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Sept. 15, 2018 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Introducing . . .
Fall Schedule Changes
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

SMART DOC FARMS

Hi.  My name is Virginia Schafer.  I am a retired DC, MD and am currently a medical Writer who loves to combine my passions of  farming and medicine. You will see more about me later.

For now I want to tell you about our hydroponics.  I got interested in this system when a company moved into our small county when I lived in South Carolina. I was offered a nice system at a really good price from an ex-marijuana grower. At that time my nonprofit helped people get jobs so we trained in hydro via a benefactor and Clemson University.  As a matter of fact we went to every class we could get ! We started hydro in my wine cellar and grew lettuce and kale…which we donated to FOODSHARE.

Through another turn of events, I landed up in Dothan with a small pecan farm (yep…they will be on our list!) and a small workshop (where the previous owner did pepper sauce!). So we (yep I brought some of my friends) started hydro and after a few experimental runs… will be offering  herbs, lettuce, kale and microgreens hopefully by mid October. If you have never had hydro salad you are in for a treat and will never eat grocery lettuce/greens again! We will also be doing tomatoes and peppers soon. Yes it is all organic, pest free (no insecticides), just yummy natural nutrients and growth mediums. More on hydroponics and Smart Doc Resources coming soon. God puts you where you are supposed to be so I am excited to be in Dothan (3 months!) and part of Market at Dothan.

Mrs. Virginia, we are beyond excited to welcome you!

VIP DATES & REMINDERS

If you follow the newsletter you are aware of the upcoming Fall Farmer’s Market starting October 13. We are super excited about this, but what you don’t know is all the stuff going on BEFORE it starts . . . here goes!

Friday, September 21, 2018 – Viki Richter will be managing the Market in Ros’s absence.

Friday, October 5, 2018 – Viki Richter will be managing the Market in Ros’s absence again. Avalon Farms will also be out of town which means there will be no Daleville or Enterprise deliveries that day.

Friday, October 12, 2018 – Avalon Farms will still be out of town which means there will be no Daleville or Enterprise deliveries that day.

MARKET CHITCHAT

New & Relisted Products

  • Basil Infused Olive Oil from Bain Home Gardens
  • Marigold Blossoms from Bain Home Gardens
  • Oriental Yard Long Beans from Bain Home Gardens

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

GRIER ACRES: Grier Acres was in Washington DC last week.  Harry attended his annual convention of Small business Development Centers while Jeannie played tourist.  However Harry did escape the confines of the hotel once or twice to roam around and see the sights. One of the places we visited was the United States Department of Agriculture!


The place is huge.  It covers an entire city block with all of the add ons that have taken place over the years.  One nice thing to see was a fairly good size garden on the corner of 12th & Jefferson. Each Friday they have a farmers market to sell their goods as well as local farmers.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Marketeers!
    First off, to those who have friends or family in the paths of the most recent storms we hope they are well. We sit with you on pins and needles as we have family & friends who are in a tough spot right now as well. This time of year is always difficult. Although no one wants to hear they are in the path of a hurricane, EVERYONE should be prepared.  Our family recently completed an ongoing project of packing individual go bags. What’s that? Well its defined by Google as, “a bag packed with essential items, kept ready for use in the event of an emergency evacuation of one’s home.” We hope we never have to use but should the need arise we will be prepared. If you would like to use some of our resources to create your own, let us know we would be happy to share!
    We are thrilled to cease the teasing and finally list our Oriental Yard Long Beans! We are happy to share and get your feedback on them. In addition, take advantage of our recently listed Basil Infused Olive Oil & Marigold Blossoms.


Growing food is awesome but sharing it takes the experience to a whole other level! Thanks for your support. From our family to yours!


HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends! Most of you guys know that we lived in the Carolinas before moving here a few years ago. So as you can imagine we have many friends and family there. For us, it has been a week of constant checking and making sure everyone is ok. Thankfully, we can report that all is well. If you guys have loved ones that were affected by the storm, please know that we will be praying for them along with everyone else.

Bain Home Gardens mentioned something in their post that is so very important. Natural disasters such as tornadoes and hurricanes just come with living in the South, so being prepared is of the utmost importance. For us we have to worry about ourselves and our animals. If we’re ever in the path of a storm, we have a plan to try and keep the chickens safe and the dogs along with Oscar (cat) go with us.

This week on our urban farm we are enjoying watching all the growth and the new life that has appeared on the farm. So many people are asking about produce and we like all of you are anxiously waiting for Fall harvests. We uncovered this volunteer organic arugula plant to give you a sneak peek. Until next week….


HORTONS FARM: A hearty THANK YOU to everyone who prayed for those in Florence’s path. I’m happy to report that our Raleigh family is safe and sound, though many roads in the area are closed due to flooding.

Our products will be on vacation mode as we are headed to the state beekeepers annual meeting this weekend. We’ll see you Sept. 28th!

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!

Sept. 9, 2018 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Announcement
Auburn Market Article
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

FALL FOOD CLASSES

Last week we announced our Fall Farmer’s Market on Oct. 13, Oct. 27 and November 10.

Well, that’s not all . . .

In addition to the Fall Farmer’s Market we will be offering Healthy Food Classes on those dates at well.

If these faces look familiar it’s because each of them has been with Market at Dothan a long time and have presented from their wealth of knowledge previously. Classes will take place at 10am at the Market Shed on the dates below. All of our presenters manage and /or have regained their health through diet and nutrition. You’ll find these ladies full of knowledge, wisdom and compassion as they share from their experience and hearts.

Oct. 13, Healthy Food Preservation with Melody Forsythe-Jeschke Mrs. Melody has forgot more about successful preservation of sustainable foods than most of us can learn in a lifetime. If you remember the green onion refrigerator photo from a few weeks ago . . . well, that was her onions in her refrigerator.

Oct. 27, Susan Avello, the Lean Bean Chef will be sharing from her wealth of knowledge about sustainable healthy eating. You don’t want to miss this!

Nov. 10, Water & Milk Keifer with Katherine Johnson. Katherine is a busy mom of four boys and probably knows more about healthy gut bacteria than anyone in the Wiregrass after beating cancer.

WOO-HOO!

Some of you may remember that Jessica Kelton who is a Regional Agent specializing in Farm and Agribusiness Management for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System visited us a few weeks ago.

The article she wrote for the Auburn University Office of Sustainability was published on their website a few days ago. They graciously gave us early access to it. Your Market Manager thinks Jessica couldn’t have described both the business and the human side of Market at Dothan any better.

You may read the article

HERE

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MARKET CHITCHAT

I think all of us have been taken back a little by last week’s heat after experiencing such an unusually mild August. My take is that it’s just Summer kicking up her heels in a bit of a hissy fit before being pushed aside. If you’ve not seen it here’s a good laugh to help get through these last weeks of summer.

Links to these recipes can be found at The Creative Bite.

New & Relisted Products

  • Salmon Rub from Hortons Farm is Relisted

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

RICHTER FARMS: Hope everyone is well and adjusting to school schedules and such. Just wanted to let you know I will be out of town this week. I will miss all the sweet smiles and chit chats that we have on market day. Thank you all for your wonderful support and the feedback we receive. Our o are getting bare which is a good thing! We do have pork and goat at Beef, Pork and More located on Ross Clark Cir in Dothan. Love you all, see you soon.

