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April 28, 2018 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
Farmer’s Market Announcement
In Season
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

FARMER’S MARKET SECRETS

We’re doing it again! Market At Dothan will be having a bi-weekly Spring Farmer’s Market starting May 19 and ending June 30. We’ll have more information available soon. With Open House on May the 10th (check Market Chitchat for Details) and Dothan’s only SUSTAINABLE market starting the 19th we thought we’d give you the scoop on how to make the most of your visits. This is a 2 part series with more good advice coming next week.

1. Try something new. Many people stick to the same items at the market, but if that’s your pattern, you could be missing out on something great. Challenge yourself to try at least one new thing. Maybe you’ll love it.

2. Follow your market on social media. Some farmers markets will feature vendors or have deals of the week. Like your local market on Facebook or check the website to know what’s new since your last visit.


3. If you want to be green, learn to eat them. Greens are a huge part of seasonal eating, yet they still intimidate many people. Use greens instead of tortillas for wraps or add them to your favorite soup or casserole. Greens are usually available all season, so they’re worth the time it takes to figure out what works for you.

4. Be selective. Don’t be afraid to pick your own produce. Some stands will have it pre-measured and ready to go, but if you want to choose your own, just ask. Most vendors encourage it. (But remember not to squeeze too hard because it could bruise the fruit and veggies.)

5. Get double the value. If you’re looking to stretch your dollar, look for root vegetables because you can use the top and the bottom. For example, kohlrabi, beets, and radishes all have edible greens on top.

6. Know your farmer by name. This might be the single best thing you can do. Find a favorite stand, get to know the people who work there, and go back every week. There’s no better way to know exactly where your food comes from. Pretty soon, they’ll be giving you insider tips and sharing recipes.

SWISS CHARDTHANK YOU MAYIM FARMS!

SAUTÉED SWISS CHARD
(DON’T BE AFRAID!!!)
Haven’t ever tried Swiss Chard or had some in a while?
This leafy green is a nutritional and flavor powerhouse that we all could use more of…and ready in just 13 minutes!
Might just solve one of my daily decisions…”Whats for dinner!”


SERVES: 4
READY IN: 13 mins

INGREDIENTS
Nutrition
        1 1?2 tablespoons butter
        1 1?2 tablespoons olive oil
        2 garlic cloves, minced
        1 pinch dry crushed red pepper
        2 bunches Swiss Chard, stems trimmed, leaves cut into 1/2-inch-wide pieces
        1/2 lemon, juice of
        salt

DIRECTIONS
        Melt butter and oil in heavy large pan over medium-low heat. Add garlic and crushed red pepper.
        Sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
        Add swiss chard; stir to coat.
        Cover and cook until tender (stirring occasionally) about 8 minutes.
        Squeeze juice from 1/2 lemon onto chard.
        Season to taste with salt.
        Enjoy!
Recipe by… @hollyfrolly

MARKET CHITCHAT

Mother’s Day Open House

This is an annual event Market at Dothan has participated in with Dothan Nurseries. It’s ALWAYS the best party in town and this year the theme is “Pinwheels, Pinot and Pimiento Cheese”. We suspect that Pimiento Cheese will be delectable!

Our Market Vendors will be on site from 3-7 pm and order pickup will take place between 3 – 6 pm instead of Friday morning. Because of this there will be no Daleville pickup that week and we invite our Daleville customers to visit. Many of you have met very few of our growers and this is a great opportunity to meet, ask questions and learn more about one of Dothan’s best kept secrets.


New Products

  • 30 Count egg flat from Hawkins Homestead
  • Basil from Avalon
  • There’s more of Danny’s Red Summer Crisp Lettuce listed this week
  • Peas Trio from Bain Home Gardens
  • Organic Kale Duo from Hawkins Homestead
  • Parsley from Avalon
  • Radish Greens from Bain Home Gardens

  • MULBERRIES from Hawkins Homestead
  • Beet greens from Avalon

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: Asparagus lovers, I’m so sorry it keeps coming up short. I’ve reduced the listing this week and set it to exact. Hopefully with the warmer weather this coming week it will perk up and start producing more.

On the other hand, this long cool spring has the sugar snap peas growing like crazy. They are still blooming. Which I’m hoping means I’ll be picking them for several more weeks.

Fava beans. What did you think of the fava beans? Should I grow them next year? There are more on the bushes. Anybody what some? Let me know.

Offering some beet greens this week. It’s time to thin the beets. The young plants have tasty leaves great for salads, sauteed or however you like your greens.

How are your rose cuttings doing?   Send me an email at wendy@avalonfarms.us and let me know.  You may be surprised to see leaf growth way before there are very many roots.  So don’t be too quick to replant them. Let me know how they do. If something goes wrong just let me know and I’ll send more.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Marketeers,
    Today is absolutely gorgeous and we are loving every minute! On the agenda today is more planting, staking cucumber vines, and hilling potatoes – & that isn’t the half of it!
    Some of our Spinach plants that made it through the freezing temperatures have now subcumb to bolting. Flowers are kinda cute but we prefer spinach leaves. Unfortunately, this means our postings for spinach will steadily decrease. Take advantage of our offerings while we still have them!
    On the brighter side of things, our Peas are flourishing! Look for the Peas Trio listing on the market page. Organic Blue Shelling, Golden Yellow, & Green Arrow are included in the mix.


We have tried these and we are extremely pleased with the flavor and appeal of these peas! Also we are listing Radish Greens this week! On planting our last batch of radishes, we had a massive seed spill and didn’t recognize it till they began coming up. Waste not want not!
    Bain Home Gardens is now on Instagram. Follow us for latest updates on plantings and harvests. Sending 34 beautiful Spring days – from our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: We love to watch how the life cycle reproduces itself in nature. Right now we are growing a sunflower patch by accident. How? Well we grow and feed our chickens organic sunflower seeds and they in turn provide us with litter which we compost. In one particular batch, some of the sunflower seeds sprouted after a big rain, so we decided to conduct an experiment. These sprouted seeds  were then removed by none other than Mr. Hawkins, himself and strategically placed around the property to see if they would grow. The end result is FREE beautiful sunflowers! This is a win-win because not only do we get to enjoy the beauty of the sunflowers, but it’s good for the bees, AND once harvested the seeds will be fed back to the chickens. Awesome right? We think so!


NEW offerings this week of mulberries, picked fresh from our tree, organic kale duo, and a 30 count egg flat? We also want you to enjoy our organic sprouts this week, along with chopped and ready to use green onions, plus more! We have planted up some organic more goodness around here, so once it grows you’ll be the first to know about it. Thank you for your support of our small, local, urban farm and for supporting the Market. We appreciate you all.

HORTONS FARM: Despite a couple of really heavy rainfalls up here on our hill in beautiful downtown Echo, AL, our naturalized stinging nettle continues to flourish. Despite its intimidating looks, it’s actually a delicate plant. My chickens nibble them when foraging the yard and I’ve some to suspect this nutritional powerhouse might not make it from year to year without some protection! I “suit up” to harvest them – pretty much like working bees except no face protection is needed. And just like working honeybees, my hands are the most vulnerable part as I can get stings through them – it’s just a different kind of sting as it leaves your nerve endings numb a few hours from the urticaria content. It’s annoying but harmless.


That being said, I was humbled and grateful for the nettle capsule orders last week. I actually ran out of capsules and had to order more. If you’re curious, we use Kosher/Halal certified GMO free vegi-caps that are made in the USA. It’s not something that we’ve advertised, but Horton’s Farm has made many different types of capsules through the years. When we began our journey out of processed foods gel capsules were one of the tools I utilized to get my children to take “yucky” things. (I’m happy to tell you that they all take a natural approach to their own children’s health now.)

