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August 12, 2017 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
Meet the Lean Bean Chef!
Market Chitchat
Food Festival Update
Grower Notes


WHY EAT SUSTAINABLE

Sustainable eating is about choosing foods that are healthful to our environment AND our bodies. It’s about nourishing ourselves wholly and completely. Providing pleasure but preserving the food system for the future. It leads to healthy, thriving, individuals and communities, as well as a better, more balanced ecosystem.

I am a raving fan of eating sustainable. Not only do I practice it myself, but I provide sustainable, whole ingredients in what I prepare for my clients. Being a part of the Market at Dothan and the local farming community is such a vital part of what I do and who I am as an individual, business owner, and a citizen of the Wiregrass area.

I anxiously look forward to picking up my weekly finds and preparing my recipes for the week both for myself and for my clients. And knowing that I’m not only providing the freshest and best ingredients to my clients but realizing I’m a part of something bigger (the entire process – from the farm to the market – to my kitchen – to my client) is huge!

Here is one of my favorite recipes from items purchased from our growers. I hope you enjoy. And if you make it, find me online and tag me. I’d love to see your photos. You can find me @susanavello on Instagram. Or at Lean Bean Chef on Facebook. Enjoy! And thanks for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful community!



ZUCCHINI RIBBON PASTA (Raw/Gluten-Free/Vegetarian)

Ingredients:
Zucchini (3 – 4 medium)
Pesto (Basil, Parsley, Pine Nuts, EVO, Parmesan)
Grape tomatoes
Sunflower Seeds
Shaved Parmesan

Use a veggie peeler to make the zucchini into ribbons until you get down to the seeds, then use the other side. Discard the seeds. Combine your basil, parsley, pine nuts, EVO, parmesan into the processor and blend. Toss the pesto with the zucchini gently. Add your tomatoes, seeds and parmesan.

Susan Avello is a Personal Chef with Lean Bean Chef Personal Chef Service in the Dothan, AL area, providing Healthy Options in Meal Prep, Meal Planning, Cooking Classes, Dinner Parties, and Education, and specializing in Gluten-free, Paleo, Vegan, Raw and Vegetarian Diets. Leanbeanchef.com.

MARKET CHITCHAT

While the weather is still miserable we thought we’d celebrate the DOG DAYS of summer on August 25. Any pooches that accompany their owners (on leashes please!) will get a natural doggie treat that day. We’re trying hard to get a celebrity pooch to visit as well. . . stay tuned, but do put it on your calendar!


THANK YOU Viki Richter for managing yesterday’s pickups!


Don’t forget to encourage any folks you know to start their orders this month before the Sept. 1 deadline for new customers. More info is available on our Question & Answer page.

One last bit of news . . . Market of Dothan is now listed on the Alabama Farmer Market Authority website! Like a square peg going into a round hole, they were unable to categorize us as a traditional market with tents everywhere (though we do that sometimes!), but have listed us on the CSA Page

FALL FOOD FESTIVAL UPDATE

Woo Hoo! Classes are starting to come together! So far we have four of eight classes scheduled with some marvelous teachers. We’ll do a shout out to them later but so far these are in the works and more will come!

Transitioning to Gluten Free / Water Keifer / Organic vs. Traditional Foods / Fermented Foods

If you’re just now reading up on this, we will be having a Fall Food Festival and Farmer’s Market starting on Sept. 30. It will be held four times through mid November on the following dates:

September 30
October 14
October 28
November 11


The Food Festival/Tent Market will be from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm each of these Saturdays and there will be two classes on healthy food and healthy food choices each week. We hope you’ll make plans to join us.

riday pickup will continue as normal giving regular customers first pickins without having to walk & shop.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: This week our focus is planting. We have been ordering organic seeds like crazy, turning over soil, adding compost, and planning half the garden with more summer crops, hoping to beat the first frost date while planning and starting seed trays for cooler season vegetables.

Autumn is my favorite season. I look forward to mild temperatures, turning leaves, and vegetables like sweet potatoes and collards. This year we are growing an heirloom sweet potato variety. It is called Molokai. It has purple flesh and is so tasty! No butter or sugar needed. We hope to offer this treat to all of you soon!


Have you guys tried Richter Farms rosemary?!? Rosemary is favorite around here and although we keep it in the spice cabinet, having it fresh is so much better. Also check out the organic ground beef from Working Cows Dairy! Grass fed beef is the best there is. We were actual customers of Working Cows before we knew they were on the market, so we are loving the convenience of grabbing it here! Why not grab a few onions from Avalon Farms? They offer both sweets and reds. Whatever you buy, we hope you enjoy and thank you from us and all our growers!

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!

August 5, 2017 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
Bee Buzz
Market Chitchat
Coming This Fall!
Grower Notes


THE BUZZ ON BEE PRODUCTS

Honey: This sweet, golden syrup is produced from the nectar collected by the bees from flower blossoms. In order to make one pound of honey, 70,000 loads of nectar are needed, and a healthy active hive can make up to 300 pounds of honey per season. Nectar mixed with healthy bee enzymes is transferred by worker bees into honeycomb cells where it becomes thick as the bees band together and fan it with their wings. Once the moisture content is low enough that it won’t spoil the honey is sealed within the comb. It will keep for years, acting as a food source for the hive during the winter months. Honey has protein from pollen and contains several types of vitamins. It is a balanced sugar made up of fructose, glucose, sucrose and minor higher sugars, therefore providing a safe, healthy energy boost.

Beeswax: The magic of beeswax begins in the field, where honeybees collect pollen and nectar from flowers. Next, each load of nectar is passed from field bees to hive bees, which are younger and more efficient at producing wax. After the wax is made through a complex digestive process, it is used as building material for the combs. Each chamber in the comb is hexagonal in shape, which is a marvel of engineering that efficiently utilizes the smallest amount of wax needed for strength in design and volume of honey stored. Beekeepers build and supply frames for their bees to build combs that are easy to remove and extract honey and wax from. 

Please read THIS excellent article to learn how beeswax candles clean the air.

