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Stones River Market:  Late additions this week!

Stones River Market

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On Wednesdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

Late, but welcome addition to the market. Homestead Manor Farm (the on-site, organic farm to fork for Harvest at Homestead restaurant) has joined us and brings a few of their greenhouse offerings!

Remember it’s ok to make multiple orders. The software will add your orders together so if you’ve already ordered this week and want to add some speciality lettuc, fresh cut herbs or broccoli leaf to your order, do it! We’ve got you covered!

See ya on the porch!!

Tracey & Ashleigh

See the complete list of products at

Dawson Local Harvest:  Don't Miss Out on This

Dawson Local Harvest for March 16th

Don’t Miss Out on This


Want to mention a couple of items you might otherwise overlook in The Market. If you’re at all concerned with chemicals and additives in your Bath & Beauty, look at HANALEI BATH. All products are made using safe, natural ingredients like Coconut oil, Shea Butter, Beeswax, vitamin E, and Eucalyptus, always chemical-free. Bath Salts, Shea Butters, Essential Oils, natural Soaps, Lip Balm, Bug Repellent, and much more with only healthy and nourishing components.

And if you have problems with allergies you might consider local Honey. The Market features Bradley’s Wildflower Honey with hives just a few miles from Dawsonville. Their bees ingest local allergens so (in theory) you can develop resistance to the pollens you’re most likely to encounter. Many think that our bodies also metabolize honey better that processed sugars, plus it just tastes great! Look for it in (where else?), the Honey listing of The Market.


REMEMBER! You can now order until Tuesday night at 9 pm. Pick up your order at Leilani’s Gardens Friday afternoons from 4 to 6 pm.

You’ll find the DAWSON LOCAL HARVEST at

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! We guarantee your satisfaction with all products in the DAWSON LOCAL HARVEST.

If you like what we’re doing please tell a friend!

Alan Vining
Market Manager

Green Acres Atkins:  Opening bell... Check out new products!!!

Be sure to check out all new pork products and more to come soon!!!

Please place your orders by Wednesday noon!

Thanks for your patronage have a great week!

Tom and Kami Green

ALFN Local Food Club:  Market Is Open!

Happy Sunday!

The market is open and ready for your orders! Be on the lookout for another email today with an organizational update from our Board Chair. We have important new regarding our upcoming online ordering system!

We wouldn’t be in business if it weren’t for the volunteers who serve with us on the weekend. If you’re interested in earning credit or membership for your account, sign up to volunteer with us in the future.

Follow us on Facebook for more offers and events, or visit our website to learn more about our organization.

Claire Admire
Program & Market Manager

Russellville Community Market:  RCM Is Open!

The Market Opens at Noon!

Help support the Russellville Community Market!

We are looking for events to participate in during the coming year in order to increase our presence in the community. Please contact us if you have a great food, farming, or fitness event that we should know about! All ideas are welcome! Please email

To ensure your order is placed, make sure you click the “Place My Order” *button once you have completed your shopping. *You have until 10:00pm Tuesday evening to place your orders.


Russellville Community Market


Suwanee Whole Life Co-op:  Reminder- Order by 6pm TODAY!

Just a friendly reminder, if you haven’t already placed your order, that market orders are due online by 6 pm TODAY. Place your order now so you don’t forget!

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

Click Here to Place Your Order For WEDNESDAY pick up in Suwanee

THIS ORDER IS FOR WEDNESDAY PICK UP AT SUWANEE LOCATION FROM 1PM to 6:30 PM (1300 Peachtree Ind. Blvd, Suite 1104, Suwanee 30024 at Cultured Traditions)

Independence,VA:  Place your order by tomorrow night at 8 pm!

Good morning!

Be sure to place your order no later than 8 pm tomorrow night. Remember, orders will be ready to be picked up this Wednesday, March 14th, at the Grayson Landcare office (108 Courthouse Ln.) between 4 and 6 pm.

To Shop: Independence Farmers Market.

Thank you for supporting the Independence Farmers Market!


Stones River Market:  Time to order!

Stones River Market

How to contact us:
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On Wednesdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

The market is open and ready for your weekly order!

Delivery is back!

Have you tried Flying S Farms sourdough cinnamon rolls yet? They are receiving rave reviews with many repeat customers! What a treat!

How about some Wedge Oak Farm sausage? Choose from pork or chicken in many styles! An absolute market FAVORITE along with the applewood smoked bacon!

All of this would pair nicely with The Krafty Kupboard breakfast grains, biscuit mixes and more!

Oh and the ever-plentiful Botanical Harmony Farm duck eggs! Free-range and non-gmo. Our ducks, chickens and geese rule the farm and expect special treatment and in turn provide us with some most delicious eggs!

Botanical Harmony Farm has also restocked liquid soaps, tooth powders, spray and solid deodorants for this week.

