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February 17, 2018 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
New Vendor Info
In Season
Market Chit Chat
Grower Notes

WELCOME GRIER ACRES!

A friend has joined us!

The Griers are lovely people who have worked professionally in Dothan for a number of years. Harry in fact was the guardian angel who kept a watchful eye (and your Market manager on track) as the Market transitioned to our permanent business structure last year. They are in the process of re-establishing a family farm – land that’s not been used in 75 years!

They’ve tackled the opportunity with their sleeves rolled up and are in the early stages of productivity. We’re happy for them and look forward to seeing more fruit from their labors.

Welcome aboard!

GLORIOUS KALE

It’s still officially winter, and while we’re chomping at the bits waiting for spring vegetables, there’s still plenty to enjoy with the abundance of greens available. We thought we’d explore some nice fresh ways to serve them.

This Spicy Roasted Sweet Potato & Kale Salad features a maple tahini dressing topped with pecans and dried cranberries.




Detox Kale Salad is a great way to reset and re-charge when your body needs it most.  It is packed full of winter vegetables and hearty nutrients and tastes amazing too.



Items from five food groups are in this Kale Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette.



Autumn Kale, Apple & Quinoa Salad also contains all the food groups.

MARKET CHITCHAT

Days like YESTERDAY! Wasn’t it glorious? We were wanting to take down our wind break curtain almost as fast as it went up. With more cold weather ahead that’s not going to happen just yet, but you have to admit the weather was a welcome change.

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to our 2nd Healthy Lifestyle Class this morning. If you missed the announcement last week our next one will be held March 17. Rachel Hawkins will be sharing on how to cut up a chicken. Rachel KNOWS chicken and will be available to answer questions about sustainable and healthy chicken and who knows, we may talk her into sharing some recipes too!

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’ve been experiencing a population explosion here! Three baby goats in the last 2 weeks. The brown one was born last Sunday in all that rain. Poor momma had a terrible time getting it dry. The big goat in the back of the picture is our Ms. Hazel, soon to be momma Hazel. (Well, soon is a relative term, as we’ve been saying soon for 4 weeks!) The other 2 births were totally unexpected as they barely looked pregnant. First time goat grandma here, with lots to learn.

Everybody  needs cute goat pics! LOL 


BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello Market Friends,
    How nice the weather is today(Friday)! All I want to do is be in the garden from sunrise to sunset when it’s this beautiful out. However, with the many hats I wear it isn’t possible. Time management is so important.  In fact at our home this has become our new project! I heard it illustrated this way: If you take a pail and put pebbles (less essential activities of life) and then  try to put the stones (most essential things in life) in, there isn’t enough room for even the important things! However, if you put the stones in FIRST you can still fit most of the pebbles around the stones! Why is Mrs. Bain Home Gardner talking about stones and pebbles? Well in garden life there are pebbles and stones too. Recognizing which is which will lead to success on the homestead. This week we threw some stones in the pail! We have our second planting of peas in the ground, amended a few beds & tilled for spring planting. This year we are being smart by starting plants BEFORE last frost in an effort to harvest a bit earlier in the growing season.  This will be our first full on year as homesteaders and we are looking forward to a beautiful & long growing season! Stay tuned, many adventures await!
From our family to yours!


HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: This past week we were all taught a lesson…Well I know for sure that we were! That lesson is that no matter how much you plan, prepare, or plant, the weather changes everything! The majority of our plants were drowning in water. Did you see the video on our Facebook farm page? We thought we were going to lose most, BUT the water dried up, the sun came out, and our plants sprung back to life. Even some of our sprouts survived! We thought they had all washed away. So we are thankful and hope to be able to roll with whatever other weather setbacks we have.


One more thing I have personally learned is patience! I have found that when I really want something to happen fast….it never does. Does this happen to anyone else? Or just me? Well I will just keep waiting for the plants to grow, for the chickens to grow, for Spring to come, for the hens to lay more eggs….just waiting….patiently!

FOOTNOTES

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

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

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

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

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

February 10, 2018 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
New At The Nursery
New Product Info
Market Chit Chat
Grower Notes

HAVE YOU SEEN IT?

Mid to late January you may have noticed Mr. Bob and crew (to include a lift with a bucket ) working out by Montgomery Highway on the Nursery’s sign. We watched the old one being “messed with” (for lack of better terminology) and something we’d never seen slowly taking shape. The following Friday our Market staff watched (and watched and watched!) as a beautiful new LED sign flashed lovely and uplifting Nursery images and information to the city as it drove by.

Top Left to Bottom Right:
Classic Nursery Sign; Ready for spring planting!; Part of the best staff in the city; Inside the Greenhouse

We’re not going to spoil it for you by showing you the new sign. It’s best appreciated in person. We just ask that you appreicate it from the safety of the Nursery parking lot!

Congratulations Dothan Nurseries!

NEW PRODUCT INFO

Every once in a while you bump into something cool and unique and AFFORDABLE. This was the case visiting the workshop of Creative Trivets in Ozark a few weeks ago. I needed a gift for my sister and they had a stack of the oddest little gadgets . . . .

I went home with one for me, one for my sister, and a couple for friends. My husband took over using the one at our house. My sister called raving. My friends were very excited.

I’m not telling what they are but there are four on the website this week. The company has assured me they can make as many as we need. If they’re gone when you order and you want one send us a message and we’ll try to have more available in the near future.

MARKET CHITCHAT

ARE YOU EXCITED! We’ve been a little overwhelmed with the response for Viki Richter’s Seasoning class next week. If you missed the announcement in last week’s newsletter you may find more information on the Market Weblog page. Viki will be sharing about making your own seasoning blends from her years of experience on Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 am in the Nursery Greenhouse. We hope to see you there!


