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Naples,FL:  MARKET IS OPEN


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The Cumming Harvest:  Reminder


Just a friendly reminder that the market orders are due today by 8 pm.

Thank you for placing your order and supporting local farms and businesses!
See you on Saturday!

Click Here To Order

The Cumming Harvest:  FARM TOUR at LEILANI'S GARDEN - This Saturday


*Reserve your spot by adding the Tour as an item in your cart. The Tour Item is located under the Event Reservations category. *

“Ever wonder how we grow our all natural Produce? Whether you just want to see how it’s done, want to incorporate some of the practices into your own garden or just want a nice “back to the earth” outing with the kids(or grandkids)this might be your (free) ticket. Leilani’s Farm is hosting a Farm Tour on Saturday June 17th at 10:00 am. Stroll around the greenhouse, our 3 cold frames, see all the raised beds and the back-acre field. Hear short presentations on how we prepare soil, plant, operate, ask questions and enjoy refreshments. Lots of just picked Produce will be available for sale. All it takes is an RSVP to this site or to leilani1959@windstream.net and let us know how many are coming."

New Field Farm's Online Market:  extended ordering time


Good morning,

If you missed the 8:00 AM order deadline, it’s not too late!

When the number and size of orders increase it will be very helpful to have orders in by Thursday morning.

For now, you could order by Thursday evening (today) and that will work.

To those who did get their orders in by this morning, thank you.

Thanks,
Tim

Stones River Market:  We need YOU!


Good evening!

I had a thought tonight as we arrived home and unpacked the truck.

The thought has to do with you!
You support our farmers and makers, how can we stay more tightly connected and support you?!

What do you do?
Tax preparer, lawn mower, handyman, electrician, nanny, hair or makeup artist, or seamstress?

Email us at stonesrivermarket@gmail.com and give us the info and preferred contact method. In a couple weeks, I’ll have a compiled list to email!

Thank you for your support of this market and may you also find community and support from us!

Tracey Burks
Ashleigh Newnes
Market Managers

Miami County Locally Grown:  New products, new vendors, SALES, and a new class??!!


We open tonight with plenty to offer…

Check out the bread sales from Jeanne’s Kitchen and 6635 StudeBaker!

WELCOME to our new chemical-free microgreens grower from Rosewood,
Live Simply Live Richly Farm!

Also WELCOME to Chez Nous Farm of Piqua, with her beautiful culinary herbs – perfect for your kitchen windowsill!!

And a new Manchego-style cheese offering from our local artisan raw milk cheese artist,
Covington Cheese Company!

Plus, our latest hands-on class offering…
learn to harvest and save your own seeds at End of the Road Farm!

www.miamicounty.locallygrown.net

Dothan, Alabama:  June 17 Market Newsletter


This Week’s Newsletter:
New Vendor Spotlight
A Visit to the Farm
In Season
Grower Notes

Welcome Hawkins Homestead Farms!

It’s been a while since I first heard of this farm through one of our customers. At the time I wondered why I’d never heard of them and whether their farm practices were in line with our Market values. Now that I know I’m super impressed and excited to welcome them to Market at Dothan!


“Our family specializes in fresh eggs, pastured chicken, and organic seasonal produce you’ll be happy to eat! We are a small urban farm that started out trying to find a way to feed our own family in a healthy and sustainable manner. It’s so important that we know what we’re feeding ourselves, where our food comes from, what it ate, and how it was raised or grown. Our birds are spoiled rotten! The majority spend their time free ranging in our backyard pasture. We let them out early in the day and they are locked up once they go in at night. We do supplement with a Non-GMO feed for our egg layers and a Non-GMO Organic feed for our meat birds which is rationed each day. In addition, they also receive treats in the form of organic herbs and vegetables from our garden with some occasional black oiled sunflower seeds, which they love. We try to find a use for almost everything here, so we compost our scraps and our chicken manure. Doing things this way has enabled us to re-purpose and grow some wonderful goodies in the garden. We are committed to the care and health of our animals and the food we grow. We never use antibiotics, growth hormones, or pesticides. Our produce is grown from Non-GMO Organic seed and a few Non-GMO Organic started plants. We take pride in what we do and are happy to say that what started out as food for our family has blossomed into food for yours.” 

Soil Workshop Review

“If you grow the soil, the plant will take care of itself” Greg Lolley


Last week another grower and myself made a pleasant drive to Opp, Alabama and found ourselves temporarily lost on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere after the GPS delivered us to the wrong place. Fortunately I had a phone number and we weren’t too far from the workshop that Mayim Farms was hosting.

It proved to be a very valuable visit! We learned about soil biology and how to make compost tea that helps both plants and soil thrive.

Left: Can you identify the three Market growers in this photo?
Right: Looking at a soil sample. You can see the tunnel house to the left. The aquaponics shed is to the right.

While Organic/Sustainable growing methods continue to gain popularity, some of the methods used by our Market Growers do not fit in the “box” created by traditional big-agra methods. It goes far beyond substituting a bad chemical for a less bad Omri approved one. The heart of organic farming is the soil because a healthy soil will produce a healthy plant that puts forth good fruit. (Hmmm . . . sounds like the beginning of a Bible Lesson!) For all their “scientific” ways of manipulating soil to produce thousands of pounds of perfect 4 inch or 4 oz. tasteless “whatevers”, the quality our growers produce is off the chart in comparison. We are blessed indeed!

