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May 25, 2019 M@D Newsletter



Market At Dothan Wishes You a Blessed Memorial Day


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:
Buying “Organic” Part 2
CBD Oil
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

WHAT IS…

Editor’s Note: ACES kindly granted Market at Dothan to reprint this information. It is quite lengthy so we’re breaking it down into bite size chunks over a few weeks. We hope it will help you be a more informed consumer.

Certified organic is a production term referring to the NOP-standardized practices that farmers and processors use to grow and process agriculture products such as fruits, vegetables, grains, livestock, dairy, and others. Organic farmers use alternative methods and inputs for fertilization, weed control, insect and disease management, and animal health in an attempt to protect environmental resources and reduce consumer exposure to chemicals. These strict standards are voluntarily accepted and federally regulated. Organic farms are also required by law to keep detailed records and undergo an in-depth, annual oversight and certification process to verify that all standards and requirements are being met. These added regulations and requirements are part of the cost of growing certified organic products.


Certified Naturally Grown The Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) program serves as an alternative to the USDA’s NOP standards. It costs less, requires less paper work, and is based on a participatory guarantee system allowing farmer-inspectors to make suggestions and assist other producers. The CNG program has strict standards required for using its label. It is primarily designed for small farmers who sell via local networks such as roadside stands, farmers markets, local restaurants, and small grocery stores. CNG producers benefit from the program’s website, which promotes their businesses: www.naturallygrown.org/.

Not included in original article

”Natural” Food labeled “natural,” according to the USDA definition, does not contain artificial ingredients or preservatives and the ingredients are only minimally processed. However, they may contain antibiotics, growth hormones, and other similar chemicals.
Regulations are fairly lenient for foods labeled “natural.” Producers must submit a sort of application at the time of slaughter, detailing practices used throughout the life of animals. Labels are evaluated to prevent mislabeling but no inspections are conducted and producers are not required to be certified.

All Natural The USDA does not define foods labeled “all natural” as any differnt than those labeled “natural.” Foods with this labeling are probably not any different than “natural” foods and may not be regulated as they are not defined by the USDA.

Made with Organic Ingredients Foods with this labeling must consist of at least 70% organic ingredients and none of the ingredients can be produced with sewage-sludge based products or ionizing radiation. Labeling cannot include the USDA seal or the word “organic” in any principle displays. Three of the organic ingredients can be included on the label and all organic ingredients should be identified in the ingredients list. The same controls and regulations are put in place as those use for foods labeled “organic.”

Next Week: A Close Look at Pest Management Practices for Certified Organic Production

IT’S ALL GOOD NEWS

We are pleased to have both Smart Doc Resources and Mayim Farms offering Cannabidiol, known as CBD Oil, to our customers. It is one of the 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa. CBD does not contain the main psychoactive chemical (tetrahydrocannabinol aka THC) that causes the “high” associated with marijuana. It is a natural and viable option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana or certain pharmaceutical drugs.

We’ve collected a bit of information with links if you’d like to examine CBD closer.

Healthline lists 7+ health issues CBD oil can help with.

More charts like this may be found at This Stuff is Good for You.

Dr. Axe lists many different forms of CBD oil products and how to use them. (The product that made a believer out of this editor was a topical cream.)

In addition to health problems CBD oil can help with, Parsly Health explains how it works and lists side effects. It also and offers guidelines for choosing your CBD product.

CBD has other well known uses not mentioned above including Pet use, Arthritis and Migraine Relief.

MARKET CHITCHAT

Temperature Up = Curtains CLOSED! The last two weeks The Market Shed has made good use of our curtains. They look super cute year round but the real purpose is to keep the sun out and the temperature down while your orders await pickup. One thing our Dothan customers can do to help keep things fresh is to pickup a little earlier. While it does get a little crazy once in a while we so enjoy the time with you and appreciate your patience.

New & Relisted Products – Woo-Hoo!

