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The Wednesday Market:  We're Open! Place Your Orders Now


Good evening.

The Wednesday Market is open for orders. Please place your order by 10 p.m. Monday. Orders are ready for pick up between 3 and 6 p.m. Wednesday. See the website for this week’s product listings. Here is the link: https://wednesdaymarket.locallygrown.net/market

Concord Street Sweets is taking a break from the Market this week. The kids are out of school on Spring Break, so I want to do something fun with them.

Concord Garden Club’s annual Lunch and Learn is Thursday, April 19, at the Strickland Building in Concord. Doors open at 11 a.m. Don’t miss your chance to hear an outstanding garden expert Harold McDonnell present a talk on “Shady Characters – Exciting Perennials for the Shade Garden.” Bring your lunch. Dessert and beverages are provided. The event is free. Vendors will be selling all manner of garden items, so do some shopping while you are there!

Have a great Sunday, and we’ll see you at the Market!

Dothan, Alabama:  April 14, 2018 Newsletter



We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm


This Week’s Newsletter:
Upcoming Events
Quote of the Month
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Who: Ros Horton – 2013 Alabama Master Beekeeper
What: Healthy Lifestyle Class – More than Sweet: Honey and Health
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10 am
Where: Dothan Nurseries
If weather permits we’ll meet in the Market Shed, if not we’ll meet in the Greenhouse

You know that honey is good for you but do you know WHY? This class will dig deep into the back story of how nectar is converted into the only natural food source known to man that will not spoil and how those processes affect human health and well being.



Who:EVERYBODY is invited

What: Spring Open House
When: Thursday May 10, 3 – 7 pm
Where: Dothan Nurseries



You heard it here first! Our Market at Dothan Farmers and Friends will be conducting an on site Spring and Summer Farmer’s Market at Market at Dothan and Dothan Nurseries. Plans are in the works to start Mid May – Stay Tuned to this channel for details!


Saturday May 19, 2018 – Healthy Lifestyle Class #4 To Be Announced
Saturday June 26, 2018 – Healthy Lifestyle Class #5, Susan Avello, the Lean Bean Chef will be speaking about Healthy Eating on the Go

THE ECONOMICS OF BUYING LOCAL

“At its core, the study found that a dollar spent buying directly from a farmer has about twice the impact on the local economy as spending a dollar on food that goes through a middleman—a supermarket, for example. There are all kinds of reasons for that: Farmers who sell directly to consumers tend to buy more supplies locally, which can benefit seed and equipment sellers in the area; and they also tend to hire more local labor, which in turn benefits in the community.”

From Modern Farmer’s article about a recent UC Davis study.

MARKET CHITCHAT

As you can see from our top section a lot of things have been going on behind the scenes at Market at Dothan. That’s just the “business” side of getting the freshest and healthiest produce in the Wiregrass from the farm to your table. Let me encourage you to read our Grower Notes too as that reveals what happens on our farms during the week. Many weeks are rather routine, but some, like the extraordinary week Mayim had last week, are for the history books. Congrats Greg!

New Products

  • Organic Winter Greens from Hawkins Homestead
  • Organic Curly Kale from Bain Home Gardens
  • Fresh Picked Stinging Nettle from Hortons Farm
  • Mary’s 6” Taster Cakes in several flavors
  • Spring Onion Tops, both chopped and plain from Bain & Hawkins
  • Cucumber Lime Pickles in 2 sizes from Mayim Farms
  • Hand Crocheted Cotton Trivet

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

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

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello Marketeers!
    How are you all? We are thrilled to report we finally have peas! These blue shelling peas are a joy just to watch. Eating them is an added benefit! Look for them on the market soon!


This week we had the pleasure of setting out three varieties of okra and two types of sunflowers. It is our hope that the big beautiful flowers will work well together to distract the aphids from our cucumber & squash plants, while we get to admire the beauty of it all!

Many of our friends have been gardening for years and as we listen, all express that spring has been unusually cool! The irony.  Year after year I have had much to say about how quickly we jump from spring to summer. This year, the ONE year we go ALL in … ugh! I will remain silent. We are learning that this type of unpredictability is a large part of growing our own food. We are adjusting & personally we enjoy the cooler nights, even if our peppers and tomatoes do not. Hmm, I smell a bonfire cooking up.

Sending 48 more days of spring – from our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: Hello Market Friends! All this hot weather has our arugula going to seed, so it’s the last call on it along with mustard and collard greens. We are now focusing on warmer weather plants like tomatoes, beans, corn, peppers, various pea varieties, cucumbers, and melons.


With all the growing we’re doing here, I’d like to talk to you about organization. If you’re interested in gardening, you can’t do it without organization. Keeping records of your successes and failures, charting weather patterns, crop rotation, knowing when the first and last frost dates are, along with knowing what plants to plant in what season, and how long they need to mature…..should I go on? Really gardening is an amazing way to put you in control of what you eat and it allows you to see creation firsthand, but it’s also hard work. It involves science, nature, prayer (for us), and organization!