AVALON FARMS: Recently several people asked if we offer a CSA. I  would love to provide you all a box (or share) of lovely, sustainable, organic vegetables every week. In a CSA (Community  Supported Agriculture) you join with your farmer by pre-purchasing a weekly share of what will be produced. Payment is made months before any expected harvest, giving the farmer a little working capital and guaranteeing you the best when it comes available. This also means that you share the risk with your farmer of crop failures. So, until I feel like I can guarantee a reasonable return on your investment of buying a CSA share I just can’t do it. But it’s a dream.

Here’s one of the risks I recently encountered. Garlic seed was ordered several months ago for delivery now. Last week I received an email saying their supply of garlic had tested positive for bad nematodes. I had scheduled to start planting garlic this past week, instead I spent several afternoons searching the internet for garlic seed. Thankfully I found some. Planting will be delayed some but still in the window. Then we wait….till May.


And I just don’t even want to talk about this happening. I about cried.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hey There Marketeers,
How are you? Have you noticed the days getting shorter? We have. It’s a sign that the seasons are changing. Fall is my second favorite time of the year. I must say that after dealing with the summer pests, I’m excited to start fresh with the fall garden plots; not to mention how beautiful it is to watch the leaves change. We had the privilege of visiting Tennessee during the fall months – BEAUTIFUL!

This week we are listing Basil Infused Olive Oil for the first time. We are thrilled to share as we’ve done this in the past and absolutely adore it! Use your Basil Infused Olive Oil for cooking, seasoning, or to make your own vinaigrette.

Well its back outside for us! Much planting to do over the next few days…starting with this planter box! What a mess!!! From our family to yours!


HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends,

Last week we spoke to you guys about Fall. This week somebody turned up the heat!! It’s hot! The weather has been out of control this year. We have suffered losses to our crops and sadly even some of our birds.

Our planting schedule has been way off and although we have planned a lot, no matter how much planning is done, weather is always a factor. So if there is excessive rain, too much heat, or no rain at all, plans change and we just have to adapt. Good thing we have back up! We partner with our friends at Bain Home Gardens and as organic farmers we try to support each other. This is what community farming is all about! So I tell people all the time, if we don’t have it…..here’s is where you can get it. They are the closest growers to us in the Wiregrass area.

Both Bain Home Gardens and us here have a few tricks up our sleeve so please be on the lookout for great offerings from us and all our friends at the Market soon.

Coming up we have some stewing hens that will be listed. I’m not sure if it will be this week as Brandon and I have been invited to a summit in Georgia, but be on the lookout on our Facebook and the Market page for details. Until next week. Stay hydrated, be safe, and we thank you for your continued support.

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!

September 1, 2018 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Coming Soon to a Nursery Near You
Table Treats
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

FALL FARMER’S MARKET


This year’s fall market will be a bit different. Normally we limit participation to sustainable growers and friends who fall within our Market guidelines, but this year we are inviting farms who grow by traditional methods as well. This decision was both thought through verrryyyyyy carefully and made with serious counsel.

Please know that our Market Vendors who participate will be clearly identified! We’re hopeful that inviting our farming neighbors will be a good influence on them as well as our continuing mission of educating the public about the benefits of sustainable clean food.

A little something extra . . . . we’re working on offering clean food classes during the Saturday Market’s like we did last year. As soon as that’s settled we’ll announce!

FREEBIES AND FUN

It was partially last minute and mostly unplanned, but we wound up with a whole bunch of good stuff for “the table” at the Market on Friday. Your Manager was thrilled to gave away a bunch of tasty jellies and Mr. Bob brought lots of freebie jalapenos as well. Mrs. Birdie was there with chai shortbread and tea cakes for a while and there was plenty of scuppernongs and okra.

No idea what next week holds except for some more jarred goodies as the Horton’s transition to less sugar and more green stuff in the pantry.

Hope to see you next Friday!

MARKET CHITCHAT

THANK YOU to Coastal Sharps who brought their impressive knife sharpening equipment out to the Market Shed yesterday. We kept Amory busy with knives from growers, customers and nursery employees who were all tickled with the results. For those of us who cut and chop our own meats and vegetables a sharp knife is a must! They’ll be at our Fall Farmer’s Market on October 13 if you missed yesterday. Check our facebook page for a peek at the quality of her work.

Do these belong to you? If so you’ll find them in the Market Shed next to this pretty box. Feel free to pick them up at your convenience during Dothan Nursery’s regular business hours.

New & Relisted Products

  • Danny’s Greens are relisted!

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

HORTONS FARM:


I couldn’t resist sharing this sweet “wink from God” (to borrow a phrase from my children) that happened yesterday. I came out from a local business to see this pretty baby hanging on to my windshield. I sat in the driver’s seat and stared a long time before taking the photo – it was there just for me!

Every year our family anticipates the seasonal transition that seems to start about right now. It means cooler nights, shorter days, milder weather and the beginning of the beautiful harvest season we enjoy so much here.

My heart did a happy dance. I wish you such moments too.
Ros

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends! If you haven’t already please check out our “Growing Now” segment. It’s listed on the Market discussion page and you can also find the link here:    
https://hawkinshomesteadfarm.com/2018/08/31/growing-now-september/
It’s a great way to stay up to date with all that we have growing. With the change of seasons everything has slowed down and we don’t have much of our organic produce to offer, but it’s all in the works! We thank you for being patient with us and all our growers.

This week on the Market we have our pear jams, basil varieties, pesto, bone broth kit, and fresh organic sprouts! We also have what looks like it will be an overwhelming variety of late peppers growing so we hope to share some of these with you soon. The one shown will go into a beef stir fry that we’re having for dinner tonight. Fresh organic farm grown onions and peppers along with a few store bought items like organic mushrooms and broccoli will make for a great meal. Maybe one day we can grow ALL these things ourselves, until then we will continue to buy local and organic! Until next week.

AVALON FARMS:

Rows of kale and broccoli fading into the distance. Well, 100 ft anyway. Resting my back after planting those beauties, sitting on the front porch, God showed His approval.

This week’s primary goal was to get more transplants started and get those older ones in the ground. So over the course of the week I started 12 more flats of transplants. Broccoli, cabbage, spinach, Swiss chard, celery, cilantro and asian greens. This morning, with hubby’s help, I got the older transplants in the ground. Also put some asian greens and lettuce in the aquaponics beds.

The next construction project is to build a chicken tractor for our freedom rangers (meat birds). They are getting big enough it’s time to start moving them around on fresh grass everyday. We are on track for November!

Just bought 50 pound bags of iron clay peas and mixed cereal grains to use as cover crops. Add planting those to the list of things to do.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Marketeers!

    Good afternoon! How are you? Things are super, crazy beautiful in these parts! Life gets away from you at times with its hectic nature – as is the life of a homesteader. This week we continue to plant and transplant for fall and sadly we have experienced a few losses but we are hoping due to the early start we will not feel such a set back.
    In other news we have had prolific production of the Oriental Yard Long Bean. They are now growing up the railing of the front porch. With their orchid-like blooms, I’m more than pleased! We simply chop into bite sized pieces and stir fry them – tender & tasty! We are hoping to bring these to the market soon. Keep on the lookout!


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!

