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October 13, 2018 Market Newsletter

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

This Week’s Newsletter:
After the Storm
Reschedule Information
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes



If you noticed the pumpkins and Bible verse instead of our usual logo at the top of this message it just seemed fitting. SO MUCH DESTRUCTION this week, and if you’re reading this, SO MUCH to be thankful for. With every photo of someone’s house torn to splinters, or trees down narrowly missing homes (like JD at the Nursery), I’m reminded that people are what matter. The houses, the roofs, the vehicles . . . they can be replaced.

You can’t.

So if you’re reading this know that my prayers for your safety were answered.


With both the Market and our Saturday Farmer’s Market closed this week, we’ve had to regroup and reorganize for the upcoming Saturday Markets. Here’s what the schedules look like now:

Saturday, October 27
Here’s What’s Happening

10am Susan Avello, the Lean Bean Chef will be sharing from her wealth of knowledge about sustainable healthy eating. You don’t want to miss this!

12 pm – Melody Forsythe Jesche Food Preservation Workshop in the Market Shed
This workshop will cover EVERY type of food preservation. Melody has extensive experience and will answer all your questions.

10am-2pm Farmer’s Market – Parking Lot of Dothan Nurseries


Saturday, November 10
Here’s What’s Happening

Water & Milk Keifer with Katherine Johnson. Katherine is a busy mom of four boys and probably knows more about healthy gut bacteria than anyone in the Wiregrass after beating cancer.

12pm – “Smart Doc” Virginia Schafer – Healing tips for Seasonal Change

10am-2pm Farmer’s Market – Parking Lot of Dothan Nurseries

Hope to see you there!


If you didn’t see it on On Facebook: Facebook we thought you might appreciate some of the smart things our Market family did during and after the storm. (And you’ll understand why we want some of them to teach classes!) We hope this information translates into future blessings for someone, sometime, somewhere .

Mrs. Melody Forsythe -Jesche DONATED food she was going to lose rather than see it go to waste. She contacted her Tupperware lady (whose contact info was posted) who has connections to the Wiregrass Food Bank and organizations that are providing meals for emergency workers.

In her own words, “am so blessed. Rather than losing and throwing away/wasting my freezer food a friend helped me be able to donate much of it to local shelters feeding folks as well as feeding our EMS, first responders and linemen. In the process we discovered that much of it was still frozen rock hard. Will check it again tomorrow if I still dont have power and make another run at donating. I feel so lucky to be able to do this and help rather than seeing food go to waste. And please, keep praying, we have a ways to go down here.

Don’t you just love her beautiful heart?


Katharine Johnson made sure she would be able to provide hot meals for her man clan. Her “driveway soup” is shown below with details about how she pulled it off.

Katharine is using a small camp stove: “It’s not a propane stove like I went for…it’s a pocket sized thing that comes with square tablets you burn…each tab burns for 18 mins and you get 8. I had to use 2 for this big pot but it was $5 so, totally worth it, lol. Walmart camping section.”

“also…the man in Walmart said you can get a metal coffee can, drop a roll of TP in it, soak that with 90% rubbing alcohol. Lay metal tent stakes or coat hangers across the top for a grate and drop a match in it…you can use it and blow it out when you’re done and relight it later. . . ”


DALEVILLE & ENTERPRISE CUSTOMERS – Woo-Hoo! Wendy is returning. Delivery to your locations resume this week.


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

Some of our Growers were hit hard by the storm and lost the entirity of their garden. Produce will probably be light for a while till they can get established again. It’s one of the misfortunes of going through a storm like this and they would appreciate your thoughts and prayers as they recover. Both the Market Facebook Pages (links below) and individual Farm pages have more detailed infomation.

HORTONS FARM: We’re glad to report that our bees made it through the storm fine. To see them out and about gathering water and what pollen and nectar they could find today you wouldn’t know they were ever in any danger. I was not able to secure my hives prior to this storm as I have done in the past (no thanks to a nasty cold) and had to trust that their own preparations (propolis – so many reasons to love the stuff!) and the Good Lord would keep them safe. Neither failed and we are so grateful! We heard of a few bee trees being toppled over and were sad we couldn’t rescue any of those bees (again, no thanks to said nasty cold).

So grateful for the amazing weather following the storm. I was able to drag some old decorations down from the attic yesterday. If you spot any of this in east Dale County you’ll know where you’re at. Stop for a cup of tea if you’re ok with overly friendly pooches.

Our barn actually fared better than the house and we’ve got our work cut out for us with damaged fences and roof issues. So thankful it was not worse and that our friends and neighbors are safe.

AVALON FARMS:We are SO thankful that this storm wasn’t a direct hit to our area. When we left on vacation Michael was barely a tropical depression. We had no idea it would be a fast moving hurricane in days. With my 77 year old father feeding the animals and keeping an eye on things, I was more worried about him overdoing it getting the farm ready for the storm than I was about the storm itself! (Dad and the 3 newborn baby goats are doing fine by all reports! ?)

We won’t be able to evaluate our crops until we arrive back home Sunday afternoon. If any of the vegetables survived (and, of course, there should be eggs available) they will all be listed Sunday afternoon. We don’t know the current state of the farm and critters,  other than that “it wasn’t too bad” in our neck of the woods. Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts! We continue to keep you all in our prayers!!

Keep an eye out for a Sunday update on the Market Discussion Facebook page (link at bottom).

DANNY’S GREENS Michael’s winds did not blow low enough to affect the hand built mini hoop houses Danny builds to protect his greens. Thankfully his gourmet salad mix is available this week!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: Hello Market Friends. How are all of you? It’s been a challenging week, but I hope that everyone came through the hurricane ok and with very little to no damage. We have spent the last few days clearing and cleaning up on our farm and helping out others as well. There is a lot of damage and destruction, but there is also a spirit of kindness and giving. You can see how everyone is so willing to help each other and that is what should be done in times like these.

We lost a lot, but we know there is nothing we could of done to change Hurricane Michael. So we are choosing to view this as a restart. With that being said, we are sure that some of you need to put your money elsewhere in the next coming weeks and that’s ok! We have had to do the same and are currently trying to figure out what dinner will be since we are still without power here and from what I can tell from the power company, it may be a few more days.

We have very limited quantities to offer and only our organic sprouts as veggies, but if you need us, we’re here. If not, then we will be here when you’re ready. We ask all of you to please pray for those without homes, without all of their loved ones, those who have no jobs to go back to, everyone affected by the storm. We will do the same. Things will get better and setbacks happen. It’s how you deal with the setbacks that matters. Until next week….


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