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URGENT MARKET ANNOUNCEMENT


MARKET IS CANCELLED THIS WEEK



Sometimes God has other plans. Such is the case this week and with the fast approaching bad weather we have cancelled all online orders for this week.

In addition we are cancelling the Fall Farmer’s Market and accompanying classes that were planned for this Saturday, October 13. Arrangements are being made for our speakers to present their classes at a later date. We’ll post this to our Facebook pages as soon as that information is available.


THANK YOU for your understanding and know you are in our thoughts and prayers the next few days.

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!

Oct. 6, 2018 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Fall is in the Air!
Smart Doc Class Info
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

ROZ’S RAMBLINGS

I freely admit to cheating.

I’m writing from high on a mountain in Tennessee where pumpkins are still in the field and the air is dryer and crisper than what we’ve felt in south Alabama for a long time. It’s been a few years since I’ve made this trip – an annual renewal for the mind, heart and soul, complete with ridiculous laughter, thrifting with girlfriends, outdoor activities, serving and being challenged. It’s a good reset button.

One of the things I LOVE about the Cumberland region is the abundant fall color. The trees are farther along, pumpkins are EVERYWHERE and we can’t stop anywhere without wheat straw blowing around our feet.

If you go by the lunar calendar it’s Fall everywhere in North America and Canada, but if you go by how it manifests itself in our region, ours starts a bit later and isn’t quite as brilliant. Normally our blissfully mind winters make up for that. That’s not going to stop us from celebrating though. A week from today our Fall Farmer’s Market starts and we are excited!


Saturday, October 13
Here’s What’s Happening


10 am – 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


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


Hope to see you there!

MEET DR. SCHAFER

Dr. Schafer has provided us an overview of the workshop she is offering at noon next Saturday during the Fall Farmer’s Market.

Healing tips for Seasonal Change

Virginia Schafer  BSN, DC, MD    Virginia, a recent transplant to the Dothan area is an alternative healer that has been educated in both Eastern and Western medicine and will be talking briefly about what happens to our body when seasons change.  If you experience allergies, lethargy, muscle aches, sleepless nights, and other maladies….it may be just the change in seasons (and your body).  Virginia will talk about some studies that may link these changes to hormones and our endocrine system and give us some practical tips on how to survive and be healthy when mother earth starts to slow down. (and so do we!)    

Dr. Schafer with some small friends

MARKET CHITCHAT

Many thank you’s to Viki Richter for managing the Market again on Friday. This will conclude Ros’s travels for a while.

DALEVILLE & ENTERPRISE CUSTOMERS – NO DELIVERY next week on October 12. Wendy will return and resume deliveries to your area on October 19.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Marketeers!
   Do you like Pepper Jelly? For the longest time I personally had an aversion to it.  When I was younger, I tasted some that made my tongue numb for days! Yep, that left a mark on my mind! However, last year I had the pleasure of trying D’s Jellies. I really enjoyed it! In fact our entire family did! It made me wonder if it was something I could make myself. Thus when planning out the garden this year, we were sure to include many pepper variations. Well after a beautiful gift of jalapenos (which we had no success with this year) from Mr. Bob Lee of Dothan Nurseries, we decided to go ahead and take a shot with our very own Pepper Jelly.


We are happy we did! We are all very pleased with the flavor! As the weather cools, our peppers will slow and eventually stop producing. Until then, we are harvesting and preparing for our next batch. We are are not listing this at this time but check out D’s Jellies, Hawkins Homestead Farm, & Mary’s Peeps. You won’t be disappointed!

Many well wishes – from our family to yours!

DANNY’S GREENS The cooler nights have been good to the lettuce so we’ve been able to increase the quantities offered.

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends! Welcome to October! Hasn’t the year flown by? Yes!! Here on the farm, the chickens have been in a molt and are slowly coming out of it. Hopefully we will be able to catch up on egg orders soon. The one thing we can usually count on is eggs, but now even the chickens decided to take an early break. Even still their eggs are beautiful as always. The picture below is one of our worst days, but yet the eggs were just so pretty. The chickens need this time to shed and grow new feathers so we will just keep packing them up with proteins! See you guys next week!


HORTONS FARM: Thank you for your patience during our recent absences. Two weeks ago we were at the Alabama Beekeeper Association’s Fall Conference where Ros happily handed the baton for her seat on the state board these last 3 years to another fine beekeeper lady from the Mobile area. So happy to see more women involved in beekeeping at this level.

This photo was taken at Cedine Camp in Tennessee early Friday morning. It’s been four years too long since taking in this view.


We’ll be busy next week bottling honey and preparing for the Fall Farmer’s Market on Saturday, October 13. Hope to see you there!

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: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

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!

Sept 29, 2018 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Basil Recipes
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

IN SEASON

YUM! Last week Virginia Schafer shared a great recipe for fresh Basil Pesto with us. If you tried it you should know that pesto freezes well and can be enjoyed all winter long. Now is the time to harvest and prepare it before we get a cool snap and have to say goodbye to our plants.

This week we’re sharing a few creative ideas. Hope you enjoy and please let us know how the ones you try turn out!

This Slow Cooker Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce
recipe is worth having to scroll down the page a bit.


Attainable Sustainable offers 20 ways to use Basil besides Pesto.


