online November 25 – November 28 for Pickup on Friday, December 1
Order Online December 2 – December 5 for Pickup on
THURSDAY, December 7 at Dothan Nurseries OPEN HOUSE



Order Online December 9 – December 11 for Pickup on Friday, December 15
Order Online December 16 – December 19 for Pickup on Friday, December 22
Closed for Christmas Break


Weekly orders will resume on January 6, 2018


THE SCOOP ABOUT COMPOST

(editors note: THANK YOU Hawkins Homestead for this valuable information.!)

Let’s talk about compost. What exactly is it? Compost consists of vegetables, fruits, plant waste (banana peels), egg shells, fallen leaves, really almost any organic matter.

How do I start one? Got an old bin or can laying around? Well, start adding what you would normally throw away into it. Or just pick an unused corner of your yard and there you have it. Did you let those veggies sit around too long? Add it to the compost. Cooking eggs for breakfast? Save the shells and add those to your compost. Potato peels, cucumber skin, grass clippings, recyclable boxes, or cartons, manure (certain animals only), all great for your compost. They key is to have an equal balance of “green” fertilizer to “brown” fertilizer.  


What are the benefits of it? Compost is essential to organic gardening. When you think about the word sustainable, this is one major way that we do it.  We turn what grew from the soil, back into the soil. Healthy organic plants, start from healthy soil. Even if you don’t garden composting decreases waste and having less in the landfills is a win for everyone!

So try it for yourself or you can buy it from us. At Hawkins Homestead Farm, we raise chickens, grow produce, and make dirt!


MARKET CHITCHAT

It seems we always start this section with a THANK YOU! As we approach Thanksgiving season the more I think about it the more I see to be thankful for! In particular as I think about the Market this week I’m thankful for all our very excellent vendors, our amazing customers, and the patience and trust you show us every week.

That being said – THANK YOU to the Dothan folks who claimed their orders as early as possible on Friday and the Daleville folks who were kind enough to coordinate their schedule for Wendy’s absence. We hope you don’t mind doing it again this coming Friday as Ros will be doing the Daleville deliveries again.

Speaking of Wendy, Avalon Farms will be back after Thanksgiving. You’ve probably noticed other growers not listing recently – its a busy time of year! Mayim has things going on out of town, Restoration has things going on, and Mary’s Peeps continues to recover after a medical procedure. Those are just the ones I know about so if I missed mentioning anyone it was not intentional!

Today was the last of the Fall Farmer’s Market and while attendance was more sparse than previous, those of us there had a great time. Your editor even got to sit in on the Lean Bean Chef’s final class and it was EXCELLENT!

Be sure to note Christmas Open House on Dec. 7. . . can’t say too much just yet but it promises to be the best one yet!

Lastly . . . Thanks for your patience with this hasty newsletter!


2017 FOOD & FARM FORUM

The Food & Farm Forum is a statewide event that’s part-conference, part-fair, and part-reunion.  The Forum will consist of peer-to-peer, hands-on, and experiential learning, in the form of workshops, panel discussions, and breakout conversations, on topics ranging from herbal medicine and seed saving, to livestock production and farmers market management.
 
Approximately 200-250 farmers, gardeners, community leaders, and advocates for local and sustainable food, will convene for a weekend of “cross-pollinating” – swapping stories, ideas, and wisdom, with the shared goal of building a more robust and resilient agricultural system in Alabama.

Anyone who is interested is invited to attend; participants need not be existing members of ASAN’s network, and the Forum is designed to welcome people of all levels of skill and experience.
 
Parts of the Forum will be modeled after the folk tradition of the “bee,” in which community members come together to do shared work while also socializing, learning, and celebrating.  While participating in peer-to-peer discussion, participants may also be invited to shell peas, or crack pecans, or sew some stitches on a quilt.



LOCATION:  The Forum will be held at Camp McDowell (105 Delong Rd, Nauvoo, AL 35578), a summer camp owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, located in Winston County.  It is also home to the McDowell Environmental Center, the McDowell Farm School, and the Alabama Folk School.  Camp McDowell is roughly 1 hour from Birmingham, 


REGISTRATION AND LODGING:  The cost for adults is $80, which includes six high-quality locally sourced meals and all Forum programming.  Several options for on-site lodging (not included in registration) are available to accommodate different budgets.

Click here (then scroll to bottom) to reserve your spot today — registration deadline is Wednesday, November 22.  Certain lodging options are limited so early registration is encouraged!

