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Aug. 10, 2019 M@D Newsletter



Market at Dothan is open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
We use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


This Week’s Newsletter:
Welcome New Vendor
Diet Plans Part 4
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

Bella Eden Farms

We are excited to be a part of Market@Dothan! We specialize in handmade skin care products from natural ingredients such as soaps, lotions, body scrubs, etc. The owner of Bella Eden Farms is a pharmacist and created each product with a goal of healthier skin. Stop on by and take your skin on a journey to Bella Eden Farms!

DIET OVERVIEW #4

We have been examining diet plans. Last week we looked at Weight Watchers which US News & World Report ranked as their best “Biggest Loser.” This week we’re looking at prepackaged plans.

This sweet lady regained mobility and reversed an ostomy after losing 100+ lb on Optavia, a prepackaged diet food program that includes coaching.

The HMR (Health Management Resources Program) ranked first for FAST weight loss plans among this group. It, like many others is designed to reduce calories via prepackaged meals & meal replacements (shakes or snacks). Each plan claims to be nutritionally balanced, and all encourage healthy lifestyle changes & increased physical activity. Some plans, like HMR & Optavia include coaching in their strategies. Other companies using this model include Jenny Craig, Noon & Nutrisystem.

PROS

  • You don’t have to cook.
  • Delivered to your door.

CONS

  • Cost
  • Highly processed ingredients
  • Lack of variety/ becoming bored with choices over time.

M@D Note – While many of these plans work and work well, they are not without their risks as the reliance on soy & highly processed ingredients can wreck havoc in the body.

MARKET CHITCHAT

“Time flies when you’re having fun.” Even with the heat and dust we enjoy our Fridays with you so much every week that sometimes noon just sneaks up on us. Yesterday was like that. Just wanted to say we appreciate being part of your lives.

Repeat from last week: This is a tough time of year for farmers. Most of the summer crops are petering out. Weeds are trying to take over, and the soil is still too hot for many cool weather seeds to germinate. That being said, KUDOS to our growers who are managing to keep things going during this transition between growing seasons. Because of this we are suspending the New & Relisted Products section in this section for a few weeks. New products (like those from Bella Eden Farms) are visible at the top of the Market page.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

GRIER ACRES: Harry and Jeannie are doing well but staying busy. There is a family of coons on the property. They have unfortunately ate most of the pears we had planned to sale. Okra is doing great! It finally survived the bug infestation. Our tomatoes are limited to the cherry and Campari varieties. We also have some bell peppers and will also have some ghost peppers and habanero growing. We have some mildly hot Thai peppers. Our watermelons are almost ready. We are looking to finish our fencing and hopefully start a goat journey. Jeannie loves her chickens. She has named them and has zip ties on them so she dote on them even more. We are considering doing a small winter garden. Hope everyone is having a great week.

DANNY’S GREENS: The greens are growing too slow in the heat to harvest this week but will be available the following week. Danny has green onions & carrots in the ground for sales later this fall.

AVALON FARMS:

Say hello to the new girls! They’ll be stepping up and providing much needed extra eggs this winter. We should start finding eggs in their area in the next few weeks. That means we have to get busy and get their egg-mobile finished. We’ll be running a series on the build progress.

FOOTNOTES

We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write marketatdothan@gmail.com.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: 10am – 12pm, Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: 11am – 11:30am, Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 12pm – 12:30pm, Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

August 3, 2019 M@D Newsletter



Market at Dothan is open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
We use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


This Week’s Newsletter:
In Season
Choosing a Plan Part 3
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

EGGSTRAORDINARY EGGS

Regardless of what the earth gives us by way of produce, we can pretty much count on our chickens to give us delicous and nutritious eggs year round. It’s a staple that we can count on for a versatile and reliable protein source for any meal.

One of the best things about eggs is that while they have their own taste, they blend well with so many things! We hope you’ll be inspired to try something different this week!


Top Left: This Particular Personal Pizza features bacon and asparagus, however many ingredients could be used.
Top Right: The big taste of these Breakfast Taco Cups doesn’t have to be just for breakfast.
Bottom Left: Baked Scotch Eggs are a pub favorite across the water and easy to make.
Bottom Right: What’s not to love? Brussel Sprouts Hash with Eggs


DIET OVERVIEW #1

Everybody has a diet whether they know it or not. Your diet is what you eat and planned or unplanned it affects both your current and future health, and should be done with thought and planning. This is part 3 in a series about health and weight loss eating plans to help you make YOUR right choices. The last two weeks weblogs contained general information about selecting a plan that works best for you. The remainder of this series will be examining the pros and cons of various popular diets.

US News & World Report has catagorized and ranked 41 of the most popular diets. It’s a fascinating study as their analysis puts hard numbers on the common-sense belief that no diet is ideal for everybody. The overall top two were included in our previous M@D websogs.

In their “Biggest Loser” weight loss category, they considered Weight Watchers to be the best. Weight Watchers is built around one simple philosophy – to help its members lose weight by making smarter and more healthful decisions about food while getting support from the Weight Watchers® community.

PROS

  • Unlimited food choices – you can eat anything you want as long as you track it
  • Promotes healthy and whole foods – the lowest point foods on Weight Watchersreg; are fruits, vegetables, and lean protein sources.
  • Teaches dieters about portion size and making better choices – the PointsPlusreg; system intuitively teaches dieters to make better decisions as they weigh whether or not a food choice is worth the points. Over time dieters tend to make better choices.
  • Support – many diets find support and accountability through weekly meetings and weigh ins.
  • Community – there is a huge community of people on Weight Watchers, which means that it is easy to find information, recipes, and other resources while you are on the diet.