Lastly, Tomatoes, Basil and Chickpea Salad is both Vegan and Gluten Free.


MARKET CHITCHAT

Don’t forget that we will be having classes during Farmer’s Market EVERY WEEK! Lots of fun and interesting things planned!

Viki Richter will be managing the market next Friday.

DALEVILLE & ENTERPRISE CUSTOMERS – NO DELIVERY on October 5 or October 12.

New & Relisted Products

  • Bruchetta from Hawkins Homestead

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: I know the timing is terrible as our greens have just started coming in, but Avalon Farms will be taking a hiatus for the next 2 weeks. We’ll be lazing around with family enjoying some fall foliage.

We’ll be back in the market on October 13th. If our products are not listed at the opening bell check back on Sunday.

Thank you all for your support!


BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hey there Marketeers!

What an exciting week it has been! Why? RAIN & THUNDERSTORMS! I’m not crazy, I assure you. However, all of the new plantings have benefited tremendously from the weather this week. Seeds that have been laying dormant have decided to sprout! I love the circle of life! In addition, our peppers, snap beans, and okra are growing beautifully!


So yes, I’m loving these little showers though admittedly it makes it hard to get projects completed.

Did you know we grow to order? What that means is if you have a need for something we will do our best to grow it for you. Likely if it’s something you want, then others are also looking for it. Just let us know. This is how we came to grow Soybeans, which are nearly done for the season. If you haven’t gotten a chance to try them this maybe your last opportunity for a while. They will be available for table sales this upcoming Friday – from our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends. Thank you to everyone who took a few of these stewing hens off our hands last week. We appreciate it and you!

New this week we invite you to try our bruschetta. Made fresh with our organic basil and tomatoes grown on our farm, plus a few other ingredients (we can’t tell you everything). It goes great with some crusty bread also called a baguette…LOL! I just like saying crusty bread. Also our organic 5 part salad sprouts are back and we’re keeping the organic mung beans up this week as well.


Our lettuce is growing well. We don’t have enough to put on the Market yet but we have a good start. We will let you know when it’s ready. Until next week…..

HORTONS FARM: We are off Market this week for yes, another trip. As far as we know this will be the last for a while. For many years Ros made an annual pilgrimage to the mountains of Tennessee and this trip back is long overdue. Our products will be listed next week on October 6 and we’re seriously looking forward to our Fall Farmer’s Market starting October 13!

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: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

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!

Sept. 22, 2018 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
In Season
Doc’s Corner
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

SAINT JOSEPH’S WORT

If you’re wondering “What in the world???” about this “Wort” thing, its BASIL.

Basil almost instinctively knows to kick up its heels and flourish in the south during this interim between growing seasons. Given it’s many health benefits it practically begs to be picked and used in preparation for the changing of the seasons. Thankfully, Basil is easy to grow and is a generous producer. It is so rich that Mr. Danny of Danny’s Greens grows it exclusively to feed the compost that goes into growing his greens. Who would have thought!


Basil is considered one of the healthiest herbs. It’s best when fresh, exuding a sweet, earthy aroma that indicates not only the promise of pleasantly pungent flavor, but an impressive list of nutrients. Vitamin K, essential for blood clotting, is one of them. Just two tablespoons of basil provides 29 percent of the daily recommended value.

Basil also provides vitamin A, which contains beta-carotenes, powerful antioxidants that protect the cells lining a number of numerous body structures, including the blood vessels, from free radical damage. This helps prevent cholesterol in blood from oxidizing, helping to prevent atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and stroke.

Other vitamins and minerals in basil include iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C and potassium. Not surprisingly, basil also has antibacterial properties and contains DNA-protecting flavonoids. It’s the flavonoids and volatile oils in basil that give it the most health benefits, the former protecting on the cellular level, with antibacterial properties related to its volatile oils. Among these are estragole, linalool, cineole, eugenol, sabinene, myrcene, and limonene, all capable of restricting the growth of numerous harmful bacteria, including listeria, staphylococcus, E. coli, yersinia enterocolitica, and pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Some antibiotic medications that have been found to be resistant to some of these strains have been inhibited by basil extracts. One of those oils – eugenol – can block the activity of the harmful enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX). This same effect puts basil in the “anti-inflammatory” category because it provides relief from related problems, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

More in depth information may be found at
Medical News Today.

There’s honestly too much information about this amazing member of the mint family to cover in one newsletter. We’ll look at come creative ways to use Basil coming up soon.


MORE ABOUT BASIL

by Virginia Schafer

I Love Basil!  And I am glad cause Basil has gone wild.  I arrived here late summer so I planted my basil in plant boxes and hydro-planted. I can say that they were quite happy!  Did you know that Basil is part of the Mint family? Basil is not only delicious in many recipes – including infused oils and  many other products. Many essential oils contain Ocimum sanctum L. or Ocimum tenuflorum L. ( Holy Basil). Yep there are over 35 varieties  of this plant.
Basil’s antioxidant rich essential oils are light and small enough to be airborne (thus fragrant). Because of this and their porous, anti water solubility – they are also great for healing. They are considered  a great herbal medicine for an immune booster, great antioxidant and anti inflammatory, great for stress reduction,, antipyretic (good for fevers), analgesic (pain reducer) and even good for sugar control (diabetes).  Italian basil is also high in magnesium and vitamins. So bring on the spaghetti in Marinara sauce and basil pesto , grandma!


