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Dec. 5, 2020 M@D Newsletter


Christmas-Logo

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.


Christmas Open House
Market Chitchat & Grower Notes

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


COUNTDOWN TO SATURDAY

This is our last newsletter before next week’s Christmas Open House at Dothan Nurseries on Saturday, December 12. Our Market farmers will be hosting an old timey winter Farmer’s Market along with the food, giveaways and festivities Dothan Nurseries is having. Unline previous Christmas Open House events, this one takes place for the bulk of the day to allow time and space for people to safely enjoy the festivities. So YOU ARE INVITED! We will be spaced apart, masked and observing social distancing.

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The Nursery festivities will be from 9am to 3 pm and our Market vendors plan to be there from 9 am to 1 pm or longer. The following vendors are preparing to participate:

Avalon Farms Casa Perdido D’s Jellies
Eagle Grove Services Between the Rows Hortons Farm
Martin Teas Lewis Farms Mt. Moriah Farm
Mayim Farm Sweet Acres Ward Goodies
Richter Farms Sweet Macroon Treats
So dust off those sad market bags that have been waiting for better days and make plans to fill them with hearty winter vegetables, treats and locally made goods next Saturday. We’re looking forward to seeing you!
Don’t forget to wear your cutest Christmas Mask!


MARKET CHITCHAT & GROWER NOTES

To eliminate any confusion, we are having regular orders and regular pickup on Friday this week so our customers who are not able or do not wish to deal with crowds can order without any disruptions.

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New Products
Purple Sweet Potatoes
Crochet Pocket Scarf in several colors
Fresh White Globe Turnips, fresh and packaged
Packaged Yellow Squash
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Today’s newsletter is the first of the last two ordering cycles for 2020. We will shut down for Christmas Break after Market Pickup on Friday, Dec. 18 and will reopen for orders on January 2, 2021.

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Starting January 2021 we are eliminating the Footnotes section of our weekly newsletter. While the information is valuable, it is also on our website, much of it in several places! With the main focus of the newsletter being education and weekly updates we feel that reducing it to a link would better serve everyone.
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MAYIM FARMS: Add some spice to that special someones life this season with a basket of homemade goodies…herbal salts, sweet relish, Our Daily Dash spices, cotton dish cloths and pot handles…all hand crafted on Mayim Farm. editors note – Greg and Carrol will be present next Saturday at Open House.

D’S JELLIES: We are so excited to be on site at Dothan Nurseries for Christmas Open House! I will have Mayhaw Jelly, Hot Pepper Jelly, and BlackBerry Jelly.  Jellies are unique gifts….delicious, too!  I hope to see familiar faces as well as new faces as we celebrate Christmas. Thank you to my customers for another year of support.

AVALON FARMS:

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Here we go again with another “let’s try this and see what happens” experiment in our new greenhouse. Tomatoes in containers are covered with row cover, helping them to survive the two hard 6 hour freezes at 26 degrees. They seem to be okay! There’s not really enough daylight hours this time of year for them to produce well. But, hey, they are alive…. Unlike the broccoli plants out in the field. They look bit by the cold months. 

FOOTNOTES

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

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

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan


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!

November 28, 2020 M@D Newsletter. We are OpEn for OrDeRs


Christmas-Logo

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 the Kitchen
Market Chitchat

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


KIDS & FOOD

Christmas often brings back sweet classic memories of helping decorate sugar cookies. It’s always a grand time for the kiddos using the rolling pin, picking out which cookie cutter to use, eating bits of dough, licking frosting from sticky fingers, and spilling way too many sprinkles. Even the littlest kid can do something. It’s all joy and fun . . . so much fun that the grownups don’t really mind cleaning up the mess!

Covid for many has upped the ante with parents incorporating their kids, now at home, into everyday kitchen routines and tasks. Some have even taken it to a new level like one father in Florida who has taught his six year old to make pasta . . . from scratch.

This is one of the reasons food blogs for and about children have become increasingly popular. Granted, all are written by adults but all are geared for enhancing healthy mealtimes and making delightful food while making it a delight to create.

