Boxnote 164 June 20 2017

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Erzsike and ‘ropogos’ cherries grown in Huedin

Gustare/Kalotaszeg Kostoloi Hrana naturala, locala de la satele din zona Huedinului

Wooo, we were all challenged this week when news came of the railway bridge going up between Stana and here; and scuppering our GK journeys!! After exploring various options, Szilard sprung to the rescue and brought your goodies to the station in Cluj and Beti organised the whole shebang Cluj end

Great thanks to them both! This end, at the market we sorely missed the help preparing your GK, so we are living in hope for bridges and train journeys happening next week!!

I also have to thank Beti for making possible our latest attempt to find solutions to the lack of cows/facilities for cows in villages. See https://www.facebook.com/HuedinPiataMarket/photos/a.320541011383633.64211.311503925620675/1163413947096331/?type=3&theater

If you have any links/ideas, message on the FB.

I spoke to Viorica in Hodis today on the subject and she told me how many can’t get to market with the milk; etc. and how their cow milk goes to the pigs. She thought it would be AMAZING if they could create a Hodis brand.

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roka Magdi and Buska neni from Tetis and Bicalat.  Enter a caption

For info./stories about individual goodies and producers, find the veggies below! **

Here is your box this week; who grew it/who collected it and where!

Fresh tea herbs chamomile/musatel/kamilla – sBozse neni,Bicalat, once again got her collections to the market via her nephew. A little note was sent back to her with her money. I know she is so happy to be a part of Gustare in this way. I

melissa Agi neni in Mogyoro,, mint – ; – Domi in Huedin.

Salad young penny cress rucola – wild and garden; cress-cresson; red lettuce; sorrel, wood sorrel/madar soska/macris de iepure! (this is the little leaf, like a three leafed clover with yellow flower; doesn’t it have lovely names in all of our languages?) From TKD gardens..collected by , Sara in Damos; Agi neni in Alunis, Bozse in Bicalat; ..

lettuce/salyata – Zsofi, Huedin; Torok Erzsike Damos.

cooking herbs flat parsley, bozse, Bicalat., dill Zsof or dsimru/csombor, Huedin chives, marjoram-oregano – Sara in Damos; leustcean, corriander – douglas in Valcau, celeriac – douglas

Green onions, ceapa verde, Zsofi, Huedin; Buske, Bicalat.

Fresh garlic – Zsofi, and Douglas< huedin

perpetual spinach – Zsofi neni., Huedin. Eat the stems too! They contain much goodness. We also run our hand along the leaf to separate stem from leaf and then we chop the stems and cook these for a little longer than the leaves.

Radish – Maria, Bolic,

Peas – Roka Magdi, and Buske, Bicalat. Magdi decided to give us all her pea shucks/empty pods. She’s washed these, but I suggested giving them a quick dunk and boiling them up and mashing down for a tasty stock or look up on line, pea pod soup recipes!

I was admiring Magdi’s top in the market and she told me I’d given it to her. It shows how bad my memory is!

Tomatoes – Domnule Pandale, grown in Huedin.

Ropogos cherries/? Cruncy cherries. . These are a local variety. Erzsebet, Huedin. .

Rhubarb . Erzike, Petrinzsel. Csilla helped with the transport.

flowers Agi sent these lovely posies of calandula and cornflowers from Alunis.

Other

vine leaves agi neni, Mogyoro. I’ve got some of these and am excited to make the stuffed vine leaves that Apai Emese shared with me at TIFF. http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/vine-leaf-herb-and-yoghurt-pie-shop

Kale shoots, we stir fry these like broccoli Agi neni in Alunis

soc/bodza virag/elderflower – me, Damos .. it was the last there.

Mature cheese -sheep and cow – Szilard, Alunis.

Taitei – thick and wholemeal – Annus neni in Ketesd. Annus neni’s second time at making this for us. We and Mihaela really like it. This week we sent flour to her via Annuska (Annus neni didn’t make it to market as she was out ‘kopalni’ing/’sapa’ ing around the grape vines.

Next week I will give Annus neni some more wholemeal flour to make more wide pasta and to make an experiment for thin pasta too (it will be ready the following week; 27 June)

Lavender plants – Levente, Valcau. Levente dashed to visit his mum in hospital. She has a virus. Many of the older ladies in the village have a cold that won’t budge.

Honeys – poliflora from Nelu in Huedin.

Eggs (all fed with homegrown cereals/potatoe etc.); Florica and Hussar Kati.

Always get everything out of plastic and the paper as soon as possible; even things in clean like pasta and cheese. I’ve been asking how pasta was stored pre-plastic days and I was told that it was put into a clean fabric napsack and suspended. We recommend this!

We hang the cheese (wrapped in paper) in net bag on the tarnat, which is fine except when it is very hot or the small birds are very hungry in which case we hang it in the toilet!

Boxnote 163 June 13 2017

Gustare/Kalotaszeg Kostoloi Hrana naturala, locala de la satele din zona Huedinului

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Our group becomes more unique. Last night, Mihaela stepped in to help out Agnes with her collection today; then this afternoon, Agnes stepped in to help out Zsolt but Darius beat her to it and helped Zsolt receive his honey in the end!

That’s a pretty helpful group especially when this week we were so few. As a group, I feel we have remained loyal to two essential beliefs,

. food as meaning

seasonal, health, pleasure, fun, shared, local, positive impact, knowledge, gift, discovery, relationship

market as source.

And it feels hopeful. If we can be and can do all this, surely we are encouraging to others and we can think about and try to overcome the problems our dear food creators are facing.

