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Feb. 27, 2021 M@D Newsletter - We're Open for Orders!



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


Thank you for your continued support of our local farmers. We count it a privilege to serve you!
Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Order prepayment link: paypal.me/marketatdothan


THE BEET GOES ON

“Last week, I ordered the beets because I have a fun ice cream cookbook that has some, shall we say, unusual flavors. One of the recipes is for Beet ice cream with mascarpone, orange zest, and poppy seeds. 

Anyway, the beets arrived, and I had a very large bag filled with beets and some lovely greens. I knew right away I had too many beets for the ice cream, so I started dreaming about what else to make. I really like pickled beets and decided on that. 

Now, I have some room in my fridge, but didn’t want to take up too much space storing the greens. As I started cutting them from the roots, I noticed just how lovely they were, which led to a search on beet green recipes. I learned that, yes, you can indeed cook up and eat the greens. I decided to make some rice and fry the greens in some olive oil along with some M@D green onions and garlic salt.

I work from home, and just after I put the oil in the pan and cranked the heat to high, I got an email that I thought I could answer with a quick, simple reply. I left the pan and went to the office to attend to the email. Long story short, my daughter started yelling something from the other room. This was not surprising, as we have a fairly large house where it’s hard to find people, so it happens fairly often. I ignored her calls and concentrated on finishing up the email.  A couple minutes later, she found me in the office and informed me that we had had a fire.

Turns out, a couple TB of olive oil can make a pretty big fire. Thankfully, she was working at the table in our breakfast room and saw an orange glow out of the corner of her eye. The flames were about 2’ tall, extending from the pan over halfway up the microwave suspended above it. She did what any responsible teenager would do, she ran over to the door next to the kitchen and closed it so the fire alarm wouldn’t go off!

After that, she turned off the burner and grabbed the pan and pulled it off the stovetop. The flames died down a bit, and since I didn’t come to her aid right away, she had to decide what to do with the flaming pan. Her first thought was to put a bit of water in the pan!!! By this point, there was a lot of smoke, and her second thought (thank God) was that the water would create a lot more smoke. After that, she just took the pan outside and set it on the brick patio, fire averted.

After the smoke cleared (this was a cold day and we had to have the doors open for about 20 minutes), I finally concentrated on the cooking. We both learned a lot of lessons that day!”

Name Withheld To Protect the Embarrassed

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The rest of the story is that the ice cream is “interesing, not my favorite, but fun for a change.”
And there you have it.

GROWER & MARKET NOTES

NEW & RELISTED
Pear Preserves
More Pecans!
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DON’T HIT THAT BUTTON! Sometimes folks use the unsubscribe button at the bottom of their weekly M@D newsletter. We’re ok with that if M@D don’t work for you. But if it’s an accident, or a fluke (like what happened to your Manager once), it can really make a mess of things! Besides stopping future newsletters it also deactivates the customer account making it impossible to receive newsletters, get a new password, sign in or order. Neither your Market Manager or our techs can fix this as it’s prohibited by law. Thankfully there’s a way around. If you find yourself in this situation simply create a new customer account that uses a different email.

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AVALON FARMS: Thank you for all prayers, thoughts and kind words regarding my farm dog buddy, Zoe. This past week, Zoe took a turn for the worse. When she no longer would wag her tail and just laid there with sad eyes, I knew it was time. I’m sure she’s running heaven’s fields with her friend, Maggie, who left us 2 years ago. 
Much love to all ~ Wendy

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MARY’S PEEPS: Mary Dale sends word that she will be offering several special cakes starting mid March that for your Easter Celebrations: Coconut Layer Cake, Blueberry Bundt Cake made with her home grown blueberries, Poppy Seed Lemon Bundt Cake and Coconut Bunny cake with Buttercream Frosting. Easter falls on April 4 this year.

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GRIER ACRES: Jeannie has survived a kidding season and was alone for her first delivery with a first freshner/first time mom.  Anyway, she is in love with the goats and was really upset when we lost one baby from a set of twins.  The other sibling is doing well and gaining weight.  We think the temps and some teat issues led to the kids demise.  We are having a ‘’goat palace” built and are eagerly awaiting its completion.  Our goat barn was severely damaged by Hurricane Michael.  Jeannie insisted the barn be our next project even though our house really needs updating—she loves those animals and they need adequate housing.  
We ordered a bunch of seeds thanks for the recommendations.  We tried to get some funky things that might be a little different than the usual.  We are hoping to have some tomatoes especially that we can can with our okra.  We also ordered some onions and can’t wait to try our hand at them.  We would love pointers also on a root cellar. 