Basil  Pesto recipe

1 jar (8oz) sundried tomatoes
2 cups loose basil leaves
2 cloves of garlic
¼ cup olive oil (virgin)
¼ cup pine nuts (I like to lightly toast them)
¼ cups of parmesan or pecorino cheese
Blend until the consistency that you like (I like mine a little chunky)


MARKET CHITCHAT

We’re glad to announce the addition of another person to our lineup of speakers during the Fall Farmer’s Market. “Smart Doc” Virginia Schafer will be doing a Healing Seminar at 12:00 pm in the Market Shed on October 13. This is a very recent development so that’s really all the info available now but we’ll tell you more very soon. SOOO EXCITING!! That’s four fabulous classes (so far)!



DALEVILLE & ENTERPRISE CUSTOMERS – Don’t forget there will be no delivery on October 5 or October 12.

New & Relisted Products

  • Banana Leaves from Bain Home Gardens


THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

SMART DOC FARMS:What is Hydroponics?

Like the world of technology, the gardening sector is changing. Hydroponics makes sense to me. It’s a great way to control growing healthy, organic produce and quickly. For those with little space, these little water fed  plants(or if you are lucky enough to have a closed system – aquaponics which is usually fed by a fish pond) are easy, bug free, soil free and organic. I use organic nutrient additives, coconut based growth medium and special lights. For my herbs, lettuce and microgreens, I use the  deep water culture method which is simply seeds germinated and then the plants roots are suspended in a nutrient rich solution with continuous oxygen saturation via air stones. With this technique, I usually get sprouting within 24 hrs and nice micros within 10 days! Later we will be using a different technique for the tomatoes and peppers.  Look forward to seeing you soon!

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Good afternoon,
   It’s the first day of fall! Admittedly, I’m super excited to feel the Fall. Fall morning air quickly dissipates however we are hoping that will soon change.
    This week we have some adjustments to our listings. We are adding Banana leaves. If you follow us on Facebook, you saw our Fancy  Luau Dinner (what the Terry called it). It was a fun way to step outside the normal routine . We enjoyed it.


A second adjustment is we will be removing our Summer Salad Blend this week. As temps start to cool (though they haven’t yet) the Malabar Spinach will slow in producing new offshoots. Since we use the leaves & stems in smoothies, now is the time for us to store up for the winter. We have planted for Fall Salad blends but with Summer temps in the forecast it may be awhile before we are bringing our Kales, Chards, and Fall Salad blends back to the Market. In the meantime, Danny’s Greens has some beautiful lettuces already available of which we may snag a few ourselves and I’m told that Hawkins Homestead may have some available on a month or so.
  For those who haven’t already, be sure to follow our Facebook and/or Instagram pages. Those followers are the first to get updates as to what is growing, what’s available, and what’s new. Also for funny anecdotes you should also check out our website: https://bainhomegardens.wordpress.com
    You could shop anywhere but you come to the Market at Dothan. Please know we appreciate your support. You are the best! Sending a cool Fall breeze – from our family to yours.

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: It’s here! It’s here! My favorite season. Happy Fall! Oh wait….it’s still 90 degrees! Living in the South it sometimes seems as if we only have one season and that’s HOT! The good thing though is this means we have we can plant year round.

So we have radishes coming up soon, salad blends, and our kale is coming back. Oh and this week stewing hens are coming back! Remember to cook them low and slow! A crock pot is best!

Of course we still have our organic basil available! Plus basil pesto. Have you tried it? How about our lime basil pesto? Yum! Don’t miss out. Until next 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: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

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!

Sept. 15, 2018 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Introducing . . .
Fall Schedule Changes
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

SMART DOC FARMS

Hi.  My name is Virginia Schafer.  I am a retired DC, MD and am currently a medical Writer who loves to combine my passions of  farming and medicine. You will see more about me later.

For now I want to tell you about our hydroponics.  I got interested in this system when a company moved into our small county when I lived in South Carolina. I was offered a nice system at a really good price from an ex-marijuana grower. At that time my nonprofit helped people get jobs so we trained in hydro via a benefactor and Clemson University.  As a matter of fact we went to every class we could get ! We started hydro in my wine cellar and grew lettuce and kale…which we donated to FOODSHARE.

Through another turn of events, I landed up in Dothan with a small pecan farm (yep…they will be on our list!) and a small workshop (where the previous owner did pepper sauce!). So we (yep I brought some of my friends) started hydro and after a few experimental runs… will be offering  herbs, lettuce, kale and microgreens hopefully by mid October. If you have never had hydro salad you are in for a treat and will never eat grocery lettuce/greens again! We will also be doing tomatoes and peppers soon. Yes it is all organic, pest free (no insecticides), just yummy natural nutrients and growth mediums. More on hydroponics and Smart Doc Resources coming soon. God puts you where you are supposed to be so I am excited to be in Dothan (3 months!) and part of Market at Dothan.

Mrs. Virginia, we are beyond excited to welcome you!

VIP DATES & REMINDERS

If you follow the newsletter you are aware of the upcoming Fall Farmer’s Market starting October 13. We are super excited about this, but what you don’t know is all the stuff going on BEFORE it starts . . . here goes!