AND . . . you heard it here first, our next Healthy Lifestyle Class will be held March 17, 2018 same time, same place and our presenter will be Rachel Hawkins. Rachel has forgot more about healthy sustainable poultry than most of us will ever know. She will be sharing one of those basic and almost forgotten homesteading skills – how to cut up a chicken. Of course she’ll be available to answer YOUR questions about sustainable and healthy chicken and who knows, we may talk her into sharing some recipes too!

We hope you’ll put it on your calendar and plan to attend. Market at Dothan considers ourselves so blessed to work with the Hawkins family and know you’ll think the same after meeting Rachel.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: With how popular asparagus is I’m expanding the existing beds. Currently I have 600 ft of asparagus. By the end of this weekend there will be 1500 ft of asparagus! (Pass the ibuprofen.)

Asparagus is a perennial that can be productive for 15 years or more. The part we eat is the young “leaves” of the plant called spears. If not harvested the spears grow into a waste-high ferny canopy which feeds the underground rhizome with energy synthesized from the sun. Unfortunately it takes 3 years for the plants to be strong enough for harvesting. When the spears are pencil sized they are big enough to harvest.

Who knew those tasty spears would grow into this!!


BAIN HOME GARDENS: We hope you all are doing well. We have been very busy this week! It’s intriguing to see how you can go from 0 to 60 with the garden. From amending beds, weeding, mapping out new beds (crop rotation) & planting we are beat! We have a little concern that the loads of rain in the upcoming forecast will not bode well for our new plantings but as Mrs. Ros says, “Gardening is trial and error.” We have definitely had our share! If you want to follow some of our success and blunders follow us on Facebook, we have a video series we are sure you will love!  
    In other news, our Mache Corn Salad is replanted so look for it again in about 2 and a half months. In the meantime we have been enjoying this Super Red Romaine Lettuce!


Look for it soon as well – from our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: Growing up there was a home remedy for just about everything. My Grandmother would drink castor oil to fight off illness and my mom would warm up sweet almond oil to fight a earache. Sadly, I didn’t appreciate these things until both myself and people I loved began to have problems. So this led to my developing an interest in the way different soaps, lotions, and other everyday products affect us. The research I found was devastating. These ingredients could cause cancer?!? Of course I dug deeper. I researched parabens, sulfates, silicones, fragrances, dyes, and other chemicals listed on bottles I had used for so long. Some I couldn’t even pronounce. Then I researched the companies and their business practices. There was a fortune being made, without a care about what harm these toxins were causing. I felt like I was being educated for the first time. There was so much information out there! It was staggering and overwhelming. You can imagine my relief when I learned about natural products. It was amazing to see that God really has given us everything we need through his creations!

I began an extensive research of essential oils, along with how to create everyday products from plants, and the power of apple cider vinegar. I got my husband on board and we started implementing changes. This was about 13 years ago and it’s what started me on this journey of learning how to live better, eat healthier, and take the best care of my body (I am still learning this).

My biggest personal change was letting go of the chemically treated hair I had since I was a little girl. Every 6-8 weeks, I religiously slathered my head with chemicals that included lye, formaldehyde, and whatever else was in that jar. A good friend shared a video with me of what these chemicals were really doing to our bodies and I was done. I got permission from my husband and little by little transitioned to the natural look I have today. I now have all sorts of recipes for all hair types. One of my favorites is a hair conditioner that uses bananas, olive oil, and raw honey, but of course I can’t bottle that one for you guys! LOL

Our family and friends have exclusively used my products for years now and my husband has always encouraged me to market them. He has been a believer since he tried them (before then he wouldn’t touch a moisturizer). I was very apprehensive and just too scared to do so. I also didn’t know where to start. So since I now have a forum, coming soon we will make my oils and moisturizers available to all of you. It is truly my sincere hope that you come to love them as much as we do!

HORTON’S FARM: Happy to be home! I was able to leave a little earlier from the Beekeeping Symposium than anticipated which means updating the Market website from home rather than depending on questionable internet connections from remote places. Even with things being overcast and dreary this wonderful Saturday I see dandelions and wild mustard popping out everywhere signaling the coming of better days ahead. This happy heart sings, “There’s no place like home, THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!”

FOOTNOTES

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

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

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

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

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

February 3, 2018 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
Healthy Lifestyle Education
Quote of the Month
Market Chit Chat
Grower Notes

MAKE YOUR OWN SPICE BLENDS

Last week we mentioned that our next Market Class will be taught by Viki Richter of Richter’s Farm. The Richter’s main farm product is high quality Red Wattle pork, BUT, Viki mastered many kitchen skills in the years before farming became part of her life. Those of you who’ve used her sour dough starter and recipe or ranch dressing mix know what I’m talking about.

On February 17 Viki will be teaching and sharing recipes about making your own clean seasonings and seasoning mixes. She will be covering everything you could ever want to know about making your own spice blends: sourcing ingredients, what’s good to use and what’s not, keeping them fresh, finding good recipes, etc.


With commercial food becoming more and more processed, and more people learning they have serious and life threatening food allergies every day, making your own blends is an easy way to help take back control over what you and your family eat. And if you’re at the beginning of your journey to a healthy diet and lifestyle, this is a delicious place to start!

So mark your calendar for Saturday, February 17 at 10am. The class will take place in the greenhouse at Dothan Nurseries and we hope to see you there!


FOOD FOR THOUGHT

”Sustainability rests on the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Therefore, stewardship of both natural and human resources is of prime importance. Stewardship of human resources includes consideration of social responsibilities such as working and living conditions of laborers, the needs of rural communities, and consumer health and safety both in the present and the future.  Stewardship of land and natural resources involves maintaining or enhancing this vital resource base for the long term.” ucdavis.edu

MARKET CHITCHAT

If you came a little later in the morning today you saw that we celebrated Groundhog Day by installing a curtain to help keep wind out of the Market Shed. Such a help! We noticed the difference right away and hope it helps make your Market visit more pleasant too. Someone had the great idea of painting bright colorful vegetables on the canvas . . . . we’re not opposed if any artists want to step forward!