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Aurghhhh!!! It happens EVERY YEAR! Easter approaches and your editor turns to MUSH with the latest Easter Egg fashions (we’ll blame the inspiration on Mary’s cakes this year). Anyway, for your viewing pleasure and in case you want to explore further . . . .

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Left: Instructions for Chinoiserie Easter Eggs are surprisingly easy.
Right: These Natural Dye Eggs are colored with blueberries.


Don’t forget that M@D has plenty of eggs for your culinary and creative needs!

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!

Feb. 20 Deep Winter M@D Newsletter



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


Thank you for your continued support of our local farmers. We count it a privilege to serve you!
Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Order prepayment link: paypal.me/marketatdothan


MARY’S PEEPS IS BACK

After a long absence we are pleased to announce that Mary’s Peeps is returning to Market at Dothan.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Mary Dale Peoples, she is a kind, amazing woman who can do anything she puts her mind to. The number one thing she puts her mind to is taking care of her family; kids, grandkids, inlaws, outlaws, and mostly her husband and mother. She has baked for them many years and has a wealth of experience.

The family has been through a lot the last couple of years and though she’s been absent, she’s always been close. We’re thankful she’s able to get back in the swing of things by listing her two classic pound cakes and hope you’ll take advantage!

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GROWER & MARKET NOTES

NEW & RELISTED
Grandma’s Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Mary’s Glazed Lemon Pound Cake
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There is still time to reserve your Thanksgiving turkey by placing a deposit order with Grows in Rows. These Broad Breasted Bronze Turkeys will be free ranged, supplemented with non-gmo feed and ready for you to have the most incredible Thanksgiving turkey ever. Dressed cost is 4.50 per lb and your deposit goes toward the total price.

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As far as grower updates, we’re all outdoors in this lovely sunshine getting some work done today! We hope you and yours are safely enjoying it as well. Bee Blessed and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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A Little Culinary Inspiration

Roasted root veggies

As far as roasted root vegetables, there is SO much room for creativity. We chose this photo because it’s just a little different than your standard kitchen blog photo of before and after roasted vegetables. The open bulbs of garlic and fresh herbs (which would be very shriveled had they cooked with everything else) is just . . . pretty. But it does lend to some thinking outside the box.

We’ve had some nice root vegetables on the Market lately – beautiful carrots and beets, and while butternut squash is not a root veggie, it cooks real well with them!

Back to that outside the box thing . . . there’s no “wrong” way to roast vegetables, and there are some great things to try if you are tired of just tossing a few items with Olive Oil, salt and pepper before popping it in the oven. We’re giving you TWO lists – one of veggies you can throw in your mix, another of seasonings that might be fun to try.

Enjoy!

VEGGIES & SEASONING IDEAS

Fingerling Potatoes Onions Honey Italian Seasoning
New Red Potatoes Parsnips Balsamic Vinegar Parmesan
Sweet Potatoes Or Yams Beets Maple Syrup Greek Seasoning
Turnips Rutabegas Flavored Olive Oil Orange or Lemon Zest
Brussel Sprouts Cabbage Fresh or Dired Herbs Adobo
Cherry Tomatoes Peppers Garlic & Herb
Cauliflower

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!

Feb. 13, 2021 M@D is Open for Orders!



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


CONTENTS
A Look At . . . . .
Grower/Market Notes


Thank you for your continued support of our local farmers. We count it a privilege to serve you!
Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Order prepayment link: paypal.me/marketatdothan


BIODYNAMIC FARMING

Editor’s note: What a blessing to see THIS ARTICLE published this week! While the author is only mentioned by first name at the end, I’ve been watching her experience unfold for, ummm, pretty much her entire life. Elizabeth grew up near Columbus, GA, studied forestry in Tifton, did a stent in the Peace Corps and has been learning from some fabulous farms like the one in the article since returning from Africa.

No doubt our Market customers are familiar with biodynamic farming as Mayim Farms successfully utilizes this concept. Rather than attempt to reinvent the wheel we are condensing some of Elizabeth’s key concepts and if you wish to know more the link is at the end.