CONS

  • The cost may be prohibitive for some people. There is a fee for weekly meetings and the online program. Currently a monthly pass to unlimited meetings is $39.95, which also includes the online program. Pay as you go meetings are $12 to $15 per week in addition to a one-time $20 registration fee. Online only is $16.95 monthly.
  • Lack of structure – if you are someone who needs structure, the diet itself won’t provide this since no one is telling you what to eat.
  • Keeping track of all the points can be tricky and time consuming.

M@D Note – we consider it a con, i.e.,negative that this plan allows you to consume foods that are proven to be bad for your health

MARKET CHITCHAT

Every once in a while we get a special treat and yesterday it was Boston Cream Puffs from Laura’s Confections. THANK YOU LAURA for treating our customers with the yummy samples.

This is a tough time of year for farmers. Most of the summer crops are petering out. Weeds are trying to take over, and the soil is still too hot for many cool weather seeds to germinate. That being said, KUDOS to our growers who are managing to keep things going during this transition between growing seasons.

For the time being we are going to suspend the New & Relisted Products section for a few weeks. Thank you for your understanding and please be sure to check the top of the Market page for new and featured items as they become available.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS:

Due to obvious reasons (shown above) there will be no senposai greens available this week. Boy, you don’t look for 2 days and this happens. There are at least 4 different types of worms enjoying the greens! 

Thankfully the worms don’t enjoy the Swiss chard and perpetual spinach quite as much. Those will still be available this week.

FOOTNOTES

We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write marketatdothan@gmail.com.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: 10am – 12pm, Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: 11am – 11:30am, Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 12pm – 12:30pm, Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

July 27, 2019 M@D Newsletter



Market at Dothan is open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
We use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


This Week’s Newsletter:
Diet, Weight Loss & Common Sense
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

A FOUR LETTER WORDPART 2

Diet – that four letter word again. Most people change their eating habits simply to lose weight, but there are many other sound reasons to change the way you eat. Regardless of the why, it should be done with good information and a sensible plan to work. The goal of this series of articles to is give you good tools and good information to make YOUR right choices whether you are happy where you’re at or looking to make improvements.

What follows is adapted from the Mayo Clinic along with information from other sources. While is geared toward weight loss, the recommendations are solid for any purpose.

Look for a safe, effective program
It’s tempting to buy into promises of rapid and dramatic weight loss, but a slow and steady approach is easier to maintain and usually beats fast weight loss for the long term. A weight loss of 0.5 to 2 pounds (0.2 to 0.9 kilograms) a week is the typical recommendation.
In some situations, faster weight loss can be safe if it’s done right — such as a very low-calorie diet with medical supervision, or a brief quick-start phase of a healthy-eating plan.

US News & World Report considers The DASH Diet to be one of the best two overall. It wasn’t designed for weight loss, but to combat high blood pressure. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.

Successful weight loss requires a long-term commitment to making healthy lifestyle changes in eating, exercise and behavior. Behavior modification is vital, and could have the greatest impact on your long-term weight-loss efforts.
Be sure to pick a plan you can live with. Look for these features:

  • Flexibility. A flexible plan doesn’t forbid certain foods or food groups, but instead includes a variety of foods from all the major food groups. A healthy diet includes vegetables and fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean protein sources, and nuts and seeds. A flexible plan allows an occasional, reasonable indulgence if you like. It should feature foods you can find in your local grocery store and that you enjoy eating. However, the plan should limit alcohol, sugary drinks and high-sugar sweets because the calories in them don’t provide enough nutrients.
  • Balance. Your plan should include adequate nutrients and calories. Eating large quantities of certain foods, such as grapefruit or meat; drastically cutting calories; or eliminating entire food groups, such as carbs, can cause nutritional problems. Safe and healthy diets do not require excessive vitamins or supplements.
  • Likeability. A diet should include foods you like, that you would enjoy eating for life — not ones you can tolerate over the course of the plan. If you don’t like the food on the plan, if the plan is overly restrictive or if it becomes boring, you probably won’t stick to it, so long-term weight loss is unlikely.
  • Activity. Your plan should include physical activity. Exercise plus fewer calories can help give your weight loss a boost. Exercise also offers numerous health benefits, including countering the muscle mass loss that occurs with weight loss. And exercise is an important factor in maintaining weight loss.

MARKET CHITCHAT

A hearty THANK YOU for your kind understanding of last week’s unplanned closing, and on a personal note from your Market manager, THANK YOU for your kindness and prayers during this past week. They were keenly felt and are greatly appreciated.

Barring another providential intervention, we plan to be open every week till Thanksgiving. We also plan to have monthly Fall Farmer’s Markets in October, November and December. Dates will be announced once the schedule is confirmed.

New & Relisted Products

  • Cucumbers – Avalon Farms
  • Chocolate & Raspberry Browniers from Laura’s Confections
  • 6 Layer Chocolate Torte from Laura’s Confections
  • German Chocolate Cake from Laura’s Confections
  • Apricot Meringue Bars from Laura’s Confections

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: Cucumbers are finally producing. I’m wondering if they got a little too much nitrogen because they have big luscious leafy vines but very few fruit. 

Poplar Head Farmer’s Market is over for the year.  So many people at the market this morning expressed surprise that it was over. This opens the door wide open for me to tell them about our M@D market and how things are available year round. Even one of the other vendors of a big farm expressed interest in the M@D market because they don’t grow year round. How crazy is that?!?

