Video From Athens Farmer’s Market

Here is a video blog fromThe Athens Farmer’s Market blog that features, among other great stuff, my dear husband, Zak, playing lap steel guitar, as well as Mark and Hilarie Burhans, the owners of Restaurant Salaam on fiddle and banjo.

This way folks can catch a glimpse of the sights and sounds of the market I love and am always talking about here. It is a very tasty slice of life in the great community of Athens, Ohio.


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  1. Heh–I nearly applied for a temporary archivist job in Athens, but decided that, for some ridiculous reason, I couldn’t bear to leave work as a public-service librarian. Madness.

    Incidentally, Sher-e-Punjab has reopened with the same management. I seem to remember your mentioning liking them in one of your posts…I hope they’ve figured out whatever was behind the cooking being so poor in their last few months open and find success again.

    Comment by Laughingrat — July 25, 2009 #

  2. Awesome.

    Comment by Zebe912 — July 25, 2009 #

  3. Cool! That’s some good picking and playing. I’ve never seen a guitar played that way – very nice. And nice to see the market.

    Comment by Diane — July 26, 2009 #

  4. Zak is a multi-instrumentalist. He plays fingerstyle acoustic guitar, bluesy electric guitar, and he plays delta style blues on resonator guitars–which are similar to the one you see in the video, except you hold them like regular guitars. The one there–it is meant to be played on the lap-the neck is thick and square. He just was given it this summer by the lady who owns the dairy here and he has just started playing it a lot.

    He also plays flutes–Native American, bamboo side blown and Japanese shakuhachi.

    He and I are starting to put together a set of songs where I sing and he plays and plays and sings, with our friend Dan on percussion and vocals as well.

    We’ll see how it goes!

    Comment by Barbara — July 26, 2009 #

  5. Laughingrat – Sher E Punjab reopened? What? In the same place, or somewhere different (since they were replaced with that Korean restaurant)? I’ve missed them greatly.

    Barbara – Awesome video. My husband and I are going on an overnight trip to the Hocking Hills on 8/7, and are planning on hitting the Athens Farmers Market on our way home on that Saturday morning. I can’t wait, moreso since seeing this video. Any vendors I should be sure not to miss? And any restaurant recs for the Athens area for lunch on that Saturday?

    Comment by Becke (Columbus Foodie) — July 26, 2009 #

  6. Beckie–Vendors–Dixon’s Elk Run Bison Farm for bison, obviously. King’s Family Farm for chicken and the best damned bacon ever.

    Rich’s Gardens for awesome fresh garlic, and new potatoes–both Carola and Red French Fingerlings. Delicious.

    Integration Acres for fresh chevre, smoked chevre and fresh mozzarella. Chris is a great guy who also has frozen pawpaw popcicles–those are also the best.

    Green Edge Gardens for the best lettuces, fresh shiitake mushrooms and other mushrooms, sprouts and Chinese long beans.

    Heaven’s Oven for the absolutely most lovely, tasty Italian Cream Cake ever!

    For lunch, try Casa Nueva or The Village Bakery–two really great restaurants that use mostly local foods.

    Comment by Barbara — July 26, 2009 #

  7. Thanks so much for posting this video. You seem to have a really nice community there, and all that wonderful locally produced food doesn’t hurt, either. My dude and I would love to pass through someday on one of our road trips. Also, as a fan of slide guitar, Zak’s tunes were a nice bonus. Thanks again!

    Comment by Melissa — July 29, 2009 #

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