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Feb. 29, 2020 M@D Weekly 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” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


Market Chitchat
Grower Notes


We’re keeping it short and sweet this week! Hope you’ve enjoyed this beautiful Saturday. Lots of good notes and info from our fabulous Growers follows. Hope to see you Friday!

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New & Relisted Products – Woo-Hoo!

  • Pork Products from Richter Farms – See their Grower Note for details
  • Irish Soda Bread from Laura’s Confections
  • Escape Massage Oil from Bella Eden Farms
  • Special Tortes from Laura’s Confections
  • Frozen Soap from Bella Eden Farms
  • Two new lotions from Bella Eden Farms
  • Casablanca is back from vacation and their products are available again
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Spring Tent Market Schedule

Barring some unforeseen event we will continue our online ordering schedule till late June or early July for a small break. In both April and May we will have a one day pop up Market as follows:

SATURDAY, APRIL 18 with Get Green Alabama
THURSDAY, MAY 7 at Dothan Nurseries Open House
Please mark your calendar –both days will be a lot of fun!

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


DANNY’S GREENS: All winter it has taken 7-8 weeks to grow the lettuce you get every Friday. This is one of the reasons Danny has only been able to offer a few bags each week. Now that the days are longer and the garden is getting more sunshine the lettuce is growing a little faster which means 1) it will only take around 5 weeks to mature and 2) we can offer more each week.

RICHTER FARMS Well it has finally happened, WE HAVE PORK LISTED!!! I know it has been a looong time but we are getting back on track with our farm. Thank you for being patient as we continue on this farm journey. I have listed chops, ribs, country style ribs, ground pork, mild pan sausage and bacon(very limited supply). 

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Meagan (left) and Peaches (right) are great friends who enjoy each others company.


The rain has kept things on the green side and goats are enjoying the green grass as are the chickens. The chickens are ramping up their laying and I’m loving all the beautiful ‘naturally dyed’ eggs in blues, greens, browns and white. We have some lovely beige and blue pullet eggs listed. 

Again thank you for your patience and loyalty to the Market and all the vendors, we couldn’t do this without your support.

HORTONS FARM: Baby, it’s STILL cold outside! Even with the overall temperature improved today up here on our hill in Echo the wind is still cold and it bites. I’ve noticed several inexperienced beekeepers asking in social media about whether it’s safe to do hive inspections in conditions like this. The short answer – NO. Even though 60 degree is considered safe to open hives the chill wind can do serious damage to exposed comb.

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On a different note, we had a BLAST at a local elementary school talking about honeybees this week. For you teachers out there, Ros loves to put her BA in elementary education and Master Beekeeper certification to use this way.

AVALON FARMS:

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Moving time for the girls! They are always excited when we move them to fresh pasture. That’s their egg-mobile in the top picture.

Mobile is the basis of pasture raised poultry.  Frequent moves to new pasture keeps them healthy, active and gives them plenty of tasty bugs and plants to eat. It also allows the pasture the time it needs to recover and flourish. This symbiotic sustainable relationship is foundational to pasture raised poultry.

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!

Feb. 22, 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” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


Roslyn’s Rants
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes


WHAT A MESS!

Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
Proverbs 14:4


Even if one does not hold to faith, there’s no denying that the Book of Proverbs in the Bible is rich with wisdom and insight. Things like “Pay that bill while you’ve got the money” (paraphrase of Proverbs 3:27) and “Keep the noise down if you’re the first one to wake up” (Proverbs 27:14) are examples of advice that can prevent problems and help one get along better in life.

Proverbs 14:4 puzzled me till our oldest daughter went to college. She called home one day laughing at a professor’s take on the verse. The missing word was . . well, poop (or any equivalent). Oxen produce poop. If you have a clean crib (stable) with no poop it means there’s no oxen. If you have oxen you are getting serious work done there will be poop. The whole idea is that there will less than pleasant aspects of any job where real work is being done. It may not be in the form that oxen produce, but there will be frustration, waste, confusion, deadlines, personality conflicts, etc. . . . i.e. “poop”.