Today I heard that in Hodis, there are more than a hundred cows. There is a cow herder but no milk collection which is why so many from Hodis come to market with their milk and make cream, branza dulce. And the people get older.*

I think it is only by working together that we can bring about lasting change and our group seems to be very good at doing that! Our day of help started when Darius arrived to prepare your packages. Szilard helped us arrive at the station and Darius escorted the goodies to Cluj, and distributed them to you at the station and further afield.

* We have formed a small sub GK group for those of us who would like to share info. About cow/buffalo situations in the village and develop ideas to create solutions for this and other happenings where the problems are hitting. Let me know if you’d like to be added to the group.

for info./stories about individual goodies and producers, find the veggies below! **

Here is your box this week; who grew it/who collected it and where!

Fresh tea herbs fenyfa hajtas/mugur de pin – sophia in Belis. I was surpised to see these at market and delighted. Cool Belis still has them at a good size! I’m going to cut mine up and infuse in water for 24 hours; then i’m going to add honey to taste and pasteurize.

blackcurrant leaves – sARA in Damos, melissa, soc/elderfower/bodza virag;; – Agi neni in Mogyoro,, mint – ; – Agi neni in Mogyoro, sARA in Damos, Domi in Huedin.

Salad young penny cress rucola – wild and garden; cress-cresson; red lettuce; sorrel, young beetroot leaves*, wood sorrel/madar soska/macris de iepure! (this is the little leaf, like a three leafed clover with yellow flower; doesn’t it have lovely names in all of our languages?) From TKD gardens..collected by , Sara in Damos; Agi neni in Alunis, ..

* today I had sad news about Piroska’s beetroot in Tetis. Every year we enjoy her delicious beetroot but apparently this year deer have eaten the lot. All too often we hear about deer and wild pig destroying crops.

lettuce/salyata – Zsofi, Huedin.

cooking herbs flat parsley, Zsofi, Huedin. curly parsley kurator Kati, dill annus, Tetis; chives – Agi neni in Alunis, Sara in Damos; sage, leustcean, corriander – Agi neni in Alunis,

vine leaves agi neni, Mogyoro. I’ve got some of these and am excited to make the stuffed vine leaves that Apai Emese shared with me at TIFF. http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/vine-leaf-herb-and-yoghurt-pie-shop

Green onions, ceapa verde, Zsofi, Huedin. Zsofi sold her goodies in record time today, hence the photo of her (nearly) empty space.

Fresh garlic – Zsofi, Huedin

perpetual spinach – Zsofi neni., Huedin. Eat the stems too! They contain much goodness. We also run our hand along the leaf to separate stem from leaf and then we chop the stems and cook these for a little longer than the leaves.

Zsofi thinks this is all she will bring to market next week. This is still the hungry gap period. We can see at market even the Crazna, market gardeners with solar and cars, don’t have a great variety. It is they from Paleo (near Oradea) with cherries grown in their hectare of cherry tree orchard; and others with peppers; tomatoes; who steal the show! It is impossible for Kalotaszeg to compete.

Radish – Maria, Bolic,

Peas – Roka Magdi (her hair was red when she was young), Tetis, and Buske, Bicalat. Magdi was popping her peas on the spot and when I asked her what she was going to do with the shucks, she told me she would throw them away … I told her about pea pod soup so we got the pods! That will be our starter tonight!

Tomatoes – Domnule Pandale, grown in Huedin.

gooseberries/egres/ageres – l. Annuska, Tetis.

flowers Agi sent a lovely posy from Alunis, which inspired Darius and I to rustle up a little look alike from the Huedin garden! I love the smell of the calandulas and the leaves.

Other

Kale shoots, we stir fry these like broccoli Agi neni in Alunis

chives/snidling/metelo hagyma – douglas in Damos,

Mature cheese -sheep and cow – Szilard, Alunis.

Taitei – thick and wholemeal – Annus neni in Ketesd. Annus neni’s second time at making this for us. I’m very excited to try it and to get your feedback. The thin pasta is with shop bought flour and made by Olimpia.

Next week I will give Annus neni some more wholemeal flour to make more wide pasta and to make an experiment for thin pasta too (it will be ready the following week; 27 June)

Barley/Rye flour – Damos, Kadar Kati and Torok Erzsi. I was a bit sad that these flours got mixed at the mill especially when Kadar Kati told me what a weak flour barley is! In spite of this, as our sour dough bread rises on the tarnat in sunshine; it looks like it’s all performng well! Mihaela is trialilng the flour with her father’s well loved recipe. Boiled flour with a little jam on top. It sounds a bit like semolina pudding and deliciously healthy. We wait for her opinon.

I was telling Darius how the merges Neni (her nickname) always had mamaliga/puliszka made from barley flour and not corn when she was a girl. Darius immediately realised that it was/is probably quite difficult to grow malai/kukorica in Kalotaszeg. This makes good sense!

Lavender plants – Levente, Valcau. Levente dashed to visit his mum in hospital. She has a virus. Many of the older ladies in the village have a cold that won’t budge.

Honeys – salcam; Szilveszter’s in Damos and Nelu in Huedin. They both take their bees to the same salcam spot after Almas to drink in the nectar.

Eggs (all fed with homegrown cereals/potatoe etc.);Kantorgyurine Kati,

Cream – Jenica, Hodis from cow milk

Always get everything out of plastic and the paper as soon as possible; even things in clean like pasta and cheese. I’ve been asking how pasta was stored pre-plastic days and I was told that it was put into a clean fabric napsack and suspended. We recommend this!