  • Parsley from Avalon Farms
  • Basil from Avalon Farms
  • Rosemary from Avalon Farms
  • Thyme….reminds me of a song from Avalon Farms
  • Green beans from Avalon Farms
  • Patty pan squash from Avalon Farms
  • Italian Zucchini 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.

AVALON FARMS Just finished processing the last of our spring broilers. (So thankful that is done.?) They’re all staying at “freezer camp” eagerly awaiting an invite to your house for a yummy home cooked meal. ?

My thermometer is reading 95 degrees and it’s only 11am. It was just a month ago that we were experiencing super late frosts and heavy rains,  now we are extra hot and super dry. The heat is rough on people and animals, but it’s rough on the garden too.


Heat impacts on the garden that you might not have considered… besides plants practically laying on the ground!

Not setting fruit,
Dropping fruit,
Malformed fruit,
Taste,
Germination,
Lousy production all around,
Death and destruction.
….if only the heat deterred the bugs.

Having said all that, I have to get up and go plant more squash and cucumbers. Waiting is not an option as I’m already behind schedule. You can’t pick ‘em if you don’t plant them.

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: Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 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
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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!

May 18, 2019 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!
Market at Dothan uses 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:
Ros’s Ramblings
The Lowdown on Organic
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

An Intro

I’m alternating between typing and enjoying lunch. The beautiful salad below has Danny’s salad greens, spinach my daughter brought down from Memphis Farmer’s Market, cucumbers from Avalon Farms, cheese, tomato & avacodo my Mr. brought home, EVOO and Cascadian Raspberry Vinegar from my kiddos in Pensacola.

I’m tasting the love.


I’ve been contemplating the connection between food and love for a few days now after realizing that babies experience love through feeding. Bottle or breast, they are held close while their most basic need is met. A child’s need for connecting and belonging is later met around the family dinner table. Sweethearts still melt into each others eyes over malts and milk shakes. Lovers are wooed over a candlelight meal.

No doubt this topic is deeper than this lay person can delve into, but it is something to think about!

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We regularly get questions and have a lot of discussion within our M@D family about “organic” and what it means. If you’ve been a reader of this newsletter for any length of time you know we try to be pro-active in educating about growing practices, labeling, etc. Our own Market embraces the spirit, intent and practices of certified organic standards, but because our growers are too small to take on the hassel and expense of certification, we go with “Sustainable.” Our growers often use stricter protocols than required for National Organic Program (NOP).

With summer crops starting to come on strong, farm stands full, csa’s popping up and various markets abounding, it seems like a good time to revisit the labels and what they mean. Please know above all else that knowing your farmer is the very best way to know about your food! Labels tell you what the certifying agency is all about. The farmer is the one who knows what’s really going on.

Thomas Agee is an extension agent in Dale County and has given permission to publish the following article from ACES. It’s long so we’re going to do it in several parts. The good thing is – it’s official! It is written by specialists, Ellen Huckabay, Tyler Weldon, & Ayanava Majumdar, Alabamians who deal with growing standards and certification every day. We hope it will help you in your own quest to eat healthy!

PART I, FACT & MYTH

When asked the difference between organic goods and those labeled all-natural, eco-friendly, or naturally grown, consumers may respond that these are one and the same. In reality, they are different.

In 1990, the federal Organic Foods Production Act established the National Organic Program (NOP) to support specialty crop producers,* organic farmers, and the standards for producing, handling, and processing organically grown agricultural products.
Organic foods are typically from farms growing specialty crops (fruits, vegetables, and other small-scale produced crops and livestock) for direct market to consumers and local markets. In Alabama and across the nation, both organic and other specialty crop farms sell to an ever-expanding market


So many terms!
Knowing what each one means helps you choose what’s right for you.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines organic as a labeling term for food and other agricultural products in much the same way as it defines labeling terms for the grading of beef, eggs, and dairy products. The organic label can only be used on products produced by NOP-approved methods, which are intended to promote and enhance biodiversity, biological cycles, and biological soil activity. They are based on the minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain, and enhance natural cycling of the farm’s ecological resources. Use of the word organic is mandated by the NOP standards.