I see you grinning! You know what I’m talking about!

At least on a farm we can collect that waste and do something useful with it – like compost it and return it to the earth to make our soil healthier and our plants grow better. Things like stress and deadlines though – my best advice is learn all you can to deal with it wisely and well. Who knows, you might wind up writing the next bestseller!

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One of the things that has made me think about this is the recent hoopla about a presidential candidate’s disparaging remarks about farming. A lot of people have been deeply offended. I don’t know what he’s accomplished aside from creating a big smelly stink!

I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me its a gentle reminder that 1) When my own load seems heavy that I’ve not walked in anyone else’s shoes so I need to be careful not to think their load is any easier than mine. 2) If someone has a big mess on their hands, they may just be in the midst of getting a huge job done (like my garden right now). 3) Learn what you can and 4) Clean as you go.

Here’s hoping your messes are productive!

Thank you to everyone who braved the cold to come out yesterday. We thought several times about the “old days” when pickup was on the other side of the property under a tent and how fortunate we are to have electricity and protection in our current Pickup Location. Thanks JD – you guys are the best!

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If you missed it last week we published our Spring Market Schedule. Barring some unforeseen event we will continue our online ordering schedule till late June or early July for a small break. In both April and May we will have a one day pop up Market as follows:

SATURDAY, APRIL 18
THURSDAY, MAY 7
Please mark your calendar – they will be a lot of fun!
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Hearty slow cooker winter vegetable soup with split red lentils. This healthy crock pot recipe is packed with vegetables, red split lentils, and finished with a drizzle of olive oil, chopped parsley, and parmigiano-reggiano cheese.

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

DANNY’S GREENS:This is the last week Danny will have carrots for a few weeks. He expects his next planting to be ready by late March.

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!

Feb. 15, 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” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


Upcoming Events
Grower Notes


SPRING FARMER’S MARKET

We’re getting an early start this year for both our Spring Farmer’s Markets because both these dates are pretty special. On
SATURDAY, APRIL 18

we are partnering with GET GREEN ALABAMA to host what can best be described as a Farmer’s Market on steroids. Our friend Tenita Strand started Get Green Alabama last year as a so support the College Readiness Workshop and a way for local sustainable businesses to showcase their products. So it won’t be just food and farm products! Last year’s Get Green/M@D Farmers Market was SO MUCH FUN!

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The next Farmer’s Market will be on
THURSDAY, MAY 7

This is Dothan Nurseries annual Spring Open House which is one of the best springtime events in the city. The food, the fellowship and the Nursery Specials are always splendid. This year’s theme has not been announced yet so we’ll update you on that in the coming weeks.

GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: Avalon Farms

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Work on the greenhouse should be completed this weekend!!! Huge one off the project list. The dream is that this will simplify spring and fall transplant production. Previously a spare bedroom doubled as a propagation room. Works great but limiting and involves a lot of toting plant trays in and out of the house. The worst though, was when some grasshopper or worm found the transplants outside. They thought it was a tasty salad bar!

And who knows, may be able to sneak in a few early cucumbers in this fancy new greenhouse.

HORTONS FARM LLC: PROGRESS! This week the foundation framework and some plumbing was laid for our new garden shed.

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The photo on the left is my old shed that Michael destroyed. I loved that thing! It was built by my Mr. and sons around Y2K from recycled PVC found on the farm. It went through many covers over the years and served us well.

The new one being built (photo) will have have water and electricity and doors that close! This means that it can do double duty for extracting honey. SO EXCITED.

On a different note we are listing more eggs this week as the longer days have done wonders for our layers.

DANNY’S GREENS:This is the last week Danny will have green onions till late March. Limited lettuce and carrots are available.

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!

Feb. 8, 2020 M@D Newsletter - Happy Valentines Day!



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.