Bee Pollen: Honeybees, who are responsible for pollinating 80% of plants, fly from plant to plant collecting sticky pollen and storing it in “baskets” found on their legs. This type of pollen is not the dry form that is mainly responsible for allergic reactions. Rather, it is a major food source for the colony, and when eaten by humans it has many benefits because it is rich in amino acids and high in vitamins. Bee pollen speeds healing, revitalizes the body, and protects cells from free radial damage, and it is especially beneficial to the reproductive, immune, and nervous systems. Scientific studies have even shown that people can subsist indefinitely on a diet consisting of only bee pollen and water!

Propolis: Derived from resinous, gummy substances brought by worker bees into the hive from buds, young shoots, or the bark of trees, propolis is used to strengthen the hive, to glue moveable parts, varnish interior walls, and protect from both temperature variations and intruders. This “bee shellac” is also a complete, live, raw food, and it contains many vitamins and acts as an antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. 

Royal Jelly: This creamy, white liquid is synthesized by worker bees exclusively for the nourishment and cultivation of the queen bee. Nurse bees ingest pollen and nectar, process it internally, and then secrete it from glands in their heads. All newborns are fed royal jelly for the first three days of their existence, at which point only a few are selected to serve as queens. Royal jelly is responsible for transforming a common bee into a queen, extending her longevity from six weeks to five years. The chemical make-up of royal jelly baffles scientists because of its highly complex compounds. Royal jelly has antibacterial, antiviral, antibiotic, tonic, nutritive, and anti-aging properties and is impossible to synthesize.

MARKET CHITCHAT

THANK YOU to Friday’s customers whose patient grace was so appreciated as we hauled lots of stuff out of the refrigerators and adjusted totals yesterday! And another huge THANK YOU to Mrs. Patty who saved the day earlier this summer as we would not have been able to keep everything cool without the little frige!


Viki will be managing pickups next Friday on August 11. Be sure to thank her for all her sweet help.

If you know someone considering trying Market at Dothan encourage them to do it this month! Starting Sept. 1, 2017 new customers will have one complimentary order from the Market, and after that they will be charged a yearly participation fee of $15.

One of the characteristics of being Fresh and Local is that we can’t guarantee we’ll have what you want
EVERY week, but our Market Page has a lot of useful features to navigate and find what you are interested in. If you don’t find it in a category or with a particular farmer (using the Display Options under the Categories) the search bar is glad to help!

FALL FOOD FESTIVAL & FARMERS MARKET

Last week we mentioned plans for an upcoming fall market, something fun to help celebrate the changing of the seasons and help our community. We’re going to have 4 bi-monthly Farmer’s Markets on Saturday Mornings starting September 30. The dates are as follows:

September 30
October 14
October 28
November 11



The normal Market pickup area will be used for talks, demonstrations, kids activities, etc. each week. If you have something “foodie” you would enjoy sharing, let us know! We have 8 time slots to fill with instruction and discussions about the foods and values we share in common as a sustainable community. There are so many people who would love to learn about healing through nutrition, organic vs. traditional food, keifer, kombucha, food preservation, transitioning to vegan or gluten free, fermented foods and the like. If you have experience with any of these topics and would like to participate, let us know! Even if you’re not an expert, you know more than the ordinary consumer. Often people have heard about these things and just need a nudge from someone with experience to take the next step.
So please mark your calendars and help spread the word! And if you’re up to taking the next step in your own journey toward helping others we’ll sign you up!

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: We want to say how grateful and happy we are that our chicken was such a success on the market last week! What an overwhelming response we had! Thank you to everyone who tried our chicken for the first time and also to those of you who came back for more! We have another flock that is about 3 weeks old now and growing up fast. We are also expecting another to hatch around August 7th so more chickens are on the way! We have set a goal to have chickens available every week that we hope to reach with these next two hatches. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Thank you to our egg customers and also to those that have tried our organic produce. We appreciate all of you!


Coming up soon to the market we will be posting our organic poinsettia peppers. These guys are extremely hot but if that’s how you like it then get ready for the spice. We have found these peppers are good for making your own hot sauce or even a hot sauce vinegar. They can also be used to make an organic garden spray for those buggers who like to feast on your produce you worked so hard to grow.

This week our family is purchasing honey from Horton’s Farms. Some of us suffer from allergies and having access to local honey is something we can’t be without. We also use it to make almond butter, homemade cough syrups, and as a sugar replacement. I encourage you to try it. Happy shopping!

MARY’S PEEPS: I know its been a little slim the past couple of weeks, but I had  family emergency in Georgia, so my Good friend Ros had to help me out last week, and this week I just didn’t list a lot because I wasn’t sure if I would have time to do orders. I guess you have noticed I have listed only pound cakes, the heat has been so bad I just hated to try and send frosted cakes in it. If anyone has a request for a frosted layer cake I would be very happy to do one, just send in a request to Ros and she will let me know, I will be adding my breads back, and many of the peppers and mint bundles you may need. The hens are a little slow laying right now, they have started their molt to ready them with a new coat for winter, During this time they may slow or even stop laying so I will list eggs as I get the larger quality ones you are used to getting.  I want to thank everyone who has ordered from me and I hope you have enjoyed my products. they are not just orders for me they are homemade items I enjoy doing, and I am proud of what I do.  I will be looking towards fall and adding new seasonal stuff. Any suggestions are welcome…..Thanks again….Mary Dale Peeples….Marys Peeps, Mary Bees 

MAYIM FARMS: Moringa – The fastest, easiest way to eat moringa leaves is raw. Part of the pleasure of eating Moringa, is that you know you are eating extreme nutrition. All of the research agrees – Moringa has superb health benefits. The leaves can be eaten as salad greens. They mix well with any other salad ingredients. They can also be cooked, as any other greens, or combined with barley, wheat, brown rice, wild rice, rye, buckwheat, spelt, corn, quinoa, millet, or amaranth. Use them creatively, you won’t be disappointed. Moringa leaves have a distinctive, delicious taste that’s all their own.
Don’t think of moringa like you are taking a supplement, think of moringa as a nutritious food that you can incorporate into your normal diet like any other vegetable or green.
Moringa is like a “vegetable tree,” loaded with health and beauty supporting vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, making it a true superfood in every sense of the word.

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!

July 29, 2017 Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
Know Your Chicken!
Slow Food Announcement
Market ChitChat
Grower Notes


HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR CHICKEN?

