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Nov. 30, 2019 M@D Newsletter - OPEN HOUSE EDITION



Market at Dothan is open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
We use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


This Week’s Newsletter:
OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEK!
End of Year Order Schedule
Grower Notes


THURSDAY PICKUP THIS WEEK

Deck the Palms Open House takes Place Next Thursday 3pm – 7pm
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Christmas Open House is an annual event that takes place the first Thursday of every year at Dothan Nurseries. It’s a fun and festive time with food, drink, music, specials and lots of extra vendors with great goodies for your holiday shopping. Many of our Market vendors will be on hand as well as Market friends, all with plenty of goods to help make your Holiday Season LOCAL, FRESH, & SUSTAINABLE.





Avalon Farms Mayim Farms Casa Perdido
Bella Eden Farms Hortons Farm Laura’s Confections
Casablanca Ranch D’s Jellies Mark It With A B Whoopie Pies
Grier Acres Martin Teas S’More Dessert Company

And maybe a few surprises . . . . !

A few particulars for our regular Market customers. PICKUP will take place before and during Open House. Ros will be in the Market Shed as usual with your weekly orders. There will be no Daleville or Enterprise pickup this week.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Order Online Nov. 30 – Dec. 3 for Pickup on THURSDAY DEC. 5
at Dothan Nurseries
Order Online Dec 7 – Dec. 10 for Pickup on Friday, Dec. 13
Order Online Dec 17 – Dec. 17 for Pickup on Friday, Dec. 20
CLOSED TILL JANUARY 4, 2020

GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS:Winter squash will be available at the open house, Thursday afternoon. Come by and check them out.

Successfully grew some larger chickens to grace your Christmas table or any other table you want to enjoy them on. These new beauties are available in the market this week.

Don’t forget we have all the makings for gravy: feet for broth, hearts, livers and gizzards. Everything you need for giblet gravy. All these items are relisted

LAURA’S CONFECTIONS: Thank you for your support with the Thanksgiving Pie preorders. We will be offering the same service this month with a few additional items for your Christmas desserts. Pickup will most likely be Monday, Dec. 23. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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: 10am – 12pm, Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: 11am – 11:30am, Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 12pm – 12:30pm, Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

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

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

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

Nov. 16 M@D Newsletter - LAST order cycle before Thanksgiving!



THANKSGIVING NEWSLETTER
Market at Dothan is open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
We use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


This Week’s Newsletter:
Market Chitchat
Blast From The Past
Grower Notes


THIS AND THAT

I trust each of you are rejoicing in this glorious day after the dreary weather we’ve experienced this week. And I hope and pray each of you are counting your blessings as we are deep into the Thanksgiving Season this year. This past week I found myself thankful for Elderberry Syrup and Chickweed Tea. Diligent use of Market natural remedies kept your newsletter editor from having to see a physician!

So this is our LAST order cycle before Thanksgiving. We here at the Market are thankful there are plenty of good healthy greens and root vegetables available. And if you’re ok with traditional sweets this is the last week Mrs. Laura’s pre-ordered pies can be ordered. If you’ve missed it she will deliver fresh pies to the Nursery for pickup the day before Thanksgiving.

New & Relisted Products – Woo-Hoo!

  • Turnips from Avalon Farms
  • Watermelon Radishes from Avalon Farms
  • Mini Carrot and German Chocolate Cake from Laura’s Confections
  • GEORGIA CANDY ROASTERS and other Winter Squash from Avalon Farms
  • Peppermint Bark Lotion from Bella Eden Farms
  • Mocha Cream Toffee Torte from Laura’s Confections
  • Christmas Soaps from Bella Eden Farms

Year End Calendar

Order Online Nov. 16 – Nov 19 for Pickup on Friday, Nov. 22
NO ORDERS FOR THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING
Special Order Pie Pickup Only on November 27 at 3pm


Christmas-Open-House
Order Online Nov. 30 – Dec. 3 for Pickup on THURSDAY DEC. 5
at Dothan Nurseries Christmas Open House
More on that in the Nov. 30 Newsletter!


Order Online Dec 7 – Dec. 10 for Pickup on Friday, Dec. 13
Order Online Dec 17 – Dec. 17 for Pickup on Friday, Dec. 20
CLOSED TILL JANUARY 4, 2020

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING TREATS

Many of you have not seen these great ideas shared in 2016.