If you look up the definition of biodynamic agriculture, here’s what you’ll find: “… a form of alternative agriculture very similar to organic farming, but it includes various esoteric concepts drawn from the ideas of Rudolf Steiner.” Developed in 1924, it was the first of the organic agriculture movements.

Steiner was an Austrian philosopher who coined the phrase, “spiritual science.” From this idea, he established the Waldorf Schools, biodynamic agriculture, and anthroposophical medicine. Biodynamic farming was created after a group of farmers sought out his help in 1924. His ideologies around ecologically sustainable agriculture that omits the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, rapidly spread around the globe and gave rise to organic agriculture.

Organic agriculture strives for sustainability and utilizes methods of pest control and soil fertilizers that are ecologically derived rather than the traditional chemical/synthetic pesticides and fertilizers that conventional agriculturalists use. Ecological pesticides and fertilizers are primarily derived from composting practices that use plant or animal wastes, as well as nitrogen-fixing cover crops. Biodynamic farming uses the same principles but goes further by utilizing lunar cycles with various soil preparations. One interesting practice involves burying a cow’s horn packed with silica to enhance its properties as a plant spray. Another utilizes various compost components to enhance fungal qualities. Many studies support attention to enhancing soil health.

In the end whatever one believes about the science and spirituality connection Steiner held to, there’s no denying that love and care for the soil God created (yes, another spiritual comment) is good for the planet and helps produce food that is both nurturing and healing.

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Elizabeth getting to know the draft horse she later used to plow that field.
https://insteading.com/blog/biodynamic-farming/

GROWER & MARKET NOTES

NEW & RELISTED
Broccoli from Avalon Farms
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Don’t forget that you can reserve your Thanksgiving turkey by placing a deposit order with Grows in Rows. These Broad Breasted Bronze Turkeys will be free ranged, supplemented with non-gmo feed and ready for you to have the most incredible Thanksgiving turkey ever. Dressed cost is 4.50 per lb and your deposit goes toward the total price.

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Mayim Farm is back! Greg and Carolle have been busy working on infrastructure this winter and their crops are starting to come in. You will find a few things listed and they’ve promised more to come.

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AVALON FARMS: The days are ticking by, but not a lot of field work happening. It’s so frustrating! I should be out dropping seed potatoes right now but the soil is too wet to work. Also on the schedule is to plant sugar snap peas. Hopefully it will dry out enough I can manage to plant them in a few days. Will have to come up with a creative wet dirt method. Ha ha

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Something is tearing out the leeks!! I can’t find any animal tracks. No digging. Just pulled up and shredded leeks. My best guess is birds. Maybe robins looking for food. There are a lot of robins hopping around the gardens.

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Zoe, the farm dog, update: She is doing much better. Still moving slow but feeling good enough to wander around in the yard. She even came out to the chicken pasture this week. She was and hopefully will be our primary chicken herding helper.

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!

Feb. 6, 2020 M@D Newsletter - VIP info here!



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


CONTENTS
Reserve Yours NOW!
Grower/Market Notes


Thank you for your continued support of our local farmers. We count it a privilege to serve you!
Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Order prepayment link: paypal.me/marketatdothan


THANKSGIVING TURKEY ANNOUNCEMENT

After a long absence from Market at Dothan, we are back and again offering our Broad Breasted Bronze Turkeys. Some years back we sold these turkeys and everyone loved and enjoyed them.

We are listings deposits on the Market to determine know how many we need to order as we must reserve the poults in advance. They will arrive May 2021 so they’re the perfect size and tenderness for your Thanksgiving.

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A Broad Breasted Bronze Turkey


Our turkeys will be free ranged and supplemented with non GMO feed like we’ve always done. The difference between the taste of commercial turkeys versus free range turkey is unbelievable.

Broad Breasted Bronze Turkeys have an excellent conformation and high meat yield due to its natural fat layering which makes for an excellent flavor. Total cost per turkey is $4.50 a pound dressed and your deposit goes toward the total.

Thank you in advance,
George and Kathy Hale
Grows in Rows

GROWER & MARKET NOTES

As always, THANK YOU for your recycling efforts through Market at Dothan. We love receiving usable items (usually egg cartons and jars) and make every effort to see they go where they’re most needed. A new item has come to our attention: Egg Shells. Egg shells are valuable in farming as they add minerals back to the soil and keep unwanted guests off plants when placed around the bottom. We’re showing you one easy way to “harvest and collect”, and if anyone needs a big mouth jar like the one shown, ASK and we’ll locate one for you.