In Season: EGGPLANT!

We thought we’d share some recent personal experience with Market Eggplants.

You know how Pinterest has a “Tried It!” button? Well, the following photo is Ros’s “tried it” for the ratatouille recipe published two weeks ago. A good 80% of the ingredients came from the Market including Avalon’s Japanese Eggplant. The shape and density of this variety worked very well with the size of the Sandspur Zucchini and Squash. We substituted bell with home grown banana peppers, probably went a little heavy on the garlic, tried the variegated basil the first time and a few dried herbs . . . but the result . . . .!!!

Fresh and dried herbs were added to the top before baking. The original recipe can be found here.
This is the kind of dish that’s fun for kids to help prepare and it’s a great learning experience!


From Mrs. Melody

“I wanted you and everyone to know how thoroughly I enjoyed the new eggplant variety I purchased this week from Restoration Gardens. Not only were they beautiful to look at but tasted delicious!

I cut a few of them in half length ways and quickly sauted/stir fried them in garlic butter. Then I added in some of the gourmet baby squash I got from Avalon Farms and finished it off with some fresh ground pepper. Be careful not to over cook the eggplant since it has such a high water content it can get really mushy quite fast. I finished it off with some fresh ground pepper and had this as my supper last night. It would also make a terrific side dish.

Instead of it being named Asian Fairy Tale Eggplant it should be called HEAVENLY DREAM!! I will definitely be buying more of both these items. Hope the farmers can figure out a way to extend the season for each!"

This photo shows Fairytale Eggplant along with other common varieties.

This Week’s Grower Notes

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

DANNY’S GREENS: Danny recently finished creating some new growing beds and replanting his lettuces. They won’t be big enough to harvest for next week but will the following week in time for July 4th celebrations. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

HORTONS FARM: Look what’s coming to Market next week! For all you jam, jelly and pickle makers who give the good stuff at Christmas, this is a cute and cheap way to dress up your creations!

Holiday and non-holiday versions are available. First come first served.

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.

Feel free to share this Market Newsletter with anyone you think might be interested in the superior products we offer.

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


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!

Independence,VA:  The Market is OPEN for June 21st pickup!


Good evening!

The market is now open for orders! Be sure to place your order by Monday, June 19thth at 8 pm. Everything you order will be ready to be picked up next Wednesday, June 21st at the Grayson Landcare office (108 Courthouse Ln.) between 4 pm and 6 pm.

To Shop: https://independencefarmersmarket.locallygrown.net/market

We’re trying something new on the online market! We’ll be auctioning off an item handcrafted by one of our market artisans each month! This month our auction item is a fabulous canning jar tray handcrafted by Scott Jackson-Ricketts and Lukas Burgher. The tray is approximately 20" long, 14" wide, 3" tall. Be sure to look at the “Auction Items” section on the market for a picture and more information.

Upcoming Events:

The Kid’s Corner will be open from 10 am-11 am THIS Friday at the market! We’ll be making seed mosaic cards for Father’s Day! Children of all ages are always welcome!

Be sure to mark your calendars for Friday, June 30th at the market for KID’S DAY! We’ll be offering a variety of activities for the kids all day long at the market (9 am-1 pm)!!! We hope you can join us!

Thank you for supporting the Independence Farmers Market!

Abby

Suwanee Whole Life Co-op:  LEILANI'S GARDENS & NURSERY TOUR - RSVP


LEILANI’S GARDENS & NURSERY TOUR
WHEN: THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 17TH, 10AM
WHERE: 4141 HIGHWAY 53 EAST DAWSONVILLE, GA 30534
Please RSVP by replying to this email

MORE INFORMATION
Come out and meet Leilani, Alan, and Casey from Leilani’s Gardens! You’ll see the Farm and Nursery growing organic-standard Certified Naturally Grown Produce (no Chems or GMOs). Our nursery grows your vegetable plants and herbs in organic soil as well as unusual (and very lovely) perennials, beautiful Hanging Baskets, lovely Annuals, and many other flowering plants that you see on the market. We can’t wait to show you where your food and plants come from! This is the Saturday before Father’s Day so if you have a Dad that loves gardening this would be a fun event for him and/or great gift ideas for you favorite gardener.

Buford Locally Grown:  LEILANI'S GARDENS & NURSERY TOUR- RSVP


LEILANI’S GARDENS & NURSERY TOUR
WHEN: THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 17TH, 10AM
WHERE: 4141 HIGHWAY 53 EAST DAWSONVILLE, GA 30534
Please RSVP by replying to this email

MORE INFORMATION
Come out and meet Leilani, Alan, and Casey from Leilani’s Gardens! You’ll see the Farm and Nursery growing organic-standard Certified Naturally Grown Produce (no Chems or GMOs). Our nursery grows your vegetable plants and herbs in organic soil as well as unusual (and very lovely) perennials, beautiful Hanging Baskets, lovely Annuals, and many other flowering plants that you see on the market. We can’t wait to show you where your food and plants come from! This is the Saturday before Father’s Day so if you have a Dad that loves gardening this would be a fun event for him and/or great gift ideas for you favorite gardener.