Friday, September 21, 2018 – Viki Richter will be managing the Market in Ros’s absence.

Friday, October 5, 2018 – Viki Richter will be managing the Market in Ros’s absence again. Avalon Farms will also be out of town which means there will be no Daleville or Enterprise deliveries that day.

Friday, October 12, 2018 – Avalon Farms will still be out of town which means there will be no Daleville or Enterprise deliveries that day.

MARKET CHITCHAT

New & Relisted Products

  • Basil Infused Olive Oil from Bain Home Gardens
  • Marigold Blossoms from Bain Home Gardens
  • Oriental Yard Long Beans from Bain Home Gardens

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

GRIER ACRES: Grier Acres was in Washington DC last week.  Harry attended his annual convention of Small business Development Centers while Jeannie played tourist.  However Harry did escape the confines of the hotel once or twice to roam around and see the sights. One of the places we visited was the United States Department of Agriculture!


The place is huge.  It covers an entire city block with all of the add ons that have taken place over the years.  One nice thing to see was a fairly good size garden on the corner of 12th & Jefferson. Each Friday they have a farmers market to sell their goods as well as local farmers.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Marketeers!
    First off, to those who have friends or family in the paths of the most recent storms we hope they are well. We sit with you on pins and needles as we have family & friends who are in a tough spot right now as well. This time of year is always difficult. Although no one wants to hear they are in the path of a hurricane, EVERYONE should be prepared.  Our family recently completed an ongoing project of packing individual go bags. What’s that? Well its defined by Google as, “a bag packed with essential items, kept ready for use in the event of an emergency evacuation of one’s home.” We hope we never have to use but should the need arise we will be prepared. If you would like to use some of our resources to create your own, let us know we would be happy to share!
    We are thrilled to cease the teasing and finally list our Oriental Yard Long Beans! We are happy to share and get your feedback on them. In addition, take advantage of our recently listed Basil Infused Olive Oil & Marigold Blossoms.


Growing food is awesome but sharing it takes the experience to a whole other level! Thanks for your support. From our family to yours!


HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends! Most of you guys know that we lived in the Carolinas before moving here a few years ago. So as you can imagine we have many friends and family there. For us, it has been a week of constant checking and making sure everyone is ok. Thankfully, we can report that all is well. If you guys have loved ones that were affected by the storm, please know that we will be praying for them along with everyone else.

Bain Home Gardens mentioned something in their post that is so very important. Natural disasters such as tornadoes and hurricanes just come with living in the South, so being prepared is of the utmost importance. For us we have to worry about ourselves and our animals. If we’re ever in the path of a storm, we have a plan to try and keep the chickens safe and the dogs along with Oscar (cat) go with us.

This week on our urban farm we are enjoying watching all the growth and the new life that has appeared on the farm. So many people are asking about produce and we like all of you are anxiously waiting for Fall harvests. We uncovered this volunteer organic arugula plant to give you a sneak peek. Until next week….


HORTONS FARM: A hearty THANK YOU to everyone who prayed for those in Florence’s path. I’m happy to report that our Raleigh family is safe and sound, though many roads in the area are closed due to flooding.

Our products will be on vacation mode as we are headed to the state beekeepers annual meeting this weekend. We’ll see you Sept. 28th!

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: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

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!

Sept. 9, 2018 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Announcement
Auburn Market Article
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

FALL FOOD CLASSES

Last week we announced our Fall Farmer’s Market on Oct. 13, Oct. 27 and November 10.

Well, that’s not all . . .

In addition to the Fall Farmer’s Market we will be offering Healthy Food Classes on those dates at well.

If these faces look familiar it’s because each of them has been with Market at Dothan a long time and have presented from their wealth of knowledge previously. Classes will take place at 10am at the Market Shed on the dates below. All of our presenters manage and /or have regained their health through diet and nutrition. You’ll find these ladies full of knowledge, wisdom and compassion as they share from their experience and hearts.

Oct. 13, Healthy Food Preservation with Melody Forsythe-Jeschke Mrs. Melody has forgot more about successful preservation of sustainable foods than most of us can learn in a lifetime. If you remember the green onion refrigerator photo from a few weeks ago . . . well, that was her onions in her refrigerator.

Oct. 27, 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!

Nov. 10, 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.

WOO-HOO!

Some of you may remember that Jessica Kelton who is a Regional Agent specializing in Farm and Agribusiness Management for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System visited us a few weeks ago.

The article she wrote for the Auburn University Office of Sustainability was published on their website a few days ago. They graciously gave us early access to it. Your Market Manager thinks Jessica couldn’t have described both the business and the human side of Market at Dothan any better.

You may read the article

HERE

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MARKET CHITCHAT

I think all of us have been taken back a little by last week’s heat after experiencing such an unusually mild August. My take is that it’s just Summer kicking up her heels in a bit of a hissy fit before being pushed aside. If you’ve not seen it here’s a good laugh to help get through these last weeks of summer.

Links to these recipes can be found at The Creative Bite.

