Wild Black Currant Silver Winner 2010 NASFT
HARVEST SONG CHOSEN AS A FINALIST FOR TWO NEW GOLD PRIZES FOR FRESH WALNUT AND BLACK CURRANT PRESERVES.
Twice a winner for Apricot and Sour Cherry preserves. Harvest Song is nominated again by The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) to win another Gold prize, which will be announced at the Fancy Food Show in New York, June 27-29, 2010.
"Each time we are nominated. I look at the list of the judges and am humbled when I see the experience and knowledge each brings to the specialty food world. As co-founder of Harvest Song, I have come to meet so many people who bring such passion into this industry". Sylvia Tirakian continues...
"Our farmers in the Ararat Valley nurture their fruits all year and watch the gathering of harvest by every family member within the village. These artisan preserves makers spend long hours patiently working with me as we slowly cook dozens of batches by hand developing every flavor until we find the perfect taste. Our artisans in Nepal make the handmade, sun-dried, rice papers that adorn our jars. In this fast-changing, mass commodity world, I am lucky to have a job that enables me to respect nature and honor these artisans".
Wild Black Currant Preserve in not farmed but is grown wild in the high mountains of Armenia nurtured by the strong sun, thin air and spring waters of Mt. Ararat. "Last summer, I was working in one of the rural farms, too tired to get back to our apartment in Yerevan (capital of Armenia) and I stayed overnight in the home of one farmers. In the evening I was served black currant preserves, whole and in syrup, and become fascinated with this unusual grapelike fruit. The nest day I told our director at the cannery that I wanted black currant in my production. He said, "impossible task" but I guess not so impossible".
About Harvest Song:
James Tufenkian, co-founder of Harvest Song, is the world's leading designer and supplier of Armenian and Tibetan rugs. Sylvia Tirakian, co-founder of Harvest Song, and former optics engineer, shares the same principal values with her partner. "As with all the Tufenkian businesses, Harvest Song is rooted in the core business philosophy to create high quality, artisan products than enrich the lives of its workers and consumers" says James Tufenkian.