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Pictured is Banana Sushi fromThe Gracious Pantry whose focus is to further support the real food movement and inspire people to store, prep and cook with real food.


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Vegan PB&J Smoothie from Veggies Don’t Bite is pretty much a meal in itself. This blog is about using “whole-food ingredients to create simple plant-based recipes that are bursting with flavor”.


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YUM! These Vegetable Quesadillas are from Healthy Little Foodies. Are you sure it’s KID food?


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These Santa Skewer Sandwiches from Eats Amazing were too cute not to share.


You may request a complete list with these and (many) other similar blogs by email to marketatdothan@gmail.com.

OPEN HOUSE UPDATE & MARKET CHITCHAT

If you’ve missed our previous announcements, this year Market at Dothan will be participating in Christmas Open House at Dothan Nurseries on Saturday, December 12.

Open house image

The Nursery Open House will be from 9am to 3 pm and our Market vendors plan to be there from 9 am to 1 pm or longer. The following vendors are preparing to participate:

Avalon Farms Casa Perdido D’s Jellies
Eagle Grove Services Between the Rows Hortons Farm
Martin Teas Lewis Farms Mt. Moriah Farm
Mayim Farm Sweet Acres Ward Goodies
Richter Farms
MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND PLAN TO JOIN US
Masks and Social Distancing will be observed.


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New Products
Soshito Pepper Flavored Kosher Salt
Cuban Oregano Flavored Kosher Salt
Kumquats are Relisted
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Today’s newsletter is the first of the last three ordering cycles for 2020. We will shut down for Christmas Break after Market Pickup on Friday, Dec 18 and will reopen for orders on January 2, 2021.

FOOTNOTES

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

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

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan


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!

November 14, 2020 M@D Newsletter - Last order cycle before Thanksgiving



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.


Thankful Thoughts
Market Chitchat

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


THOUGHTS TO PONDER

”As we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.“ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
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Many people think this verse means to being thankful for the bad things that happen in our lives, but that’s not necessarily so. That one little word, “IN everything . . .” urges us to look for beauty, for joy, for good when things are dark and hard. One person said “The greatest test of faith is when you don’t get what you want but still, you are able to say; Thank You Lord.”

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie
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“On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence.” – William Jennings Bryan
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Gratitude turns what we have into enough.


OPEN HOUSE UPDATE & MARKET CHITCHAT

If you’ve missed our previous announcements, this year Market at Dothan will be participating in Christmas Open House at Dothan Nurseries on Saturday, December 12.

Open house image

The Nursery Open House will be from 9am to 3 pm and our Market vendors plan to be there from 9 am to 1 pm or longer. So far the following vendors (+) have signed up!

Avalon Farms Casa Perdido D’s Jellies
Eagle Grove Services Between the Rows Hortons Farm
Martin Teas Laura’s Confections Mt. Moriah Farm
Mayim Farm Sweet Acres Ward Goodies
Richter Farms
MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND PLAN TO JOIN US


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VIP - This is our last order cycle before Thanksgiving. We will reopen for orders on Saturday, November 28.
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New Products
Dry satsuma
Satsuma slices for EATING and/or decorating from Hortons Farm
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DON’T FORGET – Laura’s Confections is taking Thanksgiving orders for pies and cakes. Please remember to note which items are for the Holiday. Orders will be ready for pickup in Dothan from 3:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. Wednesday, November 25th. VIP – Write “NOV 25 Pickup” in the comment section of your regular Market order to reserve your fresh dessert for pickup on that date.

FOOTNOTES

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

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

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan


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!

November 7, 2020 M@D Newsletter - We're Open for Orders!


November

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.


Ros’s Ramblings
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes: Laura’s Confections, Hortons Farm, Avalon Farms

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


A WEEK LIKE TO OTHER

The election is behind us and whether you are mourning or rejoicing over the latest news it does not diminish the fact that LIFE WILL GO ON. Just a little bit ago I saw a satire article about how the red party was demonstrating by going about life as usual.