It was good to have fresh vegetables (greens of course!) back at the Market on Friday. Mayim Farms hoop house veggies continued to grow very nicely while they were on vacation. We’re glad they survived all the cold weather in Greg and Carole’s absence.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS:
First planting of Sugar Snap Peas are in the ground and sprouting. There will probably be 2 more plantings over the next month. When April gets here we should have plenty of peas!

Top of the to-do list this week is get the blackberries trimmed and trellised. Trellising and limiting growth creates better air flow around the plants helping to avoid diseases. It also makes them easier to pick. Bonus points.

Also high on the list is to start transplants. I spent several cold hours washing and sterilizing my seed flats. Now I just need to fill them up with soil and nestle those seeds down in there. In a few days there will be tomato, pepper, eggplant and herb babies. Yes, it does seem silly to wash and sterilize and then fill with dirt.


Sofia, latest member of our tribe, specializes in grasshopper removal.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello Market Friends,
    Today I got a little stir crazy. With Mr. Bain Home Gardner and Littlest Bain Home Gardener not feeling well, I decided to get out of the house for just a moment. This allows for them to rest and for me to run some needed errands for the garden. It’s time to amend one of our raised beds so off to the garden supply store. I was saddened by the customer service I received there. Which brings me to the topic of today’s discussion, customer service. When you are a business you are a brand thus everything done & said by you and your employees, like it or not is associated with that brand. Some of us simply take our business elsewhere when we dislike how a company operates but I, for one, believe in letting the issues be known. How else will they improve? We do our very best at Bain Home Gardens to bring the Wiregrass Community a quality product. However, if for some reason you are disappointed in your product, please let us know. We care about you, our market family. Without you there is no us.


Eventually I did acquire the supplies I needed to do a small planting project just for our family. At least I got my hands dirty, right? Till next week, from our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: At the Market last week, it was nice getting to meet and see some of our other growers and producers. The funny thing is that I had actually dropped off my items earlier that morning, but then forgot to pick up my own order so I had to rush back before I missed it.

I am a person who believes in random acts of kindness. I love to share (perhaps too much sometimes), but that’s a story for another time. This leads me to tell you guys about Rinske of Working Cows Dairy and Wendy of Avalon Farms. Rinske is such a sweet and genuine person. From day 1 of meeting her I think I almost scared her off because I’m a hugger and I’m pretty sure that took her by surprise. Anyway Rinske has been so supportive of us and has went out of her way to not only direct her own customers to us, but also to advertise us at her farm. We are so thankful for her kindness, trust, knowledge, and support! Thank you Rinske.

Now Wendy was one of the growers there last week who showed kindness towards me and others that day as well. I’m sure Wendy thought nothing of it by sharing some onion plants with us, but we definitely appreciate it. When I arrived there were just 2 bunches left and she allowed me to have both. One for us and one for our friends at Bain Home Gardens.

So we want to give a shout out and say a thank you to these ladies for their kindness. We also want to thank to Roslyn who is ALWAYS kind to us plus without her there is no Market. Really thank you to all of the growers yugand producers for sharing your knowledge, skills, and sometimes even what you grow with others! Kindness is something we all have control over. It doesn’t take much to share and wouldn’t you know that what we give out is often given right back to us in return. This happens to me all the time. So if you have extra time, items, or words of encouragement, please share! Help others. Be kind. Good things will come from it!

HORTON’S FARM: We are cutting our product offerings back significantly next week as Ros will be gone for her annual pilgrimage to the Alabama Master Beekeepers Symposium in Clanton. Thanks for your understanding. Viki Richter will be managing Market Pickup on Friday, Feb. 9. Thanks in advance for your kindness and cooperation in these situations.

RICHTER FARMS: As always it is so much fun to be around the the farm doing chores and just watching the animals do their thing. Since last I wrote we have a new addition, Spot, the Nubian Goat, born last month! We love having little ones running around being silly!


As Roslyn has mentioned I will be doing a class on DIY spice mixes Feb 17 in the greenhouse of Dothan Nurseries. I have been making my own mixes for 25+ years. I don’t like to run to the store to buy a little packet or bottle for a recipe and paying a lot of money for a small amount of spice and reading all the ingredients, some you can’t pronounce. I knew there had to be a way to make my own clean mixes. Looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing recipes and ideas.

FOOTNOTES

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

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

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

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

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

January 27, 2018 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
Groundhog Day
In Season
Market Chit Chat
Grower Notes

WHAT WILL HE SEE?

Groundhog Day is less than a week away – meaning a certain groundhog’s name is on everybody’s lips. But how much do you really know about Punxsutawney Phil, the great weather predictor? Here’s are 10 “facts” to add to your groundhog trivia.

1. Phil’s full name is a mouthful. The groundhog’s name is Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary.

2. Phil is fat. Punxsutawney Phil weighs about 20 pounds and is 22 inches long, while the average groundhog weighs 12-15 pounds and is 20 inches long.

3. Phil is one old groundhog. Phil is 127 years old, supposedly. The average groundhog lives to be between 6-8 years, but Phil takes a magical elixir every summer to extend his lifespan. The elixir also changes his appearance (much like the Doctor in “Doctor Who”), which explains why Phil may be grey one year and a youthful brown the next. Alas, the elixir does not work on humans. “We’ve tried, it just makes them fat and bald,” said Ron Ploucha, Stump Warden of the Inner Circle of the Groundhog Club and co-handler of Phil. “If you saw some of our Inner Circle members you can tell the ones that tried.”

4. Phil has a wife. Well, make that Phil has had many wives. While Phil has an extended lifespan, his wives do not partake in the elixir so they pass away like normal groundhogs do. Phil always finds love again, though. “He’s probably had more wives than Hugh Hefner.” Ploucha said. Phil’s current wife is called Phyllis – of course.


5. Phil does not have kids. While there is nothing wrong with Phil reproductively (we asked), Phil has no children – he and his wife decided they are really too busy to raise a family. But that doesn’t mean he does not love kids. “He considers everybody his kids, being 127 years old,” Ploucha said.