Spicy Sweet Potato Appetizer Bites from http://www.sheknows.com


This would be a fun dish to get younger cooks involved in Thanksgiving preparation


Apple Nachos found at http://www.allysonkramer.com>

This Mediterranean dish features butternut squash and brussel sprouts.
http://www.themediterraneandish.com/fall-rotini-pasta-salad/


More Edible Kids Crafts at http://www.southernmadesimple.com/20-edible-thanksgiving-crafts-kids/


GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: The Kinston Sweet Onions have reached their season end and are starting to sprout. The Creole Reds are still available. Pungent onions, like the Creoles, store better.

Turnips and watermelon radishes are relisted.

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Newly listed are Winter Squash.  Georgia Candy Roasters (top). 3 kinds of kabocha squash, Sunshine (mid left),  Black Forest (mid right) and Shokochi Green (lower 2) and a small spaghetti squash, Angel Hair (not pictured). I had planned to bring the winter squash to the farmer’s market last Saturday,  but family issues took me out of town. But here they are finally! 

LAURA’S CONFECTIONS: With only 12 days left we’re getting down to the Thanksgiving wire and I would gently remind everyone that this is the final ordering cycle for holiday pies.  Preorder pies will be delivered to Dothan Nurseries at 3pm the day before Thanksgiving.

Christmas will be upon us in 6 1/2 weeks. Each year I make, what others have described as melt-in-your-mouth peanut brittle and am always on the lookout for tins. If you have any that are essentially collecting dust I’d be interested in purchasing them. They must be rust-free and I pay $.25 per tin. Generally speaking, they must hold a pound of brittle or measure approximately 7? × 2 1/2". Thank you for your wonderful patronage and trust you place in me to provide you with the highest quality, delectable desserts to which I could ever aspire.

Peanut-Brittle


DANNY’S GREENS: Danny is taking a couple of weeks for his new planting to mature. His products will be available again Nov. 30 and he’s hopeful his carrots and onions will be ready to list too!

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: 10am – 12pm, Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: 11am – 11:30am, Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 12pm – 12:30pm, Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

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

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

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

Nov. 9, 2019 M@D Newsletter



Market at Dothan is open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
We use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


This Week’s Newsletter:
A Look Back at a Great Day
End of Year Schedule


THIS LITTLE PIGGIE MISSED THE MARKET

Coming home from a Saturday Farmer’s Market is always a goofy mix of exhilaration, fatigue, contemplation and (for me) digging in to get the newsletter done. Today has been no different! I thought I’d share a bit of the day with you.

7:30 am Leave home for Dothan Nurseries, coffee and cold pizza in hand for breakfast on the way.

8:00 am Arrive at Nursery. The gate is still locked. A couple of other vendors park beside and behind me to await the arrival of someone with keys.

8:05 am A sweet lady arrived and unlocked the gate. We wait for her to disable the alarm system so the police don’t come running as we enter.

8:07 am Three of us are parked and starting to unload. It’s COLD outside.

8:15 am More vendors arrive. Everybody is helping each other park, put up tents, etc. The spirit of cooperation is a thing of beauty.

8:30 am EVERYBODY has arrived. The parking lot is a mess with people unloading, setting up and moving vehicles.

9:15 am ALL DONE! Vendor vehicles are replaced with customer vehicles in the parking lot. Folks start visiting booths. Old friends visit, new friends chat, Ms. Laura shares baked goods with the vendors and everyone has a good time selling and sharing.

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Mark It With A B Whoopie Pies


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Honey Lemon Botique


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Bella Eden Farms


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Martin Teas


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Mayim Farms complete with Greg!


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Hortons Farm


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Some of the great produce Lewis Farms brought


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Mt. Moriah Farms


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3LC Apiary


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Laura’s Confections


12:30 pm. Foot traffic has slowed down, it’s time to start packing up. The process that happened earlier reverses itself as tents and tables disappear almost as fast as they earlier appeared.

1:00 pm You can’t tell we were ever there!

1:05 pm Stop at Piggly Wiggly for Chicken Feed

1:25 pm Go through McDonalds drive through for $1 coffee because I need the caffine for the drive home.

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1: 55 pm Had to stop and tell this guy to get out of the road. He thought I wanted to chat and grunted at me a while before going up his driveway. It didn’t look like anyone was home so I’m hopeful he stayed put till his human arrived.