Eat better and be an educated consumer! We have found that some people don’t realize that most of the chicken you buy in the grocery store is raised in poor filthy living conditions. These birds are kept in tight spaces and force fed night and day. I’m sure that we all have seen those “super-birds” on the shelf. Our family raises chickens and even our biggest roosters don’t have breasts or wings that look like that. I have watched those truckloads of chickens being taken to the factory and thought wow there’s so many! That can’t be good. When we think about chicken houses, they are huge! Inside they house tens of thousands of birds at one time. Some become sick and are given antibiotics but it’s supposed to be ok with us as consumers, because the federal law mandates that chickens be free of antibiotics BEFORE they leave the farm. So let’s feed them more so the antibiotics will flush through their system faster….. right??? WRONG! The problem with this is that the farmers get paid for the final weight of the chickens. So all that really matters is how much weight they gained in the end.

(top photos)These pristine images are what the commercial industry wants you to think about the chicken you eat. The reality is not something you would want to view in a newsletter about food. (bottom photo) Remote locations like this are prized allover the south because of smell and pest problems associated with commercial chicken houses.

As you can imagine a lot of these chickens don’t make it, but they aren’t always cleaned up so the birds who survive end up feasting on dead birds. Chickens do eat other chickens! Once at the slaughterhouse they are washed with bleach and treated with chemicals, like chlorine, before being packaged and sold to us to eat. They are marketed and labeled as “all natural” or “vegetarian fed” but what does that really mean?!?! A diet of genetically modified soy and corn along with fillers plus some antibiotics on the side. They want us to eat this and sadly for years we have. The question that we should ask ourselves is this: Do we really want to continue to feed our family this way?!?? I’m sure the answer is no. Your health and theirs is too important! The fact is that we all have choices. We can choose to be aware of what we put in our mouths, we’re fed themselves. We can learn how the animals we eat were raised, treated, harvested, etc. We can ask questions and be informed consumers. I personally know someone who raises chickens and sells them and they are huge! I also know that he gives them the cheapest feed he can find in bulk and makes sure that they don’t ever run out. Just because someone owns a farm or raises chicken doesn’t mean they are fed well or even well cared for. We know that not everyone can or even wants to eat organically but it’s important to be aware and in control of what we eat. Food can be healing. We often become sick because what we ate was sick. Please don’t take our word for it. Research for yourselves and then decide. We are in no way saying that everyone who owns a chicken house or has a mass production poultry farm is bad. This post is about being informed and aware of those who are. Thank you for taking the time to read this information. It is our sincere hope that it helps us all to be better consumers. We want you to think about what you eat…..so be informed and choose better!

Rachel Hawkins of Hawkins Homestead

SLOW FOOD ANNOUNCEMENT

Note From Ros: Did you know that Market at Dothan has a “sister” market? Not long after Mayim Farm joined our awesome group of growers, the Lolley’s took on the task of providing the Enterprise/ Elba area the same type of healthy food choices you have. Please share the following information with anyone you know who could benefit!

“Slow Food Elba” and the greater “Slow Food Alabama” is a dream of ours,  Greg and Carole Lolley of Mayim Farm. We want to see everyone in these small towns scattered over the countryside in Alabama have access to good wholesome naturally grown foods without harmful chemicals. Most of these little towns only have maybe one or sometimes no grocery store at all. And if they do have a local grocery store the supply of organic produce is slim or none. You might say these are organic food deserts. We intend to change that by opening these markets throughout middle and lower Alabama. This will not only help the local residents but will also help the new and beginning farmers with new markets. It’s a win win for all. More exciting news is coming soon with the kickoff of “Slow Food Alabama” in Fall of 2017. Slow Food Elba is currently serving Elba and Enterprise with drop point locations at the Just Folk Coffeehouse in Elba and the Boldly Going Coffee Shop in Enterprise. Know anyone one in these areas, pass the word…www.slowfoodelba.com.”

MARKET CHIT-CHAT

We hope everyone who came by on Friday enjoyed the chocolate from Haiti, and many thanks to the ladies (you know who you are!) who donated to the ongoing effort to help the farmers of Petit Trou de Nippes. There are three more blocks of chocolate listed on the Market if anyone is interested in cooking with this unique product. All monies will go to the farmers. The samples will be available at Market on Fridays till they are all gone.


That smoke you may be smelling is your market vendors BRAINSTORMING about putting together a Fall Farmer’s Market. We’re not talking about online pre-orders, we’re talking about real tents with our very real farmers selling directly to you! We can’t promise any vintage blue pickup trucks, but we do promise this will be FUN! Stay tuned!

Don’t miss the note from SANDSPUR FARMS in the grower notes!

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

MAYIM FARMS: Never had shishito peppers? You need to get them right now!

Shishito peppers generally are served as a starter or as a side, often heaped in a bowl and munched. And the prep couldn’t be easier. They are cooked whole, usually with a splash of oil and just enough time in the skillet to lightly brown in spots. Seasonings can be whatever you like, though coarse salt is a must.
In addition to having a wonderfully addictive flavor — the trinity of oil, salt and a gentle roasting helps here — shishito peppers are perfect for summer. They generally are shared, making them perfect for a backyard barbecue. Because they cook quickly and do well in  intense heat, they adapt perfectly to the grill!


Shishito Peppers in Soy Ginger Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Ingredients
1/2 lb shishito peppers
1/8 cup soy sauce
1/2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 lime (juiced)
1/2 tsp fresh ginger (zested)
1/8 cup panko breadcrumbs (optional topping)
Instructions
Sauté the shishito peppers over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
Whisk the other ingredients together in a small bowl to form the sauce.
Pour the sauce over the shishito peppers.
Cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until peppers are tender.
Toast the breadcrumbs in a skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.
Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top of the shishito peppers and serve.

SANDSPUR FARMS: Good afternoon to all. By now I’m sure you’re wondering where Sandspur Farms has been. We are taking a summer break. The rain we had a few months back destroyed most of our crops by either too much rain or wind or combination. I have also started a new career in addition to farming. We will be back soon with fall and winter veggies, more beef & pork. Our farm store is almost finished. We just need to finish the inside now and put the new gates up. Stay cool and stay happy and we’ll see you soon. If you’re ever down our way be sure and give me a shout. 

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!

