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Sept 19, 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.


Changing Seasons
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


ODE TO THE EQUINOX

Next week is officially fall! And the way things are going we’ll actually get temperatures to match. On a more celestial level if you enjoy watching the subtle changes of nature you may have noticed that day and night are pretty close to 12 hours each these days. After next Tuesday the sun’s arc across the sky will slowly change direction. And the nights will become increasingly longer.

Scientifically an equinox is regarded as the instant of time when the plane of Earth’s equator passes through the geometric center of the Sun’s disk. To explain it another way, it is the moment at which the center of the visible Sun is directly above the equator.

Autumn-Equinox
This image from 2018 shows how the tilt of the earth affects the way our sun’s light hits the planet, thus causing the seasons.


This year Fall Equinox will take place next Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 9:21 Eastern Daylight Time. So on Tuesday, day and night will each be roughly 12 hours each and after that fall decorations will be official and pumpkin spice lattes legal.

This is not the correct venue for too much science about the topic but we do highly recommend one great 21st century visual. NASA has a time-lapse demonstration of the phenomenon shot over the course of a whole year from space at The Vox. Just scroll down a bit to the video and you can see the line separating day from night swinging back and forth as the earth changes seasons. We sure didn’t get that in elementary school!

So HAPPY FALL! Tuesday sounds like a great day to dig into something with cinnamon or pumpkin, take the fall wardrobe out of storage, buy a mum or Croton Petra from JD at the Nursery or put a scarecrow in your yard. Whatever you choose to do, ENJOY it to the fullest and give thanks for this most lovely of seasons. And don’t forget to wave at the sun as it crosses the equator.

MARKET CHITCHAT

WHAT A WEEK! We hope you came through Sally unscathed and that your loved ones in other parts of the country, whether on the coast or out west are safe. It was a tough decision to cancel Market orders this last week. Both food safety and availability were key factors as crop quality, transportation and possible power outages all affect the outcome of our Friday mornings.

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Blast From The Past Those of you who have been with us a number of years may remember Susan Owens who was one of our original founders. Major life changes sent her on to other callings but she has remained in touch and it’s been exciting to see how she’s still serving the farming community. So without further adieu:

Composting 101, Local People Doing Real Things, Part I, A Little Why
Composting 101, Local People Doing Real Things, Part II, A Big How

We hope this is a help to you!

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New
Apple Pie Cream & Tennessee Whiskey Soap from Bella Eden Farms
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Cowherd boys
This photo has absolutely nothing to do with food or M@D. It’s just boys having fun this lovely Saturday. We hope your day has been blessed as well.

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 12, 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.


September Recipes
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes: Danny’s Greens, Avalon Farms, Hortons Farm

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 Month for All Seasons

No doubt you’ve heard me say it before, this area has GREAT GARDENING WEATHER pretty much all year long. Even with hot August slowing down the growth of Danny’s gourmet greens, you can still plant warm weather crops and reasonably expect a 2nd harvest of many vegetables before the weather is too cold. Things like cabbage, collards, broccoli, and many leafy greens prefer our mild winters so we’re good no matter what season.

But we did wonder what September meant to other areas and found that it’s traditionally the end of summer foods and the beginning of fall and winter foods. Some places are just now harvesting blackberries if that tells you anything!

So what follows are a couple of fun links to “September” recipes. Enjoy and let us know if you find a really great dish that you’ll want to make again!

rosermary-flatbread
Rosemary Flatbread with Blue Cheese, Grapes and Honey is almost too pretty to eat. The recipe is from a collection curated by Food and Wine


cabbage-tacos
Cookie & Kate list many seasonal foods with great recipe links under each photo. These Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos with Cilantro Cabbage Slaw are linked under Cabbage.

MARKET CHITCHAT

Many thanks to everyone who brought unwanted Ball Mason jars to the Market on Friday. Please know we make sure the jars you recycle through us go to further use. It’s a small thing but it’s one way to keep perfectly usable goods out of landfills.

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And many thanks to everyone still getting purple ribbons tied to their newly cleaned Market Bags. This is an ongoing project and if the rotation bag currently at home with you needs a good cleaning, go for it! We’ve got plenty of ribbons!

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New Items
German Black Forest Bread from Laura’s Confections
New – Dog Treats – Chicken Paws from Avalon Farms
These Chicken Paws (feet) are slow roasted for chewing goodness. All the Good Doggos deserve these crunchy treats. Pure chicken, with no added ingredients or preservatives.  Claws removed.  Farm Dog Approved!

GROWER NOTES

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


DANNY’S GREENS: This is the second week Danny has listed his max of 10 bags per week after the hot spell in August. Right now the farm is transitioning from shade cloth to plastic coverings for the beds so the heavy rains we’re expecting won’t beat the tender greens into the soil. Things like this are one of the reasons Danny is able to consistently provide the Market with high quality lettuce greens.