New & Relisted Products

  • Salmon Rub from Hortons Farm is Relisted

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

RICHTER FARMS: Hope everyone is well and adjusting to school schedules and such. Just wanted to let you know I will be out of town this week. I will miss all the sweet smiles and chit chats that we have on market day. Thank you all for your wonderful support and the feedback we receive. Our o are getting bare which is a good thing! We do have pork and goat at Beef, Pork and More located on Ross Clark Cir in Dothan. Love you all, see you soon.

AVALON FARMS: Recently several people asked if we offer a CSA. I  would love to provide you all a box (or share) of lovely, sustainable, organic vegetables every week. In a CSA (Community  Supported Agriculture) you join with your farmer by pre-purchasing a weekly share of what will be produced. Payment is made months before any expected harvest, giving the farmer a little working capital and guaranteeing you the best when it comes available. This also means that you share the risk with your farmer of crop failures. So, until I feel like I can guarantee a reasonable return on your investment of buying a CSA share I just can’t do it. But it’s a dream.

Here’s one of the risks I recently encountered. Garlic seed was ordered several months ago for delivery now. Last week I received an email saying their supply of garlic had tested positive for bad nematodes. I had scheduled to start planting garlic this past week, instead I spent several afternoons searching the internet for garlic seed. Thankfully I found some. Planting will be delayed some but still in the window. Then we wait….till May.


And I just don’t even want to talk about this happening. I about cried.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hey There Marketeers,
How are you? Have you noticed the days getting shorter? We have. It’s a sign that the seasons are changing. Fall is my second favorite time of the year. I must say that after dealing with the summer pests, I’m excited to start fresh with the fall garden plots; not to mention how beautiful it is to watch the leaves change. We had the privilege of visiting Tennessee during the fall months – BEAUTIFUL!

This week we are listing Basil Infused Olive Oil for the first time. We are thrilled to share as we’ve done this in the past and absolutely adore it! Use your Basil Infused Olive Oil for cooking, seasoning, or to make your own vinaigrette.

Well its back outside for us! Much planting to do over the next few days…starting with this planter box! What a mess!!! From our family to yours!


HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends,

Last week we spoke to you guys about Fall. This week somebody turned up the heat!! It’s hot! The weather has been out of control this year. We have suffered losses to our crops and sadly even some of our birds.

Our planting schedule has been way off and although we have planned a lot, no matter how much planning is done, weather is always a factor. So if there is excessive rain, too much heat, or no rain at all, plans change and we just have to adapt. Good thing we have back up! We partner with our friends at Bain Home Gardens and as organic farmers we try to support each other. This is what community farming is all about! So I tell people all the time, if we don’t have it…..here’s is where you can get it. They are the closest growers to us in the Wiregrass area.

Both Bain Home Gardens and us here have a few tricks up our sleeve so please be on the lookout for great offerings from us and all our friends at the Market soon.

Coming up we have some stewing hens that will be listed. I’m not sure if it will be this week as Brandon and I have been invited to a summit in Georgia, but be on the lookout on our Facebook and the Market page for details. Until next week. Stay hydrated, be safe, and we thank you for your continued support.

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: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

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!

September 1, 2018 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Coming Soon to a Nursery Near You
Table Treats
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

FALL FARMER’S MARKET


This year’s fall market will be a bit different. Normally we limit participation to sustainable growers and friends who fall within our Market guidelines, but this year we are inviting farms who grow by traditional methods as well. This decision was both thought through verrryyyyyy carefully and made with serious counsel.

Please know that our Market Vendors who participate will be clearly identified! We’re hopeful that inviting our farming neighbors will be a good influence on them as well as our continuing mission of educating the public about the benefits of sustainable clean food.

A little something extra . . . . we’re working on offering clean food classes during the Saturday Market’s like we did last year. As soon as that’s settled we’ll announce!

FREEBIES AND FUN

It was partially last minute and mostly unplanned, but we wound up with a whole bunch of good stuff for “the table” at the Market on Friday. Your Manager was thrilled to gave away a bunch of tasty jellies and Mr. Bob brought lots of freebie jalapenos as well. Mrs. Birdie was there with chai shortbread and tea cakes for a while and there was plenty of scuppernongs and okra.

No idea what next week holds except for some more jarred goodies as the Horton’s transition to less sugar and more green stuff in the pantry.

Hope to see you next Friday!

MARKET CHITCHAT

THANK YOU to Coastal Sharps who brought their impressive knife sharpening equipment out to the Market Shed yesterday. We kept Amory busy with knives from growers, customers and nursery employees who were all tickled with the results. For those of us who cut and chop our own meats and vegetables a sharp knife is a must! They’ll be at our Fall Farmer’s Market on October 13 if you missed yesterday. Check our facebook page for a peek at the quality of her work.

Do these belong to you? If so you’ll find them in the Market Shed next to this pretty box. Feel free to pick them up at your convenience during Dothan Nursery’s regular business hours.

New & Relisted Products

  • Danny’s Greens are relisted!

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

HORTONS FARM:


I couldn’t resist sharing this sweet “wink from God” (to borrow a phrase from my children) that happened yesterday. I came out from a local business to see this pretty baby hanging on to my windshield. I sat in the driver’s seat and stared a long time before taking the photo – it was there just for me!

Every year our family anticipates the seasonal transition that seems to start about right now. It means cooler nights, shorter days, milder weather and the beginning of the beautiful harvest season we enjoy so much here.

