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Know Your Vendor #2

Know Your Vendor
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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.

 

 

 

Know Your Vendor #1

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).

Q: How long have you been baking?photo 4

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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