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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.

Here’s what Paul had to say about their farm and the AFM:IMG_0013

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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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 #2

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.

 

 

 

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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