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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!

March 23, 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:
Focus On . . . .
Upcoming Schedule
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

GLUTEN FREE

With the 2013 study about the link between gluten intolerance and glyophospate use becoming more well known, it was rather refreshing to stumble onto what follows this week.

Let me introduce Julia Kuiper. Julia is from a large homeschool family and at age 14 found herself missing home baked goods because she was gluten intolerate. Rather than be deterred or discouraged, she studied and developed her own mixes and recipes that seriously rival traditionally baked foods.


Julia has a few recipes to try on her blog and tells her story here where her cookbook is available. Even if you’re not gluten sensitive we hope you’ll check it out.

COMING SOON


In between our next two tent type Farmer’s Markets something special is taking place at Dothan Nurseries. Market at Dothan along with some of our market vendors will be in attendance at the area’s first GET GREEN ALABAMA marketplace event. This will take place on Saturday, April 20. We hope you’ll put both dates on your calendar and plan to join the fun.


MARKET CHITCHAT

New & Relisted Products

  • Microgreen Komatsuna (mustard Spinach)
  • Shea Butter Lotion
  • Whole Chickens, pasture raised

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 Exciting news from SmartDocs! Back to Africa via England in April.  We have been working with an engineer that has recently patented a hydrostat fish nutrient (in research on our farm in Gambia).  We also are coordinating with a scottish scientist who has a new formula for all natural insect repellent and pest control ( who knew a lot of folks in Africa are working on farm initiatives!?)  Our hydro facility is enlarging getting ready for these folks to come later in the year to present our place as a site farm! More news soon!

DANNY’S GREENS Well, Danny didn’t have much to say this week but he did have a lot to show . . . . in particular the onions and carrots (with a little lettuce in there to boot) that will be available next month. It was just too purty not to share!


AVALON FARMS: To quote one of my favorite movies, “Looks like meat is back on the menu, boys!”


Spent all morning taking half of our current batch of Freedom Ranger meat birds to “freezer camp”. Didn’t take as long as last time, but still lots of room for improvement. Next time will go even better.

Remember Freedom Rangers have more dark meat. These guys are awesome foragers and really enjoy being moved around on fresh pasture twice a day. They are fed supplemental rations that are non-GMO and no soy. And of course, no antibiotics or hormones.

They will be in the market today!

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 16, 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:
This & That
Who Does What
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

ROZ’S RAMBLINGS

Pardon us for being a bit late this week. And perhaps a bit scruffy! It’s not often the Hortons have Canadian relatives visit and today was one of those heaven sent opportunities to introduce our nieces to one of their childhood heroes. It’s a little early but with any luck I can share photos on our facebook page soon.

Hopefully Alabama will soon have more local Farmer’s Markets! ASAN, the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network has recently launched an initiative to train local directors. We were contacted early on, however ASAN was more focused on traditional tent markets than the online “modified CSA” (as state ag calls us) model we use. While we’re not sure if they plan to create sustainable only markets, Market at Dothan has offered to assist any willing to create the Locally Grown platform we use.

We’ve shared a bit in the past about the connection between radical animal rights proponents and farming. The short version is that PETA and the Humane Society of the US want to eliminate meat consumption entireley. “Meatless Monday” is is a product of this effort. This is good news for grain & vegetable farmers but not for meat farmers. Here at Market at Dothan we support the ability of the individual consumer to choose the foods best for them and support consumer education to that end. The problem is that neither of these entities are being truthful in their promotions. No hyperlink this time, but you may read about the latest nonsense here: https://www.thelunaticfarmer.com/blog/3/14/2019/schools-promoting-lies#comments-5c8a3e8341920299216652e2=

WHO DOES WHAT PART II

KATHY’S CHURPERS Fresh local eggs.

MARTIN TEAS Martin Teas offers exquisite teas both online through Market at Dothan and her store on Honeysuckle Rd.

MARY’S PEEPS Delightful southern baked goods and farm products.