It’s time to get started on growing fall transplants. It’s still crazy hot, but the recommended time to start was actually July 1, so I’m officially behind. But with this summer being extra hot I’ve decided I don’t want to start planting them out till September. Lots of broccoli, cabbage, kale, spinach, turnips, chard and senposai coming in a few months.

FOOTNOTES

We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write marketatdothan@gmail.com.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: 10am – 12pm, Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: 11am – 11:30am, Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 12pm – 12:30pm, Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

July 20, 2019 M@D is Closed this Week



Market at Dothan is not open this week.
We will reopen for orders next Saturday, July 27 at 5pm
Please accept our apologies for any inconveniece this short notice causes. Feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns.


Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan


THANK YOU for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

July 13, 2019 M@D Newsletter



Market at Dothan is open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
We use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


This Week’s Newsletter:
Diet, Weight Loss & Common Sense
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

A FOUR LETTER WORDPART I

Diet – we’re involved in it simply by virtue of being a Farmer’s Market. We here at Market at Dothan count it a privilege to bring you Fresh, Local, Sustainable and Year Round foods made right here in the Wiregrass. It’s an honor we don’t take for granted! While all of our growers and producers embrace those four core values, we know that not everyone can and does eat the same way! For that reason this is the start of a series of articles examining diets and diet plans. One size does NOT fit all and our goal is to educate and encourage you as you make your own best wise choices. Thank you for being part of our Market Family – we appreciate you so much!

What follows is adapted from the Mayo Clinic along with information from other sources.

When it comes to eating plans, whether weight loss, blood sugar or something else, there’s no shortage of advice. Magazines, books and websites all promise that you’ll meet your goals, especially weight loss, using diets that eliminate fat or carbs or those that tout superfoods or special supplements. With so many conflicting options, how do you know which approach might work for you? Here are some suggestions for choosing a health or weight-loss program.

1. Involve your doctor in your weight-loss efforts. Before you start a health or weight-loss program, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can review your medical issues and medications that might affect your weight and provide guidance on a program for you. And you can discuss how to exercise safely, especially if you have physical or medical challenges, or pain with daily tasks. Tell your doctor about your previous efforts to lose weight. Be open about fad diets that interest you. Your doctor might be able to direct you to weight-loss support groups or refer you to a registered dietitian.

This diet was ranked the best overall by US News and is recommended by the American Heart Association.

2. Consider your personal needs.There’s no one diet or weight-loss plan for everyone. But if you consider your preferences, lifestyle and weight-loss goals, you’ll likely find a plan you can tailor to your needs.
Before starting a weight-loss program, think about:

  • Diets you’ve tried. What did you like or dislike about them? Were you able to follow the diet? What worked or didn’t work? How did you feel physically and emotionally while on the diet?
  • Your preferences. Do you prefer to do a weight-loss program on your own, or do you want support from a group? If you like group support, do you prefer online support or in-person meetings?
  • Your budget. Some weight-loss programs require you to buy supplements or meals, visit weight-loss clinics or attend support meetings. Does the cost fit your budget?
  • Other considerations. Do you have a health condition, such as diabetes, heart disease or allergies? Do you have cultural or ethnic requirements or preferences regarding food?

MARKET CHITCHAT

New & Relisted Products – Woo-Hoo!

  • Roselle Hibiscus Leaves from Mayim Farm
  • Pecan Pie from Laura’s Confections
  • Raspberry Walnut Torte from Laura’s Confections
  • Mocha Torte from Laura’s Confections

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

MAYIM FARM: This is our last Market cycle before we go on vacation for a few weeks, so if you need any herbals before the first or second week in August they will need to be ordered this week for delivery on Friday, July 19. We are planning on being back for the August 10th market. A trip to Maine to visit some awesome biodynamic farms and see the sites is in order!    Greg and Carole

MARTIN TEAS:  No orders week July 16-20. Vacation Thanks!

Ms. Birdie of Martin Tea’s is this area’s expert on throwing splendid tea parties.

DANNY’S GREENS: Danny is giving his plants a break this week to catch up. Even with the welcome rains they grow much slower in the summer heat. Thanks for your understanding.

FOOTNOTES

We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write marketatdothan@gmail.com.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: 10am – 12pm, Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: 11am – 11:30am, Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 12pm – 12:30pm, Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

July 6, 2019 M@D Newsletter



Market at Dothan is open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
We use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


This Week’s Newsletter:
No Cook Meals
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

2 HOT 2 COOK

Today, June 6, is supposed to be 7 degrees hotter than yesterday.

This is the time of year I begin the annual mind games to deal with summer heat . . . “only x weeks till mid September.” I choose mid September because the transition between August 31 and September 1 is usually indistinguishable.

With food being a necessary part of our lives there’s no getting around meal prep, BUT, you don’t have to heat up the kitchen! We hope what follows inspires you to enjoy summer’s bounty a little easier.

Market ingredients for each recipe are listed with the descriptions.

Top Left: Blueberry Spinach Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing: Spinich, Blueberries, Honey
Top Right: Parfait Breakfast Popsicles: Blueberries
Center Left: Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich:Lettuce or Spinich Greens, Eggs, Fresh Baked Bread
Center Right: Italian Sub Salad: Danny’s Greens, Tiny Tomatoes
Bottom Left: Vegan Broccoli Salad with Blueberries: Red Onion, Blueberries
Bottom Right: Chicken Caesar Wrap: Chicken, Lettuce or Spinich


MARKET CHITCHAT

New & Relisted Products – Woo-Hoo!