AVALON FARMS:

Avalon-processing

We processed chickens last weekend.  You’ll find them available in the market this week. 

To give a little perspective to the joys and frustrations of chicken wrangling, we’d like to share the history of this batch of chickens. We purchased 75 chicks that were

to be delivered June 1st. This batch of chickens apparently were not as robust as they normally are. After 2 weeks, they just didn’t seem to be growing and then they started dieing. There didn’t really seem to be a reason but we did what we knew to do to keep them healthy but they just kept on dying. It became normal to find 1 dead when we went to feed them. Not only did half of them die, it took 11 weeks before they were big enough to process instead of the normal 8 weeks we shoot for. So as you can see there were lots of losses in chicken lives and finances. Not to mention frustration on the part of the farmers.

HORTONS FARM: Happy to report major progress in restoring our kitchen garden. The kitchen garden is the one practically in our backyard that was in place when we moved here in 1995. The kids and I overhauled it installing raised beds that served us for many years. Time has taken it’s toll though and this week we removed all the perennial vegetables (asparagus and horseradish) from the dilapidated beds in preparation for new construction. Turns our there was a lot more asparagus in there than we realized and instead of filling a five gallon bucket we filled a 35 gallon trash can! It was nice to find a bit of tender asparagus in the process.

That was phase 1. Phase 2 was removing the old structures and hauling it to the burn pile. I’m happy to report that’s about 90% done. With any luck I’ll get that finished this week so the Mr. can commence with phase 3, using the tractor to level everything out. Construction on new beds can begin after that.

On an unrelated note we had our 6th wooden egg for the summer come up missing this week. We usually catch one or two snakes every year helping themselves to our eggs but they seem particularly cunning this year and we’ve not caught any in the act. This is one of the reasons our egg listings fluctuate from week to week.

FOOTNOTES

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

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

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


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. 5, 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.


Canning Supply Call to Arms
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes: Mayim Farm, Hortons Farm

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


GRAB YOUR BALLS . . .

And while you’re at it the Kerrs, Bernardins, newer Wall Mart plain jars and all the new and used rings and flats you can find.

We’ve deliberately stayed away from the catchy slogan for obvious reasons, but here of late things with canning supplies have become so serious it’s worth using just to bring attention to a very serious matter.

Mason jars2

We’ve been so busy crafting and decorating with mason jars the last few years that now that we need them for food there are no supplies. No jars, no rings, no flats . . . stores are OUT all over the country. I did find some overpriced rings and flats on Amazon, but if you go into any Rural King, Dollar General or Wal Mart in the area you won’t find any of these supplies. If by chance you do find some, post it on Facebook and they’ll be out very shortly just like all the other stores.

I was alerted to the outage when a beekeeper friend in Pensacola posted an urgent plea for help because she was unable to package her honey. A bit of sleuthing with Vicki & Kathy on Friday morning confirmed it.

So this is a plea – if you don’t can and have extra jars and flats, even used ones, send them to us at Market at Dothan. We recycle stuff all the time and in this case will make sure they go where they’re genuinely needed.

MARKET CHITCHAT

So yesterday we broke out the Purple Ribbons to identify recently cleaned Market bags. If you missed last week’s newsletter you may find the August 29 issue HERE with info about cleaning your reusable Market bag. If you currently don’t use recycleable bags read up about it on our Q&A page. Bags are now relisted on the MARKET PAGE for anyone who’d rather not shop for one.

Please TELL US your bag has been recently cleaned when returning it to us so we can put a purple ribbon on it too. This is something we hope to do every six months.

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New Items
Baby Hat Sets, 2 colors, from Casa Perdido
Candy Bar Explosion from Laura’s Confections

GROWER NOTES

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


MAYIM FARM: We will be taking a well needed break this week for a vacation to Mentone…we’ll be back next week…

Hortons Farm We had a couple of nice surprises this week:

brown-pullet
Young Copper Maran brown egg shown between Buff and Ameraucana eggs.

Pullet Eggs! We have gathered three small brown eggs so far laid by one of our young copper maran’s this week. We promise that if you receive one of these in your egg order we’ll make sure you get some nice big eggs as well.

Butterfly 2


My mother spotted this on the Phlox by the front steps. It was definitely worth getting the camera out for and turns out to be a swallowtail aberration called a gynandromorph. ”What’s That Bug?” was the only place on the internet we found with good information about it. The site is a great resource with lots of photos for curious bug watchers.

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!

August 29, 2020 - M@D is now OpeN!


hello-september

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.


