Artsakh Gardens Market is an incredible gathering of Armenian farmers, producers and artisans, united by a drive to create a sustainable future for Armenia.
The all Armenian Artsakh Gardens Market opened up on the shady lawns in front of the Glendale Central Library on September 12 with a huge turnout. Shoppers wandered the gardens, browsing traditional fare, fresh produce, art and other crafts from 30 vendors. There was live music from local Armenian artists, talks from guest speakers and a beer garden to soak up the ambiance and sip on Armenian craft beers by sponsors Draft in Style.
If you made it there early, you would have enjoyed fresh coffees, bread, pastries, and homemade dishes before hundreds of supporters poured and ensured vendors wouldn’t be leaving with any stock. But don’t fret if you didn’t, the market will take place every Sunday for the next three months from 9 am to 2 pm.
You’ll find beautiful vegan and gluten-free bread from Baketo, beautiful spreads by the charcuterie king Charqute, a famous 16-ingredient carrot cake from 16-year-old Karo Danayan, coffee by Dilijan Curve and tons of other artisans. Majority of the Armenian vendors are running their businesses out of their own home and and this marketplace gives them an space to create a storefront.
Private chef Karreno Alexanian of Charqute, came up with his concept when he lost his job due to the pandemic and thanks to TikTok his gorgeous charcuterie creations in creative designs have taken off. Meanwhile, Danayan was bored at home which inevitably led to baking and is now a small bakery.
The idea began 10 months ago when Lilit Barsegyan looking for someone with experience running a market so she could gather Armenian businesses in one place and support something bigger. It’s not only a beautiful showcase of culture, but of community spirit. Growing local entrepenuears while supporting a cause. A percentage of profits go towards Eternal Nations and Aid Beyond Borders with plans to aid other charities as the market grows.
Location: 222 E Harvard St, Glendale, CA 91205, United States