August 25, 2018 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Homeopathy In The Garden
Announcement
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

PART 2

THANK YOU Mrs Patty for all the work and research you put into this!
To our customers, we invite you to print this and last week’s section about Homeopathy in the Garden for your own future use. You won’t find better information anywhere!


Remedies for Pests & How to Use

In homeopathy remedies come in dilutions. The smaller the number, the less the dilution. However, the higher numbers are actually STRONGER potencies even though they have been diluted further. Some remedies use C and some use X but they are the same thing. I will try to give sources for the remedies I mention. Homeopathy in the garden is now being referred to as agrohomeopathy. Alas, I could find no remedies for squash bugs/leaf footed beetles :( Unfortunately some of these are not readily available in the US but must be shipped from the UK or Australia.

1: Snails and Slugs: Helix tosta is a remedy made from the toasted shells of snails. Add 1 pill (6C) to 200mL of water and shake vigorously. It is best to use purified or distilled water. Then spray or water your plants. This remedy is effective for up to 4 months with just one application. The bottle contains 100 pills so you can get 20 liters (about 5 gallons) of slug/snail repellent from 1 bottle. I have a personal friend who used this because slugs were ravaging her dahlias and it worked. A company the provides this remedy recently did a survey on effectiveness and here are the results:

https://homeopathyplus.com/helix-tosta-survey-results-2/

Source: The first is the only US source I can find. I think the 8C should be fine but I am not positive. I do have a friend who used, I think, 200C with great results.
https://www.homeopathyworks.com/helix-tosta-pills/ select 8C

https://abchomeopathy.com/avpot.php/Helix-t

https://homeopathyplus.com/product/helix-tosta/

2. Aphids: Coccinella septempunctata is actually made from the ladybug which is a natural predator of aphids. Directions for preparation are the same as above for the Helix tosta.

Source: https://homeopathyplus.com/product/coccinella-septempunctata/ select 6C

https://www.homeopathyworks.com/coccinella-septempunctata-pills/ Select 9x


3: Caterpillars: Bombyx processiona is a remedy prepared from the procession caterpillar. When sprayed on the plant or watered into the roots, it repels the moths and caterpillars that normally cause infestation. Although no residual barrier remains after application, the remedy triggers a healthy response in the the plant making it more resistant and less appealing to its attackers.
Again preparation of the remedy is as above.

Source: https://homeopathyplus.com/product/bombyx-processionea/ Select 6C

https://www.helios.co.uk/shop/bombyx-processionea Select 6C


4: General “King” of the garden remedies: Silicea terra. This is the remedy I used on my pepper plants with such amazing results. All I had was 200C although the remedy calls for 6C and I still had good results. Some of the benefits of Silicea (silica) include:
1. Improves germination of seeds
2. Reduces transplant shock
3. Strengthens weak and spindly plants.
4. Increases resistance of plants to pests, mold and mildew
5. Improves fruit setting when applied after flowering.
This is probably the #1 remedy you should have on hand and this one is readily available in the US. More in depth info about this remedy can be found here:

https://homeopathyplus.com/homeopathic-silica-%E2%80%93-the-gardener%E2%80%99s-friend/

Source: https://www.amazon.com/Boiron-Silicea-6C-80-Pellet/dp/B0006NYI2M/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1534963327&sr=8-3&keywords=silicea+6c

https://www.vitacost.com/boiron-silicea-6c-80-pellets?csrc=PPCADW-&mtp=s0aBZu3Zi-dc%7cpcrid%7c166840069599%7c&gclid=Cj0KCQjwk_TbBRDsARIsAALJSOY03QJDfNVmWNdbQ3V1IunOm7668ZC0EV5rKhE3WwlxRfsW870jTukaAtzTEALw_wcB


5. Blight: Carbo vegetabilis: Carbo veg is derived from charcoal and is knowns as the “corpse reviver”. Charcoal is carbon and carbon is the base of all organic life. It is a remedy for desperate conditions. Plants needing this remedy will look wilted, dying, losing leaves, wasted. To treat blight and other wasting diseases dissolve 5 pellets of 30C in 1L (1 quart) of purified or distilled water and water affected plant. Repeat 3 more times.

Source: https://amazon.com/Boiron-Vegetabilis-Homeopathic-Medicine-Bloating/dp/B00028NZ0M/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1534964523&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=carbo+vegetabilis+30c+homeopathic&psc=1

https://www.vitacost.com/hylands-carbo-vegetabilis-30x?q=carbo+vege&ta=carbo+vege


I am sure you can find both the silicea and the carbo veg on eBay and multiple other sites like IHerb, Puritan’s Pride, Swanson’s etc.

Of course there is no way I can cover every remedy etc but if you are interested in pursuing this further there are some good books and resources:

https://www.narayana-verlag.com/homeoplant/homeoplant_home_en.php

https://www.amazon.com/Homeopathy-Farm-Garden-Vaikunthanath-Kaviraj-ebook/dp/B07BQ6NK8R/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1534963725&sr=8-2&keywords=homeopathy+for+farm+and+garden


Sources: https://homeopathyplus.com/the-top-four-remedies-for-gardens-and-farms/
http://www.centerforhomeopathy.com/blog/treating-plants-with-homeopathy
http://www.interhomeopathy.org/tomato-blight-carbo-vegetabilis-to-the-rescue

SPECIAL GUEST NEXT WEEK!

Those of you who picked up on Friday got to meet Amory Harris of Coastal Sharps. Amory is a specialist who is giving our customers a great deal next Friday when she sets up her blade sharpening equipment at the Market Shed. Normal cost for her services are $1 per inch, but she’s cutting us a break with a $5 max charge for your big blades.


If you’re like your Market Manager and have a drawer full of dull blades you’d rather not use, dig those things out and bring them next Friday! You don’t even have to place an order! Armory’s professional edges will make it easier for you to maintain your knives at home. Word on the street is that her hunting knife jobs are so good you could field dress and elk with no problem!

MARKET CHITCHAT


New & Relisted Products

  • Organic Eggplants from Hawkins Homestead
  • Purple and Bronze Muscadine Grapes from Avalon Farms

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends! Fall is in the air and we couldn’t be happier about it. Plus it didn’t rain for a few days this week which meant we were finally able to move some of our garden boxes closer to the house. I have some special plans for these boxes and having them closer will allow me to keep an eye on them. We have been trying to fully get this done all month. So it’s a big deal that they’re moved. We still have to fill up a few with compost, but for the most part they’re all ready for planting!

Of course we have sown lots of seeds already, but we still have organic tomatoes, late peppers, okra, and even heirloom eggplants. We’ve been using some of these veggies in our prepared foods like our Salsa Fresh! We even found some lettuce hiding between some bean plants! They needed the shade and we’re more than happy to have surprise Summer lettuce for our family to eat.

Back to the eggplants….I was hoping to bring them yesterday for table sales, but since I wasn’t able to, I have listed them this week on the Market. As stewards of our word, we support other local growers so these plants were originally purchased as seedlings from a local sustainable farm. They have been organically grown and suddenly started producing more than we can keep up with, so we offer them to you.



Mouth Watering Goodness!

Thank you and we want to say welcome to a few new names we have seen lately and thank you to the ones who continue to come back. We appreciate you all.

AVALON FARMS . . . Rides Again!:


Chicken News:

Here is our completed mobile egg prairie schooner. The girls have moved in and seem to approve. They’ve even started laying their first eggs in the nests! I love it when something actually works! Although why they insist on roosting on the roof is beyond me.