6. Phil was not in “Groundhog Day.” Phil had a full schedule and was not able to partake in the filming of the movie. In the Bill Murray movie he is played by a groundhog named Scooter – who bit the actor three times during filming. Phil was Murray’s first choice for the role. “He’s treated like royalty and is very well-behaved. A true professional,” the actor told The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1993. “So when they couldn’t get him – a creature who has been hand-raised since birth and is very tame – what did they do? They went out into the woods and caught this Scooter, a groundhog who hated my guts from day one.”

7. Phil loves granola bars. Oat and honey granola bars are Phil’s favorite food, according to Ploucha – in particular Nature Valley ones.

8. Phil has his own car. It’s called the Philmobile and it’s little bus that houses members of the Inner Circle. Phil has a special seat on the outside, so he can be seen on parades.

9. Phil plays dead, occasionally. Oftentimes during summer parades, crowds will panic as the Philmobile draws through. That’s because they will see Phil lying flat on his back, legs in the air looking dead. But he isn’t, this is just how groundhogs cool off, according to Ploucha. One tap on the glass and Phil turns himself the right way round again.

10. Phil doesn’t cause the weather. He just predicts it. “Some people get upset when he calls for six more weeks of winter,” Ploucha said. "But it’s not his fault that he sees that coming.


BONE BROTH

If you missed it our Market Discussion Pageref had a lot of talk about Bone Broth last week. With it’s many benefits and this being the middle of one of the worst cold/flu seasons on record it is indeed a timely topic. We hope you’ll take advantage of the high quality bones Market At Dothan offers through our various meat vendors.

Here is some additional information that should be useful:

Factor #1 That Makes Great Bone Broth: Animal’s Upbringing When deciding how to fuel my body, I always ask where my fuel came from and how it came to be. Chances are, if you are here reading this then you and I have something in common. It’s no secret that what the animal eats, we eat. This doesn’t just apply to meat. Bones contain marrow, and marrow in turn pretty much contains the essence of our being.

If we’re healthy, that’s great but if we’re sick, our marrow is sick. The same goes for animals. The whole idea is that we’re extracting all this healthy good stuff from the animal and using it as both a food and a medicine for our bodies. Believe it or not, this all matters on a molecular level, where everything that makes you you is working hard to maintain your optimal health as efficiently as possible. If the animal was factory farmed, ate garbage and didn’t see a pasture a day in its life, you won’t be doing your body any favors in the long run by using its bones.
Pardon my soapbox, but supporting the ranchers and farmers that raise pastured animals and grow organic produce is the only way we’ll ever see a change in our current food system. You want better access to healthy and sustainably raised meats and fresh produce? Then find and support a farm. I’ve seen numerous farms and ranches here in Southern California grow rapidly under the support of enthusiastic communities looking towards a better future in food.


Factor #2 That Makes Great Bone Broth: Animal’s Age That’s right. Animals are no different from us in that their bones and joints wear down and degrade over time, reducing the amount of connective tissue and consequently reducing the amount of gelatin that will end up in your broth.

The younger the animal, the more gelatinous your broth will be. Veal bones, joints, feet and necks would yield the most gelatin, as these animals are butchered very young. You can usually find veal bones at a local butcher for a decent price. Stocks made from veal are a chef’s secret weapon in the kitchen, taking everything from soups and sauces to risottos and braised meats to the next level.

Factor #3 That Makes Great Bone Broth: Bone Type This is where most people run into trouble. In my experience the most commercially available bones are usually beef or veal femurs. Femurs are great as they contain a ton of marrow but very little collagen. You want a good mix of bones, joints and feet. I suggest using a 1:1:1 ratio of bones, joints and feet. This will almost guarantee you achieve that victorious gel.

Just remember to always use joints and feet, this is where you will find the most collagen. If you can’t find all of these, go ahead and make your broth with whatever you can get your hands on, you’ll still benefit greatly from the added vitamins and nutrients.

Factor #4 That Makes Great Bone Broth: Bone to Water Ratio Whether it’s in a crockpot or on your stove, add water just to cover the bones, and no more. This is where a lot of folks think they’ve messed up. You’ve spent all those hours simmering away, finally cooling and refrigerating your liquid gold only to wake up in the morning to find no jiggle. You haven’t been defeated! Simply bring your broth back up to a gentle simmer and let evaporation take over. Reduce your broth by an inch or so, cool and refrigerate. If it’s still not jiggling, repeat the process.

A combination of things could have happened here – too much water, bones from sick animals, or you simply didn’t let it simmer long enough. In most cases, the gelatin simply isn’t concentrated enough to give your broth a Jello-like consistency. This is OKAY. Your broth is still loaded with plenty of good stuff.

Try not to get so caught up on the aesthetics. I see people everyday crying out for help because their broth didn’t gel, as if the broth gods are smiting their attempt at glory.

Factor #5 That Makes Great Bone Broth: Time The beautiful thing about making broth is that once started, it requires very little attention.
The biggest issue here is not letting your broth simmer long enough. We simmer our beef broth for 48 hours and 24 hours for our chicken. Simmering for multiple days is a great way to really get everything out of the bones.
Something we do, and that I highly suggest, is to wait until you have 6-8 hours left to add your vegetables or leafy greens, such as parsley or leaves on your celery. This will prevent any bitter or burnt tastes from being imparted into your broth. The vegetables can only be cooked for so long before they begin to break down, giving your broth and undesirable and often burnt flavor.

It only takes 8 or so hours at a simmer to extract the nutrients and flavor from them, anyway. Anything much longer than this and the vegetables become sponges, soaking up all your hard-earned nutrients.

In my opinion, those are the most important things to keep in mind when making bone broth. As with most things, the more you make it the better you will get. And the better you will get at noticing all these little idiosyncrasies during the process, like waiting to add your veggies until later in the process. It took me several burnt, bitter and off-flavored batches before I finally started figuring out at what times to add what ingredients.