Bag Business
In the Kitchen
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes: Simple & Sweet

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


SCRUB A DUB-DUB

What follows is probably more suitable for our Market Chitchat section, but it’s been a while since we addressed some nuances concerning reusable Market bags.

Market at Dothan started encouraging the use of reusable bags a few years ago in an effort to reduce waste. It was (and still is) such a strong conviction we invested meager resources into good reusable bags and made them available on the Market Page. This morning I had to remove the listings because we’re OUT! With any luck we’ll be able to relist them before the week is over.

In the meantime the issue that needs to be addressed is cleanliness. Covid has made all of us a lot more aware of the need to sanitize, sanitize, sanitize and our Market Bags need TLC as well. Those of us involved in bagging and giving your orders to you every week do not worry about the virus as the bags we pack in get to sit a good long week in between uses, but they do pick up dust and who-knows-what as they move from us to you and back again.

clean-bag
image courtesy of cleaninginstitute.org

We’re designating September as CLEAN YOUR BAG MONTH. Those who use our bag rotation system are encouraged to start cleaning your designated Market bags and continue the process through September and longer if necessary so that all your bags are in tip top shape. We’ll have ribbons on hand starting Friday to identify your clean returned bags and will make every effort to rotate through them.

Thanks in advance for your help and cooperation!

WITH MOM

Many of you know my Mom has been living with us for a few months. She takes over the kitchen sometimes and has introduced us to some of her favorite recipes. One of them is an interesting egg muffin thing. She’d make a batch and have a couple for breakfast one day or one as a snack the next till they were gone. They were too nutritionally dense to be quiche or a traditional muffin.

Last week she modified a batch substituting three duck eggs & Richter Farms smoked sausage. The combo was wonderful and Kathy (Kathy’s Cluckers) told me they are called Egg Bites. Mystery solved!

Spinach-Egg-Bites-LEAD-01
Mom’s Egg Bites

1 lb Italian Sausage, cooked, drained and COOL
5 eggs
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained well
2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
2 Tablespoons minced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 Tablespoons olive oil

Mix well and bake in silicone (or well greased) muffin tins 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool before refrigerating. May be reheated in oven or microwave if desired.

There are many Egg Bite recipes on the internet, both with and without dairy and some using things like pepperoni for pizza flavor. There are also many ways to cook them if you do not wish to heat up the kitchen using the oven. Feel free to shoot us any favorite recipe and/or photos if you take the plunge to try them yourself.

MARKET CHITCHAT

What a blessing to see everyone who had orders yesterday! We appreciate you so much and even with covid preventing the occasional hug, seeing you, knowing you’re well enough to be out and about – it’s encouraging!

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New Items
Danny’s Gourmet Lettuce is relisted
Chocolate Almond Biscotti from Simple & Sweet
South Anna Butternut Squash, 3 sizes, from Restoration Gardens
Peach, Raspberry & Almond Crostata from Laura’s Confections
Pumpkin Bread, 2 sizes, from Laura’s Confections
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GROWER NOTES

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


Simple & Sweet: NEW ITEM! I got a new recipe to try from my mom, and the results are too delicious not to share. Check the baked goods section for my new listing of Chocolate Almond Biscotti. These crunchy sweets are the perfect compliment to your morning cup of coffee, and who doesn’t love dessert for breakfast? 

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!

August 22, 2020 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.


Laura & Marco Sitting in a Tree . . .
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes: 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


THUNDER & LIGHTENING, VERY VERY FRIGHTENING

Silly headlines, I know, but if you’ve been watching the news you know the southeastern US is expected to get a good lashing by Mother Nature from this duo, Marcos & Laura, this coming week.

Storms are nothing new to those of us who have lived in this area a while. We’ve seen a lot of devastation, a lot of rebuilding and if we’ve not been affected we know someone who has. Neighbors run to help neighbors, insurance companies are insanely busy, and its hard to find contractors to get your stuff fixed in the days and months following.

All of us can agree that covid and 2020 in general has forced us to think in terms of long term survival. The topic is hard enough for the general public. For those of us who try to eat healthy it’s a bit more challenging as a loaf of bread with lunch meat or Jif peanut butter that would be an easy meal for someone else could quickly worsen existing health issues and for some even be deadly! Issues like this are one of the reasons we occasionally talk about canning/drying/freezing foods in this newsletter.

Preparedness is a big topic that reached beyond food & water to include shelter eventually getting to niceties like being able to take a shower. It’s too much for one newsletter so we’re going to give you a few resources and leave any further research to your discretion. We want this to be educational and uplifting at the same time so hang on!

Let me introduce you to someone.
Kat

This is Kat. She’s a crazy creative, serious recycler (that’s how we met), super thrifty superwoman and is the original Providential Prepper on Facebook. How lucky can a girl be to have a friend like that? Kat’s page is loaded with tips, tricks, good information, etc. compiled by a woman for women.

