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Market Spotlight: Ferial Rewoldt Wanted to Get to Know Her Community Better

Aidan Hsia

Ferial Rewoldt started her farmer’s market business, Hummus and Falafels of the Mediterranean, as a way to get to know her community.

Rewoldt came to the U.S. from Lebanon in 1976 as a nurse. After retiring in 2011, she decided to bring her cooking skills to our local farmers market in 2016.

“I decided to do this to get to know my community better,” Rewoldt said.

To Rewoldt and her family, food is a form of nurture. Growing up, Rewoldt watched her family cook traditional recipes, slowly learning how to make these dishes herself. Eventually, she transitioned from watching her parents cook to flipping through cookbooks, scrolling the internet for new recipes, and practicing her skills independently.

It was the perfect opportunity for her to share her passion with the community. So when she found herself in Ann Arbor, she decided to form a business as a vehicle to get to know her community better and share her passion product. She has five women from the Middle East from parts of Iraq, West Bank, Jerusalem, Amman and Jordan that help her create falafels and other products. For Rewoldt, her business is community work.

Rewoldt now spends every Wednesday and Saturday at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market meeting and interacting with people from all different parts of Ann Arbor by selling Mediterranean food created by her many years of dedication and expertise.

Photo by Aidan Hisa
Post by Isabella Jacob, Aidan Hisa, Vedha Kakarla, Wilson Zheng and Zane Swerdlow

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Izzie Jacob, Print Editor-in-Chief
Isabella (or Izzie) is a senior at Community and is thrilled to be continuing her journalism career. When she’s not watching Marvel movies or taking 0.5 pictures, she’s usually listening to her playlist, which contains music from M.I.A. to Kendrick Lamar. After school, you can find her objecting in mock trial or drinking a surplus of chai. Her favorite part of journalism is talking about issues that don't get enough attention and advocating for the rights of immigrants and women of color.
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Aidan is the news editor for the Communicator and a senior at CHS. He’s played classical guitar for most of his life but loves all kinds of music. Aidan likes reading, playing games, or watching late-night movies with his dog. He’s excited to start his senior year and to write stories for the Communicator.
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Vedha Kakarla is a sophomore entering her second year on The Communicator staff and her first year as feature editor. Outside of school, you can find her playing golf or basketball. She also enjoys going on long drives, hanging out with her friends, and listening to music. She loves writing stories and interviewing people and she is very excited for another year on staff!
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Wilson is a sophomore and entering his second semester on staff. When he's not at school doing work in the library, you can find him playing video games and melodies on his piano. Wilson is looking forward to advancing as both a writer and photographer this year.

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