Those words, “life as usual” . . . they don’t mean what they did a year ago! A year ago we didn’t have to stay 6 feet apart. A year ago walking into a bank wearing a mask would probably get you arrested. Now they won’t let you in without one! A year ago health department mandated quarantine was unheard of but it happens all the time now.

So while “usual” can be debated, it does not decrease the fact that in this election we were all winners before the candidates were announced. It has nothing to do with party affiliations and everything to do with the fact that we were born into an imperfect country that is continually reaching and seeking to be better than we are now. And it has everything to do with the fact that our founding fathers wisely put together a system of checks and balances to make sure we don’t get too crazy in either direction of what that looks like.

To further drive that point home I’m inviting each of you to read this ESSAY written by a relative. Whether you are one of those who rejoice or mourn over how things are going, my hope is that it will provide insight and (if you’re a mourner) encouragement.

Your Market Manager

OPEN HOUSE UPDATE & MARKET CHITCHAT

Last week we announced that Dothan Nurseries and Market at Dothan would be having Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 5. Since then the date has been changed to DECEMBER 12. The Nursery Open House will be from 9am to 3 pm and our Market vendors plan to be there from 9 am to 1 pm or longer.

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Saturday, December 12, 2020


9am – 1pm +


We are pleased to announce that eleven of our Market Vendors are signed up to participate!

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND PLAN TO JOIN US


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We are happy to welcome GROWS IN ROWS to our Market Family. Kathy was part of Market at Dothan many years ago and we’re excited that she’s rejoining us with her great local products.

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We have ONE MORE order cycle this month before taking Thanksgiving week off.
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New & Relisted – some from last week in case you missed it!
Apple Spice Cake in 2 sizes from Laura’s Confections
Assorted vegetables from Sweet Acre Farm
Hortons Farm Honey

GROWER NOTES

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


LAURA’S CONFECTIONS: We are now taking Thanksgiving orders for pies and cakes. Please remember to note which items are for the Holiday. Orders will be ready for pickup in Dothan from 3:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. Wednesday, November 25th. Thank you for your continued support this year and please have a Happy and Healthy Holiday! VIP – Write “NOV 25 Pickup” in the comment section of your regular Market order to reserve your fresh dessert for pickup on that date.

HORTONS FARM It’s been a busy week here. Our honey was delisted for a few weeks because we quite literally ran out of both containers and honey. That’s all taken care of now as we’ve always done things a bit differently harvesting honey in the fall, and this time around having to rethink packaging with the covid price increases.

2020 HHF containers
Ta-Da – NEW PACKAGING!


In the interest of transparency, the glass jars on the left will be gussied up for the holidays with bulk order discounts available (photos and listings coming soon). The plastic jar to the right is our new 1 lb bottle, sans label.

In unrelated news, our chickens have started molting which means decreased egg production. Its probably coincidence but our young rooster has just discovered his voice as well and seems to be practicing his funny “crow” all all the time. Both are normal chicken life events that we will just take in stride, but we won’t list any eggs this week as it’s too soon to guess how few will be available.

AVALON FARMS:

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In a week’s time, the sugar snap peas have gone from just “cracking the soil” to little plants. Amazing!

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The girls certainly are enjoying their fresh pasture area. So many new places to scratch up tasty treats! Ooh, there goes a grasshopper! Yummy! (A varied diet makes tasty eggs!!)

FOOTNOTES

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

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

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan


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!

Oct 31, 2020 M@D Newsletter - OPEN for orders!



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


More Holiday Announcements
In Season
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

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


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We’ve lost track of all the questions asking if M@D is doing different events we’ve been involved with in the past. You know the answer, we can’t because of the virus. I have to tell you, my fingers are DELIGHTED to type what follows!

Dothan Nurseries will soon be announcing their annual Christmas Open House. It will not be held on Thursday as has been done in the past but all day on a Saturday. This will allow people more time as they come and go thereby reducing the crowd at any given time and allowing for proper social distancing.

Great plans are underway for live music, giveaways, etc during the day and of course Dothan Nurseries will have some fabulous sales going on as well.

