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Fresh Harvest - We're back! With Heirloom Tomato Plants!
Well, it took us a while but we are back!! This transition into spring has been a doozy, and was a big setback to most of our planned spring crops. The months of March and April are challenging to keep productive anyway, but with the especially cold winter and wet and chilly follow up weather, crops were hard to get started and even harder to get to want to grow!
That being said, we are still rather low on produce, so there is not much offered in that category. We hope by even next week to have more available for you! Don’t lose hope – the good stuff is truly right around the corner!
Meanwhile, we did want to start offering you the wonderful selection of herb and vegetable plants, as surely you are all as anxious for spring to get started as we are! We have a great variety of heirloom tomato plants this year -10 kinds to be exact! All organically grown with lots of TLC by our friend Tana Comer at Eaton Creek Organics. These are no big box store plant starts – these are high quality, thriving plants that are sure to bring you much delicious eating this summer!
In the coming weeks we will continue to have plants for you – eggplant and peppers, and different varieties of basil. If you have any questions about something in particular please let us know!
Please enjoy the offerings from our other vendors! Bear Creek Farm and Wedge Oak Farm have a great selection up with lots of new items and specials! The Bloomy Rind has a wonderful curated variety of artisinal cheeses.
This week we plan on being on the grass down at the parking lot. We are really thankful to Trinity Presbyterian Church for allowing us to set up on their property, going on 10 years now! We are ever appreciative of their support.
We really look forward to seeing you!
Thanks for your support, and we will see you on Wednesday!
John and Tally
Sweet Potato and Kale Sheet Pan Salad with Lemon Balsamic Vinegarette
A delicious and easy dinner to throw together!
2medium sweet potatoes, about 1 1/2 pounds
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
116-oz. can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 red onion, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/2 bunch of kale, stems discarded, leaves sliced into 1/2-inch ribbons (about 4 cups in total)
1/4 cup crumbled aged cheddar
1 small, crispy apple (such as Honeycrisp), halved, cored, and cut into 1/8-inch slices
For lemon-balsamic vinaigrette:
2tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1tablespoon lemon juice from 1 large lemon (reserving extra juice)
1teaspoon dijon mustard
6tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Pinch of sugar (optional)
Heat oven to 425° F. Place a parchment-lined sheet pan in the oven while it heats. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together all of the vinaigrette ingredients. Adjust seasoning and acidity with more salt and lemon juice to taste; add a pinch of sugar, if needed, to round out the flavors. Cut sweet potato in half crosswise, then in half again lengthwise. Cut into thin wedges (about 1/4-inch thick). In a large bowl, toss sweet potatoes wedges with salt and 2 tablespoons vinaigrette. In a separate bowl, toss chickpeas and red onion with a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon vinaigrette. When oven is ready, remove sheet pan and distribute the sweet potatoes in a single, even layer (careful, it’ll be hot!); you want them to have contact with the sheet pan for better browning. Add the chickpeas and onions to the sheet pan, nestling them amongst the sweet potatoes (it’s fine if some them are layered on top of the sweet potatoes). Roast for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are just tender. Add the almonds, and continue roasting for another 5 to 7 minutes, or until the almonds are lightly toasted. Don’t worry if the tips of the red onions get a little charred; they’re delicious that way. Meanwhile, rinse out the large bowl that held the sweet potatoes; add the kale. Using your hands, toss the kale with 1 to 2 tablespoons vinaigrette (or as much as needed to lightly, evenly dress the kale), salt, and pepper. Let the sweet potatoes cool for about 5 to 10 minutes, then toss in the kale, aged cheddar, and apple. Toss with extra vinaigrette if needed, and adjust seasoning and acidity, to taste. Save any remaining vinaigrette to refresh leftover salad.
Market closes Monday night at 8 pm!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Don’t forget to place your Market order by 8 pm tomorrow night.
To Shop: Independence Farmers Market.
Thank you for supporting the Independence Farmers Market!
Spring produce continues as last week. Again in limited quantities.
Can you believe they are calling for snow the beginning of this week? It is springtime in central Pennsylvania.
These things being said… now is a time for some education. We at Green"er" Acres Farm love to teach as much as grow. We also believe strongly in supporting LOCAL agriculture. For these reasons, we only sell items in our marketplace that are grown and/or produced right here in the Southern Alleghenies region. We will never buy from auctions and pass those items off as our own. And for those reasons you will see lulls in some produce items due to the weather conditions. We are blessed to raise some items in a high tunnel through the winter, which allows us to have a small jump on the spring season, but with the roller coaster ride of temperatures recently and the weeks of lots of rain and snow, a lot of the grounds that we all plant into are not quite ready for planting. And we are a few weeks away yet from our anticipated last frost date for our area.
Eating locally is definitely a lesson in seasonality. (You will be hard pressed to find decent tasting tomatoes in Central PA in winter time, even with heated greenhouses.) It is also a lesson on food availability, as you will not see items like bananas and pineapple, as they are not grown here in our area. We do our best to push the limits by using season extension methods and alternative growing methods, but we are still slaves to Mother Nature.
Be assured the seasons will soon stabilize (hopefully) and full time growing will start again. Many of us have greenhouses and grow rooms full of plants waiting to go out to their summer homes. We are as anxious as you are.
No video this week, stay tuned for next week.
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!
We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
This Week’s Newsletter:
Quote of the Month
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
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!
When: Thursday May 10, 3 – 7 pm
Where: Dothan Nurseries
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.
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!
- 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
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The market is now open! Please get your orders in before Monday at 10am. Thanks.
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.
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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
501 655 9411
Good Evening Locavores, Northeast Georgia Locally Grown is open for orders!
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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!
Thanks for shopping with us and supporting your local farmers!
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.