MAYIM FARMS Local biodynamic produce, green medicinal and food products from sustainable Master Gardners.

RICHTER FARMS: Farm fresh kitchen products and Red Waddle Pork in season.

ST ANDREWS SOAP COMPANY A wide variety of locally handcrafted bath & body products. They also offer candles.

SMART DOC RESOURCES Hydroponic microgreens and food products, CBD oil, Fresh Shea Butter from Africa. See Virginia’s note in the Grower Section.

SMITH FARMS – Ground Lamb and Dexter Beef

MARKET CHITCHAT

We are happy to announce our participation in the area’s first ever Earth Day event. The Get Green Initiative is all about sustainability and we hope you’ll mark your calendars!



New This Week


  • Microgreen Pea Shoots

  • Coconut Shea Butter Soap

  • Shea Butter Better Cream

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 Hi From SmartDocs, Spring is in the air but the weather is still crazy.  28 one day and 78 the next but at least we have sunshine and getting ready for the good farming weather.  Great day at the market event today. I know there are many other events going on today so we thank you all that came out to see us.  We made a lot of new friends and got to talk about our African mission. It ties in nicely with our home project – hydroponics as we are building hydroponic units(and Terrace gardens) in Gambia , Africa.  I will be returning in April (I think) to hopefully finish up on our site compound. Check us out on fb at Earth Farm Gambia. We are doing research on using fish hydrostat and have an engineer from England getting the formula together.  It is our goal to utilize the resources in this very poor country to feed these people and make gardening a sustainable and profitable venture. Therefore you will see new products from us including Shea Butter Better Cream made with FRESH (snuck in my suitcase) shea butter from Mali . About 10% of the better butter cream is the finest oils to make a creamy,  all purpose medicinal cream and moisturizing lotion. We also have a glycerine and shea butter soap with coconut essential oils (smells awesome) that can be used for cleaning, moisturizing and hair conditioner. All profits go to Earth Farm Gambia. There is a collection bin in the shed at Dothan Nurseries for donations (we ship quarterly) . Smart Docs is requesting good used clothes (especially children), hygiene products, art supplies (we also work with Art Farm Gambia) and school supplies. (children’s books, paper, pencils) to send to Gambia. We thank you for your help!

On the homefront we are enlarging our hydro unit and setting up some research as well.  We are back this week with some yummy produce.


The Yummy Pea Shoot: These foods are incredible sources of antioxidants, phytonutrients, enzymes, minerals and vitamins. They help to alkalize your body, support your immune system and ensure proper cell regeneration.Seven times more vitamin C than blueberries.   Four time more vit A than tomatoes and eight times more folate than bean sprouts. Up to 69% of high quality bioavailable protein. Delicious in soups, salads, as a snack, in a stir fry, as a side dish, on a sandwich, as a garnish and in a smoothie.  

AVALON FARMS:


The plan was for these handsome guys to be going to “freezer camp” this weekend, but when I weighed a few they just weren’t quite ready yet. They should be ready next week and possibly listed in the market. There are 50 of these and another group waiting to take possession of this chicken tractor.

It was fun seeing old friends and making new friends at the physical market set-up last Saturday. The response was great and I appreciated the opportunity to explain the benefits of pastured poultry.
Growing News:


  • Sugar Snap Peas and Green Arrow English Peas are loving these crazy spring days. There will be 4 to 6 more weeks before they are ready.
  • Radishes and spinach are coming along, if slowly.
  • Senposai (everyone’s new favorite green) and tatsoi plantings are coming along as well.
  • First plantings of green beans, cucumbers and squashes are going in now.
 

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

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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!

March 9, 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:
Our Core Values
Market Chitchat
Grower Overview

What We’re About

Every once in a while someone asks why our Market does not have (insert fruit or vegetable product) grocers and roadside vendors. They thought it strange those people would offer certain food items that we do not.