Our capsules are filled with the tender leaves and upper stems of the plant. Batches of tincture from the same are in the works and we’re slowly collecting roots where the most benefit hides. So stay tuned! We count ourselves blessed to have this plant choose our farm for it’s home and want to see it bless others as it has blessed us. Stinging nettle is an amazing plant and if you’d like to learn more about its antioxidant and cancer fighting properties, this article by David Wong is an informative short read.

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!

April 21, 2018 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
From the Kitchen
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

JERICO LETTUCE SPOTLIGHT

We LOVE to hear what our customers do with Market products. This week Mrs. Melody is sharing the love with some Bain Jerico Lettuce recommendations. Enjoy! And speak up when you have your own favorites to share!

Having never bought or eaten it before I didn’t know what I would do with it but it was so beautiful I thought I’d give it a go and wanted to let you know some of the ways I used this lettuce.

First, I made a chopped salad. Since it is a thicker leaf than other lettuces it goes great mixed with cabbages, kale, carrots and various seeds and nuts. I used a sweet onion dressing, yummy!

Then I got really inspired by the thicker leaves and decided to try it as a wrap. Their weight is perfect for this use.


I am always looking for things to substitute carbs.  I did my usual taco meat preparation and then spread a few spoonfuls down the center of the leaf, topped it with green onions, diced tomatoes, a slice of avocado, salsa and some cheese. Then I folded the outside edges towards the center and I had a perfect taco wrap. No shell, no carbohydrates!

And since I love Asian food I decided to try it that way. I cooked and seasoned some chicken, shredded it and placed it down the center of the leaf. Then topped it with finely shredded cabbage, thin sliced radishes, green onion and poured on a little bit of a thick teriyaki sauce. I was in heaven!

I used the bigger leaves for my wraps and chopped the smaller ones for the salad.  The only problem I had was that I didn’t buy enough.

Can’t wait to see this tasty and versatile lettuce on the Market page again!

Melody Forsythe-Jeschke

MARKET CHITCHAT

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Wanna bet?
Left, Chloe (11); Right, Mopsie (10 months)

I’m sure some of you know your market manager had a birthday recently and started a new decade. I’ve decided that “old” starts when you quit learning and this girl remains addicted to that! Thanks to James B. a whole new world about grains is opening up and as soon as I can get my kitchen under control I’ll be experimenting with some of the great information obtained from the Weston A Price Foundation. Thank you James for putting me on to this!

New Products

  • Shungiku Edible Chrysanthemum from Bain Home Gardens
  • Sugar Snap Peas from Avalon
  • Danny’s Red Summer Crisp Lettuce
  • Stinging Nettle Capsules from Hortons Farm
  • Several Varities of Avalon Rose Cuttings for 1cent each
  • Mary’s 1 lb. Pound cake in Orange and Pineapple
  • Kudzu Loofa Bar and Kudzo Soap from St. Andrews Soap

Don’t forget to Mark your Calendar for Mother’s Day Open House on May 10. Our Market Vendors will be on site from 3-7 pm and order pickup will take place then instead of Friday.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: Things are moving along towards summer. Picked the first sugar snap peas this morning. Tomatoes and peppers are blooming. Eggplant, green beans and squash will soon follow. Garlic and onions are bulbing. Excited about how much better the garlic looks this year. Planting it in the fall instead of late winter made a huge difference.

Want to offer you something different for FREE. I have 2 crazy, rambling roses that need pruning. Each cutting I make can easily be rooted and make a brand new plant. We don’t sell plants being at a nursery and all. (Buy plants from Dothan Nursery!) So I’m offering cuttings. I’ll also provide directions on how to root your cuttings.

There is a little miniature red rose that blooms ALL summer, and a slightly larger lavender rose that basically blooms now. Both are pretty indestructible!  

To make things easy I’ve listed them in the market for 1 cent as the software doesn’t allow free products.


BAIN HOME GARDENS: Good evening Marketeers,
    We are loving the spring wind! It brings back warm memories of my childhood. Mom would take us to Walmart every year and allow us to pick one kite each. Every year new themes would come out. It was very exciting. My kid brother & I loved being outside and our parents fostered that love. It stuck with me. As parents inculcating a love for nature in our young ones is a priceless gift. Suddenly I’m feeling the urge to buy a kite & play in the wind.
    The wind is not without its challenges however. It has revealed a weakness in our pea trellises. Each time we think we have fixed it, the wind changes direction and we are at it again. In the fall we will be sure to build sturdier trellises The upside is we get to admire the beautiful blossoms.
    This week we are proud to introduce Shungiku Edible Chrysanthemum to the market.


This green is great in stir fries & soups. Although we harvest before flowers appear, they are edible too!
    Till next week – sending 41 more days of spring from our family to yours!

HORTONS FARM: What a week! We’ve been harvesting stinging nettle as fast as our little dehydraters can dry it – which is pretty fast! While we’ve offered it for some time in it’s plain dry state as a tea, we are adding capsules for those who want the health benefits without the taste, and preparing tinctures that will be ready in a few weeks.


Tuesday was a particularly fun day as we joined the Bain and Hawkins’ families for a field trip to visit Mr. Danny of Danny’s Greens. He gave us a tour of his beautiful organic garden and shared some of the procedures he’s developed over the years to grow his amazing lettuce. This is his first week offering some of the beautiful Red Summer Crisp we saw in the ground.


RICHTER FARMS: Greetings from Richter Farms! I want to THANK each and everyone of you for your prayers, letters and concern while I have been taking care of my Aunt. She has improved enough that I am able to leave her for brief periods right now. I am listing again this week and will only be dropping off orders and coming back home so will be missing all the hugs and smiling faces. One bit of excitement here is one hen has been setting on eggs and they have started hatching! I hope to have some cute chick pics for the FB page soon. All the trees have put on new leaves and I keep eyeing an area to plant okra, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. I’ll have plenty of eggs on the market and will have some baked goods available, I know a few of you are missing the Pecan Pie Muffins! Love and Hugs, Viki

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!

April 14, 2018 Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
Upcoming Events
Quote of the Month
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Who: Ros Horton – 2013 Alabama Master Beekeeper
What: Healthy Lifestyle Class – More than Sweet: Honey and Health
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10 am
Where: Dothan Nurseries
If weather permits we’ll meet in the Market Shed, if not we’ll meet in the Greenhouse

You know that honey is good for you but do you know WHY? This class will dig deep into the back story of how nectar is converted into the only natural food source known to man that will not spoil and how those processes affect human health and well being.



Who:EVERYBODY is invited

What: Spring Open House
When: Thursday May 10, 3 – 7 pm
Where: Dothan Nurseries



You heard it here first! Our Market at Dothan Farmers and Friends will be conducting an on site Spring and Summer Farmer’s Market at Market at Dothan and Dothan Nurseries. Plans are in the works to start Mid May – Stay Tuned to this channel for details!


Saturday May 19, 2018 – Healthy Lifestyle Class #4 To Be Announced
Saturday June 26, 2018 – Healthy Lifestyle Class #5, Susan Avello, the Lean Bean Chef will be speaking about Healthy Eating on the Go

THE ECONOMICS OF BUYING LOCAL

“At its core, the study found that a dollar spent buying directly from a farmer has about twice the impact on the local economy as spending a dollar on food that goes through a middleman—a supermarket, for example. There are all kinds of reasons for that: Farmers who sell directly to consumers tend to buy more supplies locally, which can benefit seed and equipment sellers in the area; and they also tend to hire more local labor, which in turn benefits in the community.”

From Modern Farmer’s article about a recent UC Davis study.

MARKET CHITCHAT

As you can see from our top section a lot of things have been going on behind the scenes at Market at Dothan. That’s just the “business” side of getting the freshest and healthiest produce in the Wiregrass from the farm to your table. Let me encourage you to read our Grower Notes too as that reveals what happens on our farms during the week. Many weeks are rather routine, but some, like the extraordinary week Mayim had last week, are for the history books. Congrats Greg!