 
___CHILDREN:  People of all ages are welcome at the Forum!  On-site child care will be provided, to make the event more accessible to people with children.  There are several different registration prices for younger participants.


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
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!

November 4, 2017 Market Newsletter



We are now open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm

This Week’s Newsletter:
Market Announcement
Foodie Travel Log
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

COMING IN 2018 . . .

Every once in a while a wild idea turns out great and its even better when you’re not the only one who notices.

Such was the case a few days ago when JD at Dothan Nurseries and Ros talked about the possibility of providing more informational classes in the coming year. Both Dothan Nurseries and Market at Dothan have appreciated the positive feedback about the Fall Food Festival Classes. And both have been thinking . . . "Why Stop??? So we’re not.


Next Saturday will wrap it up for 2017 with a presentation on Healthy Food Preservation at 9:30am and Healing Through Nutrition at 11:00am. We could not be more pleased to tell you that plans are in the work to offer more classes on more food (and maybe even gardening!) related topics in 2018. Stay tuned!


THE ULTIMATE COMFORT FOOD

Last week I mentioned something called “Poutine” that we saw on EVERY menu in EVERY restaurant we visited in Nova Scotia. If you’ve not looked it up and shook your head in disbelief yet . . . .

Poutine is ridiculously simple and the variations and twists on it are ENDLESS. Drum Roll Please . . .

French Fries
covered with shredded cheese

and covered again with brown gravy

There you have it. Poutine. We ordered it three times and each time it was a bit different. John’s Lunch admitted they added a bit of clove to their brown gravy. (I know, it was weird). The plate we shared at a local diner on Prince Edward Island included donair (more about that later). The last one was at an upscale restaurant and it was probably the best of the three. But it was still plain old poutine.

Since home I’ve been nosing around on ways to serve a healthy version of this. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

1. Bake your fresh cut potatoes to make your french fries. And you can substitute or include sweet potatoes. True, it’s not the tried and true, but hey, if all the Canooks have their own versions why can’t us southerners include our healthy sweet taters?
2. The old original recipe is reported to have been made with cheese curds. Haven’t saw them since Wisconson, but I saw one recipe trying to turn tofu into cheese curds for a healthy vegan version. That’s just blasphemy. Use a good organic cheese from Working Cows.
3. Brown Gravy . . . .there again . . . Those broth bones from Working Cows and Casablanca make a mighty fine beef stock that would make a mighty fine gravy.

I guess all that’s to say this – popular comfort foods don’t have to be bad for you. I do not deny that this one needs to be enjoyed in moderation due to the high caloric content, but at least now you know how you can prepare it to be delicious, nutritious and almost guilt free.


MARKET CHITCHAT

We hope you got outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather even if you weren’t able to join us for the third Fall Farmer’s Market. We’re very aware that the schedule change due to last week’s weather threw some of our folks off and this was a case where we just ran with what we had.

And we had FUN! The crowd was great, the classes were AWESOME, (at least that’s what we were told!) and it was great meeting new folks and getting to know others better. We hope you’ll make plans to drop in next Saturday on November 11 for the final Fall Market and classes.

Speaking of such – its confirmed now that Mrs. Melody won’t be able to teach Healthy Food Preservation, but she is sharing her lesson plan and prepping some of our other folks to share this topic. That being said, there may be one – there may be three or four teachers next week for Healthy Food Preservation, so if you were planning to be with us at 9:30 am, keep it on the calendar! We promise you won’t be disappointed.


Lastly . . . Our Heart. Susan Avello, aka the Lean Bean Chef, will be speaking about Healing through Nutrition at 11:am. This will be our last class of the year and perhaps the most important one of all. Market at Dothan exists to SERVE our community through providing Fresh, Local, Sustainable and Year Round produce. Knowing that the high quality foods our growers work hard to provide make a difference in the quality of people’s lives fuels our dedication to continue doing so. How you eat DOES affect your health, and Susan is the best qualified person in the area to share about that topic. If you are reading this and struggling yourself or know someone who is struggling, come.


THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: Excited to report the very first sugar snap pea blooms! So far, so good. Have not grown these in the fall before. Probably another month till harvest.

You’ll  notice my products are turned off as we are doing a little traveling. When the market starts up again after Thanksgiving we should have broccoli. Followed by a lull and then more broccoli.


Thank you all for traveling this road of sustainable farming with us. It certainly is a learning experience.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hey there market friends! What a beautiful week it has been! Unfortunately we hear that some of you have been unwell and we are so sorry to hear that. Know that we are all rooting for a speedy recovery for you.