Thus, all-natural and organic are not the same. All-natural or eco-friendly products might have been produced using some of the organic standards and principles in the pre- or postharvest of their ingredients, but these labels do not guarantee that the product complies with the federal regulations defining organic. Although organic farming and all-natural gardens can both support a local ecology, only one is certified.

More to come! Next week we look at the labels closer.

MARKET CHITCHAT

Summer Schedule: Now that we’ve got all our spring farmer’s markets and Open House behind us we’ve done a big exhale and wanted to let you know what’s in the works. At this time the only thing set in stone is a break in schedule for the week of Saturday, June 29 – Friday, July 5. The Market will reopen for orders on Saturday, July 6.


If we get enough interest we may do a canning class in June or July.
Fall Farmer’s Market will start in September.

New & Relisted Products – Woo-Hoo!

  • Moringa Powder from Smart Doc Resources
  • Green cabbage Avalon Farms
  • Zephyr Squash
  • Yellow Crookneck Squash
  • Yellow Straight Squash
  • Zucchini Squash
  • Swiss Chard
  • Slicing Cucumbers
  • Moringa Leaves from Mayim Farms
  • Pickling Cucumbers
  • Snacking Cucumbers
  • Kinston Sweet Onions and Creole Red Onions!
  • Blackberries
  • Red Potatoes
  • Turnips (possibly)

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

SMART DOC RESOURCES: Greetings! I have just returned from my 2nd trip to Africa. Our nonprofit Earth Farm Gambia is up and running. More info on that later. But also brought back lots of moringa (freshly harvested) and shea butter from Mali. I worked with some of the farmers (myfarm for one) and got some of their recipes for tea and soap. This week we are listing freshly ground moringa leaves and moringa tea with recipes. Also I have a few pounds of raw pure shea butter. Our hydroponics have been dismantled and we are moving indoors. The garage gets a little too warm for these delicate leaves and produce. Watch for an announcement soon. Hopefully we will have microgreens back in two weeks. A little info about moringa:

Moringa
The National Health Institute calls it the plant of the year. It africa it is called the living tree and the tree that never dies. Throughout the world, moringa is used for treating widespread conditions such as inflammation related diseases, cancer, diabetes, anemia, arthritis, allergies, asthma, constipation, stomach and intestinal issues, epilepsy, chronic headaches, high blood pressure, kidney stones, libido issues, viral and bacterial infections, fluid retention and much more. It is also widely used for weight loss and to increase energy. It is chock full of nutrients per gram than most foods. For example, it has two times the amount of protein than yogurt, four times the amount of vit A as carrots, three times the amount of potassium as bananas and four times the amount of calcium than in cows milk. In africa they put moringa in recipes and drink tea several times a day (along with green tea). Recipes will be posted on fb page.

We have listed powder and several different tea recipes, including plain moringa in resealable tea bags so you can add your own ingredients to taste.

Our organic garden is growing too….so watch for announcements. Please feel free if you have any questions to contact me.

Blessings
Virginia and Clifford

Moringa: such powerful nutrition in such a small plant!

MAYIM FARMS: Mayim Farm…. Listing fresh Moringa leaves again for season 2019. One of the most nutritionally dense plants we grow. editor’s note – Mayim’s moringa trees are located on their farm in Opp, AL

AVALON FARMS



So much going on!!! That’s how spring is every year for every farmer. You wait and watch, hope and pray, and then suddenly everything starts producing. Which is awesome!!! But now you have to harvest everyday. Rinse the dirt off and remove the field heat. Then pack in crates and store in the cooler. It’s wonderful and it never takes a day off.

Oh, and while dealing with this wonderful abundance, keep the weeds at bay, water, fertilize and plant the next succession of crops.