We hang the cheese (wrapped in paper) in net bag on the tarnat, which is fine except when the small birds are very hungry

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Boxnote 162 June 6 2017

Gustare/Kalotaszeg Kostoloi Hrana naturala, locala de la satele din zona Huedinuluiimg_5107.jpg

This morning, we surprised when Agi neni joined us for tea and cake (yes, we are still enjoying pandurne Erzsi neni’s whitsun ‘ures kalacs’). Agi brought her packages to us. She was amazed to see the Gustare chart on the computer and me typing and sendng your orders to Szilard.

Later, I was amazed, on arriving at the market to see a small pile of Cristi’s (Domnul Pandale’s) tomatoes, grown in his solar in Huedin! He sowed ‘cristal’ seeds early in February and now we are able to enjoy some of his tasty tomatoes!

Then again in the old market, Bozse neni’s nephew appeared with fresh chamomile she’d gathered for us and sorrel and sent with him. So we were very pleased to be able to send back to old friend some cash. IMG_4630

Szilard once again helped us out with transporting 15kg flour to market for us. We now have a rye/barley flour mix if anyone is interested. Yes, Feri bacsi at the mill took it upon himself to mix these two Damos grains (unfortunately) 33%barley 67%rye! However, I am still looking forward to baking with this local mix even though it wasn’t my initial intention! It’s 3lei/kg as usual if you’d like to join me!

We have formed a small sub GK group for those of us who would like to share info. About cow/buffalo situations in the village and develop ideas to create solutions where the problems are hitting. Let me know if you’d like to be added to the group.

**** for info./stories about individual goodies and producers, find the veggies below! **

Thanks to the Gustare team who helped us bring the goodies to you this week: Gil arrived on the delayed (1.5 hours) train from Cluj. Gil and Douglas organised all the packages with help from me. Szilard helped us arrive at the station and we helped Gil onto the train. (We waved goodbye to Gil for the last time this year and wish him a very happy summer and a year ahead of great work and plans for a better world.) Darius met Gil at the station and organised everything for you.

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Great thanks to them all!

Here is your box this week; who grew it/who collected it and where!

Fresh tea herbs melissa, soc/elderfower/bodza virag; akacfa virag/salcam*; – Agi neni in Mogyoro, mint- Maria – Huedin, chamomile/kamilla flowers – Bozse neni, Bicalat

*Deni makes a lovely fizzy drink from the salcam flowers. Have a search on line for a recipe!

Salad young penny cress ( bit spicey and you can see the little seed cases/the pennies which pack a punch!), rucola – wild and garden; cress-cresson; red lettuce; From TKD gardens..collected by , Douglas in Huedin; Agi neni in Alunis, ..

lettuce/salyata – Zsofi, Huedin.

cooking herbs parsley Maria, Huedin; dill Eva, Tetis; sage – Agi neni in Alunis, corriander – Agi neni in Alunis and Emese in Valcau

Green onions, ceapa verde, Zsofi, Huedin

Fresh garlic – Zsofi, Huedin

Spinach/spanac/spenotMaria, Huedin

perpetual spinach – Zsofi neni., Huedin

Radish – Agi, Huedin OR Kale shoots, we stir fry these like broccoli Agi neni in Alunis

Beans – small white – Kati, Damos; large white and coloured – Marta, Huedin.

Tomatoes – Domnule Pandale, grown in Huedin.

gooseberries/egres/ageres – possibly the first and last! We have no gooseberries in any garden due to the cold spell. Annuska brought these to market for us from Tetis.

Other

flowers – this lovely posy from Maria in Huedin.

Kale shoots, we stir fry these like broccoli Agi neni in Alunis

chives/snidling/metelo hagyma – douglas in Damos,

dill, marar, koper – a couple of extra bunches from Eva, Tetis.

Mature cheese -sheep and cow – Szilard, Alunis.

Magiun/Szilvaiz – We are so lucky to have the greatest maker of this speciality living opposite us! Pocs Kati, Huedin.

Eggs (all fed with homegrown cereals/potatoe etc.); Annus, Magyarokereke; Kati, Damos; Gyuri, Damos.

Cream – Jenica, Hodis from cow milk

Always get everything out of plastic and the paper as soon as possible; even things in clean like pasta and cheese. I’ve been asking how pasta was stored pre-plastic days and I was told that it was put into a clean fabric napsack and suspended. We recommend this!

We hang the cheese (wrapped in paper) in net bag on the tarnat, which is fine except when the small birds are very hungry

 

 

Boxnote 161 May 30 2017

 Gustare/Kalotaszeg Kostoloi Hrana naturala, locala de la satele din zona Huedinului

Gosh! So many interesting stories and chats this previous week!! Out of the one about the thickness of Annus neni’s pasta (the thicker version of which she will roll and cut thicker – she has no machine – will be coming to us in two weeks time due to the whitsun holiday next week) came an idea that some healthy things are also time saving (which could and are be deemed lazy in some cultures), eg. not peeling veggies ………. milling flour with a stone and not separating the bran from the flour …… not washing hair with soap (Douglas has done this for years, only with water – maybe that’s why he’s gone white!) etc.  

Maybe Douglas’ hair is even whiter recently due to dashing very early to meet Levente on the school bus.(who this week brought Emese’s collections from Bagolyvar, Valcau; Both Kati’s delicious sheep butter; and his lavander plants). This week, Douglas made a second journey to meet Andras and the Mogyoro school bus with his mother’s Agi neni’s pickings. Later, during our coffee break, he dashed again to meet Szilveszter who had brought goodies out of Petrinzsel/Kispetri).

