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July 11, 2020 M@D Newsletter - We're Back & We're Open for Orders!



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



Summertime . . .
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes: Grier Acres, Danny’s Greens, Sandy Valley

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


AND THE LIVING IS EASY . . .

Or NOT! If you’re a farmer summertime can be anything but easy! There’s crops to harvest, soil to care for when the crop is gone, and prep/planning for what to do next season. It’s a beautiful revolving cycle of LIFE that gives life and quality of life to all who receive from it’s bounty.

One of the unique characteristics of Market At Dothan is that we are SUSTAINABLE. Sustainable and organic are like twin sisters. “Organic” is the pretty twin sister that has the titles and gets all the attention while Sustainable is the twin that that has more dirt under her fingernails from making sure the job gets done right.

“Doing it right” agriculture involves much more than choosing the right seed and not using chemicals. In simplest terms it comes down to nurturing your soil. Nurtured soil will nurture whatever you put into it to grow. Our farmers use a variety of methods to nurture, that is to add organic material to their gardens, using wholesome sustainable materials available to them. Listed below are a few things our market farmers do.

Cover Crops/Green Manure: Buckwheat is a major source of soil nutrition at Danny’s greens. He both tills fresh cuttings into beds and puts it in his compost piles. The bonus is that it attracts pollinators as well.

Permaculture: Mayim Farms has added traditional German hugelkultur to their farm. This method uses WOOD at the bottom of a bed to provide nutrients to soil as it decomposes. Beds created this way get a good rich diet for years. Other permaculture methods are started by layering various organic materials over beds.

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Compost: We all have our compost piles. They don’t all consist of the same ingredients but the end result is the same – beautiful rich compost goes that back into the soil.

Animal Manures: The chickens at Avalon Farms do double duty by adding nitrogen back to the garden soil. USDA mandates that all animal fertilizers be applied than 90+ days before harvest so they rotate the areas where the chickens graze.

Mulch: Not the recycled rubber tire type, but the kind shown in Danny’s garden below. It’s especially important in the South as it reduces the amount of water that evaporates from your soil, greatly reducing your need to water your plants. It breaks up clay and allows better water and air movement through the soil. It also provides nutrients to sandy soil and improves its ability to hold water.

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This Mother Earth News article has some great info if you would like to learn more.

MARKET CHITCHAT

We’ve got some great grower notes for you this week and I hope you’ll check in on what’s available and what’s going on in the Grower Notes below. Grier Acres has returned with some great products and we’re tickled pink to have clean corn available from Sandy Valley this week. VIP – Please be sure to read the notes under the corn photo if you wish to order any.

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It’s a blessing to see so many great vegetables listed on the Market this week. One of the benefits of living in this region is that if you time your planting and crops just right you can grow literally year round. We are thankful for the wisdom and planning of our farmers to make this possible for you to have a year round supply of fresh seasonable vegetables. On that note, kudos to Danny’s Greens for being able to offer root crops in July!

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Lookie, Lookie! New & Relisted Items!
NEW – Figs
NEW – Jalapeno Peppers
NEW – Purslane
NEW – Natural Facial Moisturizer
NEW – Golden Queen CORN
NEW – Mississippi Mud Pie
NEW – Several flavors of Pickled Asparagus
NEW – Tomatoes

GROWER NOTES

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


GRIER ACRES: We are back with Asian Pears this week. The tree is absolutely loaded. We have already gone through and thinned out earlier in the summer to reduce the weight on the branches.

We anticipated getting lots of okra but the rain has slowed it down. Before the rain came we had an overabundant supply. We have both varieties again—Clemson Spineless and Emerald. I think it needs more sun.

Peppers are coming in nicely. Will have ghost, tabasco, habanero, jalapeno, and bell peppers.

Eggplant is going ape!!! We have the traditional eggplant and we have ichiban variety. So far the ichiban is the most prolific so far. I think it comes to maturity faster due to smaller size. Jeannie cooks it sliced thin in rounds in an iron skillet with a dash of olive oil and seasalt. We do that method for the okra as well and use the whole okra even the stem. The stem gives you a way to eat it :).

Chickens are doing well. We have a regular personal customer who buys every single one we get. He and his mother swear free range eggs are the cats meow. :)

Speaking of cats we still have catnip grown organically for those felines in need of some stress relief with the corona virus and the humans being around more. Cammie will allow us to sell a small portion of her special stash….;)

We also have beans but probably will not have enough to share for selling. So far we have eaten all we have picked.

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Goats are doing well. Jeannie has learned a male baby goat is not as much fun when they get older. Leap has gotten a new four letter name after his many antics. I don’t let her know it but I have gotten some secret laughs watching her with that male goat. She’s stubborn but I think Leap may be a good match for her. Seriously she does love the goats and chickens. One of the goats was a rescue we got from another girl raising goats. She was undoubtedly the most pitiful site. She has blossomed with a lot of love and Jeannie’s treats which includes baked sweet potato bites. We look forward to hearing everyone else’s updates.

DANNY’S GREENS: The garden has caught up and this week Salad Greens, Carrots, Green Onions, Beets and Turnip Roots are listed. Shop early because Danny’s stuff sells out FAST.

SANDY VALLEY: THE CORN IS HERE! Besides Eggplant, Okra, and Sugar Baby Watermelons Scotty’s Golden Queen CORN is finally ready.

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(Editors note: Golden Queen is a hybrid corn (not GMO) and like everything else he grows, Scotty’s is grown sustainably without any chemicals and VIP in the case of corn, without any pesticides. What this means for you is that it may be the kind of high quality corn your Market Manager shucked as a child where you had to throw away the extra protein at the top of the ear. In other words, it might have a worm at the top. Modern agriculture has done away with corn worms through the use of pesticides so having one at the top of an ear of corn is a sure sign the corn is clean and safe to eat. Here’s additional info if you’d like to learn more.