At Bain Home Gardens, things have been super busy. From expanding garden beds to planning spring beds there never seems to be enough time! With the clock falling back tonight, we will be working even harder chasing the sun!

Let’s talk mustards, Red Giant mustards to be specific. These beautiful greens aren’t green totally green but boast a beautiful purplish-maroon tint on top of a green leaf. We are cooking ours tonight but you can find yours on the market as of today! We will be trying the recipe below courtesy of the Food network channel (a guilty pleasure at the Bain Home).


Sauteed Mustard Greens

Coat a large saute pan with olive oil and put on medium-high heat. Toss in the garlic cloves and a pinch of crushed red pepper. Cook the garlic until it becomes golden brown and is very aromatic. Remove the garlic and discard.

Add the mustard greens and season with salt, to taste. Cover and cook the greens until they are soft and wilted. Stir in the vinegar. Taste for seasoning and add salt, if needed. Transfer the greens to a serving bowl and serve.
For exact measurements go to: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/anne-burrell/sauteed-mustard-greens-recipe-1922016
If you have recipe that is tried and tested, scroll on over to our Facebook page and share it with us. From your family to ours and back again! See ya next week!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: Hello friends! Today we participated in our last Fall Farmers Market. We were set up next to Smith Farms. Their lamb is delicious! Last weekend, we had the pleasure of visiting Casablanca Ranch. Mr. Anderson and his family are such kind and giving people. It’s great getting to know other growers as well as our customers. We have very much enjoyed meeting everyone. There is still one more Market Day to go next weekend so don’t miss out on your chance to meet your growers.

We have some chicks hatching out this Monday so there won’t be chickens for a while to give these guys time to grow and fatten up. We will however continue to have eggs but as the days get shorter, our girls produce less eggs. Not to worry though because, we will be concentrating on hatching out more layers (hens we hope) for the Spring as well.

In our garden we are growing broccoli, collards, and cabbage. Not sure when everything will be ready but we will keep you guys posted. We are also busy saving and gathering seeds for the Spring as well. As always we thank you for allowing our family to feed yours and we appreciate you all!


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
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!

October 28 Market Newsletter



We are now open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm

This Week’s Newsletter:
Ros Ramblings
Farmer’s Market Schedule
Welcome New Vendor!
Food Travel Log
Wisdom From Bain Home Gardens

WHAT A WEEK!

A decision is what you have to make when a clear choice does not present itself.
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It is late Friday as I write (and all our growers immediately know I’m behind schedule!) and I just finished watching clouds roll in as the light faded and the temperature started dropping.

If you’ve been keeping up with this weeks numerous newsletters you know it’s been a roller coaster of a week for us here with Market at Dothan! On Wednesday we changed our Food Festival class schedule because of an situation that developed, and Thursday, after seeing that the weather forecast was not going to change and consulting with Dothan Nurseries, the on site Farmer’s Market that was scheduled for today changed as well. It was a no-brainer that any effort to get folks together to have a good time in pouring rain wasn’t a good idea.


So THANK YOU to everyone who as been patient and kind with all this! It is definitely an inconvenience for some, an annoyance to others and a few have voiced relief. It is entirely possible that by the time this newsletter goes out Mother Nature may have made fools of us all, but since we do respect powers beyond our control and the weatherman’s forecast, we’re playing it safe. The choice was clear.


WHAT LIES AHEAD . . .

We’re still going to have two more Farmer’s Markets and we’re still having all those awesome classes in our Market Pickup Area! The classes this far have been so well received and we’ve got such great reports back of folks being helped by them . . . that’s what it’s all about!!! So here’s the remaining Markets:

November 4, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
November 11, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
And yes, this is last week’s photo collection, but the the classes aren’t in the same order as the teachers.



1. Birdie Martin – Tea 101 at 9:30 on November 4.
2. Melody Forsythe-Jeschke – Healthy Food Preservation on at 9:30 am on November 11
3. Ros Horton – Kombucha on November 4 at 11:00am
4. Susan Avello – Healing Through Healthy Eating on Nov. 11 at 11:00am

We will keep you updated with additional information and (hopefully not) any changes on our Facebook page if need be.


WELCOME THE TREASURE BOX

If you have noticed something new and different in the Market listings then you’ve bumped into The Treasure Box already. Mandy and her soldier husband create all the designs in the handmade bracelets they offer through the Market. You can get to know them better by checking out our Grower page and their other websites.