When: SATURDAY DECEMBER 5
Time: 9am to ???
Because we’ll stay as long as you keep coming.


In the short time since the decision was finalized six of our regular M@D vendors have committed to participating and more will be joining us in the weeks to come. We will be working hard to bring you a great variety of food/farm/gift items.

So MARK YOUR CALENDAR and make plans to bless your friends and family with Fresh, Local, Sustainable goods and gift items from right here in the Wiregrass.


PECANS

Here in the deep south we have PECANS. They are so versatile and so delicious. Trees are everywhere, and they are considered a seasonal cash crop. On years when nature does not favor their production prices are high, and in years where they are abundant, like 2020, those who pick them up don’t earn as much.

The trees are oblivious to all of this and continue to do their jobs of giving us one of the most delicious of all nuts. We hope this section inspires you to use them in some different and creative ways.

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We can’t wait to try Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Pecans, and Cranberries.


Keto pecan
Keto Salted Caramel Pecans would make a great gift! Links to other great pecan treats may be found on this page.


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Curried Carrots with Pecans are one of fifteen recipes featuring pecans in this collection.

MARKET CHITCHAT

Holiday Schedule Announcement: We will be closed the week of Thanksgiving. Market will not open on Saturday, Nov. 21 so there will be no order pickup on (Black) Friday, Nov. 27. Regular ordering will resume on Saturday, Nov. 28.

In December we will open for orders on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, then be closed till January 2, 2021. We are sticking with the normal ordering and pickup schedule during Open House.

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Trick or treat
We never know who all will show up on Friday mornings!
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Make sure you VOTE next Tuesday!
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New & Relisted Items
1 Quart Tomatoes
1 Quart Squash
1 Quart White Cream Peas
Peach & Pepper Hot Sauce
Birds Eye Pepper & Hot Sauce
Meyer Lemons
Turnip GREENS

GROWER NOTES

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


AVALON FARMS:

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Garden remodeling courtesy of hurricane Zeta. Thankfully I had not planted transplants in that yet! They would probably been ripped up too. 

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Finally putting a few seeds in the ground. Sugar snap peas are “cracking the ground”, meaning the seeds are sprouting and pushing up on the soil. Going to plant assorted turnips, radishes and greens this weekend. The weather forecast shows lows of 37 Saturday and Sunday night.  That should slow down the army worms and give the plants a chance. 

Enjoying our first real fall weekend!

FOOTNOTES

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

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

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan


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!

Nov. 24, 2020 M@D Newsletter - We are open for orders!



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


Change your Diet, Change your Life
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

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


ONE WOMAN’S STORY

The name in this account has been changed and the story is so typical of the powerful impact diet makes on health that it could actually be many of our local Market customers! (It’s not.) We hope it will encourage you to examine what does and does not work for you and replace your own “no” items with “yes” foods that you love and love you back by building your health.

At her first visit to a nutritionist, Ann (53), just had one goal: “I need to get healthy!” Her cholesterol was elevated (including triglycerides), and she had taken Lipitor for five years. Her blood pressure had been elevated in the past. She had acid reflux and had been on Zantac for 15 years.
She slept poorly and experienced sleep apnea and extreme fatigue. She was taking hormone replacement therapy for hormonal headaches that had plagued her for years. She had experienced swollen, painful joints for many years, which had developed into osteoarthritis. Her bowels tended toward constipation, and she craved bread and sweets.
The nutritionist noted her systemic inflammation, water retention, swelling, and constipation and suspected a food sensitivity. She suggested that Ann eliminate corn, dairy, and wheat from her diet; keep track of her body’s reaction to the changes; and then gradually introduce these foods one at a time.

Elimination diet
This is one of many publications that can walk one through the process Ann used to determine her food sentisivities.