Roslyn’s Rants
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes


FOR THE LOVE OF KITCHEN GADGETS

I have to admit, I’m a sucker for a kitchen appliance or gadget. And I’m married to a man who is too. I’ve lost track of the times he’s brought home a duplicate something because he wasn’t sure what I had and wanted a backup of his favorites. “Just in Case”. I have a drawer of percolator replacement parts (his) and a cabinet in the pantry dedicated to Oster Kitchen Center replacement pieces (hers). Good old percolators and my kitchen center gadgets are no longer manufactured but they’re still going strong at my house.

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This set on eBay is identical to my original Kitchen Center


The downside to hoarding vintage kitchen items is space. The upside is having it when you need it and being able to help others. Not only are all my items fully functional, I’ve been able to supply full units and replace parts for some of my children as well.

Food preparation is not stuck in the 1980’s though. My kids introduced me to sandwich and paniai makers in the 90’s. Somewhere in there my mom introduced me to the George Foreman Grill. Three years ago the Mr.‘s Christmas gift was an air fryer. The next year it was an Instant Pot. Last year Kathy Stewart (Kathy’s Kluckers) introduced me to the Sous Vide. I love them all!

I’ve done a bit of kitchen research and find myself chuckling over all the new designs for old standard favorites: potato peelers, salad spinners, colanders (the silicone ones collapse!), strainers, slicers, etc. The greatest advances seems to be in the electronic appliances that have a wide range of features and uses. One of the first things I did with my Instant Pot was make jam!

Rather than continue to (not) wax eloquent, I’m sharing some of the websites I need to avoid that have great kitchen products. If you find something truly remarkable (like this BluApple that removes ethylene gas from your refrigerator to keep food fresh longer) let me know.

UnCommon Goods features many modern takes on classic kitchen items.

FLORIDA RESTAURANT & KITCHEN SUPPLIES has free shipping in the US.

Williams Sonoma, of course!

GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: Our products will be listed within the next 24 hours as our travel has been delayed and we’re actually not home yet! So please check in again soon. Ros has assured me that it’s ok to make multiple orders in one week.

HORTONS FARM LLC: It may be dreary outside but its one busy day here on the farm. Of course we’re working on the M@D newsletter but also have a canner of the Mr’s favorite split soup going among other things. This batch features some of Richter Farms jalapeno sausage. The dehydrator is stacked high with fresh chickweek and my mom and I just finished seasoning and sealing some meat for her to take home eventually.

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Between weather and workers our infrastructure restoration has slowed down a bit. Finishing the garden fence is the next project and once that’s done I can move the perennials and start rebuilding the raised beds. I’d love for things to move along faster but there’s no lack of things to do until then! With any luck we’ll have some more pretty days soon to continue preparing the bees for spring.

LAURA’s CONFECTIONS: To all my wonderful, special followers and customers, don’t forget that if you know you can’t make something special for Valentine’s Day, I can!

MAYIM FARMS: The cold got a lot of our more tender greens in our absence while we were at SWAG but we’ve still got a good supply of collards and other cold hardy items.

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!

Feb. 1 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.


Love is in the Air
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes


HEALTHY VALENTINE TREATS

Most of us remember when Valentine treats consisted of candy hearts, heart shaped lollipops, chocolate and cakes or cupcakes with pink frosting. Thankfully chocolate is not a no-no and we’ve come a long way in our understanding of what is and is not healthy. While our first recommendation is something from Laura’s Confections we understand doesn’t work for everybody so hopefully something that follows will. Enjoy!

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Top Left: If you’re making for one this Healthy Keto Chocolate Raspberry Mug Cake might be perfect.
Top Right: Keto White Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are sugar free.
Bottom Left: Only 3 ingredients in these Chocolate-Covered Strawberry” Frozen Greek Yogurt Bites
Bottom Right: Healthy Raspberry Dark Chocolate Bark is made with stevia and dehydrated raspberries.


MARKET CHITCHAT

Well, the bad news is that this is our second week with Avalon and Mayim in absentee. It’s also our good news as they should both be back listing product on the Market a week from today.