Even if you don’t like to listen to the local news, it’s a good idea to know your tv and radio stations for weather information during a storm. WTVY has some great beforehand tips and advice for Wiregrass residents.

Other sources of information:

1. This article from The Simple Prepper has some great tips: Among them, “Preparedness is roughly 90% about having food and water.”
2. This preparedness Facebook Page has both practical and hard core prepardeness ideas.
3. If you’ve got the time and can filter through the craziness there are a number of TV Programs showcasing both sane and marginally sane people with both good and bad ideas.

MARKET CHITCHAT

THANK YOU to everyone who made Market Donations this week. Your kind consideration is greatly appreciated and helps keep us running.

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New Items
“Scratch n Dent” Chickens – Avalon Farms
Pumpkin Bread from Laura’s Confections

GROWER NOTES

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


AVALON FARMS: Being the fickle person I am, I don’t like it when I buy a chicken and it has a broken leg or wing. Just looks bad, even though it tastes the same. So when a bird gets damaged during processing I won’t sell it to you without you knowing it. Hence Scratch n Dent sales. These birds are slightly reduced but still wholesome and delicious, just maybe not presentation worthy.

We do have more meat birds growing. They are growing SO slow. We are 2 weeks past when we expected to start sending them to freezer camp. Based on my research it is probably the high temperatures we’ve been having. Been doing extra things to keep them comfortable, like extra shade and wetting down their feed and the ground area with cool water in afternoon, but they just aren’t eating as much. Hopefully they’ll be ready in the next month. 

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!

August 15 M@D Newsletter - Time to Order!


August

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.


Whats Not to Love . . .
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes: Avalon Farms, Grier Acres

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


. . .BESIDES THE HEAT?

August. Miserably hot August. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the heat and humidity dragging on and on and it’s especially discouraging this year with corona still looming over us, safe at home restrictions, ever depressing news stories and separation from loved ones. Today just seemed like a good time to dig up some positive tips, tricks and ideas to get us through the end of the month. Grab a shovel because we’re looking for hidden treasure!

1. Gardening If you’re up to battling the heat you can get a head start on your fall garden with transplants of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. You may also sow seeds of summer squash, snap beans, and cucumbers. While other parts of the country and even north Alabama recommend seeding things like collards, cabbage and broccoli, our soil is still to warm to germinate cool weather crops so don’t get too carried away.

2. Spider Maintenance Ok . . . that does NOT sound like something to embrace and love, but if you put some effort into spider prevention now, you’ll love not dealing with creepie crawlies in a few weeks when they attempt to cover the entire region, indoors and out with webs.

conkers
Country Living offers some great ideas to keep them out of your living space.


3. Enjoy something new. Whether it be a new recipe, new shoes, new hobby or a new friend, embrace it for all its worth.

4. Catch up with an old friend. As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. Proverbs 25:25 C.H. Surgeon said “This is a text for summertime rather than for a winter’s evening. It is only on one of our hottest summer days that we could fully appreciate the illustration here employed” While no doubt there’s a deep spiritual lesson here, it’s also highly practical to connect with those who bring joy to our lives when we’re feeling dragged down.

5. Go outside at night. The recent rains have made recent evenings actually pleasant as long as you’ve got good mosquito protection. The thing about night – the universe goes on as it has for centuries. In fact if you care to check it out there are some pretty cool things going on in the night sky. Tonight for example, Uranus will start standing still in the night sky till January. If you do spot it keep in mind that the longer it stands the cooler the days will become. It’s been keeping that promise for a long time.

Aug 15
More night sky events may be found at space.com.


MARKET CHITCHAT

A hearty WELCOME to our new customers!
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Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see your favorite vegetable or cut of meat on the Market page. Everything listed on our site is Fresh and Local which means things that are not in season are not available at that time. In the case of meat, most private butchers will only process one animal at at time and these days have waiting lists as more people turn to growing their own meat.

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New Items
Lavender & Shea Butter Cream Soap in 2 sizes
Williamsburg Orange Cake

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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More Delicata Squash are coming!!! More of the small round ones and some larger oblong ones. We so appreciate your purchasing of the first crop of Delicata Squash. Your feedback on how good they were was wonderful! This second planting should be ready later in September.

GRIER ACRES : Well Grier Acres has been blessed with the pears this year. 

This is what has been peeled so far.....so many pears......

Unpeeled pears

These two containers weighed in at 25 pounds!  We have been selling and canning about as hard as we can.  Still can’t keep up with the production.  Heck I’ve even given up fighting the tree rats.  Let them have their fair share.  We’ve kept the price the same, but have increased the number from 7 to 10 for each purchase.  We need these things moved.  The ones that get soft spots are given to our goats and chickens.  So nothing goes to waste!

