More than a Market

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Other than providing meat for traditional recipes, George’s Market did not stock special items required for Lebanese cooking. Many people cultivated large gardens in their backyards for fruits and vegetables. For the spices and other ingredients locally unavailable, the Lebanese community relied on families who had relatives in New York or Boston to bring back bulk orders. They also ordered by mail from Sahadi’s in Brooklyn, New York. 

Jim Kalett, Sahadi Importing Company, Brooklyn, New York, c. 1983. Courtesy of Center for Brooklyn History, Brooklyn Public Library.