That being said, THANK YOU to our Daleville & Enterprise Customers for your patience with a different delivery person! We really enjoyed meeting you and hope to see you again next week.

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Have you noticed the GET GREEN ALABAMA announcements that are starting to show up in the Facebook Feeds? This is not something you want to ignore because our friend Tenita Strand is partnering with Market at Dothan on April 18 for one of our Spring Farmer’s Market days! Tenita networks with other types of natural health/sustainable businesses and knows how to really make an event special. Last year’s Get Green Alabama was a blast so put it on your calendar!

GROWER NOTES

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

BELLA EDEN FARMS Love is in the air at Bella Eden Farms! We have the perfect gifts for your Valentine… Rose Garden Coconut Milk Soap, Wild Rose Bath Salts, Lavender Milk Bath Tea, Lavender Lotion Bars, Beer Soap… all handmade locally, with love ??

It’s a busy season of the year! The kiddos are back in school and Spring is right around the corner. We are excited to soon share some of our newest Spring collections … stay tuned! 

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LAURA’s CONFECTIONS: To all my wonderful, special followers and customers, it is my dearest wish that this year will be the best ever for us all. And to that end, you might put a tiny bug in your special someone’s ear that I am offering a variety of chocolate-covered strawberries to savor and delight. I’m not crazy about using semi-sweet chocolate preferring instead to immerse them in 60% Ghirardelli chocolate. The strawberries will add just enough sweetness. Some are covered in pulverized walnuts, chopped coconut, and some drizzled with white chocolate although I’m still working on perfecting my drizzling technique. I’ve also ordered three 4" quick release, heart-shaped pans for cheesecake that I can really have some fun decorating. Unfortunately, I believe they are being shipped on a slow boat from the planet Zircon. If they arrive in time for Valentine’s Day, you’ll be the first to know.

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!

Jan. 25, 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” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.


This Week’s Newsletter:
The Newest Buzzword . . .
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes


AND WE APPROVE!

I had to smile last week reading Mayim Farm’s grower note about their trip to the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference (SSAWG) and the 2020 Organic Agriculture Research Forum (OFRF) because they used the newest word in natural agriculture methods: ”REGENERATIVE”.

It’s a great word! And it perfectly describes farming practices that focus on building the integrity of the soil as much as it does on the foods the soil produces. The basic practices in Regenerative Agriculture have been utilized for decades. The concept included in the use of this newest word incorporates the idea of drawing down greenhouse gasses to slow down if not reverse climate change.

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Wikipedia defines it as ”a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming systems. It focuses on topsoil regeneration, increasing biodiversity, improving the water cycle, enhancing ecosystem services, supporting biosequestration, increasing resilience to climate change, and strengthening the health and vitality of farm soil. “

My personal favorite definition comes from The Chalkboard: Regenerative agriculture is an approach to farming which aims to give back to the earth and leave it in a better place. It builds soil, increases biodiversity, improves water cycles and sequesters carbon. It’s really a way of farming that was traditional — prior to industrialization — we call it going back to a new way of farming.

So there you have it!

MARKET CHITCHAT

Daleville & Enterprise Customers Wendy will not be available to make on-time deliveries the next two Fridays. We’ve got you covered though and Ros will meet you at your chosen pickup location, though the time will probably be a bit later. Please make sure the Market has a good mobile number for you and we’ll be in touch to make sure we don’t miss each other!

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Once in a while we get great info from vendors and customers worth passing on. Such is the case with this article about microwaving food from Mrs. Truitt in Enterprise. If you choose to read it be sure not to skip the third page for clarification and an interesting history lesson.

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Lastly a huge thanks to K Stewart who shared this scrumptous Keto Lemon Skillet Cake. If you’re a cast iron foodie and watching your sugar or carbs this one’s for you!

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GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS I’ll only be listing eggs, a few winter squash and radishes this week. Sadly the celery is gone. (I’m SO pleased you enjoyed it!) And the greens are recovering from the hard freezes we had. 