We hope you enjoyed this peek into one of our crazy fun Market Days and will plan to join us on the next one Dec. 5!

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Order Online Nov. 9 – Nov 12 for Pickup on Friday, Nov. 15
Order Online Nov. 16 – Nov 19 for Pickup on Friday, Nov. 22


NO ORDERS FOR THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING
Special Order Pie Pickup Only on November 27 at 3pm


Christmas-Open-House
Order Online Nov. 30 – Dec. 3 for Pickup on THURSDAY DEC. 5
at Dothan Nurseries Christmas Open House
More info to follow in a few weeks!


Order Online Dec 7 – Dec. 10 for Pickup on Friday, Dec. 13
Order Online Dec 17 – Dec. 17 for Pickup on Friday, Dec. 20
CLOSED TILL JANUARY 4, 2020

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: 10am – 12pm, Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: 11am – 11:30am, Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 12pm – 12:30pm, Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

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

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

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

Nov. 2, 2019 M@D Newsletter - SPECIAL INFO THIS WEEK!



Market at Dothan is open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
We use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


This Week’s Newsletter:
Fall Farmer’s Market
End of Year Schedule


NEXT SATURDAY, NOV. 9!

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Next Saturday’s Fall Farmer’s Market will take place 9:30am – 1pm.


Avalon Farms Mayim Farms Casa Perdido
Bella Eden Farms Hortons Farm Laura’s Confections
Bobby Lewis Farms 3LC Apriary Mark It With A B Whoopie Pies
Mount Moriah Farms And perhaps more!

FROM NOW TO 2020

Fall Market Schedule
Order Online Nov. 2 – Nov. 5 for Pickup on Friday, Nov. 8
Order Online Nov. 9 – Nov 12 for Pickup on Friday, Nov. 15
Order Online Nov. 16 – Nov 19 for Pickup on Friday, Nov. 22


NO ORDERS FOR THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING
Special Order Pie Pickup Only on November 27 at 3pm


Christmas-Open-House
Order Online Nov. 30 – Dec. 3 for Pickup on THURSDAY DEC. 5
at Dothan Nurseries Christmas Open House
More info to follow in a few weeks!


Order Online Dec 7 – Dec. 10 for Pickup on Friday, Dec. 13
Order Online Dec 17 – Dec. 17 for Pickup on Friday, Dec. 20
CLOSED TILL JANUARY 4, 2020

MARKET CHITCHAT

So we’re super pumped about next week’s Fall Farmer’s Market. This will be a first ever event for some of our participants and we ask that you please help spread the word. Gossip within our Market community is that there will be several seasonal fresh fruits available that day. Feel free to use our Facebook Invite.

We’re excited too that Bella Eden Farms will be joining us Nov. 9. They are our newest Market vendors and so far their lovely Bath and Body products have been a hit. If you come you HAVE to smell the Rose Bath Salts.

Hortons Farm will have fresh elderberry syrup kits available too. This will be their last batch at the old price as elderberries have pretty much tripled price since making them available a while back.

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So Mrs. Laura’s Thanksgiving pies go on sale this week. If you’re looking for a traditional HOME BAKED pie that’s sure to be a hit you can’t go wrong with one of these.

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: 10am – 12pm, Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: 11am – 11:30am, Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 12pm – 12:30pm, Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

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

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

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

October 26, 2019 M@D Newsletter



Market at Dothan is open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
We use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


This Week’s Newsletter:
Guest Writer Article
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes


BEEKEEPER NUTRITION

Beekeepers are always fighting for our bees’ best nutrition but do beekeepers have the same mentality about their nutrition as they do about their bees’?

Many beekeepers are meticulous about the economy of the hive and monitor everything they possibly can. They feed the bees, remove drone cells, manage and monitor diseases and pests of the hive. We advocate against pesticide use and monoculture so that our bees have the right kind of food. 

Most beekeepers are enthusiastic about their honey. It is often proclaimed that honey is raw, unprocessed and untouched by food processing. More common white sugar does not possess these qualities: it is heated and bleached, leeching the helpful products from the raw cane. On the other hand,  raw honey only undergoes centrifuging and maybe straining, which leave the natural benefits intact. Beekeepers are also passionate about the preparation of the honey itself. While commerizalied producers often degrade the honey through ultrafiltration, removing all the helpful byproducts, local beekeepers focus on characteristics like pollen content and water percentages, which determine if we consider it a good product. However, this passion and desire for integrity in honey often does not translate to other food or products besides honey.  

