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May 27 Market Newsletter


This Week’s Newsletter:
Organic vs. Conventional
Vendor Spotlight
Market ChitChat
Getting to Know You: Grower Notes

Organic vs. Conventional

(Market Note: Market at Dothan makes no claim to be an “Organic” Market as the bulk of our growers and vendors are too small and too busy growing food that exceeds National Organic Practices (NOP) standards. What we do claim to be is SUSTAINABLE which produces equal and superior foods, farms and families. The following article explains the difference between our values and conventional farming better than we can despite the use of the “o” word.

The differences between organic and conventional foods stem directly from the farming methods that were used during the food’s production. Many people are unaware of some of the differences between the two practices. Agriculture has a direct effect on our environment, so understanding what goes into our agriculture is important. Below is a list of some of the key differences between organic and conventional farming. One of the biggest differences that is seen time and time again across all research between the two farming practices is the effect on the land. Organic farming works to increase sustainability, biodiversity, and to encourage good soil and air quality. This is maintained by the use of natural growing practices, the avoidance of harmful chemicals, and the continued practice of crop rotation and other natural farming methods.


Organic Farming
Organic farming minimizes chemical usage
Organic farming promotes biodiversity
Soil health is improved with organic farming practices
Only natural methods are used in organic farming

Conventional Farming
Conventional farming makes use of chemicals, synthetics, and other materials to manage weeds and pests
Conventional farming uses unnatural farming methods
Conventional farming use of pesticides has garnered attention towards acceptable levels of toxicity, and whether there should actually be an acceptable level
Pesticides used in conventional farming can be damaging to your health.
There are many other differences between organic and conventional farming, but these seem to be the most spoken of in regards to consumer health. There have been arguments around whether or not conventional farming methods are safe for one’s health. This is because of the pesticides and GMO’s used in the conventional farming practices. Many people are concerned that those growing practices promote unsafe chemical use, especially because the level of toxicity is said to be under a “safe” level, but what is really safe?

Luckily, many places make it easy to get ahold of seasonal, local and organic products. There are many CSA’s, grocery delivery services and organic markets that promote a more healthy way of eating.

(End note: That last paragraph describes Market At Dothan and our four core values of FRESH, LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE and YEAR ROUND. Our goal is to provide you the best in the Wiregrass!)

D’s Jellies

Sometimes we never know the greatness that moves among us! Our very own Dianne Herring is a case in point. Dianne has been a part of Market at Dothan for many years, well known and well loved for those delicious jams and jellies made with homegrown mahaws, blackberries, peppers, , etc from her farm.

Did you know she’s also an accomplished cook whose work is regularly featured in Wiregrass Living magazine?

Dianne with her Simple Summer Luncheon feature in newest issue of Wiregrass Living.

Congratulations Dianne! We’re proud to have you as part of our Market family and can’t wait to get a copy of the magazine!

Market ChitChat

If you love crafts, our very own Karen King will be featured live next Wednesday, May 31, 12pm on the Hometalk Facebook page. If you are not familiar with Hometalk they are a DIY community with over 5 million followers. Stay tuned, there’s more to come!

Please be sure to read our Grower Notes this week. Last week we highlighted the wide variety of sustainable healthy foods they produce and this week they’ve pitched in to help you get to know them better.

Don’t forget to put June 10 on your calendar if you’re interested in Mayim Farms Compost Tea Workshop that was announced in last week’s newsletter. Even if your garden is a bucket on a balcony, this will be a valuable workshop on many levels. For more information visit their Facebook 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: What makes Avalon Farms different from the big boys? Mostly just that – We are small, hands on farmers growing on our family land. We grow tasty interesting things that we love to eat and love sharing with others. To grow these tasty interesting things we have committed to low till intensive succession planting, utilizing cover crops and natural fertilizer to nourish the soil. We use drip irrigation to conserve water and low usage of organic pesticides. Planting, weeding, picking and packing is all done by hand. We are small because this is the way we want to do things.

D’s Jellies: The most common question that I am asked is about growing Mayhaws for D’s MayhawJelly.  People will say that they did not know they could be grown in our area and thought they only grew in water.  We grow ours in the far corner of our fruit orchard in an area of that is about 30 feet from a cypress pond. Most years we tend to not have excessive spring rains and I can gather the mayhaws after they fall onto the ground. However, if there is an abundance of rain, we have put on rain boots to gather the mayhaws with a net as they floated on top of the water. This spring we planted Mayhaw trees in the middle of our fruit orchard, so this way we will have Mayhaws to gather without having to go in water while being on the lookout for moccasins.


Hortons Farm: “Scruffy”. That’s my new word when people ask about our farm. As a beekeeper I cherish many of our weeds that help produce beneficial local wildflower honey. (Many people don’t realize that “wildflower” often means weeds!) The trick is balancing that with growing sustainable produce. If I weed or mow to soon, the bees suffer loss. If I wait too long, the plants suffer. As with all of life we continually strive to find that perfect balance in our farming and beekeeping practices.

Restoration Gardens: We are unique in more ways than we could list in this short space, but here are some of the most important ways:
FOUNDATION: The soil is the foundation, not only for growing growing food on our farm but, truly, for all society. We believe in restoring soil to health and balance, and letting it take care of growing great food. As opposed to traditional farming where soil is virtually ignored and the focus is on just, almost artificially, growing a plant.
INPUTS: To protect our health and the environment, hard work and mechanical means are used for controlling weeds and insects rather than dangerous poisons. We are also strictly opposed to Genetically Modified Organisms. Instead, our seed is produced by just good old fashioned plant breeding, the way nature’s done it forever.
SCALE: Most conventional farming these days believes “bigger is better” and “scaling up” is the rule. On the contrary, we believe “small is beautiful!” Our challenge is trying to “grow better, not bigger.”

SANDSPUR FARMS: Sandspur Farms: We have blueberries!! And okra! Both will be in the weekly boxes also.

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

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

May 20 Market Newsletter: Memorial Day Edition


Memorial Day Edition
Remembering
In Season: Fire up the Grill!
Market ChitChat
This Week’s Grower Notes

A Solemn Charge

“Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan. “ JOHN A. LOGAN, Commander-in-Chief, May 5, 1868

“In this time of unprecedented success and prosperity throughout our land, I ask that all Americans come together to recognize how fortunate we are to live in freedom and to observe a universal “National Moment of Remembrance” on each Memorial Day. This memorial observance represents a simple and unifying way to commemorate our history and honor the struggle to protect our freedoms. “ William J Clinton, May 3, 2000


Memorial Day Trivia:
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of those who have died serving our country.
General John Alexander Logan ordered the Memorial Day holiday to be observed by decorating the war dead.
On Memorial Day, the flag should be at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.
Red Poppies are recognized as the Memorial Day flower.
“Taps” is often played at ceremonies on Memorial Day.
Memorial Day was first called “Decoration Day” because of the practice of decorating soldier’s graves with flowers.
New York was the 1st state to officially recognize Memorial Day.
Flowers and flags are the two most popular items people use to remember soldiers.
The south refused to honor the dead on Memorial Day until after World War I when the meaning of Memorial Day changed from honoring civil war dead to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.
Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971.