Mama Goat and her daughter Dapple
Batter and her son Leap

Our peppers are coming along slowly.  The Jalapenos are just now turning red, the Tabascos are yellow/orange, and the Habaneros are orange/red.  We should be listing these on the market within the next week.  The Ghost peppers are a big disappointment.  No fruit or blooms.  Just foliage.

Two weeks ago we were getting 40-50 pounds of okra a week.  Last week we got less than 10 pounds.  Hopefully it will kick in again soon.  I guess the 95+ degree heat has something to do with it.

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!

August 8, 2020 M@D time to Order!



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.


Eggstraordinary!
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


THE LOWDOWN ON EGGS

Eagle Grove Farms recently added quail eggs to their Market listings. This week the Market is offering duck eggs as well from M@D’s customer and friend, Don Smith. We hope the following information will inspire you to try both of these wonderful products! We’re including goose eggs for information only as they’ve previously been offered through M@D.

The chicken clearly rules the roost of American egg production, but many other birds lay tasty eggs, among them the quail, duck and goose. Other cultures have long recognized the virtue of these varieties.

The funny thing about eggs is that most people say they all taste about the same. If you prepare a dish using duck, goose or even quail eggs, guests may notice subtle differences but usually will say it tastes like a chicken egg.” This is actually a good thing, because it allows you to incorporate the more unusual types of eggs into recipes without worrying about drastic changes in flavor. You will, however, need to adjust the amounts!

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Left to right: Quail, Chicken, Duck, Goose

Quail Eggs: Bigger isn’t always better. The diminutive, spotted egg of the quail is perfect if you’d like to experiment with a fun, unusual type of egg. At about 1 inch in length and 9 grams in weight, quail eggs are popular with chefs looking to make creative treats such as bite-sized deviled eggs. As long as you make adjustments for size, quail eggs can be used interchangeably with chicken eggs. Caterers and party-planners should take note that it’s very impressive to do little things like a open sandwich, such as croque madame or to serve hors d’oeuvres topped with a quail egg. They’re served with steak tartare in France, marinated in soy sauce in Korea, and paired with chorizo and toast for Spanish tapas.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 14
Protein: 1.2 grams
Cholesterol: 76 milligrams

Chicken Eggs: A standard 60-calorie chicken egg is about 2 1/2 inches long, weighs about 60 grams and can vary drastically in color, depending on the breed of chicken that laid it. This is the egg that Americans love most and the only egg that many have ever been exposed to. Consumers have many options when it comes to buying chicken eggs. White or brown eggs? Organic, free-range, cage-free, or pasture-raised? Omega-3-enriched or soy-free? The variety can be confusing, but ultimately, which egg to choose comes down to personal choice.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 60 to 70
Protein: 6 grams
Cholesterol: 187 milligrams

Duck Eggs: A bit larger than chicken eggs, duck eggs have a creamy, rich consistency, due to their larger yolk-to-white ratio. It also means that they have a higher fat content than chicken eggs. Duck eggs also contain more calories per egg and feature a harder shell than chicken eggs and have a potentially longer refrigerated shelf life. Once you do crack a duck egg, you’ll notice that the yolk is very large. This is why duck eggs have a higher fat content and a creamier texture than chicken eggs which is why many bakers like the really silky batter they make. In addition a lot of pastry chefs prefer duck eggs for flan, crème brûlée, or anything where you desire a custard texture.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 130
Protein: 9 grams
Cholesterol: 620 milligrams

Goose Eggs: Weighing in at about 5 ounces each, goose eggs are equivalent to two or three large chicken eggs. Once you master the trick of cracking these giants — tapping them against a bowl won’t cut it! — you’ll find them a delight to eat. Geese have a limited laying season of just a few months in the spring, and most birds lay only about 40 eggs per year, give or take. Goose eggs are roughly the equivalent of two jumbo eggs. Like duck eggs, they are highly prized for baking.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 265
Protein: 20 grams
Cholesterol: 1227 milligrams

CHITCHAT & GROWER NOTES

Welcome Don Smith! Don has been steadily growing his flock of ducks who give him a wide variety of beautiful duck eggs. Be sure to read his product description to learn more.

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Danny’s Greens is taking a break for his lettuce to grow. Even using heat tolerant varieties in the summer months, our August heat is hard on it. Danny has promised to notify us as soon as he sees there will be enough to list for sale. In the meantime, he’s got a number of other crops started that should be available in the fall.

