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Know Your Vendor #7: Wildfire Herbs

Know your Herbalist

Caty Crabb owns 86 sprawling acres in Meigs County with her sister. She has a big, lush garden, a green house and field house. This is the place where she grows many of the plants she uses in her medicinal plant extracts. After studying herbal medicine and training as a clinical herbalist, Caty decided to share her wealth of knowledge with her community. Caty’s Wildfire Herbs booth is at the market year round and her table is full of glinting, amber bottles to address many ailments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When did you start attending the AFM?

Around four years ago.

 

What is your favorite thing about the AFM?

It’s a nice community and a friendly market. I like that it is such a relaxed place to meet people and be a part of the community. I’ve always been really impressed by the diversity of things you can get at this market, especially with it being a smaller town. 

 

What kind of products do you have?

I sell medicinal plant extracts. They are primarily made from plants I grow myself or pick in the wild. I have tinctures, salves, infused oils, lip balms and more. I also sell medicinal herb and vegetable starts in the spring, homemade maple syrup in some years, and occasionally vegetables from my field house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is your best seller?

The I’m Not Getting Sick Formula, nerve tonic and acute allergy formula.

 

Why did you decide to become an herbalist?

I have always been interested in plants since I was a young kid, spending much time outside in the woods and fields. And I have always been drawn to doing work that directly helps people. I had some health issues myself as a young person that allopathic medicine was not able to address and I think that also played a role in why I started studying herbal medicine at 19. The more I learned the more I could see how useful it can be and what a need there is for herbal medicine.

Where else can you get your products?

The Farmacy and I also have a clinical practice where I make formulas and sell directly to my clients.

Cats or Dogs?

I love both! But, Cats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caty has a new throat spray, and a lavender infused oil for the old customers to try out and for new customers to discover. Some of her items vary based on the season, such as her insect spray. She also has an herb school and teaches various workshops out in the community. Stop by her booth at the AFM and get to know your herbalist.

Know Your Vendor #6: Far Corner Farm

 

Know Your Farmer

Far Corner Farm sits about 2.5 miles outside of Amesville. Elise McMath is the sole gardener out there and she loves it — excpet when it is super hot. Elise focuses on the nutritional value of her food and is always looking to increase it by improving her soil health through remineralization, animal byproducts and cover crops. Far Corner Farm is chemical free and Elise sells at the market year round. 

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Here’s a little bit about Elise:

When did you first start attending the AFM?img_0714

I have been attending since July 2014, so a little over 2 years.

Why did you decide to start farming?

I decided to start farming because it sounded like fun.

What is your favorite thing about the AFM?

My favorite thing about the AFM is the comraderie, rubbing elbows with like-minded others, getting to earn money from how I spend my time.

What are some of your best sellers?

I know that shoppers like mushrooms, berries and squash.  I like to sell them plus potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes and garlic.These are also are my favorite things to grow.

What are some of your favorite recipes that you use with the things you grow?

I don't have favorite recipes or foods.  I cook all the time and it's always based on what I have in the garden or high tunnel.  Mostly I get to cook and eat whatever I didn't sell.

Cake or Pie?

It depends on the cake and the pie.  Generally I like savory dishes a bit more than sweets.

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Know Your Vendor #5: Creekside Farm

Know Your Vendor

The AFM has started a new campaign to introduce our vendors to you — our customers. In a growing, globalized world where people have grown increasingly more removed from where their food comes from we think it is important to highlight those local producers and growers that go to market each week to sell us their products. Each month we will feature two vendors. We hope you get to know them a little better and learn something new. If you have any questions you are dying to ask, send a message to our facebook page.

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Know Your Farmer

Creekside Farm sits on Mansfield Road, just 5 miles outside of Athens. There you will find roaming wildflowers, trickling creeks, wooded hills, clucking chickens and the herd of goats. Paul Tomcho and Krista Duval own and operate Creekside Farm and have a variety of products to offer market goers. On market days it is not uncommon to see someone strolling along slurping down their drinkable yogurt. They’re going on their third year of cheese making and it’s only going to get better.