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!

Crazy M@D Notice for table sales TOMORROW


I know… we’re closed this week. But several of our vendors will be at the Market Shed from 9 to 12 tomorrow with produce, products, and maybe even some samples.

We hope you’ll take advantage of this unique opportunity and drop by. We have it on good report that one of our ladies will have quail eggs!

Ros

June 27, 2020 M@D Newsletter - Open for Orders!


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


Welcome to our Sweet Market Additions
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes: Sweet Acres, Sweet & Simple, Danny’s Greens, Sandy Valley

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


SWEET & SIMPLE and SWEET ACRES FARM

After your editor got all excited and started writing stuff . . . I found the notes from both these lovely ladies! Their personal greetings to you can be found in the Grower Notes below.

It was a blessing to have Meredith of Sweet & Simple with us at the Market Shed yesterday. A recent transfer from New Mexico, she brings some Southwest influence to her baked products. Yesterday she treated everyone to Brownie Cookies (delish), Chocolate Chip Cookies (yummy), Chocolate Chip Scones (delectable) and (hold on to your hat) Green Chili Cheese Bread, all shown below.

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We’re excited to welcome her to our Market family and look forward to watching you all get to know her and her products as well.

Next . . .Remember the song, “Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold”? Our long time customers will remember Anna of Sweet Acres Farm. Anna is gold. She was with Market at Dothan before she became a mother and is back, now with two lovely daughters. We’re tickled and hope you will enjoy her bountiful garden goodness. Her products are listed in Market Chitchat.

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MARKET CHITCHAT

This is the last order cycle before Summer Break Our next Market pickup date is next Friday, July 3. There will be no newsletter on Saturday July 4 nor Market pickup Friday, July 10. We encourage you to order extra of the items you may need during the off week. Market will reopen again on Saturday, July 11.

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You know the old saying “if anything can go wrong it will?” That was the case with Mayim’s delivery this week! A hearty Thank You to everyone who graciously worked with us on that. It will be nice to put that behind us once everything finishes sorting out on Friday!

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Lookie, Lookie! New Items!
NEW – Herbs de Provence Loaf from Sweet & Simple
NEW – Black Beauty Zucchini from Sweet Acres Farm
NEW – Hydrangea rose Shea butter from Bella Eden Farms
NEW – Brownie Cookies from Sweet & Simple
NEW – Costata Romanesco Heirloom Zucchini from Sweet Acres Farm
NEW – Chocolate Chip Cookies from Sweet & Simple
NEW – Crook Neck Yellow Squash from Sweet Acres Farm
NEW – Chocolate Chip Scones from Sweet & Simple
NEW – Green Vernissange Heirloom Tomatoes from Sweet Acres Farm
NEW – Moonlight and Roses Shea Butter from Bella Eden Farms
NEW – Honey Rock Melon from Sweet Acres Farm
NEW – Green Chili Cheese Bread from Sweet & Simple
NEW – Mini Bell Peppers from Sweet Acres Farm
NEW – Green Chili Cheddar Scones from Sweet & Simple
NEW – Oatmeal Chocolate Chips from Sweet & Simple
NEW – Sugar Cookies from Sweet & Simple
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Laura, Laura’s Confections, informed me this week that she had a better Eggplant Parmesan recipe than the one in last week’s newsletter:

Preheat oven to 375. Requires a 9" square glass, ovenproof dish
1 medium, fat, purple eggplant (choose males as they have fewer seeds)
1 quart of your favorite spaghetti sauce that includes, among other things, mushrooms, green pepper, onions
1 Large Progresso Italian bread crumbs
32 oz. vegetable oil
3 jumbo eggs
1-quart ricotta cheese
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
8 oz. Parmesan cheese

Peel eggplant and slice by 1/4". Heat 3/8" deep oil to med. high preferably in a cast iron 12" skillet. Beat the eggs. Pour some of the bread crumbs in a large, shallow bowl. Dredge the slices of eggplant in egg wash, coat with breadcrumbs, fry several slices at once until golden on both sides. Drain on paper towels. 

To assemble: Coat bottom of baking dish with sauce, lay on fried eggplant,  tablespoons of ricotta over eggplant, mozzarella and parmesan. Repeat staying 1/4" below casserole dish rim.
Bake 45 minutes. When done, allow to set for 15 minutes.
Enjoy and Bon Appetit! Laura

GROWER NOTES

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


SWEET ACRES FARM: Sweet Acre Farms is back! We have been working hard to put in new products, try new things and generally  have a good time! Look for the out of the ordinary varieties from us- one of my favorite past times is picking a seed out of a catalog and seeing if I can grow it! Such as the Red Kuri Squash listed this week- I just thought it would be cool if I managed to grow one or two, but the vines have exploded! They are over 25 feet long and have been loaded since May. We are adding additional growing space to the farm and have a few surprises coming later in the year! It is so good to be back! 

SWEET & SIMPLE: Hello! My name is Meredith Sauerwein, and I am the baker behind Simple & Sweet. I am a recent transplant to the Wiregrass area, coming in from Las Cruces, New Mexico. I’ve got a few sweet listings, and a couple of savory ones. My savory bakes are inspired by my time living in the Southwest. Growing up, my mom baked all the time. Any class party featured something sweet from my mom’s kitchen, and my birthdays always featured a specially decorated cake. Everything I know, I learned from her. College and work have taken me out of the kitchen in the past, but the recent quarantine has gotten me back into my mom’s recipes, and made me excited to bake again. 

DANNY’S GREENS: Danny is starting his Summer Break early and is not listing anything till Market reopens on July 11. He’s probably ahead of everyone planning his fall garden as his beds await planting.

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SANDY VALLEY: Scotty will have okra, eggplant, various melons, and if the Golden Queen sweet corn is ready it will be available for table sales in the Market Shed on Friday.