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We find that microwaving the jar for 1.5 minutes after adding new eggshells helps them dry faster for easier crushing.
The hamburger saute tool (Dollar General) does a great job with that.
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New and Relisted Products
NEW – Beets from Restoration Gardens
NEW – Carrots from Restoration Gardens
NEW – Pekin Duck Eggs from Eagle Grove Services
THIS WEEK ONLY – Espresso Chocolate Sea Salt Pecan Clusters


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AVALON FARMS:

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Wanted to write to thank everyone for being so understanding Friday a week ago when I was delayed till 11:00 delivering to market. 

Last Friday the dogs went out for their normal morning romp, but only one of them came back. We went looking for the other one and found her standing in the backyard just whimpering and unable to move.

Using a blanket as a sling, we very carefully got her into the car and got her to our vet. After some tests and x-rays, turns out she had cracked a vertebrae in her back. He wasn’t sure how, maybe been clipped by a car, or fell down chasing something – we’ll never know.

It’s been an interesting time. Almost like having a colicky baby in the house. (Again!) The original pain meds made her hallucinate and not sleep for 3 days. So none of us got much sleep for 3 days. She’s off those and doing better. She is now able to slowly walk and make the stairs to the yard. She loves laying in the sun out in the grass like a true farm dog.

Thanks again for your understanding. You are the best market family!!

Wendy and Zoe (farm dog)

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!

Jan 30, 2021 - M@D is Open for Orders!



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


What’s Not To Love?
Grower/Market Notes

Thank you for your continued support of our local farmers. We count it a privilege to serve you!
Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net

DARK CHOCOLATE

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon flowers and chocolate are greeting everyone brave enough to venture into a retail store these days. They do after all, communicate love.

While flowers communicate love, the right kind of chocolate can actually love you back. Consider these benefits of dark chocolate from Dr. Axe:

1. Protection from Disease-Causing Free Radicals
2. Potential Cancer Prevention
3. Improved Heart Health
4. Good for Overall Cholesterol Profile
5. Better Cognitive Function
6. Improves Blood Pressure
7. Antioxidant-Rich Super food
8. Potential Vision Booster
9. Protects Skin Heath

Sounds to me like we should all be eating more Dark Chocolate!
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Left to Right: 1 Keto Chocolate Sea Salt Bark 2. Two Ingredient Vegan Fudge 3. Dark Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

GROWER & MARKET NOTES

If you enjoy baking bread you’ll love an article Richter Farms came across last week. A team of researchers performed DNA sequencing on 500 sourdough starters from four continents. The findings were interesting to say the least! Click HERE for the full article.

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Sherrie of Nana’s Tea Cakes was SO EXCITED to get her first Market check that we made a moment of it. Thanks to everyone who has welcomed her to M#D with your orders. If you were one of the fortunate ones to get one of her samples yesterday you get what all the fuss is about.


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New and Relisted Products
Persimmon Fruit Leather from Avalon Farms
Nana’s Tea Cakes
NEW – Tokyo Bekana Greens from Avalon Farms
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Last week we shared CREAMY TACO SOUP with you. It turns out that the broth/cream cheese combo supports a lot more than just southwestern flavors. One person modified the recipe and got a big surprise when the Mr. of the house actually complimented a dish with collards. It’s crazy what a little kitchen imagination can do! Without further adieu . . .

CREAMY COLLARD SOUP
This is a keto/low carb recipe!

1 lb ground meat
1/3 lb bulk hot sausage
1 medium chopped onion

1 bunch collards, washed and shredded or chopped
1/3 head cabbage, shredded (savoy type works especially well)
1 8 oz brick cream cheese, softened

½ tsp Thyme
½ tsp Parsley

2 ½ quarts Beef Broth
Salt and Pepper to Taste

1. Brown meat and onions
2. Add 2 quarts broth, collards, cabbage, thyme and parsley. Bring to boil then simmer till vegetables are soft.
3. Use an immersion blender to blend cream cheese with reserved broth. Add to soup mixture Continue heating on low till it simmers. Do not boil and do not continue cooking or it will affect the taste of the cream cheese. Salt and pepper to taste.
4. Serve with gladness.

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!

