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Hello Hummus is a popular vendor at area farmers’ markets

Varieties include traditional flavors as well as sweet and seasonal options

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If you’ve visited the Market Square farmers’ market Downtown, chances are you’ve seen Hello Hummus. 

With a line of tasting samples lined up along its booth, Hello Hummus has become a fixture of the local market since it joined in 2013. 

Since then, the enterprise has expanded to six different markets throughout the area during the May-to-November season.

“I think it’s great to support local businesses,” says Savannah Moon, Hello Hummus’ market manager. “You get better products.”

Currently, Hello Hummus offers 14 varieties of its small-batch hummus. Each is cooked by owner Zouhair Mkais, who got his culinary start making Moroccan dishes with his mother, using ingredients purchased in the markets of Casablanca. 

“We try to source everything from local farms and vendors,” says Moon. “We use the freshest ingredients we can find. We don’t use any preservatives.” 

Ingredients for the various flavors of hummus include: chickpeas, fresh-squeezed lemon, black beans, eggplant, squash, zucchini and tahini, a paste made from ground, toasted sesame seeds. 

Moon’s current favorites are the roasted-beet and lemon-cilantro varieties. A less-traditional creation is peanut butter and chocolate. 

And come fall, be on the lookout for seasonal varieties like pumpkin pie and sweet potato. 

“We have a lot of unique flavors,” says Moon.

www.hellohummus.co




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