Golden-queen

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!

June 20, 2020 M@D Newsletter - Veggie Extravaganza!



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.



Great Summer Recipes
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes: Danny’s Greens, Sandy Valley, Laura’s Confections

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


FRESH FROM THE GARDEN

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This Oven Fried Okra from Life, Love & Good Food is a game changer. We made it with some extra long Cowhorn Okra from Sandy Valley that Scotty asked us to try. I don’t think I can go back to pan fried okra after this.


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Who doesn’t love GRILLED VEGETABLES? They’re as easy as slicing, brushing with your favorite oil and throwing them on the grill. Following is a list of great Market veggies (in no particular order) you can make and enjoy without heating up your kitchen.


Creole Red Onions Fairytale Eggplant Danny’s Carrots
Fingerling Red Potatoes Fingerling Tan Potatoes Cowhorn Okra
Japanese Eggplant Nadia Eggplant Cherry Tomatoes
Kinston Sweet Onions Yellow Onions New Red Potatoes
Green Tomatoes Raven Zucchini Tempest Squash
Ripe Tomatoes Zucchini Squash Yellow CrookNeck Squash
Zephyr Squash Yellow Straight Neck Squash
And then there’s so many yummy ways to season them . . .
Flavored Vinegars from Casa Perdido Genovese Basil Flat Leaf Chives
Avalon Garlic Salt Rosemary Avalon Rosemary Salt

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We recently made Eggplant Parmesan. This recipe incorporates my favorite methods for this by first “sweating” the eggplant then battering with Italian Panko and oven frying. Honestly, you could stop right there and be perfectly happy without the marinara sauce and cheese.


MARKET CHITCHAT

Summer Break Announcement This newsletter starts the first of two ordering cycles before Market at Dothan takes a short Summer Break with the last pickup date July 3. There will be no newsletter on Saturday July 4 and no Market pickup on Friday, July 11. Summer Break gives all our farmers a much needed breather and a chance to plan. We encourage you to order extra of the items you may need during the off week and of course you’re welcome to contact any of our growers directly if needed.

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Do you read Product Descriptions? They can be very interesting! We learned this week while listing some of Sandy Valley’s new products that Raven zucchini are high in the antioxidant lutein, and that the Tempest yellow squash was developed for chef quality organic production. How cool is that? It will take some time to go through all 343 listings currently on the Market but go we shall!

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Lookie, Lookie! New & Relisted Items!
NEW – Raven Zucchini from Sandy Valley
NEW – Yard Long Beans from Avalon Farms
NEW – Mojito Soap from Bella Eden Farms
NEW – Tempest Yellow Squash from Sandy Valley
NEW – Farmers Wonderful Watermelons from Sandy Valley
RELISTED – Watermelon Radishes from Avalon Farms
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Do you have any special 4th of July foods or traditions you enjoy year after year? If you’d love to share we’d love to publish them in next week’s newsletter.

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GROWER NOTES

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


DANNY’S GREENS: Danny is only listing onions and carrots this week. The lettuce is growing much slower now because of the summer heat and needs time to grow to cutting size.

SANDY VALLEY: Scotty is excited to introduce three new products to the Market this week and wants everyone to know that if everything grows right he’ll have plenty of both corn on the cob and watermelons available for your 4th of July celebration.

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Left to Right: Tempest Yellow Squash, Farmer’s Wonderful Watermelon & Raven Zucchini

LAURA’S CONFECTIONS: “Ghirardelli chocolate is dirt!” A familiar face at the Market said this to me a while ago and caught me so off-guard I was struck dumb. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but as someone who takes enormous pride and professionalism in bringing to you my very best efforts and ingredients I was deeply hurt by her opinion. The number of orders I process each week is modest leaving no allowance to purchase ingredients in bulk. I pay retail prices for everything and take special care in evaluating everything included in your orders. The reason I use Ghirardelli chocolate is based on taste, texture, and consistency. Somewhat more expensive it allows me to offer wonderful flavor at a price I believe is within reason. In comparison, Amedei is considered the best chocolate in the world. There are 20 ounces of chocolate in a 9" Triple Chocolate Cheesecake bringing the cost of the chocolate alone to approximately $170.00. Ghirardelli is a very fine baking chocolate I will continue to use until something better comes along at a price I believe is reasonable. 
I am on a constant quest challenging myself to learn advanced techniques and bake with the best ingredients at my disposal. I now use aluminum free baking powder and organic, terpeneless citrus extracts. If ever I fill an order you find unsatisfactory, never hesitate to inform me and allow me the opportunity to make things right. I am most thankful and grateful for your constancy, trust and business. Laura King

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!

June 13, 2020 M@D Newsletter - SO MANY SUMMER VEGETABLES!



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.



Blast From the Past
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes: Sandy Valley, Bella Eden, 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


RATATOUILLE!

I was just looking at all the great vegetables on the market when I realized we have all the ingredients for RATATOUILLE! Oh my goodness, what GOODNESS! It took a few minutes but I found the photos we shared 3 years ago when I made it for the first time and and made enough to make up for a lifetime of not knowing how wonderful it was.

First Photo with recipe link:


What could be more southern than squash, tomatoes and eggplant in a cast iron skillet, and what can be more Italian than classic Ratatouille made from scratch? This version from BuzzFeed includes a helpful video.

My uncooked version with a few recipe tweaks:


We substituted bell pepper with home grown banana peppers, added extra garlic, and topped with fresh basil and dried herbs.

MARKET CHITCHAT

What a Friday! I must confess that theMarket felt more “normal” than we have in a long time. There were generous offerings of beautiful table sales, people coming and going (while respecting social distance) and folks who had not seen each other in a long time catching up. The word “community” comes to mind. That whole concept has experienced disruption but we like to think the bonds of our common interest and friendship are stronger than ever. I am reminded again what a privilege it is to serve our great growers and all of you.