My heart did a happy dance. I wish you such moments too.
Ros

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends! If you haven’t already please check out our “Growing Now” segment. It’s listed on the Market discussion page and you can also find the link here:    
https://hawkinshomesteadfarm.com/2018/08/31/growing-now-september/
It’s a great way to stay up to date with all that we have growing. With the change of seasons everything has slowed down and we don’t have much of our organic produce to offer, but it’s all in the works! We thank you for being patient with us and all our growers.

This week on the Market we have our pear jams, basil varieties, pesto, bone broth kit, and fresh organic sprouts! We also have what looks like it will be an overwhelming variety of late peppers growing so we hope to share some of these with you soon. The one shown will go into a beef stir fry that we’re having for dinner tonight. Fresh organic farm grown onions and peppers along with a few store bought items like organic mushrooms and broccoli will make for a great meal. Maybe one day we can grow ALL these things ourselves, until then we will continue to buy local and organic! Until next week.

AVALON FARMS:

Rows of kale and broccoli fading into the distance. Well, 100 ft anyway. Resting my back after planting those beauties, sitting on the front porch, God showed His approval.

This week’s primary goal was to get more transplants started and get those older ones in the ground. So over the course of the week I started 12 more flats of transplants. Broccoli, cabbage, spinach, Swiss chard, celery, cilantro and asian greens. This morning, with hubby’s help, I got the older transplants in the ground. Also put some asian greens and lettuce in the aquaponics beds.

The next construction project is to build a chicken tractor for our freedom rangers (meat birds). They are getting big enough it’s time to start moving them around on fresh grass everyday. We are on track for November!

Just bought 50 pound bags of iron clay peas and mixed cereal grains to use as cover crops. Add planting those to the list of things to do.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Marketeers!

    Good afternoon! How are you? Things are super, crazy beautiful in these parts! Life gets away from you at times with its hectic nature – as is the life of a homesteader. This week we continue to plant and transplant for fall and sadly we have experienced a few losses but we are hoping due to the early start we will not feel such a set back.
    In other news we have had prolific production of the Oriental Yard Long Bean. They are now growing up the railing of the front porch. With their orchid-like blooms, I’m more than pleased! We simply chop into bite sized pieces and stir fry them – tender & tasty! We are hoping to bring these to the market soon. Keep on the lookout!


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: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

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 25, 2018 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Homeopathy In The Garden
Announcement
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

PART 2

THANK YOU Mrs Patty for all the work and research you put into this!
To our customers, we invite you to print this and last week’s section about Homeopathy in the Garden for your own future use. You won’t find better information anywhere!


Remedies for Pests & How to Use

In homeopathy remedies come in dilutions. The smaller the number, the less the dilution. However, the higher numbers are actually STRONGER potencies even though they have been diluted further. Some remedies use C and some use X but they are the same thing. I will try to give sources for the remedies I mention. Homeopathy in the garden is now being referred to as agrohomeopathy. Alas, I could find no remedies for squash bugs/leaf footed beetles :( Unfortunately some of these are not readily available in the US but must be shipped from the UK or Australia.

1: Snails and Slugs: Helix tosta is a remedy made from the toasted shells of snails. Add 1 pill (6C) to 200mL of water and shake vigorously. It is best to use purified or distilled water. Then spray or water your plants. This remedy is effective for up to 4 months with just one application. The bottle contains 100 pills so you can get 20 liters (about 5 gallons) of slug/snail repellent from 1 bottle. I have a personal friend who used this because slugs were ravaging her dahlias and it worked. A company the provides this remedy recently did a survey on effectiveness and here are the results:

https://homeopathyplus.com/helix-tosta-survey-results-2/

Source: The first is the only US source I can find. I think the 8C should be fine but I am not positive. I do have a friend who used, I think, 200C with great results.
https://www.homeopathyworks.com/helix-tosta-pills/ select 8C

https://abchomeopathy.com/avpot.php/Helix-t

https://homeopathyplus.com/product/helix-tosta/

2. Aphids: Coccinella septempunctata is actually made from the ladybug which is a natural predator of aphids. Directions for preparation are the same as above for the Helix tosta.

Source: https://homeopathyplus.com/product/coccinella-septempunctata/ select 6C

https://www.homeopathyworks.com/coccinella-septempunctata-pills/ Select 9x


3: Caterpillars: Bombyx processiona is a remedy prepared from the procession caterpillar. When sprayed on the plant or watered into the roots, it repels the moths and caterpillars that normally cause infestation. Although no residual barrier remains after application, the remedy triggers a healthy response in the the plant making it more resistant and less appealing to its attackers.
Again preparation of the remedy is as above.