Formal Observance of Memorial Day:
Wear a red poppies on Memorial day to honor those who died serving the United States during war.
At 3 p.m. local time, Americans should pause for a moment of silence or listen to “Taps”.
Visit cemeteries and place flags or flowers on the graves of veterans.
Visit a memorial.
Attend a parade to honor fallen heroes.

In Season

The words, the culture and the country may change, but the deep sentiment and call to honor our dead have not. Memorial Day is now also regarded as the unofficial beginning of summer and often includes family gatherings and picnics and GRILLINNG! To that end we dedicate this section of available Market foods in hopes this will be your most delicious Memorial Day ever.

Working Cows Gouda Cheese and D’s Pepper Jelly are an unbeatable appetizer on fresh vegetables or bread from Mary’s Peeps



Both Richter Farms and Sandspur Farms offer Pork Chops from naturally raised and naturally fed animals.


These and many other vegetables suitable for grilling are available from Avalon Farms, Mayim Farms,

Horton’s Farm, Sandy Valley, and Sandspur Farms


You just can’t beat a good burger! Wholesome grass fed beef is available from Casablanca Ranch, Smith Farms, and Sandspur Farms. Working Cows Dairy carries delicious Organic Cheese.


No picnic is complete without Deviled Eggs. Market at Dothan is blessed to have Kathy’s Churpers, Mary’s Peeps, Richter Farms, Sandspur Farms, and Horton’s Farm who all have eggs. Avalon Farms now has pickles and relishes available for making them. For especially healthy toppings, try microgreens and sprouts from Restoration Gardens and Mayim Farms.

No picnic is complete without a refreshing beverage. May we suggest The Tea Cart’s Honey Bush Peach Apricot tea infused with fresh fruit and lightly sweetened with honey from Horton’s Farm?


If you still have room after all that a Cream Cheese Pound Cake from Mary’s Peeps travels well and is the perfect ending to a perfect meal.

Market ChitChat

You should notice that our Vegetable category on the Market page is divided into subcategories now. It should be fairly easy to navigate, but should anyone ever want both turnips AND turnip greens, or beets AND beet greens, the search bar should help. Plus, you’re always welcome to contact us if there’s a question.

It’s been exciting to hear that some of you are planning to attend the FSA outreach meeting announced in last week’s newsletter. For anyone who missed it the details are here and here.

This Week’s Grower Notes

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

AVALON FARMS: We’re happy to introduce our Blackberries to the market this week. These are all University of Arkansa developed cultivars. Some of the biggest and sweetest available. There were samples out at the Market last Friday I hope you enjoyed them.

If you are looking for a sweet ‘n’ savory condiment for your BBQ this week, I highly recommend our Sassy Apricot Habanero Jam. Grilled pork is simply awesome dipped in it. Add it to any sauce for a richer, more dimensional flavor. Not too hot, just sassy.

Just found out the good news!!! We can sell our pickles here. This is great news for us and you. Some of you will remember our Squash Pickles from a few years back when we participated in the Poplar Head Farmers Market. We had a few people buying a jar every week. We are very happy to fill this need once again. Sweet, crunchy, oniony, great on a sandwich or burger, or even as a side to peas.

MARY’S PEEPS: I wanted to thank all of you who have supported my products and tried the new breads. This upcoming week I have listed some peppers and herbs.  They are just getting some size now, so I can start selling while they are fresh. My bees are very busy making beautiful fresh  honey, so this allergy season doctors recommend local fresh honey because it contains pollen.   As always I like feedback and love to hear from you all, Soon we will be having some blueberries, and figs, if the Good Lord is willing.  Thanks again and if you have any request recipes I will be glad to try.  Thanks again, Mary’s Peeps-& Mary Bees……Mary Dale Peeples Echo Community

MAYIM FARMS is hosting a Compost Tea Making and Soil Biology Workshop and anyone interested in natural gardening methods is invited to attend. It is June 10 from 10:00am to 2pm. Location is 29021 Bell Crossing Rd Opp Al 36467. “Come join us on Mayim Farm and learn about soil biology and making your own compost teas. We will have a special guest who is an expert on making compost teas… Jayme Oates of Farmscape Solutions. You will leave with the knowledge and your own compost tea maker. We will also be using the microscope to assess the biology of the teas and soil samples. So bring a sample and we’ll take a look. Tickets are $35 individual and $45 for couples. Lunch will be provided!”

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

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

May 13 Market Newsletter


This Week’s Newsletter:
New Vendor Spotlight
Blast from the Past
Market ChitChat
In Season
This Week’s Grower Notes

Welcome Restoration Gardens!

What a joy to welcome Restoration Gardens to Market at Dothan! We hope many of you tried their microgreens last week as together we were scrambling to get their current products listed after Market opened. The Tavares family are new Wiregrass residents having recently moved to Slocomb from Tennessee where they were involved with several area Farmer’s Markets around the Cumberland Plateau.

Rather than re-invent the wheel I’m going to let them tell you their story in their own words.

“Restoration Gardens is a very small, Christian, deep-organic family farm. We function with a mission to bring glory to God by restoring the land to health and productivity, and subsequently, the people who depend upon it for life and health. We are so happy to fill our place in this virtuous employment alongside so many other wonderful folks. This is a necessary work that we are thrilled to see a revival of. It’s our belief that human life started with the soil, and that there is an immutable connection between the soil and our society’s health and well being – thus the name Restoration Gardens – connection with God through/and nature is restorative.


The term “deep-organic” signifies that we use mostly organic growing practices, but go still further, or deeper, by trying to grow healthy soil, plants and people – a whole, healthy ecosystem. Unlike “certified organic,”  which only substitute the worst chemical poisons with less objectionable ones, we are striving for a real transformation in our agriculture that will truly leave the land better than we found it, and do the same for people, too.

We are also well defined by other popular terms, such as:
Ecological and Bionomic – signifying that we are attempting to grow (and live) according to the laws of life ruling the universe and, as mentioned previously, nurture a healthy, thriving ecosystem.

Non-GMO – We strictly appose the development, and use of all GMOs (genetically modified organisms). We do all in our power to avoid supporting that killer technology in anyway, and certainly to avoid having ourselves or other people eating it from our own hands.