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Woo-Hoo! Mostly New & Some Relisted Items!
Fairy Tale Eggplant from Restoration Gardens
Aloe Lotion from Bella Eden Farms
Sugar Baby Watermelons from Sandy Valley
Chocolate Orange Truffle Cake from Laura’s Confections
Yellow Onions from Avalon Farms
Turnips from Danny
Green Tomatoes from Restoration Gardens
Nadia Eggplant from Sandy Valley
A Walk in the Woods Soap from Bella Eden Farms
Black Forest Cake from Laura’s Confections
This photo shows a few varieties of Eggplant currently available on the Market page.
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GROWER NOTES

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


SANDY VALLEY: Poor Scotty! He’s feeling some of the downside of sustainable agriculture as the crazy weather continues to affect his crops. All of the 3rd planting of green beans got a double whammy of bugs and weather so all those orders had to be canceled. Many of you got credits for that. The okra seems to be perking up putting out new shoots so a moderate amount is listed this week. A few Sugar Baby Watermelons like those that were available for table sales on Friday are listed along with Nadia Eggplant and the last of the cucumbers. With any luck Straight Neck Squash, Zucchini and Carrots will be available for Table Sales this Week.

Summer Vegetables available at the Market

BELLA EDEN FARMS: After having a wonderful family vacation week, we are ready to get back to work . Next weekend, we celebrate Father’s Day! We have the perfect handmade gifts — and they are on sale! Soaps, such as Beer Soap, A Walk in the Woods, and Sandalwood & Patchouli, will make every dad feel special. More ideas for that special guy are Hunker Down Beard Balm, Escape Massage Oil, and Aloe Lotion. There is also Momma’s Healing Salve for all those accidental injuries! Sending a very  Safe & Happy Father’s Day to all those special dads! 

AVALON FARMS:

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Things are getting a little busy around here. Definitely kicking up my “farm fit” workout. The 3rd planting of squash are starting to make as are the 2nd planting of cucumbers. The okra are thinking about blooming.

My weekly schedule these days is intense. I attend a farmer’s market on Tuesday afternoon. Then deliver to M@D on Friday morning. If that’s not enough I set up at another farmer’s market Saturday morning. Picking things daily to keep supplied for them all.

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!

June 6, 2020 M@D Newsletter - 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.



Market Superfoods Part II
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes: Sandy Valley

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


CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK

ASsembling a list of Market Superfoods turned out to have so much great information that it was too much for one newsletter. Here’s hoping this will benefit you in your quest for tasty and healthy nutrition! All of these foods may be found on our Market Page. Last week’s list of superfoods may be found on the Weblog.

1. Garlic and Onions Contribute to Healthy Blood Pressure Levels

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They may be pungent (some even bring us to tears), but allium vegetables — chives, onions, garlic, leeks, and the like­­ — deliver potent health benefits. Plus, they’re delicious. Once used to ward off the evil eye, garlic also has antibacterial and antiviral properties, according to an April 2018 Scientific Reports article.
Studies have found allium vegetables may play a role in preventing cancer, and garlic in particular may benefit people living with diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. (August 2019 Food Science and Nutrition meta-analysis)

2. Dark, Leafy Greens May Play a Role in Preventing Colorectal Cancer

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Generally, nutritionists say the darker the color of a vegetable, the more nutrients it contains. Dark, leafy greens like arugula, kale, collard greens, spinach, lettuce, and Swiss chard get their vibrant colors from chlorophyll, which keeps plants healthy, and the dietary fiber found in dark greens can decrease the risk of colorectal cancer, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Carotenoids, another type of plant pigment, also act as antioxidants that fight off potentially cancer-causing free radicals in the body, notes Harvard Medical School.

3. Tomatoes

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Whether you prefer them in salads or on top of pasta, tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, a plant nutrient that gives tomatoes their red color. Lycopene has been linked to many benefits, like keeping your heart healthy and protecting against strokes. A study published in Neurology found that middle-aged men with a high amount of lycopene in their blood had a 55% lower chance of having a stroke.

4, 5, 6, 7 . . . this is a LONG list! and one of the things we found in researching this is that there are a LOT of superfoods that Market at Dothan carries or has carried at some point. Because we are Fresh, Local, and Year Round different foods are available at different times during the year. Like CITRUS – citrus foods are usually available late fall and winter. Right now we offer a limited amount of ROOT VEGETABLES like beets and carrots while there are plenty other times of the year. Mayim Farm lists fresh TUMERIC after it’s yearly harvest and various ANCIENT GRAINS as they are available.

So don’t be surprised if you see more superfood highlights going forward.

MARKET CHITCHAT

A big THANK YOU to everyone who ordered last week. We’ve come to realize that the first week of every month is a bit bumpier than usual so we’re especially grateful for your patience and understanding.

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New & Relisted – some from last week in case you missed it!
Blueberries from Casablanca Farm
Kissed by the Sun Goats Milk Soap – Bella Eden Farms
Cowhorn Okra- Sandy Valley
Supersweet Cherry Tomatoes from Restoration Gardens
Tokyo Bekana Greens – Avalon Farms
5 lb bulk Zucchini- Restoration Gardens
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Where’s Everybody At? If you noticed several vendors missing last week you are right! Just like you our farmer’s have life situations where they sometimes have to take a week off. Smith Farms had a WEDDING. Horton’s Farm had to tend to family business upstate, and Mayim is most likely out of town teaching sustainable agriculture.

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GROWER NOTES

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


SANDY VALLEY Scotty sends his apologies to everyone who didn’t get their order of COWHORN OKRA on Friday. He said it was very frustrating to see hundreds of 1 inch okras on the stem not grow because the sun didn’t come out all week. So the okra is relisted in the same quantities trusting that we’ll get enough sun next week for it to develop.

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!

May 30, 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.