Also, we’ve  added Freedom Rangers to our menagerie. These are very hardy meat birds bred to excel on pasture. They grow a little slower than the industry standard Cornish Cross, but do not have the associated health problems of that breed. Freedom Rangers are also well known for being very tasty and tender big birds. We anticipate the first harvest to be around the first of November.

In the picture above they are 2.5 weeks old. Look at the legs on those guys!

Growing News:

The first set of transplants had to move out onto the front porch to make room for more inside. Last year grasshoppers and army worms ate a lot of the transplants before they were even big enough to set out. That’s why I’m starting them inside and also why I got creative with some netting and made a “safe zone” for these guys on the porch.


Yes, clothespins have many uses! I’m planning to sew the sides together so the netting goes over the shelves like a giant sock.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Marketeers, Our journey towards self sufficiency has been very rewarding. I personally have learned so much. I am very appreciative for all the resources out there but as I’ve said before, listening & learning from others is by far my favorite way to grow in knowledge and experience. As I’ve sat at the feet of such sagacious gardeners, there has been an unexpected benefit. Suddenly I have developed an interest in growing flowers. I’ve always admired those who could identify virtually every flower or houseplant. I never personally had an interest until now.


Recently our daughter and I were gifted with a Begonia of which our friend calls a Friendship Begonia because it propagates so easily making it very easy to share. This is a part of one that has been shared countless times already! I must say, it adds a hint of character to our living space. Other flowers (Marigolds, Sunflowers, etc) as you know are great for distracting pests from your fledgling vegetable plants. Beautiful and useful – cannot go wrong with that!
   Sending well wishes and joy – from our family to yours!

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!

August 18, 2018 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “MAD” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Homeopathy in the Garden
The Rest of the Story
Market News
Grower Notes

PART 1

Mrs. Patty is our guest writer this week! We’re so grateful that she’s willing to share from her wealth of knowledge.

I am embarking on a homeopathic journey for myself and am thus subscribed to some newsletters. A few weeks ago, they pressure washed the building I live in and unfortunately did not tell me they were coming nor did they move the pot my peppers were in so they got drenched in pressure washing solution…bleach :( Over the next few days, the leaves all started turning yellow and falling off. All the buds fell off and it looked like it was FTD…(fixin’ to die). Then a newsletter article About using homeopathic silica (Silacea) for ailing plants came in my email and I figured I would try it. I knew it sure couldn’t hurt and had the potential to really help. I tried it and within 3 days, they quit dropping leaves and put out a lot more buds. Now, about a week later, I have a ton more peppers set. I wish I had a before picture. This little experience of course, made me want to research more and I thought I would share with y’all, my favorite people!

The practice of homeopathy is about 200 years old and is based on the principle that like cures like. It uses minuscule doses of a substance that would produce symptoms to cure symptoms. There is really almost nothing left of the original substance in an homeopathy prep except its energy signature. The whole premise behind homeopathy is that the body can cure itself. The focus is on the patient…human, animal or plant…not the “disease”.

This pepper plant was as good as dead before Patty brought back to life with a homeopathic remedy.

The basic principle of organic gardening is that healthy soil and a healthy environment lead to healthy, disease resistant plants. Homeopathic remedies for plants promote healthy soil and address nutrient deficiencies. For example, homeopathic boron will treat both boron deficiency and boron toxicity. Homeopathy induces homeostasis. Plants have been proven to respond to stimuli although not through a “nervous system” like in the animal world. Michael Pollan wrote: “ Plants have evolved between fifteen and twenty distinct senses, including analogues of our five: smell and taste (they sense and respond to chemicals in the air or on their bodies); sight (they react differently to various wavelengths of light as well as to shadow); touch (a vine or a root “knows” when it encounters a solid object); and, it has been discovered, sound.”

You can also apply the principle of companion planting in choosing homeopathic remedies. For example, tomatoes and basil are known companion plants and spraying homeopathic basil on tomato plants results in strong, healthy plants.

While the emphasis, in a healthy garden, is treat the plant, there are frequently instances where a specific disease or pest must be addressed. Part 2 will cover some basic remedies for your garden.

Sources:
http://www.centerforhomeopathy.com/blog/treating-plants-with-homeopathy
https://www.pri.org/stories/2014-01-09/new-research-plant-intelligence-may-forever-change-how-you-think-about-plants

AND NOW WE KNOW!

If you read our newsletter on July 28 you may remember some of the “frankenfood” trends going on ourside our realm of local sustainable eats. The one that disturbed your Market Manager the most was the laboratory created meat.

It turns out there’s a lot more to that! The effort to produce meat in a laboratory was started by PETA in 2008 with a one million cash prize to the first one who could pull it off. If you would like to learn more this article from Medium has all the details.

MARKET NEWS

Many thanks to Mrs. Melody for sharing a great produce tip with us:

These onions from Danny’s Greens are 4 weeks old and are incredibly fresh. Mrs. M. keeps the bottoms in water and snips the tops as she needs them.

Paying it Forward: What a great honor to have Jessica Kelton with the Headland Extension Service with us yesterday! Jessica has been assigned to write an article about CSA’s and sustainable farming markets. She spent the morning with us interviewing several of our growers. We hope her work helps other growers and communities around the state.

And we haven’t forgot! Next week we’ll announce the dates for our Fall Saturday Markets.


New & Relisted Products

  • Hot Banana Peppers from Grier Acres
  • Basil Pesto-Organic Lime from Hawkins Homestead
  • Clemson Spineless & Emerald Okra from Grier Acres
  • (Kitty Krack) Catnip from Grier Acres
  • Jalapino Peppers form Grier Acres
  • Avalon Okra is relisted

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 is our new mobile covered chicken nest schooner. The new girls are slightly ahead of schedule as we got our first eggs this week. Which means our egg mobile is slightly behind schedule. They apparently they can’t read gantt charts!

These  hens are currently located on Garden 2. They will be tilling the soil, eating bugs and weeds, all the while fertilizing the garden for next year.

The weed block landscape fabric the tomatoes were planted on was pretty much a disaster. It didn’t really stop the weeds and it shredded. What a mess. I’ve been clearing out the tomato vines and ripping up the landscape fabric and weeds. I planted the first row of sugar snap peas in their place to reuse the t-posts and string trellis. Saved a little labor.

Just for fun:
Crinkle your nose and say the word “snout”. It just makes us laugh. LOL

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello Marketeers!
Have you ever been gifted seeds or plants, grown them successfully while not being exactly sure what variety you are growing? Funny story that: We have peas of some sort. We were gifted seeds by a dear friend who is from Jamaica and he called them “Jamaican Peas”. We headed to the internet but was overwhelmed with information. Then we spoke to one of my husbands cousins from the Islands and they said they thought that the peas were pigeon peas. Yay! Nope. Recently we have discovered that this is not correct either. Further research shows these could be a type of Cowpea, hence the earlier statement “we have peas of some sort”. Whatever they are they are quite tasty! We have used them as snaps and we have shelled them. Good eatin’! If you have funny seed sharing/gifting stories, please share over on our Facebook page. Let us know we are not alone!


We have the best customers in the Wiregrass area. Thank you for your understanding and continued support. We couldn’t do this without you!