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When we buy food, do we take into account the same standards that we maintain for honey? Do we care about how the food is produced? Do we support local farmers or wonder what types of herbicides or pesticides are used? Do we care that all of these processes strip our meals of the benefits contained in natural foods?

Keep in mind that most of the processed food we eat is maintained by monocultures, which disrupt the balance in the ecosystem. Monoculture produces food deserts, poor soil quality, and negatively affects insects, especially bees, who like a variety of nectar and pollen all year.  Monoculture and mass production of food are clearly bad for bees, but they are necessary to maintain the culture of processed food.    

Food processing for manufacturing can simply be thought of as altering a food, through the use of various chemicals and preservatives for mass transport and long shelf life. There are three types of food processing. Primary processing includes slaughtering meat, harvesting oats, and picking apples and produces whole foods that are safe to eat.  Secondary processing is cooking, freezing, or canning. We can think of secondary processing as “simple processing”; it can be performed without access to an industrial kitchen. The third stage involves adding foreign colors, flavors, and preservatives that are not native to the natural food. The third stage produces ultra-processed food. It is pretty easy to come up with examples for each stage: a banana is a whole raw food; canned beans are a “simply processed” food; and a candy bar is an ultra-processed food.

Consuming food in each stage of processing also has a different caloric effect, or effect on energy. Let’s say for instance, you ate a raw sweet potato. You would consume 115 calories. This time you bake it, “simply processing” it and consuming 180 calories. Instead, you drive to your grocery store and pick up some frozen sweet potato fries, which are ultra-processed, and consume about 400 calories. The advent of ultra-processed foods are directly linked with higher obesity rates, as you can see from this example. If you’re eating more calories, you’re going to gain more weight.

Let’s strive to not only to be good caretakers of bees, but of ourselves.  Nutrition is one of the most important parts of keeping a healthy hive. We should strive to commit to being as healthy as we want our bees to be.  We can eat less ultra-processed foods, and instead try to eat raw or simply processed foods. We can support local farmers who practice ethical farming strategies, including limiting insecticides. If any industry knows the benefits of raw foods, it’s ours. 

Christina Snoddy
Alabama Master Beekeeper Candidate

MARKET CHITCHAT

I got the sweetest note from Mrs. Laura last week about how much she enjoyed participating in the Fall Farmer’s Market. She’ll be sharing the Hortons Farm tent again on November 9 for our next one. We’ll have more tents and more products available that day so don’t forget to mark your calendar!

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GROWER NOTES

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

LAURA’S CONFECTIONS: With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the pie you’ll be serving for dessert. I am offering the following: APPLE, PECAN, LEMON MERINGUE, AND PUMPKIN, pre-ordered and pre-paid. I believe I can manage 20 total. It will be necessary for you to identify what flavor you’d like in the “Comment” section when placing your order. I will deliver to the Market Shed (our regular Dothan pickup location) at Dothan Nursery on Wednesday, November 27th from 3:00-4:00 PM. Anyone who wishes to get theirs later is welcome to come to my home in Ozark after 5:00 P.M. the same day. Please be sure to specify that pick up location in the “Comment” section and I will give you the address. Thank you and Bon Appetit!

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HORTONS FARM: FINALLY! It’s taken over a year but the work to repair our Hurricane Michael damage is underway and not a moment too soon. The emergency fencing that was put up right after the storm is no longer containing our animals and the last few weeks have yielded some interesting adventures as our horses and dogs have done some exploring. Miss Austin in particular has knocked the lid off the chicken feed and helped herself a couple of times!

Speaking of chickens, I have discovered that a dead snake seems to bother them more than a live one. I made the mistake of removing a dead one after it went limp and let’s just say that egg production was affected!

AVALON FARMS:

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Sunset over Avalon farms, just because it’s pretty.


Sorry there’s been a dearth of veggies in the market lately. The excessive heat totally ruined our first attempts at fall/winter veggies. Thankfully the temperature has broken and fall has shown up. We’ve got stuff in the ground growing as fast as we can get it to grow. Coming soon will be turnips, carrots, four kinds of kale, those beautiful watermelon radishes (love those!), regular and daikon radishes, and winter squash (which are almost cured). We just finished planting 800 foot of spinach. God willing we’ll have plenty of spinach this winter!