  • Rice Plus II from Hortons Farm
  • Tomatillos from Smart Doc Resources
  • CBD/Tumeric Salve from Mayim Farms
  • Apricot Meringue Bars from Laura’s Confections
  • Baklava from Laura’s Confections
  • Willimsburg Orange Cake from Laura’s Confections
  • Queen of Sheba Cake from Laura’s Confections
  • CBD Medicinal Cream from Smart Doc Resources
  • Baby Yellow Tomatoes from Smart Doc Resources

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

Grier Acres: The past weeks has been a tough one.  Still combating bugs on our plants combined with the struggles of no water source.  We do have large totes and a church allowed us to fill our containers but is labor intensive.  We are missing a lot of the rain that others are getting. Our squash plants are green but just not producing.  Our chickens and woodpeckers have been eating a lot of blueberries. Jeannie did snag about 1.5 cups last weekend for pancakes.  But we are GRATEFUL. Last year we didn’t get any. Must always see the silver lining.  

AVALON FARMS: It’s good to be back! It was great not having market responsibilities last week, but it seemed so weird. Most of the time I wasn’t sure what day of the week it was or what I was supposed to be doing. On a normal market week tasks are divided up over certain days to keep me on track. No market meant no market related tasks which confused things. Ha ha

Fresh garlic is SO MUCH easier to peel. I didn’t know that. It makes life so much easier. You can actually peel them with your fingers. No knife or peeler required. And there is no hard bit of seed plate on the end! The cloves come out shiny and very tender. If you smash one of these with the flat of your knife it is FLAT.
Working on the plan for the fall and winter garden. I’m open to suggestions. Anybody hungry for anything in particular?

MARY’S PEEPS: Mary sends greetings and that she misses her Market friends. She’s been occupied with taking care of family needs these last few months and asks that if anyone needs anything special to let her know.

FOOTNOTES

We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write marketatdothan@gmail.com.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: 10am – 12pm, Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: 11am – 11:30am, Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 12pm – 12:30pm, Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

June 22, 2019 M@D Newsletter



Market at Dothan is open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
We use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


THIS IS OUR LAST ORDER CYCLE BEFORE THE 4TH OF JULY
Our next newsletter will go out Saturday, July 6


This Week’s Newsletter:
Blueberry Bliss
Buying “Organic” Part 6
LOTS of Market Chitchat this week
Grower Notes

IN SEASON

We couldn’t resist. Blueberry season is upon us and something about these nutrient packed little balls of bliss turns us into a kid again. They’re just so GOOD, and so versatile. We’ll never discount eating them fresh and raw, but we are sharing some recipes from our Market family. All are tested and true and most are pretty healthy.

Top Left: Almond Blueberry Overnight Oats
Top Right: Baked Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Cups
Center Left: Blueberry Pie Bars
Center Right: White Chocolate Blueberry Lasagna
Bottom Left: Keto Blueberry Scones
Bottom Right: Blueberry Spinach Breakfast Smoothie


ON THE HOME FRONT

This is part 6 and the last in a series reprinted with permission from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Previous installments of this may be found on our Weblog.

Simple ways to enhance garden management:
Protect and increase soil organic matter by using compost (make your own!), mulch, and cover crops and by choosing organic fertilizers, such as fish emulsion, kelp, and manures***.
Use an adequate mulch layer, even in a vegetable garden, to help conserve water, prevent soil erosion, and build a food source for beneficial soil microbes.
Use drip irrigation or soaker hoses to reduce water waste due to evaporation, and use these irrigation systems only when the weather calls for it. Learn how your plants use water by digging in the soil to determine how quickly it dries or stays moist because consistent soil moisture reduces plant stress.
Choose plants and vegetable varieties suited for your climate. This reduces water use, susceptibility to pests, and overall plant stress.
Use caution when applying any pesticide as some can also kill beneficial insects, such as honey bees and predatory insects. Think first of other control methods, such as row covers and trap crops that confuse pests, or the pick-and-stomp method (levels 1 and 2 above). Most important, realize that produce does not have to look like a grocery store display—a little aesthetic damage does not mean the vegetable tastes less yummy than the unblemished one.
Learn to recognize beneficial insects (lady beetle larvae, big-eyed bug, braconid wasps, etc.) that help reduce pests in your garden and landscape.
Finally, when you cannot grow it yourself, buy locally grown and locally made products. Knowing your farmer is one way to learn how the food on your table was produced.

Know the N to P (Nitrogen to Phosphorus) Ratio

  • Most plants use a 5:1 ratio of nitrogen (N) to phosphorus (P). If the organic fertilizer contains a 1:1 ratio of N to P (as do manures), it will be necessary to apply excessive amounts of P so that the plant’s N needs can be met. This leads to excessive amounts of unused P in the soil. Soil test annually, or every second year, to ensure that P levels do not exceed the recommended amounts, and read the product label to learn nutrient percentages of the fertilizer you intend to apply.

MARKET CHITCHAT

A special invitation from our friend, Susan Avello, aka The Lean Bean Chef. Susan and The Kitchen have partnered to offer a HAND MADE TORTELLINI and RAVIOLI Workshop in July. If you LOVE Italian food Susan will walk you through the process from creating the perfect hand-made pasta dough, to the myriads of fillings and the art of shaping pasta by hand and cover the types of sauces that can be used to finish the pasta. There’s more, but if you’re already hungry just thinking about it she may be reached at leanbeanchef@gmail.com. She’ll be glad to fill you in on the details . . . and don’t wait, there are only a few spaces left.