M@D Superfoods
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes: Sandy Valley, Avalon Farms & Mayim 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


PART I

When you hear the word superfood, what comes to mind? A carrot in a cape? A nectarine with night vision?

Some foods are so nutritious it may seem like they have superpowers, but outside the marketing world, there actually is no such thing as a superfood — by scientific standards, at least. The truth is, most all natural foods have “super” health benefits.

The trend of recognizing and appreciating a food’s value dates back almost a century, and may have all started with a banana. In the 1920s, the United Fruit Company ran a series of colorful ads on the health benefits of bananas. Research detailing the benefits of bananas was published, and soon the tropical fruit became the first food labeled a superfood. More than 90 years later, bananas continue to be in the top three most imported fruits in the United States.

With summer’s bounty hitting it’s peak in a few weeks we thought it would be a good time to take another look at the wonderful health benefits of some of the great sustainable superfoods currently listed on our Market Page. Hope you Enjoy!

1. Berries

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Berries help keep the brain healthy and may fend off Alzheimer’s Disease. Blueberries are at the top of almost every superfood list, but just about any edible berry is worthy of superfood status. While all differing in nutritional value, blackberries, cranberries (the fresh, not dried, variety), strawberries, and raspberries, to name a few, are low-calorie, high in fiber, and packed full of antioxidants that help fight against cancer-causing free radicals, notes a study published in the March 2018 Frontiers in Pharmacology.
Blueberries in particular have a high number of anthocyanin pigments, which not only give them their rich color, but also act as powerful antioxidants that may lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s according to a review published in July 2019 Advances in Nutrition.

2. Eggs

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Eggs have historically been a controversial topic in the nutrition world due to their high cholesterol content, but they remain one of the healthiest foods available. Whole eggs are rich in many nutrients including B vitamins, choline, selenium, vitamin A, iron and phosphorus.They’re also loaded with high-quality protein.

Eggs contain two potent antioxidants, zeaxanthin and lutein, which are known to protect vision and eye health.
Despite fears surrounding egg consumption and high cholesterol, research indicates no measurable increase in heart disease or diabetes risk from eating up to 6–12 eggs per week. In fact, eating eggs could increase “good” HDL cholesterol in some people, which may lead to a favorable reduction in heart disease risk. More research is needed to draw a definite conclusion.

3. Okra

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Though not a common food outside the southern US, okra is packed with nutrition. One cup (100 grams) of raw okra contains:
Calories: 33
Carbs: 7 grams
Protein: 2 grams
Fat: 0 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Magnesium: 14% of the Daily Value (DV)
Folate: 15% of the DV
Vitamin A: 14% of the DV
Vitamin C: 26% of the DV
Vitamin K: 26% of the DV
Vitamin B6: 14% of the DV

Okra is rich in many nutrients and particularly high in vitamins C and K. This fruit is unique, as it provides protein, a nutrient that many other fruits and vegetables lack. Okra is rich in antioxidants that may reduce your risk of serious diseases, prevent inflammation, and contribute to overall health. Most notably, it contains polyphenols that may contribute to heart and brain health. Animal research suggests that okra may bind to cholesterol in your gut and lower blood cholesterol levels. It’s also rich in polyphenols, which fight harmful inflammation and protect your heart. Okra contains a protein called lectin, which is being studied for its role in cancer prevention and treatment.

MARKET CHITCHAT

As the state continues to open back up we have amended our health safety procedures (listed at bottom) just a bit. The “big” change is that we no longer require cash/check payments to be in envelopes or ziploc bags.

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It was SO GOOD to use MARKET BAGS again on Friday! They hold so much more and the color, personality and ease of use just helps things run smoother. We’re thankful the standard plastic bags were available when we needed them and are now thankful to return to this bit of Market “normal.” If you’re not familiar with our Market Bag policy it may be found on the Question & Answer Page.

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New & Relisted
Blueberries from Avalon Farms & Casablanca Ranch
Kissed by the Sun Goats Milk Soap – Bella Eden Farms
Tomatoes from Avalon Farms
Cowhorn Okra- Sandy Valley
Supersweet Cherry Tomatoes from Restoration Gardens
Tokyo Bekana Greens – Avalon Farms
5 lb bulk Zucchini- Restoration Gardens
CHICKEN is relisted -Avalon Farms

GROWER NOTES

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


SANDY VALLEY Our yellow squash and zucchini are all done for the year and the COWHORN OKRA is just now coming in. Cowhorn is a great heirloom variety that’s been around over a hundred years. We’re hoping the carrots will be ready to start selling next week. Still got plenty of cucumbers so whether you’re slicing or pickling we got em.

AVALON FARMS:

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Chicken is back in stock again. As you can see these look fatter. Their body structure is a little different from the Freedom Rangers we raised previously. These are Cornish Cross chickens, which is a cross between a Cornish and a Plymouth Rock. They are naturally fast growing and mature quickly. 

Cornish Cross chickens are the industry standard for meat birds. Commercial chicken houses, like we have dotting the landscape around here, provide food and lights 24 hours a day encouraging the chickens to eat constantly. Commercial chickens are normally processed at 5 weeks of age.

Our chickens are raised in a more natural environment. They are housed outside in a movable chicken tractor. The tractor/house is moved twice a day to provide fresh pasture. They act like real chickens running forward to catch the grasshoppers as we move it forward. They scratch around in the grass doing chicken things. They have 24 hour fresh air, normal daylight hours and a limited feed supply. They grow slower this way, but they have healthier, better chicken lives. These were processed at 8 weeks.

MAYIM FARM: No products on the market this week…going to pick up our CBG Hemp seedlings and hopefully get them in the ground this next week. CBG is another nonintoxicating cannabinoid recently discovered to have therapeutic value with issues such as IBS, Inflammation, Bladder Health, Brain Health and more. Hemp and our other medicinals, locally grown and done right!