Jan. 23, 2021 We're still M@D about Fresh, Local, Sustainable and Year Round Food!


We’re opening a bit early today!




Market at Dothan is open to accept orders. Orders close Tuesday at 5pm

We use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic”.
You can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.

New Vendor Welcome
Grower/Market Notes

Thank you for your continued support of our local farmers. We count it a privilege to serve you!
Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net

Nana’s Tea Cakes

Hi! I’m Sherrie Shown, aka “NANA’S TEA CAKES”. “NANA’S TEA CAKES” are not just any run-of-the-mill Tea Cakes. They are made from an Old Family Recipe and are the most delicious Southern Tea Cakes this side of the Mississippi! Once you taste them, I am sure you will agree. They are addictive! They are all natural and made with the finest organic ingredients.

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I have been baking Tea Cakes for family and friends for as long as I can remember. They have told me for years that I should sell them, so I finally decided to do just that. They come wrapped in elegant bags with matching bows. NANA’S TEA CAKES" are a special treat for you and your family. They also make very thoughtful and delicious gifts. I have been a customer of the Market since the very beginning. I love the food and all the ladies who run the show, and I am SO happy to now be an official part of the Market At Dothan!

GROWER & MARKET NOTES

New and Relisted Products
Persimmon Fruit Leather from Avalon Farms
Nana’s Tea Cakes
Danny’s Lettuce & Green Onions are Relisted
NEW – Tokyo Bekana Greens from Avalon Farms
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We were glad to see Danny’s Greens back on the Market last week. They sold out very quickly. One northern relative reported that their family eliminated winter colds by eating fresh greens every day. While we can’t claim this works for everyone, it did bring home that fact that our bodies need cold weather crops during the cold times of the year.

Speaking of winter colds, everyone knows that Vitamin C is essential for keeping your immune system up. M@d still has a variety of clean local citrus, rich in natural Vitamin C. Both Satsumas and Kumquats are available from several of our market vendors.

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Citrus slices that have been soaked in Pectinase


Taking it a step further, for those who like to preserve seasonal bounty, Richter Farms uses Pectinase to dissolve the “extra” material on her satsuma slices before canning them. This product is available on Ebay and Amazon. Bewitching Kitchen explains what it is and shows how it works.

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AVALON FARMS: Sorry not to have spoken to you for awhile, it’s been an interesting month all around. Probably for you too. But we’re all still here and moving forward as best we can.

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Here are a few celery growing in an aquaponics bed (above). This aquaponics system is “powered” by goldfish (below). The celery are getting all their nutrients from the fish.

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If you remember, in the past I used a DIY heat table for starting spring transplants. Just upgraded to a professional grade 4 ft x 8 ft mat. (So I better up my game! ) This is in the greenhouse we built from recycled windows last year. The plants should get plenty of sunlight out here.


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Most people LOVE a good hearty “stick to your bones” soup on cold days. We couldn’t resist sharing this low carb CREAMY TACO SOUP recipe that’s been a hit with everyone who has tried it. It can be made with any type ground meat (beef from Casablanca or Smith Farms or Smith Farms lamb) and Danny’s Green Onions make a great garnish.

taco-soup

1 lb ground meat
1 large chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 small green pepper, diced (optional)
1 10 oz can Rotel tomatoes with chilies
1 8 oz brick cream cheese
2 Tbs Taco Seasoning
Salt and Pepper to Taste

14 oz Beef Broth (about 1.5 cups)

1. Brown meat with onions and garlic.
2. Add peppers, tomatoes, cream cheese and seasonings. Heat on low stirring often as cream cheese softens.
3. When cream cheese is softened and mixed well add beef broth. Continue heating on low till it simmers. Do not boil and do not continue cooking or it will affect the taste of the cream cheese.
4. Serve and garnish with any combination of the following:
Avocado Slices
Chopped green onion
Guacamole
Sour Cream
Cheddar Cheese
Cilantro
Lime Juice

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!

Jan. 16, 2021: M@D is Open for Orders!



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


In Season
Grower/Market Notes

Thank you for your continued support of our local farmers. We count it a privilege to serve you!
Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net

PECANS

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Top Left: Tropical Coconut Pecan Granola is made with pantry staple ingredients and is both light and filling.
Top Right: This Savory Spiced Pecan Recipe boasts a sophisticated combination of hot and sweet flavors.
Bottom Left: You may view a video of how to make Easy Crockpot Cinnamon Pecans
Bottom Right: Canned Pecan Pie Filling is good for tarts and with ice cream.