I will not be participating in the market the first week of February. I’ll be taking a few days of vacation. 

HORTON FARM: After some serious degranulation we have relisted pints and quarts of honey. We get a lot of questions about honey turning to sugar and the best way I can explain it is freezing. Water forms solid crystals (freezes) at 32 degrees F. Honey does the same thing, but there is no set temperature because each nectar source has it’s own properties and starts to crystallize at different temperatures. A couple of types honey, tupelo for example, will not crystallize no matter how cold it gets while rapeseed (canola) will crystallize at 95 degrees while still in the hive! Crystallization does not mean the honey has “gone bad” like some used to think. It just needs to be warmed up “low and slow” to protect it’s healthful properties while changing back to it’s thick sticky liquid state.

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!

Jan 18, 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.


This Week’s Newsletter:
Adventures in Pickles
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes


EASY PEASY PICKLES

What follows originated with a sisterly Christmas gift – a jar of homemade pickled radishes with carrots. They were DIVINE. The recipe was a text of a text of a text of a photo from a book or magazine. . . (don’t you love technology?). Baby Sis had changed the recipe and used Swerve instead of sugar. We changed it up by using watermelon radishes from Avalon and skipping the carrots.

Mom is in the kitchen making another batch today. We now know to expect the pretty pink of the watermelon radishes to change the brine, but the taste more than makes up for the aesthetics. No doubt this method can be used with other root vegetables so if you try something different before we do, let us know and we’ll share it with the rest of our Market family. (Ros)

Swerve Radish Pickles
Originally Vietnamese Daikon & Carrot Pickles


1. Prepare 4 lb of radishes by peeling and slicing them, Slices a bit smaller than ¼ inch thickness work best.

2. Mix 4 tsp Swerve (or other erythritol product) with 2 tsp salt. Set Aside.

3. Mix 1 cup Swerve (or other erythritol product) with 2 cups warm water (to dissolve) and 2 ½ cups white vinegar. Set Aside.

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4. Sprinkle sugar/salt mixture over prepared radishes. Massage it into the vegetables till they are pliable and bend easily. Rinse well and drain.

5. Pack vegetables in clean jars with lids. Pour liquid mixture over the radishes.

6. Seal Jars. Refrigerate overnight before using. The flavor improves over time and the pickles keep 4-6 weeks in the refrigerator.

MARKET CHITCHAT

Wasn’t yesterday about the most perfect Market pickup day ever? Even though it was chilly the wind was kind and between the beautiful vegetables and great company we could not ask for a lovelier day or better folks to spend it with. We really do love serving you!

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THANK YOU for your kind patience with the Market opening late last week. The back story is that at 3pm Saturday Ros knew she was in trouble as the the approaching weather had already eliminated all internet service upstate where she was. Thankfully Viki Richter agreed to open us on time, but by 5 pm the severe weather was in south Alabama giving Viki technical trouble as well! Just goes to show that sometimes no matter how well we prepare nature still shows us up!

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We have a few new products this week. You may view them near the top of the Market Page.

GROWER NOTES

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

MAYIM FARM Mayim Farm will be taking a break this market cycle while attending the annual “Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference” (SSAWG) and the “2020 Organic Agriculture Research Forum”(OFRF) in Little Rock. Mayim Farm received a scholarship from the Organic Research Foundation to attend the conference and forum. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to participate in, and learn more about the latest regenerative and organic practices in 2020. We strive to grow the most nutrient dense food and medicine for our clients through these breakthrough practices. We’ll see you again in a couple weeks rested and with new ideas to implement.

AVALON FARMS Avalon Farms
We’ve seen the last of the Arugula and Spinach. This 2 weeks of warm weather has signaled them to produce flowers and eventually seeds. That is the plants goal to reproduce itself by producing seeds for next year. The Kales and Senposia are handling the weather better and are not flowering. 