Remineralized, and balanced soil – Through the course of centuries of erosion and deplorable agricultural practices, our land has been steadily depleted of vital nutrients necessary not only for optimal plant health and vigor, but also human health. Many statistics are showing frightful decreases in the amounts of certain nutrients found in food now compared to levels recorded only decades earlier, food back then had hundreds of times more of certain elements, this is something no doubt contributing significantly to our current medical crisis.
As the old adage says, you are indeed what you eat. And the plants you eat are of no higher quality than what they eat. Thus we strive to balance our soils according to the monumental work done by the late, world-renowned scientist William Albrecht and those walking in the light he shed upon this essential field.
All the loss of nutrients from our land is going somewhere, and the bulk of it lands in our seas and oceans. By utilizing kelp meals, fish and seaweed fertilizers, and concentrated sea minerals, we are recycling lots of this “gold” back on to our gardens and essentially into us, the consumer.
Another area we find a rich mine of essential elements for plant and human growth and health is in the mineral reserves of the earth. Just think, the rocks and minerals have captured, virtually unchanged in many instances, the elements of by-gone eras and made them available to us now. When we use these minerals on our gardens, the results are outstanding.

The path to a balanced soil and healthy garden ecosystem is a progressive path through many, many seasons of constant tweaking and re-tweaking as we learn more and more, although we may not have attained total success yet, we are on that path.”

Still Serving Farmers

Those among you who have been with the Market a long time may remember Susan Owens who was associated with the Market in its beginnings. Like all of us, Susan experienced major life changes and her situation meant she couldn’t continue being involved, but being Susan, she has never stopped serving others.

Recently, as part of her many years with Vivian B Adams school, she is working with USDA and the Farm Service Agency organizing workshops for “home gardeners, small produce farmers and the general public.” Topics covered are 1) Growing and Marketing Produce 2) Local Networking Opportunities and 3) FSA programs for fruits, vegetables and specialty products. The first of several such workshops will be held May 23 at Backyard Orchards just north of Eufaula and you are invited!

Backyard Orchards all decked out for a Party

Market at Dothan will be presenting information about web based Farmer’s Markets at this event. For more information you may view both the flyer and the agenda on our website. It would be great to see you there!

Market ChitChat

A hearty Thank You! to everyone who braved the traffic to visit us at Open House on Thursday! I can’t speak for everyone else, but I think this one was the BEST EVER! For those who did not drop in, Market at Dothan has a traditional “tent market” twice a year in connection with Dothan Nursery’s Mother’s Day and Christmas events. Our Growers love meeting the community, and it’s a good way for the community in turn to learn about Growers, goods and services that are available to them locally. A Win-Win for everyone! It’s early, yes, but go ahead and mark your Calendar for the next one schedule for Dec. 7, 2017. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

In Season

Microgreens and Sprouts Are Not the Same Thing


Micogreens and sprouts are often lumped into one food category. However, the difference between the two is determined by whether or not the seed is planted in soil and exactly how much of the plant is being consumed. While sprouts are germinated in water and consumed seed and all, Microgreens are cut off at soil level and are often 1-3 inches in length.

Sprouts are germinated seeds. What this means is that the “germ” of the seed awakes from its slumber, and becomes a real, live plant. If you let a sprouting seed grow, then it eventually becomes a full-grown plant. They are packed in fibre, protein, essential nutrients, and enzymes. Sprouts are tasty, and great for you. There are many good reasons to eat sprouts.

This Farmer’s Market Salad contains both sprouts and microgreens.

MicroGreens by definition are vegetables harvested when there are only 2 leaves ( the vegetable is not allowed to grow). The first 2 leaves that appear pull all of the vitamins and nutrients from the planted seed. There are no pesticides or fertilizers because the greens are still babies. The flavor is far more intense than the flavor of a full grown vegetable. Microgreens are quite versatile and may be mixed as in a salad or used in place of lettuce on a sandwich, toppings for pizza, wraps or sprinkled on just about anything. They are often used as a garnish in upscale restaurants.

This Week’s Grower Notes

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

AVALON FARMS: Thanks to everyone for coming out to the Dothan Nursery Open House Thursday night! It was great to connect with old market friends and put faces with new online market friends!! You are all a great blessing to me. All this work is only worthwhile if someone enjoys the fruits of the labor. Love seeing those smiling faces.

For the latest in farm news, check us out on Facebook AvalonFarmsProduce


SANDSPUR FARMS: Special thanks to everyone who braved the gnats to come out and see me Thursday. I love putting names with faces at all of our events, and seeing old customers again. We are restocked on our bacon and pan sausage. We’ve also added our cubed steak as well.

(Carnivores Like Sandspur veggies! Friday evening I caught one of our German Shepherds being quite naughty with her front paws up on the stove. Frankie had scarfed down all but a bite or two of the leftover Sandspur zucchini I had planned to have for lunch the next day! Ros)

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

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!

OPEN HOUSE NEXT WEEK!


OPEN HOUSE SPECIAL EDITION

This Week’s Newsletter:
Open House Spotlight
New Product Debut
Open House Particulars
Market ChitChat
Product Review
This Week’s Grower Notes

Meet Lily Twigs!

There are no words to describe how honored, humbled and grateful we are to host this young company owned and operated by an even more amazing young woman. Lily Twigs is going to be with us for Open House next Thursday, May 11 and we couldn’t be more excited. Rather than tell you all about it, we’ll let Brannah tell you herself in her own words.


WELCOME WORKING COWS!

If you’ve been in the Wiregrass any length of time you are familiar with the wonderful de Jong family who produce Alabama’s Organic Milk on their family farm in Slocomb. Some of that delicious milk is now being made into cheese and Rinske’s Cheese is now listed on the Market page. Both Rinske and her wonderful cheese, described as “young gouda”, will be with us at Open House next week! Working Cows also has beef products listed on the Market page. Congratulations and Welcome to Market at Dothan!


Schedule

OPeN hOuSe is HerE!!!


Order Online May 6 – May 9 and Pickup your Order on . . .
Thursday, May 11 from 4pm – 7 pm
(note: Daleville Order Pickup will take place on Friday as usual at the Chamber of Commerce)


Come join the fun 4-7 pm at Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Hwy., Dothan, AL

Old Friends and New Friends alike will be set up in Traditional “Tent” style with everything you could want in a Farmer’s Market and More! This year’s theme is Farmhouse Fixin’s. This event takes place every year the Thursday before Mother’s Day and is always filled with Beauty, Music, Good Food, Great Folks and FUN! Market Orders will be picked up in our regular place and the Tent Market will be located close to the Butterfly House on the site of our original Market for those who remember!

The Following Vendors (and maybe more!) will be present:

Avalon Farms – Fresh Vegetables

The Tea Cart – Mrs. Birdie with Gourmet Teas

Sandspur Farms: Finest Farmhouse Fixins you can find Anywhere!

D’s Jellies – Wiregrass Famous Gourmet Jellies

Richter Farms: Red Wattle Pork

Pampered Chef hosted by Cara Coleman

Creative Trivets Too & Cutting Boards – you will LOVE Molly!

Casablanca Farms: San Gertrude Beef

Lily Twigs – Unique Handcrafted Farm Style Gift Items

Working Cows Dairy – Come try the best cheese in the Wiregrass!

