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March 31, 2017 Newsletter

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

This Week’s Newsletter:
Roz’s Ramblings
In Season
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

Monday Musings

I’m starting this newsletter on a dreary cold Monday – which by the way I LOVE dreary cold Mondays! This could very well be the last one of spring so I’m milking it for all it’s worth. After spending the weekend outdoors pulling weeds and making myself sore it’s nice to be tucked inside with a nice cup of warm cider. Earlier today I made this for lunch:

The directions wouldn’t cooperate but you get the idea.

Easter starts the month of my 60th year on this terrestrial ball we call earth. I didn’t think it would be that big a deal till I found myself thinking about a new bucket list. There are very few big “to do ” things, but there are a lot of ordinary things, which if done consistently really ARE big:

  • Abiding in the True Vine
  • Being there for my family
  • To be a good friend
  • Loving my enemies well
  • Excellence in work
  • Faithfulness in what I’m called to do
  • Gratitude in All Things

Can’t say I got all of this 100% right in my fifties and I’m not holding my breath that the next decade will automatically be smooth or easy, but it is a new beginning with new challenges! Several things are written in stone: it’s going to be work, it’s going to be fun, and I’m immensely grateful for all of you.


The Cobb salad is a main-dish American garden salad typically made with chopped salad greens (iceberg lettuce, watercress, endives and romaine lettuce), tomato, crisp bacon, boiled, grilled or roasted (but not fried) chicken breast, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, chives, Roquefort cheese, and red-wine vinaigrette. You just can’t beat if for a light yet satisfying meal and many restaurants have their own version of this classic. Give it a try, and if you think your version is better than the original we bet others would too! We’re all about sharing good recipes here and would love to know about yours!

This beautiful Cobb Salad can be made with Richter Farms Pork, Hawkins Homestead Chicken, Greens from Danny, Bain or Mayim, and Eggs from many of our Market Vendors.


Goodbye March, Hello April!

Our next HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CLASS is in three weeks! This month’s topic is More than Food: Honey and Health. This class will be taught by and Alabama Master Beekeeper who has been utilizing hive products for health and medicinal us for years. We hope you’ll put it on your spring calendar and learn more reasons why it’s so important to save the bees. Mark your calendar for April 21 at 10 am.

Market at Dothan doesn’t normally advertise for other stores, but we are all about sharing . . . so here goes! One of our market friends found a great deal on bulk Organic Black Beans at Ollies of all places yesterday! A pack of eight 14 oz cans was $4.99.

Lastly, Richter Farms is taking an indefinite leave of absence due to an urgent family need. They covet your prayers and understanding during this difficult time.


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

AVALON FARMS: New in the market: Asparagus is back!!! It is hard to estimate how much I’ll harvest because the new growth is all underground. Can’t wait till the 3 new rows are old enough to harvest.

What I did the last 2 weeks: (Farm Fit. Better than crossfit!)

Planted all the transplants. (Lower body workout) 150 tomato plants consisting of slicers, paste, and assorted cherry tomatoes. 40 pepper plants: jalapeno, mariachi, Italian sweet and sweet lunch box. 18 japanese eggplant (Wanted more but that’s how it goes sometimes when you grow your own transplants. Bummer)

Planted lots of seeds: 2 kinds of crookneck squash, zephyrs, yellow patty pan and a new french patty pan that sounds delicious. 2 rows of green beans. Only 1 row of cucumbers. You get a lot of little picklers off a single 80 ft row.

Installed tposts for trellis on 3 rows of sugar snap peas. (Upper body workout)

Drug driptape out on all these rows of new things and set-up irrigation. (Cardio)

Assorted weeding. A job that never ends. (Meditation)(Actually a lot of meditation and prayer goes on throughout the whole process.)

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello Market Buddies!
    As we stretch and yawn from our week long stay-cation we have one wish…THAT IT WAS LONGER! That being said we didn’t REALLY rest. No, no – there is too much to do in the garden. Admittedly, we love getting our hands dirty! We come back bearing new things for you to try out! Our salad mix has been adjusted just a bit for more color and flavor! We are also introducing our Kale Trio Bundle. Kale is so awesome, why be limited to just one?
    Over the last year we have learned much in our endeavors to be more self sufficient by growing our own produce. We have tapped into all kinds of resources. The internet is FILLED with helpful information. Some things however, need a more analog approach. Listening. Simply listening. We have been doing more of that lately; listening to sage gardeners & tapping into the wealth of knowledge they have from pure experience! This week I’d like to share some photos from the garden of a dear friend.  He has been gardening for as long as he can remember and each year his garden tends to expand. To feed his family? No. He loves it & he loves to give. That is just who he is. At his invitation, we visited his garden a few weeks ago & were purely amazed at how beautifully everything glistened in the evening sun. Thanks Uncle Reg – we appreciate all you do!


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