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April 7, 2018 Market Newsletter - GREENS Edition



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


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

THE LOWDOWN ON GREENS

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

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

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

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

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


This article on HealthLine is both technical and practical.


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

10 Incredible Effects Dark Leafy Greens Have On Your Body


Bon Appetit!

MARKET CHITCHAT

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

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

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

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

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

FOOTNOTES

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

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

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

March 31, 2017 Newsletter



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


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

Monday Musings

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

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

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

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

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

MARKET COBB SALAD

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

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


MARKET CHITCHAT

Goodbye March, Hello April!

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

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

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

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


FOOTNOTES

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

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

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

March 24, 2018 Market Newsletter



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


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


EASY PEASY EASTER

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

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

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

Rosemary Spiralized Potatoes require very few ingredients.

What’s Easter without an Egg Dish?

MARKET CHITCHAT

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

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

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

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

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

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


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

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

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

FOOTNOTES

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

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

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

March 17, 2018 Market Newsletter



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


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

BLESSED BARLEY

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

This beautiful Risotto is from markbittman.com.

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

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

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CLASS UPDATE

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

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

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


THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

FOOTNOTES

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

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

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

March 10, 2018 Market Newsletter



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


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

OUR NEXT TEACHERS

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

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

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

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

WELCOME 3LC!

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

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

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

IT’S IN THE BAG

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

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

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

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

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

MARKET CHITCHAT

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

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

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOOTNOTES

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

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

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

March 3, 2108 Market Newsletter



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


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

ARE YOU COMING?

Inquiring Minds (albeit small) Want to Know!

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

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

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

ARE WE ORGANIC OR NOT?

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

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

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

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

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

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

IN SEASON

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

Fifteen Things That Happen to Your Body When You Eat Eggs

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

FOOTNOTES

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

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

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

February 24, 2018 Market Newsletter



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


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

BUY SMART, BUY SAFE

FRESH, LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE, YEAR ROUND

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

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


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

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

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

FOOD TRENDS

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

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

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


You can’t make this stuff up!

MARKET CHITCHAT

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

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

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

FOOTNOTES

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

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

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

February 17, 2018 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
New Vendor Info
In Season
Market Chit Chat
Grower Notes

WELCOME GRIER ACRES!

A friend has joined us!

The Griers are lovely people who have worked professionally in Dothan for a number of years. Harry in fact was the guardian angel who kept a watchful eye (and your Market manager on track) as the Market transitioned to our permanent business structure last year. They are in the process of re-establishing a family farm – land that’s not been used in 75 years!

They’ve tackled the opportunity with their sleeves rolled up and are in the early stages of productivity. We’re happy for them and look forward to seeing more fruit from their labors.

Welcome aboard!

GLORIOUS KALE

It’s still officially winter, and while we’re chomping at the bits waiting for spring vegetables, there’s still plenty to enjoy with the abundance of greens available. We thought we’d explore some nice fresh ways to serve them.

This Spicy Roasted Sweet Potato & Kale Salad features a maple tahini dressing topped with pecans and dried cranberries.




Detox Kale Salad is a great way to reset and re-charge when your body needs it most.  It is packed full of winter vegetables and hearty nutrients and tastes amazing too.



Items from five food groups are in this Kale Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette.



Autumn Kale, Apple & Quinoa Salad also contains all the food groups.

MARKET CHITCHAT

Days like YESTERDAY! Wasn’t it glorious? We were wanting to take down our wind break curtain almost as fast as it went up. With more cold weather ahead that’s not going to happen just yet, but you have to admit the weather was a welcome change.

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to our 2nd Healthy Lifestyle Class this morning. If you missed the announcement last week our next one will be held March 17. Rachel Hawkins will be sharing on how to cut up a chicken. Rachel KNOWS chicken and will be available to answer questions about sustainable and healthy chicken and who knows, we may talk her into sharing some recipes too!

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 experiencing a population explosion here! Three baby goats in the last 2 weeks. The brown one was born last Sunday in all that rain. Poor momma had a terrible time getting it dry. The big goat in the back of the picture is our Ms. Hazel, soon to be momma Hazel. (Well, soon is a relative term, as we’ve been saying soon for 4 weeks!) The other 2 births were totally unexpected as they barely looked pregnant. First time goat grandma here, with lots to learn.