Adapted from stupideasypaleo.com

MARKET CHITCHAT

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for February 17! Viki Richter will be teaching about making your own seasoning and spice blends. Viki has YEARS of experience making CLEAN HEALTHY mixes of all sorts that don’t contain chemical additives and MSG found in most commercially available spice blends. For people wanting to transition to a healthier diet, this is an easy and effective way to get started. Class will be held in the Greenhouse at Dothan Nurseries.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS:



The chickens are working hard at cultivating Garden 1. They have shredded the cover crop and dug up every weed. I’m hoping they are leaving enough nitrogen rich droppings to supply that garden’s needs. Keeps them happy and less work for me. Win-win.


This week has been the adventure of onion plants being lost in the snow storm in Texas, which delayed their arrival here, delaying me sticking them in the ground. But I did get started on them! I plant onions in a 6 inch grid, with 6 plants to the row. That makes 200 rows per 100 foot bed,  1200 onions per bed. One bed down and my knees need a break. :)

Did you know onions are “Day Length” sensitive? This means their ability to bulb is impacted by the number of hours of daylight they have. Onions are divided into long-day, intermediate-day and short-day. Day length is determined by the latitude of the region. Dothan’s latitude is 32.22, putting us in the short-day range (short-day is latitudes 25-35). Short-day onions will begin the bulbing process when day length reaches 10-12 hours.

I realize this is science, but I swear our summer days are looooo-ng. Especially when there’s work to be done. Just seems crazy that our summer days are “short”.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello Market Friends!
   Today we thought we would talk about something that has been on our minds & that is seed storage.  You see, since we have expanded the garden and have plans to do so even more, we have been collecting & saving seeds. Some of these have been saved from our own garden others have been purchased from resectable sources. So here comes the issue, WHERE DO YOU PUT THEM?!
    Over the course of nine months, our seed storage system has already changed several times but we think we have finally settled on a system that works for our family.


It was very inexpensive being that it was designed from recycled items just hanging around the house! For a video of how it was made and tips on seed storage check out our Facebook page!
    We shared Mache Corn Salad this week for the first time on the market this week Exciting! There are a few more offerings that will be up for grabs this week… from our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: Chicken, chicken, chicken! Chicken is here! Finally right? We know! We posted a few last week that hubby said we’re ready to go and they went quick. So be sure to grab yours! Thank you to everyone who ordered. If you have questions on how our birds are fed, raised, or housed, check out our Facebook page:

https://facebook.com/HawkinsHomesteadFarm.

We have a great article pinned at the top for everyone to check out.

If you’re not on Facebook, you can still see everything you ever wanted to know about our urban farm on our website:

www.hawkinshomesteadfarm.com

It’s completely brand new and we’re so thankful and happy that it actually works seeing that I had no idea how to create a website. Needless to say there was a lot of research and contacts to tech support (they might be tired of me). It’s not fancy or anything, but it’s ours and if you’d like you can follow our blog on there too.

Did you know that The Market at Dothan has a Group Discussion Page?ref Well now you do. Be sure to join, if you haven’t. It’s a great way for all of us to stay up to date and connected to each other.

HORTONS FARM: We have been overwhelmed with the response to our Elderberry Syrup Kits. There is a history to them that I’ve shared with a few people. Some years ago I was asked by our Market Manager to make Elderberry Syrup for our customers. It looked easy enough to make but because of cottage food laws I declined because it required refrigeration. WHERE WAS MY BRAIN??? Kits take some time and some measuring to do well, (and some of you know about complete instructions too!), but it never occurred to me that it would be simple for anyone else to make as well. And now here we are.


I just ordered another 5 lb of organic elderberries as the many kits we took to Dothan yesterday are GONE. Our own Kelly H of St. Andrews Soap Company took the ones left over from yesterday’s table sales to her shop (Kitty Couture if you’re not familiar with them) and messaged me a little bit ago that they’re out and need more.

So once again I’m sitting on pins and needles hoping my order gets here in time!

MAYIM FARMS: We’re back!
After a wonderful trip to the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference in Chattanooga we are back and starting many seedlings.
We are also announcing our next mushroom growing workshop on February 24 at 10am.
If you missed the last one or if you want to come to another, we will be demonstrating some in unique ways of cultivating mushrooms easily in your home and on logs outside. Get the details on our FB page or on www.mayimfarm.com.
Due to the extreme cold fresh Moringa will not be available but we have plenty of dried, powdered and capsules of powdered and crushed seeds.
If you are having trouble with congestion check out and sign up for Carole’s blog, she has just published a DIY congestion formula you can make in the kitchen.
Also we are listing our new Sweet Gum Tincture in this flu season. Compare to Tamiflu, has the same constituent and it’s all natural.

FOOTNOTES

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

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

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

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

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

January 20, 2018 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
Snow Day / Ros’s Ramblings
Vendor Spotlight
Customer Spotlight
Market Chit Chat
Grower Notes

A FEW PHOTOS

I think everyone I’ve spoke with this week has had a tough time of it. People are fighting colds and flu, fixing busted water pipes, dealing with vehicles that don’t like the cold. . . and trying to stay WARM! It’s no secret that people in the southern US are not nearly as prepared for the level of cold we’ve experienced this week as our more northern neighbors are, and sometimes we get so caught up in just dealing with cold/ice/snow that we miss something – the quiet beauty of it all.

So now that’s the worst is behind us (we hope) here’s to appreciating the pretty part of the week.