Horton Honey Farm: Fresh Local Honey and Bee Related Goods


Market ChitChat

Congratulations to K.J., M.J. And K.K. who all got received a $5 credit on their next order for correctly identifying a new category on the Market page. You’re thinking “Why three winners?” Two of them tied identifying Pet Products as a new category, and the third identified CSA Boxes almost as soon as it was created. It was so much fun we’re going to keep this little contest going indefinitely. With the Market growing more categories are possible! So keep an eye out. We won’t tell you when one is created and if you spot one and write us first, we’ll give you $5 off your next order too!

Danny’s Gourmet Salad Mix

Thank you K.K. For submitting this product review:

“I’ve been ordering Danny’s Gourmet Tender Bagged Salad Mix for over a year and have never been disappointed. These salad greens are sweet and tender and make a delicious salad base. The various textures and flavors blend together perfectly, and it’s all I’ll use for my daily salads now. I’ve even used the blend on sandwiches, where it’s just as delicious.
When I first began ordering, I was pleasantly surprised by just how long these greens stay fresh. I usually eat the whole bag myself, and I’ve never had a bag begin going bad before I can finish it. Danny’s blend beats anything you’ll find at a grocery store – hands down!

Thanks for the opportunity to share. I hope Danny will continue to have his lettuces available for a long time.”

Messages from Our Growers

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

AVALON FARMS:
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Spring Open House. We’ll have samples of our Sassy Apricot Habanero Jam, Pear Honey, Ginger Pears and Pear Preserves.

The sunflowers are getting close!! I’m like a little kid, everyday I check to see if the golden petals have started to open. If some open they’ll be available at the Open House.

The first blackberries are getting a blush of color. These berries are huge, thumb sized jewels of deliciousness. Extra sweet, because we don’t pick them until they are fully ripe. They should start coming in end of the month.

D’S JELLIES: D’s Blueberry Preserves is my new product and will be available at Spring Open House.  Our Mayhaws are ripening and I have been busy gathering them for D’s Mayhaw Jelly.  D’s Blackberry Jelly will be available, too.  D’s Hot Pepper Jelly should be available in June when our peppers are ready.  There will be samples of my jellies and preserves for you to taste at Open House.  I hope to see you there!

Footnotes

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

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net

Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan

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

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 29 Market Newsletter


This Week’s Newsletter:
Customer Spotlight
Schedule
Market ChitChat
Wisdom from Mayim Farms
This Week’s Grower Notes

Cooking Thyme

If you love learning, good food, good company and a great time, Cooking Thyme is a unique opportunity for anyone age 6 and above to experience all those things.

Cooking Thyme was founded in 2014 by a fellow Market at Dothan customer, Allison Moody. The back story of Cooking Thyme is that Allison was diagnosed with AML Leukemia after a 16 year career in furniture sales.  After surviving cancer, her desire was to share her long time passion for food in a meaningful way by offering informal instruction in the art of cooking to people of all ages.  In the spring of 2016, she returned to her furniture sales career, but periodically offers cooking classes and a variety of freshly prepared foods throughout the year.


“The idea of Cooking Thyme was inspired by Hebrews 13:2 which reads “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so, some have shown hospitality to angels and did not know it”. The goals of Cooking Thyme are to provide freshly prepared food items that comfort the soul and the opportunity for hands-on training to people of all ages in hopes they find joy in cooking as a means to show hospitality to others.”

Cooking Thyme is now scheduling a variety of camps and classes for younger cooks this summer. For adults, Allison offers customized lesson/events to suit many needs; everything from Girls Night Out and How to Survive in the Dorm to a Date Night for couples.

So if you looking for a great experience for your budding chef or want a different kind of intimate social event, or just want to expand on your own base of culinary knowledge, look no further!

Schedule

Spring Market Schedule


Order Online April 29 – May 2 for Pickup on May 5
Order Online May 6 – May 9 for Pickup on . . .
Thursday, May 11 at Spring Open House!


Come join the fun 4-7pm at Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Hwy., Dothan, AL

Order Online May 13 – May 16 for Pickup on Friday, May 19
Order Online May 20 – May 23 for Pickup on Friday, May 26


Please note that barring the unexpected, Market at Dothan will be open for the foreseeable future every week through the end of July.

Market ChitChat

Did you notice the new category on the Market page this week? We’re offering a $5 gift certificate to the first person who emails us with it.

A hearty THANK YOU to Mrs. Patty who donated another refrigerator to the Market last week. As summer approaches it will be a great help in keeping everyone’s orders in peak condition!

Healing Is In The Leaves!

We at Mayim Farm want to see you at your best, healthiest potential!

Sometimes through lifestyle choices or hereditary non-options we have issues. However, our Creator has provided healing.
Our bodies are designed to heal!!!
We are creating a line of medicinal tinctures, salves and oils…natural products. Products created from nature that help our bodies heal.
Naturally if we eat a healthy organic diet we can create and maintain our best, but sometimes our body needs a little help with concentrates to give it a jump start.

These compounds are derived from plants that are native to the area we live in. We go out gather these native plants, concentrate them and provide them in a usable form that fits with our busy lifestyle. Not everyone has the time to do the research, collect the material and process it to a usable form…no need, we do it for you!
There is no substitute for eating right, but when your body needs a little help or a jump start we have an option for you…
We are here for you and your family…

Remember: Our bodies are designed to heal, all we need to do is give it the tools to work with!!

This Week’s Grower Notes

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

SANDSPUR FARMS: The time has come!! As you are reading this, I’m probably finishing the first “pickin” of our squash. We will start this week with our CSA boxes! Squash, green beans, zucchini and who know what all else will come ready between now and Friday. Our blueberries should be coming very soon as well. There will be several types, so be sure and read the descriptions.
Also, we have reduced the price of our ground beef and offer some bundle packs. If you have not yet tried it, you really should! It has very little to no fat to drain off. It also has no additives for color or anything else. The dark red color is what wholesome, 14 day aged ground beef looks like. Plus, it’s not from old dairy cows either. Thanks again for your continued support!

HORTON’S FARM: Honey Flow! Our bees continue to work hard bringing in nectar for this years honey crop. Out here in rural Dale County they have access to some blooming (nuisance) plants that are not normally found in urban environments where property is managed more closely. A case in point is the Southern Prickly Ash. Ours were COVERED in bees for three days last week. The last time they bloomed this well our honey had a quality/taste to it that can only be described as “buttery”.

The Indians called the Southern Prickly Ash a “toothache tree” because of its numbing ability.
It’s easy to see why people don’t want it on their property!

AVALON FARMS: This weekend finds me in Birmingham celebrating my youngest child’s graduation from UAB. Excited to see what comes next for him.

We’ve added green beans to the market this week. The squash are coming along and those silver dollar sized patty pans ought to size up this week. God willing.

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.

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net

Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan

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

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 22 Market Newsletter


This Week’s Newsletter:
Post Easter Blues
Daleville Doings
Schedule
Market ChitChat
In Season
This Week’s Grower Notes

After the Holiday . .