HORTONS FARM: “Little by little, inch by inch. By the yard it’s hard, by the inch what a cinch. Never stare up the stairs just step up the steps, little by little, inch by inch.”

I’ve found myself singing this little Patch the Pirate song all along during this process of putting our home back together. Sometimes it seems to drag on forever despite progress being made every day. The pantry is very close and we hope to move the refrigerator and freezer back before days end.

We miss the kitchen! With so much of the pantry items stored there it’s been impossible to do much more than one pot wonders. We look forward to making great stuff like Salmon Rub and Cinnamon Creamed Honey again!


Left: Mopsi is most patient while I paint & stain. Right: Ready for shelves!

On a different and perhaps silly note, do you realize none of us will ever be able to date anything “08/18/18” in our lifetime again?

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD Hello Market Friends! Isn’t it nice to have had some cooler days this week. With all the rain the temperatures were so nice! We definitely enjoyed being outside, but wished there hadn’t been so much rain so we could do more.

On our urban farm we have been SO busy! With the start of the school year, homeschool for us…it’s always challenging to get back into a routine of school when your 11 and you’ve spent your summer sleeping in and having fun. I’m sure all you parents agree! So couple that with Fall plantings, garden changes, plus trying to balance work, family, and our spiritual things! Well let’s just say we’re tired!

Even still we’re working hard to bring you the best organic food we can. Speaking of which something new for us is organic mung beans! We’re growing them specifically for bean sprouts! Sadly we don’t have enough to share, but don’t fret because our friends at Bain Home Gardens have sprouts on the Market right now so grab some. New for us this week is our LIME basil pesto! In one word all we can say is YUM! 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!

August 11, 2018 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

MARKET CHITCHAT

This week we’re keeping it short and sweet! It’s August, it’s HOT, the summer vegetables are on their way out and the fall vegetables are coming up. Plus your Market Manager has a ton of cabinets to stain and finish today. And I’m glad to say that several years of Pinterest inspiration are paying off!

Anyone venture to guess the origin of this recycled piece?

Breathe Deep! Fall is coming Yesterday we had a pow-wow with JD at Dothan Nurseries brainstorming ideas for our upcoming Fall Farmer’s Market. We hope to have something for everybody this time around and welcome your ideas. Announcements coming soon!


New & Relisted Products

  • Tiger Sawgill Mushrooms from Grier Acres
  • BULK Ranch Dressing Mix from Richter Farms
  • Asian Pears from Grier Acres

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: Well our first “real” crop of garlic has sold out! Last year’s crop was very pitiful and small, but I learned some things and this year’s was great. Wish I had planted more! Have already ordered seed garlic that will be planted in September.

Onions are still storing very well. That’s the area of improvement I focused on this year. We lost so many to spoilage last year. But they won’t keep forever, so enjoy them now.


For those that attended my heat table workshop last Spring, you may recognize this setup. I removed the heating parts and moved it all inside in the a/c. I needed cooler temperatures to start cool weather crops like spinach.  Plus this way they are protected from hungry critters and all the mold and fungus spores floating around. I lost half my fall transplants last year to bugs and fungus because they were outside. More lessons learned!

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello Marketeers!
    How goes it? Back to school season is upon us. Have your little ones started back to school? Our youngest is in 6th grade this year and our oldest will be beginning his freshman year of college on the 20th. I really wonder just where the time went?! Before Jarod, gets all tied up with the rollercoaster of college life, our goal is to finalize our early fall plantings. We had a very productive fall season last year and this year we want to kick it up a notch! Planning, planning, and more planning coupled with lots of hard work – ah that should get us off to a good start.


So far we have cleared and tilled only one of our smaller beds. There are yet two larger areas not to mention the growing boxes that currently are demanding attention. We have not a moment to waste! Till next week!

DANNY’S GREENS: Danny’s commitment to utmost quality has forced the tough decision to suspend sales for a few weeks till the current weather conditions ease up. His greens are tender and most vulnerable so he’s papmering them till they’re ready to take off again.

GRIER ACRES: We are excited to offer you all some of our baking pears. Jeannie and her mom have put up some canned pears and Jeannie has also made some cobblers with the pears. We have also enjoyed our hot banana peppers and will be offering these to you all as well. They are great in salad or to cook with to add some heat and texture to foods. We also have been getting a lot of the yellow pear tomatoes, we enjoy cutting these in half to add to a salad. We also have a tabasco plant with peppers that are starting to turn.

Jeannie was so excited as she got a new composter. She loves the box kind and moves it around as she fills it with green and brown compost in a layered fashion in our garden. We have one on our field where we have okra growing-we have clemson spineless and emerald okra growing. Hopefully we can list some okra. We eat it roasted in the oven or grill. When Harry has time he likes to make a gumbo with the okra. c It really is the secret to gumbo. As you get ready for cooler weather and smoking meats, we will have a variety of smoking woods.

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends! I really enjoyed meeting a lot of you yesterday at the Market pick up.Since I work Full-time it’s not often that I get a day off on Friday, but yesterday was a good day to be off. It was very nice putting faces with the names I see from week to week. We even got to hear some customer feedback which we welcome. We hope you guys know that you can always reach out to us. Either through messenger on Facebook, phone, or even email. Our email address is info@hawkonshomesteadfarm.com. We would love to hear from you!

This week on the Market enjoy our bone broth kit, basil pesto, fresh basil varieties, salsa fresh, and pear jams. As always we thank you and hope you have a good 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!

August 4, 2018 M@D Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “MAD” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Food For Thought
Grower Notes

HUNGER & HOPE

Ever have something hit you like a pile of bricks?

I ran into this cartoon last week while preparing for Market and it had that effect.

I think it’s easy to see why.

We have so much to be thankful for. The choices that are available to us are unbelievable compared to people in most parts of the world. Even our highly advanced Chinese daughter admitted that food safety was an “issue” in her country. The realization is humbling.

No live animals were harmed in the making of this staged photo.

World hunger has been around as long as man and the sad truth is its not going away anytime soon. Even if the modern farming technologies we disdain produced enough food, the problem persists because of politics, infrastructure, corruption & lack of education. One organization, let alone one person cannot solve all the needs, but each person doing what they can, can make a dent in it. Market at Dothan made a difference in Haiti with our collective donations to help a farming village there.

I don’t want to end this on a doom and gloom note so I’d like to introduce you to an Alabama organization that has quietly been making such a difference for years.

Students from around the globe learn sustainable farming methods using locally available materials right here in Alabama.

This is SIFAT which stands for Servants in Faith and Technology. Sifat was founded by Ken & Sarah Corson after spending years as missionaries in third world countries and seeing first hand human suffering caused by politics, infastructure, corruption and lack of education. The goal was to do what they could.

They’ve done so much! I hope you’ll brouse the website and learn about some of the opportunities available both at home and abroad. The impact of the Basic Needs Institute alone has impacted thousands to live safer, more productive sustainable lives around the globe.

On a personal note my family and the Corsons go back several generations. Two people genuinely cared about the little guy in our cartoon and their legacy is still making a difference to see that he is fed and cared for.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Marketeers!
    We missed you guys! We have, however, really enjoyed our break thus far! Many times we focus on resting our bodies and minds thus rejuvenating them. We personally think it is even more vital to renew our spiritual selves! This weekend we’ve done just that and are ready to face the world!
    This week on the market you will notice our various kale varieties are not listed. We expect it to stay that way for a few weeks. They have been cut back and we will kindly allow them some time to “rejuvenate” as well. However, our Soybeans, Basil, Aloe Vera, Rosemary, Thyme, Summer Salad Blend, & Sprouts continue to be available for the pickin’!