Top Left to Right: A neighbor’s barn, downtown Louisville, AL, snowflakes up close.
Bottom Left to Right: Restoration Plantation, Jennifer’s Goats, Richter Farms

Hortons Farm on February 12, 2012

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

Hello Marketplace!  I am so excited to be apart of this great group.
Just a brief introduction for those who may not be familiar with me.
My name is Melinda Flynn. I recently moved to Echo, Al.  I had previously lived in Dothan for 24 years with my husband Arthur, who is Santa’s  double along with our seven children. We have six boys and one girl.
I created Simple Life Oils as a way to purchase therapeutic grade, Certified Organic Oils on my budget to fit my life and keep it simple to manage mine and my families health.
I love learning and educating others on the benefits of Essential Oils.
As a former teacher, educating is my passion.
I love being able to help people feel better.
I have been diffusing Fir Needle and Pine Scotch the past few days. It just adds to the wintery feel in the air.

The Flynn Family, Christmas 2017

CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT

“Like most culturally rooted music, the Blues makes statements about the difficulty of the human condition and at the same time reaches deep to express an often childlike happiness. It’s an example of how suffering can drive you deep into yourself to look for that innate joy to transcend your pain.” ” Bill Rossi


Meet Mr. Rossi’s music. Bill and Mary Helen pick up their Market orders in Daleville. Wendy (who delivers to Daleville) and I have enjoyed getting to know this sweet couple. Recently in the course of some correspondence, I had a chance to see and hear Mr. Bills websites and OH MY!

It turns out Mr. Bill is a most accomplished pianist and composer. Some of his compositions and arrangements may be found HERE. I love good piano music and fell in love right away. “Summertime” is probably my favorite on this page.

I hope you’ll give yourself a treat and indulge when you have a mellow moment or want some excellent dinner music. You won’t be disappointed.

You may learn more about Bill on his biography page or visit him on Facebook.

MARKET CHITCHAT

WHAT A CRAZY WEEK! I have no doubt each of you have some great “snow stories” I think most of you know that part of the Market’s week involved some curtains not making it to us in time for a little insulating at the Market Shed on Friday. It was kind of fun doing delivery and pickups old school in the Greenhouse at Dothan Nurseries and we appreciate everyone who was patient with the sudden change.

On a different note – be sure to mark February 17 for our next Market Class. Viki Richter will be teaching about making your own seasoning and spice blends. VIKI has YEARS of experience making CLEAN HEALTHY mixes of all sorts that don’t contain chemical additives and MSG found in most commercially available spice blends. For people wanting to transition to a healthier diet, this is an easy and effective way to get started.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: Been chasing my tail this week trying to plan the crops for 2018. My goal is to provide you lovely people with a more constant supply of vegetables all year. Sounds simple, huh? There’s actually a lot of math involved and calendars and lots of paper to scribble notes and sketch gardens. Weird to be considering what won’t set fruit when temperatures get into the 90s when there’s ice on my porch!

The first steps for new plantings have begun. Tilled beds for onions that need to be transplanted this week. Sugar snap peas need to be going in the ground too. And beets…have had dismal results with beets, but I keep trying.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hey there market friends!
Did you guys happen to get any snow at your homes?


Very little fell our way but we were excited to have more time together as a family being that Mr. Bain Home Gardner was instructed not to go in to work and our kiddos had the days off from school. Aaaah family time!

We used the time to do NOTHING! We watched old movies and ate junk food – our definition of a good time.
Sadly this week brings a close to our Embrace the Winter series. We hope you have room in you beautiful minds for one more benefit of winter on farm life.

Benefit Three: Hibernation time! Just as the bear goes into hibernation so do some of our plants, perennials to be specific. During this dormant phase, these plants store up their fat stores or energy over these extended cold periods enabling them to give bounteous fruitage come spring! Blueberries, asparagus and artichokes – to name a few – NEED sustained cold temperatures or they will generate weaker buds and/or blossoms the next growing season. So while most of us hate the brown gloomy look in the garden during winter months, see past the gloom, see the benefits & EMBRACE THE WINTER!

Sending warm fuzzies from our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: If you follow our Facebook page then you know that we have a new addition to our urban farm! Meet Coffeecakes! We call her Coffee for short. She is a chocolate lab mix and we rescued her from Southside Walmart just a few weeks ago. If you missed it, we reached out to people online and off to help us with giving her a name. The name Coffee came up several times as did Cocoa, how we settled on Coffeecakes just happened, but it fits! Needless to say she is a handful, but we are excited about having a new puppy and introducing her to the chickens. Labrador Retrievers are “bird dogs.” Hunters often use them to “retrieve” the birds after they have been shot. We know we have our work cut out for us, but we’re always up for a good challenge!
Speaking of birds, chickens should be ready in 2 weeks!


HORTONS FARM: Last year I started a big beekeeping project to move the bulk of my hives to a new location on our property. Part of the decision was logistical and part for safety reasons as I have several in my front yard. I’ve studied and tried all kinds of hive stands through the years and God even gave me a strong steel one last year! You can imagine my surprise last Friday when an old friend showed up with timbers and concrete blocks and told me he was there to help with that project!


These are what my friend built . It took him about 15 minutes and would have taken me . . . I don’t know! Those ties are massive! Each stand will hold 5 hives and should last about 100 years, so I’m told.

So moving bee hives is one of the things I’ll be doing on warm winter days. It will be a much less daunting task now that I have a good new place for them to call home.

On a different note, we have more elderberries coming! Unless they arrive before 5pm on Tuesday when the Market closes we will NOT be listing Elderberry Syrup Kits to order on the website, and if they arrive before pickup on Friday we’ll announce it on Facebook and have them available for Table Sales on Friday.

FOOTNOTES

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

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

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

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

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

January 13, 2018 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
Healthy Lifestyle Education
Food For Thought
Market Chit Chat
Grower Notes

2018 MARKET CLASSES

Market at Dothan and Dothan Nurseries have been plotting for some time to offer classes once a month that are geared to help our community eat healthier and live better. The classes that were held during our Fall Farmer’s market were such a blessing to so many people that it seems both parties had the same thought . . . “why stop?”