The chickens have enjoyed the warmer weather and are laying like champs. Please buy more eggs!!! I’m swimming in them over here. : ) 

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Greenhouse construction continues…hampered by Mr. Farmer’s off farm job and rain. (Seems to always rain when he’s home. I smell a conspiracy.) (Mr. Farmer, “The power of prayer.”)

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

Jan 11, 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.


This Week’s Newsletter:
Farmer Focus
Market Chitchat

D’s JELLIES

You all know Dianne Herring through the wonderful jellies she sells year round. What you may not know is that she and husband Phillip grow all the fruit and peppers that goes into her wonderful products. She was kind enough to share a bit of what’s happening on her farm. We hope you enjoy. (Ros)

“Our garden space has been covered with leaves from our pecan trees. My husband, Phillip, recently brought out the tiller and tilled the leaves into the soil to keep the soil loose. Late January or early February,  he will plant new potatoes. It is usually April when we plant our peppers that I use to make Hot Pepper Jelly. I have to wait until late July or early August for the peppers to turn red and then it’s time to start making jelly.                                                                           

Last spring, we had to replant a large portion of our blackberry bushes. They have grown quickly and the deer love to nibble on the new growth.  Before the new growth sprouts this spring, we will have to find a way to keep the deer away from our plants! There should be plenty of blackberries to gather and sell and to make my Blackberry Jelly.  Blackberries ripen and are gathered in late May and June.                                               

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Left: Dianne and one of many issues of Wiregrass Living where recipies are featured
Top Right: Home grown Blackberries
Bottom Right: Mahaws


Our Mayhaw trees have had a few blooms recently due to the warm weather. I hope the cooler weather will keep the majority of the blooms from budding. Our Mayhaws are usually gathered in May. They look like a miniature red apple and are about the size of a cherry.  The color of the berries gives my Mayhaw Jelly it’s beautiful red color.                                                              
Our garden and fruit orchard at our country home south of Cottonwood keeps us busy but also provides the pleasure of watching it grow and gathering its bounty."         Dianne Herring 

MARKET CHITCHAT

It feels good to be “back in the saddle” at the Market. Thank you to everyone who helped and everyone who ordered.

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We’re keeping the newsletter short and sweet this week. Your editor will be upstate during normal writing and publication time. If you still need a good dose of Market information feel free to peruse the site at marketatdothan.com. All of our growers and information about them is listed there as well as EVERY newsletter since the Market started in 2010! You may find these on the Weblog tab. If you look long enough you’re sure to find some great bloopers, but you’ll also find an ongoing commitment to bring you the best FRESH, LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE & YEAR ROUND food in the Wiregrass!

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NEW & RELISTED


Kumquats Relisted New Zealand Spinach – Mayim Danny’s Carrots Relisted
Watercress relisted – Mayim Spinach relisted – Avalon Senposai relisted – Avalon
Various KALES relisted – Avalon Fresh Turmeric – Mayim Collards – Mayim
Pecans Kale for Chips – Mayim Celery – Avalon
Curly Kale – Mayim

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!

Jan. 4, 2020 M@D Newsletter - Happy New Year!



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.


This Week’s Newsletter:
Customer Product Review
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes


PERDIDO VINEGARS

The backstory for what follows is an interrupted conversation about how Mrs. M uses flavored vinegars. This is one of those times when we ALL benefit and I can’t wait to try these ideas! (Ros)

“I wanted to follow up on our conversation about these vinegars. I have been using them for some time now and am in love with them.

One of my favorite light side dishes is cucumbers, tomatoes and onions in vinegar and oil. This time of year cucumbers aren’t readily available so I substituted them with bell peppers and used the cucumber vinegar with a splash of oil and salt and pepper. They are so tasty after about an hour in this mixture and the cucumber taste really comes thru.

One thing Mark and I enjoy doing is to grill, yes we’re hardcore and do it year round. Quite often we grill fruit as our dessert. I use oranges, grapefruit, pineapple and peaches as well as plums. I cut them I half and brush the cut side with olive oil before grilling to keep it from sticking and when it’s done I splash a flavored vinegar over it and serve with vanilla ice cream. My favorites that I’m using right now are the blueberry and Satsuma orange vinegars.