New Products

  • Organic Winter Greens from Hawkins Homestead
  • Organic Curly Kale from Bain Home Gardens
  • Fresh Picked Stinging Nettle from Hortons Farm
  • Mary’s 6” Taster Cakes in several flavors
  • Spring Onion Tops, both chopped and plain from Bain & Hawkins
  • Cucumber Lime Pickles in 2 sizes from Mayim Farms
  • Hand Crocheted Cotton Trivet

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: Hello Marketeers!
    How are you all? We are thrilled to report we finally have peas! These blue shelling peas are a joy just to watch. Eating them is an added benefit! Look for them on the market soon!


This week we had the pleasure of setting out three varieties of okra and two types of sunflowers. It is our hope that the big beautiful flowers will work well together to distract the aphids from our cucumber & squash plants, while we get to admire the beauty of it all!

Many of our friends have been gardening for years and as we listen, all express that spring has been unusually cool! The irony.  Year after year I have had much to say about how quickly we jump from spring to summer. This year, the ONE year we go ALL in … ugh! I will remain silent. We are learning that this type of unpredictability is a large part of growing our own food. We are adjusting & personally we enjoy the cooler nights, even if our peppers and tomatoes do not. Hmm, I smell a bonfire cooking up.

Sending 48 more days of spring – from our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: Hello Market Friends! All this hot weather has our arugula going to seed, so it’s the last call on it along with mustard and collard greens. We are now focusing on warmer weather plants like tomatoes, beans, corn, peppers, various pea varieties, cucumbers, and melons.


With all the growing we’re doing here, I’d like to talk to you about organization. If you’re interested in gardening, you can’t do it without organization. Keeping records of your successes and failures, charting weather patterns, crop rotation, knowing when the first and last frost dates are, along with knowing what plants to plant in what season, and how long they need to mature…..should I go on? Really gardening is an amazing way to put you in control of what you eat and it allows you to see creation firsthand, but it’s also hard work. It involves science, nature, prayer (for us), and organization!

We don’t have acres and acres of land, but on what we do have we plan, prepare, and try to use every space we can to keep our soil and animals healthy. Having a large space isn’t required for gardening. Only the want and the willingness to do so in an organized manner. You can even start a container garden! Make a plan, grab a couple of pots, some good soil or compost if you can get it, and go!

There are several different gardens going here year round. From raised beds, to an herb shelf, with some bigger gardens in the middle we stay busy!  We would never be able to keep up with it all without being organized. So if you’re looking to grow something this year, do some research, grab a notebook, and be organized.

HORTON’S FARM: Many of you know that we are undergoing renovations that were forced upon us by flood damage in 2017. I’m happy to report that progress is ongoing albeit slow. Much of it does not affect day to day operations (aside from taking up time!) and other things are small happy victories. One recent victory was getting three hives and their stand moved from the front yard. There are three more to do and then we’ll start moving the hives located around the county. Another happy dance event was reclaiming my candle station. For several years I’ve utilized a tall “road kill” cabinet for this operation. It’s got “just right” storage underneath, is sturdy enough that it can’t be knocked over and tall enough that critters and kiddos can’t get into my melting pots or curing candles. What this means for our market customers is that our candle inventory will slowly increase as I process more of the cappings I’ve held in storage.

MAYIM FARM: It was a big week at the farm…as you know it is our highest priority to do no harm to any of the workings of nature. These workings are the key and our focus here at Mayim Farm. By observation, we are learning these systems that are at work in our soil and on our farm and learning how to work within them. We don’t fight nature, we work within her rules and regulations decreed by our Creator!

We believe that the key to our and your health is in our soil!

Think about that for a moment…the processes going on in our soil are the same processes that are at work inside our bodies. Did you know you have more non-human DNA in your body than human?
Those microbes that make our veggies grow without any mammal animal manures are the cousins of the microbes that are crucial in your digestion of your food, your probiotics and prebiotics.
So when you eat a leaf, a fruit, a root, a medicinal plant from Mayim Farm you become part of the farm and we become part of you and your family. A great responsibility we do not take lightly.


We received a visit from Dr A. from Auburn to help us with our pest exclusion system on our tunnel house. We will be participating in the Integrated Pest Management Program at Auburn in 2018+.
This is a program that uses no chemicals and physical barriers to exclude unwanted insects in our tunnel house. This will be a tremendous asset to the farm and to your family.
You are important to us!
We strive to be a good steward of the trust every client who has partaken in our bounty here.
Peace, love and Fungi!
Greg and Carole

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!

April 7, 2018 Market Newsletter - GREENS Edition



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


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

THE LOWDOWN ON GREENS

GREENS! It’s been exciting to see all the new varieties coming through the Market recently. One dear customer let me take a peek at her New Zealand Spinach and Jerico Lettuce yesterday. Today I was delighted to dine on Danny’s gourmet tender salad greens after a long absence because they’ve been selling out before I got around to placing an order. THANK YOU to all you farmers who bless us with such bounty from God’s good earth.

While most of us can consume many greens in generous quantities, every once in a while that’s not the case. One of our market family recently had an adverse reaction while munching on of all things, fresh chard. Sounds crazy I know! But after doing some research he learned that not only chard, but most all greens can react negatively for a small percentage of the population. If you’re eating greens with no problems, keep it up! But for information sake we’re sharing two articles for those few people.

Sharing this is not meant to discourage you from eating good healthy greens, but to ENCOURAGE you to eat more of them and to eat SMARTER. It was very obvious to me after a careful read of the first two articles below that:

1. We really are fearfully and wonderfully made! Seriously, I had no idea this temple made its own oxalic acid.
2. Each person is unique. We don’t all metabolize everything the same way.
3. Experts don’t agree on everything. One source says to consume spinach with milk, the other says not to.
4. It’s important to listen to your body. As one dr. put it – it will tell you the answers if you know how to ask the questions.
5. It’s extremely rare that greens do any real damage to a person’s health. For most of us they are among the very best things we can possibly consume.

This entry at The Watering Mouth is short, full of good info and fun.


This article on HealthLine is both technical and practical.


Lastly – and this will make you want to increase your intake . . .

10 Incredible Effects Dark Leafy Greens Have On Your Body


Bon Appetit!

MARKET CHITCHAT

Thanks everyone for your patience and understanding with this newsletter going out a few hours late! Our family had an unexpected turn of events today that prevented it from going out on time and the one you received earlier was an emergency contingency notification (fancy words for slapping something together to get by!). Market opened on schedule, but all the wonderful info and photos from our growers was not accessible to complete the transcript at 5pm. This market manager feels privileged to see this great info first and I hope you think it is worth the wait as I do.

Congratulations Susan Avello! If you get a chance to pick up The Local magazine, they have done a very nice story about Dothan’s own Lean Bean Chef. We encourage you to follow her on Facebook as she makes some pretty impressive dishes with Market at Dothan products.

Viki Richter sends love and a thank you for all the kind wishes and prayer for her family during this difficult time.

Bee Barf. That’s what kids sometimes call Honey. While technically it might be considered a correct description, it’s actually the precise reason honey is so amazing! This is one of the things we’ll talk about at our next Healthy Lifestyle Class on April 21. The topic is More than Food: Honey and Health. Hope to see you there!

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’ve mentioned before how much planning goes into a market garden. This year one of my main goals is to execute the plan more reliably. To that end, the schedule said Saturday, 4/8, was the next planting of squash and green beans. Weather forecast was for rain overnight Friday and into Saturday. With the amount of rain forecast I won’t be able to work the soil for 3 or 4 days and more rain possible in 5 days. (Are you seeing the problem here?) So yesterday after assorted market deliveries and errands I planted 5 rows of squash.