Last week, the onion harvest started (still going on). This week, the potato harvest will start. Garlic will be soon.

Blackberries and blueberries are starting to ripen.

The “To Do List” is long and resets everyday. LOL But the best part is seeing you select my products and then bringing them to you on Friday. ? Thank you for allowing me to be apart of your life.

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: Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 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!

May 11, 2109 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!
Market at Dothan uses 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
Market Chitchat
No Grower Notes

CARROTS

Danny’s beautiful carrots have been selling out every week – and with good reason as they’re the most healthful and delicious you can get in the Wiregrass, at least at this time! Danny’s non certified organic beds are hand tilled and hand tended from start to finish for all his products and you can really taste the difference. So this week, while they’re still available we pay homage to the carrot, a versatile and sometimes underappreciated staple of the human diet.


Top Left: Farm House Carrots
Top Right: Carrot Chips
Bottom Left: Buttery Maple Carrots
Bottom Right: Parmesan Roasted Carrot Fries


MARKET CHITCHAT

Thank you to everyone who came out to Open House this week. We home you had fun. Market at Dothan will be back to our regular schedule starting with this newsletter complete with Daleville and Enterprise Deliveries!

While summer is not “officially” here it may as well be past solstice in the Deep South as Blackberry Winter is past and our days are consistently warm. Spring was cooler for longer than usual which has made things quite interesting for farmers and beekeepers alike! We’re looking forward to plenty of yumminess in the coming weeks.


Upcoming plans are to continue normal operations through the summer months with one small break in July. A monthly Fall Farmer’s Market will start in September.

New & Relisted Products

  • Vanilla Oatmeal Shea Butter from St. Andrews Soap Company
  • Ready to Use FRESH Tumeric Powder from Sweet Acre Farms
  • Hawthorne Berry Tincture from Mayim Farms
  • Endive
  • Thyme
  • Peppermint
  • Little Gem Romaine

NO GROWER NOTES

We’re skipping the Grower Notes this week to give all our hard working farmers a breather and to wish you all a


Mother’s Day is steeped in history and tradition and is celebrated worldwide albeit not always at the same time or in the same way! If you want to learn more here are a few websites to dig into.

We hope your day is blessed and filled with love!

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: Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 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!

May 4, 2019 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!
Market at Dothan uses 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:
OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEK!
Giving Back
Grower Notes

PICKUP IS CHANGED THIS WEEK ONLY


Even if you do not place an order this week you are invited to attend an old timey Ice Cream Social this Thursday at Dothan Nutseries from 3pm – 7pm. Many of your M@D vendors will be on hand to with fresh products for meet and greet. We also have several great guest vendors lined up as well.

Order Pickup will take place starting 2 pm on Thursday, May 9 instead of Friday this week only, including orders for our Daleville or Enterprise customers. We look forward to seeing our friends from Dale & Coffee County and hope you enjoy your visit to the Nursery.

Avalon Farms D’s Jellies Casablanca Ranch
Fostering Hope Hortons Farm Martin Teas
Smart Doc Resources Panda Organics Mark It With A B Whoopie Pies
Throckmartins Table Koning Pottery Mary Opiary
Wild Rose Apothecary

SPECIAL OPEN HOUSE ANNOUNCEMENT

We here at M@D have supported causes and done fundraisers before, and this week for Open House we’re doing it again, albeit a bit differently. A representative from Fostering Hope. will be present to share information about the many ways they help children and families in the Wiregrass.


Fostering Hope’s mission statement is . . . to support, encourage & assist foster families and children of the Wiregrass.  We want them to be well loved and supported by the community and the Church as a whole.

Foster Care and Adoption is near and dear to the folks at Hortons Farm and this week they’re partnering with Fostering Hope to give a portion of all honey sold at Open House to this fine organization. There will be plenty on hand and we hope everyone will plan to stock up!