It seems that no matter how good our planning or intentions are going into a holiday celebration, we often find ourselves on the other side of it wishing we hadn’t ate this or so much of that. Here at the Horton house we enjoyed a wonderful Easter meal with roasted vegetables, smoked meat and Quinoa Salad (pictured further down), along with BLT Macaroni Salad and Mint Chocolate Cake from Mary’s Peeps! Those last two . . . oh my! SO GOOD! But not so good for the waistline.

With that in mind it was interesting that the vast majority of this last week’s Market purchases were VEGETABLES! What a blessing that we have so many from so many growers! And Sandy Valley even blessed us with fresh peaches! It wasn’t much of a surprise to learn that people are already canning/freezing/drying to enjoy high quality Market produce all year round.


With all of us trying to stay on track with good eating habits it seemed like a good time to examine some popular weight loss and lifestyle diets and that (mostly) fit with the type fresh foods Market at Dothan offers. There are WAY too many to list here so what follows are informative links that we hope will inspire and help you in your own quest to eat and live well.

Healthline reviews 26 popular weight loss plans with pros and cons available for each one.

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) focuses on healing the GI tract and is very similar to the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diet and the Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Diet.

This is a fun link to learn more about Paleo.

This website examines nine diets including Paleo, Vegan and Atkins.

Important Daleville Announcement

As of next week our Daleville pickup location has been permanently changed to the Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office. Be sure thank to Mrs. Nancy there who has graciously welcomed the Market and made it possible for us to serve our customers in that area.

Schedule

Spring Market Schedule


Order Online April 22 – April 25 for Pickup on Friday, April 28

Order Online April 29 – May 2 for Pickup on May 5
Order Online May 6 – May 9 for Pickup on . . .
Thursday, May 11 at Spring Open House!


Come join the fun 4-7pm at Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Hwy., Dothan, AL

Order Online May 13 – May 16 for Pickup on Friday, May 19
Order Online May 20 – May 23 for Pickup on Friday, May 26


Please note that barring the unexpected, Market at Dothan will be open for the foreseeable future every week through the end of July.

Market ChitChat

Did you know that Market of Dothan is on Yelp? You may have to go to a 2nd page to find it since they rank in order of reviews (which we don’t have). Of course you are welcome to help change that if you wish.

On a technical note, when ordering be sure to choose your pickup location. Your order is not complete and won’t go through if this step is missed.

In Season

Carrots! If you’ve been sampling the beautiful carrots from our growers this spring you’ve seen quite the difference between them! One farmer trims stems, another does not, one soaks them in water, the other shakes but leaves the earth’s coating on them to keep moisture in. Since it was brought to our attention we thought we’d mention it to explain that each grower manages his/hers products their own way. Our position is that both ways are perfectly ok and we think it’s great that you get a choice!

We have to thank M.H. for sharing with us that her family eats Chili Cheese Fries every Friday. You may be thinking “Yum!” or “Ick” depending on your own preferences. . but let me finish . . . her chili is made with lean turkey and her fries are carrots!

One healthy version of this classic dish.

We thought it might be fun to share the recipe, but alas! An exact recipe is nowhere to be found on the internet! Not to worry though, we did learn to prepare nice crisp carrot fries in the oven. And between Google and Pinterest you can find a LOT of ways to make that healthy chili. So check it out. Use whatever works best for you, spice it up, add what makes you happy and most of all, have fun with it!

Carrot Fries
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Peel and slice carrots into french fry shaped pieces (about ½” x ½” x 3”). Toss carrots with olive oil, salt and pepper. …
3. Bake for 10 minutes then flip each carrot fry. Continue to bake until fully cooked and slightly crispy, about an additional 10 minutes.

This Week’s Grower Notes

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

AVALON FARMS: We’ve been working on infrastructure. That’s a big word meaning we’ve been working to make our farm more efficient and productive. The biggest addition is an 8 × 10 walk-in cooler that we built ourselves (proud DIY moment :). We can run that baby all the way down to 32 degrees, BUT that isn’t what summer veggies love. They like it around 40 to 50. Now we’ll be able to pick our vegetables at the peak of ripeness and store them properly to maintain the utmost in quality and freshness.

Squash are coming on strong. Zephyrs, patty pans and crook necks will be listed this week in small amounts.

Sugar Snap Peas – moved to the next row of peas. Had to abandon the older row after just 3 weeks due to these hot days. If you would like some over mature sugar snaps (they lose the sweet flavor) for yourself or animals let me know. Goats and rabbits still love them. wendy@avalonfarms.us

HORTON’S FARM: We are pleased to announce a new recipe/dish/product we LOVE and think you will too. Ros has always been a fan of quinoa and our Rice Blend Plus is the result of figuring out how to get it inside a meat and potatoes man. Now we’ve had another success as the Mr. likes this QUINOA SALAD. We’ll give you the recipe if you ask, but we’re making it easy by packaging everything except spinach (available from Mayim Farms). We hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.

Red, Black and White Quinoa Grains make this beautiful. The kit comes with Quinoa Grain, Craisins, Organic Pumpkin Seed, Dressing and Instructions.

SANDY VALLEY: Thank you for sticking with us during this busy season. We have onions and carrots back on the Market website this week.

Footnotes

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

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net

Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan

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

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 15 Market Newsletter


This Week’s Newsletter:
Ros’s Ramblings
Schedule
Market ChitChat
The Lowdown on Longhorn
This Week’s Grower Notes

Ramblings from Ros

Many of you are aware that I spent a few days in Memphis late March and early April. It was a great trip on many levels, the main one being meeting our newest grandson! Daniel Judson Cowherd arrived April 3 and joins rollicking big brother Colby who already knows more about trucks and trains than I do.

Now that that’s out of the way let me share another highlight – the MEMPHIS FARMER’S MARKET! We were able to visit on opening day, April 1.


Memphis Farmer’s Market is local within 150 miles of the city. Vendors come from Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi. The city has a nice pavilion close to the river complete with electricity and bathrooms. Vendors are able to back their vehicle up to the the pavilion and work from there, or set up tents and/or tables. As expected, it is a traditional market with foods grown traditional ways, but they also had one vendors who was certified Naturally Grown. Artisans selling pottery, soap, jewelry, etc were also on hand. We all sampled bean pie which tasted a lot line sweet potato or pumpkin pie. Another unique thing was kombucha on tap. It was great! People were lined up getting growlers filled for $10!

There were a LOT of food items available, and a few food trucks, but the part that surprised and delighted me was that they didn’t have any vegetables that Market at Dothan doesn’t have. Lettuce, onions, carrots, kale and chard . . . that was about it! I was secretly delighted as the variety we have offered this year far surpasses theirs.

And of course I chuckled when I overheard one woman complain that they didn’t have any fruit.

The main thing I noticed that we don’t currently offer is cut flowers. While they were breathtaking to behold, I think Nursery plants are superior as they don’t need to be replaced in a week. Music was the other thing. I doubt we’ll have any street musicians on board anytime soon but I could bring my harmonica one day . . . .