Hortons Farm Method to Toast Pecans

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Spread shelled pecans evenly on cookie sheet.
3. Place in preheated oven.
4. TURN OVEN OFF. DO NOT OPEN.
5. Allow oven to cool completely.
6. Remove from oven and enjoy.

Note: Pecans can be toasted more or less by adjusting the temperature up or down.
We recommend testing a small batch in a cake or pie pan and adjusting by no more than 25 degrees.


GROWER & MARKET NOTES

New and Relisted Products
Blanched/Frozen Turnips with Recipe Links
Whole Blanched Okra from Grows in Rows
Kitchen Boa (shown below)
Variety of Shelled Pecans from multiple growers
Kitchen Boa
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Mayim Farm sends word they are waiting for their small leafy green vegetables to grow large enough for harvest. Such is the case with winter vegetables. While they DO grow, it’s not always as fast as we would like! That being said, Danny’s Greens has lettuce and green onions (scallions) available this week.

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The chickens at Horton’s Farm keep outdoing themselves! Yesterday 20 eggs were collected! It has to be something with the sunshine we’ve enjoyed this week. They’ve surrounded and kept Ros company several afternoons while harvesting pecans. So much fun seeing the dog, Mopsi, the chickens and the kitties interact and enjoy each others company on such days.

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In case you missed it last week Duck Eggs from M@D friend Don Smith, listed under Seasonal Groweors, have been reduced. This is a great opportunity to try them and find out for yourself why he can’t seem to keep up with demand.

Duck egg recipe
Maple Custard with Duck Eggs
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Mr. Paul Anderson of Casablanca Ranch graciously gave permission to share some of his Casablanca Cowboy Report. We hope this bit of sustainable gardening and his corresponding take on life from a few weeks back brings you a smile.

“I have ordered 6 Elberta peach plants due by Monday. Me and Bogart and ole Author (Ritus) dug the holes yesterday. I do not want to put a thirty dollar plant into a thirty cent hole. I have a mulch pile that I mix topsoil and chicken, cow and horse manure with a tiller. (I have an ample supply of that here on the farm). I will mix that with the soil I took out of the hole and firm it around the root system, then use a paper feed sack to cover it to restrict grass from growing in the hole, and put bark mulch over it to hold the moisture. Then as with all plants I will tend it as it is needed but it is up to the provision of the Lord for it to live, to grow, and to produce fruit. (Is this not also the case with our living and growing and producing fruit for our Lord. I love this life on the farm. It is like the life of a Christian, if I simply stick the plants into the ground and abandon them, they will not make it. Without water and proper soil and fertilizer, weeding and pruning they will wither up and either die or be of no benefit. Very similar to our life as a follower of our Lord, we need constant tending and care to thrive and to bear fruit for the Master).”

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!

Jan 9, 2021 M@D Newsletter



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


Eggciting Recipies
Grower/Market Notes

Thank you for your continued support of our local farmers. We count it a privilege to serve you!
Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net

BITES OF MANY SORTS

This week I thought I would share some basic Egg Bite info, a recipe if you will, that I’ve been using since last summer when my mom introduced me to them. Her very Italian recipe is listed in a previous newsletter and I’ve had fun ever since experimenting with flavors, seasonings and ingredients.

The beauty of an egg bite is its simplicity, basically a mini quiche that can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for a quick healthy breakfast or anytime pick me up snack. They can be as lean or as fatty as you like, keto or carb rich, vegetarian or meat lovers. They keep in the refrigerator up to 10 days, travel well and are a fun addition to breakfast gatherings.

For the record this is old style grandma cooking where you use a bit of this and a pinch of that. I never measure.

First off – pans. If you use a muffin tin or 4 oz mason jars you’ll have to grease them for the bites to come out. Silicone molds eliminate the need for that and has become my preference as they don’t brown or crisp as easily.

Basic recipe: 6 or 7 eggs
a generous handful of your favorite shredded cheese
about a teaspoon of salt (I like pink salt)
a good shake of pepper
(optional) a couple tablespoons of milk, cream, or sour cream.

This alone makes a great basic no nonsense egg bite. Cook at 350 till a toothpick comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes. Test with a toothpick.