July 22, 2017 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
Christmas in July
A Sad Announcement
Market ChitChat
Grower Notes


I realize it’s too hot to go caroling. Even if anyone did travel north they wouldn’t see snow unless they kept going at the Canadian border. The only person I know who keeps a tree up year round still has Easter decorations on it. But we can still celebrate Christmas. It is after all traditionally the birth of Christ which we can rejoice about every day, and while society has many cultural things tied to it, there are two that can’t be denied: Chocolate and Charity.

Last October Hurricane Matthew left widespread devastation to the island country of Haiti. Many of you may remember that a few weeks later we partnered with the Bourret family to help a sustainable farming village get back on its feet. Thanks to your efforts and generosity, we raised enough money to fund a much needed tree nursery. Many smaller donations have been made to them since.


The Bourret’s have shared some of the island’s bounty in the form of dark exotic chocolate and . . . (drum roll please!) there will be samples at the Market next Friday for any and all. Any Chocolate that is left over will be available for purchase the following week with funds doing directly to Haiti.

And . . . (you knew this was coming!) a box for donations will be available to help the farmers in the village of Petit Trou de Nippes rebuild. Trees that grow tropical fruits, cacao and coffee beans don’t grow back in a year and rebuilding the village infrastructure is an ongoing project.

Even if you don’t place a Market order this week feel free to stop by to try a sample and send wishes of Peace on Earth, Good Will toward Men to our island neighbors. We’d love to see you! Even if the amount is small any donation will help fellow farmers who are trying to make a difference in their community.

A SAD ANNOUNCEMENT

Sometimes being committed to excellence has a downside. Such is the case this week when a determination was made by the Department of Revenue that sales through Market at Dothan were taxable.

With around 300 Locally Grown websites across the US, it is both sad and most unfortunate that Alabama is the first state to do this, but our tax code was written long before the Market existed and is not likely to change anytime soon.

So of course we’re going to do the right thing! Starting this week your shopping cart will show Sales Tax on the items you purchase. Please know that we have every intention of looking for a way to work within the existing ALDOR rules and guidelines to find a way to eliminate this additional burden to our customers.

MARKET CHIT-CHAT

#marketatdothan

This hashtag originated with a couple of great customers, LaChelle B. and Katherine J. Us older folks are a bit slow learning about such things BUT, we are learning! Market At Dothan has utilized a Facebook page for some time that we’ve used for announcements, reminders and fun posts in general, but now we have an Instagram account too and ask you to share the fun and photos. It’s very young so there’s not a whole lot. We have tried to include behind the scenes Market shots, food shots, and fun things in general. We invite you to share your Market experience, your delish dishes and your passion for clean eating and clean living with the hashtag.


Aren’t these lovely? Last week we announed that Karen of To Work With My Hands, will be doing another live video on the Hometalk Facebook page. Well . . . this is what she’ll be teaching viewers to make! It was just too pretty not to share. The Hometalk Facebook page can be found here and the live feed will start at 12pm.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: Happy to say some squash are back. Only listed a few as the armyworms have discovered them. Have to stay on top of those voracious eaters. Thankfully Bt doesn’t harm anything but worms as it’s tough to get outside and spray before the pollinators are working when it’s daylight at 5am.

This is how MANY Market vegetables start out.

Working to get and stay organized with cool weather crops. So many steps involved in getting these products to you. Research,  select and procure seeds. (Ooh, that sounds interesting! Get some of those.) Start transplants or direct seed? How many? Where to plant? Create better labeling scheme. (Tomatoes got mixed up. I wasn’t sure what anything was till they started making. Bad farmer!) Make a plan. Follow through with plan. Trust God to bring the harvest.

DANNY’S GREENS: Thank you to everyone who purchased the small supply of lettuce the heat is allowing us to harvest. We seem to be throwing more away than is consumer worthy, but at least the compost it produces goes back to make the soil rich and fertile. There won’t be any available this week and please know that we are giving the beds lots of TLS till nature is kinder and lets it grow stronger and faster.

HORTONS FARM: Thank you to our faithful egg customers! We’ve had to decrease the number of eggs we normally offer as 1) Chickens aren’t particularly fond of the heat and 2) Our older layers are no longer laying. We plan to start raising more when the weather cools to hopefully be up and laying come spring.

SMITH FARMS: Thank you for last week’s beef and lamb purchases. We are sometimes at the mercy of our butcher on how soon we can replenish inventory. Thank you for your understanding.

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

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!

July 15 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
Beat the Heat
In Season
Market ChitChat
Grower Notes

BEAT THE HEAT

It’s July. It’s hot as blue blazes, and unless you’re a first year resident you know that it will be hot like this through August and into September. As a young woman I used to tell myself “only ‘x’ number of weeks till the nights start cooling down.” I’m afraid it’s a little early for that, and thankfully things like Christmas in July, Back to School Sales (and tax free weekend) can help get our minds off it a little.

The National Safety Counsel recognizes heat exposure as a cause of death and the CDC recorded 7,233 heat related deaths between 1999 – 2009. That being said, what follows is a smattering of food and non food ideas that may or may not be useful. All are offered in the spirit of wishing you safety, cool, comfort and joy (opps on the Christmas reference!) for the remainder of the summer!

Ok, the photo quality isn’t the best, but the idea IS! Cut up dollar store sponges, tie with ponytail holders,
provide a few pails with ice water and INSTANT PARTY for kiddos of all ages! Guaranteed cooling.


“In the summer, cooling foods like watermelon can act like internal A/C, while in the winter,
warming foods like meat, spices, and root vegetables can act like an internal space heater.” from Men’s Fitness.



”Wash clothes in cold water and air dry in front of a fan. This tip works the same as placing
a tray or bowl of ice water in front of a fan to increase the chill factor."
Who would have thought this advice from the Multiple Sclerosis Association actually described a Swamp Cooler!


TWO WORDS: FROZEN GRAPES



”Try storing lotions or cosmetic toners in the refrigerator to use on hot, overtired feet”
is one of 15 “stay cool” suggestions from Medicine Net.

IN SEASON

“Here’s another good idea for you. As you know, with me trying so hard to stay off processed foods I’m always searching for new ideas. I love cooking with those canned rotel style tomatoes and decided to make my own. I used Restoration Gardens tomatoes, Avalon Farms Kinston onions and Mariachi peppers as well as the Soshito peppers I bought from Mayim Farm. I chopped the onions and peppers, carefully removing the seeds, and then scalded, skinned and diced the tomatoes. I filled each pint jar with 2 TBS pepper mixture and 1/4 cup onions. Put these this into the jar first so it will be at the bottom. Add the diced tomatoes and 1/2 TSP salt. Add the canning flat and ring and process in a boiling water bath for 35 minutes.


