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August 18, 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:
Homeopathy in the Garden
The Rest of the Story
Market News
Grower Notes


Mrs. Patty is our guest writer this week! We’re so grateful that she’s willing to share from her wealth of knowledge.

I am embarking on a homeopathic journey for myself and am thus subscribed to some newsletters. A few weeks ago, they pressure washed the building I live in and unfortunately did not tell me they were coming nor did they move the pot my peppers were in so they got drenched in pressure washing solution…bleach :( Over the next few days, the leaves all started turning yellow and falling off. All the buds fell off and it looked like it was FTD…(fixin’ to die). Then a newsletter article About using homeopathic silica (Silacea) for ailing plants came in my email and I figured I would try it. I knew it sure couldn’t hurt and had the potential to really help. I tried it and within 3 days, they quit dropping leaves and put out a lot more buds. Now, about a week later, I have a ton more peppers set. I wish I had a before picture. This little experience of course, made me want to research more and I thought I would share with y’all, my favorite people!

The practice of homeopathy is about 200 years old and is based on the principle that like cures like. It uses minuscule doses of a substance that would produce symptoms to cure symptoms. There is really almost nothing left of the original substance in an homeopathy prep except its energy signature. The whole premise behind homeopathy is that the body can cure itself. The focus is on the patient…human, animal or plant…not the “disease”.

This pepper plant was as good as dead before Patty brought back to life with a homeopathic remedy.

The basic principle of organic gardening is that healthy soil and a healthy environment lead to healthy, disease resistant plants. Homeopathic remedies for plants promote healthy soil and address nutrient deficiencies. For example, homeopathic boron will treat both boron deficiency and boron toxicity. Homeopathy induces homeostasis. Plants have been proven to respond to stimuli although not through a “nervous system” like in the animal world. Michael Pollan wrote: “ Plants have evolved between fifteen and twenty distinct senses, including analogues of our five: smell and taste (they sense and respond to chemicals in the air or on their bodies); sight (they react differently to various wavelengths of light as well as to shadow); touch (a vine or a root “knows” when it encounters a solid object); and, it has been discovered, sound.”

You can also apply the principle of companion planting in choosing homeopathic remedies. For example, tomatoes and basil are known companion plants and spraying homeopathic basil on tomato plants results in strong, healthy plants.

While the emphasis, in a healthy garden, is treat the plant, there are frequently instances where a specific disease or pest must be addressed. Part 2 will cover some basic remedies for your garden.



If you read our newsletter on July 28 you may remember some of the “frankenfood” trends going on ourside our realm of local sustainable eats. The one that disturbed your Market Manager the most was the laboratory created meat.

It turns out there’s a lot more to that! The effort to produce meat in a laboratory was started by PETA in 2008 with a one million cash prize to the first one who could pull it off. If you would like to learn more this article from Medium has all the details.


Many thanks to Mrs. Melody for sharing a great produce tip with us:

These onions from Danny’s Greens are 4 weeks old and are incredibly fresh. Mrs. M. keeps the bottoms in water and snips the tops as she needs them.

Paying it Forward: What a great honor to have Jessica Kelton with the Headland Extension Service with us yesterday! Jessica has been assigned to write an article about CSA’s and sustainable farming markets. She spent the morning with us interviewing several of our growers. We hope her work helps other growers and communities around the state.

And we haven’t forgot! Next week we’ll announce the dates for our Fall Saturday Markets.

New & Relisted Products

  • Hot Banana Peppers from Grier Acres
  • Basil Pesto-Organic Lime from Hawkins Homestead
  • Clemson Spineless & Emerald Okra from Grier Acres
  • (Kitty Krack) Catnip from Grier Acres
  • Jalapino Peppers form Grier Acres
  • Avalon Okra is relisted


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


This is our new mobile covered chicken nest schooner. The new girls are slightly ahead of schedule as we got our first eggs this week. Which means our egg mobile is slightly behind schedule. They apparently they can’t read gantt charts!

These  hens are currently located on Garden 2. They will be tilling the soil, eating bugs and weeds, all the while fertilizing the garden for next year.

The weed block landscape fabric the tomatoes were planted on was pretty much a disaster. It didn’t really stop the weeds and it shredded. What a mess. I’ve been clearing out the tomato vines and ripping up the landscape fabric and weeds. I planted the first row of sugar snap peas in their place to reuse the t-posts and string trellis. Saved a little labor.

Just for fun:
Crinkle your nose and say the word “snout”. It just makes us laugh. LOL

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello Marketeers!
Have you ever been gifted seeds or plants, grown them successfully while not being exactly sure what variety you are growing? Funny story that: We have peas of some sort. We were gifted seeds by a dear friend who is from Jamaica and he called them “Jamaican Peas”. We headed to the internet but was overwhelmed with information. Then we spoke to one of my husbands cousins from the Islands and they said they thought that the peas were pigeon peas. Yay! Nope. Recently we have discovered that this is not correct either. Further research shows these could be a type of Cowpea, hence the earlier statement “we have peas of some sort”. Whatever they are they are quite tasty! We have used them as snaps and we have shelled them. Good eatin’! If you have funny seed sharing/gifting stories, please share over on our Facebook page. Let us know we are not alone!

We have the best customers in the Wiregrass area. Thank you for your understanding and continued support. We couldn’t do this without you!

HORTONS FARM: “Little by little, inch by inch. By the yard it’s hard, by the inch what a cinch. Never stare up the stairs just step up the steps, little by little, inch by inch.”

I’ve found myself singing this little Patch the Pirate song all along during this process of putting our home back together. Sometimes it seems to drag on forever despite progress being made every day. The pantry is very close and we hope to move the refrigerator and freezer back before days end.

We miss the kitchen! With so much of the pantry items stored there it’s been impossible to do much more than one pot wonders. We look forward to making great stuff like Salmon Rub and Cinnamon Creamed Honey again!

Left: Mopsi is most patient while I paint & stain. Right: Ready for shelves!

On a different and perhaps silly note, do you realize none of us will ever be able to date anything “08/18/18” in our lifetime again?

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD Hello Market Friends! Isn’t it nice to have had some cooler days this week. With all the rain the temperatures were so nice! We definitely enjoyed being outside, but wished there hadn’t been so much rain so we could do more.

On our urban farm we have been SO busy! With the start of the school year, homeschool for us…it’s always challenging to get back into a routine of school when your 11 and you’ve spent your summer sleeping in and having fun. I’m sure all you parents agree! So couple that with Fall plantings, garden changes, plus trying to balance work, family, and our spiritual things! Well let’s just say we’re tired!

Even still we’re working hard to bring you the best organic food we can. Speaking of which something new for us is organic mung beans! We’re growing them specifically for bean sprouts! Sadly we don’t have enough to share, but don’t fret because our friends at Bain Home Gardens have sprouts on the Market right now so grab some. New for us this week is our LIME basil pesto! In one word all we can say is YUM! See you next week!


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