A Small Farmers Market In Prague

I was so exciting when I saw this little farmers market behind a big modern building up the street from my hotel (on Rybna).  Not a huge selection, but local produce, preserves, honey and other local delicacies where for sale.

The names of most of the apples were familiar thought the pear names seemed like they might be unique to this region – hard to tell as they were all in Czech.

Spicy marinated cheese (feta?).

With the exception of the guy who was sell produce all the people were set up in this little houses.  I felt sorry for the farmer selling root vegetables apples and pears as he had not protection from the cold and bone chilling dampness.

I had a long conversation last night with the Paul Day the chef of Sansho (where I spent the most amazing night last night, and ate some very tasty food, but more on that later) who is very dedicated to local produce and the raising of heritage breed animals.  Apparently when under the rule of the Soviets the farming was very monoculture factory based and a lot of the local breeds were near extinction.  Thanks to people like Paul there is a renaissance going on in the faming communities with local farmers raising grass fed organic beef, local breeds of pigs also farm not factory raised…. it’s very exciting to see.

Much, much more later – I’m running to catch my train back to Berlin – but first lunch!

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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