Fostering Hope has furnished us with a list of current needs. If you would like to help with any of the following please bring them to the Hortons Farm/Fostering Hope tent on Thursday. Your tax deductable gift will go toward helping a foster/adopting family and children starting a new life.

*Laundry Soap *Infant Laundry Soap *Quart Zip Lock Bags *Small Hangers of all Types *3# size diapers

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: World Naked Gardening Day!  Nope, Avalon Farms did not participate yet again. LOL  You gotta be kidding me!

Following my foot surgery last week, I’ve had the pleasure of spending a lot of time with my kids and their spouses. They were wonderful helpers and kept the farm alive…and took great care of me! “We” harvested and prepared your orders. Things weren’t done quite the way “I” do them, but “we” got it done. If you happened to have any issues with your produce, please just let me know and I’ll get it fixed. ??

One of the things that “we” did not get done was keep the sugar snaps picked. Once they start maturing they have to be picked or the pods get over mature and lose their sweetness, BUT they still have tasty little peas in them! So this week I’ll be offering SHELLED sugar snap peas.

English Peas are starting to fill out!!! They are such lush healthy plants! It’s so exciting and gratifying when something grows so well. (God’s grace, obviously)

HORTONS FARM “Ditto What She Said”

We did not observe what has come to be known as WNGD either and have made it a point to stay away from websites and social media where it has been celebrated. We did however bump into a list of gardening activities NOT recommended for the first Saturday of every May .

1. Plant Roses
2. Re-pot Cacti
3. Use a Weed Eater or other Power Tools
4. Squat in the bushes
5. Sit on the ground
6. Any type of pruning.

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: Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 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!

April 27, 2019 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!
Market at Dothan uses 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:
Roz’s Ramblings
Food For Thought
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

This has been a BUSY spring! We hope everyone has taken advantage of the beautiful weather and opportunities to visit Dothan Nurseries when tents were up.

Last weeks Get Green Alabama Marketplace gave me a fresh perspective on all the wonderful things that are and that take place at Dothan Nurseries. Normally I participate by working, and while I did invest some work for Get Green Alabama, on Saturday when it took place I attended as anyone else from the public, as part of the crowd.

To be honest, the shift in gears didn’t happen immeiately, but being with family who had never been to the Nursery was a huge help. My trendy, hipster, city slicker kids picked up right away that Dothan Nurseries is a special place . . . and they were in no hurry to leave long after Get Green Alabama had packed up and gone home! They had all made new friends and great memories before leaving. On the way back to Echo they remarked that they were quite surprised to find a place “like that” so close to home.

I suspect this guy will be looking for a porch swing “like that” for his home in Raleigh.

“Like that” indeed! We count our blessings to work alongside JD and all the Nursery staff. It truly comes across that it’s not all business, but about being a blessing to our community. Thanks guys! You’re the Best!

. . .OR NOT

Food is always in the news. Good, Bad and Ugly, it’s all there. Here’s a smattering of recent news starting with the ridiculous:

  • Bob Ross Cereal Is Here To Help You Understand The True Joy Of Breakfast
  • Walmart is selling Nikelodeon Green Slime Ice Cream
  • Firebox Will 3-D Print Your Face On A Chocolate Egg

    Seriously – would you want to eat the image of a loved one?

And then there’s bad news:

  • AriZona Iced Tea Is Being Sued For Falsely Labeling Their Green Tea With Non-Existent Ingredients. (Apparently, "the right amount of ginseng” is none.)
  • A woman died after falling into an industrial meat grinder at work.
  • 113,000 of ground beef recalled after yet another e-coli threat. (this and similar stories seem to frequently repeat themselves.)

Thank God there’s useful news!