Speaking of scheduling, with those 5 rows of squash I am out of planting space. I need to till up some cover crops in order to make space. I’ve been watching for pea blooms in my cover crops in garden 3 and 5.  Finally they are starting to bloom. This means they have basically fixed all the nitrogen they are going to and I can till them in. By using nitrogen fixing cover crops along with wheat I not only get biomass/green manure I get more nitrogen in the soil than I started with. Which is awesome because nitrogen is the primary element required for plant growth. The scheduling part comes into play because I am basically out of space until I get these gardens tilled and the plant residue has time to break down. Mowing and tilling will commence as soon as it’s dry enough.

Here’s to doing better and providing more sustainable, local, synthetic free, but above all that, TASTY produce. (Cause what’s the point if it doesn’t taste good!?)

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello Marketeers!
   We have had a busy week! We are sure you have too! This is EXACTLY what we signed up for! We wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support! It’s meticulous hard work but you make it all worth the while!
    This week we are featuring a few pictures from the garden of a loyal market member. Her family is experimenting with Hugelkultur and quite successfully we might add.


Those who farm and garden are likely familiar with Hugelkultur. For those who are not, Hugelkultur is defined by wikipedia as " a composting process employing raised beds constructed from decaying wood debris and other compostable biomass plant materials. The process helps to improve soil fertility, water retention, and soil warming, thus benefiting plants grown on or near such mounds." Mouthful? Let us simplify. Ever hike through the woods and find a random fruit tree loaded down with fruit? It’s due to the leaves & wood which have collected on the ground & down in the soil giving nutrients – LIFE – to the ground which then nurtures the fruit tree. Better? It can be a chore to set up but once you overcome that hurdle things become way easier!
    Keep up the hard work Marketeers!
(I should coin that.) Keep learning and sharing as we work to do the same! From our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: Hello Market friends! We have to tell you that we very much needed that break, but we’re so glad to be back on the Market this week. We have spent the last few days out in the garden and with the chickens enjoying the peace that growing food and raising animals brings. We are pleased to tell you that our basil went into its final home! We posted a video on our Facebook page. So lots of basil coming soon!


Yesterday we had the pleasure of visiting some of our local farmers. We took a ride out to Slocomb and visited with Rinske at Working Cows Dairy Farm. We miss seeing her and her products on the Market, but we understand why she had to leave. So since we love her chocolate milk and grassfed beef we had to go get some. Supporting farmers on their farms means they get to keep all the money they make. We know firsthand that it’s very important for the farmer to not have added expenses. Speaking of supporting local farmers, we also visited Gaucho Farms and met Suzanne. She gave us a nice tour and we enjoyed getting the chance to know her better. We even picked up a few of her heirloom plants for our family garden, fresh strawberries, and hubby got himself some steaks. We hope you guys saw Susan Avello’s article on the Market Discussion Page. It was a great read!

This week we have NEW offerings of Spring onion tops that are cleaned, chopped and ready to add to your favorite meal along with rutabagas that just came up, and some tasty mustard greens. Our mustard duo includes mustards grown from organic seed by Bain Home Gardens! In addition we have kale, arugula, sprouts, our custom salad mix, plus our moisturizers, and oils. Oh and I can’t forget about eggs, but now that Spring has hit, there are eggs all over the Market! Hope you guys enjoy.

MARY’S PEEPS I am offering a new product, 6” bundt tasting cakes in three fresh flavors: orange, peach and pineapple for $6 each. They will be lightly glazed and big enough for you to decide if you like it well enough to order a larger size. I am looking forward to learning what everyone likes. Thank you for your support. Mary’s Peeps.

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!

March 31, 2017 Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
Roz’s Ramblings
In Season
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

Monday Musings

I’m starting this newsletter on a dreary cold Monday – which by the way I LOVE dreary cold Mondays! This could very well be the last one of spring so I’m milking it for all it’s worth. After spending the weekend outdoors pulling weeds and making myself sore it’s nice to be tucked inside with a nice cup of warm cider. Earlier today I made this for lunch:

The directions wouldn’t cooperate but you get the idea.

Easter starts the month of my 60th year on this terrestrial ball we call earth. I didn’t think it would be that big a deal till I found myself thinking about a new bucket list. There are very few big “to do ” things, but there are a lot of ordinary things, which if done consistently really ARE big:

  • Abiding in the True Vine
  • Being there for my family
  • To be a good friend
  • Loving my enemies well
  • Excellence in work
  • Faithfulness in what I’m called to do
  • Gratitude in All Things

Can’t say I got all of this 100% right in my fifties and I’m not holding my breath that the next decade will automatically be smooth or easy, but it is a new beginning with new challenges! Several things are written in stone: it’s going to be work, it’s going to be fun, and I’m immensely grateful for all of you.

MARKET COBB SALAD

The Cobb salad is a main-dish American garden salad typically made with chopped salad greens (iceberg lettuce, watercress, endives and romaine lettuce), tomato, crisp bacon, boiled, grilled or roasted (but not fried) chicken breast, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, chives, Roquefort cheese, and red-wine vinaigrette. You just can’t beat if for a light yet satisfying meal and many restaurants have their own version of this classic. Give it a try, and if you think your version is better than the original we bet others would too! We’re all about sharing good recipes here and would love to know about yours!

This beautiful Cobb Salad can be made with Richter Farms Pork, Hawkins Homestead Chicken, Greens from Danny, Bain or Mayim, and Eggs from many of our Market Vendors.


MARKET CHITCHAT

Goodbye March, Hello April!

Our next HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CLASS is in three weeks! This month’s topic is More than Food: Honey and Health. This class will be taught by and Alabama Master Beekeeper who has been utilizing hive products for health and medicinal us for years. We hope you’ll put it on your spring calendar and learn more reasons why it’s so important to save the bees. Mark your calendar for April 21 at 10 am.

Market at Dothan doesn’t normally advertise for other stores, but we are all about sharing . . . so here goes! One of our market friends found a great deal on bulk Organic Black Beans at Ollies of all places yesterday! A pack of eight 14 oz cans was $4.99.

Lastly, Richter Farms is taking an indefinite leave of absence due to an urgent family need. They covet your prayers and understanding during this difficult time.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: New in the market: Asparagus is back!!! It is hard to estimate how much I’ll harvest because the new growth is all underground. Can’t wait till the 3 new rows are old enough to harvest.


What I did the last 2 weeks: (Farm Fit. Better than crossfit!)

Planted all the transplants. (Lower body workout) 150 tomato plants consisting of slicers, paste, and assorted cherry tomatoes. 40 pepper plants: jalapeno, mariachi, Italian sweet and sweet lunch box. 18 japanese eggplant (Wanted more but that’s how it goes sometimes when you grow your own transplants. Bummer)

Planted lots of seeds: 2 kinds of crookneck squash, zephyrs, yellow patty pan and a new french patty pan that sounds delicious. 2 rows of green beans. Only 1 row of cucumbers. You get a lot of little picklers off a single 80 ft row.

Installed tposts for trellis on 3 rows of sugar snap peas. (Upper body workout)

Drug driptape out on all these rows of new things and set-up irrigation. (Cardio)

Assorted weeding. A job that never ends. (Meditation)(Actually a lot of meditation and prayer goes on throughout the whole process.)