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In preparation for next year, we’ve covered our big new garden with a heavy planting of winter cover crop. It’s a mix of wheat, oats, rapeseed, clover, winter peas and some tillage radishes just for fun. This stuff sprouts and grows so fast you can almost hear it growing.

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: 10am – 12pm, Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: 11am – 11:30am, Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 12pm – 12:30pm, Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

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

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

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

October 19, 2019 M@D Newsletter - Open for Orders!



Market at Dothan is open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
We use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


This Week’s Newsletter:
Rail Ramblings
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes


THE CABOOSE

You guys have gracioiusly put up with our tales from the rail since the Mr. and I hopped aboard The City of New Orleans on Sept. 17. I think I’ve covered all but one appropriate culinary highlight, however the questions just keep coming about train travel in general. So we’re using this space this week to tie things up.

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This is NOT a typical little red caboose. This luxury car is privately owned and went with us from Sacramento to Chicago.


For those of you may be considering a train vacation in your future, my best recommendation is to research travel blogs and facebook pages about the train you wish to ride and the destinations you wish to visit. Take your personal comfort level into consideration. Three day, two night rides without a shower are not for everybody but can be tolerated quite well if you know how to prepare. Trains are temperature controlled so carrying some type of blanket is appropriate if you are riding coach at night.

Carrying your own food and snack items is permitted and advised. You are encouraged to use the rather pricy dining car, but availability is not guaranteed. Observation cars have a snack shop which is pretty much equivalent to what you would find in a convenience store. Your own bottled water is a must as the bathroom water is not potable based on the refill facilities we witnessed.

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A pupusa is a thick flatbread from El Salvador made with cornmeal or rice flour. It is usually stuffed with one or more ingredients. These may include cheese or refried beans. It is typically accompanied by a spicy cabbage slaw and tomato salsa, and is traditionally eaten by hand, without the use of utensils. The exact origin of the pupusa has not been proven.


We arrived in Memphis before dawn when we finally left Amtrak and spent the day visiting our daughter and her family. They embrace every bit of the city’s diversity and while our son in law was on the set as an extra for Bluff City Law, our Cindy treated us to Pupusa’s, ANITA’s Pupusa’s to be precise. Anita is one of many immigrant street vendors in the city and her pupusa’s are so well known many people make a special point of visiting her food truck on concrete blocks kitchen. Anita made us feel welcome and made sure we were satisfied with our meal. I think we tried every meat pupusa possible and it was WONDERFUL. And I seriously want to learn how to make her slaw.

MARKET CHITCHAT

It was good to see that folks liked the Local & Non GMO Pesticide Free Cornmeal from Lewis Farms this week. We have a few bags available this week and Bobby promises he’ll have more soon. It’s a good time to stock up if you can eat cornbread and want the best quality possible for your holiday dressing.

Speaking of the holidays, starting Nov. 2 we will be taking PREORDERS on select pies from Laura’s Confections. These will be special listings that you order and pay for normally, except you pick them up the day before Thanksgiving at the Market Shed FRESH FROM THE KITCHEN. If you’ve got any questions please ask! Neither Laura or the Market has ever done anything like this and we want it to be a win-win for everybody.

GROWER NOTES

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

GRIER ACRES: Grier Acres Jeannie and Harry and doing well.  We have decided to not plant a winter garden this year.  Jeannie started a new job and we have been overwhelmed. We will have a winter garden for personal consumption and if there is excess we will list it on the MAD.  We will continue to have mullen, smoking wood, fatlighter wood, & catnip. We still have watermelons-omg yes and peppers. The watermelon was volunteer from what we planted two years ago.  They sure do take a long time to ripen. Still have ghost peppers and habaneros for sale. Plenty of vitamin A folks! OK, they will also remove rust from the anchor off a battleship, but that’s a different story.  Chickens are doing well and still laying but we understand this may change in winter? We still have a regular customer who buys all our eggs. Our “cut out bees” are still surviving. Harry loves handling the bees-Jeannie not so much, haha.  Harry built an oxalic acid vaporizer for varroa mite treatments. Amazingly it works! Our foster dog Luke, an Anatolian Shephard, is working out well. If things continue to work out, we plan to keep him. We have completed our perimeter fencing and hope to get Kikos if we can find someone who still has them for sale.  It appears everyone sold their goats early due to summer/fall drought. We are wanting the Kikos due to their parasite resistance, but Boers may find their way to the farm as well. Hope ever

