Nicole EdenedoFeb 5, 2017, 9:46 pmFeb 5, 2017, 9:46 pm

Piermont farmer’s market celebrates diversity with global flavors

People who enjoy the international market stress the importance of celebrating culture in the face of political disunity

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More than a farmers market, The Souk is an indoor-outdoor bazaar tucked away in a small Piermont art gallery where vendors from all corners of the world converge to share their culture on winter weekends.

"We spent eight months looking for the best vendors we could find when we started our quest for vendors. Finding cuisines from around the world is a big part of what is important to us," Co-owner of The Souk Joe Serra said.

The name “Souk” derives from the Arabic and North-African term for market or place where people come to meet and exchange goods.

While being all natural, local, and completely diverse, The Souk is home to small businesses like the Guac Stop and Asian Farmers—both of which bring their family recipes to the forefront of people's taste buds.

"It's funny because my husband is actually Puerto Rican and I'm Jamaican and Italian, so there's no Mexican. It's reinvented guac!," Syl Gonzalez of The Guac Stop said.

“They're all handmade from local natural ingredients and it's our own family recipe so it's really special compared to other dumplings you get from the store or the restaurants," Silvia Chang of Asian Farmer Dumplings explained.

The owners of The Souk say embracing cultural diversity, especially Middle-Eastern and North-African influences, is especially important in America's changing political climate today.

"One of the goals, when we started The Souk, was to have as broad an international presence as possible and variety," Serra said.

The Souk Farmer's Market is open during the winter months on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.



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