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May 20 Market Newsletter: Memorial Day Edition

Memorial Day Edition
In Season: Fire up the Grill!
Market ChitChat
This Week’s Grower Notes

A Solemn Charge

“Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan. “ JOHN A. LOGAN, Commander-in-Chief, May 5, 1868

“In this time of unprecedented success and prosperity throughout our land, I ask that all Americans come together to recognize how fortunate we are to live in freedom and to observe a universal “National Moment of Remembrance” on each Memorial Day. This memorial observance represents a simple and unifying way to commemorate our history and honor the struggle to protect our freedoms. “ William J Clinton, May 3, 2000

Memorial Day Trivia:
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of those who have died serving our country.
General John Alexander Logan ordered the Memorial Day holiday to be observed by decorating the war dead.
On Memorial Day, the flag should be at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.
Red Poppies are recognized as the Memorial Day flower.
“Taps” is often played at ceremonies on Memorial Day.
Memorial Day was first called “Decoration Day” because of the practice of decorating soldier’s graves with flowers.
New York was the 1st state to officially recognize Memorial Day.
Flowers and flags are the two most popular items people use to remember soldiers.
The south refused to honor the dead on Memorial Day until after World War I when the meaning of Memorial Day changed from honoring civil war dead to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.
Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971.

Formal Observance of Memorial Day:
Wear a red poppies on Memorial day to honor those who died serving the United States during war.
At 3 p.m. local time, Americans should pause for a moment of silence or listen to “Taps”.
Visit cemeteries and place flags or flowers on the graves of veterans.
Visit a memorial.
Attend a parade to honor fallen heroes.

In Season

The words, the culture and the country may change, but the deep sentiment and call to honor our dead have not. Memorial Day is now also regarded as the unofficial beginning of summer and often includes family gatherings and picnics and GRILLINNG! To that end we dedicate this section of available Market foods in hopes this will be your most delicious Memorial Day ever.

Working Cows Gouda Cheese and D’s Pepper Jelly are an unbeatable appetizer on fresh vegetables or bread from Mary’s Peeps

Both Richter Farms and Sandspur Farms offer Pork Chops from naturally raised and naturally fed animals.

These and many other vegetables suitable for grilling are available from Avalon Farms, Mayim Farms,

Horton’s Farm, Sandy Valley, and Sandspur Farms

You just can’t beat a good burger! Wholesome grass fed beef is available from Casablanca Ranch, Smith Farms, and Sandspur Farms. Working Cows Dairy carries delicious Organic Cheese.

No picnic is complete without Deviled Eggs. Market at Dothan is blessed to have Kathy’s Churpers, Mary’s Peeps, Richter Farms, Sandspur Farms, and Horton’s Farm who all have eggs. Avalon Farms now has pickles and relishes available for making them. For especially healthy toppings, try microgreens and sprouts from Restoration Gardens and Mayim Farms.

No picnic is complete without a refreshing beverage. May we suggest The Tea Cart’s Honey Bush Peach Apricot tea infused with fresh fruit and lightly sweetened with honey from Horton’s Farm?

If you still have room after all that a Cream Cheese Pound Cake from Mary’s Peeps travels well and is the perfect ending to a perfect meal.

Market ChitChat

You should notice that our Vegetable category on the Market page is divided into subcategories now. It should be fairly easy to navigate, but should anyone ever want both turnips AND turnip greens, or beets AND beet greens, the search bar should help. Plus, you’re always welcome to contact us if there’s a question.

It’s been exciting to hear that some of you are planning to attend the FSA outreach meeting announced in last week’s newsletter. For anyone who missed it the details are here and here.

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’re happy to introduce our Blackberries to the market this week. These are all University of Arkansa developed cultivars. Some of the biggest and sweetest available. There were samples out at the Market last Friday I hope you enjoyed them.

If you are looking for a sweet ‘n’ savory condiment for your BBQ this week, I highly recommend our Sassy Apricot Habanero Jam. Grilled pork is simply awesome dipped in it. Add it to any sauce for a richer, more dimensional flavor. Not too hot, just sassy.

Just found out the good news!!! We can sell our pickles here. This is great news for us and you. Some of you will remember our Squash Pickles from a few years back when we participated in the Poplar Head Farmers Market. We had a few people buying a jar every week. We are very happy to fill this need once again. Sweet, crunchy, oniony, great on a sandwich or burger, or even as a side to peas.

MARY’S PEEPS: I wanted to thank all of you who have supported my products and tried the new breads. This upcoming week I have listed some peppers and herbs.  They are just getting some size now, so I can start selling while they are fresh. My bees are very busy making beautiful fresh  honey, so this allergy season doctors recommend local fresh honey because it contains pollen.   As always I like feedback and love to hear from you all, Soon we will be having some blueberries, and figs, if the Good Lord is willing.  Thanks again and if you have any request recipes I will be glad to try.  Thanks again, Mary’s Peeps-& Mary Bees……Mary Dale Peeples Echo Community

MAYIM FARMS is hosting a Compost Tea Making and Soil Biology Workshop and anyone interested in natural gardening methods is invited to attend. It is June 10 from 10:00am to 2pm. Location is 29021 Bell Crossing Rd Opp Al 36467. “Come join us on Mayim Farm and learn about soil biology and making your own compost teas. We will have a special guest who is an expert on making compost teas… Jayme Oates of Farmscape Solutions. You will leave with the knowledge and your own compost tea maker. We will also be using the microscope to assess the biology of the teas and soil samples. So bring a sample and we’ll take a look. Tickets are $35 individual and $45 for couples. Lunch will be provided!”


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