Schedule

Spring Market Schedule


Order Online April 15 – April 18 for Pickup on Friday, April 21
Order Online April 22 – April 25 for Pickup on Friday, April 28
Order Online April 29 – May 2 for Pickup on May 5
Order Online May 6 – May 9 for Pickup on . . .
Thursday, May 11 at Spring Open House!


Order Online May 16 – May 16 for Pickup on Friday, May 19
Order Online May 20 – May 23 for Pickup on Friday, May 26


Please note that barring the unexpected, Market at Dothan will be open for the foreseeable future every week through the end of July.

Market ChitChat

Ah, the joys of HTML! We worked so hard to condense some of the recipe information in last week’s newsletter . . . it looked wonderful on the Market Weblog but alas, did not transfer that way to email! Oh well, humility is good for the soul.

We hoped you noticed that the date for Spring Open House has been changed on the schedule. Normally it’s the first Thursday of May, but that’s not the case this year. It’s actually the following week on May 11. Please note the change and be sure to join us to pick up your Dothan orders and enjoy the festivities! Many of our Market Vendors will be on hand with samples and products.

Longhorn Beef Information

Many thanks to Jen at Sandspur Farms for this valuable information. Sandspur has recently updated their inventory.



I would like to point out to everyone that the pork listed in the table above is not comparable to the better qualities of the pork listed through our market. These are standard grocery store cuts compared to Longhorn beef.

Longhorn cattle are “naturally lean” (not much fat to cut off). Our longhorn pasture raised & finished beef is lean and healthful, lower in fat and cholesterol than most beef. It’s also tender and great tasting!

When I was searching for a place to process my animals, I came across an interesting fact from a meat processor in Alabama. I could NOT make a claim on my meat that it was Longhorn beef because of “state laws”. However! All it takes for a package to be labeled Angus beef is for the beef animal to be black. Is that messed up or what! You could have a “mutt” of a cow but as long as it’s black it can be labeled angus beef. Don’t just know your farmer, but know a small farmer and you’ll know more about your food.

- Texas Longhorn beef cooks quickly due to its low fat content.  Fat acts as an insulator so the heat must penetrate the fat before it begins to cook the meat.  Therefore, the less fat, the quicker the cooking time.  Be careful not to overcook it.

Texas Longhorn Natural Lean Beef
No growth stimulants * No hormones * No steroids * No artificial/synthetic ingredients
No antibiotics in feed * Low cholesterol * Low fat


And just so much prettier to see than your traditional black cattle.

This Week’s Grower Notes

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

HORTON’S FARM: With the full moon last week we spent a lot of time planting tomatoes and peppers, including some varieties Ros found in Memphis. We hope to offer a bundles from Caspian Pink, Old German, Black Krim, Green Zebra and Cherokee Purple later this year.

Ros’s helper was most patient. On an unrelated note, the purple container is Sorrell.

MARY’S PEEPS: It’s been another wonderful week and sales were so generous. Thank you for trying my cakes and other sweets, and those who bought my eggs, I hope you made something great with them.  I appreciate all of the customers, new and old who tried my products.  I try  to bring something new from time to time, and making them for you is my pleasure. I would also like to thank everyone who recycles, because it helps all of us in the market to reuse when we can.  Again I thank all of you who supports all of little farms to bring the freshest and best we can.  Mary Peeps,  Mary Dale Peeples

SANDY VALLEY: We appreciate everyone buying our vegetables from the table display at the Market. This is a busy time of year for us and with unpredictable quantities and an unpredictable schedule this method works best for the time being. We are fussy about providing the absolute best products possible and won’t deliver anything that’s not perfect.

Footnotes

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net

Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan

For Friday Pickup: Dothan: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville: Corner of Daleville Avenue and Hwy 134

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 8 Market Newsletter: Easter Edition


This Week’s Newsletter:
Happy HEALTHY Easter!
Schedule
Market ChitChat
This Week’s Grower Notes
Recipe Inspiration

Healthy Holiday Series

Holidays are always such a joyous occasion and most are celebrated with FOOD! The downside is that many of the delicious foods our culture has come to associate with said holidays are not the best for us and leave us regretting that big meal or decadent dessert.

It doesn’t have to be that way! Following are some tips to avoid the regret and further down in this newsletter we are sharing some recipe inspiration in hopes that this will be your best Easter dinner ever!


Following are Ten Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating by Greta Macaire

1. Be realistic. Don’t try to lose pounds during the holidays, instead try to maintain your current weight.

2. Plan time for exercise. Exercise helps relieve holiday stress and prevent weight gain. A moderate and daily increase in exercise can help partially offset increased holiday eating. Try 10- or 15-minute brisk walks twice a day.

3. Don’t skip meals. Before leaving for a party, eat a light snack like raw vegetables or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite. You will be less tempted to over-indulge.

4. Survey party buffets before filling your plate. Choose your favorite foods and skip your least favorite. Include vegetables and fruits to keep your plate balanced.

5. Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Savor your favorite holiday treats while eating small portions. Sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy.

6. Be careful with beverages. Alcohol can lessen inhibitions and induce overeating; non-alcoholic beverages can be full of calories and sugar.

7. If you overeat at one meal go light on the next. It takes 500 calories per day (or 3,500 calories per week) above your normal/maintenance consumption to gain one pound. It is impossible to gain weight from one piece of pie!

8. Take the focus off food. Turn candy and cookie making time into non-edible projects like making decorations, baskets or coloring eggs. Plan group activities with family and friends that aren’t all about food. Try serving a holiday meal to the communityor playing games.

9. Bring your own healthy dish to a holiday gathering.

10. Practice Healthy Holiday Cooking. Preparing favorite dishes lower in fat and calories will help promote healthy holiday eating. Incorporate some of these simple-cooking tips in traditional holiday recipes to make them healthier.

Schedule

Spring Market Schedule


Order Online April 8 – April 11 for Pickup on Friday, April 14
Order OnlineApril 15 – April 18 for Pickup on Friday, April 21
Order Online April 22 – April 25 for Pickup on Friday, April 28


Order Online April 29 – May 2 for Pickup on . . .
Thursday, May 4 at Spring Open House!

Market ChitChat

Thank you to everyone whose patience picking up orders on Friday was greatly appreciated! It was one of those beautiful and busy days that makes you glad to be outdoors with good company!

Be sure to mark your calendar for Spring Open House on Thursday, May 4. Twice a year Market Pickup takes place on Thursday afternoon in connection with Dothan Nursery’s Open House. We encourage our Daleville customers to come if possible as its a great way to meet our vendors who will be on hand with goods, samples and new products. Dothan Nurseries is one of the prettiest places in the city and well worth the visit! (For those Daleville customers who cannot come we will make arrangements to make your delivery same time, same place the following morning.)

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 week we’ll be introducing Sugar Snap Peas. They’re delicious raw, steamed or stir-fried -and you eat them pod and all.

