BEIRUT: In a busy and rapidly moving city life, time is of the essence. We often forget to tune in and reexamine our eating habits. Luckily, some local farmers are here to remind us of nature’s ways every now and then.
Many local farmers, mostly women, gathered on Saturday at Farm Fair, an event organized by Nature by Marc Beyrouthy, in Kaslik. They displayed their homegrown organic goods, while also promoting Lebanese culinary traditions.
Salwa Baydoun, a farmer from Aitaroun, stood behind her saj joyously twirling her dough and excitedly offering visitors her crispy saj specialties.
“We are very happy to be here meeting new people and introducing them to the villages’ treasures. Our products are like medicine,” she said.
Next to her booth, there was an alluring scent of chewy cheese, rolled Buraks and cheese balls cooked by two women who were promoting the “Three Chef Foods,” a brand of naturally gluten-free foods.
Engineer Hasan Hamad, head of Agriculture and Handicrafts Production and Marketing Cooperation in Aitaroun, noted the importance of encouraging individuals to stay in their villages and invest in their lands.
The event was a reminder for people to shop at farmers’ markets, to avoid processed or microwavable foods, support farmers in their community, and help defend the countryside from sprawl.
The event also provided the opportunity for customers to meet the faces behind the products they bought from Nature by Marc Beyrouthy.
Several farmers exhibited their fresh and organic products from handmade soaps, olives derivatives, permaculture certified products to organic vegetables, thyme, Marzipan, honey, Arak, juices and more.
Nature by Marc Beyrouthy is an eco-friendly leading provider of sustainable products and services in all areas related to biodiversity, ecology and the environment. There, Beyrouthy organizes several workshops and fairs throughout the year.
Beyrouthy has a Ph.D. in Management Science from the Paul Cézanne University - Marseille III in France, and a Ph.D. in Health and Life Sciences from the Law and Health University Lille II.
Ever since he was young, Beyrouthy always had a passion for biodiversity, Lebanese flora and its conservation, botany and landscaping.
The showroom included a tea and coffee house, herbal products, essential oils, heritage products, agricultural products, plants, flowers, eco-friendly and upcycled products, and gifts.
“While I was doing my Ph.D., I explored Lebanon from its extreme North to its extreme South and I was mesmerized by it. My aim is to help maintain Lebanon’s beautiful greenness by empowering villagers to keep working in agriculture and promoting their products," Beyrouthy told Annahar.
The event is in partnership with "Atayeb Al Rif" Cooperative.
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