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: 10am – 12pm, Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: 11am – 11:30am, Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 12pm – 12:30pm, Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

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

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

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

October 12, 2019 M@D Newsletter



Market at Dothan is open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
We use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


This Week’s Newsletter:
“Where’s the Beef?”
Rail Ramblings
Market Chitchat


MORE REASON TO KNOW YOUR FARMER

I have to admit, I’m still a bit in shock from an article I read last week. You would think the daughter of a USDA meat inspector would have a clue but not this time.

Turns out if you get your stamped USDA “Product of USA” organic grass fed beef from a traditional grocer there’s an 85% chance it came from outside the United States. This is because of labeling loopholes and lax regulations started in 2015 under the Obama administration. It’s a long sad story and we hope you’ll read it in its entirity.

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Information like this makes us all the more thankful for our local and ethical grass fed cattle ranchers like Casablanca and Smith Farms.

RAIL RAMBLINGS

I’ve deliberately saved the best of the culinary adventures of our recent trip for last.

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This photo was taken our last day in Oregon. We met relatives at the Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store in Milwaukee, Oregon for breakfast before we boarded the train for Sacramento.

This place is fabulous! It’s a store, museum and restaurant all rolled into one. The restaurant carries every Bob’s product in every size available and all meals include Bob’s Red Mill Products. I had a gluten free biscuit with sage & sausage gravy while the Mr. had traditional pancakes.

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Directly across the street from Bob’s was another store we dearly wish we’d had time to visit.
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Dave and his Killer Bread has a fascinating and encouraging history. In 2005 co-founder Dave Dahl was welcomed back to the family bakery by his older brother Glenn after serving 15 years in prison. Today one in three of their of their employees are former inmates. They call it Second Chance Employment and encourage other businesses to follow their example.

So of course we recommend that if you ever travel to the Portland area you include these great places (and Tillamook Cheese) in your plans. You won’t be disappointed!

MARKET CHITCHAT

We’re keeping the newsletter short and sweet this week. It’s a busy weekend for many of our growers with travel, community events and for several of us today, FALL FARMER’S MARKET!

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We were all too busy to take photos but had a wonderful day connecting with old friends and making new ones. The product selection was wonderful and I personally came home with:

Handmade gifts from Honey Lemons Boutique. Yes, they were there in person!
Mojito Mint tea from Martin Teas
Organic Hibuscus Pods from Mayim Farms
A Lemon Merangue Pie for Mr. Horton’s birthday from Laura’s Confections
Watermelon, Corn Meal, Okra and Butternut Squash from Lewis Farms

Bobby Lewis graciously let us repost his Facebook Live video on the Market Discussion Page if you’d like a peek.

Our next Fall Farmer’s Market will be November 9. More vendors have promised to attend that day and we hope you’ll join us.

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One last thing, an exciting new product : Local & Non GMO Pesticide Free Cornmeal. Lewis Farms has been working many months to produce this and we’re excited to be able to offer it through Market at Dothan.

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: 10am – 12pm, Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: 11am – 11:30am, Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 12pm – 12:30pm, Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

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

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

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

Woo Hoo - Another M@D Newsletter!


And we’re still open for orders!

Sometimes things just don’t go the way you planned. At least this time we CAUGHT the error and can correct it. Our apologies to Grier Acres for the error that caused this not to be in the newsletter. We appreciate them so much and don’t want you to miss out on what’s going on with them.

GRIER ACRES: Jeannie and Harry here and enjoying getting back to a routine.  Jeannie has started back to work full time which means we are probably going to take a rest on veggies.  We will have smoking wood and fat lighter/’’fatwood’’—-if we ever get to cool weather. Our okra has went dormant as we just stopped picking.  We did have some sunflowers but the stink bugs got those. Last year it was the deer. We still have our chickens but Jeannie has a regular customer that buys her out almost every week.  We did adopt a neighbors chickens but these are the ugliest chickens ever seen. We probably need a contest to see if anyone can name the breed of these chickens. We have almost finished our fencing for meat goats.  If anyone knows of a donkey/jenny/ass that needs a home we would like it. We know we have coyotes and until we get a livestock dog we would like one. It would also be nice for it to have some relief, too. Hope all is well.  We still have some watermelons maturing and will post when they get ready on their own sweet time. Peppers-ghost are still producing as well as habanero and thai peppers.  