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The fun comes in with additional ingredients and is only limited by your imagination: What follows are some I’ve tried and will use again:

chopped bacon wilted kale finely chopped onion
chopped ham wilted spinich black olives
sausage mushrooms chopped peppers
pepperoni cooked asparagus chopped roma tomatoes
canned salmon artichokes basil, organo, thyme, etc
Italian Sausage chopped onions capers
Anchovies (sparingly!) blue, swiss or feta cheese specialty olives

The beauty of this method is that the flavor combinations are only limited by your imagination. If you know of a great ingredient not listed here speak up because it’s definitely worth trying!

GROWER & MARKET NOTES

We have put the Market Page link back into the newsletter. If you did not notice it’s near the top and will remain there. Our regular links may be found near the bottom of the home page at marketatdothan.com.

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As those who ordered last week know Danny’s Greens took the proactive step of cancelling all orders due to a covid scare. Thankfully it was a false alarm however Danny has decided to give his beds a chance to grow a bit more before relisting and will have product available next week. He sends his thanks for your continued support.

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The young chickens at Horton’s Farm have started laying like crazy and we find ourselves overrun with eggs. So we’re running a special on eggs this week. For health and safety, our eggs will not be handled for 48 hours prior to Market delivery.

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!

Jan. 2, 2021 M@D Newsletter - Open for Orders!


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


Food Trends in 2021
Grower/Market Notes

Thank you for your continued support of our local farmers. We count it a privilege to serve you!


LOOKING FORWARD

Most folks I’ve heard speak of it are glad to put 2020 behind us and look forward to this being a better year. Good year or bad, one constant is that we have to EAT regardless, and one of the reasons Market at Dothan exists is to bring you nourishing Fresh, Local, Sustainable farm products Year Round. That being said, for better or worse, we’re still here and our only plan is to continue to serve you to the best of our ability. We appreciate how you’ve stuck with all the changes in the Market starting with accepting a new Market Manager 5 years ago with the first newsletter of 2016!

Nostalgia aside – the challenges 2020 forced upon us did change some things about the way America eats, primarily with delivery and home prepared meals. Food system experts don’t see that trend changing much even with a vaccine in production now. For the rest of this section we’ve assembled some of the more interesting trends/predictions already in publication for 2021 and will list the links at the bottom if you want to check into it further. Enjoy!

1. Both Eating Well an Better Homes and Gardens reports that ”Next Level Charcuterie” will be a thing in 2021. If you’ve not heard the word you’ve seen it for years: those lovely trays with an array of savory bite size pieces of deliciousness that make their appearance at various events.

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Three themed charcuterie boards: Cinco de Mayo, Seafood & Keto


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These are recent examples of “next level” and Etsy, Pinterest, are expected to explode with new products and ideas.


2. While breakfast has been the most important meal of the day as long as anyone remembers, Whole Foods is preparing for people to want more variety, ”Epic” they call it. They plan to offer gourmet egg bites, an assortment of healthy bread and grain products and “keto pancake cups”, whatever that is. Delish & BH&G also report that breakfast will become more popular.

3. Several sites have reported that Upcycled Foods to Reduce Waste will gain in popularity. While we see this as a positive trend, it’s important that “upcycling” does not include unnecessary processing. Whole Foods is adding many products in this category.

4. Increased creativity in coffee and kombucha products. Whole Foods will offer a large selection of ramped up kombuchas and coffee will show up in a lot more products. Check out our Market Discussion Page for a great informative video on making your own.

5. Chickpeas. It won’t be just hummus anymore and will replace cauliflower’s most popular vegetable status. Stores will carry many variations of them, including flour, and there are plenty of great recipe ideas available through Pinterest out there already.

6. Grab your Balls! Canning, Freezing and Fermentation are making a comeback! Of course there are those of us for whom it never went away . . . .

Sources:
Better Homes & Gardens: https://www.bhg.com/recipes/trends/2021-food-trends/
Whole Foods Market: https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/trends/top-food-trends-2021
Eating Well: http://www.eatingwell.com/article/7883169/2021-food-trends/
Delish: https://www.delish.com/food/a35036824/food-trends-2021/
Food Network: https://www.foodnetwork.ca/fun-with-food/photos/food-trends-2021/#!2021-food-trends-roasted-chickpeas-three-ways
Real Simple: https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/shopping-storing/food/whole-foods-food-trends-2021
Parade: https://parade.com/1109328/felicialim/food-trends-2021/

GROWER & MARKET NOTES

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Recently a relative shared about how her family stopped constant colds and flu during the winter months . . . . they made a point of eating some sort of leafy green vegetable EVERY SINGLE DAY.
On that note we’re happy to tell you that Danny’s Greens has both lettuce and green onions listed this week. We’re looking forward to seeing what other great greens are listed by our growers this week.