Paul and Krista approach their farming efforts through three ways: pastures to goats to products. Their farm is animal welfare approved, meaning they go through yearly audits to ensure they are maintaining the highest animal welfare and environmental standards on their farm.

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When did you first start attending the Athens Farmers Market?

Around 2014, it is our third year.

What is your favorite thing to eat or recipe to make?

Chev pie – we make it with our chevre goat cheese, eggs, broccoli, kale and peppers. It is like a quiche.

What is your favorite thing about the AFM?

The interaction with the other vendors. I really enjoy the social aspect of the market

What is your favorite item that you sell?

Hmmm, what should be…. Our goat cheese itself is really good. We make a range of cheese and strive to make a mild cheese that will appeal to everyone.

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Why did you decide to become a farmer?

I’ve always wanted to do this since I was a little kid. I enjoy being able to provide food for families and to help communities have access to food from their area. I enjoy owning a small business and being able to grow that.

What is your best seller?

The mixed berry drinkable yogurt.

Savory or sweet?

Savory

Creekside Farm products are also located at Village Bakery, the Farmacy, Avalanche Pizza, Little Fish Brewery, Donkey Coffee, Lui Lui, Athens Bread Company and Athens Uncorked. 

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Mingle at the Market — July 14th

Our next Mingle at the Market event is July 14th! Come enjoy music from Mozambique and Harmony Connections, jump on the bouncy house and enter our raffle to win great prizes. Do all of this while enjoying local flavors and eating the best food around. Kick off Ohio Brew Week right — spend time with your neighbors and those wonderful people who grow your food.

Special thanks to Matthew's Insurance and the Athens County Visitor's Bureau for helping to make all of this happen.

Click here for more details: Mingle-July Final

Know Your Vendor #4

Know Your Vendor

The AFM has started a new campaign to introduce our vendors to you — our customers. In a growing, globalized world where people have grown increasingly more removed from where their food comes from we think it is important to highlight those local producers and growers that go to market each week to sell us their products. Each month we will feature two vendors. We hope you get to know them a little better and learn something new. If you have any questions you are dying to ask, send a message to our facebook page.

Know Your Farmer

Randy has been “playing in the dirt” for some time now, around 10 years to be exact. You might remember seeing Cooper Valley Farms at the market, Randy and Cathy’s first venture down in Meigs County. Things have changed a little bit now, mainly moving their farm up to Bodhi Tree Guesthouse and Studio with a two and half year old in tow. The new farm, set up off Lavelle Road where there are about 50 4×12 raised beds and around half of an acre for potatoes and garlic, is now named Bodhi Tree Farm and is certified organic. The retreat seekers of Bodhi Guesthouse and Studio can now enjoy a meditative weekend amongst a budding farm. You can find Randy or Cathy at the market on Saturdays and some Thursdays from May to January.

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How long have you been selling at the AFM?

Around 3 years. Two and half at Cooper Valley and now as Bodhi Tree Farm.

How or why did you get into farming?

This was not intended. I started working for Rich Tomsu [of Rich Gardens Organic Farm — one of our other vendors] a while ago when I needed money while I was attending Hocking and I just fell in love with it. After working for him for a while, I decided I wanted to make my own money doing it and Cathy and I bought a place down in Meigs.

What is your favorite thing about farming?

Being outside and being my own boss and working at my own pace. I like being responsible for what happens, like if something gets messed up I know I did it. It’s kind of like living alone and you  leave your place a certain way, but if you have a roommate who is lazy and doesn’t clean then you have to deal with that.

What is your favorite thing to grow?IMG_7844

Garlic, (laughs) thanks to Rich, it’s a cool and easy plant and it grows in the winter.

What is your favorite thing to cook or eat from what you grow?

Hmmmm, all of it, I really like all of it. My least favorite is radishes. I really like asparagus, but we didn’t get a lot of that this year.

What is your favorite thing about the Athens Farmers Market?

It is a central place for everyone in town to come to and chit chat and get together. It is a social event and a venue where the community gets together and interacts and there aren’t many other places to do that.

What do you sell the most of?