Yowza! A little spicy but oh so very good. The blend of the 2 peppers gives it a very unique taste. You can use less, or more peppers, to suit your individual taste.

I like using a jar as a base for chili or substitute in one to zip up my spaghetti sauce. My hubby ate one jar like a dip with tortilla chips.”

Happy munching,
Melody

MARKET CHIT-CHAT

We appreciate the effort everyone made to pick up their orders a little earlier on Friday. We were able to wrap things up and get out of the heat a little earlier because of it. A huge THANK YOU to Viki (Richter Farms) and Kathy (Kathy’s Churpers) whose assistance makes your wait brief and whose company makes the Market oh so enjoyable!


For those of you who follow To Work With My Hands, Karen has another Facebook Live Hometalk video demonstration scheduled for July 25! You can catch a sneak peek at what she will be doing on her webpage.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: Just received my latest seed order. It’s truly Christmas in July…big box comes in the mail with all kinds of goodies inside. Now I’ve got to get working on those seedbeds and transplants. It’s hard to think about cool weather plants when it feels like 112 outside.

Will have more squash in a few weeks. Latest planting has its first couple of blooms. The previous planting succumbed to the mildew from all the rain.

Hope you are all enjoying your summer….school will be starting soon. (All the moms say Yay!)

D’S JELLIES D’s Hot Pepper Jelly is now available! Jalapeno, Sweet Banana, Cayenne, and Bell Peppers have matured and are beautiful shades of yellow/gold, orange, and red. D’s Hot Pepper Jelly gets its color from the colors of the peppers that are used to make it. The flavor is a wonderful blend of the peppers. Sweet with a hint of heat! Just right on a Ritz Cracker with cream cheese. So good!

Redneck Caviar, or Cowboy Caviar as some call it, is one of those hearty COOL salads
that are versatile enough that it can be made with fresh or canned ingredients.


HAWKINS HOMESTEAD Finally! These chickens have grown up and are ready for harvesting. We will be offering our fresh organic whole chickens this week. Organically raised and fed from hatch to harvest! You will be getting one whole bird, fresh, tender, and ready to cook!

DANNY’S GREENS: The lettuce greens are growing real slow because of the heat so we don’t have a whole lot listed this week. We expect it to be this way till the weather starts cooling down a bit. Thanks for your support and understanding.

HORTONS FARM: Four Packs of Fire Ant First are relisted. If you work or play outdoors this is a summertime MUST for all insect bites. The four packs make it easy to keep one by the back door, one in the purse, one in the medicine cabinet, and one for the husband or child’s pocket.

SMITH FARMS: Lamb is back!!

WORKING COWS DAIRY: Last week we relisted out products after being on vacation in Holland. Thank you to everyone who tried our organic yogurt. We just started listing buttermilk too in addition to our organic beef products and Rinsk’es Cheese. Thank you for your support of our family farm. We are Alabama’s ONLY Organic Dairy and the long journey it took to get here ensures that you get the highest quality dairy products available anywhere.

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

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!

July 8, 2017 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
From our Customers
Market ChitChat
Grower Notes

MORINGA OLEIFERA: TRULY A “MIRACLE” TREE

(No doubt many of you scratched your head when you saw a recent listing for Fresh Moringa Leaves. Fortunately for all of us Patty D. is very familiar with them and has graciously researched the following as well as sharing a bit of her own amazing story. THANK YOU PATTY!)

The Moringa tree can meet all your nutritional needs, take the place pharmaceuticals and even purify your water.  For centuries, the natives of northern India and many parts of Africa have known of the many benefits of Moringa oleifera, also known as the clarifier tree, horseradish tree and drumstick tree (referring to the large drumstick shaped pods).  In East Africa it is called "mother’s best friend”. Native only to the foothills of the Himalayas, it is now widely cultivated in Africa, Central and South America, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia and the Philippines. It is little known in the western world and only recently have people begun trying to grow it in the US. This miracle tree is now being grown by our very own Greg and Carole Lolley of Mayim Farms. There are hundreds of uses for this tree as every part of it can be used.


The immature pods are the most widely used part of the tree and contain all essential amino acids along with many vitamins and other nutrients.  The immature pod can be eaten raw or cooked while the mature pods are usually fried and and said to taste somewhat like peanuts. The pods also yield an edible oil known as Ben Oil. This oil is clear, sweet and odorless, and never becomes rancid. Nutritionally, it most resembles olive oil.  The root has been used as a substitute for horseradish but safety is questionable due to the presence of a toxic alkaloid (moriginine) a potent fungicid, pterygospermin, and a bacteriocide, spirochin.  While less toxic if the bark of the root is completely removed, excessive consumption of the root can be toxic so it is best to avoid the root altogether.  The leaves are eaten as greens, in salads, in vegetable curries, as pickles and for seasoning. Leaves and young branches are relished by livestock. The bark can be used for tanning and also yields a coarse fiber. The flowers, which must be cooked, are eaten either mixed with other foods or fried in batter and are rich in calcium and potassium.

The leaves contain significant quantities of vitamins A, B and C, calcium, iron and protein. According to Optima of Africa, Ltd., a group that has been working with the tree in Tanzania, "25 grams daily of Moringa leaf powder will give a child the following amounts of recommended daily allowances: Protein 42%, Calcium 125%, Magnesium 61%, Potassium 41%, Iron 71%, Vitamin A 272%, and Vitamin C 22%.  Gram for gram, Moringa leaves contain: SEVEN times the vitamin C in oranges, FOUR times the Calcium in milk, FOUR times the vitamin A in carrots, TWO times the protein in milk and THREE times the Potassium in bananas. The leaves are readily available even when other sources of nutrition are scarce and the powder can be stored for months without refrigeration with no loss of nutrients. The Moringa tree offers hope nutritionally, medicinally and economically to the extremely poor 3rd world countries. In the Western world, it is coming into use in supplement forms.


