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!
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!”