We don’t have acres and acres of land, but on what we do have we plan, prepare, and try to use every space we can to keep our soil and animals healthy. Having a large space isn’t required for gardening. Only the want and the willingness to do so in an organized manner. You can even start a container garden! Make a plan, grab a couple of pots, some good soil or compost if you can get it, and go!

There are several different gardens going here year round. From raised beds, to an herb shelf, with some bigger gardens in the middle we stay busy!  We would never be able to keep up with it all without being organized. So if you’re looking to grow something this year, do some research, grab a notebook, and be organized.

HORTON’S FARM: Many of you know that we are undergoing renovations that were forced upon us by flood damage in 2017. I’m happy to report that progress is ongoing albeit slow. Much of it does not affect day to day operations (aside from taking up time!) and other things are small happy victories. One recent victory was getting three hives and their stand moved from the front yard. There are three more to do and then we’ll start moving the hives located around the county. Another happy dance event was reclaiming my candle station. For several years I’ve utilized a tall “road kill” cabinet for this operation. It’s got “just right” storage underneath, is sturdy enough that it can’t be knocked over and tall enough that critters and kiddos can’t get into my melting pots or curing candles. What this means for our market customers is that our candle inventory will slowly increase as I process more of the cappings I’ve held in storage.

MAYIM FARM: It was a big week at the farm…as you know it is our highest priority to do no harm to any of the workings of nature. These workings are the key and our focus here at Mayim Farm. By observation, we are learning these systems that are at work in our soil and on our farm and learning how to work within them. We don’t fight nature, we work within her rules and regulations decreed by our Creator!

We believe that the key to our and your health is in our soil!

Think about that for a moment…the processes going on in our soil are the same processes that are at work inside our bodies. Did you know you have more non-human DNA in your body than human?
Those microbes that make our veggies grow without any mammal animal manures are the cousins of the microbes that are crucial in your digestion of your food, your probiotics and prebiotics.
So when you eat a leaf, a fruit, a root, a medicinal plant from Mayim Farm you become part of the farm and we become part of you and your family. A great responsibility we do not take lightly.


We received a visit from Dr A. from Auburn to help us with our pest exclusion system on our tunnel house. We will be participating in the Integrated Pest Management Program at Auburn in 2018+.
This is a program that uses no chemicals and physical barriers to exclude unwanted insects in our tunnel house. This will be a tremendous asset to the farm and to your family.
You are important to us!
We strive to be a good steward of the trust every client who has partaken in our bounty here.
Peace, love and Fungi!
Greg and Carole

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: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

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!

Patchwork Urban Farms Online Farmstand :  Patchwork Farmstand Open!


Hi everyone,

The market is now open! Please get your orders in before Monday at 10am. Thanks.

https://patchworkfarmstand.locallygrown.net

Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op:  The market is open for ordering


The Spa City Co-op market is now open for ordering at spacity.locallygrown.net.

Please place your orders before Tuesday at 9 pm, and plan to pick up your orders at Emergent Arts on Friday from 3PM to 4:30PM. If you’re unable to pick up your order at this time please make arrangements to have your order picked up for you.
Remember to scroll all the way down and click place this order.

Don’t forget – this market has no paid positions, so we NEED VOLUNTEERS to run every market. It’s fun, you get a $5 gift card as well as extend your membership by 2 months, and you learn so much about local foods in Arkansas.
Have a great week and see you on Friday

this market’s manager
Julie Alexander
501 655 9411

Northeast GA Locally Grown:  Market is open for orders!


Good Evening Locavores, Northeast Georgia Locally Grown is open for orders!
Go to the market now >>
Fresh Vegetables
Baked Goods with Organic ingredients
Gluten-free products
Pastured Eggs
Clean Meat
See all products

PICKUP TIME is Wednesday from 5-6:30pm!

Thank you for choosing Northeast Georgia Locally Grown as a way to support your local producers. This online farmers market allows you to buy directly from multiple farms committed to chemical-free and local produce all year long! CHEMICAL-FREE means produce and pastures grown without synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides. LOCAL means within 80 miles from the market pickup locations (usually much much closer). Do you know someone who grows chemical-free food in the area? Get them in touch with us. Know someone who wants fresh food? Spread the word. Put the two together, and that’s growing organically!

Statesboro Market2Go:  The Market is Open!


Thanks for shopping with us and supporting your local farmers!

Lake Placid Online Farmer's Market:  May Market Dates


Hi everyone,

The May market was under the “TBA” category, and I am happy to be able to announce that the order period will be May 4 – 7, with pickup on May 9th at Lake Placid Skate Shop as usual.

If anything changes, we will certainly let you know.

Thank you!
Christie
518-637-8078

Manchester Locally Grown:  Time to Order Fresh Local Farm Products!


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Manchester Locally Grown market


We always have a few new farmers, waiting their turn to join our market and offer their wonderful products to all our customers. In order to add more farmers, we feel it would be best to grow our customer base a bit. We want to be able to offer you and your friends some new local farm products.

The farmers and market managers would really appreciate your efforts to help spread the word about our fantastic market. What a great local resource for fresh, local farm products. Please pick up a few business cards to hand out to your friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Advertising is very expensive, and we want to use our slim market funds in a responsible manner.





