Created as a private initiative by Kamal Mouzawak in 2004, Lebanon’s first farmer’s market began. But it was about more than just giving farmers and producers a place to sell their products - the market encouraged cultural exchange, serving as a platform through which people and local communities were able to share food, traditions, and conversation. And, during a time when people were just recovering from a 15-year civil war, this market held unique and special importance, as it brought fractured communities together, encouraging Lebanese to work side-by-side once again.
Souk el Tayeb’s weekly farmers market continues its mandate today, but with more farmers, producers, and visitors, than ever before. We host small-scale producers from all over Lebanon who offer fresh, local, seasonal food and food products, organic produce including fruits and vegetables, mouneh, dairy products, ready-to-eat food, sweets, and traditional handmade crafts.
The Souk el Tayeb Farmers Market has both organic and conventional produce.
Producers and farmers who offer organic products must have their organic certificate clearly displayed to customers. In Lebanon, the organic certification is delivered by IMC (Mediterranean Institute of Certification), an organic certifier that follows EU standards.