This week we had the joy to share our coffee break with Viorica from Morlaca. Viorica brought us some butter, so we were overjoyed! This means there will be a little ghee from next week. Punkasd and Rusala colliding may mean a smaller than normal GK next week .. (three consecutive days of church services are in store). There won’t be bread but you are okay for cheese.

It was good news for, and about the cows in Morlaca. They have two ciordar in the village of 600 approx. inhabitants! And the cow herds are at either end of the village; I think there could even be a third one too. The ciordar are a large gypsy family; they have a house there and are part of the community. We have formed a small sub GK group for those of us who would like to share info. About cow/buffalo situations in the village and develop ideas to create solutions where the problems are hitting. Let me know if you’d like to be added to the group.

**** for info./stories about individual goodies and producers, find the veggies below! **

Thanks to the Gustare team who helped us bring the goodies to you this week: Deni arrived just when we’d ‘scored 35 eggs!!’ .. which meant everyone who ordered could get eggs! Yes, we were very lucky that the teacher’s wife in Valcau sent late and we were in the right place at the right time. We were for sure in the right place because I also had the good fortune at the same time to meet Annus neni from Iz. Crisului (see photo)  I haven’t seen her for probably a year and we chatted about the old sewing greats in her village.IMG_5062

Deni and Douglas collected your Gustare in Huedin; and organised all the packages with help from me! Szilard helped us arrive at the station and we helped Deni onto the train. Deni accompanied your packages and organised everything for you. Our very great thanks go to her. We are all the more appreciative because we know the sunshine is calling and before long all the Gustare support will have flown. It would be great if you can start thinking about how your Tuesday schedule looks and whether occasionally you’d like to join in the game here in Huedin!

Here is your box this week; who grew it/who collected it and where!

Fresh herbs all mints in all gardens (Erzsika’s too) are resting!, melissa, lemon balm, blackcurrant leaf tips from

Curatorne Kata in Damos, Agi neni in Mogyoro, Emese in Valcau

elderflowers from Agi neni in Mogyoro and The ladies of Petrinzsel (wooo cool name for a rockband!! ha). They assured me they had oregano and sent their collections but unfortunately when it arrived we discovered it to be the humble marjoram once again!  Next week we hope for Oregano from Bagolyvar garden! 

Salad ustoroita-kanyarzsombor-jack by the hedge/red lobodo/young penny cress/ lamb’s lettuce/ rucola – wild and garden/chevril – turbolya-hasmatiu/macris-sorrel- soska/ cress-cresson /spring beauty/red lettuce/chickweed

(Agi neni collected this for the first time .. it was hard for her because there are many similar non tasty weeds nearby .. but look how lovely the little leaves are! See photo /

/, From TKD gardens..collected by me, Curatorne Kata in Damos, Douglas, Deni in Huedin; Agi neni in Alunis, Emese in Valcaul

notice that we already wave goodbye to chicory leaves (despite protests from Agi neni!) and leustcean which have become bitter, as the plants begin to shoot …..

cooking herbs parsley Maria, Huedin; dill Annus neni, Tetis; sage – Agi neni in Alunis, Emese in Valcau, chives/snidling/metelo hagyma – Curatorne Kata in Damos, Douglas, Deni in Huedin; Agi neni in Alunis, Emese in Valcaul, marar-kopor-dill Annus neni in Ketesd

lettuce/salyata – Eva Ketesd,, Zsofi, Huedin.

Green onions, ceapa verde, Zsofi, Huedin

Fresh garlic – Annus neni,Ketesd, Zsofi, Huedin and Douglas in Huedin

Spinach/spanac/spenotMaria, Huedin

perpetual spinach – Zsofi neni, Huedin.

 Macris/soska/sorrel Maria, Huedin


Cabbage/Varza/Kapuszta Domnul Pandele, Huedin. Domnul Pandele

Carrots/moroc/murok – erzsi, Damos, and Hajni Tetis – saved, cherished and finally dragged out of cellars before the whitsun holiday. Take comfort in knowing what Deni and we received were worse!!

If you are desperate for roots, head for PMV (Piata Mihai Viteazul); just in case you didn’t get chance to see Simona’s useful info. From last week, fresh carrots – the table near the producers who now have “rasaduri” – they are 2 brothers (sometimes there is their mom or wives too) one brother is wearing glasses, the other is tall and smiley (i think Joszef is his name) and the table is facing Oncos; they have mint too (and besides them is Iulika neni who has rhubarb, macris and eggs

and the other ones, with the carrots; are one line before these brothers, and perpendicular; husband and wife, and they have oil,and poppyseed and a few types of flour (I bought fresh baby potatoes from them – scumptious’

Broccoli/Brokol Domnul Pandele, Huedin. Yes, wow .. I was blown away when I got to market and saw these goodies early this morning. Silvia, Domnul Pandele’s mother was pretty excited too. Unfortunately the great man (and he really is a good chap) was having a lie down probably (it is ALWAYS a very full on morning for him and his family!). She told me he sowed the seed and picked out each plant individually. Next week, fingers crossed we may have more; and more info. About the seed!

