We are encouraged to buy fresh organic produce at its peek seasonal time. Even though organic produce has become rare today and thus more costly, its benefits are worth the price.
While within season the products are considerably cheaper, eating fresh is necessary at all times of the year. Some years ago it was not very easy to find organic and fresh produce in Armenian at a Winter season, now that problem is solved. You can find organic produce at any season with a reasonable price.
Fresh produce is offered in all supermarkets, grocery stores and food markets. There is a large variety of fruits and vegetables both from Armenia and imported. Armenian produce is popular for being purely organic, as most farmers use very little or no chemicals and no hormones.
Some of the most popular food markets in Yerevan are the Covered Market and Agricultural Market. The Covered market is located in the center of Yerevan, on Mashtots avenue. Here you can find any kind of fresh, organic local and imported fruits and vegetables as well as different types of herbs. This market is quite popular among foreigners, too, who wish to try Armenian fresh produce.
Agricultural Market is a weekend open market and is located on Kasyan street. This is a farmers' market, where farmers from all over Armenia gather during the weekends to unload their wares on hungry city-dwellers. They sell all sorts of local vegetables (tomatoes, squash, potatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, corn, onions, greens, garlic, peppers, radishes, herbs, beans, peas, and the list goes on) and local fruits including apples, peaches, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, plums, grapes etc.
Most fresh food markets have a butcher's section where you can find fresh poultry, eggs, steaks and pork.
For some products, the prices are lower than those in local supermarkets. For others, you'll pay more at the farmers' market. Either way, you'll leave with fresh food that was made or grown a short drive from the city.
The environment is lively and friendly, with lots of regulars coming to do some shopping and check in with their favorite vendors, creating a fantastic bustling atmosphere that makes for a great start to any Sunday.