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!

May 23, 2020 M@D Newsletter. Happy Memorial Day!



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 Inspiration Part II
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes: Richter Farms & Avalon Farms

Thank you for your continued support of our local farmers. We count it a privilege to serve you!
FYI, Market contact information and pickup info is now all listed at the bottom of this document,


DIVE IN, HAVE FUN!

While the basic principals of canning and food safety have not changed in over a century, technology and new products have made it easier and safer than our mothers and grandmother’s ever imagined. Many foods that were once considered taboo to seal in a jar can be done safely using the correct process. And the recipes . . . !!!!!!!!

Ten years ago your Market Manager was overhauling our pantry to accommodate a heart patient. Learning from Viki (of Richter Farms!) and her niece that you could put dry beans in a jar and pressure can them successfully was a major breakthrough. Over time that knowledge changed our pantry and our lives. In the years since I expanded on that and developed recipes to fill a jar with dry beans, meat, vegetables, seasonings and broth for things like White Chicken Chili and Spicy Split Pea Soup. It means so much that my husband can open a jar and have a good healthy soup without anything added that could harm him. Just the fact that its coming out of a glass jar makes it better than coming out of a metal can with chemicals in the liner.

The rest of this section is devoted to education and resources. For experienced canners some of it may be redundant, but we hope everyone will find something fun and inspiring as you pursue your own healthy choices and lifestyle.

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This photo from the Auburn University Extension System shows summer squash . . which 50 years ago they said was not safe to can. Times have changed!


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While some food recipes don’t require any special equipment, these photos show two types of preservation that require processing beyond putting something in a jar. A water bath (left) is used for fruits, fruit juices, jams and jellies, salsas, tomatoes, pickles and relishes, Chutneys, sauces, pie fillings, vinegars and condiments. Low acid foods like green beans, many soups and meat always require pressure. A US made All American pressure canner is shown on right.


A pressure canner is one of those investments that will serve for generations if properly taken care of. Many brands use gaskets that can become leaky and/or brittle over time. Sometimes pressure gauges quit. Thankfully the Wiregrass has a great resource in Bridgett Brannon, an ACES extension agent in Andalusia, who can check out your canner and tell you if it’s A-OK or needs some work. Bridgett’s number is 334-714-1248. If you can’t get to Bridget pickyourown.org has some great troubleshooting tips and links, and thankfully Amazon carries many replacement parts for those rare time they may be needed.

If you need a good primer to help decide what’s best for you, this article from Simply Canning should help remove some of the mystery about different types of canners. For what it’s worth your Market Manager uses one very old All American 910 fitted with new parts and a newer All American 915. Others within our Market family cherish their Presto’s and Mirro’s. Regardless of what you use, TAKE CARE OF IT, and if you take the bold step to can outside on a turkey fryer type burner, put a steel plate under it to diffuse the heat so it don’t warp.

If you opt for a second hand canner you should get a second (experienced) opinion on it before investing. Sometimes they can be more expensive than a new one.

And if you’re in the market and the budget can handle it, Carey, Nesco and Ball all make electric canners that you can program and walk away from. They look and work similar to the Instant Pot but are larger and more sophisticated.

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Left: Ball Blue Book is the Amercian Standard for basic canning. Shown is a vintage edition.
Center: This is NOT a beginner book. There is no “how to” here but this book is a collection of recipes that can be canned using time-honored (not standard) methods. Many of the recipes for preserving food have been handed down through families for generations.
Right: Beautiful book with photos and recipes like Bourbon Brown Sugar Peaches.


Lastly, social media has made it possible to connect with experienced canners who can answer questions, advise and even point old hats like moi in the right direction. The Rebel Canners facebook group is where I learned to use diffusers on my outdoor canning station to prevent warping. While this group is not “strictly by the book” like some, you can learn things like whether dishwasher, microwave, oven or boiling water sterilization is best for the preservation project you want to do next.

Oh the possibilities!!

THANK YOU Debbie M. for telling us that ACES will inspect canners – this is such valuable information!

MARKET CHITCHAT

This week we’re permanently moving the Market covid procedures to the bottom of this newsletter. They have been modified just a bit so please read through them as we adjust procedures as needed based on new information.

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In case you missed it TABLE SALES are back! One of the reasons for the slight change in procedures (mentioned above) is to continue this great service.

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We’ve told everyone we would start using regular MARKET BAGS the first week in June, but after some thought realized there’s no reason to wait, so if you’ve got Market bags waiting to be rotated back in the system bring them Friday because we’ll be using the ones on hand to fill your orders.

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New & Relisted
Watermelon Baskets from Laura’s Confections
Mayim Farm Sprouts are Relisted
Strawberries & Whipped Cream Chocolate 4 Layer Torte from Laura’s Confections
General Lee Slicing Cucumbers from Sandy Valley
Shunkyo semi long radishes from Avalon Farms
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GROWER NOTES

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


MAYIM FARMS Sprouts are back! Collards are still doing well. More spring mix is on the way…We’re just beginning to pick a few Husk Cherries with more to come. They are sweet and delicious, packed with nutrition…stay tuned!

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A loaf of gluten free bread from Mayim Einkorn Wheat made by Frederick LeCut


AVALON FARMS:

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It’s that time again! It will be a long tiring day, but there will be lovely fresh chicken at the end of the day.

Our meat chickens are moved out of the brooder and out onto pasture at 3 weeks old. They live in movable “chicken tractors” till ready for processing. They are outside in the sun and fresh air, enjoying all the tasty treats they can find. With the chicken tractors moved to fresh ground twice a day, they have plenty to keep themselves busy.

Our goal is to allow each chicken to, well, “be a chicken”. Do chicken things all day everyday. They have good lives and reward us with tasty, natural meat.