To Contact Us

Our Website: manchester.locallygrown.net
On Facebook: Manchester Locally Grown Online Farmers’ Market
By e-mail: tnmomof10@gmail.com
By phone: (931) 273-9708

Our pickup location is across the street from the Manchester City Schools administration building:











Good morning!


Welcome to this week’s offerings from your online farmers’ market. Everything you see on our website is the “cream of the crop” from local farmers, the best products picked and made with pride especially for YOU! When you place an order with our farms, you know you are supporting your friends and neighbors, most located within 30 miles of Manchester, Tennessee.

The market will remain open for your orders till Tuesday at 10 pm.

Please be sure to read the section of the page entitled “Important Ordering and Pickup Information.”



Farm News of the Week





Last call for survey responses!
Deadline for completing the market survey is April 15! Please help us grow and improve our market by telling us how you feel about it. Many thanks to those who have already done so.

Please complete the short survey here:
Manchester Locally Grown customer survey
We will enter your name (if you choose to identify yourself) into a drawing for a $25 market gift certificate.

In addition, please tell your friends about our market. When one of them makes a purchase and tells us you sent them, you will be entered into the drawing a second time. There is no limit to how many entries you can earn this way.


From Andra Martens:

This week, Sow’s Ear Piggery pork products return to the market after a couple weeks in vacation mode. Pork chops, ground pork, stew meat, cutlets, and several other cuts are available. As always, our pork is Non-GMO, non-medicated, and free-ranged.

From Linda Reed at Dogwood Valley Greenhouse:

Yes it’s really spring. I didn’t think I’d ever be able to say that, this year! This week, many of our perennial plants are continuing to bloom from previous weeks. We welcome a few new blooms, including some of the dwarf carnations, foam flower, coral bells, pincushion flower, spiderwort, salvia, and more colors of azaleas. The ferns, especially the low Japanese Painted and the taller Ostrich, would look really great in your woodland garden.

The mints and oreganos are doing very well, and finally the thyme is filling out. Salad burnet is still thick and full, waiting to be a part of your next salad. We have a few Rosemary and Lavender plants as well, and a limited number of Stevia. Valerian, a very useful herb, can also add a tall white accent to your perennial border.

And a nice surprise: the pink Christmas cacti are back in bloom! They actually haven’t been resting for long, and I’ve been watering them right along. They’ll make great Mother’s Day gifts. (I will wrap for you.)

Don’t forget: it’s not reliably warm enough for tomato and pepper plants yet, in spite of what some of the big box stores try to tell you. In fact, I saw several dead ones in my local shop a couple days ago, and there will be more after this coming Monday’s cold night. And I’m going to throw out a forecast that we will get one more frost, right after the next round of vegetable plantings. My suggestion: wait till at least May 1, when the soil is nice and warm, allowing for good strong root growth, which is essential for healthy plants. Then get your tomato and pepper plants from Dogwood Valley Greenhouse. I will have several varieties of tomatoes and some California Wonder green bell peppers, available in about two to three weeks.

Important Ordering and Pickup Information

Ordering will be open until TUESDAY at 10 p.m., and your order will be available for pickup on THURSDAY between 4:00 and 5:30 at the pavilion across from Manchester City Schools administration building, 215 East Fort Street, Manchester.

We can also deliver your order to your home (or other location) on Friday afternoons, for a small fee, if it’s more convenient for you. If you prefer to utilize this service, please place an order for it, same as other products, selecting your delivery area. Don’t forget to give us your location address in the comments section of the order. Also please text Linda at (931) 273-9708 for specific arrangements.

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. Please encourage our local farmers by helping to spread the word about our wonderful market to everyone you know. We offer a great variety of local farm products, and our items will be in your hands in time to plan for the weekend. Wonderful local products are available for ordering from the comfort of your own computer.

More new farmers are considering joining our market, if they can expect enough sales to help pay their transportation costs. Please help us grow the market by sharing this e-mail with your friends and inviting them to give us a try. And if you haven’t ordered from Manchester Locally Grown for a while, please check out our wide variety of offerings this week. Also please let us know if we can improve our selection or scheduling in any way to better suit your needs.

Blessings,
Linda & Michael

Here is the complete list for this week.

Augusta Locally Grown:  THE ON-LINE MARKET IS OPEN AT AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN


There are still a few tickets left for our Three Farm Tour on Sunday, April 22! Chef Charleen has announced the menu!

FIRST COURSE!
Spinach soup with poached eggs and cheese at Radiant Acres Farm in Waynesboro.

SECOND COURSE:
Salad with andouille sausage croutons and loads of other fixings at Fisheads in Sardis.

THIRD COURSE:
Madelines with peach ice cream at Newton Family Farm in Millen.

Order today!

Cheers!
Kim

ALFN Local Food Club:  Volunteer Needed


Happy Friday!

We’re looking for one more volunteer to help with the ALFN market pickup tomorrow from 10:00-12:00. This is a fun opportunity to meet others in the local food community, eat some good food, and earn credit and membership for your customer account! Sign up using this link to volunteer with us tomorrow on the second shift, or email Claire at littlerockfoodclub@gmail.com and let her know you’re coming. Thanks guys!