Everybody  needs cute goat pics! LOL 


BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello Market Friends,
    How nice the weather is today(Friday)! All I want to do is be in the garden from sunrise to sunset when it’s this beautiful out. However, with the many hats I wear it isn’t possible. Time management is so important.  In fact at our home this has become our new project! I heard it illustrated this way: If you take a pail and put pebbles (less essential activities of life) and then  try to put the stones (most essential things in life) in, there isn’t enough room for even the important things! However, if you put the stones in FIRST you can still fit most of the pebbles around the stones! Why is Mrs. Bain Home Gardner talking about stones and pebbles? Well in garden life there are pebbles and stones too. Recognizing which is which will lead to success on the homestead. This week we threw some stones in the pail! We have our second planting of peas in the ground, amended a few beds & tilled for spring planting. This year we are being smart by starting plants BEFORE last frost in an effort to harvest a bit earlier in the growing season.  This will be our first full on year as homesteaders and we are looking forward to a beautiful & long growing season! Stay tuned, many adventures await!
From our family to yours!


HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: This past week we were all taught a lesson…Well I know for sure that we were! That lesson is that no matter how much you plan, prepare, or plant, the weather changes everything! The majority of our plants were drowning in water. Did you see the video on our Facebook farm page? We thought we were going to lose most, BUT the water dried up, the sun came out, and our plants sprung back to life. Even some of our sprouts survived! We thought they had all washed away. So we are thankful and hope to be able to roll with whatever other weather setbacks we have.


One more thing I have personally learned is patience! I have found that when I really want something to happen fast….it never does. Does this happen to anyone else? Or just me? Well I will just keep waiting for the plants to grow, for the chickens to grow, for Spring to come, for the hens to lay more eggs….just waiting….patiently!

FOOTNOTES

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

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

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

February 10, 2018 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
New At The Nursery
New Product Info
Market Chit Chat
Grower Notes

HAVE YOU SEEN IT?

Mid to late January you may have noticed Mr. Bob and crew (to include a lift with a bucket ) working out by Montgomery Highway on the Nursery’s sign. We watched the old one being “messed with” (for lack of better terminology) and something we’d never seen slowly taking shape. The following Friday our Market staff watched (and watched and watched!) as a beautiful new LED sign flashed lovely and uplifting Nursery images and information to the city as it drove by.

Top Left to Bottom Right:
Classic Nursery Sign; Ready for spring planting!; Part of the best staff in the city; Inside the Greenhouse

We’re not going to spoil it for you by showing you the new sign. It’s best appreciated in person. We just ask that you appreicate it from the safety of the Nursery parking lot!

Congratulations Dothan Nurseries!

NEW PRODUCT INFO

Every once in a while you bump into something cool and unique and AFFORDABLE. This was the case visiting the workshop of Creative Trivets in Ozark a few weeks ago. I needed a gift for my sister and they had a stack of the oddest little gadgets . . . .

I went home with one for me, one for my sister, and a couple for friends. My husband took over using the one at our house. My sister called raving. My friends were very excited.

I’m not telling what they are but there are four on the website this week. The company has assured me they can make as many as we need. If they’re gone when you order and you want one send us a message and we’ll try to have more available in the near future.

MARKET CHITCHAT

ARE YOU EXCITED! We’ve been a little overwhelmed with the response for Viki Richter’s Seasoning class next week. If you missed the announcement in last week’s newsletter you may find more information on the Market Weblog page. Viki will be sharing about making your own seasoning blends from her years of experience on Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 am in the Nursery Greenhouse. We hope to see you there!


AND . . . you heard it here first, our next Healthy Lifestyle Class will be held March 17, 2018 same time, same place and our presenter will be Rachel Hawkins. Rachel has forgot more about healthy sustainable poultry than most of us will ever know. She will be sharing one of those basic and almost forgotten homesteading skills – how to cut up a chicken. Of course she’ll be available to answer YOUR questions about sustainable and healthy chicken and who knows, we may talk her into sharing some recipes too!

We hope you’ll put it on your calendar and plan to attend. Market at Dothan considers ourselves so blessed to work with the Hawkins family and know you’ll think the same after meeting Rachel.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: With how popular asparagus is I’m expanding the existing beds. Currently I have 600 ft of asparagus. By the end of this weekend there will be 1500 ft of asparagus! (Pass the ibuprofen.)

Asparagus is a perennial that can be productive for 15 years or more. The part we eat is the young “leaves” of the plant called spears. If not harvested the spears grow into a waste-high ferny canopy which feeds the underground rhizome with energy synthesized from the sun. Unfortunately it takes 3 years for the plants to be strong enough for harvesting. When the spears are pencil sized they are big enough to harvest.

Who knew those tasty spears would grow into this!!