    This year has been ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Truly. We have been on this Market for over a year now and we have learned so much! We have grown new & exotic plant varieties, gotten to know you Marketeers & your endearing stories, learned so much from and have forged beautiful relationships with our fellow growers, and finally we feel worthy of the badge – grower. We are looking to the fall growing season with bright eyes. New plots are being tilled & prepared for even further expansion this 2018 Fall growing season, thus enabling us to proudly continue bringing quality organic produce from our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends! Is it really August already?!?! Is anyone else trying to figure out where the whole year went? Seems like time has flown by so fast. Well we for one are ready to get through August and into the later part of the year. You know where the humidity loosens its grip on us and the temperatures actually cool down.

On our urban farm we are still canning pear jam. Our most favorite flavor is Lemon Ginger Pear. I love a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but I don’t usually like a lot of either on my bread. With this jam, well let’s just say that I had to go back and add more!

Have you checked out our website lately? Each month we post a special report of all that we have “growing now.” If you haven’t taken the time to check it out, please do! Besides our Facebook page, it’s a wonderful way to stay up to date on what we’re doing. Plus we know not everyone is on social media. You can find the link here:
https://hawkinshomesteadfarm.com/2018/07/31/growing-now-august/

As always we thank everyone for their continued support of us and the Market. Until next time.

YARD EATIN’S: is taking a short August break August 3 and 10 but will return on August 24 with their granola and other new items. My first grandchild is arriving in early August, and I’ll be in Texas waiting for, and then helping with the bundle of joy.

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!

July 28, 2018 M@D Newsletter



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


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

REAL FOOD

I must confess, this section was inspired by A Peek Inside the Fridge of the Future. A link to it arrived in my inbox a few weeks ago and of course I had to check it out!

I’ll warn you now, I think the article is highly disturbing. While I love the idea of food being tailored for health, sustainability, and even better farming methods, the rest . . . . too packaged and too industrialized. And very scary. Cellular agriculture startups engineering yeast and bacteria to make animal products like dairy protein or lab-grown meat sounds like frankenfood if you ask me. And while we all know that kelp and seaweed have nutritional value, are we prepared for spaghetti made from it? I personally would be concerned about the pollutants in the environment where it was grown.

To me the answer to all this is obvious. It’s called real food produced by real people. It’s the reason I started beekeeping 15 years ago. It’s the reason we still have an abundance of frozen “ugly” strawberries from past years when we grew them. It’s the reason my Mr. planted tomatoes amongst my flowers this year. Each of our growers has their own variations of the same reason. We want real food grown by real people.

And it’s our commitment to you.

MARKET CHITCHAT

Did you notice it? We’ve settled on M@D for our Market at Dothan abbreviation. Steve of 3LC apiary thought it made more sense than “MAD”. We agree!

THANK YOU to everyone who made the effort to come a little earlier on Friday. We’re asking that for the next few weeks while the heat and humidity are intense that folks try to pick up by 11:30 am. We appreciate your understanding.

Don’t be alarmed if you don’t see your favorite grower the next couple of weeks. With summer coming to an end and the school year starting many things are going on that prevent several of them from listing this week.

New & Relisted Products

  • Lemon Ginger Pear Jam from Hawkins Homestead
  • Bulk Okra from a Sustainable Seasonal Grower
  • Brown Sugar Pear Jam from Hawkins Homestead

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 admit defeat. The summer squash are on the list to be pulled out this week. I’ve done everything I can think of and they are still sad and not producing. So, put on my big farmer-girl pants and get ’em gone. (I hate killing plants!)


One thing that does seem to be doing well…the one row of winter squash that DID come up is starting to run! Also my mulching experiment is working too! Been saving my animal feed sacks and used them on the left side. On the other side is hay that I gleaned after the big farmer and big tractors got done on the hay field my Dad rents out. Made me feel smart and sneaky all at once. Plus a free upper body workout.


I found this nest while checking my persimmon tree a couple weeks ago. Now we have baby birds. Very vocal baby birds. LOL They’ll be assisting with pest control before long.

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends! Today I want to talk to you about food preservation. So how do you preserve foods only available in one season for the whole year? For example, in the Spring and Summer we grow different organic basil varieties that aren’t available during other times. So how can we make sure there is basil year round? We make pesto! Pesto can be frozen in ice cubes trays and then you have access to basil year round. Not just that, but have you ever thought about dehydrating basil to make your own organic seasoning? Try it!

Another idea is with pears. If you’ve checked our Facebook Page lately, you’ve seen that we have been making preserves and jams with our freshly picked pears. If we only thought about pears as a fruit, it would go to waste, but by making them into something else, we are stretching our food and making fresh pears last the whole year or even longer.


Food preservation could also help not just your family, but others in times of need. If there is a family who has fallen on hard times, you could help them with a gift that was made from fresh organic food and preserved for later! Since we’ve done the research and possess the knowledge, we want to share with all of you.

Think about it this way, if there is a major disaster in our area and we lose power, the grocery stores are closed, and you can’t get off your street, will you be ok? What food provisions do you have on hand? Even water becomes so precious in a situation like that.

Now of course we know that not everyone has time or wants to grow their own gardens. We also know that canning is hard work. So thats where we come in. The law doesn’t permit us to sell everything, but we try to do our part for our family and yours! So if you’re already growing, think preservation! If you’re not, that’s ok too, because we’re always here to help. Until next time!

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!

072118 MAD Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “MAD” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Cool Summer Meal Ideas
The Final Word . . .
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

ENTREE SALADS

While many people automatically gravitate towards salads after the holidays, actually the hot days of summer may be the best time to take a break from grilling and take advantage of the season’s bounty. Salads are one of those versatile dishes that does not have to be dull or boring as there are many ways to make them interesting and satisfying.

Long gone are the days when main-course salads were pretty much limited to chicken or seafood concoctions involving mayonnaise or a virtuous (i.e., heavy and bland) effort composed of brown rice and not much else. These days, they’re far more likely to showcase interesting greens and other pristine seasonal produce, as well as staple ingredients from around the globe. Whether you favor a carefully curated classic like Salade Nicoise or a wonderful jumble of leftovers, main-course salads are an easy way to work healthy foods into your daily routine without being chained to the stove. Also, you get to channel your inner forager, whether you’re on the prowl at a farmers market or staring into your kitchen cupboard or refrigerator.

Salade Nicoise originated in the French city of Nice. It is traditionally made of tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, Nicoise olives, anchovies, and dressed with olive oil. It has been popular worldwide since the early 20th century. Some variations use tuna or salmon instead of anchovies.

Panzanella or panmolle is a Tuscan chopped salad of bread and tomatoes that is popular in the summer. It includes chunks of soaked stale bread and tomatoes, sometimes also onions and basil, dressed with olive oil and vinegar. Adding chickpeas or cannellini beans (and whatever else suits you) changes it from a side dish to a main dish. Shown is Pioneer Woman’s version of this classic.