As a SPECIAL, order anything from Botanical Harmony, including eggs and receive a free lip balm! Organic oils and butters, hemp and red clover (great for wind chapped skin!) infused oils and therapeutic grade essential oils go into this rich and reliable balm!

See ya on the porch!!

Tracey & Ashleigh

See the complete list of products at

Dothan, Alabama:  March 10, 2018 Market Newsletter

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

This Week’s Newsletter:
Meet the Hawkins!
Welcome New Vendor
Bag Policy Update
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes


Every man knows something I do not know hence, all men are my teachers. Dr. Jack Hyles

For those of you who have not had the pleasure to meet the Hawkins, we hope you’ll make every effort to attend next Saturday’s Healthy Lifestyle Class. Their smiles are as warm as their hearts and they embody the passion and integrity that Market at Dothan strives to provide in all the products we offer.

This is a “back to basics” class – basic kitchen knowledge that EVERY PERSON needs to know. While there are people out there who can show you how to cut up a chicken, NOBODY can answer your questions about poultry like these guys. Between them, Rachel and Brandon have vast knowledge and experience and can explain the difference between healthy/sustainable and commercially produced chicken better than anyone.

For more information visit their website and Facebook Event Page with time, date and place. Be sure to check that you’re coming and bring a friend or your young kitchen helpers!


This week we’re tickled to welcome 3LC Apiaries to Market at Dothan. 3LC Honey (and I’ve got to ask what that stands for!) is produced by my good friend and “boss” in Wiregrass Beekeepers Association. Steve Loveland has been a fabulous president and and since your Market Manager became treasurer last election he sometimes assigns jobs aimed to improve how our organization serves the community.

So I’m vouching for my competitor! Seriously, Steve has become a great beekeeper in a short time and his honey is truly LOCAL to those who live in the city limits. Bees forage within a 2 mile radius of their hive which means that Dothan bees will feed on more landscaped floral sources than those placed in a field for pollination or feeding on whatever grows wild.

So you get a choice! And we couldn’t be happier. Welcome!


Has anyone noticed the lovely crochet Market Bags that are available now? These are made by our very own Patty D (aka Crochet Fairy) who uses one herself. She LOVES that it can be washed and dried without messing up the colors or quality of the bag. We think that’s pretty cool too.

On the topic of bags, last week the homepage was updated. One of the changes was moving the information about reusable bags, aka our “Bag Policy” to the Q&A Page:

We are a GREEN Market and make every effort to reduce our carbon footprint. We encourage you to provide the market with a minimum of 2 reusable bags to rotate between orders. Your name will be placed on them for your use only. Bags are usually available for purchase from the Market for your convenience.

We currently use a supply of donated plastic bags used for customers who do not provide their own. Should the Market ever have to supply them the cost will be passed on to those orders that require disposable bags.

In case anyone is wondering about the inexpensive ones normally listed on the Market, those are all gone and we are currently looking for equitable replacements.


A hearty THANK YOU to everyone who has weighed in on last week’s article about Organic Certification! You’ll find a little bit more in our Grower Notes. It’s a cumbersome topic (like anything with the government!) and I sometimes feel like a little David trying to explain the science of throwing rocks and hitting the target. I don’t always do as good a job as I’d like, but it’s not for lack of trying. Suffice to say it all makes this Market manager all the more thankful and humbled to have such great vendors – passionate people who grow and produce with integrity. You can trust everything they list!

Another hearty THANK YOU to Susan Avello who permitted us to use yesterday’s photo from her social media accounts. Susan’s culinary creations are beautiful, healthy and best of all, tasty! She sometimes shares her Market creations on our Facebook Discussion Page.


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

AVALON FARMS: If anyone is wondering….I cannot say my products are organic because I will exceed that 5k threshold. However, my growing methods are organic. More importantly to me, being natural and sustainable allows me to keep improving the soil until such time I no longer have to purchase OMRI certified fertilizer. Being in the south we are “blessed” with an abundance of bugs. In order to produce enough vegetables for even a small percentage of you wonderful people I must utilize some organic pesticides. (You can only hand pick so many bugs!) Again, any pesticide used is OMRI certified….AND…only used when absolutely necessary and safely. (I ’m considering listing tomato worms for fish bait. Largemouth bass might love them. Ros, is that allowed in the market?) (To answer that – list them and lets see what happens!)

Next week finally brings our average last frost date. The Old Farmer’s Almanac says, “The possibility of frost occurring after the given spring dates and before the given fall dates is 50 percent.”  There are no guarantees when dealing with the weather. LOL On a “normal” year we wouldn’t have had frosts this week. Much less what is showing on the weather forecast for next week. So, if you have anything tender out cover it up just in case.