We’re re-listing Asparagus. The amount available is my best guess. If they make more than expected, I’ll list more Tuesday. So check back.

KATHY’S CHURPERSKathy’s Churpers will have decorated goose eggs just in time for Easter. These eggs have been blown/cleaned out and are empty inside, I then decoupage the outside to make beautifully colored eggs. They will be $5.00 each or 2 for $8.00.


HORTON’S FARM: So good to be home! I arrived home late Tuesday to find 200 pepper plants on the porch. I also found that some naughty horses had devoured my savoy cabbage in the little kitchen garden. Fortunately they did not like the taste of the emerging rhubarb so it did not meet the same fate. That being said, if all goes as expected we will be able to offer strawberry/rhubarb pie kits by the end of the month!

Speaking of strawberries, so happy to report that the week’s heavy rains did not damage them too much. So far we’ve got half of those peppers planted. With Saturday promising to be pretty I hope the get some new herbs and heirloom tomatoes out this weekend as well.

RICHTER FARMS: Happy Easter! The farm is keeping us busy with lots of eggs and piglets! Our roasts are still on Sale 20% off for your Easter Celebrations! I’m happy to see the Sourdough Starter has been a favorite at the market! And don’t forget the yummy homemade bread and muffins!

SANDY VALLEY: Off this week

Recipe Inspiration

Try this Honey Baked Pork Roast instead of a traditional cured ham. This recipe bakes the flavors of honey-baked ham into a pork picnic roast. The meat slowly roasts so that the sugar-honey spice rub bakes into a shellac-like crust. And the roast slices like ham, with firm but juicy slices that go perfectly with a simple honey-mustard sauce. Use a sharp knife to remove the skin when done, but leave the fat layer on to insulate the meat as it cooks.


What goes with Honey Pork? Honey Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots! The sweetness, the savoriness, the simplicity of the recipe, it’s pretty much perfection as far as super tasty side dishes go. Never mind that Peter Cottontail would be excited to see it on the menu.


The color may not be natural but these Easter Deviled Eggs are sure to be a crowd pleaser, especially with younger folks. The recipe is simple and fun enough they may just want to make them!


Nothing says “spring” like a Seven Layer Salad. This version made us chuckle a bit as it claims to be vegetarian but includes chicken. That being the case why not just use crumbled bacon from Sandspur or Richter Farms?


Tortellini Salad with Kale Pesto & Cherry Tomatoes is a stunning and healthy salad addition to any meal but is also a good recipe to keep in mind recipe for those crazy nights when you literally need to put something together in less than 20 min.


Sandspur’s Frozen Biscuits would make up nicely for this Savory Herb & Cheese Monkey Bread. This is another dish the younger folk would enjoy helping to make. The results are stunning and delicious!

A Horton Family Favorite! Oven Roasted Root Vegetables are a healthy and delicious side dish. They are perfect for a simple dinner or a holiday feast. We like to add a taste of pizzazz by using infused olive oil.


If you would like more ideas feel free to visit these Pinterest Boards:

Eggstraordinary has many ideas for decorating and eating eggs.

Easter Ideas: is a newer board with a smattering of non-egg Easter ideas.

Footnotes

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net

Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan

For Friday Pickup: Dothan: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville: Corner of Daleville Avenue and Hwy 134

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 1 Market Newsletter, No Joke!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Eggactly!
Schedule
Market ChitChat
In Season
This Week’s Grower Notes

The Low Down on Eggs

If you’ve been a member of our Market Family any length of time you’re aware that EGGS are one of our most popular products. The very first Grower to sell eggs is still at it and many more have joined since that time. This is a good thing as we even offer goose eggs now!

With Easter around the corner and the chickens laying more as the days have got longer it’s time to revisit this great natural food. We hope you’ll enjoy the information that follows.

*Can’t remember if an egg is fresh or hard boiled? Just spin the egg. If it wobbles, it’s raw. If it spins easily, it’s hard boiled. A fresh egg will sink in water, a stale one will float.

*Eggs contain all the essential protein, minerals and vitamins, except Vitamin C. But egg yolks are one of few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D. Eggs also contain choline, which is necessary for healthy cell membranes in the body. Choline stimulates brain development and function and helps preserving memory. Eggs also are good for your eyes because they contain lutein which helps prevents age-related cataracts and muscular degeneration. In fact, eggs contain more lutein than spinach and other green vegetables.


*The color of the egg shell is not related to quality, nutrients, flavor, or cooking characteristics. White shelled eggs are produced by hens with white feathers and white ear lobes. Brown shelled eggs are produced by hens with red feathers and red ear lobes. Brown egg layers usually are slightly larger and require more food, thus brown eggs usually cost more than white eggs. An egg shell has as many as 17,000 pores over its surface.
*A whole egg is about 3 tablespoons worth of liquid, the egg yolk measures about 1 tablespoon of liquid. Older hens tend to lay bigger eggs but double-yolked eggs are produced by younger hens whose egg production cycles are not yet synchronized. There are about 70 calories in an uncooked egg and 77 calories in a cooked egg.

  • Worldwide China produces the most eggs, at about 160 billion per year. In the US, about 280 million hens produce more than 65 billion eggs per year. A hen can lay about 250 eggs per year.
    *The color of an egg yolk is determined by a hen’s diet. Like shell color, it has nothing to do with an egg’s nutritional value. If you crack open your egg to discover a dark yellow yolk, the hen was probably fed green vegetables. A medium-yellow yolk would indicate a diet of corn and alfalfa while a light-yellow yolk could be the result of eating wheat and barley.

Schedule

Spring Market Schedule


Order Online April 1 – April 4 for Pickup on Friday, April 7
Order Online April 8 – April 11 for Pickup on Friday, April 14
Order OnlineApril 15 – April 18 for Pickup on Friday, April 21
Order Online April 22 – April 25 for Pickup on Friday, April 28


Order Online April 29 – May 2 for Pickup on . . .
Thursday, May 4 at Spring Open House!

Market ChitChat

Easter is around the corner and people are already ordering their special meats for Easter dinner. With two ordering cycles before April 16 it’s a good idea to shop early while the best cuts are still available. Our growers provide the highest quality wholesome meats in the Wiregrass so you can’t go wrong!

Did you know that you can customize your search on the Market page of the website? The search box is an easy way to find what you are looking for FAST, but you may also search for specific growers by using the display options located under the Category box.

Spring Open House! Only about a month away now! This is always a fun and festive occasion in connection with Mother’s Day Open House. Our vendors will be on hand with goods, samples and new products. Market Pickup for the Dothan Location will take place that Thursday evening up till 7pm. We invite our Daleville customers to come out and meet everyone if possible. It takes place form 3pm to 7pm in the prettiest and most festive location inside the Ross Clark Circle.

In Season

This versatile dish takes advantage of both strawberries and eggs and can be served as a breakfast treat, brunch or even as a healthy dessert.