Like Soda, Kombucha is very harsh on your teeth’s protective barrier. It must have a pH level of below 3.5 in order to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. And you can do something about it:

  • Neutralize the acid levels in your mouth. “Drink it with some foods lower in acidity or give your mouth a swish with some water after you finish drinking it.”
  • Find kombucha with lower sugar content. "Kombucha isn’t meant to be savored and sipped. It’s purpose is for health benefits, not for flavor.
  • Drink it quickly. “Drinking it quickly will reduce the amount of time it takes for you to be able to restore the pH levels in your mouth to a more neutral state.”
According To A New Study Skipping Breakfast Is Linked To A Higher Risk Of Heart Disease.(but please, don’t fix that with Bob Ross Cereal)

Lastly, a warning: Do not, DO NOT watch the KFC Mother’s Day video unless you want to lose valuable cognitive function and spend the rest of the day wishing you could pressure wash your brain to get rid of bad mental images. (that is not a confession)

These and more mostly useless stories may be found at at Delish Food News

MARKET CHITCHAT

It’s that time of year!

If you didn’t pick up on it, this year’s Open House theme is an old timey Ice Cream Social. And we have a lot of great vendors lined up to participate in the Farmer’s Market:

Order Pickup will take place starting 2 pm on Thursday, May 9 instead of Friday this week only.

There will be no Daleville or Enterprise delivery that week. We hope our friends from Dale & Coffee County will visit us during Open House and meet your growers! These guys are signed up so far:

Avalon Farms D’s Jellies Casablanca Ranch
Fostering Hope Hortons Farm Martin Teas
Smart Doc Resources Panda Organics Mark It With A B Whoopie Pies
Throckmartins Table Koning Pottery Mary Opiary

New & Relisted Products

  • Avalon Watermelon Radishes are back!
  • New: English Breakfast Radishes
  • Sugar Snap Peas (in case you didn’t see them last week)

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’m writing this as I wait to be wheeled back for foot surgery. As you can imagine this will have quite an impact on the next few weeks of farm work. With the help of my stupendous husband and my favorite  daughter, I’m hoping to keep the minimum things going.

The sugar snap peas are in full production mode. The English peas finally have baby peas. I’m secretly hoping they will come in this week while there’s extra help!

Watermelon radishes are finally sizing up so I will be listing a few.


English Breakfast Radishes, new to the market this week, are cylindrical and known for their coloring which changes from a vivid fuchsia-red to bright white at the tip. They are a very crispy radish with a mild spicy flavor. Roasting or grilling brings out a slight nutty and sweet flavor. Have fun experimenting!

Potatoes are blooming. Onion and garlic are sizing up.

Cukes will be appearing in the next few weeks, as they are just setting fruit.

Everything seems behind. Normally I would be picking squash by now. Those late cold snaps held things up. But we’ll get there soon.

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: Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 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!

April 20, 2019 M@D Abbreviated Newsletter



A FEW QUICK NOTES

Thank you for your patience and understanding that Market At Dothan did not send out a “proper” newsletter earlier today. Sometimes life just takes over and such was the case. Nothing went exactly as planned or expected, yet when it counted we were exactly when and where we needed to be. No doubt if you’ve lived long enough you’ve experienced something similar!

We don’t want to take a lot of your time so this week’s M@D notes will be brief:

1. Avalon Farms will continue to list products on the Market website the next couple of weeks but Wendy will not be making deliveries to Daleville or Enterprise. If you live in one of those areas do not fear! We are making arrangements to cover that and will notify you who to look for and if there are any adjustments in the schedule.

2. Welcome back Sweet Acre Farm!. Our new customers may not be familiar with these great folks but they are sweet Market friends of many years and we’re excited to have them listing again. This week they have Little Gem Romaine Lettuce, Thyme, Spearmint, Peppermint, Oregano, Endive and Ready-to-use Powdered Turmeric!

3. We missed updating Danny’s Greens before 5 pm so if you can’t live without his lettuce it has been relisted along with more green onions and CARROTS.

So that’s it! Have a blessed Easter and we look forward to seeing 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: Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 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!