Rhubarb – The ladies of Kispetri/Petrinzsel

bodza rozsa/peony/ – I love this ‘plosive’ Bo…. in the hungarian name; just so onamatapeic! Hajni, Ketesd (SEE PHOTOS)

Other

Kale shoots, we stir fry these like broccoli Agi neni in Alunis

Corriander – Agi neni in Alunis and Emese in Valcau

Cheese – Szilard, Alunis. Today I thought Szilard had invented a new flavour cheese, Plum!! Then I saw a small 500 ml next to it and realised it was palinka!!

Nuts – Erzsi from Valcau and Florica from Huedin/Damos. We see Florica and her husband in their field whenever we cycle to Damos and we salute them. .

Eggs (all fed with homegrown cereals/potatoe etc.); Hajni, Babony .. Olimpia, Hajni’s daughter in law asked me for feedback about the quality and yolk colour of her mother in law’s hens’ eggs! So i’ve started writing on the boxes whose eggs you’ve got. Feedback encouraged!! No news yet though from Arany about the iroasszony/pattern drawing ladies in the village but we are working on it! Hajni, Ketesd and Erzsika, Valcau.

Cream – Jenica, Hodis from cow milk. I was able to pay off my galeata debt to Livia thanks to the returned pots Deni brought with her. Keep them coming!! You should have seen the joy the sign of these WITH matching lids brought!

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Always get everything out of plastic and the paper as soon as possible; even things in clean like pasta and cheese. I’ve been asking how pasta was stored pre-plastic days and I was told that it was put into a clean fabric napsack and suspended. We recommend this!

We hang the cheese (wrapped in paper) in net bag on the tarnat, which is fine except when the small birds are very hungry

Boxnote 160, May 23 2017

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Gustare/Kalotaszeg Kostoloi Hrana naturala, locala de la satele din zona Huedinului

Remember we are in the hungry gap .. HPM is FULL of palanta/rasadari .. and many are coming to market to buy these. We could see the market filling up with cars and people from our window as we organised boxnote chart/mailed cheese order to Szilard/gathered together the dry goods packages collected yesterday. All washed down with a cup of tea and homemade biscuit (made from Kati’s flour and Nelu’s honey of course!).

Douglas dashed down the road very early to meet Levente on the school bus. This week, for the first time, Emese picked in Bagolyvar garden in Vălcăul (I saw the spelling of this locally used name for the first time today and am grateful for it. The village name, Valeni is NEVER used by locals. This is so in many villages which adds to the general excitement of being in the area!). Mandru Kati picked at 208 Vălcăul ;. Both of these women sent their pickings with Levente who sent his lavender plants. Some of you will have noticed the GK chat newsflash about Levente’s goose eggs; on Monday and later,chatting with Kati in Damos, I discovered that she has duck eggs. Let us know if such exotics ever take your fancy!

After Levente, Douglas whizzed to meet Szekely Edit with your kale in front of the station. Kuratorne Kati picked with me in Damos; Agi neni in Alunis (or once again, the name all the locals use,Monyoro) .. and then later, Gil and Douglas collected in the Huedin garden; but I reach the end of the morning before we have even sniffed a story …

As I rushed to market, passing by large producers (Oradea, Arad etc). These people are not ‘en gros. …we were thinking this is possibly why people travel from far afield to buy the ingredients for making their jams, syrups, zacuskas etc. because they know where they come from and the quality.

These larger with their tomoatoes and peppers and goodness knows what other goodies stacked on their full tables all flashed before my eyes; but when I reached the old market, the Kalotaszeg sellers squashed between Krazna’s plants, or popped out of their usual spaces onto the back tables, we were lucky enough to collect some of the pre organised lettuce and elderflower collections (Eva) and pasta (wholemeal and oh so very new world) and gather some other goodies for you. All voluminous and all green.

If you are desperate for a root or a tattie (Scottish word for potato) to chew on, the news hot off the press from PMV (Piata Mihai Viteazul) and our roving reporter Simona is fresh carrots – the table near the producers who now have “rasaduri” – they are 2 brothers (sometimes there is their mom or wives too) one brother is wearing glasses, the other is tall and smiley (i think Joszef is his name) and the table is facing Oncos; they have mint too (and besides them is Iulika neni who has rhubarb, macris and eggs

and the other ones, with the carrots; are one line before these brothers, and perpendicular; husband and wife, and they have oil,and poppyseed and a few types of flour (I bought fresh baby potatoes from them – scumptious’

I believe these farmers are larger than ours (probably equivalent to the Crazna sellers who come to HPM in terms of status); and from the warmer villages east of the city.

Thanks for sharing that Simona!

Other local goodies will come, slowly unravelling as they are first thinned out from their rows in the plot and finally collected. There will be carrots and onion and cucumber .. and … and …. and .. but it just takes time when you grow on a small scale without plastic. Personally, I love it. I feel as though my body slowly receives what is locally gathered and this is exactly what it needs. It is almost like the beginning of spring; when you see the first flower, the second, and then come a crescendo and then before you know where you are, it is harvest and we are bombarded with the beautiful excess of nature.

**** for info./stories about individual goodies and producers, find the veggies below! **

Thanks to the Gustare team who helped us bring the goodies to you this week: Gil arrived with many packages. I had great hope he was coming to stay and help us out (he is SUCH a great help), but no, he was carrying Carmen’s archive. Yes, our dear Carmen is beginning an adventure .. sooo in the meantime, until she is settled, Douglas will be arranging the blog. It won’t be so lovely (unless someone else would like to volunteer?). If yes, let us know. It is a case of selecting/arranging photos and boxnote text

Szilard helped us arrive at the station and Roger to get your packages onto the train. Gil accompanied your packages whereupon Deni met them and organised your GK to be collected!