FOR THE SEAFOOD LOVER

One of the things about traveling with a group is that sometimes you have to put aside your preferences for the good of the group. This was the case with the recent trip to Nova Scotia and PEI with my mom and sisters. So if confession is good for the soul this is my confession – I didn’t always eat the healthiest. When there was a good choice (like the hotel breakfast buffets), I chose the healthiest foods, but the rest of the time . . . .

We spent our first night in Dartmouth, just across the bridge from Halifax. It had been a tremendously long day and this bunch of women was HUNGRY. And hopeful to experience something different. One of my sisters found John’s Lunch & Pizza which appeared to be a local favorite.

As it turns out the menu wasn’t that different from our deep south seafood menus, but there were a few subtle differences . . . the glaring absence of catfish, lots of fresh haddock, digby scallops, and what in the world was that poutine thing listed with the sides?

We wound up getting poutine as our appetizer and splitting a couple of seafood platters. The haddock was AMAZING and the Digby Scallops . . . . oh my goodness! I’m sure I read in Hezekiah 84:17 that they will be served in heaven.

Seriously, this was a new revelation to us and it’s a good thing there were even numbers on the platters or war may have broke out at our table. It turns out that Digby is a beautiful seaside community in the southwestern part of Nova Scotia with a strong fishing industry and history. It is often named as “the Scallop Capital of the World”, because its’ scallop fishing fleet is the largest inshore scallop fleet in the world.


Wiki will tell you there’s no particular difference between the Digbys and any other scallops, but I don’t buy it. If given a chance, I will partake again! And if you like seafood and aren’t allergic, I hope you get the opportunity. You won’t be disappointed.


BAIN GARDEN WISDOM #3

This week we will be covering our third and final myth of this series. This weeks myth: I do not have time to garden! This one can be an real issue because gardening can take time and that is such a precious commodity in today’s society. If you have a desire to garden but are short on time, try applying these helpful tips:

KEEP IT SMALL! So you won’t have rows and rows of peas and carrots but that’s okay! If those peas and carrots are overrun by weeds of what benefit would it be to you and your family? Truthfully a 10×10 plot is as big as you want to go if time is an issue. This will limit how much weeding, watering and other maintenance is needed. Less work = less time!

PLANT IN POTS. Notice a theme here. Yes this has appeared in our myth buster series again! Why? Because planting in pots is awesome!!! So many things are adaptable to pots: tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, radish, spinach etc. Make sure you use a well draining potting mix with some composted material and guess what, you have eliminated the back breaking labor of weeding all together!

Raised Beds & Raised Raised Beds shown

PLANT IN RAISED BEDS. This is also a great way to limit your workload and save time but you must again use a well draining soil mix and composted material to feed your plants. It’s also important to line the bottom of your raised bed with some type of barrier between weeds and your newly acquired soil. Landscape fabric seems to be a favorite of many home gardeners.

RAISED RAISED BEDS. I cannot complete this series without mentioning these. These can be bought and assembled or built to your specific height specifications. What this means is no bending at all when watering, planting and harvesting. This is really a great option out there for people who have back issues, are disabled, or in a wheelchair. If you really want to garden there is a way!

The last Fall Food Festival we saw some of you loading up your vehicles with plants, pots and soil. We were so pleased to see some you taking the dive into home gardening. We like to think that these myth busters helped. Either way, Bain Home Gardens wishes you the best with your bug free, inexpensive time conscience garden. Please share with us on our Facebook page your gardens, pots, and raised beds!

Editor’s Note: Thank You C. Bain for all the work you put into this informative and encouraging series! If you would like to see the previous articles in this series you will find them in the Weblog section of the Market website.


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
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!

FARMERS MARKET CANCELLED THIS SATURDAY



OCT 28 MARKET RESCHEDULED


“The best laid plans of mice is men” is a quote adapted from a poem by the 18th century poet, Robert Burns. It is about a mouse which carefully builds a winter nest in a wheat field, only for it to be destroyed by a ploughman.

Mother Nature is our ploughman this week. First JD at Dothan Nurseries, then myself kept a watchful eye on Saturday’s forecast and today a decision was reached because

it’s supposed to be nasty.

We didn’t figure you would want to come out in the wind and rain and sure don’t relish the idea of our awesome farmers and vendors sitting outside cold and lonely while their beautiful produce and goods get ruined because the weather is bad.

We’re sad to make this announcement but the upside is that both the Farmer’s Market and the Classes are moved to November 4, and followed by that we’ll have our last scheduled Farmer’s Market/Food Classes on November 11.

AGAIN, Thank you for your Understanding and We Look Forward to Seeing You
on Nov. 4 and Nov. 11!


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
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!