India’s ancient tradition of Ayurveda says the leaves of the Moringa tree prevent 300 diseases. While most medicinal uses of the tree are anecdotal and little research has been done, there is no question about the antibiotic potential.  Although human trials (random, placebo controlled) are lacking, many countries use all parts of the tree to treat internal and skin infections. Several compounds have been identified and proven effective in vitro (in a petri dish).  Research also supports the Moringa’s role in treating cancer, but again, human trials are lacking.  Other medicinal benefits of Moringa include the ability to lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation. Again, these claims are based on anecdotal evidence over centuries of use and animal studies.

Once the oil has been extracted from the pods, there is a seed cake left.  This is as effective as as aluminum sulphate (alum) in removing suspended solids from turbid water and is non-toxic, contrary to aluminum.  This has major potential in the treatment of waste water also.  Unlike aluminum, this can be produced locally generating employment and income.  Currently there are ongoing studies and projects being done to examine this potential.  Truly a “miracle tree”!

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Sources:
*Ramachandran,C., Peter,K.V. and Gopalakrishnan,P.K., 1980, Drumstick (Moringa oleifera): A multipurpose Indian Vegetable. Economic Botany, 34 (3) pp276-283.
*http://peacecorps.mtu.edu/resources/studentprojects/moringa.htm
*http://www.tfljournal.org/article.php/20051201124931586
*Meitzner and Price (Amaranth to Zai Holes: Ideas for Growing Food Under Difficult Conditions,?ECHO, 1996),
*http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/cv/wedc/papers/20/sessioni/sutherla.pdf

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“In 2007, due to a complication of low back surgery, I was in a wheelchair and could only walk around my house with a cane and hanging on to furniture . I was on nearly 30 medications including morphine and antidepressants.. When the neurosurgeon bluntly told me to “take the morphine, get in the wheelchair and learn to live with it” , I knew my life had to change.  Prayer led me to a chiropractor and from there to a clean, whole food diet.  Within 6 months, I was out of the wheelchair and off over 20 medications including the morphine and psychotropics. I lost 80 lbs over several years.  I am now nearly fanatical about healing through the use of real food and natural remedies and do everything I can to avoid doctors.  I spent over 30 years in conventional medicine in pharmacy and as an RN." Patty D.

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(Please do not republish this article without permission from the author,  Contact information may be requested by email from marketatdothan@gmail.com)

Lastly: A new recipe featuring Moringa has been added to the recipe section.

Market ChitChat

Thank you to everyone who braved the heat picking up your Market orders yesterday. We totally get why some of you prefer coming early and as much as we love what we do, are thankful when we can pack up and get going this time of year! Early is fine with us as you don’t mind visiting while your order arrives! Please know that we go to great lengths to keep your produce fresh year round, and particularly in these hot months.


Also, we appreciate that so many of you remembered to make your checks to Market at Dothan.

In case you miss it below, Mayim Farms will be featured on “Focus at Four” Wtvy/Wrgx next Friday, July 14 2017 at 4pm.

By way of a brief announcement, next week we will have a photo section with some fun ideas to beat the heat!

This Week’s Grower Notes

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

Big shoutout to Restoration Gardens for their healthy melons!

AVALON FARMS: We are very sad to say that the blackberries are done for this year.
But we are excited that winter vegetable seeds will be starting to go in this week. I’ve really enjoyed making our winter seed order….so many interesting things to try! If you have a favorite to request give me a shout asap. Journeys are always more fun shared with friends.

Our garlic harvest is done and available in the market. Garlic can be a pain to peel. But then I discovered Silicone Garlic Peelers! Just Google “Silicone Garlic Peeler” and you’ll find them available everywhere. So easy to use and cheap too.

DANNY’S GREENS: The summer lettuces took a hit from the sudden heat and we’re giving them a week to recoup and don’t have them listed this week. Thanks for your understanding.

HORTONS FARM: Four Packs of Fire Ant First aid have been relisted. If you work or play outdoors this is a summertime MUST for all insect bites.

MAYIM FARMS: Fresh Moringa leaves now on the market.
From the pen of our own Patty D. ……“These leaves are a powerhouse of nutritional value. Gram for gram, Moringa leaves contain: SEVEN times the vitamin C in oranges, FOUR times the Calcium in milk, FOUR times the vitamin A in carrots, TWO times the protein in milk and THREE times the Potassium in bananas. Protein 42%, Calcium 125%, Magnesium 61%, Potassium 41%, Iron 71%, Vitamin A 272%, and Vitamin C 22%. These numbers are particularly astounding! This tree is truly a “miracle” tree offering hope; nutritionally, medicinally and economically to devastatingly poor 3rd world countries. It has just recently begun being used fresh and as a supplement in a juice form and in powdered leaf tablets.”

Watch for us on “Focus at Four” Wtvy/Wrgx on July 14 2017 at 4pm

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

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!

July 1 Market Special Announcement


A Note from Ros
Its In the Bag
Market ChitChat
This Week’s Grower Notes

A Tiny Big Announcement

If your eye didn’t catch it there is a slight change to our header this week- three little letters that mean good things for Market at Dothan.

As of today, July 1, 2017, Market at Dothan is now Market at Dothan LLC, a fully legal entity complete with it’s own business license and checking account! Incorporating the Market’s business structure was no small decision and was not made without input from a lot of wise people. If you’re reading this and helped out, THANK YOU, especially to JD and the staff at Dothan Nurseries who have made the Market possible. Let me encourage you to sign up for their monthly newsletter on their website. You won’t be disappointed!


The biggest factors considered in making the change were creating room to grow for our vendors, and providing a legal structure that would protect them from liability. Market at Dothan has absolutely the best growers in the Wiregrass and they deserve that! At one point we considered creating a non-profit, but after some serious research it became obvious that the extra work and expense to create one was not worth the benefits of going that route. So with the legal help of our customer Chris L, we created an LLC that’s pretty much run like a non profit. . . . pretty much like it’s always been.

As of now there are no plans to make any changes in the way Market at Dothan LLC conducts business and plans are in the works to do some extra and some special things that we couldn’t do before. The biggest change for you, our customers is that now we have a real business account to make your checks out to! We are more than happy to abide by the “no mingling of funds” advice from Chris!