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Merry Christmas to your Market Manager! We’re happy to report that the roof of our two story she shed/honey house was completed right before Christmas. It still has to be plumbed, wired and furnished before all the equipment can be consolidated in one functional work space. Cleanup is underway and work has begun on sorting what gets fixed, what gets thrown out and how to arrange everything for maximum efficiency.

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

Dec. 12, 2020 Last M@D Newsletter of 2020


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



Thank you for your continued support of our local farmers. We count it a privilege to serve you!

Market contact information and relevant Information is listed at the bottom of this document


ROS’S RAMBLINGS

What a Year! Nobody knew at the beginning of 2020 what a wild ride the whole world would experience but here we are – looking over our shoulder and hoping for better days ahead.

With this being the last newsletter of 2020 it just seemed appropriate to express my deep gratitude to both our vendors and customers for sticking it out this year. Any of us could have been paralyzed with fear with the first covid lockdown and just quit.

Just thinking about some of the stuff that has gone on behind the scenes I thought I’d share a bit. Some of this you will be familiar with, some maybe not. Mid March when everybody expected to die (of course I’m exaggerating, but maybe not much) we made the counter intuitive decision to stay open with some procedural adjustments.

It wasn’t very long afterwards I got wind that the State Farmer’s Market Authority was recommending procedures similar to ours – very interesting considering that they monitor our Facebook pages! About the same time Wendy (Avalon Farms) and I shared the M@D business model and our and safe pickup practices in a Zoom meeting for farmer’s market managers from other Alabama cities. Between the two of us we were able to explain both the technical and practical aspects of M@D that keep everything working. One of those managers actually visited us and got the Friday morning experience!

Thinking about it, to me the technical and procedural aspects everybody was so interested in merely provide a framework for what’s really important – serving each other. Because what makes Market at Dothan special is GOOD PEOPLE. And the longer I open & close the market, print reports, answer emails, write checks and send out newsletters every week, the more I realize that at the end of the day it’s about serving our fellow man. And each of you, in your own way whether as a customer or vendor, do your part as we serve each other. I am SO GRATEFUL. I could have never dreamed of a job that I would love so much, and the reason is getting to work with and be a little part of your lives.

So Merry Christmas and I hope that with all the troubles and trials and sorrows you have endured this year that you find and experience true JOY this beautiful season.

Ros

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MARKET CHITCHAT

It was great to see all of you who ventured out to Open House today!

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Last Minute Locally Produced Christmas Gifts!
Praline Pecans
Gift Honey in 2 sizes
Bath, Body and Soap Products
Handcrafted Jams, Jellies, Sauces and Vinegars

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

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Our COVID protocol is still in place for everyone who wants curbside service.

I. Order Payment:
1. Voluntarily prepay by 6 pm Thursday if possible using this PAYPAL link. This eliminates passing paper currency back and forth or handling debit/credit cards on site. Your invoice will be marked PAID and pickup is fast and easy. In the event of undelivered items you will be issued a Market credit that will apply to your next order.
2. Debit/Credit – One of us will briefly step within 6 feet for you to put your card in the chip reader. We do our best to avoid touching your card or you touching the equipment which means we sign an “x” for your signature.
3. Cash and Checks – You may hand them to us. Exact change is preferred if using cash to prevent a lot of passing back and forth. If you choose curbside pickup you are welcome to put payment in your trunk/tailgate as that would eliminate the need to come near your window.

II. Order Delivery:
1. Curb Service: Please pull up next to the Market Shed. We will direct traffic a little bit if needed. Have your trunk/ hatchback open and we’ll load you up!
2. Walk Up Pickup: Please do not come inside. When we see you coming we’ll put your order near the entrance and step back for you to claim it. This system works really well for those of you wishing to get extra veggies that may be available.
3. Regardless of how you choose to accept your Market order please know that we make every effort to practice safe distancing and ask that you do the same.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION
It takes all of us working together to keep everything running & everyone safe!

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!