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We’re excited to announce a new book by a local author, Robin O’Sullivan Robin teaches in the History Department at Troy University. She has a Ph.D. in American Studies, M.A. in American and New England Studies and specializes in environmental history & cultural history.

Looks fascinating doesn’t it? If you’d like to see more it’s available on both Kindle and Hardback through Amazon where you can read a few pages, and check out both the reviews and the author.

Congratulations on job well done Robin!
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Lastly, Don’t forget that Market of Dothan will be closed next week! We will reopen for orders on July 6.


New & Relisted Products – Woo-Hoo!

  • Perpetual Spinach from Avalon Farms

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

D’S JELLIES: D’s Hot Pepper Jelly is wonderful served with fresh peas as well as an appetizer with Ritz crackers and cream cheese.  D’s BlackBerry Jelly is the best for your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or a hot buttered biscuit. D’s Mayhaw Jelly is the best jelly for buttered toast.  Jellies are unique gifts! Treat yourself or someone special. Dianne Herring
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AVALON FARMS: I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the state of the farm lately. We’re in the crazy time of year, doing both M@D and Poplar Head markets. It’s always difficult to keep up with the farm work schedule, even in the non crazy times: planting, weeding, harvesting, watering, fertilizing, weeding, delivering. (Repeat) The super hot weather and being down with my foot surgery made it even more interesting. Through all this I’ve been learning to prioritize even more. (and  pondering the difference between making excuses and explaining reasons! )

You might have noticed that I pulled all the squash and cucumbers from the market.  I thought they were coming back from the heat wave….extra water and fertilizer. But they were still dropping fruit and showing signs of disease. Had to put on my big farmer pants and mow them.  That’s a very hard lesson for me to learn, but I’m learning. In order to be productive you sometimes have to cut your losses and move forward.

Sigh. I hate it. The 3rd planting of squash and cukes are growing, but it will probably be a month.

Okra will be coming soon. Saw the first blooms a few days ago. Been working on rescuing them from the crab grass.

Sweet potatoes are in the ground.  Another weeding task!

Winter squash are next on the list to get planted.

Have a new product for this week: Perpetual Spinach. This faux spinach is in the chard and beet family but it tastes like spinach! And it grows in our Summer heat! Give it a try!!

Not all of Danny’s products go into the refrigerator after pickup! Left: Mrs. Melody’s carrots. Right: Frozen Green Onions.


FOOTNOTES

We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write marketatdothan@gmail.com.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: 10am – 12pm, Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: 11am – 11:30am, Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 12pm – 12:30pm, Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

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June 15, 2019 M@D Newsletter



Market at Dothan is open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
We use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


This Week’s Newsletter:
Welcome New Vendor
Buying “Organic” Part 5
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

BLUE ACRES

In 2017, Pat and I purchased an existing blueberry farm that had been in operation for over 10 years. We are a U-pick farm as well as selling to a few small commercial sites. Our six acres of mature blueberry bushes are producing well making it a no-brainer to name the farm “Blue Acres”. We have several Southern Highbush (Farthing, Emerald and Sharp Blue) and Rabbit-eye (Climax, Brightwell, Tifblue, Savory and Premier) varieties.
While we are not certified organic nor certified naturally grown, our berries are grown as naturally as possible. This means that we do not use pesticides or other harmful agents on our berries.
Like many of you, we managed to survive the great storm Michael. Due to the residual storm damage to the orchard as well as the unusual weather preceding this year’s harvest, the berries have taken longer to ripen and are not as plentiful as in previous years. Although it has been a challenge to recover from the storm as well as continue with our regular farm activities, we have managed to complete a great deal and are now picking for the 2019 season.


LEMON BLUEBERRY BREAD (from Blue Acres)
This Lemon Blueberry Bread is the perfect summer treat! The result is an amazingly moist loaf of bread that’s brimming with bright, fresh lemon flavor and studded with sweet blueberries in every bite. Talk about delicious!
Servings: 12 Prep Time 15 minutes      Cook Time 55 minutes     Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon lemon zest
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Glaze
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Instructions
1.     Preheat oven to 350°F degrees. Grease an 8 1/2 X 4 1/2-inch or 9 X 5-inch loaf pan then dust with flour, shake out excess and set aside.
2.     In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
3.     Rinse blueberries and drain very well, transfer to a medium bowl and add 1 Tablespoon of the flour mixture and toss to coat, set aside.
4.     In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment whip together sugar, lemon zest and butter until mixture is pale and fluffy.
5.     Mix in eggs one at a time and blend in vanilla.
6.     Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix just until combined then mix in 1/2 the sour cream and lemon juice and mix just until combined. Repeat process once more.
7.     Mix in last 1/3 of the flour mixture then remove bowl from stand mixer and gently fold in blueberries.
8.     Pour batter into prepared loaf pan, spread even and bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out with a moist crumb or two, about 50 – 60 minutes.
9.     Let cool for about 5 minutes, run knife around edges to ensure loaf has loosened then invert onto a wire rack. Cool on rack about 30 minutes then finish cooling in an airtight container.
10.                        Once cool, in a small mixing bowl whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice (if you want it thicker add a little more powdered sugar), spoon over loaf.
11.                        Let glaze set then cut into slices. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts:      Lemon Blueberry Bread
Amount Per Serving         Calories 377                        Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%, Saturated Fat 6g 30%, Cholesterol 72mg 24%, Sodium 125mg 5%, Potassium 148mg 4%, Total Carbohydrates 64g 21%, Dietary Fiber 1g 4%, Sugars 37g

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

This is part 5 of a series reprinted with permission from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. In an ongoing effort to become the best educated consumers possible, we felt it important to share what the US Department of Agriculture has to say about what certified organic is and is not, and also the practices they approve. Last week we finished up the Pest Management Section.