Reusable Bag Update

With the change in business structure it seemed like a good time to re-visit one of our existing Market policies. As you know we encourage customers to provide reusable bags for your Market foods to go home in and some of you have multiple bags you rotate from week to week. Please know we respect your investment and make sure your bags are stored safely (and alphabetically!) between orders.

While reusable bags do help our landfills, a downside to them is that they need to be cleaned once in a while. Like everything else they collect dust, pollens, bacteria etc. Fabric bags are a simple fix as they go through the washer and dryer quite easily. The polypropylene type bags listed on the Market website require only a wipe with a disinfectant. Let me encourage you to do one or the other with yours as a health and safety precaution. This GREAT article explains the importance of keeping your reusables clean!

So many beautiful bags! We love them all!

There’s a LOT of good information out there in cyberspace about the pros and cons of reusable bags, everything from statistics about how many trees you can save switching to reusable, to how long it takes a cotton bag to decompose as opposed to various plastics. If you want to know more feel free to check out some of the links below; if not, that’s a-ok. And if you’re getting your Market order in a “Thank You” Plastic bag, we respect that choice too and will continue to use the ones that have been donated till they run out.

Reusethisbag.com lists 25 reasons to go reusable. Their minimum quantity for an order is 200 bags.

National Public Radio did an excellent series called “How Green Is It?”. This section examines the claims made by companies like the one listed above.

You can always make your own! This Youtube tutorial shows two different ways to make no sew bags from tee shirts. If you go this route check out some of the other bag tutorials before breaking out the scissors because you may find something you like even better. A word of caution – if you expect to carry a lot of weight in your bags we really recommend tying or stitching the bottom.

The internet if FULL of bag patterns and tutorials if you want to go the extra mile to make a custom one.

Lastly, we found ourselves gawking last week when Sarah S. pulled one of these pretty little things out of her purse and proceeded to put her very large Market order in it.

It’s called an Expandable Shibori Bag and is currently on backorder if that tells you anything about it’s popularity. Be sure to scroll down on the link and watch the video about how it is made. The $29.95 price seems very reasonable after you see the work that goes into it!

Market ChitChat

Something sad happened again Friday – a customer came by to pick up an order that didn’t go through. We HATE this! Orders that are “placed” without checking a drop off location wind up being lost in cyberspace and we have no way of knowing it was ever attempted. Please be sure to pay attention to that last page and check your pickup location. You will get an email confirmation when your order is complete so watch for that as well. If you don’t get one please contact the Market. We’ll be happy to check your order status.

For those of you who pay with checks, in the future all checks shoud be made out to Market at Dothan or Market at Dothan LLC.

We apologieze for the big blank spot many of you got in your Market newsletter last week. Our webmaster took a look at the situation and apparently it’s an email problem. That’s why it’s visible on the Market Weblog page and might not be on your newsletter. That being said, we’ll stick to sharing links for good videos in the future. Thanks for your understanding.

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: We will continue to have fresh salad greens through the rest of summer and expect head lettuce to be available in a couple of weeks. More carrots and green onions are starting to come up from seed which should be ready by early fall.

Summer Vegetables available at the Market

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: We would just like to say thank you to everyone for welcoming us to the market! We are very humbled and happy that you all have chosen us. We hope that you are enjoying everything we have to offer. Any and all feedback is welcome! We are pulling eggs this week. With all the weather changes, the girls laying schedule is off and being new to the market we have to make sure to keep our offline customers happy too! Coming soon we will be listing our fresh homegrown chicken. Some of you took advantage of the smaller roosters that we offered this week but they just can’t compare to the these ones. They take time to grow and are worth the wait. We have replanted for the summer season and hope to offer more fresh organic veggies soon. Until then take advantage of our organic basil. It’s so good! Thank you again!

SANDSPUR FARMS will be on vacation this 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

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!

WHERE ARE YOU LEE GREENWOOD???


So . . . just learned the hard way that youtube videos don’t embed in Market newsletters!

So without further adieu, THIS is the link to the video that’s supposed to be in the big empty space in the Market newsletter.

Thanks for your understanding.

Ros

June 24 Market Newsletter


Fourth of July Edition
Holiday FUN
Hints and Tips
Market ChitChat
This Week’s Grower Notes

Red, White & Blue Memories

The Fourth of July is a uniquely American holiday as it is the birth-date, if you will, of our nation. It is the date that our founding fathers begin signing the Declaration of Independence two days after voting to leave the British Empire and form a new country. The resulting war was long and hard, but our scruffy revolutionary army prevailed and the United States of America became a nation that has stood as an example of liberty and democracy for more than two centuries now.

The day has been observed in all places and in many MANY ways. Rather than focus on all the great food Market at Dothan offers for your celebration this holiday, we thought we’d look at some of the fun ways we’ve celebrated in the past . . . and might do again!

Lee Greenwood: No 4th celebration is complete without it. Let’s just get it out of the way first.



Flag Tee Shirts:Fess up – you know you have one somewhere.

Patriotic Deely-Boppers: Yes, that’s their real name.


Jamie S. My favorite July 4 th memory occurred about 10 years ago. My husband, daughter and I were living in Jalala-bad, Kyrgyzstan, and we hosted a party for all of our Kyrgyz friends. We had a badminton tournament, and feasted on walnuts, watermelon, tomatoes, and all kinds of dried fruits and cookies. My sister had come from Dothan to visit. The day was perfection!!! Such a special day.

Painting an American Flag on Your Cheek

Firework Horror Stories When Roslyn’s mom was small, a lady she knew lost her hearing when some mischievous boys threw a cherry bomb that got caught in the woman’s hair curlers. Thankfully cherry bombs are now outlawed, but the sober warning about explosives remains to this day.

Hasty Red, White and Blue Pedicures We’re sparing you the photos on this one!

Cold Watermelons followed by Seed Spitting Contests


Hints and Tips

Many thanks to Melinda F. for bringing me to my senses to share this! One of the things that helps the Market run smooth is a free app called Alarmy (Sleep If U Can)- alarm by Delight Room Co., Ltd.


Alarmy goes off EVERY week at 5:00 pm on Saturdays and Tuesdays to keep your Market Manager on task and on schedule. Because of it Market jobs get done at the right time and everything runs much more smoothly than it did a year ago when Ros was in a spot up on Lake Wedowee with no cell signal. Market wasn’t opened till Sunday morning during church after a much needed battery recharge. Yes, that really happened. It was awful.

