July 2019 Writer \/\/ Janelle Morrison Photography \/\/ Staff and submitted Carmel Farmers Market\u2019s (CFM) mission is to provide Indiana grown and\/or produced products. While the market manages that mission masterfully, it also has become a mecca for people from many different cultures to share with their Carmel community a taste of their culture. Likewise, vendors, such as Mission Coffee LLC, have collaborated with other countries to bring unique technologies and processes to CFM. It is a fair statement that the market, albeit is located in Carmel, reaches beyond the boundaries and has a global impact. Mission Coffee LLC Peter Beering shared what technologies his coffee company brings to CFM that is not at any other market. \u201cFor 19 years, Mission Coffee has bridged the gap between central Indiana and Central America long before it was fashionable and trendy to have sole-source coffee,\u201d Beering shared. \u201cWe know every human being that touches this coffee except for the baggage handlers and the longshoremen. We know the farm, we know the farmers, we know the farmers\u2019 families. Those connections matter because people want to know there is a relationship with the people handling their food, and it is one of the key factors behind CFM.\u201d Beering added, \u201cI think there are a lot of technologies that are a part of the market that most people aren\u2019t aware of. For our operation, because we're making large quantities of coffee, we have adapted a commercial coffee maker to work here in the field. We have a customized brewer, with the blessings of BUNN Corporation\u2014it was custom fabricated for the purpose of this market. This year, we added an automatic cappuccino machine that comes to us from Germany. Like our brewer, it has a customized road case that fits in our coffee van that we bring to the market every weekend. We were the first in the U.S. to offer Nitro cold-brew coffee outside of a coffee shop and are constantly looking at ways we can make what we do better and create a better experience for the 5,000 or so people that visit this market every Saturday.\u201d Arepas Is Bridging Culinary Gaps One Bite at a Time Local resident Edwin Marrugo, owner of Arepas, launched his business in 2018. Arepas is run by Marrugo and his family\u2014originally from Venezuela\u2014and his wife, Jeannie, who is also the co-owner of Caf\u00e9 Baby, also a CFM vendor. Marrugo grew up eating arepas daily. Arepas are precooked corn-based pitas, sliced open, that can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner, depending on your taste. Marrugo and his family make everything fresh at the market. \u201cThe market for us is an opportunity,\u201d Marrugo said. \u201cIt is a gathering of community. You can see all around us families, children and all kinds of people from everywhere. For us, it has become an opportunity to bridge our culture with the people here. Arepas is something that we're super proud of. For us Venezuelans, this is part of our culture and part of our spirits. I get emotional when I see people lining up and enjoying it\u2014it makes all the work that we put into this very rewarding.\u201d CFM President Ron Carter spoke about how the market has become a place for residents to gather and enjoy a multicultural experience without having to leave Carmel. \u201cWe have become a place for people who have come from other cultures to expose their native foods to a lot of people who may have otherwise never had the opportunity to experience and enjoy some of these foods and learn more about the cultures behind them,\u201d Carter said. \u201cOne of our good friends here in Carmel is from Venezuela. He comes every Saturday to get an arepa because it reminds him of home. This is only one example of how Carmel serves many cultures, which is the reason many of our vendors have chosen Carmel as a great place to live, work and raise a family and to become part of the American economic mainstream.\u201d Be sure to visit these CFM vendors who also bring their international flavors to the market! 3 IN 1 RESTAURANT\u2014Pupusas, tamales and Sides AAHAA CHAI\u2014Authentic chai teas APRICOT SUN MEDITERRANEAN FOOD BAR_Gluten-free Mediterranean cuisine AREPAS\u2014Venezuelan arepas BETTINI PASTA\u2014Homemade pasta BROTGARTEN\u2014German artisan bread and pastry GUACAMOLE & MORE\u2014Guacamole, salsas and more! MA CREPERIE\u2014Sweet and savory crepes VIETNAMESE EGGROLL BAR\u2014Traditional Vietnamese cuisine XCHOCOL\u2019ART\u2014Handmade chocolates For a complete list of CFM vendors, activities and entertainment, visit carmelfarmersmarket.com.