THE LEVELS OF ORGANIC FOODS
USDA NOP standards identify three official designations. Producers must follow these strict guidelines. Only producers who annually sell less than $5,000 worth of products are exempt from these labeling rules.

100 percent organic Whether a raw product, such as fruits, vegetables, and meat, or processed, such as breakfast cereal, all ingredients must be certified organic. Product labels must state the name of the certifying agent.
Organic These products contain at least 95 percent certified organic ingredients by weight. Noncertified ingredients must be from an approved list. The label states the certifying agent.
Made with organic These products contain at least 70 percent certified organic ingredients by weight and the noncertified ingredients must be from the approved list. The certifying agent is stated on the label, but the USDA organic seal cannot be used.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR HOME GARDENERS?
Because of the cost of becoming certified organic, few home gardeners will take the steps necessary to be truly organic (editors note – in USDA terminology “truly” means certified) emphasizing the use of renewable resources and conserving soil and water to preserve environmental quality. Proper pest identification to reduce pesticide use, soil testing for responsible fertilization, and dutiful attention to building soil organic matter are all part of a garden’s ability to support natural biological cycles. All of these can easily be done in a home garden without all the record keeping and costly certifications required for certified organic farmers.

There are many resources available to the home gardner to grow wholesome, healthy food using organic practices. Small farmers are able to go above and beyond USDA certification limits to produce superior products. We are proud to have such growers list their produce with Market at Dothan. This photo is from a sweet video
by Charles Dowding showing his no dig method.

MARKET CHITCHAT

THANK YOU to everyone who ordered last week. Pickup Day was a bit more chaotic than usual (from what your Manager heard) and all of us appreciate your cooperation and patience and especially your communcation!

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Don’t forget that Market of Dothan will be closed the first week of July


New & Relisted Products – Woo-Hoo!

  • Bodacious Blueberries from Blue Acres
  • 4” Cheesecake & Small Strawberry Sauce from Laura’s Confections
  • Bok Choy from Smart Doc Resources
  • Sour Cream Coffee Cake from Laura’s Confections
  • Cantaloupe from Blue Acres
  • Cream Puffs from Laura’s Confections
  • Watermelon from Blue Acres
  • Red Velvet Cake from Laura’s Confections
  • Purple Basil from Smart Doc Resources
  • Carrot Cake from Laura’s Confections
  • Cranberry & Orange Scones from Laura’s Confections
  • German Apple Cake from Laura’s Confections

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

GRIER ACRES This week has been a busy week.  Our chickens continue to do well.  Harry has been bush hogging around our new barn and we are looking to add a lean to the tractor barn for firewood – we have so much from hurricane!  We also have smoking wood if anyone is ever interested. We have a pecan orchard and we have limbs we cut from it. We are hoping to have pecans this fall.  We used a special organic fertilizer. Fencing is still going up for hopeful goat farming. It takes a lot longer than you would think to do. Our garden across the road has both the human/dog sachets for deer as well as electric fence.  The ants has been a huge struggle especially with the okra. We are trying borax (organic & sustainable!) and it seems to be decreasing the population. Tomatoes are doing well. Jeannie saw a parasitic wasp on a tomato worm. Was so proud of her for leaving it. They put their eggs in the worms and control the population.  We have some cukes that growing good as well. Our squash is growing but we think planted too close. Very little fruit. Our citrus plants are growing good right now but are not fruit bearing yet. Our blueberry trees have given us the first fruit ever. We got about 2 cups. We noticed our free ranging chickens were eating them.  Jeannie made pecan and blueberry pancakes yesterday. Not sure if we will have enough to sell after we eat some. Our garlic is also curing inside. Hope to list them soon. The pears are growing in size. Will list these again when they ripen. We also have some bees which developed queen cells. Steve Loveland helped us get these from a swarm recovery.  Our olives have struggled with the drought. We have lost one of our 20 trees. Two others are struggling. Jeannie is trying to water them twice a day with gallon jug containers. We don’t have water/pump on that side of the road and have to haul it across the road. We have obtained some totes for water on the garden side.  Our neighbor is a local church which is allowing us to fill our totes to minimize the work on Jeannie watering.  This has been a blessing. We hope you all are staying cool and getting the rain you need. We have only got about a 0.5 inch on the garden.  Not much but we are grateful for it and especially for our sweet church neighbors who have graciously blessed us with an occasional water source.  
Jeannie, Harry, Cammie cat and the chickens

DANNY’S GREENS This will probably be the last week Danny offers green onions or carrots for a while. The lettuce seems to have thrived on this week’s nice weather and is relisted.


Not all of Danny’s products go into the refrigerator after pickup! Left: Mrs. Melody’s carrots. Right: Frozen Green Onions.

FOOTNOTES

We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write marketatdothan@gmail.com.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: 10am – 12pm, Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: 11am – 11:30am, Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 12pm – 12:30pm, Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

June 8, 2019 M@D Newsletter



Market at Dothan is open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
We use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


This Week’s Newsletter:
Healthy Summer Grilling
Buying “Organic” Part 4
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

FIRE IT UP!