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Squashamingos
Please be considerate of these creatures as they and their green cousins sometimes find their way into your vehicles, on your porch, etc during the summer months.
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New & Relisted Items
NEW – Duck Eggs listed under Seasonal Growers
NEW – Caribbean Escape Soy Candle – Bella Eden Farms
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Avalon Farms:

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With the daily temperatures running in the mid 90s, and heat index of well over 100, this heat has really been impacting all of our chickens. We’ve been taking extra precautions to keep our chickens comfortable. The broilers moveable house has been retrofitted with an extra roof-over of tarp. This creates a cooler airspace over their entire area. We are also changing out their water several times a day and watering their grass area to keep it cooler. And even with this help they are still growing very slowly. They are several weeks behind schedule. The layers are also suffering from this heat. (And, yes we give them extra cooling things too!) Daily egg counts are down almost by half!

Hopefully the extreme heat will break soon. It makes it so hard to even think about fall plantings.

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!

August 1, 2020 M@D is Open!



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.


This and That
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes: Avalon Farms, Danny’s Greens, Horton’s Farm, Grier Acres

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 SMALL HODGEPODGE

As you probably know, Gov. Ivey has continued Alabama’s Safer At Home mandate and extended the mandatory wearing of masks through the end of August. If you choose to read the article highlighted in green you can almost feel how hard it was for her to make this decision. Politics aside, we ran across a great tidbit that should make mask wearing a bit less disagreeable.

<Mask and oil
not an endorsement of this or any other brand of essential oil


If you are struggling with your mask try putting one drop of oil on it. One person reported, “I’m not claustrophobic but I have asthma so after a long period of time the hot air I’m breathing in and out is almost unbearable. Today I used one drop of peppermint and it was a game changer. It was uplifting and had somewhat of a cooling effect.” There are many oils you can try such as lemon, grapefruit or orange for something energizing and motivating. Lavender or any other calming oil would be soothing and relaxing. Remember one drop!!! Don’t overdo, it only takes a tiny bit!

On a different note, while our Market Shed conditions do not qualify for mandated masking during Friday Pickup, we are attempting to follow orders and appreciate your understanding if you catch us taking a much needed breather in the heat.

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This might be redundant for those who follow our Discussion Page but after some research on hammerhead worms a Public Service Announcement seemed fitting as they have the potential to wreck havoc on valuable farmland.

Hammerhead
Hammerheads are easily identified by their unique shaped head and may be found in a variety of lengths and colors.


There are a few things you should know about this unwelcome hitchhiker from Asia.

1. They are BAD. They cannibalize regular earthworms. Good soil becomes dead soil when they take over.
2. They are GROSS. They use slime to kill and their mouth doubles as its anus.
3. Do the world a favor and KILL IT with vinegar or salt. If you cut it in half both pieces will regrow. This is one of the ways they multiply.

There are a number of great articles and youtube.com available on the internet if you wish to learn more.

MARKET CHITCHAT

A hearty WELCOME to our new customers!
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Did you know that each Market newletter/weblog contains a number of links to various internet pages and articles? Links to Market pages are in red/maroon, usually at the bottom of the page, and links to other pages are in green. We don’t believe in hogging information and are glad to share resources.

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Several of our vegetable growers have gone on vacation mode as their summer crops have completed their growth cycle and they’re planning /preparing for the fall growing season. It will be interesting and fun to see what’s available in the coming weeks! Some summer crops can be planted and harvested a second time during this season and it’s also when cool weather crops can be seeded.

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YUM, YUM! New & Relisted Items!
NEW – Delicata Squash – Avalon Farms
NEW – Fresh Fruit Salad – Laura’s Confections
Relisted – Spaghetti Squash – Avalon Farms

GROWER NOTES

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


AVALON FARMS: Well, the summertime physical  farmers markets are over for the Summer. (No more getting up at 3:30 AM to pack, load and drive to set up tables somewhere. ) I should be able to keep you better informed on farm happenings now.?

We all love the Kinston Sweets.  I mean what’s not to like, sweet crispy onion to add to sandwiches,  salads… anything really. The only con I know of is they only store for 3 or 4 months. I really wanted these lovelies to last longer so we all could continue enjoying them. So last Fall, I split up the sweet onion planting, half Kinston Sweets and half a new variety of sweet onion reported to store for 6 months. That didn’t work out so well. Enter the Yellow Onions, more of a mild onion, but definitely not a Kinston Sweet!

Unfortunately, the Kinston Sweets are sold out. Still have lots of Creole Red and Yellow onions available.

Delectia squash

New this week, Delicata squash, a small squash with orange-yellow flesh that tastes similar to sweet potatoes. Its skin is thin and tender enough to eat after cooking, which sets it apart from other winter squash. As you can see, this variety makes small round ones. Later I should have some bigger ones.