So we’re happy to announce that our first monthly class of 2018 will be held on Saturday, January 20 at 10am. Classes will take place in the greenhouse at Dothan Nursery. Wendy Robbins of Avalon Farms will be teaching how to build your own diy seed warmer tray. We know many of you enjoy growing some of your own produce and starting from seed is a great way to enjoy vegetables and varieties not found in purchased seedlings.


Of course we understand that many of you don’t garden and that’s ok. We’ll be having plenty of food classes in the future. With this month being the month for garden planning, it seemed fitting to do this class while there’s time to actually use the information!

So thank you Wendy for your willingness to share from your wealth of knowledge and we look forward to learning more!

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

”I believe that you nourish much more than the body when you have your family sit down to a healthy homemade meal. There is just something about family meal time that creates strong families! It seems like such a simple thing but with the family being attacked from all sides I believe that something so simple can have a huge impact for good. My vision is that we can save the family unit one Simple, Healthy, Tasty meal at a time!”
Tammie Nelson of Simple, Healthy, Tasty


Photo courtest of Toledo Area Parent, Whatever Happened to Family Mealtime?

MARKET CHITCHAT

Our market growers have been puzzled for a long time by an aggravating quirk in our system that ultimately affects our customers. We figured it out!

This week four people clicked on a bag of kumquats showing a quantity of one. The site was correct in showing ONE bag of kumquats because putting an item in your shopping cart does not adjust inventory in the system. Who got the kumquats? The first person that finished their order! The next person to finish their order adjusted the quantity to -1, the next to -2 . . . . you see what’s happening!

This is not something that needs to be “fixed”. If there is anything to learn it would be that if you need something real bad, order it fast before someone else gets it! You can always go back and place another order for things that are not as critical. Our system does a great job of keeping up with multiple orders so it’s not a hassle and helps ensure you get what you want and need.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello market friends,
    So it warmed up some this week. I wonder if perhaps I’m the only one that runs to the garden as soon as it hits 60 degrees to play in the dirt?
  This week in our Embrace The Winter  series we are going to discuss yet another benefit of the winter temperatures.
    Benefit Two: Free Compost!!! Yes that’s right free composting materials are falling or have fallen from the sky and that my friends is very beneficial. Adding leaves to your compost is a nice way to increase the nitrogen content of your compost. This is vital since many of the crops we grow in the South are very dependant on nitrogen. We personally only have a few trees on our property but we have friends! So round up the kiddos, get your winter gear on and for goodness sake, go rake someone’s yard!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: How many ways can can we apologize for our orders yesterday? I’m sorry, we’re sorry, we apologize, please forgive us! You guys remember in our last post, I talked about how both hubby and I received some not so nice reports from the doctor, well unfortunately it caught up to me yesterday and I missed the Market completely. I call Roslyn as soon as I could and she was very forgiving and even said a prayer for me. (She is so sweet) We appreciate her and all of you for your understanding. We hope to be able to get through this process and get back to life, but if not then we will just keep praying and roll with it. Again we’re sorry we missed you and we ask that you please try us again!

January is a month of new beginnings. It is also a month where we realize that we have a BIG year ahead of us. There is so much to do! We have talked a lot about how the shorter days and cold have an affect on our animals, but it also affects us too! It’s like we know there’s work to be done. Feed, water, weed, and so on, but when the sun sets before 5 o’clock, it’s freezing cold, and sometimes wet outside you don’t even want to think about farm chores. With us being transplants here we keep asking each other….“This is Alabama right?” “What’s with this weather?” Honestly, all we really want to do is curl up on the couch, wrap in our blankets, eat, and tv binge……or maybe that’s just my family!
We know many of you live very busy lives and we want to stress to everyone that it’s ok to have those days when you just feel like doing nothing. It’s important to take time to breathe, de-stress, and relax. When you’re tired, take time to take care of you. We have had to learn this the hard way lately. So we want to tell you that it’s ok to direct instead of do!

The winter time can be beautiful for some and very upsetting for others. Many people suffer from seasonal affective disorder also known as SAD. This is when you feel moody, anxious, and your energy is nonexistent. The shorter days and lack of sunlight can lead to depression, a drop in serotonin levels and even cause sleep loss. So while a mild case of “I really don’t want to do anything today” is ok, anything above and beyond that could be serious. Look it up, research it, check on your friends/family if it seems like they have been hibernating. SAD can be dangerous and we don’t want anything to happen to any of you. So please hang in there and we will too. Before we know it, Spring will have Sprung!


MAYIM FARMS: Exciting news…Carole and I will be attending the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference (SSAWG) in Chattanooga Tn. this week. This conference provides a forum to learn about sustainable farming techniques and marketing strategies, community food systems, and promote sustainable agriculture. We are looking forward to learning much and putting it into action on our farm. Unfortunately we will be placing all of our products on “vacation mode” for this week. We’ll be back next week full of new ideas that we can implement to make Mayim Farm better for you. We are working hard and striving to make all our products the most nutrient dense and beneficial for you. “Let your food be your medicine!”

FOOTNOTES

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

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

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

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

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

January 6, 2018 Market Newsletter



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


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

Welcome January

"There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter.
One is the January thaw.  The other is the seed catalogues."
Hal Borland


When I was a kid I used to thumb through my grandparent’s Gurney’s Seed Catalog and dream of the wonderful things I could grow someday. These cold winter days I find myself doing the same thing . . . planning and plotting my garden and hoping I’ll have the time/energy/resources to do better this year than last.

Your editor is pretty sure she got every one of those catalogs from that year!

One of the things I dreamed of growing was blue potatoes. You can imagine my surprise when my high school beau showed up one fine spring day with a bag of blue potatoes he had grown! Talk about going for a farm girl’s heart! It wasn’t enough to hold things together with the guy and I married into an Oregonian greenhouse family instead (still pretty happy with that decision!). As an adult I’ve probably sampled every potato known to man and have practically sworn off them completely at this stage of life. You have to admit it was pretty ironic regardless.