April 20, 2019 M@D Notification


Happy Easter Weekend!

This notification will have to suffice for our regular newsletter for the moment.

Market At Dothan is open for orders. Feel free to take advantage of all the wonderful things our growers offer.

Blessings,
Ros

041319 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!
Market at Dothan uses 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:
Today
Next Week
Grower Notes

April Tent Market


Our April Tent Market is in the history books now and WE HAD FUN! And we’ll have more fun on Thursday, May 9 for OPEN HOUSE! Mark your calendar and plan to visit the Nursery and all your favorite vendors for Mother’s Day.

Get Green Alabama


Don’t forget that Saturday, April 20 the first GET GREEN ALABAMA MARKETPLACE will be taking place at Dothan Nurseries. There will be 20 sustainable businesses (not just food!) on hand along with workshops, live music and a food truck. Market at Dothan along with several of your favorite Market vendors will be on hand.

Visit the Facebook Page to learn more about the upcoming week of community events starting this Monday, April 15.

Hope to see you next Saturday!

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

CASABLANCA RANCH: It’s been a wonderful secret and now things are getting ripe and will be listed on the Market starting this week.


DANNY’S GREENS: Danny as a limited quantity of his fabulous green onions (scallions) available this week.

Learn all about the different types of 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: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 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!

April 6, 2019 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!
Market at Dothan uses 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:
Outdoor Farmer’s Market
In Season
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

NEXT SATURDAY!


Don’t forget that the following Saturday the first ever GET GREEN ALABAMA event will be taking place at Dothan Nurseries. Market at Dothan will be there along with some of our regular vendors. We hope to see you there!

RADISHES

Those of you who picked up in Dothan last week may have seen these lovelies from Avalon Farms.


Radishes are one of those vegetables that you either like . . or don’t. Many of us fall in the don’t category. Kathy (of Kathy’s Churpers) nas been sharing on Fridays that radishes are not limited to spring salads and cute culinary roses, but may in fact be roasted and seasoned like other root vegetabes. A quick internet search confirmed that along with many recipes for both roots and the greens. So here’s to trying something different!

Top Left: Braised Radishes with Shallots & Bacon
Top Right: Cinnamon Sugar Radish Chips
Bottom Left: Radish Leaf Pesto
Bottom Right: Grilled Radishes with Brown Butter, Thyme, and Sea Salt


MARKET CHITCHAT

Help Solve a Market Mystery – On Friday two bags of Mayim’s Spring Salad Mix seems to have vanished into thin air. Nobody is going hungry because of it but we are very curious about what happened to them. If they accidentally wound up in your bag please keep them, but do let us know so that we can improve our service going forward. Many Thanks!

Two of our Market family have completed the Beginner Beekeeping Course offered annually by Wiregrass Beekeepers Association. Both Clifford Judge (Smart Doc Resources) and Patty Basford have earned their . . .wings, stings . . . we’re not sure, but they completed and we’re proud of them as it takes a special kind of person to take that plunge.

New & Relisted Products

  • Soothing Salve from Mayim Farms
  • UTI Stone Formula from Mayim Farms
  • Hawthorne Berry Tincture from Mayim Farms

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS:


What a crazy time of year it is! And what a crazy year for weather! (Over here in Kinston, I’ve actually had frost on the ground twice in the last 2 weeks!! Scared me LOL)

Succession planting allows you to have a continuous supply of quality vegetables available. To do that I have planned to plant squash successions every 3 to 4 weeks. Sounds simple enough, right? In reality the 5 rows of squash planted 3 weeks ago have just come up. I’m assuming it is due to the unusually cool temps. Then, right on schedule, I planted 7 more rows this week. 50 days from now there should be squash everywhere. Ha Ha


Been working on root crop production. So proud of my raised beds of carrots. Finally, good germination. Woo Hoo Tried an old trick I’d heard of and covered the beds with burlap bags. Watered twice a day. And surprise, baby carrot plants!