I’ve got quite a bit of winter squash growing. All the ones from last year plus a couple new ones, plus more delicata and spaghetti squash.

As soon as I can get the seed beds prepped, I’ll be planting spinach, broccoli, assorted Asian greens, turnips, radishes and one more  planting of zucchini (see if we can squeak that in before frost).

DANNY’S GREENS: Limited quantities of salad greens and green onions available this week. Lettuce likes cooler weather so it grows very slow when it’s hot like this.

HORTONS FARM : My uncle is not crazy. I should probably explain. Last week I got a call from an elderly uncle who was (of all things) running a one man state sanctioned farmers market in his yard. Uncle Jimmy is a well known and colorful character in Randolph County and like generations before him, grows beautiful vegetables. I can’t tell you enough about his practices to know if he would qualify for Market at Dothan, but what I learned from him after we got through the family chit chat gives me hope.

He swears by the use of spraying colloidal silver on his plants.

Colloidal silver on plants
Colloidal Earth explains how silver can be used instead of many poisons used in plant propagation.


I’d never heard of it either and shared it with our Market growers a few days ago. Today I found a great article which goes into great detail about its use and benefits. Apparently gardening with silver has been around a few years and is very popular in the production of cannabis.

And now we know.

GRIER ACRES: This great photo did not come through in time to share it with you last week. This is REAL gardening in the south!

Cherry tomatoes


And a wild Paw Paw for your viewing curiosity:

Wild Paw Paw

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!

July 25, 2020 Newsletter - M@D Time to Order!



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.



Short and Sweet
Grower Notes: Grier Acres, Danny’s Greens

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


MARKET CHITCHAT

We’re keeping things brief this week due to this thing called “life”. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes to send out a newsletter at 5pm every Saturday and whether the “send” command comes from a laptop or an android, an office or in the middle of nowhere, the information you receive has to be compiled, formatted and coded so it can happen.

So “life” . . . . many of you know about an emergency surgery that took place late last week. Things like that do throw you off! We appreciate your kind understanding, the sweet prayers and look forward to getting back to our crazy cool kind of Market normal.

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BEAR WITH US! We still have lots of great vegetables listed despite being in that dreaded summer slump between plantings. Late summer is hard on a lot of crops because the heat and humidity foster all sorts of plant problems, whether “blight” like an uncle calls it, or a host of flies and bugs that want to chomp on tasty plants before the nights start cooling off.

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NEW – Various Cuts of Goat from Richter Farms

GROWER NOTES

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


GRIER ACRES: Greetings everyone from Grier Acres!  

We are so busy here with our full time jobs and working on the farm.   Our pear tree pictured below has a wonderful harvest for us this year.  Jeannie did an excellent salad with the pears last Sunday.  She shared a photo on the website to you all.  We are going to try doing a spicy relish with the misfits that we can’t sell. 

The tree is loaded!
Pears molested by tree rats
Unmolested pears

We have several squirrels tearing up our pears.  We wouldn’t mind sharing but they just take one bite and move to another.  SO RUDE.  These squirrels may need to be encouraged to move on if you get my drift.  Our Cammie cat used to control these things but these days she likes to stay inside with the AC  get loopy on her catnip and watch Tiger King.  She says that she’s taking this Covid quarantine thing to heart.  Seriously, she got spooked by our Livestock Guard Dog and doesn’t want to go outside.  We are in the process of acclimating her to the outdoors again.  

Our okra has taken off and we have both varieties: clemson and emerald.   We have 800 feet of okra planted and we’re picking 12 – 15 pounds every other day.  Man that’s a lot of okra.  Clemson is excellent for cooking but Emerald is great for pickling.  We have the garlic organically grown and may have the peppers to add for pickling.  :)  Will try and attach recipe on newsletter as well as on the discussion page.   Peppers and tomatoes as well as eggplant is doing great.  Once again we have a bountiful harvest of yellow pear and salad tomatoes.  My frugal Jeannie takes the misfits and just tosses in with canned or frozen tomatoes and makes okra and tomatoes.  She even freezes this for late nights…the okra stews down and is very filling or you can add to another soup to get more vitamins and fiber.  


Pickled Okra recipie

We have also planted a gourd garden this year with all kinds of watermelons, cantaloupes, and pumpkins.  We have one plant that comes back that grew in our personal bean crop.  Will be sure to let you know when those mature.  They seem to be a beneficial with the beans as they growing prolifically and the watermelon seems to choke out weeds as well.  Jeannie is just afraid of snakes being in there.  

Our garden area is located across the road from our house site and therefore we do not have well water over there.  It would cost a fortune to dig a well and run power out there (we were quoted $7,500 on the well and $1,200 for power) .  So a few years back I built a ram pump to get water up to the garden area from the creek.  The water is stored in 3 275 gallon totes and we manually watered the garden with buckets.  This year we added a drip irrigation system that is powered by a solar panel.  Once I have the videos edited, I’ll post them to our Youtube Channel.  