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello Market Buddies!
    As we stretch and yawn from our week long stay-cation we have one wish…THAT IT WAS LONGER! That being said we didn’t REALLY rest. No, no – there is too much to do in the garden. Admittedly, we love getting our hands dirty! We come back bearing new things for you to try out! Our salad mix has been adjusted just a bit for more color and flavor! We are also introducing our Kale Trio Bundle. Kale is so awesome, why be limited to just one?
    Over the last year we have learned much in our endeavors to be more self sufficient by growing our own produce. We have tapped into all kinds of resources. The internet is FILLED with helpful information. Some things however, need a more analog approach. Listening. Simply listening. We have been doing more of that lately; listening to sage gardeners & tapping into the wealth of knowledge they have from pure experience! This week I’d like to share some photos from the garden of a dear friend.  He has been gardening for as long as he can remember and each year his garden tends to expand. To feed his family? No. He loves it & he loves to give. That is just who he is. At his invitation, we visited his garden a few weeks ago & were purely amazed at how beautifully everything glistened in the evening sun. Thanks Uncle Reg – we appreciate all you do!


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!

March 24, 2018 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
Easter Menu Ideas
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes


EASY PEASY EASTER

Brunch, Lunch or Dinner, Easter menu’s, while typically traditional, don’t have to be time consuming or boring. Often the simplest dishes are the most delightful. This week we’re just going to have fun with it and examine new twists on old classics.

Chipolte Honey Lime Pork Tenderloin – the leftovers make great sandwiches . . . if there’s any left!

Of course Pilsbury wants you to use their crescent dough for this Veggie Pizza but who will tell if you use a healthier base?

Rosemary Spiralized Potatoes require very few ingredients.

What’s Easter without an Egg Dish?

MARKET CHITCHAT

THE WEATHER! It is glorious today even with the wind. This week is somewhat of a transitional period for Market at Dothan as we’re almost out of winter and into actual spring foods. Mayim has announced they’re almost out of winter vegetables. Several of our growers are taking a taking a well deserved break this week this week and soon we’ll see berries and more summer type vegetables listed. Till then, we hope you’re enjoying this time of year to the fullest!

It’s also a sad week for Market At Dothan. Working Cows Dairy will no longer offer their products through the website. This has been a long, hard, and COURAGEOUS decision for them. We hope all of you will continue to support them whenever/wherever you get the opportunity as you just can’t get better dairy products anywhere. And if you have the opportunity, visit them at the farm in Slocomb where they have products available to the public 24/7. If you’re lucky you might just run into Rinske and be able to see part of the farm operation.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our next Healthy Lifestyle Class at 10 am on April 21st. Our topic will be More than Food: Honey and Health. We’ll explore the chemical composition of honey which gets into why is is so good for the human body both internally and externally. Hope to see you then!

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 time last year we were happily picking and listing lots of asparagus, however the cooler temperatures have discouraged it from coming up as early this year. It is too unpredictable to list with confidence so we are keeping a close watch on our beds in hopes to have some available for tables sales this week.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello Market Buddies,
    These beautiful spring days have been improving my whole mood! Bye-bye seasonal affective disorder!
    Speaking of good a mood … our potato raised bed is coming along very nicely. At least we think so. With potatoes being one of the cheapest produce items you can pick up from the grocery store, one may ask, ‘Why bother growing them?’ In a word: PESTICIDES! Root vegetables – potatoes – absorb pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides that have been sprayed on top of the soil. The really scary thing is that these chemicals cannot simply be washed off. Vinegar, salt, baking soda – nothing rids it! Pesticides often sink into the most beneficial part of the root! There were 35 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program! Thirty-five! Among these there were 6 known or probable carcinogens & 7 neurotoxins! Appalling? Yes. THIS IS WHY we do what we do at Bain Home Gardens! Who knows how our potato adventure will end, at least we gave it a try and will keep doing so till we get it right! Follow our adventure on our Facebook page.


The Bain Family is taking a spring break staycation. We are off market this week, but will be back the 31st! From our family to yours – now go grow some taters!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: If you’re looking for us on the Market this week, I’m sorry, but you won’t find us. We are taking the week off to enjoy and celebrate our wedding anniversary. Brandon and I both work full time jobs in addition to running our small urban farm. So with raising a family and everything else that life throws at us, we’re extremely (understatement) busy! Still we feel it’s important to just take a minute or maybe two and relax. So that’s what we plan to do! Not to worry though, we will be back next week. We hope to have lots of salad greens, eggs, peas, and maybe a few radishes too. Enjoy your week and remember to take a break for yourselves!

MAYIM FARMS: Last call for cut/clean Collards and Mustard this week, making way for more planting. ByeBye winter hello Spring… (editor’s note) If you’ve been following Mayim on Facebook, stay tuned as they have been busy creating a new space on the farm especially for botanical medicinals.)

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!

March 17, 2018 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
Spotlight on Grains
HLC Updates
Grower Notes

BLESSED BARLEY

Ever hear something that sparked your imagination? That was the case Friday morning when a customer mentioned that she had made risotto with barley.

Risotto . . . with BARLEY? Turns out it’s not such a strange idea! Barley is an ancient cereal grain used by many cultures for thousands of years. It is mentioned in the Bible as both food and currency. Some civilizations have fermented it for alcohol consumption, others have used it for everything from offerings to livestock feed.

We use barley here at Horton’s Farm. With only two of us a pound goes a long way. Whatever might be left over when I cook is froze in in 8 oz deli containers. One of these can be mixed with ground meat as a filler for meatloaf or tacos, thrown into a soup, or heated with nuts, raisins, and cinnamon, etc for a hearty breakfast.


There are several Barley Risotto recipes out there. All of them call for white wine, cooking sherry or sherry vinegar. Most call for one or more types of mushrooms and some for other vegetables. I personally think adding garlic like some all for would interfere with the mushroom flavor.

One thing you should know when viewing recipes is that there is a difference between “hulled” and “pearled” barley:

Hulled barley, also known as barley groats, is the whole grain form of barley, with only the outermost hull removed. Chewy and rich in fiber, it’s the healthiest kind of barley. However, it takes longer to cook than pearl barley, about an hour or more.

Pearl barley is the most common form of barley. It’s still chewy and nutritious, but less so than hulled barley because the outer husk and bran layers have been removed. The polished grains are also softer and take less time to cook, about 40 minutes. Most recipes call for pearl barley or intend for cooks to use this type even if they don’t specify. However, it is usually fine to substitute hulled barley. Just be aware that you may need to adjust the recipe cooking time.

There you have it! And if you want to experiment or study to make your own recipe here are some great links. Me? I’m taking the plunge to try some of Mayim’s Chanterelle mushrooms in a modified crockpot method!

This beautiful Risotto is from markbittman.com.

The Food Network’s Crock Pot Risotto is a feast for the eyes.

Real Simples’ Barley Risotto is made with Parmesan and Asparagus.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CLASS UPDATE

A hearty THANK YOU to everyone who came out to our 3rd Healthy Lifestyle Class this morning at Dothan Nurseries. We know there are a lot of other things people could spend their Saturday mornings doing so it is both humbling and encouraging to have you come out and join us. It truly is our goal to help our community live healthier happier lives!

Today’s class was a treat! Lots of good info was presented, we laughed a lot, and a spinnoff class by the Hawkins is in the works. Plans will be announced when finalized. In the meantime check out our Market Discussion Page for a video of the demonstration and the Hawkin’s website for the recipes that were discussed.

Next month’s class will be taught by Ros Horton and the topic is Honey and Health. We’ll discuss us the composition of raw honey and why it’s best for you; honey with diets and diabetes; correctly cooking with honey, etc. Health benefits of other hive products will be presented as well. Roslyn is an Alabama Master Beekeeper who has managed her own hives in Dale County for 15 plus years and has taught Master Beekeeper Candidates since 2014. The date is Saturday, April 21.


THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: Let’s talk dirt. Or rather washing dirt (and other stuff) off of produce. Everything I harvest goes through at least one dunking in water. This removes the dirt and random bits of stuff (cover crop debris, mulch, etc). Squash, cukes, tomatoes, etc really only take a rinse and a check to make sure it all came off. Leafy greens, however, can take several dunkings in 2 or more sinks of water to get them well rinsed. Even so, it is always wise to inspect your produce. Look for foreign bodies (weeds, insects) and of course dirt.