Beets actually. I sold out of those pretty quickly. They were the [Chioggia?] variety, really nice and pretty.

*Fun fact: Randy will sell beet tops when he is thinning them out. If you’re looking for beet tops only, look early.

Bodhi Tree Farm and the Guesthouse and Studio will be having an open house and farm tour in early August. Check out their facebook page for more information and updates. If you would like to purchase wholesale or directly from Bodhi Tree Farms you can reach them at farm@bodhitreeguesthouse.com

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Mingle at the Market: Cinco De Mayo Extravaganza!

This year the Athens Farmers Market will be hosting a series of community events called Mingle at the Market. They will be held once a month at our Thursday market which happens from 4pm – 7pm. Come out and join the fun! Relax and mingle for a little while with our vendors and your neighbors. There will be cold wraps and sandwiches available for purchase as well as our usual vendor items. Pick up some strawberries, apples or greens to go with it. This month, on May 5th from 4-7pm — our first Thursday market of the season– we are having a Cinco De Mayo Extravaganza. It will be a family affair with entertainment for all.

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At our Extravanganz there will be:
Raffle — prizes from: Blackberry Sage Farm, Avalanche, Far Corner Farm, Herbal Sage, Sassafrass Farm, Sarah's Sweets, Shagbark, Sticky Pete's, Tucker Farms and World Tree Therapies
Kid Activities — Athens Inflatables, chalk drawing and a ball toss
Live Music from Sweet Knife
Vendors attending:  Arcadian Acres, Casa, Crumbs, Dale's Creations, Gillogly's, Green Edge, Harmony Hollow, Mitch's. Sarah's Sweets, Sassafrass Farm, Tucker Farms and the Donation Station
**You must be present to win for the raffle.
 
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Know Your Vendor #3

Know Your Vendor
#KnowYourFarmer #KnowYourProducer

The AFM has started a new campaign to introduce our vendors to you — our customers. In a growing, globalized world where people have grown increasingly more removed from where their food comes from we think it is important to highlight those local producers and growers that go to market each week to sell us their products. Each month we will feature two vendors. We hope you get to know them a little better and learn something new. If you have any questions you are dying to ask, send a message to our facebook page.

Know Your Farmer: Star Hamilton

Starr Hamilton is the face of Shade River Organic Farm at the Athens Farmers Market. She runs Shade River Organic with her husband Mike. They started their farm in 1985 and are still at it over 30 years later. Starr's booth is often filled with colorful radishes, bright collard greens and the perfect sized cabbage. Stop by at your next visit and try out some kholrabi. Starr is at the market year round and inside the mall from December – April.

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Q. When did you first start attending the AFM?

1988

Q. Where is your farm located?

Our farm is near Shade, very close to the river. 

Q. What is your favorite thing to recipe or food?

I am not a big cook — my husband does most of the cooking. I would say raw foods. I think everything is fair game for a big salad.

Q. What is your favorite thing to grow?

What is the most fun? Probably our green house tomatoes. We string them up and clip them to the strings and they grow super tall. It is really fun to watch and we're able to have the first tomatoes at the market

Q. What is your favorite thing about the AFM?

Ohhh, getting off of the farm and seeing other humans. I love talking to people and it's nice to hear their appreciation. People come up to you and are just really appreciative of the hard work.

Q. What is your best seller?

Our tomatoes and lettuce heads.

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Q. Vanilla or Chocolate?

Ohh you've caught me in spot. I think right now I would say vanilla, but if you had asked me last night I would say chocolate.

Tidbit: You can pick up Shade River Organic Farm produce at the Village Bakery when the market is not in session. Or just eat at one of the 30 Mile Meal restaurants where Shade produce is sold to.

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Know Your Vendor
#KnowYourFarmer #KnowYourProducer

The AFM has started a new campaign to introduce our vendors to you — our customers. In a growing, globalized world where people have grown increasingly more removed from where their food comes from we think it is important to highlight those local producers and growers that go to market each week to sell us their products. Each month we will feature two vendors. We hope you get to know them a little better and learn something new. If you have any questions you are dying to ask, send a message to our facebook page.