When Ann returned four weeks later, she had determined through the elimination diet that she had a corn sensitivity. Since eliminating corn, she reported feeling much better, and the pain in her back and legs had diminished. Her constipation was relieved and much of the swelling and fluid retention also improved. Ann reported that “I lost only five pounds, but I feel smaller.”
Returning at eight weeks, Ann reported that the, “changes have been easy.” She had lost 20 pounds and her energy was much improved: “I wake up ready for the day.” She was walking a mile and a half each day and her cravings for sugar had also diminished, much to her delight. She reported feeling more in control of her eating.
At 12 weeks, Ann said the changes were becoming habit. “I feel so much better.” Her energy continued to improve; she had lost a total of 27 pounds, and she experienced less pain.

Nightshade substitutions
Confession Time: your M@D manager is learning to live without foods in the nightshade family. Like any other training, learning to replace something bad with something wonderful and good is a key component to success.

MARKET CHITCHAT

Holiday Schedule Announcement: We will be closed the week of Thanksgiving. Market will not open on Saturday, Nov. 21 so there will be no order pickup on (Black) Friday, Nov. 27. Regular ordering will resume on Saturday, Nov. 28.

In December we will open for orders on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, then be closed till January 2, 2021

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Thought for the week, courtesy of Smith Farms: “Strange times are not fun but they are when heros are made.”
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Pumpkin patch pan
We were all enchanted yesterday by the pan Laura’s Confections is using to make her Pumpkin Loaf.
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New & Relisted Items
Half Dozen Duck Eggs from Don Smith
2020 Pecan Halves and Pieces from Debra Ward

GROWER NOTES

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


AVALON FARMS:

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Success! At last, one farm experiment proved successful. Hallelujah! We had several complete crop failures this year, garlic and winter squash were two biggies, but the trial of yard long beans has been a success. They have been growing since spring, made all summer, and now after a brief break, they are producing again. What they’ll do next year is yet to be seen, but I’m calling this a successful  proof of concept.

I want to say thank you to you all for your support during this difficult season. Farming is not for the faint of heart and has definitely tested my resolve this year. Let’s all move into a new growing season together. 

FOOTNOTES

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

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

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan


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!

Oct. 17, 2020 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.


Food & Health Part II
Market Chitchat

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


THE FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PERSPECTIVE

One component of Functional Medicine focuses on how diet impacts health and function. When Functional Medicine practitioners examine the role of nutrition in chronic disease, they look at multiple systems, such as the digestive system, the immune system, and the detoxification system, because of the interconnections between those systems. For instance, because 80% of the immune system is contained in the gastrointestinal system, a person’s issues with immunity could be related to faulty digestion.
Functional Medicine maintains that chronic disease is almost always preceded by a period of declining health in one or more of the body’s systems. Thus, these practitioners seek to identify early the symptoms that indicate underlying dysfunction, possibly leading to disease.
One of the ways Functional Medicine seeks to address declining health is to provide the foods and nutrients needed to restore function. This is a cost effective, non-invasive intervention that aims to stop the progression into disease.

Example of Cardiovascular Disease

Heart diet
This is one example of many diets that are suited for a particular physical symptom.


When taking a nutritional approach to health and disease, it is important to understand that one disease might have multiple causes, and one underlying dysfunction might cause multiple diseases. Cardiovascular disease may be among the clearest examples of this concept. Researchers have shown that the development of heart disease can be triggered by multiple factors. These factors include insulin resistance, elevated homocysteine, oxidative stress, elevated cholesterol, hypertension, heavy metal toxicity, stress, and inflammation. Each of these factors can be influenced by nutrition and each, in turn, impact our nutritional needs. This applies both to the prevention and treatment of these factors (Textbook of Functional Medicine).

Expert Contributor:Carolyn Denton, LNR reviewed by:Karen Lawson, MD;Linda Armstrong, RD, LD, MBAFor example, a 2007 study shows the importance of optimal mineral balance and how a deficiency in mineral balance can contribute to the development of congestive heart failure(Cardiovascular & Hematological Agents in Medicinal Chemistry, 2007)

Next week we’ll meet a lady who changed her life by changing her diet.