DANNY’S GREENS:

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We’re sharing this photo from yesterday just because it’s so beautiful. In the left back you can see the shade covers that makes it possible for Danny to grow high quality lettuce in this heat, and in the right back his work and storage building. Everything else is eye candy. There are places where the zinnias are taller than people! The white blooms in the left foreground are buckwheat. The marigolds in the right foreground repel many bad bugs. All of the flowers attract pollinators and when their job is finished they contribute to the compost that makes Danny’s soil rich and fertile with no need of anything artifical.

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!

July 18, 2020 M@D Newsletter - Time to ORDER!


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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.



Cool Thoughts
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes: Danny’s Greens, Sandy Valley, Horton’s Farm

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


CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Christmas in July is an annual tradition that got it’s start in 1933 at a girls summer camp in Brevard, NC. It was the brainchild of a zany staff member named Fannie Holt. The first celebration included carolers, a Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, presents, and fake snow made of cotton. As the tradition evolved, campers would use laundry bags as makeshift stockings, which they placed outside their cabins to be filled with candy overnight. Eventually elves, reindeer, and Mrs. Claus joined the act, along with a camp-wide gift exchange, counselors included.

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Happy Campers Making History!

I think it’s safe to say the idea caught on.

Christmas in July takes place in many forms now. The Hallmark Channel devotes two weeks every July to Christmas movies. Retailers start putting out Christmas themed goods, having sales and encouraging people to avoid the rush by starting their holiday shopping right away. QVC takes full advantage of this!

If you’re interested in sustainable local products for your gift giving this year starting early really is the best way to make you you get what you want. No sales pitch here – just an idea to add one item every week to your order for your Christmas stash.

Lastly, if nothing else here in the deep south Christmas in July is a gentle reminder that our hot muggy dog days of summer won’t last forever . . . that cooler weather will come and if we’ve got the time or energy, yes, we can and should prepare! With covid looming over everyone like the monster from Stranger Things, choosing joy, choosing to celebrate life and to plan good for those we love is a way to fight back.

MARKET CHITCHAT

A big THANK YOU to all Friday’s customers who were swift to adapt to the more serious covid procedures we had to implement midweek because of the summer infection increase. It was a hard decision to return to essential service/lockdown mode and until further notice we’re going to stick with contactless curbside pickup.

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And the new products just keep coming! Kudos to our growers and producers who continue to try new crops and innovate!

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New Product List
NEW – Rose Gold Soap
NEW – Abu Rawan Tomatoes
NEW – Pineapple Upside Down Cake
NEW – Winter Sweet Kabocha Squash
NEW – Gold Mine Soap

GROWER NOTES

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


DANNY’S GREENS: This week salad greens, green onions (scallions) and turnip roots are listed.

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SANDY VALLEY: One of the characteristics of sustainable farming is that you don’t depend on chemicals to keep things going. And for that reason Scotty is taking a breather while his sweet potatoes continue to grow and he takes some action to save his okra. His other summer crops have all completed their growth cycles for the season so he is not listing anything for a few weeks.

HORTONS FARM: It’s pretty quiet up here. The summer honey flow is over and the bees are taking it easy in the heat. Our young chickens are all doing really well. The Cocoo Marans are almost adult size and the young ones (Light Buffs, Rhode Island Blues and Welsummers) are thriving in their new digs. Hopefully in a few months we’ll be adding some different colored eggs to the daily collection! They’re all a fun mix of chickens for sure and I’ve got to figure out what to do with the young Rhode Island Blue “pullet’ that’s growing a comb and bossing his peers around.

Talk about a fun mix, when my German Shepherd, Mopsi, was a very small puppy I started bringing her into the chicken coop with me and teaching her to respect the chickens while they were still larger than her. She is now a great help herding them when they’re outside and standing guard at the door when I don’t want them escaping.

Mopsi transferred that gentle acceptance of smaller animals to three kittys that showed up this year. We had been wanting barn cats to help with mice and God just dropped them off one day. The cats are now chicken helpers too, or at least they think so. They intermingle with Mopsi and the chickens and it’s not uncommon to see chickens, dog and cats eating table scraps from the same container! Every once in a while I catch Mops and the cats nibbling on chicken food too.

FOOTNOTES

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

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

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


COVID Pickup Protocol:

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 close enough 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 leave them in your truck or hand them to us. Exact change in a bag or envelopeis preferred if using cash to prevent a lot of passing back and forth.

II. Order Delivery: is Curbside Service until further notice. 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!`

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!