This time of year with the pollen count so high the rinse water has had a definite yellow tinge to it. As you can see in this picture the moisture from dew/rain causes the pollen to stick tightly to the spinach leaves.


Bottom line – you should ALWAYS inspect fresh produce before eating it, especially leafy greens. I once found weeds in a bag of ready to eat spinach from the grocery store. So you never know.

This spring temperatures have been on a rollercoaster. The weather forecast for next week is still showing some cool nights. But these transplants need more space to stretch out. I’ll be putting out 6 kinds of tomatoes, 4 kinds of pepper and 1 eggplant  variety. Over 300 babies going to their “summer homes”.


BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello Market Buddies!
We have been experimenting with different radish varieties  for a while now. Finally we are excited to bring you our “Domino Mix”. Available this week! Check it out!

This week concludes our fight the pollen series. Our final recommendation? Use essential oils to combat allergy symptoms. See allergens, like pollen, tend to make our bodies overreact to invaders by causing inflammation in our nose, throat, and/or lungs. Essential oils prepare us for battle by helping to fight the inflammation! Some studies even show that essential oils have detoxification properties!  Melinda Flynn of Simple Life, has been studying the benefits of essential oils for a while. We tapped into her expertise & have picked up an “Allergy Bomb” mix from her.


I have used it for just one morning so far, since mornings are when my symptoms are the worse, and what a difference! The results were not immediate but within ten minutes improvement was noted! So thrilled I didn’t have to muddle through the morning as usual! I look forward to using more non-pharmaceutical methods such as the ones we have been discussing over the last few weeks this allergy season. Even more so, tapping into food as a source of healing. We hope you can too. Hippocrates said it best, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food.”
Till next week, sending well wishes from our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: Hey everyone! What a blast we had today teaching our very first class. We learned all about how to stretch your meals off of just one whole chicken. Remember to check out our website for those recipes. They will be up later today. You can find them here: http://hawkinshomesteadfarm.com/category/life/recipies/

Thank you everyone who came out and joined us. We loved all the questions and a special shout out to our volunteer! We appreciate you all.


This week we are offering fresh peas! They have been growing like crazy and we’ve been patiently (there’s that word again) waiting on them to fatten up. Now that they have, we hope you take advantage of them while they’re available. In addition we have a nice salad blend that we created ourselves. It’s full of different romaine varieties, spinach, arugula, and even kale. Who doesn’t like salad? Whatever you choose this week, we’re happy that you’ve chosen The Market at Dothan and Hawkins Homestead Farm to supply your family with healthy and sustainable food. So thank you!

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!

March 10, 2018 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
Meet the Hawkins!
Welcome New Vendor
Bag Policy Update
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

OUR NEXT TEACHERS

Every man knows something I do not know hence, all men are my teachers. Dr. Jack Hyles

For those of you who have not had the pleasure to meet the Hawkins, we hope you’ll make every effort to attend next Saturday’s Healthy Lifestyle Class. Their smiles are as warm as their hearts and they embody the passion and integrity that Market at Dothan strives to provide in all the products we offer.

This is a “back to basics” class – basic kitchen knowledge that EVERY PERSON needs to know. While there are people out there who can show you how to cut up a chicken, NOBODY can answer your questions about poultry like these guys. Between them, Rachel and Brandon have vast knowledge and experience and can explain the difference between healthy/sustainable and commercially produced chicken better than anyone.

For more information visit their website and Facebook Event Page with time, date and place. Be sure to check that you’re coming and bring a friend or your young kitchen helpers!

WELCOME 3LC!

This week we’re tickled to welcome 3LC Apiaries to Market at Dothan. 3LC Honey (and I’ve got to ask what that stands for!) is produced by my good friend and “boss” in Wiregrass Beekeepers Association. Steve Loveland has been a fabulous president and and since your Market Manager became treasurer last election he sometimes assigns jobs aimed to improve how our organization serves the community.

So I’m vouching for my competitor! Seriously, Steve has become a great beekeeper in a short time and his honey is truly LOCAL to those who live in the city limits. Bees forage within a 2 mile radius of their hive which means that Dothan bees will feed on more landscaped floral sources than those placed in a field for pollination or feeding on whatever grows wild.

So you get a choice! And we couldn’t be happier. Welcome!

IT’S IN THE BAG

Has anyone noticed the lovely crochet Market Bags that are available now? These are made by our very own Patty D (aka Crochet Fairy) who uses one herself. She LOVES that it can be washed and dried without messing up the colors or quality of the bag. We think that’s pretty cool too.

On the topic of bags, last week the homepage was updated. One of the changes was moving the information about reusable bags, aka our “Bag Policy” to the Q&A Page:

We are a GREEN Market and make every effort to reduce our carbon footprint. We encourage you to provide the market with a minimum of 2 reusable bags to rotate between orders. Your name will be placed on them for your use only. Bags are usually available for purchase from the Market for your convenience.

We currently use a supply of donated plastic bags used for customers who do not provide their own. Should the Market ever have to supply them the cost will be passed on to those orders that require disposable bags.

In case anyone is wondering about the inexpensive ones normally listed on the Market, those are all gone and we are currently looking for equitable replacements.

MARKET CHITCHAT

A hearty THANK YOU to everyone who has weighed in on last week’s article about Organic Certification! You’ll find a little bit more in our Grower Notes. It’s a cumbersome topic (like anything with the government!) and I sometimes feel like a little David trying to explain the science of throwing rocks and hitting the target. I don’t always do as good a job as I’d like, but it’s not for lack of trying. Suffice to say it all makes this Market manager all the more thankful and humbled to have such great vendors – passionate people who grow and produce with integrity. You can trust everything they list!

Another hearty THANK YOU to Susan Avello who permitted us to use yesterday’s photo from her social media accounts. Susan’s culinary creations are beautiful, healthy and best of all, tasty! She sometimes shares her Market creations on our Facebook Discussion Page.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: If anyone is wondering….I cannot say my products are organic because I will exceed that 5k threshold. However, my growing methods are organic. More importantly to me, being natural and sustainable allows me to keep improving the soil until such time I no longer have to purchase OMRI certified fertilizer. Being in the south we are “blessed” with an abundance of bugs. In order to produce enough vegetables for even a small percentage of you wonderful people I must utilize some organic pesticides. (You can only hand pick so many bugs!) Again, any pesticide used is OMRI certified….AND…only used when absolutely necessary and safely. (I ’m considering listing tomato worms for fish bait. Largemouth bass might love them. Ros, is that allowed in the market?) (To answer that – list them and lets see what happens!)


Next week finally brings our average last frost date. The Old Farmer’s Almanac says, “The possibility of frost occurring after the given spring dates and before the given fall dates is 50 percent.”  There are no guarantees when dealing with the weather. LOL On a “normal” year we wouldn’t have had frosts this week. Much less what is showing on the weather forecast for next week. So, if you have anything tender out cover it up just in case.

This time of year is hard for me. I hate pulling out plants but sometimes you just have to. The changing seasons and limited space force the issue. That’s actually something I’m working on this year “planned obsolescence”. I’m actually putting it in the schedule to rip this crop out after X weeks of production to make way for Y.  That’s assuming I planted more X six weeks ago. It gets complicated.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Good evening Market Buddies!
Notice the change in the air? We are experiencing what many Southerners refer to as a “cold snap”. As we have exchanged gardening tips with others, many feel it is not a good idea to plant anything (except cold hardy plants) for spring till after this happens. It supposedly will occur around Easter each year. While our research hasn’t been conclusive, the cold air is certainly convincing! All hope isn’t lost. We are embracing the chill factor and planting more peas! Risky? Time will tell.