BAIN HOME GARDENS: We hope you all are doing well. We have been very busy this week! It’s intriguing to see how you can go from 0 to 60 with the garden. From amending beds, weeding, mapping out new beds (crop rotation) & planting we are beat! We have a little concern that the loads of rain in the upcoming forecast will not bode well for our new plantings but as Mrs. Ros says, “Gardening is trial and error.” We have definitely had our share! If you want to follow some of our success and blunders follow us on Facebook, we have a video series we are sure you will love!  
    In other news, our Mache Corn Salad is replanted so look for it again in about 2 and a half months. In the meantime we have been enjoying this Super Red Romaine Lettuce!


Look for it soon as well – from our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: Growing up there was a home remedy for just about everything. My Grandmother would drink castor oil to fight off illness and my mom would warm up sweet almond oil to fight a earache. Sadly, I didn’t appreciate these things until both myself and people I loved began to have problems. So this led to my developing an interest in the way different soaps, lotions, and other everyday products affect us. The research I found was devastating. These ingredients could cause cancer?!? Of course I dug deeper. I researched parabens, sulfates, silicones, fragrances, dyes, and other chemicals listed on bottles I had used for so long. Some I couldn’t even pronounce. Then I researched the companies and their business practices. There was a fortune being made, without a care about what harm these toxins were causing. I felt like I was being educated for the first time. There was so much information out there! It was staggering and overwhelming. You can imagine my relief when I learned about natural products. It was amazing to see that God really has given us everything we need through his creations!

I began an extensive research of essential oils, along with how to create everyday products from plants, and the power of apple cider vinegar. I got my husband on board and we started implementing changes. This was about 13 years ago and it’s what started me on this journey of learning how to live better, eat healthier, and take the best care of my body (I am still learning this).

My biggest personal change was letting go of the chemically treated hair I had since I was a little girl. Every 6-8 weeks, I religiously slathered my head with chemicals that included lye, formaldehyde, and whatever else was in that jar. A good friend shared a video with me of what these chemicals were really doing to our bodies and I was done. I got permission from my husband and little by little transitioned to the natural look I have today. I now have all sorts of recipes for all hair types. One of my favorites is a hair conditioner that uses bananas, olive oil, and raw honey, but of course I can’t bottle that one for you guys! LOL

Our family and friends have exclusively used my products for years now and my husband has always encouraged me to market them. He has been a believer since he tried them (before then he wouldn’t touch a moisturizer). I was very apprehensive and just too scared to do so. I also didn’t know where to start. So since I now have a forum, coming soon we will make my oils and moisturizers available to all of you. It is truly my sincere hope that you come to love them as much as we do!

HORTON’S FARM: Happy to be home! I was able to leave a little earlier from the Beekeeping Symposium than anticipated which means updating the Market website from home rather than depending on questionable internet connections from remote places. Even with things being overcast and dreary this wonderful Saturday I see dandelions and wild mustard popping out everywhere signaling the coming of better days ahead. This happy heart sings, “There’s no place like home, THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!”

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

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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!

February 3, 2018 Market Newsletter



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


This Week’s Newsletter:
Healthy Lifestyle Education
Quote of the Month
Market Chit Chat
Grower Notes

MAKE YOUR OWN SPICE BLENDS

Last week we mentioned that our next Market Class will be taught by Viki Richter of Richter’s Farm. The Richter’s main farm product is high quality Red Wattle pork, BUT, Viki mastered many kitchen skills in the years before farming became part of her life. Those of you who’ve used her sour dough starter and recipe or ranch dressing mix know what I’m talking about.

On February 17 Viki will be teaching and sharing recipes about making your own clean seasonings and seasoning mixes. She will be covering everything you could ever want to know about making your own spice blends: sourcing ingredients, what’s good to use and what’s not, keeping them fresh, finding good recipes, etc.


With commercial food becoming more and more processed, and more people learning they have serious and life threatening food allergies every day, making your own blends is an easy way to help take back control over what you and your family eat. And if you’re at the beginning of your journey to a healthy diet and lifestyle, this is a delicious place to start!

So mark your calendar for Saturday, February 17 at 10am. The class will take place in the greenhouse at Dothan Nurseries and we hope to see you there!


FOOD FOR THOUGHT

”Sustainability rests on the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Therefore, stewardship of both natural and human resources is of prime importance. Stewardship of human resources includes consideration of social responsibilities such as working and living conditions of laborers, the needs of rural communities, and consumer health and safety both in the present and the future.  Stewardship of land and natural resources involves maintaining or enhancing this vital resource base for the long term.” ucdavis.edu

MARKET CHITCHAT

If you came a little later in the morning today you saw that we celebrated Groundhog Day by installing a curtain to help keep wind out of the Market Shed. Such a help! We noticed the difference right away and hope it helps make your Market visit more pleasant too. Someone had the great idea of painting bright colorful vegetables on the canvas . . . . we’re not opposed if any artists want to step forward!