MARKET CHITCHAT

It’s starting to get a little green around here . . . One of the things about our core values, Fresh, Local, Stustainable, and Year Round, is AVABILITY. We’ve been moving into the fall growing season for a few weeks now and are just now seeing fresh local greens listed on the Market Page. This is because many of these vegetables just don’t like summer heat! Leafy green vegetables however love the cooler nights and temperatures we’ve been experiencing which is why we’re starting to see more of them listed.

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Relisted
Curly Kale and Kale for Chips from Mayim Farm
Pak Choi/Baby Choi from Mayim Farm
Pak choi
Stir Fried Pak Choi is a tasty and elegant way to serve this great vegetable.

FOOTNOTES

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

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

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan


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!

Oct 10, 2020 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.


Food & Health
Market Chitchat

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


GETTING BACK TO BASICS

While it’s highly doubtful any of this information is new to any of our customers we like to re-examine some of the reasons we keep the Market open through the changing seasons and through thick and thin. Healthy food does matter!

How Does Food Impact Health?
The food we eat gives our bodies the “information” and materials they need to function properly. If we don’t get the right information, our metabolic processes suffer and our health declines.
If we get too much food, or food that gives our bodies the wrong instructions, we can become overweight, undernourished, and at risk for the development of diseases and conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease.
In short, what we eat is central to our health.  Consider that in light of Webster’s definition of medicine: “The science and art dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease.”
Food acts as medicine—to maintain, prevent, and treat disease.

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What does food do in our bodies?
The nutrients in food enable the cells in our bodies to perform their necessary functions. This quote from a popular textbook describes how the nutrients in food are essential for our physical functioning.
“Nutrients are the nourishing substances in food that are essential for the growth, development and maintenance of body functions. Essential meaning that if a nutrient is not present, aspects of function and therefore human health decline. When nutrient intake does not regularly meet the nutrient needs dictated by the cell activity, the metabolic processes slow down or even stop.”(1)
In other words, nutrients give our bodies instructions about how to function. In this sense, food can be seen as a source of “information” for the body. 
Thinking about food in this way gives us a view of nutrition that goes beyond calories or grams, good foods or bad foods. This view leads us to focus on foods we should include rather than foods to exclude.
Instead of viewing food as the enemy, we look to food as a way to create health and reduce disease by helping the body maintain function.

Next week we’ll look at Functional Medicine.
(1)- Perspectives in Nutrition, Wardlow and Insel.

MARKET CHITCHAT

This week we say goodbye to Sweet and Simple. Meredith has taken a job that will prevent her from baking delicious things for us anymore. We wish her all the best!

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New
Autumn Leaves and Gold Childhood Cancer Soaps from Bella Eden Farms
This may be the last week juicy Japanese Persimmons are available
Japanese persimmon

FOOTNOTES

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

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

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan


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!

October 3, 2020 M@D Newsletter: We are OPEN!


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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.


In the World of Food
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes: Grier Acres, Avalon Farms

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


IN THE NEWS

Whether one is in the business as a farmer, trucker, or food outlet, an activist or just a consumer everyone is interested in food because WE ALL EAT! So once in a while it’s fun to check the news and see what’s going on. We hope what follows informs, inspires and maybe even helps you in your own dietary journey.

Mazda Donates to Huntsville Food Bank This week he Mazda Foundation (USA) Inc.donated $50,000 to the Food Bank of North Alabama in an emergency gift to help meet growing demand for food amid economic struggles caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. This brings the total they have donated to our state this year to $94,000.

Home Cooking Becomes More Popular (We had to chuckle at this) McCormick & Company CEO Lawrence Kurzius told CNBC’s Jim Cramer that the spice maker sees sustained popularity for home cooking, which has flourished during the coronavirus pandemic. “This has really become a trend that’s becoming a habit,” he said on “Mad Money.” “We’ve gained market share in most of our categories, and this isn’t just a U.S. phenomena,”.

National Taco Day is tomorrow, Oct. 4. Several national chains (Moe’s, Taco Bell, & others) will be celebrating by offering free tacos and/or specials. Taco Bell is kicking off the day with the launch of a gifting platform and the fast-food chain is giving a free taco to gift for the first 10,000 people who use Taco Gifter. Their Twitter account will announce when the free tacos will be available.