Source: https://homeopathyplus.com/product/bombyx-processionea/ Select 6C

https://www.helios.co.uk/shop/bombyx-processionea Select 6C


4: General “King” of the garden remedies: Silicea terra. This is the remedy I used on my pepper plants with such amazing results. All I had was 200C although the remedy calls for 6C and I still had good results. Some of the benefits of Silicea (silica) include:
1. Improves germination of seeds
2. Reduces transplant shock
3. Strengthens weak and spindly plants.
4. Increases resistance of plants to pests, mold and mildew
5. Improves fruit setting when applied after flowering.
This is probably the #1 remedy you should have on hand and this one is readily available in the US. More in depth info about this remedy can be found here:

https://homeopathyplus.com/homeopathic-silica-%E2%80%93-the-gardener%E2%80%99s-friend/

Source: https://www.amazon.com/Boiron-Silicea-6C-80-Pellet/dp/B0006NYI2M/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1534963327&sr=8-3&keywords=silicea+6c

https://www.vitacost.com/boiron-silicea-6c-80-pellets?csrc=PPCADW-&mtp=s0aBZu3Zi-dc%7cpcrid%7c166840069599%7c&gclid=Cj0KCQjwk_TbBRDsARIsAALJSOY03QJDfNVmWNdbQ3V1IunOm7668ZC0EV5rKhE3WwlxRfsW870jTukaAtzTEALw_wcB


5. Blight: Carbo vegetabilis: Carbo veg is derived from charcoal and is knowns as the “corpse reviver”. Charcoal is carbon and carbon is the base of all organic life. It is a remedy for desperate conditions. Plants needing this remedy will look wilted, dying, losing leaves, wasted. To treat blight and other wasting diseases dissolve 5 pellets of 30C in 1L (1 quart) of purified or distilled water and water affected plant. Repeat 3 more times.

Source: https://amazon.com/Boiron-Vegetabilis-Homeopathic-Medicine-Bloating/dp/B00028NZ0M/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1534964523&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=carbo+vegetabilis+30c+homeopathic&psc=1

https://www.vitacost.com/hylands-carbo-vegetabilis-30x?q=carbo+vege&ta=carbo+vege


I am sure you can find both the silicea and the carbo veg on eBay and multiple other sites like IHerb, Puritan’s Pride, Swanson’s etc.

Of course there is no way I can cover every remedy etc but if you are interested in pursuing this further there are some good books and resources:

https://www.narayana-verlag.com/homeoplant/homeoplant_home_en.php

https://www.amazon.com/Homeopathy-Farm-Garden-Vaikunthanath-Kaviraj-ebook/dp/B07BQ6NK8R/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1534963725&sr=8-2&keywords=homeopathy+for+farm+and+garden


Sources: https://homeopathyplus.com/the-top-four-remedies-for-gardens-and-farms/
http://www.centerforhomeopathy.com/blog/treating-plants-with-homeopathy
http://www.interhomeopathy.org/tomato-blight-carbo-vegetabilis-to-the-rescue

SPECIAL GUEST NEXT WEEK!

Those of you who picked up on Friday got to meet Amory Harris of Coastal Sharps. Amory is a specialist who is giving our customers a great deal next Friday when she sets up her blade sharpening equipment at the Market Shed. Normal cost for her services are $1 per inch, but she’s cutting us a break with a $5 max charge for your big blades.


If you’re like your Market Manager and have a drawer full of dull blades you’d rather not use, dig those things out and bring them next Friday! You don’t even have to place an order! Armory’s professional edges will make it easier for you to maintain your knives at home. Word on the street is that her hunting knife jobs are so good you could field dress and elk with no problem!

MARKET CHITCHAT


New & Relisted Products

  • Organic Eggplants from Hawkins Homestead
  • Purple and Bronze Muscadine Grapes 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.

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends! Fall is in the air and we couldn’t be happier about it. Plus it didn’t rain for a few days this week which meant we were finally able to move some of our garden boxes closer to the house. I have some special plans for these boxes and having them closer will allow me to keep an eye on them. We have been trying to fully get this done all month. So it’s a big deal that they’re moved. We still have to fill up a few with compost, but for the most part they’re all ready for planting!

Of course we have sown lots of seeds already, but we still have organic tomatoes, late peppers, okra, and even heirloom eggplants. We’ve been using some of these veggies in our prepared foods like our Salsa Fresh! We even found some lettuce hiding between some bean plants! They needed the shade and we’re more than happy to have surprise Summer lettuce for our family to eat.

Back to the eggplants….I was hoping to bring them yesterday for table sales, but since I wasn’t able to, I have listed them this week on the Market. As stewards of our word, we support other local growers so these plants were originally purchased as seedlings from a local sustainable farm. They have been organically grown and suddenly started producing more than we can keep up with, so we offer them to you.



Mouth Watering Goodness!

Thank you and we want to say welcome to a few new names we have seen lately and thank you to the ones who continue to come back. We appreciate you all.

AVALON FARMS . . . Rides Again!:


Chicken News:

Here is our completed mobile egg prairie schooner. The girls have moved in and seem to approve. They’ve even started laying their first eggs in the nests! I love it when something actually works! Although why they insist on roosting on the roof is beyond me.

Also, we’ve  added Freedom Rangers to our menagerie. These are very hardy meat birds bred to excel on pasture. They grow a little slower than the industry standard Cornish Cross, but do not have the associated health problems of that breed. Freedom Rangers are also well known for being very tasty and tender big birds. We anticipate the first harvest to be around the first of November.

In the picture above they are 2.5 weeks old. Look at the legs on those guys!

Growing News:

The first set of transplants had to move out onto the front porch to make room for more inside. Last year grasshoppers and army worms ate a lot of the transplants before they were even big enough to set out. That’s why I’m starting them inside and also why I got creative with some netting and made a “safe zone” for these guys on the porch.