If like me, you haven’t had the great pleasure yet to indulge in Guirec’s other life (or one of them!)

read on.. https://organicartranch.org/2017/05/15/in-the-shoes-of-a-shepherds-apprentice/

Here is your box this week; who grew it/who collected it and where!

Fresh herbs spearmint, peppermint, marjoram (many find this pretty weak as a tea but try it out, or in cooking and check it out online. It’s pretty healthy),

Kuratorne Kati, Douglas, Agi neni, in Damos, Huedin and Alunis.

peppermint and other garden mint variety in a bunch – Erzsike and Domi, Huedin

Salad ustoroita-kanyarzsombor-jack by the hedge/red lobodo/young penny cress/ lamb’s lettuce/ rucola/chevril – turbolya-hasmatiu/macris-sorrel- soska/ cress/spring beauty, From TKD gardens..collected by me, Curatorne Kata in Damos, Douglas, Gil and Guirec in Huedin; Agi neni in Alunis, Emese in Valcaul

lettuce/salyata – Eva Ketesd, Curatorne Kata, Damos, Zsofi, Huedin.

Green onions, ceapa verde, Zsofi, and Domi, Huedin

Fresh garlic – Annus neni,Ketesd and Douglas in Huedin

parsley/petrinzsely levelet/patrunjel/marar-kopor-dill Erzsika and Domi in Bicalat/Huedin, and Annus neni in Ketesd and Eva, Ketesd

notice that we already wave goodbye to chicory leaves and leustcean which have become bitter, as the plants begin to shoot …..

Spinach/spanac/spenotMaria, Huedin mainly and Annuska in Ketesd

perpetual spinach – the first to arrive at market from Zsofi neni. Zsofi now has a small leaf variety (her seed) and a large leaf variety (our seed) from which these leaves came. She was SO excited to have this speciality so early in the year!

Cabbage/Varza/Kapuszta and Radish Domnul Pandele, Huedin. Domnul Pandele came to Kalotaszeg from Bucharest and is a market gardener in Huedin with polytunnels. He is passionate about growing and selling, so he’s pretty successful and doesn’t need our regular support. He uses small amounts of peat to fertilise his soil (because of the lack of cows and manure in Huedin) but because peat use is very detrimental to planet, we only buy from him when rather desperate, ie. In the hungry gap period.

Macris collected by Emese in Valcaul

or Kale or kale shoots, we stir fry these like broccoli Szekely Edit and Agi neni in Alunis and Mandru Kati, Vălcăul

or pea tops or bean tops we love these crude or in a salad. Agi neni in Alunis and Mandru Kati and Emese in Vălcăul

or extra cabbage – Domnul Pandale

The reason you each have one of these bags is we didn’t have enough for all. We feel the shoots are better stir fried now as the plants are a bit bigger. They are the last and we bid them also farewell from our boxes until 2018.

Preparing your boxes,we ran out of time. Everyone declared it was because I spoke too much during the process .. but Gil, dear fellow, said, ‘ it is just all part of the game!’ … the game of Gustare/Kostolo. This certainly encapsualtes the cut and thrust quality of market day!

Other

Cheese – Szilard, Alunis. The mature sheep cheese has arrived.

Pasta/Taietei – Annus neni made this using Kadar Kati’s Damos flour with korpa/tarate/bran(she wanted to mix in as much as possible so she ground what I gave her very finely with her coffee grinder. So thereis a good tip for us; if you want to increase the bran content in your flour grind the ‘tarate’/’korpa’) Her own hazi eggs (21 chickens – 3 cockerels, 2 of which are lili – little cockerels. They eat greens and home grown corn. They love the greens (just like us!) at this time of year! .

Cornflour/Faina de Malai/puliszka liszt – Eva in Ketesd. Eva has one more kg if anyone needs it.

Nuts – As you know, nuts last year were very bad quality in general and because of this we are very cautious and ask many questions about the nuts we buy for Gustare. We are now paying 20lei/500g if someone is cracking the nuts on the spot, in the market, checking them well and removing any dodgey ones. Erzsika, Huedin started this good idea so the nuts are from her.

apple rings – dried in the solar drier by me and pandurne Erzsi in Vălcăul. These are the last of the year. They have been very popular with us all. If we can get our hands on enough Kalotaszeg apples (our Sovary tree in Mogyoro is resting this year), we will prepare many more together for you

Kale/Kel levelet/Varza furaje – Szekely Edit – Huedin. Sadly this will be the last for a while as Edit has pulled out these plants to replace with tomatoe plants.

Flour/Faina/Liszt with Korpa/tarate/bran – kadar Kati, Damos. Kati’s husband has cancer and is gai old (gai = scottish english for, very very) but he still potters about in the yard. One of his sisters died a couple of weeks ago; his other sister had a stroke on Tuesday and was whisked into hospital; you can almost imagine the feeling is that he will be the next to go.

The sadness is overwhelming Kati and it makes me sad and even more desperate to record her wisdom. She is a very intelligent woman; baking bread for her father and siblings from the age of 12 when her mother died. At a young age she started to learn about agriculture. She is well aware that very few in the village are left holding the knowledge that she has and is happy for me to record in any way I can (if anyone can magic me more time please for these wonders, please do so!).

Walnut oil – Levente’s nuts turned into oil in Valcaul by Gil and Guirec and Darius and Douglas. We’ve now run out.