On to our sinus issues. HONEY! You had to know this gem would appear on our list. The medicinal purposes of honey have long been recognized by many cultures. When used over time it can help one become less sensitive to pollen. As a result, they may experience fewer seasonal allergy symptoms. Also, honey is known be effective in killing bacteria that cause chronic sinusitis. In order for this to be true, you MUST consume honey from a local source. The awesome thing is we have a couple of beekeepers on the market who would be happy to ensure you get it straight from the source! Hoping this reminder – from our family to yours – helps keep you sinus issues at bay!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: With all the talk about organic we want to provide our perspective. At Hawkins Homestead Farm we use the term organic not only because there is a USDA exemption that allows us to, but also because the food we produce truly is organic. This applies also to our friends at Bain Home Gardens.

The Market newsletter article stated that “there is no regulation.” Simply stated, this is false. To quote from the USDA exemption article itself, “Exempt and excluded operations still need to comply with specific sections of the USDA organic regulations.” This program is not unregulated. It is up to the farmer to know the laws and comply with them.

We are serious about the food produced here. Not only for the health of others, but for the health of our own family first. We purchase and grow from USDA certified organic seeds or USDA certified organic plants. We feed our meat birds a 100 % organic USDA certified feed. We don’t use chemicals of any kind on or around our produce. This includes all pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc. Instead we find ways to combat pests organically through nature. Sometimes this is to the detriment of our crops, but this keeps us safe and the people who trust and purchase from us safe as well. We even purchase organic soil. All of this is at a great deal of time and expense to us, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. In addition if you know us, then you know our passion and how committed we are to never using or producing anything that has been genetically modified. So while the Market at Dothan is not organic, Hawkins Homestead Farm is. We may not be able to afford the seal but the way we do things is just that.

While we don’t believe that any malice was meant by the newsletter article, because we label our food as organic, we had to speak up. If you do the research, you will find that actual certified USDA standards aren’t what people think they are. For example, in some cases the use of the word organic means only that 70% of your ingredients have to be organic. Research is important! It is also important to know and realize how a statement meant to shed light on how everyone has good practices, can cause harm to those who have raised the bar. We go above and beyond to produce clean, quality, sustainable, truly organic food. This is our commitment to ourselves and to you.

If anyone has questions, please reach out to us. There is a contact page on our website: www.hawkinshomesteadfarm.com or you can message us through Facebook messenger. If you prefer to speak directly to us, our phone number is 334-595-5128.

Please remember we will be teaching the Market at Dothan class on March 17th at Dothan Nurseries. Come out and see how you can feed your family for more than one night by learning how to cut up a whole chicken. We would love to see you there. Thank you in advance!

MARY’S PEEPS: I first of all want to thank everyone for their orders this week and the ones last week. I hope everything was good, and all was well. It has been a long struggle but I am finally feeling much better getting my strength back after so many months. I was told it takes time and well, it does, I am just not very patient. I was glad to be back doing my baking and will have some specials the week before Easter. Please check them out in the next few weeks. Please get your orders in early that week as there is only one of me to do them.  I do appreciate everyone and will continue to do my best. 

I thought I would share a little story with you about a little unknown gift we have here in Dale County that resides at Ros Hortons house, that is called a Southern Prickly Ash Tree. It seems that nature has a remedy for tooth ache, which I might add that the Native Americans have used for decades and probably still use to this day. Well needless to say I have an abcessed tooth that is not helping right now, so I reached out to Ros who I knew had had the tree so she was kind enough to share it with me. Well, we got some of the bark right away and applied to the gum, it had a tingling effect, and numbed it right away, and with sap not completely up yet I was surprised how much it helped.  I go Tuesday to take care of it so until then I will be using my bark to help numb it . I appreciate the help my friend!

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!

March 3, 2108 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
March Healthy Lifestyle Class
Organic or Not???
In Season
Grower Notes

ARE YOU COMING?

Inquiring Minds (albeit small) Want to Know!

All joking aside, we hope you have your calendar marked for Saturday, March 17. At 10 am Market At Dothan and Dothan Nurseries will host our 3rd Healthy Lifestyle Class for this year. Many of you know Rachel Hawkins, if not in person than by name (and her beautiful heart as she is a regular contributor to this newesletter). This is a two for one deal! Rachel will be joined by husband Brandon to demonstrate one of those great culinary skills that is being lost to our instant/microwave/fast food on demand culture – how to cut up a whole chicken.

Of course those of us who took home-economics in the 1800’s know how to do this. Back then we learned how to butcher and clean them beforehand too. As our country’s food systems have become more industrialized however, our younger generations think that chicken nuggets sprout from seed inside fast food restaurants and buffalo wings are from a mixed breed. Oh yeah, eggs fit in there somewhere but nobody’s really sure about how that works.

If you are one of those suffering from not knowing what to do with a whole chicken we are here for you! Rachel and Brandon are experts in both raising and preparing organic chicken and can show you the path to both cutting up and changing your diet to healthy chicken dishes. Don’t be fooled by imitations. Hawkins Homestead is the real deal and the Hawkins family are trusted and true. You don’t have to come alone. Bring a friend and do your part to help end this sad era in our food culture.

ARE WE ORGANIC OR NOT?

With all the beautiful new produce being listed recently we’ve been questioned about why some is listed as “organic” and others, from equally reputable farmers, is not. The quick answer is simple, and the complete answer is more complex.

So – simple answer first! It has to do with finances. USDA allows small farms that make less than $5000 a year to use the word ‘organic’. The upside of this is that small farms have an advantage. The downside is that there’s no regulation and any small farm can claim ‘organic’ whether they actually are or not. This is why we encourage our consumers to educate themselves to ask the right questions! (See last week’s Weblog Newsletter about Greenwashing.).

Large or small, the integrity of the farmer determines the integrity of the food.

And that tells you something about the ones who don’t say “organic” doesn’t it? It’s true – farms that devote more time and energy to superior production are actually disadvantaged for doing a fabulous job. USDA sees it as a safeguard to prevent unscrupulous growers from taking advantage of consumers, but for those with integrity it is a bitter reality as they are expected to pay for certification (not cheap!) if they make a penny over $5000.

Please know that while Market At Dothan is not a certification agency, we do screen our growers about their philosophies and practices. Every grower who sells through Market At Dothan fills out an application form that requires information about how their farm products are grown. We’ve been out to a farm or two, or three . . . . and have seen for ourselves what takes place there. Not every farm makes the cut.

This is why we encourage you to learn about sustainable food practices and get to know our growers for yourself. And if you’re willing to muddle through the history and politics of organic agriculture the EcoTipping Points Project is an excellent, albeit long read.

IN SEASON

EGGS! We’re so thankful that everyone’s chickens are responding to the longer days and warmer temperatures. Rather than share a bunch of recipes with you this week we thought you may enjoy this excellent article on the health benefits of eating eggs. Just click the link below the photo.

Fifteen Things That Happen to Your Body When You Eat Eggs

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: After a quick trip to the Huntsville area for a Produce Safety Certification class (more on that later) and of course a shopping trip to Unclaimed Baggage (If you like thrift stores you will love this place! www.unclaimedbaggage.com) we returned home to discover Spring has well and truly sprung.


In the above photos you will notice several spring happenings on the farm. The lovely white blossoms, across the top, are my favorite old sand pear tree blooming its fool head off.

Not so lovely is the fall planted cabbage that these warm temps have coerced into blooming. When things in the cabbage family bloom, it’s a bad thing for eating quality. This is what people are referring to when they say the cabbage “ran up” or “went to seed”. Pretty much it will flower, make seed and die. No bueno for dinner.