October 5, 2019 M@D Newsletter - We Are Open for Orders!



Market at Dothan is open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
We use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


This Week’s Newsletter:
Rail Ramblings
Keto Part 5
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

RAIL RAMBLINGS

Part of our trip was visiting some of our favorite places in Oregon from days gone by. One of these places was the Tillamook Cheese Factory in Tillamook Oregon. If you’re not familiar with Tillamook it is a regional favorite, “cheese made from happy cows”, that is available this far east in some stores.

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Left to Right: A giant cow greets the 1.3 million visitors who come every year; Delectable Cheese Products; Custom vans that look like blocks of cheese


Nobody told us the Visitors Center had been remodeled! Rather than reinvent the wheel with a lot of info this article with photos tells about the new facility that opened only last year. We got to see the factory operating and sample a lot of yummy milk and cheese products. My Mr’s favorite was the marionberry ice cream. I think mine was and always will be the cheese curds.

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Another old favorite we made a point to visit was a little restaurant in within walking distance of the beach called The Grateful Bread. It was there I first learned you could pair eggs with seafood and our family has been doing it ever since. It’s a fun and funky place with unbelievable scones. This little playlist explains a lot.

WHAT CAN I EAT ON KETO?

This is the last installment of understanding the Keto Diet.

What foods can you eat on a keto diet?
Eat real low-carb foods like meat, fish, eggs, vegetables and natural fats (like olive oil or butter). A simple rule for beginners is to eat foods with fewer than 5% carbs

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What can you drink on the keto diet?
The quick answer: Water is perfect and zero carb, as are coffee and tea (without sugar, of course). The occasional glass of wine is fine too.

Can I have fruit on a keto diet?
Although fruits are often considered healthy, they are actually very high in carbs and sugar, unlike non-starchy vegetables. Therefore, when it comes to keto diets, most fruits should be avoided.
However, certain berries are an exception that can be enjoyed in small amounts. The best choices are blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries, which provide 5-6 grams of carb per 100 grams (3½ ounces). Most other fruits – including blueberries – contain double or triple this amount of carbs.
Keep in mind that berries don’t provide any nutrients that can’t be found in vegetables and other foods with fewer carbs, so they are entirely optional on a keto diet. In fact, if you are very insulin resistant, you might be better off not having them.

Can I have dairy on keto?
Dairy is nutritious that can be part of a keto diet in many cases. However, whether you personally should eat dairy may depend on your health goals, along with your personal response to it.
For instance, although a higher dairy intake has been linked to fat loss and reduced diabetes risk in several studies, it has also been found to raise insulin levels. Indeed, some people find that cutting back on dairy helps with weight loss.
It’s also important to avoid high-carb options typically considered “healthy,” such as nonfat milk and nonfat yogurt. Instead, focus on these high-fat choices, preferably from naturally raised animals:
Butter
Cream
Sour cream
Cream cheese
Cheese
Plain whole-milk yogurt, Greek yogurt, or kefir

MARKET CHITCHAT

Thanks to everyone who has braved the heat to pick up orders on Friday. Hot days like yesterday remind us how special it is to have good facilities with refrigeration so a big shout out to Dothan Nurseries & Greenhouse for their part in that. If the weatherman is correct the temps will be easier on everyone starting next week.

Hats off to you guys who verify your orders by taking note of your order confirmation emails. If you ever place an order and do not get an order confirmation message, do like one sharp customer who emailed us about it. We were able to make sure she got what she wanted. Use marketatdothan@gmail.com to contact us.

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Well, NEXT SATURDAY’S the day! Our Fall Farmer’s Market starts in the parking lot of Dothan Nurseries at 9am. We hope you’ll join us for food and fun and checking out all the lovely things at the Nursery. We’re never as big as some of the other markets in the area, but we always have the very BEST stuff from the BEST vendors. Looking forward to seeing you!