The moral of this section is – Alarmy can help you remember to place your orders during the 72 hours we are open every week, as well as remind you to pick up your order on Friday morning. If you’ve got Zedge or a similar app with fun ringtones you can get creative customizing alarms for various needs.

If you’re stuck somewhere with no cell signal though you’ll have to rely on your memory and hope it’s better than Roslyn’s.

Market Chit Chat

We all know that rain is as important to your plants as sun and nutrients, but like anything else, too much of a good thing can spell trouble. Many times a healthy plant can come back from being beat down to the ground by a pounding rain, BUT . . . whatever crop might be nearly ready for harvest won’t fare as well. We ask your understanding with our growers as they are on the front lines dealing with this force of nature while growing nutritious food for all of us.

Does anyone need Aloe? One of our customers has offered to share hers. Just drop a note to marketat dothan@gmail.com if you’d like one.

This Week’s Grower Notes

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

AVALON FARMS: Not going to whine about the rain, but as you will see I have reduced my offerings of tomatoes and squash for this week. Blueberries and blackberries are hanging in there although extra water reduces the sugar content.
 
New this week we have Zipper peas, Pink Eye peas, Dragon Tongue beans and Garlic.
 
Our Sassy Apricot Habanero Jam would make a great addition to whatever you’re grilling this weekend.

Danny’s Greens All the cool weather crops have come to an end which means we won’t have any carrots/cabbages/beets, etc, for a while. For the time being our summer salad mixes are the only thing we have growing.

Sandy Valley This rain is killing us! All the watermelons we intended to have available to me Market have burst in the field from absorbing too much water.

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

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!

June 17 Market Newsletter


This Week’s Newsletter:
New Vendor Spotlight
A Visit to the Farm
In Season
Grower Notes

Welcome Hawkins Homestead Farms!

It’s been a while since I first heard of this farm through one of our customers. At the time I wondered why I’d never heard of them and whether their farm practices were in line with our Market values. Now that I know I’m super impressed and excited to welcome them to Market at Dothan!


“Our family specializes in fresh eggs, pastured chicken, and organic seasonal produce you’ll be happy to eat! We are a small urban farm that started out trying to find a way to feed our own family in a healthy and sustainable manner. It’s so important that we know what we’re feeding ourselves, where our food comes from, what it ate, and how it was raised or grown. Our birds are spoiled rotten! The majority spend their time free ranging in our backyard pasture. We let them out early in the day and they are locked up once they go in at night. We do supplement with a Non-GMO feed for our egg layers and a Non-GMO Organic feed for our meat birds which is rationed each day. In addition, they also receive treats in the form of organic herbs and vegetables from our garden with some occasional black oiled sunflower seeds, which they love. We try to find a use for almost everything here, so we compost our scraps and our chicken manure. Doing things this way has enabled us to re-purpose and grow some wonderful goodies in the garden. We are committed to the care and health of our animals and the food we grow. We never use antibiotics, growth hormones, or pesticides. Our produce is grown from Non-GMO Organic seed and a few Non-GMO Organic started plants. We take pride in what we do and are happy to say that what started out as food for our family has blossomed into food for yours.” 

Soil Workshop Review

“If you grow the soil, the plant will take care of itself” Greg Lolley


Last week another grower and myself made a pleasant drive to Opp, Alabama and found ourselves temporarily lost on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere after the GPS delivered us to the wrong place. Fortunately I had a phone number and we weren’t too far from the workshop that Mayim Farms was hosting.

It proved to be a very valuable visit! We learned about soil biology and how to make compost tea that helps both plants and soil thrive.

Left: Can you identify the three Market growers in this photo?
Right: Looking at a soil sample. You can see the tunnel house to the left. The aquaponics shed is to the right.

While Organic/Sustainable growing methods continue to gain popularity, some of the methods used by our Market Growers do not fit in the “box” created by traditional big-agra methods. It goes far beyond substituting a bad chemical for a less bad Omri approved one. The heart of organic farming is the soil because a healthy soil will produce a healthy plant that puts forth good fruit. (Hmmm . . . sounds like the beginning of a Bible Lesson!) For all their “scientific” ways of manipulating soil to produce thousands of pounds of perfect 4 inch or 4 oz. tasteless “whatevers”, the quality our growers produce is off the chart in comparison. We are blessed indeed!

In Season: EGGPLANT!

We thought we’d share some recent personal experience with Market Eggplants.

You know how Pinterest has a “Tried It!” button? Well, the following photo is Ros’s “tried it” for the ratatouille recipe published two weeks ago. A good 80% of the ingredients came from the Market including Avalon’s Japanese Eggplant. The shape and density of this variety worked very well with the size of the Sandspur Zucchini and Squash. We substituted bell with home grown banana peppers, probably went a little heavy on the garlic, tried the variegated basil the first time and a few dried herbs . . . but the result . . . .!!!

Fresh and dried herbs were added to the top before baking. The original recipe can be found here.
This is the kind of dish that’s fun for kids to help prepare and it’s a great learning experience!


From Mrs. Melody

“I wanted you and everyone to know how thoroughly I enjoyed the new eggplant variety I purchased this week from Restoration Gardens. Not only were they beautiful to look at but tasted delicious!

I cut a few of them in half length ways and quickly sauted/stir fried them in garlic butter. Then I added in some of the gourmet baby squash I got from Avalon Farms and finished it off with some fresh ground pepper. Be careful not to over cook the eggplant since it has such a high water content it can get really mushy quite fast. I finished it off with some fresh ground pepper and had this as my supper last night. It would also make a terrific side dish.

Instead of it being named Asian Fairy Tale Eggplant it should be called HEAVENLY DREAM!! I will definitely be buying more of both these items. Hope the farmers can figure out a way to extend the season for each!"

This photo shows Fairytale Eggplant along with other common varieties.

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 recently finished creating some new growing beds and replanting his lettuces. They won’t be big enough to harvest for next week but will the following week in time for July 4th celebrations. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

HORTONS FARM: Look what’s coming to Market next week! For all you jam, jelly and pickle makers who give the good stuff at Christmas, this is a cute and cheap way to dress up your creations!

Holiday and non-holiday versions are available. First come first served.

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.

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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


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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!