In the past outdoor cooking was usually associated with grilled burgers and hot dogs served on white bread with sides of potato chips and soda. Thanks but no thanks! Outdoor cooking has come a long way and the sky is the limit for heathy foods that can be cooked on the grill. We’re sharing some fun and innovative ways our Market foods can be prepared.

Top Left: Foil Packs are always fun and can be cooked in the oven, on the grill or over a campfire. Prudent Penny Pincher shares 100 Easy cheap & easy foil pack dinners.

Top Right: Grilled Okra and a Blooming Onion from Delish.

Bottom Left: Different vegetables need different time on the grill. Work in batches, grill the vegetables until tender and lightly charred all over, about 8 to 10 minutes for bell peppers; 7 minutes for yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant, and mushrooms; 4 minutes for asparagus and green onions.

Bottom Center: Grilling is only the start for these flavorful Grilled Cabbage Steaks.

Bottom Right: It’s important to match the density of foods you put on a skewer. Smaller pieces of beef or pork or tender shrimp go best with tender veggies and larger pieces of meat work with potatoes or carrots. Unicorns in the Kitchen has more information.

ORGANIC PEST MANAGEMENT

This is part 4 of a series reprinted with permission from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. In an ongoing effort to become the best educated consumers possible, we felt it important to share what the US Department of Agriculture has to say about what certified organic is and is not, and also the practices they approve. Last week we learned about OMRI Certificaion and how it fits into Organic Certificatied practices.

Pest Management Continued Although certified organic products are free of common synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, certified organic producers may use approved pesticides and apply fertility amendments to their crops.(OMRI Certified Products Some of the more popular organically approved fertilizers include manure-based products and items mined from the earth such as lime, potassium sulfate, and sodium nitrate. Some approved pesticides include Safer Brand EndALL Insect Killer (using pyrethrum from specific plants in the daisy, or Aster, family), DiPel (using Bacillus thuringiensis, a naturally occurring soil bacterium), and Conserve Fire Ant Bait (using a byproduct of the soil bacterium Saccharopolysora spinosa).

DEFINITIONS
Pest: Any organism (bacteria, viruses, fungi, weeds, insect, or other animal) causing economic damage to a desired plant or landscape.

Pesticide being applied to commercially grown strawberries.

Pesticide: Any material or substance that causes harm to a pest. Examples of NOP-approved pesticides are oil spray, pyrethrum, and copper sulfate. Examples of pesticides not used in certified organic production are glyphosate, (editor’s note: glyphosate is an herbicide, not a pesticide) hydramethylnon, and carbaryl.

Fertilizer: A material or substance that contains one or more of the 16 essential nutrients for plant growth. Carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen are derived from air and water; nitrogen (N), calcium (Ca), boron (B), phosphorus (P), magnesium (Mg), chlorine (Cl), potassium (K), sulfur (S), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), molybdenum (Mo), and zinc (Zn) are derived from natural and synthetic materials. Fertilizers can be plant based, as in compost tea; mineral based, as with dolomitic limestone; or synthetic, as in a crystalline, water-soluble brand such as Miracle-Gro Plant Food or an encapsulated slow-release brand such as Pennington Lawn Food.

This article did not include information about herbicides (a substance that is toxic to plants, used to destroy unwanted vegetation), probably because they are not utilized at all in any type oganic production. Next week we will look at Levels of Organic Foods & What it Means for Home Gardners

MARKET CHITCHAT

Wasn’t Friday Splendid? It was a joy to work in the fresh air with the nice breezes that occasionally came through. As always we enjoyed seeing each of you and count it a privilege to serve you with the Wiregrass’s freshest healthiest farm products!

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Viki Richter will be managing the Dothan Pickup location next Friday as Ros handles a family situation. Thank you in advance for showing her every courtesy. She and Kathy are treasures we don’t take for granted!

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Don’t forget that Market of Dothan will be closed the first week of July



New & Relisted Products – Woo-Hoo!

  • Lemon Bundt Cake from Laura’s Confections
  • Jumbo Blueberry Muffins from Laura’s Confections

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

DANNY’S GREENS Danny’s rotation system was hit pretty hard by the three weeks of heat and drought our region just experienced. The young lettuce beds did not grow at all and the more mature beds grew much slower than normal. He could not plant for future harvest because lettuce seed does not germinate in super hot weather. So Danny is taking a few days to let his beds catch up before posting again. He’ll be planting summer varieties next week that should be ready in July. The existing beds seem to be perking up with the break in the weather.

Hand built shade covers protect Danny’s hand tilled beds protected in the summer.

FOOTNOTES

We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write marketatdothan@gmail.com.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: 10am – 12pm, Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: 11am – 11:30am, Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 12pm – 12:30pm, Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

June 1, 2019 M@D Newsletter



Market at Dothan is open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
We use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


This Week’s Newsletter:
Welcome New Vendor
Buying “Organic” Part 3
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

LAURA’S CONFECTIONS

Dothan M@D customers have enjoyed a special treat as Laura has blessed us with samples from her kitchen the last two Fridays. We’re happy to welcome this sweet lady and hope you’ll take advantage of her serious passion for quality products. They are everything she describes and more. Just ask the staff at Dothan Nurseries!

I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself as a new vendor. If tradition means carrying on something we hold dear what I bake is the essence of that meaning. Many of my recipes were handed down to me by my grandmother whose lessons I carry on with a good deal of pride. Everything I offer is made fresh from scratch using only the highest quality ingredients. Initially, I will be offering Grandma Rhea’s Chocolate Cake, an 8” two layer cake with a French Butter Vanilla Frosting, Pecan Squares (9) soft, butter and nuts delights, Banana Bread made with 3 bananas, New York-Style Cheesecake (9”) baked in a water bath for a delectably creamy consistency, and to compliment, Fresh Strawberry Sauce. I’m very happy to join the Market at Dothan family and your feedback is always welcome.