It was good to have fresh vegetables (greens of course!) back at the Market on Friday. Mayim Farms hoop house veggies continued to grow very nicely while they were on vacation. We’re glad they survived all the cold weather in Greg and Carole’s absence.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS:
First planting of Sugar Snap Peas are in the ground and sprouting. There will probably be 2 more plantings over the next month. When April gets here we should have plenty of peas!

Top of the to-do list this week is get the blackberries trimmed and trellised. Trellising and limiting growth creates better air flow around the plants helping to avoid diseases. It also makes them easier to pick. Bonus points.

Also high on the list is to start transplants. I spent several cold hours washing and sterilizing my seed flats. Now I just need to fill them up with soil and nestle those seeds down in there. In a few days there will be tomato, pepper, eggplant and herb babies. Yes, it does seem silly to wash and sterilize and then fill with dirt.


Sofia, latest member of our tribe, specializes in grasshopper removal.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello Market Friends,
    Today I got a little stir crazy. With Mr. Bain Home Gardner and Littlest Bain Home Gardener not feeling well, I decided to get out of the house for just a moment. This allows for them to rest and for me to run some needed errands for the garden. It’s time to amend one of our raised beds so off to the garden supply store. I was saddened by the customer service I received there. Which brings me to the topic of today’s discussion, customer service. When you are a business you are a brand thus everything done & said by you and your employees, like it or not is associated with that brand. Some of us simply take our business elsewhere when we dislike how a company operates but I, for one, believe in letting the issues be known. How else will they improve? We do our very best at Bain Home Gardens to bring the Wiregrass Community a quality product. However, if for some reason you are disappointed in your product, please let us know. We care about you, our market family. Without you there is no us.


Eventually I did acquire the supplies I needed to do a small planting project just for our family. At least I got my hands dirty, right? Till next week, from our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: At the Market last week, it was nice getting to meet and see some of our other growers and producers. The funny thing is that I had actually dropped off my items earlier that morning, but then forgot to pick up my own order so I had to rush back before I missed it.

I am a person who believes in random acts of kindness. I love to share (perhaps too much sometimes), but that’s a story for another time. This leads me to tell you guys about Rinske of Working Cows Dairy and Wendy of Avalon Farms. Rinske is such a sweet and genuine person. From day 1 of meeting her I think I almost scared her off because I’m a hugger and I’m pretty sure that took her by surprise. Anyway Rinske has been so supportive of us and has went out of her way to not only direct her own customers to us, but also to advertise us at her farm. We are so thankful for her kindness, trust, knowledge, and support! Thank you Rinske.

Now Wendy was one of the growers there last week who showed kindness towards me and others that day as well. I’m sure Wendy thought nothing of it by sharing some onion plants with us, but we definitely appreciate it. When I arrived there were just 2 bunches left and she allowed me to have both. One for us and one for our friends at Bain Home Gardens.

So we want to give a shout out and say a thank you to these ladies for their kindness. We also want to thank to Roslyn who is ALWAYS kind to us plus without her there is no Market. Really thank you to all of the growers yugand producers for sharing your knowledge, skills, and sometimes even what you grow with others! Kindness is something we all have control over. It doesn’t take much to share and wouldn’t you know that what we give out is often given right back to us in return. This happens to me all the time. So if you have extra time, items, or words of encouragement, please share! Help others. Be kind. Good things will come from it!

HORTON’S FARM: We are cutting our product offerings back significantly next week as Ros will be gone for her annual pilgrimage to the Alabama Master Beekeepers Symposium in Clanton. Thanks for your understanding. Viki Richter will be managing Market Pickup on Friday, Feb. 9. Thanks in advance for your kindness and cooperation in these situations.

RICHTER FARMS: As always it is so much fun to be around the the farm doing chores and just watching the animals do their thing. Since last I wrote we have a new addition, Spot, the Nubian Goat, born last month! We love having little ones running around being silly!


As Roslyn has mentioned I will be doing a class on DIY spice mixes Feb 17 in the greenhouse of Dothan Nurseries. I have been making my own mixes for 25+ years. I don’t like to run to the store to buy a little packet or bottle for a recipe and paying a lot of money for a small amount of spice and reading all the ingredients, some you can’t pronounce. I knew there had to be a way to make my own clean mixes. Looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing recipes and ideas.

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!