This time of year is hard for me. I hate pulling out plants but sometimes you just have to. The changing seasons and limited space force the issue. That’s actually something I’m working on this year “planned obsolescence”. I’m actually putting it in the schedule to rip this crop out after X weeks of production to make way for Y.  That’s assuming I planted more X six weeks ago. It gets complicated.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Good evening Market Buddies!
Notice the change in the air? We are experiencing what many Southerners refer to as a “cold snap”. As we have exchanged gardening tips with others, many feel it is not a good idea to plant anything (except cold hardy plants) for spring till after this happens. It supposedly will occur around Easter each year. While our research hasn’t been conclusive, the cold air is certainly convincing! All hope isn’t lost. We are embracing the chill factor and planting more peas! Risky? Time will tell.

On to our sinus issues. HONEY! You had to know this gem would appear on our list. The medicinal purposes of honey have long been recognized by many cultures. When used over time it can help one become less sensitive to pollen. As a result, they may experience fewer seasonal allergy symptoms. Also, honey is known be effective in killing bacteria that cause chronic sinusitis. In order for this to be true, you MUST consume honey from a local source. The awesome thing is we have a couple of beekeepers on the market who would be happy to ensure you get it straight from the source! Hoping this reminder – from our family to yours – helps keep you sinus issues at bay!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: With all the talk about organic we want to provide our perspective. At Hawkins Homestead Farm we use the term organic not only because there is a USDA exemption that allows us to, but also because the food we produce truly is organic. This applies also to our friends at Bain Home Gardens.

The Market newsletter article stated that “there is no regulation.” Simply stated, this is false. To quote from the USDA exemption article itself, “Exempt and excluded operations still need to comply with specific sections of the USDA organic regulations.” This program is not unregulated. It is up to the farmer to know the laws and comply with them.

We are serious about the food produced here. Not only for the health of others, but for the health of our own family first. We purchase and grow from USDA certified organic seeds or USDA certified organic plants. We feed our meat birds a 100 % organic USDA certified feed. We don’t use chemicals of any kind on or around our produce. This includes all pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc. Instead we find ways to combat pests organically through nature. Sometimes this is to the detriment of our crops, but this keeps us safe and the people who trust and purchase from us safe as well. We even purchase organic soil. All of this is at a great deal of time and expense to us, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. In addition if you know us, then you know our passion and how committed we are to never using or producing anything that has been genetically modified. So while the Market at Dothan is not organic, Hawkins Homestead Farm is. We may not be able to afford the seal but the way we do things is just that.

While we don’t believe that any malice was meant by the newsletter article, because we label our food as organic, we had to speak up. If you do the research, you will find that actual certified USDA standards aren’t what people think they are. For example, in some cases the use of the word organic means only that 70% of your ingredients have to be organic. Research is important! It is also important to know and realize how a statement meant to shed light on how everyone has good practices, can cause harm to those who have raised the bar. We go above and beyond to produce clean, quality, sustainable, truly organic food. This is our commitment to ourselves and to you.

If anyone has questions, please reach out to us. There is a contact page on our website: or you can message us through Facebook messenger. If you prefer to speak directly to us, our phone number is 334-595-5128.

Please remember we will be teaching the Market at Dothan class on March 17th at Dothan Nurseries. Come out and see how you can feed your family for more than one night by learning how to cut up a whole chicken. We would love to see you there. Thank you in advance!

MARY’S PEEPS: I first of all want to thank everyone for their orders this week and the ones last week. I hope everything was good, and all was well. It has been a long struggle but I am finally feeling much better getting my strength back after so many months. I was told it takes time and well, it does, I am just not very patient. I was glad to be back doing my baking and will have some specials the week before Easter. Please check them out in the next few weeks. Please get your orders in early that week as there is only one of me to do them.  I do appreciate everyone and will continue to do my best. 

I thought I would share a little story with you about a little unknown gift we have here in Dale County that resides at Ros Hortons house, that is called a Southern Prickly Ash Tree. It seems that nature has a remedy for tooth ache, which I might add that the Native Americans have used for decades and probably still use to this day. Well needless to say I have an abcessed tooth that is not helping right now, so I reached out to Ros who I knew had had the tree so she was kind enough to share it with me. Well, we got some of the bark right away and applied to the gum, it had a tingling effect, and numbed it right away, and with sap not completely up yet I was surprised how much it helped.  I go Tuesday to take care of it so until then I will be using my bark to help numb it . I appreciate the help my friend!


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

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

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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!

Duette, FL:  Flowers On tthe Beans

Dear Customers,
We would like to thank you for staying with us even with our limited variety of vegetables. Since the last terrible freeze we have replanted most of the garden. We should have zucchini and yellow squash in a couple of weeks. The green beans have begun to flower and the purple beans are close behind. The sugar snap peas are starting to bloom as well.
Please have a look at what we have available and place your orders.

Thank you.
David and Betty
Duette Locally Grown Market