That New York Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce really is the BEST ever!

ORGANIC PEST MANAGEMENT

This is part 3 of a series reprinted with permission from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. In an ongoing effort to become the best educated consumers possible, we felt it important to share what the US Department of Agriculture has to say about what certified organic is and is not, and also the practices they approve.

Pest Management for Certified Organic: For disease, weed, and insect pest problems on the farm, management practices are chosen to reduce negative environmental impacts. The NOP standards emphasize a three-tiered, integrated approach, with particular emphasis on practices of level 1 and level 2. Farmers must also consult with their certifying agency to ensure that approved methods are used in the overall pest management plan.
The first line of defense, level 1, is using cultural practices, such as crop rotation, cover crops, resistant plant varieties, and trap crops. Level 2 consists of adding mechanical and physical control methods, such as mulching, row covers, mowing, and others. The last resort, or level 3, is to use (OMRI) approved pesticides.**

OMRI describes themselves as “an international nonprofit organization that determines which input products are allowed for use in organic production and processing.” Product lists and other information may be found online.

  • What is the Organic Materials Review Institute? (OMRI) The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) is an organization that tests and catalogs soil improvement and pesticide products for approved use in certified organic production. Organic-approved chemicals range from mild chemistries, such as soap sprays, to target-specific biopesticides, such as Bt, to more harsh chemistries, such as copper sulfate, spinosad, and pyrethrum that require EPA registration. As with any pesticide, always read and follow the label directions for safe use and environmental protection. Spinosad and pyrethrum are examples of highly toxic OMRI-approved pesticides. These are safe when applied correctly but can be lethal to pollinators and other organisms when misapplied.

More on this next week!

MARKET CHITCHAT

A hearty THANK YOU to everyone who picked up early on Friday. Try as we do to keep the temperatures under control in the Market Shed it still helps your orders stay fresh longer to get them home as soon as possible. We appreciate the cooperation, plus it gets us out of the heat sooner!

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Ever wonder why some text is green in our newsletter? Those are links to more other websites with more information. If you click on them be sure to come back and finish the newsletter!

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If you’ve been with the Market any length of time you’ve probably seen this note on the bottom of an invoice:

”(Item) removed from your order by the Grower”

Our growers list products for the upcoming week every Saturday, but try as we do, sometimes things just don’t turn out as planned or expected. We appreciate your understanding in these situations.
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New & Relisted Products – Woo-Hoo!

  • Banana Bread from Laura’s Confections
  • Chocolate Chip & Walnut Cookies from Laura’s Confections
  • New York Style Cheesecake & Fresh Strawberry Sauce from Laura’s Confections
  • Granda Rhea’s Chocolate Cake from Laura’s Confections
  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Laura’s Confections
  • Pecan Squares from Laura’s Confections
  • BLUEBERRIES from 2 Growers! Avalon Farms & Casablanca Ranch
  • Garlic from Avalon Farms

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

GRIER ACRES So sorry for our absence but the Hurricane Michael put us back.  We are so excited we are getting cucumbers, squash, and okra. Our tomatoes and peppers are growing.  We also have some basil growing. Our garlic is being dried out. We have a few bulbs we started drying last week and about 5 yesterday.  Our olive trees are growing nicely. We have 4 varieties, Arbequina, Picual, Koreneiki, and Arbosana. We have 20 trees but lost 1 this week.  Another didn’t look so good but otherwise they are thriving. Harry obtained some bees with a bee club member Friday but we are almost certain the queen is absent.  We have several blueberry plants with fruit. We also have some volunteer Pawpaws that came up from the rootstock of a tree which was destroyed by the hurricane. They are thriving but will not fruit for a few more years.  

This Once-Obscure Fruit Is On Its Way To Becoming PawPaw-Pawpular

We also have native PawPaws which are setting fruit right now. If we can keep the possums away from them, we should have some for the market around the end of July. We have a mayhaw pond that had fruit but due to hurricane recovery work we did not harvest it.  We plan to check and see if any of the fruit is still there. Jeannie is terrified of snakes and has not been eager to help with this project. Rumor has it that water moccasins love this area. If anyone is interested in the harvest of this fruit we might be willing to work a “deal” for Jeannie to avoid this task of harvesting.  We also seem to have an abundance of mullein since the hurricane.  It appears when it is cut it comes back 10 fold!!! We also have catnip growing prolifically under a hickory tree.  This is our cat’s favorite tree. She rolls in it at times and just loves it. I can’t imagine a cat who doesn’t enjoy catnip.  Cammie is always “stoned” after a roll in it. Our chickens are doing well. We’ve seen a racoon in the daytime near the coop and we also have a hawk nesting nearby.   Since we are free ranging them in the afternoons we may sustain some losses due to predators. Time will tell.

AVALON FARMS: Many of you know that I, Avalon Farms, participate in other markets over the Summer months. I just want to assure you that you are my favorites. My friends at the Market at Dothan will always get first pick of everything I have.

Love to all and thank you for your support. I couldn’t do this without you.

Wendy

PS – Please keep the heat and drought in your prayers. We need relief on both fronts.

FOOTNOTES

We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write marketatdothan@gmail.com.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: 10am – 12pm, Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: 11am – 11:30am, Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 12pm – 12:30pm, Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!