Strawberry Brunch Souffle
This isn’t an actual “souffle” but it does rise and puff up as it cooks, making an impressive display when served hot out of the oven.

Ingredients
3 cups sliced strawberries
2 tablespoons organic evaporated cane sugar
2 tablespoons butter
3 eggs
1½ cups milk
¾ cup flour
? cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon vanilla

Instructions
1. Sprinkle sugar over sliced strawberries and set aside.
2. Preheat oven to 375. Place butter in a 9 inch deep dish pie plate. Place the pie plate in the oven and allow the butter to melt while the oven preheats.
3. In a blender, beat together eggs and milk. Next, add flour, sugar, salt and vanilla to blender and blend until smooth.
4. Pour batter into pie plate and return the pie plate to the oven. Bake until you notice the edges are browning – between 25 and 30 minutes. As soon as the souffle comes out of the oven, top with the sliced strawberries and serve before the the souffle deflates.

This Week’s Grower Notes

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

HORTON’S FARM: We are “almost” back from Memphis (complete with a visit to opening day of the Memphis Farmer’s Market!) and our products are available for order this week.

If you plan to decorate eggs for Easter, take advantage of the “almost fresh” eggs laid during Ros’s absence. They are perfect for Easter decorating and anything where you want your boiled egg to peel nicely (as very fresh one’s don’t!). They are mostly light brown so any color added to them has a depth and richness you don’t get with white eggs.

MARY’S PEEPS: I will begin adding my Easter cakes and specialty items coming up for ordering for Easter time. Just so that everyone has a chance to get a look. Thanks for everything, Mary Peeps, Mary Dale Peeples

RICHTER FARMS: Happy Spring! The farm is keeping us busy with lots of eggs and piglets! We are putting our roasts on Sale 20% off for your Easter Celebrations! I’m happy to see the Sourdough Starter has been a favorite at the market! And don’t forget the yummy homemade bread and muffins!

Footnotes

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net

Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan

For Friday Pickup: Dothan: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville: Corner of Daleville Avenue and Hwy 134

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 25 Market Newsletter


This Week’s Newsletter:
Know Your Farmer
Schedule
Market ChitChat
In Season
This Week’s Grower Notes

Five Reasons to Know Your Farmer & Food Maker

The Practical Reason: As humans, we can be a little particular about how we do things. It’s good to have people you trust providing you with the things you need. Food is one of those things you need. Your farmer is the person who grows and cares for the food you eat; he/she is also the person you can talk to about it. Want to try a new veggie? Place a custom order? Understand food lingo? The artisan food maker? They’re making a living (hopefully!) off of the food they’re making. Passionate producers know what went into your food, they’ll have the answers to questions a grocery store can’t. And if there’s one thing you should be able to ask questions about, it’s the food you eat.

The Economical Reason: Supporting your farmer will strengthen your local economy and revitalize your community. Eating locally and regionally cuts down on transportation and storage costs. Buying directly from your farmer or at a farmers’ market is generally cheaper than the grocery store and returns more profit to the farmer than when you purchase indirectly. Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.


The Ethical Reason: Exchanging money for a good or service is akin to voting for it. Every purchase you make is a vote cast. This means every purchase is a chance to vote for what you value. When you know your farmer and food producer, you know how your food is grown, made and where it comes from. It’s an opportunity to support and promote what you deem important, from organic to sustainable to humane to community-oriented to educational. When you know your maker, you know what’s important to them and you can vote for the food producers who live your values.

The Holistic Reason: We know you’ve heard it before; we’re a little detached from our environment in these modern times. Buildings don’t offer the same atmosphere that the actual atmosphere does. As family farms declined over the last century, fewer people worked in communion with the land. Knowing your farmer allows you to connect with your roots. And by roots we mean the practice of agriculture that allowed us humans to survive and thrive over thousands of years. Experiencing the earth produce food, and knowing the farmer who cultivates it, means engaging with the magical cycle that keeps us alive. Your farmer is the key to that cycle and the natural world. Much in the same way, artisan food makers keep traditions alive by going beyond the mass-produced norm with the best ingredients and old-world methods to create foods that harken back to the days before big food took over. 

The Human Reason: Farmers. Their job is more important than athletes and actors combined without any of the accolades or rewards. Farming is tough. It’s physically demanding, livelihood is dependent upon the weather (which is never as predictable as Doppler wants you to believe), and it’s not particularly lucrative. But it’s essential. If we ever want to take back our food system we have to support small food business owners. The cider makers, the farmstead cheesemakers, heirloom grain bakers, healthy living innovators and sustainable butchers are imperative to our food system. So get to know your farmer and food maker and say thanks. 

Adapted from barnraiser.us

Schedule

Spring Market Schedule


Order Online March 25 – March 28 for Pickup on Friday, March 31
Order Online April 1 – April 4 for Pickup on Friday, April 7
Order Online April 8 – April 11 for Pickup on Friday, April 14
Order OnlineApril 15 – April 18 for Pickup on Friday, April 21
Order Online April 22 – April 25 for Pickup on Friday, April 28


Order Online April 29 – May 2 for Pickup on . . .
Thursday, May 4 at Spring Open House!

Market ChitChat

What a delightful surprise to have Greg and Carole Lolly of Mayim Farms drop in Friday! Thank You for spending part of your day with us and Happy Anniversary!

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Dothan Nursery’s Butterfly Open House on Thursday. We have plenty of “butterfly supplies” left and will have those available at the Market for kiddos to make their own butterflies starting in April during Market Pickup. If you’ve not had a chance to visit the Butterfly House is open during the nursery’s regular business hours.

In Season

ASPARAGUS!!!!!! Finally! What a treat that it’s finally here! We hope you’ll take advantage of this delectable vegetable and enjoy it in all the glorious ways it can be prepared. We are sharing “a few of our favorite things.” Thank you Avalon Farms for your patience and persistence to grow this and for sharing your bounty with Market at Dothan.

A jar with a bit of water on bottom and plastic on top is the best way to store fresh asparagus in the refrigerator.
It will keep a long time in this manner.


Perfect Asparagus: 1. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
2. In a bowl, drizzle with the olive oil. Toss to coat the spears, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper.
3. Bake 12 to 15 minutes depending on thickness.


Only three ingredients for this paleo Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus.


This Week’s Grower Notes

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

AVALON FARMS AVALON FARMS Asparagus is finally making a showing. It will be available in ½ pound bundles. Grocery stores usually sell 1 pound bundles, but you lose half because of dry tough ends. There isn’t near as much waste when the asparagus is this fresh and handled properly. Asparagus should be kept in water (like a flower)  in the frig and they will last for weeks.  Hope you enjoy!    

HORTON’S FARM: We will be off this week with the exception of Danny’s Greens. Ros is traveling to meet the newest Grandson!

Footnotes

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net

Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan

For Friday Pickup: Dothan: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville: Corner of Daleville Avenue and Hwy 134

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!