A word about beans: as far as beans go, we are all aware that legumes are an important (and inexpensive) source of dietary fiber and protein, and they also contain folate, iron, and potassium. In a perfect world, we’d all have a stash of cooked-from-scratch beans in the freezer, but if you don’t, it’s not an insurmountable hurdle. While some of us aspire to keep a stash of home canned beans in the pantry, there is no shame in using a store bought version. Canned beans, a genuine convenience food, will do; just remember to rinse them (to remove much of the sodium) and drain well before using. And for those who would bravely attempt to cook dried chickpeas, add a teaspoon of baking powder to help break down the protein chains and make them soft.

The Cobb Salad is an American main-dish garden salad typically made with chopped salad greens, tomato, crisp bacon, boiled, grilled or roasted chicken breast, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, chives, Roquefort cheese, and red-wine vinaigrette. Cobb variations are many and can be found in many restaurant menus.

If you enjoy Mediterranean food, with most any combination of salad ingredients, if you add lots of flat-leaved parsley (which is sensibly treated as a vegetable in the Middle East), tomato, kalamata olives, red bell pepper, feta cheese, and lemony-garlicky vinaigrette you’ll have yourself dinner in no time flat.

For more inspirational ideas, follow Susan Avello, the Lean Bean Chef on Facebook or Instagram as she’s a master at using fresh locally sourced ingredients in her beautiful creations.

. . . COMES FROM YOU

Thanks to everyone who chimed in on our Market Discussion Page and shared how they use “Ugly Food”

Mrs. Patty: I save up all my veggie scraps plus stuff that maybe isn’t quite fresh enough for salads but not bad like lettuce, other greens and cucumbers. I also save up the bits left over from spiralizing, cucumber and tomato ends etc.
When I have a gallon zip lock or more full, I put it all in the food processor with a ton of seasonings and puree it. I will usually add a bag of cauliflower, kale and a few onions, several cloves of garlic, a few hot peppers and anything else that strikes my fancy. it usually takes several batches then I mix in huge bowl by hand.
Drain the excess liquid and scoop onto dehydrator sheets. If mixture is too liquid add coconut flour, almond flour, konjac flour etc until consistency of soft dough. Flatten and dehydrate until crisp. Drying time varies greatly depending on temperature, humidity etc. Highest temp is fastest but if you are trying to do raw, stay below 110. I usually get 150 to 200 2" round crackers/batch. When seasoning remember that seasonings will concentrate as the food dehydrates.
Another way I use bruised/scraps etc is to put in meatloaf.

Of course you can always throw things you’d rather not consume into the compost pile. Mr. Danny of Danny’s Greens actually cultivates several specific things to create rich compost for his vegetable beds.

T Harris: Soup stock. I always have a few bags in the freezer collecting scraps for soup stock. The crackers idea is great, and that would be a great way to use some of the vegetables that are too strong for vegetable stock.

MARKET CHITCHAT

Refrigerators! Someone stopped by late last Friday and noticed the ones we use in the Market Shed. It reminded me again how blessed we are to have them in this heat. Some foods require refrigeration and some just can’t handle the heat very long. A few of us remember retrieving such items were from coolers in the summertime. We’re thankful to the Nursery Staff and our donors who have made real refrigeration possible.

New & Relisted Products

  • Bone Broth Kit from Hawkins Homestead
  • Poona Dill Pickles from Bain Home Gardens
  • Berry Granola Bars from Yard Eatins
  • Pumpkin Butter from Hawkins Homestead
  • Soybeans from Bain Home Gardens
  • Cinnamon Spiced Pears from Hawkins Homestead

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS Just put a reminder in APRIL of next year’s farm calendar “July is coming. Farming sucks in July. Plan for it!”  That’s the unvarnished truth. It’s not even working in the heat. It’s when the heat ruins a crop because they won’t set fruit over 95 degrees. Or the heat plus lots of rain encourages fungus, mildew and disease. Or seeds just plain won’t grow. (It’s all so frustrating to a mere mortal. BUT it does showcase that only God can cause a seed to grow and produce no matter what you do right or wrong.) Next year it may be the lack of rain that is the issue. Or armyworms. Or volcanoes. Who knows! Always something out of our control. All of this is why it’s a joy to me when I am able to produce nice veggies for you all.

Working up my garlic order. Have to get those babies in the ground in September/October. With this year’s success (see, sometimes things work! ) I’ll be planting a full row of 1200. Plus a few elephant garlics just for fun.


While I’m planning and ordering for cool weather crops, do you have any requests? Would love to hear your ideas. Email me at wendy@avalonfarms.us

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello Marketeers!
    How are you?! This humidity is pretty rough! Humidity plays a large part in how productive vegetation is. Keeping things alive and well can be a REAL challenge this time of the year due to humid air which can zap the moisture right out of the plants! Having a humidity controlled environment to grow would be excellent. Since that is not an option at this point we will continue our tug of war with nature. Experimenting with different crops enhances our hands on knowledge and prepares us better for next growing.
    In the garden we have some exciting developments. We have soybeans!


Learning how they grow along with how and when to harvest, has been a great adventure. We are not experts – yet. So we will be releasing them on the market this week or the week of August 4th IF all goes according to planned. Keep on the lookout! This week we will also be releasing our Poona Dill Pickles- from the Poona Kheera Cucumber. They are extremely tasty!  For photos check our Facebook page – they are our pride and joy this year.
    We will be off next week. Don’t miss us too much! Sending warm wishes of rest and relaxation – from our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends. Hope this past week has been treating you well. For us, we’ve been busy as usual with all that we have going on at our urban farm. In the next few weeks we will be introducing some new and exciting things to the Market, that we’re excited to share with you.

We went out on a limb and decided to plant pumpkins in the Spring and boy did we get pumpkins! So many in fact that we decided to make pumpkin butter. Rich with cinnamon, nutmeg and all the spices that bring Autumn to mind, this butter is creamy and delicious!

In addition PEARS are in season! So we’re making all types of pear goodies that we invite you to try. Starting with our Cinnamon Spiced Pears. Our family tested and approved!

In chicken news we will be offering our bone broth kit this week! This will allow you to make your own bone broth at home! Good and good for you! We do have chicken feet up and are still working on how to bring our chicken back to the Market. Hopefully soon!

Of course our egg flats are available along with our basil varieties. Did you hear about Bain Home Gardens Poona Pickles? Made using a wonderful cucumber variety that’s organic. We grew this this year as well but they never made it to the Market. That’s how good they are!

As always we appreciate you all. We have been on the Market for one full year now and we are happy and thankful to be apart of the only Wiregrass Market that offers sustainable food. 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!

July 14, 2018 MAD Newsetter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “MAD” bit, its only about good healthy food!


This Week’s Newsletter:
Ugly Food at Home
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

WHAT WE CAN DO

Last week we took a little peek at the global issue of ugly food and some of the efforts being made to see that it is not wasted. With hunger being a very real problem in many countries it is a long awaited and welcome effort and we can only hope and pray that awareness and action will help.

Whether global or local, awareness seems to be the key to eliminating waste. For the families I grew up in (and I’m thinking about my parents and grandparents) it started in our own gardens and our own kitchens. It wasn’t something we thought about – it was a way of life.

