Artsakh Gardens Market may have been a typical farmers market besides it isn’t: 10 months in the past, two ladies got here up with the thought of gathering Armenian meals producers, farmers, bakers, craft masters, and jewelers on a shade-covered garden in entrance of Glendale Central Library. Opened on September 12, 2021 and persevering with each Sunday for the subsequent three months from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 30 distributors will provide all the things from recent produce to home made meals ready with conventional recipes.
It began with a single Fb submit by which Lilit Barsegyan began to search for a fellow neighborhood member with expertise in organizing a farmers market. “I used to be driving round and shopping for completely different merchandise from folks to assist my neighborhood right here and in Armenia. Quickly I spotted that we would have liked to have one place the place everybody can get collectively and do it. I knew that there should be one other Armenian on the market in Los Angeles who would have some expertise with the farmers markets,” remembers Lilit.
Hilda Avanessian turned out to be the fitting particular person. She used to arrange two farmers markets by the native hospitals in Encino and Sherman Oaks the place medical workers and households with sufferers may have entry to wholesome meals. Lilit and Hilda met for a cup of espresso and began to work instantly. Ten months later the town of Glendale allotted the allow for the Artsakh Gardens Farmers Market to function. Distributors aren’t solely from Glendale however from different cities and counties as nicely.
Vartan Saghdejian drove down all the best way from Fresno to signify recent fruit and veggies from his household farm. The CMC farm was established in 1986 by Vartan’s father, an immigrant from Syria. Now Vartan operates it along with his brother and two sisters.
The aroma of golden grapes from CMC farm merges with the considered one of candy cream coming from the subsequent stall, the place Vera Acun, often known as Kadaif Mama, is providing the dessert of shredded dough stuffed with cream. Two years in the past Vera was at an Ugly Sweater Mom and Daughter social gathering and took her favourite dessert as a present. Every week later friends from the social gathering began to ask for her kadaif. Quickly the checklist of consumers grew to become longer, shifting to social media and creating a gradual marketplace for her.
The seller subsequent door, Karo Danayan, a young person, who regardless of his younger age, has already earned his place in comparable markets in Studio Metropolis and 818 Pop-Ups Outlets. His well-known 16 ingredient carrot cake was first made for his father’s birthday. “He was bored and didn’t know what to do through the lockdown. So he began to bake desserts. Who knew he would come thus far!” laughs Karo’s mom, who was serving to him to arrange the individually packed items of desserts.
Just a few stalls over, artisan bread baker Ani Harutiunian is “attempting to vary the bread tradition in Los Angeles”. She discovered her bread-making strategies in France and Switzerland over ten years in the past. Ani first opened a sequence bakery in Armenia and later moved to the U.S. Her bakery, Baketo, focuses on sourdough bread from rye to German pumpernickel, the latter of which requires 24 hours of baking time in a low-temperature oven.
For personal chef Karreno Alexanian, time spent at residence through the surge of COVID-19 was surprisingly productive. Like many within the meals trade, he misplaced his job because of the pandemic. Karreno wanted a artistic technique to generate some revenue and got here up with charcuterie boards with specifically designed cones and bins stuffed with chilly cuts and cheese. Tik-Tok and Instagram introduced in over 2.5 million views for Charqute and a cope with Netflix to make particular Bridgerton-themed charcuterie boards.
Nearly all distributors on the Artsakh Farmers Market are home-based cooks and bakers who discovered the best place to share what unites all of them — meals. Lots of them have by no means operated a storefront. Avanessian is hopeful that extra distributors will probably be becoming a member of quickly. The farmers market can be elevating funds for nonprofits corresponding to Everlasting Nations and Support Past Borders, with plans to assist different reduction organizations in Syria and Lebanon. Artsakh Farmers Market will function for 3 months and can proceed so long as the town of Glendale renews the allow.