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 of 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 – please put them in a plastic baggie or bank bag. If you choose curbside pickup please put them in your trunk/tailgate that would eliminate the need to come near the drivers 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 get. This system works really well for those of you wishing to get extra veggies that may be available.

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!

May 16, 2020 M@D Newsletter



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


Yes, we Can Can!
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes: Richter Farms & Avalon Farms

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


CANNING SEASON IS UPON US

If you’re like a lot of southern (and northeast, and midwest and northwest and southwest . . . oh shoot the whole country) country folk, you grew up eating green beans and tomatoes and an assortment of pickles, relishes, jams and jellies from a mason jar. If it originated in your mom or grandma’s kitchen it was indeed some good eating as it was picked and preserved at the height of freshness. Unlike grocer counterparts, you didn’t have to worry about what may be added to enhance color, freshness or flavor.

Canning has never really gone out of style, but its not as popular as it one was. Succeeding generations have not picked up where mothers and grandmothers left off as evidenced by all the unwanted jars and equipment that estates are often left to deal with. Really great stuff often winds up in the dump, flea markets, Craigs list or thrift stores.

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Covid is changing minds and more people are more people become interested in taking control of their pantry and food supply. The good news is one can start simple with nothing more than a few jars and a big old stock pot. The possibilities are pretty amazing from there and thanks to the internet even old hats like this writer are learning new methods and recipes every day. Best of all some of the new equipment like the Carey Electric Canner that Richter Farms uses has removed some of the fear that held a lot of would be canners back.

Carey
Click HERE to watch this video.


This is the perfect time of year to start canning. Strawberries are still in season and blueberries and blackberries are still to come. One young family went out to pick strawberries this week and came home with 25 gallons of fresh picked green beans, and no idea what to do with them. With both Sysco and commercial operations disposing of perfectly edible fresh food, why should it go to waste? Your market manager nearly cried a couple of weeks ago when we learned of a local charity throwing out cases of fresh mushrooms because nobody wanted them.

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These jars are getting a 20 minute water bath for the pickled eggs and sausages they hold. The sealed jars will stay good for several years though we doubt they’ll last that long!

So give it some thought and if you’re interested, speak up! There are a lot of us, both growers and customers, in our M@D family with years of experience who would love to help. Next week we’ll be sharing some good resources. We know canning is not for everyone but for those of us who’ve got our feet wet and got in the water, there is something deeply satisfying about the whole business. Like one lady said “It makes me feel like a Proverbs 31 woman.”

Oh, and the lady with the green beans . . . she’s bringing them all to my house to process next week.

MARKET CHITCHAT

We’re excited to WELCOME BACK Restoration Gardens! The Tavares Family were locallygrown.net and Certified Naturally Grown farmers before they moved to our area a few years back. Their garden is just starting to produce and they’ll be adding new products as they become available.

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Few things sadden us more than when someone comes to pick up an order that doesn’t exist. This sometimes happens when that last button on the page showing all your ordered items doesn’t get pushed just right. There are several things you can do to make sure this does not happen to you:
1. Check to make sure you have an email order confirmation. It will show you everything on your order page.
2. On your “My Account” page, click Your Order History. The order you just placed should be at the top of the list.
3. If your order is not showing in your order history email marketatdothan@gmail.com and we’ll check it for you.

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We are slowly getting back to having TABLE SALES available on Fridays. Covid prevented us from doing this for many weeks and with the state starting to open up and our growers gardens producing abundantly its an unintended blessing that you can take advantage of if you’re comfortable doing so.

While we’re on the topic of opening up – we plan to start using MARKET BAGS again the first Friday in June.

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New & Relisted – some from last week in case you missed it!
RICHTER FARMS PORK IS BACK!
Genovese Basil – Restoration Gardens
New Red AND Fingerling Potatoes – Avalon Farms
Yellow Crookneck Squash – Avalon Farms
Pickling Cucumbers in 1 lb & 5 lb sizes- Sandy Valley
BLACKBERRIES – Avalon Farms
Yellow Straightneck Squash in 1 lb & 5 lb sizes – Sandy Valley
Jumbo Kinston Sweet Onions – Avalon Farms
Asian Greens – Avalon Farms
String Beans in 1 lb & 5 lb sizes- Sandy Valley
Red Round Radishes (new crop) – Avalon Farms
Zucchini Squash – Restoration Gardens Avalon Farms & Sandy Valley
Zephyr Squash – Avalon Farms
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Our COVID protocol is still in place for everyone who wants curbside service.

I. Order Payment:
1. Voluntarily prepay by 6 pm Thursday if possible using this PAYPAL link. This eliminates passing paper currency back and forth or handling of debit/credit cards on site. Your invoice will be marked PAID and pickup is fast and easy.

2. You may use PAYPAL curbside on Friday. Not quite as efficient as we have to verify receipt but it does work.

3. Debit/Credit – yes, we still take cards using our regular system. We just have to get 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.

4. Cash and Checks – please put them in a plastic baggie or bank bag. If you want to put them in your trunk/tailgate that would eliminate the need to come near the drivers window

II. Curb Service: It’s OK to pull up next to the building. In fact we recommend it as tractor trailers sometimes need to share that space. Have your trunk/ hatchback open and we’ll load you up!

GROWER NOTES

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


RICHTER FARMS PORK IS RELISTED We have ground, mild pan, chops, sliced ham, boston butt. The smoked sausage, smoked ham and bacon (smoked the old fashion way) won’t be ready until early June.

AVALON FARMS:

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Started digging taters this morning. We planted our standard Red New Potatoes but also planted fingerling potatoes too. We are very excited about the fingerling potatoes! There is a white skin and a red skin for visual interest. 

Fingerling potatoes have a waxy texture similar to new potatoes, but with a thinner tinder skin. Great for roasting or boiling since they hold their shape so well. 

There will be some new listings of Asian greens and perhaps turnip greens.