My very favorite soup in the whole world is made with ugly vegetables. Not everything Memaw and Pawpaw brought in from the garden would qualify to be on a grocer’s shelves. Mama and Papa New who ran a little grocery store brought the “ulgy” vegetables into their own kitchen (where the whole family ate them) and put the pretty ones in the store. But back to the soup . . . . . by the time I was a preteen I was chopping tomatoes, shelling peas, shucking corn, and cutting the okra that went into our deliciousness. It didn’t matter if the vegetable wasn’t perfect. If there was a worm in something, we threw that part into a bucket for the hogs.

Heard Family Soup Left: Mom and Aunt Sue started using tomato paste in their version which gives the rich red color. Right: My very chunky version that’s packed with veggies. Both shown are made with chicken. Not Shown: My sister’s old timey version made with hog heads.

In the years since I’ve made many things with imperfect vegetables. Early on in our organic farming adventure we experienced some awful tomato problems. Rather than see so many tomatoes succumb to bugs and rot as they got ripe we picked them early and I tweaked a great recipe to use them. We still have a few jars of delicious green tomato curry made from that crop.

That’s my “kitchen story” and it is ongoing as I still find ways to use imperfects rather than see them go to waste. The farm part of the story is that we bless the chickens with all our yummy scraps – which is why the compost pile isn’t too big. No doubt that many of you have some very creative ideas and we would LOVE to hear them! With summer crops starting to fade and heat/humidity/bugs abounding what better time to share and get fresh ideas on how we can better utilize the resources God has blessed us with, however imperfect.

We’re going to get the discussion going on our Facebook Market Discussion Page and share some of YOUR creative uses for ugly food in next week’s newsletter.

MARKET CHITCHAT

I think one of the best things about Market at Dothan (besides the health benefits of sustainably grown food) is the variety of foods available. Seriously! When have you ever been able to buy Fairy Tale Eggplants or Grain Free Granola in a store? THANK YOU to all our growers and producers who think outside the box.

Speaking of Eggplant – Welcome back Restoration Gardens! We’ve missed you!


New & Relisted Products

  • Fairy Tale Mini Eggplants are Relisted
  • 30 Count Egg Flat- Relisted
  • Vegan Granola from Yard Eatins
  • Rosemary Rub from Hortons Farm – Relisted
  • Organic Basil Snack Bag- New from Hawkins
  • Green Pears from Restoration Gardens
  • Asian Mini & Solid White Mini Eggplants – New from Restoration Gardens
  • Organic Lime Basil- New from Hawkins

Don’t forget to vote this Tuesday! Market at Dothan has endorsed Gerald Dial for Commissioner of Agriculture and we hope you’ll support this outstanding public servant.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Marketeers!
    How are you? We hope you are all well. We are doing our best to beat the heat but is that really possible anymore? Since we have much to do in the garden we must rise early! It really is the best time to be out there for multiple reasons. Besides the temperature, it gives time for meditation. As I walk through the various garden beds, I can’t help but be so thankful to God for the ability to grow our own food. Watching how things grow makes me more and more appreciative each day. Along with that, I’m really able to examine the plants without distraction, inspect them, talk with them (it’s therapeutic), & make plans for the future all while listening to the orchestra of birds singing, bees buzzing, and the gentle morning breeze blowing. Soon the scorching heat of the sun arrives and it over – till the next morning.
   Speaking of future plans, we have so much to do to arrange garden beds for fall. Remember the issues we had with trellises falling over earlier this spring? We are hoping to avoid that this fall by staging a new area against a fence line. This is being done as you read. In one section we will plant another planting of pole beans, later in the second plot will go fall plantings of peas.  
    You guys have come to know that Bain Home Gardens is really interested in growing the unusual, some would say exotic, veggies that you just don’t find in the grocery stores locally. This year we have experimented with Pigeon Peas, Oriental Yard Long Beans, Turkish Orange Eggplant, Poona Kheera Cucumber, and more!


On a small scale we planted these to test out our ability to grow them successfully. We are happier with some more than others but now that we have perfected the growing process of these unique heirlooms, next year we will grow many of them in larger quantities. Look forward to seeing them on in the market page – from our family to yours!

DANNY’S GREENS Danny sends word that he’s hanging in there raising awesome salad greens despite the heat. He’s had to cut back on the amount he can list because growth is SO SLOW right now. Once the nights start cooling off the lettuces will grow faster and produce better. In the meantime if you’ve not tried his green onions you are missing out! We’ve found that the best way to enjoy them is to chop them up right away and put them in the refrigerator. You’ll fill several containers and have them ready to use in all your favorite dishes. They will last several weeks that way.

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends! New this week we have our organic lime basil. Never heard of it? Haven’t tried it? Well now is your chance! Bursting with full citrus tones, it smell so good and tastes even better. Of course our organic sweet basil is in full swing, so grab both if you like. We have even decided to package it in a smaller size for those who don’t need a quart. Just because we like basil in abundance, doesn’t mean everyone else does too!

Here on our urban farm, Fall planting is in full swing. We have pulled and cleared out most of our Spring veggies. We have a lot to look forward to in the next coming months, but for now our organic produce will be slim.

We recently took a trip out to Working Cows Dairy to pick up some organic mulching hay. Did you know that not only do they have organic ground beef, milk, butters, yogurts, and cheeses, but even organic hay?!?! That works for us! We miss them on the Market and if you do too, why not take a short drive and pick up a few things? We suggest the chocolate milk and their new cheeses are worth the drive itself! (Market Note – Working Cows is an approved Market Vendor. They stopped delivering earlier this year and prefer that people come to the farm to buy direct.)

When we first moved here, it was hard to believe that there were SO many farms, but very few organic or chemical free ones. Many of you know that’s why we decided to start our own. Thankfully we found this Market as well  as a very select few growers who are doing it the right way. We have been growing more this year than we ever have and it’s helping to feed our family. More and more of our meals come from right here! When we venture out, we shop less at the grocery store and more with local sustainable and organic farmers. We love that we’re able to do this with those on the Market and off. So wherever you decide to spend your money ALWAYS ask questions. Make sure what you think you’re getting is what you’re ACTUALLY getting. We are always open for questions! So please ask away and thank you for your continued support of the Market and us!

HORTONS FARM: Have you ever wondered about all the tinctures you see listed on the Market? If you’re curious about the who/what/when/where & why of tincutres you should reserve a spot at the Westgate Library for Tincture 101 on Tuesday, July 17 at 5:30 pm. Our classes are designed to remove the mystery and give beginners the tools and information they need to safely DIY their own products at home. Contact Keith Brantley at 334-793-9767 ext. 4216.

MARY’S PEEPS Mary sends word from Florida to thank everyone for their understanding when she had to cancel last week’s orders because of a death in the family. She’ll be back next week and is looking forward to getting back on track and filling your orders.

YARD EATIN’S: Yard Eatins is now making two new kinds of granola. (Woo hoo!) We will continue with our traditional granola, and we are adding a VEGAN VERSION of that recipe (i.e., replacing the honey with maple syrup) AND adding a grain-free version for our Paleo friends. We are So Excited about the new recipes and can hardly wait to share. The vegan granola will debut at the July 12 Market, and the grain-free granola will debut at the July 19 Market. AND ALSO, our oats will be certified gluten-free starting with the July 12 pickup-day batch. We are NOT raising prices with the shift. We’ve also been hard at work perfecting our granola bars, and those will be available for the July 19 pickup day.

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!