Saturday, 30 June 2012

ITTP Prague TEFL: Dejvicka Farmers Market

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When I first arrived to Prague the buildings were grey and drab and the food followed match. Vegetables were considered important purely for garnish and what vegetables were available in the local shops back then were usually of inferior quality and besides, you had to shoulder with the locals in these little city shops to almost flight for anything worth buying - anything resembling a vegetable or item of fruit which was not rotting or going bad. 

Slowly the larger supermarkets came and then the hypermarkets. To be honest though, I didn't really see that much of a change and it seemed that the small city shops had simple branched out into larger spaces where foreign companies took advantage of the profits available from selling substandard produce. Back in the UK we have such a wealth of supermarkets and supermarket controls and the first thing which I do when I get back home is pop into my local Sainsbury's and just walk around mesmerized at the top notch quality of goods and choice. It is getting better here though and I can recommend for example the out of town TESCO hypermarkets.

Last year farmers markets (Farmarske Trhy) began emerging around the city and excitedly I visited the one at Dejvicka last year and came away completely disappointed; the choice was limited to mostly vegetables and fruits and although the quality looked good it did seem as though the locals from those city shops had simply all come out for the day together to this time shoulder over better produce and in the open air, away from the confines of the ex-soviet bloc era potraviny. Last weekend my family and I decided to visit the Dejvicka Farmers Market because Alenka said that it was a great place for fresh Croatian fish and so we went and I was gobsmacked by the change there. Here was a real farmers market, with local and international fresh produce. Decent prices. Well organized. Clean. There was even a tent for our kids to take off some heat and spend time coloring in while I was able to slip off and take a good look around. Btw, those fresh Croatian fish are driven overnight on the Friday from the coast of Croatia for the market in Prague on the Saturday. So yes, the Dejvicka Farmers Market is every Saturday and I went back this morning to take some photos to try and explain a little bit more about it and in doing so hope that if you are reading this that you will visit this place and also become somehow lost and mesmerized in a similar way that my Sainsbury's trips promise.

Affordable and good quality French wines and champagne, which is a bit of an oxymoron in Prague (Click on photo to enlarge)

Croatian fish seller who for some reason thought that he should have a moustache and subsequently 'made' one from a piece of fish (Click on photo to enlarge)

Locally produced walnut cakes (Click on photo to enlarge)

Local producer selling (THC free) cannabis sativa health products. I bought some of their tea last week. The tea has a slight nutty taste and is similar to a Chamomile lull (Click on photo to enlarge)

Of course, vegetables and fruits can also be found and with them the shouldering techniques of some of the locals :-) (Click on photo to enlarge)

Local breads (Click on photo to enlarge)

Very funky coffee van (Click on photo to enlarge)

Locally produced 100% preservative and additive free juice, syrups and fruit wines (Click on photo to enlarge)

More examples of fresh fish produce for sale at the market (Click on photo to enlarge)

More examples of fresh fish produce for sale at the market (Click on photo to enlarge)

Fresh oysters from Bretagne (Click on photo to enlarge)

My breakfast this morning for 35 CZK :-) (Click on photo to enlarge)

To reach the Dejvicka Farmers Market catch any bus, tram or metro heading to the Dejvicka stop (the last stop on the Green metro line heading towards the airport). You can't miss it because it's on the large piece of green field right next to that immense roundabout at the main Dejvicka junction.

Tip! Go early to avoid the crowds that appear later.
I recommend heading there for 9:00am on the Saturday morning.
The market might be seasonal but as long as you head in that direction on any Saturday in either Spring, Summer or Autumn (Fall) then you are sure to see the tents and the optimistically glowing faces of shoppers walking from the market with their bags full of earth's goodness. Enjoy!

Hope it helps!

Hezky den!/Lovely day!

Neville :-)