Eggs (all fed with homegrown cereals/potatoe etc.); Kadar Kati – Damos; Kuratorne Kati – Damos;, Agi – Huedin, Huszar Kati – Damos, Ibolya – Nearsova, Hajni – Babiu/Babony (if you have super yellow yolks, you have Hajni’s eggs. Her daughter in law, Arany, told me that she feeds her hens with a lot of homegrown corn). I am always excited to hear of the remote village of Babony. Books were written about it in the past. It is small and isolated. I’ve put Arany on the iroasszony (pattern drawing ladies for the large square closed chain stitch) liviing or dead trail. Hopefully, there will be some names and news next week.

Cream – Jenica, Hodis from cow milk. I now have no plastic cream containers and I have cream container debts to Jenica, Vio and Livia. Next week it will be VERY hard if not impossible to buy cream without paying off my container debts and exchanging. Please think about how you will get the containers to us before ordering!

Always get everything out of plastic and the paper as soon as possible; even things in clean like pasta and cheese. I’ve been asking how pasta was stored pre-plastic days and I was told that it was put into a clean fabric napsack and suspended. We recommend this!

We hang the cheese (wrapped in paper) in net bag on the tarnat, which is fine except when the small birds are very hungry

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Boxnote 159 May 16 2017

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Gustare/Kalotaszeg Kostoloi Hrana naturala, locala de la satele din zona Huedinului

This week was ‘rasadari/palanta’ kick off week! Every table was full of bundles of plants .. from KRAZNA – big town full of market gardeners. As a result there was very little space for the small Kalotaszeg sellers. As this is a yearly, predicatable event, many locals did not even attempt wrestling to get a table space at market. Many of the smallest sellers do not have anything to sell with last year’s root vegetables over and this years not yet begun. This growing period in english is known as the hungry gap.

BUT with the amazing GK team, we are not really feeling the ‘gap;! !! This week Csilla in Damos organised ladies in Kispetri village to pick the fenyfa rozs/the mugur .. and the galagonya/the hawthorn .. and of course, their delicious rhubarb. Once again the packages arrived in stages like last week, yesterday evening to Ketesd; they then continued on their journey to market this morning (thanks to Eva).

If you, like me, are into these beautiful chains of people helping one another, here’s another one. Levente arrived yesterday afternoon from Valko. He is the school bus driver and he came to bring the kids back home from school, with his lavender plants for us all, along with the topinambur/arvokrumpli/jerusalem artichokes that Douglas had dug in Bagolyvar at the weekend, and the pickings of Mandru Kati (who collected in 208 garden for us). And, we are not over yet. Szekely Edit gathered her biggest kale leaves and sent her plants for you to try out. These were sown in the spring .. Edit thinks they may go on to adulthood and produce leaves; Douglas thinks they may behave like brassicas in spring, and start producing seeds. Sooo, if you have some you are part of an amazing experiment! Let us know what happens.

Agi neni hit the market again with her pickings for you from Alunis. She is now firm friends with Curatorne Kati (who collects with me in Damos garden for you every week).

Another effect of the rasadari/palanta epidemic was a lack of scales on the market tables. The larger (richer) sellers (normally from Crazna) always hire scales to weigh their (many) products .. but you don’t need scales to weigh plantlets! So the smaller local sellers and we did not have as much access to weighing devices as usual!

The hungry gap is well under way with the local honey producers, Szilveszter and Olimpia/Nelu who have all run out of honey. We are waiting for the salcam/akacfa to bloom and the new season of honey to begin. Let’s hope for sunshine for those blooms to enjoy!

Ooo and if anyone would like to receive the Romanian Environmental Newsletter (this is edited by Douglas and comes out quarterly) mail or private message me on FB and I put you onto the emailing list.

Thanks to the Gustare team who helped us bring the goodies to you this week: Gil and Giurec* who blew into the market. Guirec on a folding very orange bicycle; and Gil with his beautiful hair flying behind him. Our dear, unmistakeable helpers! And how we needed them. We all collected in the Huedin garden in sunshine and then wrestled organising so many purchases for this most massive (12 boxes) GK that has hit this earth. Szilard patiently waited for us and then got us and the goodies to the station and onto the train (he left his own packages at the market with a neighbour guarding them until he returned!); Gil and Guirec accompanied this enormous amount of packages on the already packed train whereupon Deni met them and organised your GK to be collected! Later, Douglas will create this weeks blog post because Carmen is in transition (into something even more lovely!).

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Here is your box this week; who grew it/who collected it and where!

Fresh herbs spearmint, peppermint, blackcurrant leaves, marjoram (many find this pretty weak as a tea but try it out, or in cooking and check it out online. It’s pretty healthy),

Kuratorne Kati and Guirec, Gil, Douglas, Agi neni, in Damos, Huedin and Alunis.

Medicinal herbs – hawthorn/galagonyatelke, paducel Ibolya, Tetiis.= said to regulate blood pressure;

http://wildfoodsandmedicines.com/hawthorn/

Salad ustoroita-kanyarzsombor-jack by the hedge/red lobodo// chicory/ lamb’s lettuce/ rucola/chevril – turbolya-hasmatiu/macris-sorrel- soska/ cress/spring beauty, From TKD gardens..collected by me, Curatorne Kata in Damos, Douglas, Gil and Guirec in Huedin; Agi neni in Alunis

lettuce/salyata – Kati mandru, Valko and Eva Ketesd. The first to arrive at market!