Know Your Salsa Guru: Tom Zakany of Southwestern Style Gourmet Salsa

Tom Zakany’s friendly smile always comes prepared with a handful of chips as soon as you walk by his booth. He is the creator and salsa engineer behind Southwestern Style Gourmet Salsa. If you’re by his booth stop by and try any one of his colorful salsas. With over 23 different varieties of salsas to try, you’re sure to find something you like. Tom is always developing new recipes and he is the creator and master behind each one, using local ingredients. You can find him year round at the market, inside the mall from December – April. 

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Q. When did you first start attending the AFM?

Around 2000.

Q. How long have you been making salsa?

Since 1998, started selling his salsas at the North Market in Columbus first and then came down to the Athens market.

Q. What is your favorite thing to eat?

My mexican tacos with my original hot salsa. It is a friendly hot salsa, meaning that it won’t burn your mouth but brings that heat with flavor.

Q. What is your favorite thing about the AFM?

The variety of the vendors. There is just so much here to draw people in. I like working with the other vendors — different vendors grow different varieties of chilis and peppers for my salsas, like Cowdery. I’ve even hooked up Shagbark with my chip distributor — a small shop up in norhtern Ohio.

Q. What is your best seller?

The black bean and corn salsa as well as the raspberry chipotle. The college kids all know about the raspberry chipotle.

Q. Cowboys or Aliens?

Cowboys

Fun Fact: Tom is not the only one in his family who makes salsa. His cousin has already claimed the title Salsa King.

 

 

 

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Know Your Vendor
#KnowYourFarmer #KnowYourProducer

The AFM has started a new campaign to introduce our vendors to you — our customers. In a growing, globalized world where people have grown increasingly more removed from where their food comes from we think it is important to highlight those local producers and growers that go to market each week to sell us their products. Each month we will feature two vendors. We hope you get to know them a little better and learn something new. If you have any questions you are dying to ask, send a message to our facebook page.

Know Your Baker: Gary Molina — Molina Family Bakery

Gary Molina is the baker behind Molina Family Bakery. Drop by his booth and you’ll find hot cross buns, round loaves of artisan breads, bialys, double fudge cherry brandy brownies, biscotti, and much more. Molina's style is focused on Italian-American traditions. You can find him year round at the market. Molina Family Bakery products are also available at Donkey Coffee and Bella Vino. (Link here to bio on website).

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2011, the same time he started attending the Athens Farmers Market. But first, he started baking out of his home and people loved his products. Many customers stop by weekly to get their favorite loaf.

Q: Why did you start baking?

Because I live in Athens and I needed a job — so I created my own.

Q: What is your favorite thing to eat?

Green chile enchilada and eggplant Parmesan, tied.

Q: What is your favorite thing about the Athens Farmers Market?

It is my chance to talk to people.

Q. What is your favorite item that you sell?

All of it! I only make things that I like to eat.

Q. What is your best seller?

The Athens Sourdough bread — it's leavened with wild yeast from here, right in Athens.

(One customer stopping by during this conversation mentioned that you have to stop by Molina's booth early to get the special stuff. )

Q. How do you prepare for the market?

Molina works through the night to get his customers his delectable products. From 4:30pm to 4:30am. Those baked goods on his table are truly the freshest.

Q. Cowboys or aliens?

Cowboys

Fun Fact: Molina worked for years in professional theater.

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National Farmers Market Week: August 2nd – 8th

This week is the USDA National Farmers Market week. And it's all about celebrating the amazing work that our local food producers do to bring us local food each week at our farmers markets. Come out to one of our three markets (Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday) this week to celebrate.

Farmers Markets are important to our local food economy because they help us to understand where our food comes from and what is  in season too. They are a major part of regional food systems and are so much more than just a place to get your groceries. The AFM embraces the community spirit of Athens and Saturdays would be so dull without it. The Athens Farmers Market works tirelessly to support our many consumers, of which we are so greatful for. So this Saturday, the last day of National Farmers Market Week, head out to show some extra appreciation for all of our hard working vendors. They'll be out there from 9am – 12pm.

Read more here:
2015 National Farmers Market Week Proclamation