Django Haskins plays “Blood and Oil” solo at Saxapahaw

We love getting out to Saxapahaw, an old but re-enlivened mill village on the Haw River about 10 miles west of Carrboro, for their Saturday music, farmer’s market and food. One of the nice surprises, and there are many, is that we run into friends from all over the area out there.

The farmers market is more of an artisans’ market than a vegetable purchasing place. Wine, jams, pickles, flat breads, new wave sock monkeys, and the like are all there and all local, very local, to the area.

The BBQ Joint brings a truck up and there is always ice cream (all local of course), but the big surprise for us this time out was the great food up at the Shell station aka Saxapahaw General Store. Yes it is a functioning quick stop store and gas house, but behind the grill something else is happening. Goat burgers, roasted veggie sandwiches, seafood specials (until they run out which on Saturdays is apt to happen), local beef, taters fried in duckfat (I donno why this is so good but it is), great greens, nice wine that you uncork yourself which makes for a great price. Ambiance? It’s a quickstop so you could be eating in a booth facing the motor oil and the wine is next to the fishing worms, but outside, if eating by the worms is not your ideal eating situation, there are some nice tables and while not quite a river view, a good place to sit in the evening. You could take out as a picnic to the music and farmers market or down to the river tho.

Thanks Heather and Tom LaGarde for putting on the shows and market, and of course Django for the music this time out.