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Grilled Fruit Serving Ideas

You should encourage the other Market at Dothan member to try these items cause I think they’re great. Plus, everyone who knows me knows that I don’t recommend products unless Im extremely satisfied. “

Melody

MARKET CHITCHAT

Are you excited about the New Year and New DECADE? We sure are. Plans are in the works for . . . . can’t tell yet . . . but we will! Stay tuned!

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So great to have SO MUCH PRODUCE available this January. One of the best things about living in this area is the year round growing seasons. Of course nature throws curve balls now and then that sometimes destroys vegetation, but the soil is always willing to forgive and start over. This is a blessing we don’t take for granted! We hope you’ll take advantage of the Fresh, Local, Sustainable and Year Round foods our growers supply.

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NEW & RELISTED


Kumquats Relisted New Zealand Spinach – Mayim Danny’s Carrots Relisted
Watercress relisted – Mayim Spinach relisted – Avalon Senposai relisted – Avalon
Various KALES relisted – Avalon Fresh Turmeric – Mayim Collards – Mayim
Lemons Kale for Chips – Mayim Celery – Avalon
Curly Kale – Mayim Pecans

GROWER NOTES

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

AVALON FARMS: What I Did On My Christmas Vacation…

With all the problems we’ve had producing transplants, building a greenhouse has been on our wishlist. Over Christmas, we finally started construction. The completed greenhouse will be 16 by 24 feet, more than enough space for our farm needs and a big corner space for my Dad to play with. Had to purchase new lumber but will be utilizing recycled windows and roofing tin from old chicken houses. Benches will be built out of reclaimed wood too.

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Those son-in-laws with real construction training come in handy!

The plan is to be finished and start plants by the end of this month. Stay tuned for updates. 

HORTONS FARM We managed some progress during Christmas break on the fence/back yard/garden project, namely, DIRT! The dirt that’s been coming out of the back yard has been piled up in the garden to contribute to new raised beds. Mr. H has located affordable material and as soon as we deal with some design issues we’ll start rebuilding around the greenhouse and moving the perennials to new beds. The plan is to create permaculture hybrid beds using wood and organic matter from here on the farm and . . . dirt

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What’s left of the original raised beds (1996) is visible on the 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

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

Dec. 14, 2019 M@D Newsletter - This Is The Last Order Cycle for 2019!



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.


This Week’s Newsletter:
This Year in Agriculture
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes


SOME CRAZY STUFF!

With this newsletter starting the last order cycle of 2019 we’re getting a jump on the seasonal “year in review” stuff. Soon we’ll start seeing sports, medicine, entertainment, science, political, etc type programs about the significant events of 2019. Some will go down in history as trivia. Some will have impact for years to come. We thought we’d take a look at a couple of interesting events in US agriculture for 2019 that have impact.

The big story for 2019 is HEMP. The 2018 Farm Bill paved the way for legal hemp production in the United States. It was declassified as a Schedule 1 drug and deemed as an agriculture commodity. This legislation defines “hemp” as all parts of the plant containing less than 0.3% THC.  Farmers cannot grow hemp without federal or state approval and only under strict guidelines.

This is the second year Alabama has accepted applications for growing hemp and the number is expected to double as it is used more in manufacturing. Ag Commissioner Rick Pate said industrial hemp has a lot of uses. “It’s used in cars, plastics, it’s biodegradable. It would help with plastics getting out of the water” To become a hemp farmer potential growers in our state have to pay a $200 application fee and submit a background check. If approved a $1,000 location fee is required.

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Another event highlights the continuing confusion over the definition of “waters of the United States” aka, WOTUS, under the Clean Water Act. An August 19, 2019 ruling found that the Obama administration’s 2015 “Clean Water Rule” is an “impermissible construction of the statutory language”, in other words, an overreach of federal authority. The Obama 2015 rule seized federal regulatory control over virtually all water, something Congress never authorized. The impact on farms and farmland was devastating.

