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February 24, 2018 Market Newsletter

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

This Week’s Newsletter:
Help Stamp Out Greenwashing!
Ros’s Ramblings
Market Chit Chat
Grower Notes



If you’ve been with Market at Dothan more than a few weeks you recognize the above as our four core values. Another thing we value very much is the trust you place in us to deliver on those four words. It can be challenging sometimes – like the cattle at Working Cow’s getting into clover and making the milk taste bad, or the extreme cold we had last month that killed so many leafy green vegetables we’d be enjoying otherwise. But try we do and all our growers who’ve filled out our application form knows we ask the hard questions so you don’t have to wonder about the quality of food you purchase through us.

That being said – none of us assume you get ALL your groceries through Market at Dothan (though who knows – maybe some year??). But because you do, we want you to enjoy optimum health and not be hoodwinked or who-dood into taking home something you shouldn’t as we transition to more people selling fresh produce in our area.

”Greenwashing:” Have you heard that word? It happens all the time in the fresh food industry. Greenwashing is where a seller passes off industrial produce they got at wholesale prices as homegrown and uses unregulated words like “natural” and “no spray” to pass it off as wholesome and healthy. Here in the Wiregrass it is usually trucked up from Florida.

The good news is that there’s a great resource to help you ask the hard questions and avoid these food scammers. The Cornucopia Institute is a farm and food policy research group and they have developed a comprehensive guide to equip shoppers to do a background check on vendors. It provides a list of key questions about farming philosophies and daily practices that are designed to unearth detailed information about market goods. It’s not just about avoiding market fraud, it’s also about increasing the shoppers comfort level in discussing these issues with farmers.

The document may be found HERE. Yes, we realize it’s 9 pages. You don’t have to read it all at once or even read the whole thing for that matter, but we do hope you’ll take the time to familiarize (arm) yourself with some of the questions that will help you be the smartest, safest consumer you can be.


A few months ago I shared a trendy breakfast dish that my trendy daughter made for me. I’m happy to tell you that I am still eating Avocado Toast every week. My jacked up version starts with a seedy piece of toast spread with a bit of coconut oil and topped with a little smoked salmon, an over easy egg that’s a bit runny and avocado slices on top. I eat it thankfully and slowly thinking how they’ll surely serve it in Heaven.

And last week my dear husband brought home more smoked salmon because he knew I’d stretched the last pack as far as it would go. That’s true love folks!

Well . . . there’s a hot new avocado trend. Rather than tell you I’m showing you. This is real. Faces and details have been deleted to protect the couple and all the women who swooned over this. . . and this isn’t the only piece of jewelry stuck in an avocado out there!

You can’t make this stuff up!


Do you ever wish you could go back and find something from a previous newsletter? Actually you can, though you might have do a bit of scrolling. All our newsletters are stored in the weblog section of In a way our weblog is both a resource and a history of Market at Dothan. That being said, if you do find yourself perusing there and find a golden oldie you’d like to see published again, send the publication date to us and we’ll see what we can do.

DON’T FORGET to mark your calendar for March 17 for our next Healthy Lifestyle Class. This time Rachel Hawkins (much nicer than Rachel Ray) is demonstrating an actual kitchen and homesteading skill! EVERYBODY needs to know how to cut up a chicken and nobody is better qualified than Rachel to teach this. You will love this class and you will love Rachel. If you’ve got a young chef who is eager to learn more this is a great opportunity to kick their skills up a notch . . . and you can’t beat the price as all our classes are FREE.


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

DANNY’S GREENS: Danny’s garden is going strong again after being frozen in January. Salad greens and onions are available this week.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello Market Friend’s!
    Hello Market Friend’s!
     For three months we’ve moped around with borderline seasonal affective disorder, saddened by the gloomy damp weather that winter brings to Southern Alabama. Well, mope no more! Spring is in the air, on our vehicles and if outside long enough on you too!  Spring is such a beautiful time of year and is a time that beckons new beginnings.

With that, much welcome work is due to the garden. However, we have already noticed the allergies kicking up and Spring isn’t “officially” here yet! Knowing we will be outside more than ever, the question arises: How will we manage the symptoms? Over the next month we will be sharing some tips that we will be implementing at Bain Home Gardens.

Wear hats and scarves while engaging in outdoor activities.
It’s no new revelation that hats protect our heads from direct sun, in fact most gardeners have a favorite straw hat for the garden.  Instead of the pollen getting into your hair and working its way into your eyes, nose, or ears, it’s simply on the hat or scarf and when removed – boom, you’ve limited your exposure to the pollen. Storing these outside in a dedicated covered area will also be implemented this year. Speaking of storing outside, having a dedicated pair of garden shoes helps too. At our home we are “supposed” to remove shoes at the door before coming into the main living space but as with many good ideas, this one has become relaxed. Let’s just say the Bain family will be improving in this regard.

In the meantime we are planting new varieties of some old time favorites. Hang on to your caps guys & gals! This year will be an exciting ride as we work diligently to bring new and interesting produce from our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: Hello all!……..(drumroll please) We are extremely excited and anxious to introduce our organic oils and moisturizers to the market!!! Made with wonderful ingredients like Shea butter and essential oils, plus100% chemical free, we believe these products are the absolute best you can use for you hair and body. Our family uses everything we produce and it is our goal to provide products your family will love as much as we do! We hope you will give them a try.

In other news….it definitely feels like Spring has sprung with the wonderful weather we had this past week. Was anyone else pleasantly surprised? The garden has been loving it and we couldn’t be happier about it. Our peas started flowering one day and then they seemed to have grown pods overnight! We are patiently waiting for them to fatten up! Patiently…

We also have other some new offerings this week!!!! Please check out our organic buttercrunch lettuce, arugula, and collard greens. Lots of green goodness coming your way. Plus our eggs have picked up so there are plenty to go around. As always we appreciate each and every one of you and we’ll see you at the market.


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