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THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS:

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So close! We watched this little storm move west of us about 5 miles away, but no rain for us. Been coping with the hot and dry weather by putting out extra drip tape and running it 30 minutes in the afternoon to help keep the soil cooler and moist. Worked pretty good on these rows. Here we have beets, watermelon radishes and turnips.

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Another way I’ve been beating the heat is by using shade cloth. These carrots, arugala and assorted fancy radishes have been enjoying life in the shade with daily waterings.

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Sorry to say the okra and zephyr squash are gone. It’s obviously not too cold for them so I’m thinking it’s the days getting shorter. Almost all plants are keyed to day length in one way or another.

Winter veggies coming soon. (I hope!)

HORTON’S FARM: We’re glad to be home and have been gettting ready for Fall Farmer’s Market next Saturday. We’ll be on hand with fresh local honey and our custom beeswax bath and body products, many of which use propolis. We’re especially excited to have a good supply of FIRE ANT FIRST AID on hand for stocking stuffers.

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: 10am – 12pm, Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: 11am – 11:30am, Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 12pm – 12:30pm, Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

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

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

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

Sept 28, 2019 M@D Newsletter



Market at Dothan is open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
We use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


This Week’s Newsletter:
Rail Ramblings
Keto Part IV
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

RAIL RAMBLINGS

This is Ros with another installment of observations and experiences from traveling America by rail. We arrived on the West Coast a few days ago where to my Mr’s great delight the wild blackberries were still producing.

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These are the blackberries he picked as a child. They are Himalayans – huge, juicy and tasty. And they grow EVERYWHERE. They were brought into the states in the late 1800’s and have out competed many plants (translated, they are invasive). Oregon considers them a noxious weed and sprays to kill them along right of ways. Peak season is July – September.
Marionberries have it better. They are a type of blackberry developed, cultivated and patented in Marion County, Oregon. Their taste is not that different from any other blackberry but they are celebrated in the region much like Slocomb tomatoes are in our area.
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We were able to spend one day in the Willamette Valley. This area lies between the Coastal Range and the Cascade Mountains. I’ve often thought that if there was one place in America where a bean seed could grow to Jack and the Beanstalk porportions this would be it. The valley is lush, fertile and has many orchards. Filberts, aka hazlenut orchards were especially abundant. We passed home after home with loaded apple trees in the yard.

One of those homes belonged to long time friends who live near Pudding River. The apples and asian pears shown above were sent with us for our journey home. One of those babies with Tillamook cheese curds makes a mighty fine meal!

We’ve got more to share but this train is bouncing around too much to type much more today! We got some great meal ideas, saw and tasted items from a home freeze dryer, and visited some of your favorite brand restaurants. Will pick up with more next week!

KETO Q&A

This is part 4 of understanding the Keto Diet.

What’s the difference between low-carb and keto diets?>
Keto is a very strict low-carb diet, that also puts even more emphasis on moderating the protein intake, and relying primarily on fat to supply energy needs.
A regular strict low-carb diet will likely put most people in ketosis anyway. But a keto diet tweaks things even further to make sure it’s working and, if desired, to get even deeper into ketosis.
Keto could be called an extra strict low-carb diet.

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How do you know when your body is in ketosis?
Any of these signs may indicate you are in ketosis:
Decreased appetite and increased energy levels.
Increased thirst and urination.
“Keto breath”, which may be more apparent to others than to yourself.
Dry mouth or a metallic taste in your mouth.
Beyond these signs and symptoms, you can measure your level of ketosis, using urine stips, breath analyzers or blood meters.

How long does it take to be in ketosis?
It varies, from a day or two, up to a week or more. People with more insulin resistance (e.g. people with type 2 diabetes) usually take longer, while young and lean people generally get into ketosis far more quickly. Intermettent fasting can hasten the process.

Can you be in ketosis and not lose weight?
Yes. Muscle mass often increases on ketosis which can make it seem you’re not accomplishing anything while reducing body fat.

Last of all next week’ – what you can and cannot eat on a keto diet.

MARKET CHITCHAT

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THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

MAYIM FARM: Mayim Farm will be back this week! We’ll also be showcasing some new products we’ve been working on…looking forward to seeing all of you again at the upcoming fall markets….

DANNY’S GREENS: It’s still hot but Danny’s lettuce has caught up and a limited quantity is available for purchase 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.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: 10am – 12pm, Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: 11am – 11:30am, Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 12pm – 12:30pm, Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

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

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

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