Yes, clothespins have many uses! I’m planning to sew the sides together so the netting goes over the shelves like a giant sock.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Marketeers, Our journey towards self sufficiency has been very rewarding. I personally have learned so much. I am very appreciative for all the resources out there but as I’ve said before, listening & learning from others is by far my favorite way to grow in knowledge and experience. As I’ve sat at the feet of such sagacious gardeners, there has been an unexpected benefit. Suddenly I have developed an interest in growing flowers. I’ve always admired those who could identify virtually every flower or houseplant. I never personally had an interest until now.


Recently our daughter and I were gifted with a Begonia of which our friend calls a Friendship Begonia because it propagates so easily making it very easy to share. This is a part of one that has been shared countless times already! I must say, it adds a hint of character to our living space. Other flowers (Marigolds, Sunflowers, etc) as you know are great for distracting pests from your fledgling vegetable plants. Beautiful and useful – cannot go wrong with that!
   Sending well wishes and joy – from our family to yours!

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: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

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 18, 2018 M@D Newsletter



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

PART 1

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.

Sources:
http://www.centerforhomeopathy.com/blog/treating-plants-with-homeopathy
https://www.pri.org/stories/2014-01-09/new-research-plant-intelligence-may-forever-change-how-you-think-about-plants

AND NOW WE KNOW!

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.

MARKET NEWS

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

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS:


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!


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: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

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 11, 2018 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

MARKET CHITCHAT

This week we’re keeping it short and sweet! It’s August, it’s HOT, the summer vegetables are on their way out and the fall vegetables are coming up. Plus your Market Manager has a ton of cabinets to stain and finish today. And I’m glad to say that several years of Pinterest inspiration are paying off!

Anyone venture to guess the origin of this recycled piece?

Breathe Deep! Fall is coming Yesterday we had a pow-wow with JD at Dothan Nurseries brainstorming ideas for our upcoming Fall Farmer’s Market. We hope to have something for everybody this time around and welcome your ideas. Announcements coming soon!


New & Relisted Products

  • Tiger Sawgill Mushrooms from Grier Acres
  • BULK Ranch Dressing Mix from Richter Farms
  • Asian Pears from Grier Acres

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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AVALON FARMS: Well our first “real” crop of garlic has sold out! Last year’s crop was very pitiful and small, but I learned some things and this year’s was great. Wish I had planted more! Have already ordered seed garlic that will be planted in September.

Onions are still storing very well. That’s the area of improvement I focused on this year. We lost so many to spoilage last year. But they won’t keep forever, so enjoy them now.


For those that attended my heat table workshop last Spring, you may recognize this setup. I removed the heating parts and moved it all inside in the a/c. I needed cooler temperatures to start cool weather crops like spinach.  Plus this way they are protected from hungry critters and all the mold and fungus spores floating around. I lost half my fall transplants last year to bugs and fungus because they were outside. More lessons learned!

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello Marketeers!
    How goes it? Back to school season is upon us. Have your little ones started back to school? Our youngest is in 6th grade this year and our oldest will be beginning his freshman year of college on the 20th. I really wonder just where the time went?! Before Jarod, gets all tied up with the rollercoaster of college life, our goal is to finalize our early fall plantings. We had a very productive fall season last year and this year we want to kick it up a notch! Planning, planning, and more planning coupled with lots of hard work – ah that should get us off to a good start.


So far we have cleared and tilled only one of our smaller beds. There are yet two larger areas not to mention the growing boxes that currently are demanding attention. We have not a moment to waste! Till next week!

DANNY’S GREENS: Danny’s commitment to utmost quality has forced the tough decision to suspend sales for a few weeks till the current weather conditions ease up. His greens are tender and most vulnerable so he’s papmering them till they’re ready to take off again.

GRIER ACRES: We are excited to offer you all some of our baking pears. Jeannie and her mom have put up some canned pears and Jeannie has also made some cobblers with the pears. We have also enjoyed our hot banana peppers and will be offering these to you all as well. They are great in salad or to cook with to add some heat and texture to foods. We also have been getting a lot of the yellow pear tomatoes, we enjoy cutting these in half to add to a salad. We also have a tabasco plant with peppers that are starting to turn.

Jeannie was so excited as she got a new composter. She loves the box kind and moves it around as she fills it with green and brown compost in a layered fashion in our garden. We have one on our field where we have okra growing-we have clemson spineless and emerald okra growing. Hopefully we can list some okra. We eat it roasted in the oven or grill. When Harry has time he likes to make a gumbo with the okra. c It really is the secret to gumbo. As you get ready for cooler weather and smoking meats, we will have a variety of smoking woods.

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends! I really enjoyed meeting a lot of you yesterday at the Market pick up.Since I work Full-time it’s not often that I get a day off on Friday, but yesterday was a good day to be off. It was very nice putting faces with the names I see from week to week. We even got to hear some customer feedback which we welcome. We hope you guys know that you can always reach out to us. Either through messenger on Facebook, phone, or even email. Our email address is info@hawkonshomesteadfarm.com. We would love to hear from you!

This week on the Market enjoy our bone broth kit, basil pesto, fresh basil varieties, salsa fresh, and pear jams. As always we thank you and hope you have a good week.

FOOTNOTES

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