Blackberries are getting started! Yummy.  There will be some of those listed too.

FOOTNOTES

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

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

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

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

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

May 9, 2020 M@D Newsletter - Lots of VEGGIES this week!



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


Heeeeeee’s Back!
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes: Richter Farms, Avalon Farms, & Casablanca Ranch

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


WELCOME BACK SANDY VALLEY

Exciting News! SANDY VALLEY is rejoining Market at Dothan (M@D) this week. They’ve been on our grower page, sometimes active, sometimes inactive, for many years. It’s not that they ever really left, but owner/farmer/all around great guy Scotty also runs another business which sometimes interferes with his true love of gardening. Scotty is picky about the quality of his food and has grown beautiful chemical free produce for many years. So we’re excited things have worked out for them to return.

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This type of gardening allows organic liquid fertilizer to be applied through irrigation lines. Hortons Farm has used this method in the past.


And here’s the deal – his garden is bigger than ever, and doing so well with this beautiful spring weather that produce is coming in sooner than expected. His products will be offered in both 1 lb and 5 lb sizes for those who wish to can, freeze, dehydrate or make pickles. With food shortages predicted this is a wonderful opportunity to be prepared.

This week Scotty has string beans, yellow crookneck squash, zucchini and pickling cucumbers. Cowhorn okra, eggplant and sweet corn will follow in a few weeks. Other vegetables are planted and we’ll let you know as they become available.

Welcome Back Scotty!

MARKET CHITCHAT

WELCOME NEW CUSTOMERS! We’re glad to have you on board and hope Market at Dothan works for your needs and lifestyle. If you’ve not had a chance please get to know us better by reading our Question & Answer page. Our business model is a bit different and we don’t claim to be like other food sources, but we do offer the absolute BEST products in the area!

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New & Relisted
Sugar Snap Peas – Avalon Farms
Yellow Straightneck Squash – Sandy Valley
Yellow Crookneck Squash – Avalon Farms
Pickling Cucumbers – Sandy Valley
Jumbo Kinston Sweet Onions – Avalon Farms
String Beans – Sandy Valley
Red Round Radishes (new crop) – Avalon Farms
Zucchini Squash – both Avalon Farms and Sandy Valley
Zephyr Squash – Avalon Farms
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It’s exciting that our state is going to start opening back up on Monday. We are cautiously optimistic that as the population continues safe practices that the “curve” won’t worsen. That being said – is anyone interested in classes this summer? In the past we’ve offered classes and talks on a variety of subjects and would love to do so again. Please notify us if there are any particular topics that would interest you.

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This section is for the benefit of our new and returning customers.

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 of debit/credit cards on site. Your invoice will be marked PAID and pickup is fast and easy.

2. You may use PAYPAL curbside on Friday. Not quite as efficient as we have to verify receipt but it does work.

3. Debit/Credit – yes, we still take cards using our regular system. We just have to get 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.

4. Cash and Checks – please put them in a plastic baggie or bank bag. If you want to put them in your trunk/tailgate that would eliminate the need to come near the drivers window

II. Curb Service: It’s OK to pull up next to the building. In fact we recommend it as tractor trailers sometimes need to share that space. Have your trunk/ hatchback open and we’ll load you up!

GROWER NOTES

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


RICHTER FARMS I will be picking up fresh pork on 5/11! I will have ground, mild pan, chops, sliced ham, boston butt. As of now the smoked sausage, smoked ham and bacon won’t be ready until early June, (smoking the old fashion way)! I will gladly bring what I have if you let me or Ros know. I will try and list some but I am swamped with farm chores. Still have some smoked sausage left, reg, jalapeno and cajun, not a lot of each and will bring what I have Friday. Let Ros know if you want to add some to your order. 

I planted a garden so hopefully I can help supplement what Avalon Farms will be offering, she has been working so hard to have fresh veggies for you! 

AVALON FARMS:

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Jumbo Kinston Sweet onions – Sandwich size onions for onion lovers!   These jumbo “Kinston Sweet”  onions are delicious on burgers! One slice will fit side to side on  a 4 inch bun.  Supply is limited!

Squash – it’s back in a big way! If you haven’t tried the Zephyrs you need to!!

Sugar snap peas – I’ve really struggled with these this year. I tried a new variety and the early heat wave took them out. My old faithful, Super Sugar Snap peas, were also hurt, but are making a small crop. They will only be available for a few weeks.

Asparagus – Asparagus has a short harvest window (usually 6 weeks). This will probably be the last week for asparagus.

CASABLANCA RANCH: Dear Folks, I wanted to let you know that some of our stock has been depleted with the recent run on beef—But believe me the cows are not bothered by Covid-19. They are happily grazing and chewing their cud and having calves that are running and jumping along.

We process once monthly and although we are out of some of our cuts, they will be replenished soon. Cows age for a certain amount of time before they can be packaged and that will take time. The next processing date is 5/21 and we will make it available as soon as we receive it. Maybe now it the time to try a new cut or make some bone broth as it is highly nutritious. Some folks have a hard time with our grass fed steaks being tough. Low and slow is the way to cook grass fed steaks and a marinade can make all of the difference.

I want to share my favorite marinade and my bone broth recipe. Hang in here with us while we all try to navigate this time resting assured that we can trust God for His guidance and help.

God Bless You

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Bone Broth
Braise in oven at 450 degrees for approximately forty-five minutes or until nice and brown.Move to large stock pot and cover with water. Add flavoring of your choice. You may add onions and carrots celery etc but I do not always. Let them lightly simmer for a day or two,making sure they are covered with water and a lid. Discard bones and remove fat. Strain to catch small bones and vegetable parts. May add meat from bones back to broth. Use as desired or pressure cooker can. Delish!

This Korean-Style Short Ribs Marinade is our favorite for T-Bones and Ribsteaks.

FOOTNOTES

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

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

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

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

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