Knowing your farmer isn’t about distance, it’s about relationships. Talk to them at the local farmers market, ask them about the vegetables and fruits – where they are from and how they are grown/produced.
I met the Heroes of Responsible Dining at spring time. They are a group of four friends and a couple of volunteers who believe that saving the environment can be fun! With the Heroes of Responsible Dining initiative, they aim to promote responsible choices when eating out or at home. The campaign is organized by the Hungarian non-profit organization Ökológiai Evolúció Alapítvány.
They started a new campaign a few weeks ago about getting to know more and shaking hands with your farmer. This is a great way to find out their growing practices and policies. Thanks to this campaign I had the opportunity to visit one of my favourite organic farmers, Mátyás Nemes and his family in Fülöpjakab, Hungary. It was educational and so much fun for me and I really feel like I get so much out of meeting my favourite farmer and visiting his farm.
On the farm, horticultural activities are carried out all the year round, by applying the methods of vegetative growing in greenhouses of foil with minimum heating, and cold forcing of the plants in greenhouses of foil. Hardy plants are grown on the fields from early spring to late autumn. Some 70-80 plant varieties are produced in a year, mostly for sale on the market of organic products.
Know your farmer, know your food!
Mangalica breeding at a nearby farm (mangalica is an indigenous species of pig in Hungary)
Purple Salanova lettuce (my favourite)
Baking bread was the high point of the visit!
Vegetarian Hungarian bean goulash