Lastly, but cutest, we have new twin baby goats. They were a surprise arrival early Friday morning. It is fun to go out to the pasture and discover new babies!! That puts us up to 15 goats total, 7 babies.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Since we last blogged there have been many developments. For one, we planted potatoes! This is a first for Bain Home Gardens. We talked with Wendy of Avalon Farms, Vicki of Richter Farms, Kathy of Kathy’s Churpers, & Roslyn of Horton farms. We feel like their sage advice, along with loads of other research, will help us get the bumper crop everyone hopes for!


So are you ready for our next tip to manage allergy symptoms? It is simple but boy is it hard to do. DO NOT RIDE WITH YOUR WINDOWS DOWN! (Gasp!) I know it sounds ridiculously silly, however when you get into your vehicles, you SEE it hanging out on the windshield beckoning to be let in. If yours is like our van, the pollen has already infiltrated & decorated your dash! Yes, the weather may be a perfect 72° & it may be gorgeous out but fight the urge to roll the window down or open the sunroof. The high speeds & wind create a dangerous cocktail! This will mean high exposure for some, especially if you spend much time in your vehicle. Smiling one minute, sneezing the next!  It is a good practice to wipe down dashes and seats regularly with some car wipes. This will further limit prolonged exposure. We hope this tip helps you to stay well this allergy season.
From our family to yours – take care!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: Hello Market Friends! Hoping you guys have enjoyed the weather as much as we have! With that being said though, temperatures are set to drop and we are in store for some cold nights. Do you have plants outside already? Well, there are a few things you can do to protect them. If you have seedling trays, simply bring them in. If something has already been planted in your garden, cover it up by using an old sheet or even a few empty pots you may have laying around the house. By covering it, you are providing the plant and the soil the extra bit of heat that it may need. Just remember to use a large enough pot to cover the plant without damaging it and to remove the pot and the covering in the morning as temperatures rise. March 15th is our official last frost date! That means that all danger of frost has passed and you can begin to set your plants outside. Just remember to “harden” them off first. We shared a great article about this on the Market Discussion Page. 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!

February 24, 2018 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
Help Stamp Out Greenwashing!
Ros’s Ramblings
Market Chit Chat
Grower Notes

BUY SMART, BUY SAFE

FRESH, LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE, YEAR ROUND

If you’ve been with Market at Dothan more than a few weeks you recognize the above as our four core values. Another thing we value very much is the trust you place in us to deliver on those four words. It can be challenging sometimes – like the cattle at Working Cow’s getting into clover and making the milk taste bad, or the extreme cold we had last month that killed so many leafy green vegetables we’d be enjoying otherwise. But try we do and all our growers who’ve filled out our application form knows we ask the hard questions so you don’t have to wonder about the quality of food you purchase through us.

That being said – none of us assume you get ALL your groceries through Market at Dothan (though who knows – maybe some year??). But because you do, we want you to enjoy optimum health and not be hoodwinked or who-dood into taking home something you shouldn’t as we transition to more people selling fresh produce in our area.


”Greenwashing:” Have you heard that word? It happens all the time in the fresh food industry. Greenwashing is where a seller passes off industrial produce they got at wholesale prices as homegrown and uses unregulated words like “natural” and “no spray” to pass it off as wholesome and healthy. Here in the Wiregrass it is usually trucked up from Florida.

The good news is that there’s a great resource to help you ask the hard questions and avoid these food scammers. The Cornucopia Institute is a farm and food policy research group and they have developed a comprehensive guide to equip shoppers to do a background check on vendors. It provides a list of key questions about farming philosophies and daily practices that are designed to unearth detailed information about market goods. It’s not just about avoiding market fraud, it’s also about increasing the shoppers comfort level in discussing these issues with farmers.

The document may be found HERE. Yes, we realize it’s 9 pages. You don’t have to read it all at once or even read the whole thing for that matter, but we do hope you’ll take the time to familiarize (arm) yourself with some of the questions that will help you be the smartest, safest consumer you can be.

FOOD TRENDS

A few months ago I shared a trendy breakfast dish that my trendy daughter made for me. I’m happy to tell you that I am still eating Avocado Toast every week. My jacked up version starts with a seedy piece of toast spread with a bit of coconut oil and topped with a little smoked salmon, an over easy egg that’s a bit runny and avocado slices on top. I eat it thankfully and slowly thinking how they’ll surely serve it in Heaven.

And last week my dear husband brought home more smoked salmon because he knew I’d stretched the last pack as far as it would go. That’s true love folks!

Well . . . there’s a hot new avocado trend. Rather than tell you I’m showing you. This is real. Faces and details have been deleted to protect the couple and all the women who swooned over this. . . and this isn’t the only piece of jewelry stuck in an avocado out there!


You can’t make this stuff up!

MARKET CHITCHAT

Do you ever wish you could go back and find something from a previous newsletter? Actually you can, though you might have do a bit of scrolling. All our newsletters are stored in the weblog section of marketatdothan.com. In a way our weblog is both a resource and a history of Market at Dothan. That being said, if you do find yourself perusing there and find a golden oldie you’d like to see published again, send the publication date to us and we’ll see what we can do.

DON’T FORGET to mark your calendar for March 17 for our next Healthy Lifestyle Class. This time Rachel Hawkins (much nicer than Rachel Ray) is demonstrating an actual kitchen and homesteading skill! EVERYBODY needs to know how to cut up a chicken and nobody is better qualified than Rachel to teach this. You will love this class and you will love Rachel. If you’ve got a young chef who is eager to learn more this is a great opportunity to kick their skills up a notch . . . and you can’t beat the price as all our classes are FREE.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

DANNY’S GREENS: Danny’s garden is going strong again after being frozen in January. Salad greens and onions are available this week.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello Market Friend’s!
    Hello Market Friend’s!
     For three months we’ve moped around with borderline seasonal affective disorder, saddened by the gloomy damp weather that winter brings to Southern Alabama. Well, mope no more! Spring is in the air, on our vehicles and if outside long enough on you too!  Spring is such a beautiful time of year and is a time that beckons new beginnings.


With that, much welcome work is due to the garden. However, we have already noticed the allergies kicking up and Spring isn’t “officially” here yet! Knowing we will be outside more than ever, the question arises: How will we manage the symptoms? Over the next month we will be sharing some tips that we will be implementing at Bain Home Gardens.

Wear hats and scarves while engaging in outdoor activities.
It’s no new revelation that hats protect our heads from direct sun, in fact most gardeners have a favorite straw hat for the garden.  Instead of the pollen getting into your hair and working its way into your eyes, nose, or ears, it’s simply on the hat or scarf and when removed – boom, you’ve limited your exposure to the pollen. Storing these outside in a dedicated covered area will also be implemented this year. Speaking of storing outside, having a dedicated pair of garden shoes helps too. At our home we are “supposed” to remove shoes at the door before coming into the main living space but as with many good ideas, this one has become relaxed. Let’s just say the Bain family will be improving in this regard.

In the meantime we are planting new varieties of some old time favorites. Hang on to your caps guys & gals! This year will be an exciting ride as we work diligently to bring new and interesting produce from our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: Hello all!……..(drumroll please) We are extremely excited and anxious to introduce our organic oils and moisturizers to the market!!! Made with wonderful ingredients like Shea butter and essential oils, plus100% chemical free, we believe these products are the absolute best you can use for you hair and body. Our family uses everything we produce and it is our goal to provide products your family will love as much as we do! We hope you will give them a try.

In other news….it definitely feels like Spring has sprung with the wonderful weather we had this past week. Was anyone else pleasantly surprised? The garden has been loving it and we couldn’t be happier about it. Our peas started flowering one day and then they seemed to have grown pods overnight! We are patiently waiting for them to fatten up! Patiently…


We also have other some new offerings this week!!!! Please check out our organic buttercrunch lettuce, arugula, and collard greens. Lots of green goodness coming your way. Plus our eggs have picked up so there are plenty to go around. As always we appreciate each and every one of you and we’ll see you at the market.

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!