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Bon Appetit tells you how to make your own taco seasoning.

Sunday. Oct. 4 is also National Vodka Day but it’s highly doubtful any discounts will to be found for that one.

TicTok Food Hacks If you use the TicTok app you probably know there are food hack videos along with all the crazy stuff. If you can stomach watching things like making popcorn with Skittles here are a couple of copy and paste links. The cheese quesadillas in the first video is actually a great idea.
https://www.delish.com/food-news/a34250663/tiktok-bowl-hack-clean-counter/
https://www.delish.com/food-news/a32715136/tiktok-food-hacks/

The Best of the Best Things like trends and hacks are fun, but the goal and bottom line about any food news should be health. That being said, Food News (https://www.food.news) offers the latest and best in research and studies about how what you eat affects you. So if you ignore everything else in this section, do check this one out if you want more really great info. Some of todays topics are: The power of pecans: 8 Reasons to eat more pecan nuts (recipes included), Manage your osteoarthritis with the help of blueberries, and Zesty and healthy: Here’s how you can make your own citrus essential oils.

MARKET CHITCHAT

Mobile Ordering We’ve had several reports of orders made from mobile phones not going through recently. It seems to be an individual phone issue as our web designer can order from any market in the country from his iphone. Your market manager however cannot from her Samsung Android. The shopping cart simply refuses to go through when you hit the “Place my Order” button. If this happens to you Wendy from Avalon suggests opening the store page as “desktop site”. This option should be in menu.

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New Items
Butternut Squash Puree from Restoration Gardens
Gourmet Dijon Pineapple Sauce from Laura’s Confections

GROWER NOTES

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


GRIER ACRES: Grier Acres
A touch of Fall in the air! It is a refreshing change from the months of hot humid weather we’ve endured. While I love hot weather over cold weather any day, it’s nice to have a respite from the heat every once in a while. The change in weather
means that the summer garden is nearing it’s end. We’ll be turning the soil, incorporating new compost, and spent grain from Folklore Brewing. Our garden soil is extremely sandy with little organic material in the top 4-6 inches. Once you get below that layer it’s that sticky yellow clay. Slowly but surely we’re improving the soil.

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Our pecans are absolutely loaded this year! Back story: Mom and dad planted 2 acres of pecans back in 1975 with an eye towards the crop providing college money for my brother and me. Despite his best efforts, dad just never could get a crop from them. The county extension agent came out and made recommendations, soil samples were taken each year, fertilizers, lime, etc. were all applied in accordance with the recommendations. Nothing. I graduated from UGA in 1990 and have yet to see a dime of college money from those trees. Finally after 45 years we have a crop. It’s so bountiful that the limbs are breaking due to the weight!

Finally we’ve created a YouTube Channel to chronicle some of the things we have going on here at the farm. It’s slow going as we’re having to teach ourselves how to make, edit, and post the videos. We hope to get better with practice. Please check it out and subscribe if you find it interesting. Follow this link to Grier Acres YouTube

AVALON FARMS:
Well, never had this happen before…must be 2020! Army worms literally came marching across the hay field and into the winter squash planting. Not really a lot I could do to stop them and they laid waste to the plants. Apparently preferring the squash plants to the nut grass (weeds) in the field.

Out of 12 hundred foot rows of winter squash harvested maybe a couple dozen squash. What a crop failure. All that time, effort and seed cost just wasted. Sigh.

Onwards. Moving on towards whatever comes next.

FOOTNOTES

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

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

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarketatDothan
Join our Online Discussions! www.facebook.com/groups/MarketatDothanDiscussion
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan


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!

Sept. 26 2020 M@D is open for orders


Apologies for the bare bones notification this week. This is what no internet at your Market Managers house looks like! We’re hoping Centurylink don’t take too long digging up our yard to install new lines.

M@D has a few new listings that should be easy to find. As is every week, it’s all fresh and delicious!

Appreciate you all so very much!

Bee blessed,
Your Market Growers