Another thing I read at my grandparent’s house was the various Rodale publications they got monthly. Rodale is well known for Prevention Magazine (which was heavy on health through nutrition) which Mama and Papa N. were getting long before I was born. Even earlier than that, 1942 to be exact, Rodale had launched Organic Farming and Gardening which taught people how to grow food with organic farming techniques. Today, Organic Gardening is the best-read gardening magazine in the world.

But back to seed catalogs . . . .

Gurney’s is no longer my catalog of choice but I have to congratulate them for still being in business these many years. Crazy thing is – one came in the mail a few days ago! In my house however, catalogs like those shown above are the ones that get thumbed through, studied and ordered from.

So if you’re fighting some chilly winter blues, you’ve got options! Check out some potential deliciousness from a seed company online if you don’t have a catalog. Our growers don’t mind suggestions and if nothing else, it will get your mind off the cold a little bit!

Stay warm my friends!

On an almost unrelated note, the last member of Mom and Pop’s family called on New Years Day. Uncle Jimmy is almost 80 and has been selling exotic eggs, blueberries and other farm products on eBay for a number of years. Seriously.

MARKET CHITCHAT

Classes! This month Wendy from Avalon Farms will be conducting a class on building your own diy seed warmer tray. We know many of you enjoy growing some of your own produce and starting from seed is a great way to enjoy vegetables and varieties not found in purchased seedlings. Date and time to be announced!

It’s been a long time since we’ve had to do it but just in case it’s too cold JD has graciously offered to let us use the greenhouse for Dothan pickup. We’ll let you know in Thursday’s reminder email if we know that early. Plans are in the works to help make the Market Shed a bit less chilly this winter.

If you can’t read all this newsletter in one sitting please be sure to come back and read our Grower Notes from this week. Market at Dothan is so blessed to have so many gifted farmers who can communicate well! Your editor learns something every week from them!

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS:



Zoe, official porch dog, has fallen asleep while I peruse seed catalogs and dream of bountiful harvests.

This severe weather has a bright side in that it has killed off many of the bugs. The last couple of winters were so mild that we had a plague of grasshoppers munching almost year round. There isn’t a grasshopper or cabbage worm to be found! Although the migratory birds helped out too. I’ve been watching them in the gardens the last few weeks. Natural pest control at its best!!

New this week is rutabagas. They will be sold without the leaves. (The chickens thank you for your understanding. Winter greens are their favorite!)

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello market friends,
Here at Bain Home Gardens we are lamenting the woes of winter gardening on the homefront. Much of our produce has succumb to the freezing temperatures. So sad.


While that is very disappointing for us, did you know there are significant benefits for our gardens to experience freezing temperatures? For the next three weeks we will be reviewing these benefits in our Embrace the Winter series.

Benefit One: The cold of winter decreases damaging insects. Since most of the bug baddies burrow underground during the winter, it’s impossible for all of them to die off but that’s ok. Some controversial studies show that sustained freezing temperatures result it a more balanced bug population the flowing season. This sheds a silver lining, albeit small, on our upcoming growing season. The great thing is the beneficial insects like bees, are also hibernating safely in the hives keeping each other warm.

Till next time, sending lots of warm and cozy, from our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: Hello market friends and welcome to a brand new year! We hope all of you enjoyed your break. We spent our time adding new hens, who we hope will help us in getting our egg laying back on track, planting, planning, and of course trying to keep everyone warm. We hope to grow some things that we haven’t tried before. We recently posted a poll on our Facebook page with one question…What can we grow for you? So we pose that same question to all of you. Please reach out to us. We want to hear from you! We look forward to a year filled with bountiful harvests, we hope. Plus lots of eggs and fat chickens waiting to be harvested. It is our goal to buy most of our foods locally this year. Both hubby and I received some not so nice reports from the doctor so it’s time to make some changes. Recently we just read an awesome blog post from our Lean Bean Chef, Susan Avello. She gave some wonderful suggestions to help us all eat better. If you haven’t checked it out, it’s on her Facebook page.


This week on the market, our eggs are back! The hens have slowly started back laying so if you’re looking for eggs, please grab some. We have some hens who we expect to slow down on their laying this year, so we have brought in 15 new hens of various breeds who are just about at laying age. We purchased these hens from some farmer friends we have in Florida. We usually get chicks from them each year, but when we told them we had a need, they were there to help us fill it. Whenever we add new members to our flock that we didn’t hatch ourselves, there is always a quarantine period. This protects the rest of our flock just in case and allows us time to get to know our new birds personally.

We expect to have chickens later this month! Thank you everyone for being so patient with us. We appreciate all of you! You can expect some nice surprises coming up in the next few months from feedback we have received. Until next week….

HORTON’S FARM: We hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and New Year’s break. We had a white (sand) Christmas on the beach with ALL SEVEN of our grandchildren. We’re still fairly new at this grandparent thing and think we need more practice now. (wink)

Right before leaving I surrendered my beloved radiator heater to my husband so some of his critters could stay warm during our absence. I knew it was a risk and sure enough on our return all my 5 gallon buckets of honey were hard as a rock! The Mr. got his own heater and I’ve got mine back in the little storage room cranked up as high as it will go slowly, SLOWLY liquefying all that lovely golden goodness.

People used to think that when honey crystallized like that it had “gone bad”. And it always “went bad” really fast if they refrigerated it! Truth is, normal hive temperature is in the 90’s. Some flower nectars (cotton is one) will crystallize right in the hive at 95 degrees while others, tupelo and acai in particular, won’t crystallize even if you put them in the freezer.

So just like every flower is unique, their nectars have unique properties when gathered, and made into honey by these tiny amazing creatures.

SWEET ACRE FARMS: Happy New Year!! We hope to get back in the game after taking most of last year off. We still have blanched Boule d’jour turnip roots available, as well as turmeric. I will also be listing fresh baked cinnamon raisin bread and cinnamon rolls to start off the new year!

FOOTNOTES

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

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

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

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

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

December 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!