“Continuing confusion” of this issue is an understatement. Many states including Alabama, Georgia and Florida weighed in on the Obama rule with lawsuits. The whole thing boiled down to a power struggle over federal and state control of water. It started back in 2006 because there was no original clear definition of exactly what constitutes “waters of the United States”. The result has been a struggle for control for the nations water ever since and despite the 2019 decision, is yet to be resolved.

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This Missouri ad campaign showed how the Obama rule brought millions more acres under federal government regulation and harmed valuable farmland. The 2019 decision reversed that rule and sent the whole issue back to lower courts to be hashed out. Hopefully this latest event will give farmers nationwide some much needed relief.


MARKET CHITCHAT

“Rain, Rain, Go Away” . . . and it did! We hope you’re enjoying today’s beautiful sunshine after the heavy downpour from last night.

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WELCOME EAGLE GROVE SERVICES! Many of you met Joan Kimm and her beautiful satsumas at Open House. We are happy to announce that she has joined the online market and will be offering more products as their family farm in Hartford grows. For now she will be at the Market Shed next Friday, December 20 with more satsumas for your holiday use, so even if you don’t place an online order, feel free to drop by between 10am and 12pm to meet her.
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Well, this is it, the last order cycle for 2019. It’s been wonderful being a part of your lives this year and we look forward to serving you again next year in 2020.

Order Online Dec 17 – Dec. 17 for Pickup on Friday, Dec. 20

CLOSED TILL JANUARY 4, 2020

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Market at Dothan is now listed on agroshare.com. Agroshare is a map resource for both consumers and those who supply sustainable foods whether restaurant, farmer’s market or farm. It’s a great travel resource for finding clean food sources out of this area.

GROWER NOTES

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

DANNY’S GREENS ARE BACK! There will be 10 salad greens and 6 onions available to order this week.

AVALON FARMS:
I tried to think of something clever and fun for this Christmas newsletter, but couldn’t think of a thing. So I’ll stick with the truth of the season…

God bless you one and all!


MERRY CHRISTMAS!


From Avalon Farms


LAURA’S CONFECTIONS: I am very fortunate to have the constancy of your patronage since I joined the Market and offer my most sincere thanks for making this a most successful year. It has been a great pleasure to serve you the finest quality confections doing what I love best. I wish everyone peace and joy this Christmas season and a very Happy New Year filled with the realization of all your hopes and dreams.

D’S JELLIES Jellies are unique and delicious gifts for Christmas or any occasion. Whether it was Mother’s Day Open House, Market orders, or Christmas Open House, I sincerely Thank You for purchasing D’s Mayhaw Jelly, Hot Pepper Jelly, & BlackBerry Jelly. Merry Christmas!   Dianne Herring 

HORTONS FARM Progress continues on restoring infrastructure around here. This week my beloved garden shed (an 8×14 hoop house constructed by my mr. and sons) went on the trash heap. Plans are in the works for another plus expanding that garden into part of the back pasture. New fencing is completed on one side and part of another. During Christmas my old raised beds will be leveled and the perennial veggies (walking garlic, asparagus and horseradish) stored or moved. I’m pretty happy they have continued during their prolonged neglect.

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On a different note, a RECIPE! We recently roasted one of Avalon’s Georgia Candy Roaster Squash. Talk about easy! I sliced it, removed the seeds and baked at 350 till tender. When cool, remove the peels, cube and warm in a skillet or saucepan with ¼ c maple syrup. 1 – 2 tbs butter, a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg and a handful of chopped nuts. Easy peasy and delicious!

Lastly, a Product Review. Mrs. Laura shared a slice of her Skyscraper Cake and . . . oh. my. word!!! This thing is heavenly! Don’t take my word for it. Rictor Farms and Eagle Grove Services got to share the love and can attest to the opinion!

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!