Other root crops currently available and coming soon: red radishes, Easter egg radish assortment, watermelon radishes, just right turnips, salad turnips, red potatoes and 2 kinds of fingerlings.

Smart Doc Resources Virginia is headed back to Africa for a few more weeks. If you have any summer clothing or children’s arts supplies to donate please take it to the donation box at the Market Shed ASAP. Microgreens will continue to be on the Market as Clifford will be holding down the fort here in Dothan in her absence.

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: Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 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!

March 30, 2019 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!
Market at Dothan uses 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:
The Bad News, the Good News . . .
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

& A BIT OF HISTORY

Why Are So Many Farmers Markets Failing? Because The Market Is Saturated”

When Avalon Farms first shared the above article with me the answer to that first questions was a no-brainer. Experience had taught that lesson a long time ago.

Your Market Manager first became involved with Farmer’s Markets the year Poplar Head Farmer’s Market was started. I had the great fortune of developing both a friendly and business relationship with Julie Bishop whose vision for a Farmer’s Market in Dothan lives on in that venue. We brainstormed a lot of ideas and wound up being mentioned in Farmer’s Market Today complete with a photo of some lovely girls dressed as honeybees (who were in my daughter’s wedding a few years later!).

2011 photo of Poplar Head in Dothan

I’ll spare you the details between then and now. Suffice to say I found myself unable to participate in all the small local farmers markets that were subsequently started in the area. There were so many! Somewhere along the way, a couple of ladies I had close connections with started Market at Dothan and I was one of the original vendors. In retrospect, it was excellent experience!

It’s possible and very probable that Market at Dothan is the oldest sustainable farmer’s market in the state. That’s the history part here. The good news is that while traditional farmer’s markets may be floundering, organic and sustainable markets are on the rise because organic and sustainable food is in increasing demand. Just this year the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network launched an initative to train farmer’s market directors. They’ve done a great job of helping raise up farmers like ours around the state, and are now working on distribution systems. It will be exciting to see how this plays out going forward and who knows. . . . we might even wind up with other online shopping systems like Market at Dothan!

And for the record, Julie Bishop became a regular Market at Dothan customer before moving upstate a few months ago. She is still a great lady and a wonderful friend.

MARKET CHITCHAT

A hearty WELCOME to our new customers! We are used to having first time customers regularly and always enjoy meeting new folks. I’m pretty sure this last week broke all records as multiple locations received multiple new orders. Great to meet all of you and we look forward to serving you as you allow us.

We don’t want to bombard you but if you’ve not picked it up from previous newsletters APRIL 13 & APRIL 20 are important dates for Market at Dothan. Saturday, April 13 is our monthly Farmer’s Market and Saturday, April 20 is Get Green Alabama Marketplace. Both events take place at Dothan Nurseries from 9:30 am to 1 pm.

New & Relisted Products

  • Asparagus – Avalon Farms
  • Chicken – Avalon Farms
  • Tatsoi rosettes – Avalon Farms
  • New – Red radish bunch – Avalon Farms
  • New – Sunflower Seed Microgreens from Smart Doc Resources
  • Free Range Pullet Eggs
  • Organic Wheatgrass
  • Microgreen Radishes

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: As the Daleville and Enterprise delivery person, I want to say it was a pleasure meeting our new customers last week. It’s fun making new friends who care about where their food comes from.

Tatsoi rosettes are listed this week. Previously I was harvesting outer leaves from plants grown aquaponically. These are grown in soil and are harvested as a whole. As you can see from the picture there are a few bug nibbles but overall they are beautiful.


Asparagus are popping up! Last year we planted 3 more rows of asparagus, bringing us up to 1500 ft of asparagus beds. The young plants can be harvested for 2 or 3 weeks in addition to the older plants. Hoping for a prolific season!

Spring seems to have finally sprung, although I’ve had a light frost twice in the last week. (Crazy I 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: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 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!