While roadside products may appear FRESH, (as opposed to overripe or poor quality), sometimes that’s not the case as many items can be refrigerated an extended time or ripened with gasses before being put on display for sale. They are seldom LOCAL. More often than not, they have been purchased from a wholesaler who got vast quantities by truck from down in Florida. If not there they’ve probably been hauled off a boat from Central America. These too have been subject to refrigeration, spray, dye or gasses. Market at Dothan limits our distance to within fifty miles of Dothan, ensuring that the food you purchase from us is truly LOCAL. As far as FRESH, it is usually picked 1-2 days before pickup on Fridays.

Another issue is SUSTAINABILITY. Sustainability is all about growing food without depleting natural resources. The nutrients taken from the soil by crops must be replaced using natural methods. The USDA defines sustainable farming as agriculture that:

*Enhances the natural resources upon which society lives
*Efficiently uses resources by implementing natural controls and biocycles
*Is economically viable
*Enhances life for farmers and those eating the products

The grand hope of sustainable farming is that mankind will be able to continue living off the land without depleting natural resources and ruining the earth. To be sustainable, farmers must also be able to afford their business.

While sometimes underappreciated, the kumquat provides a fresh source of chewable vitamin C during winter cold and flu season. Kumquats grow well in the Wiregrass and many homeowners let them go to waste.


The last core value of Market at Dothan is YEAR ROUND. While it is nice to serve fresh berries during the fall and winter, it is not natural, and it is not necessarily what our bodies need the most. Case in point: citrus in this region ripens and is available most of the winter months. What does citrus offer? Vitamin C. We all know that. And what do we need during the fall and winter months to help fight off colds and flu? Vitamin C, of course. There are other studies showing the value of root vegetables during the cold months as well as leafy green brasseric vegetables which are very popular in the deep south.

The downside of a Year Round Market is unpredictable conditions and weather. Those of you who ordered greens from Avalon a couple of weeks ago experienced this after aphids devoured her crop. This time last year Danny was recovering from a freeze that killed everything he had.

Thank you to all our customers who stick with us through the thick and thin of farming life. We enjoy serving and and deeply appreciate you.

MARKET CHITCHAT

The Good News Our first Spring Farmer’s Market held earlier today was MARVELOUS! Marvelous weather, marvelous vendors, marvelous folks coming to visit. Five of our regular Market vendors were present and we were joined by Mt. Moriah Farms, She Sings Bling, Lewis Farms and Make it with a B. If you are not familiar with these folks and their products they’ll be back on April 13 for our next Spring Farmer’s Market.

The Bad News Coastal Sharps sends their apologies to our Market customers who brought knives and scissors to be sharpened. If we have not shared this with you before, Amory lost her home to Michael last October and pretty much had to start over. She has landed further away from Dothan in a very demanding job. The combination was just too much and she could not get away. No future visits are planned until her schedule is more stable.

Ending on a high note Market at Dothan is teaming with the Get Green Alabama initiative to organize a fun and educational event at Dothan Nurseries on April 18. The official announcement will go out next week sometime. We can’t tell you too much except to mark your calendars for that day.

WHO DOES WHAT? PART 1

Because we are a year round market, not every grower lists product every week.

3LC Apiary Great Beekeepers! 3LC honey is produced within the city limits of Dothan and contains nectar and pollen from landscaped as well a wild growing plant sources.

AVALON FARMS Avalaon Farms has produced quality sustainable produce & eggs in the Wiregrass for many years. They have recently added pastured chicken to their listings as they become available.

CASABLANCA RANCH. Read more about them: http://casablancaranch.com/. Locally Grown Hormone Free Santa Gertrudis Beef


D’S JELLIES – D’s Mayhaw Jelly, Hot Pepper Jelly, and BlackBerry Jelly.

DANNY’S GREENS Tender and tenderly cared for sustainable lettuce mixes all year round.

GRIER ACRES Just getting started on their sustainable journey. Great folks! You’ll hear more from them!

HORTON’S FARM Natural Goodness from the Hive and the Heart.

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!