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August 4, 2018 M@D Newsletter

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If you’re wondering about that “MAD” bit, its only about good healthy food!

This Week’s Newsletter:
Food For Thought
Grower Notes


Ever have something hit you like a pile of bricks?

I ran into this cartoon last week while preparing for Market and it had that effect.

I think it’s easy to see why.

We have so much to be thankful for. The choices that are available to us are unbelievable compared to people in most parts of the world. Even our highly advanced Chinese daughter admitted that food safety was an “issue” in her country. The realization is humbling.

No live animals were harmed in the making of this staged photo.

World hunger has been around as long as man and the sad truth is its not going away anytime soon. Even if the modern farming technologies we disdain produced enough food, the problem persists because of politics, infrastructure, corruption & lack of education. One organization, let alone one person cannot solve all the needs, but each person doing what they can, can make a dent in it. Market at Dothan made a difference in Haiti with our collective donations to help a farming village there.

I don’t want to end this on a doom and gloom note so I’d like to introduce you to an Alabama organization that has quietly been making such a difference for years.

Students from around the globe learn sustainable farming methods using locally available materials right here in Alabama.

This is SIFAT which stands for Servants in Faith and Technology. Sifat was founded by Ken & Sarah Corson after spending years as missionaries in third world countries and seeing first hand human suffering caused by politics, infastructure, corruption and lack of education. The goal was to do what they could.

They’ve done so much! I hope you’ll brouse the website and learn about some of the opportunities available both at home and abroad. The impact of the Basic Needs Institute alone has impacted thousands to live safer, more productive sustainable lives around the globe.

On a personal note my family and the Corsons go back several generations. Two people genuinely cared about the little guy in our cartoon and their legacy is still making a difference to see that he is fed and cared for.


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

    We missed you guys! We have, however, really enjoyed our break thus far! Many times we focus on resting our bodies and minds thus rejuvenating them. We personally think it is even more vital to renew our spiritual selves! This weekend we’ve done just that and are ready to face the world!
    This week on the market you will notice our various kale varieties are not listed. We expect it to stay that way for a few weeks. They have been cut back and we will kindly allow them some time to “rejuvenate” as well. However, our Soybeans, Basil, Aloe Vera, Rosemary, Thyme, Summer Salad Blend, & Sprouts continue to be available for the pickin’!

    This year has been ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Truly. We have been on this Market for over a year now and we have learned so much! We have grown new & exotic plant varieties, gotten to know you Marketeers & your endearing stories, learned so much from and have forged beautiful relationships with our fellow growers, and finally we feel worthy of the badge – grower. We are looking to the fall growing season with bright eyes. New plots are being tilled & prepared for even further expansion this 2018 Fall growing season, thus enabling us to proudly continue bringing quality organic produce from our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends! Is it really August already?!?! Is anyone else trying to figure out where the whole year went? Seems like time has flown by so fast. Well we for one are ready to get through August and into the later part of the year. You know where the humidity loosens its grip on us and the temperatures actually cool down.

On our urban farm we are still canning pear jam. Our most favorite flavor is Lemon Ginger Pear. I love a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but I don’t usually like a lot of either on my bread. With this jam, well let’s just say that I had to go back and add more!

Have you checked out our website lately? Each month we post a special report of all that we have “growing now.” If you haven’t taken the time to check it out, please do! Besides our Facebook page, it’s a wonderful way to stay up to date on what we’re doing. Plus we know not everyone is on social media. You can find the link here:

As always we thank everyone for their continued support of us and the Market. Until next time.

YARD EATIN’S: is taking a short August break August 3 and 10 but will return on August 24 with their granola and other new items. My first grandchild is arriving in early August, and I’ll be in Texas waiting for, and then helping with the bundle of joy.


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