Souk el-tayeb was the first organized farmer’s market in Lebanon and the brainchild of Kamal Mouzawak; this Sunday, it took place in Hammana, a beautiful village nestled in the valley and surrounded by mountains and cliffs at an altitude of 3500 feet, about 20 miles from Beirut.
Hammana’s cherry festival took place today.
A chance for folks in Hammana to sell cherries from their gardens and orchards and for producers all over to display and sell their organic foodstuffs.
The market started around noon (Lebanese are not early risers) and ended Lebanese-style, with people dancing the traditional dabké and singing in the townsquare.
Gave us a chance to sample Hammana’s unique fassoulia (bean) dishes; fresh country-style flatbread called markook, fattoush, kibbe, and many other foods and discover the surrounding area with its old churches, ottoman-era homes, cascades, cliffs, mountains and valley.