Macris/soska/sorrel Piroska, and Annuska Ketesd

or Kale or kale shoots, we stir fry these like broccoli Szekely Edit and Agi neni in Alunis and Mandru Kati, Valko

or pea tops or bean tops we love these crude or in a salad. Agi neni in Alunis and Mandru Kati, Valko

Green onions, ceapa verde, Curatorne Kata in Damos

Fresh garlic – Annus neni,Ketesd and Korpas Erzsi in Huedin

/leustean-loveage/parsley/petrinzsely levelet/patrunjel/marar-kopor-dill (has hit the market in abundance -. a sure spring sign!) Agi neni, in Alunis, Korpas Erzsi in Huedin, Piroska and Domi in Bicalat/Huedin, and Annus neni in Ketesd and Elizabeta in Huedin.

Spinach/spanac/spenotMaria, Huedin mainly and Annus neni in Ketesd

Carrots/morcov Torok Erzsi, Damos

onions/hagyma/ceapa – Torok Erzsi, Damos

Jerusalem artichoke/arva krumpli/cartofi porcei/topinambur Douglas, Alunis. These tubors are VERY healthy. Read about them here.

https://agardenerstable.com/2014/02/24/taking-the-wind-out-of-jerusalem-artichokes/

zeller/celina/celeriac Torok Erzsii, Damos and Korpas Erzsi, Huedin.

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pasturnak/parsnip/ – Marianna, Ciuleni

Guli/Kohlrabi/Domnul Pandele, Huedin. Domnul Pandele came to Kalotaszeg from Bucharest and is a market gardener in Huedin with polytunnels. He is passionate about growing and selling, so he’s pretty successful and doesn’t need our regular support. He uses small amounts of peat to fertilise his soil (because of the lack of cows and manure in Huedin) but because peat use is very detrimental to planet, we only buy from him when rather desperate.

Beans/Paszuly/Fasole Etelke, Ketesd (hers are the tiger beans), Erzsi, Nearsova, Florica, Hunyad, Annus Neni Tetis, Ibolya, Tetiis.

Rhubarb – picked by Ionka, and Pirsoka in Kispetri

Other

Lavender plantsKovacs Levente, Valko. \[lant up to top of roots and then cut the top of the bush in order to encourage new growth. Then next year ag thix time, do it again. These plants were grown by Levente on his land as an experiment. You need to plant up to the top of the root and then cut the top so it will make a nicely shped bushe.

More info. In HU – Levendulamagazin.hu\kert\196-levendula-metszese

Cheese – Szilard, Alunis.

Pasta/Taietei – Olimpia, Huedin (made last Thursday), and Annus neni (Annus neni in Tetis is making an experiment for us next week using Kadar Kati’s Damos flour with korpa/tarate/bran to make pasta using her own hazi eggs (21 chickens – 3 cockerels, 2 of which are lili – little cockerels. They eat greens/ They love this (just like us!) at this time of year! And they have homegrown corn.

Flour/Faina/Liszt with Korpa/tarate/bran – kadar Kati, Damos .

Rozs/Secara/Rye liszt .. – Torok Erzsi, Damos. Milled in Sancraiu.

Eggs (all fed with homegrown cereals/potatoe etc.); Florica – Huedin, Erzsi – Huedin, Korpas Erzsi – Huedin, Edit – Bicalat, Annus neni – Ketesd, Bori – Almas, Curatorne Kati – Damos, Florica – Sancraiu.

Cream – Jenica, and Livia and Vio (gras! – that’s her nickname), Hodis from cow milk.

Wine/bor/vin – Hajni, Tetis

Always get everything out of plastic and the paper as soon as possible; even things in clean like pasta and cheese. I’ve been asking how pasta was stored pre-plastic days and I was told that it was put into a clean fabric napsack and suspended. We recommend this!

We hang the cheese (wrapped in paper) in net bag on the tarnat, which is fine except when the small birds are very hungry

Boxnote 158 May 9 2017, Gustare/Kalotaszeg Kostoloi Hrana naturala, locala de la satele din zona Huedinului

IMG_4737Summer shone into the market today when Deni arrived. I really needed that after hearing that I had probably received the last butter ever from the market. Viorica, in Morlaca has sold a cow (her mother sold her cows two years ago). Another Viorica; Viorica Cline, my old chum, sold her buffalo in the winter (and I haven’t drank buffalo milk ever since, nor eaten buffalo butter, or cream). Hopefully, back in Morlaca the butter making Viorica will still have enough milk to churn for butter for her family, but she won’t for me or you; and there will be no more ghee.

Declining beast numbers means that this year there is no cow herder/ciorda/csardas in Huedin, and Valeni. It is probably the same story in other villages too. The only villages I know WITH a herder in Kalotaszeg are Sancraiu, Damos and Hodis. Nearby Bicalat and Tetis have no cows or buffalo any more.

If there are no animals, or fewer, there is less manure; for example, in Bicalat people have to buy manure and it comes with a pretty high price tag; or, the easier option to fertilise the soil is taken, AZOT. If there are no cows or buffalo, there is no milk for drinking, cooking with etc. in the village, so what do we become in the village? What do we do?

The market slowly dies, and you bring it on faster if you surrender to the supermarket. Also, if you buy these goods produced by the large factories supplying the supermarkets, you condone loss of work satisfaction, automation and unemployment. So, for another reason I ask what do we do? I don’t have an answer, but i’m looking, and now I hope you too will start looking, because this rolling ball doesn’t start or end with butter.

Thanks to the Gustare team who helped us bring the goodies to you this week: Darius who came to market for the first time to help GK) and Deni who prepared your packages; Szilard who helped get us and the goodies to the station and onto the train; Deni and Darius who accompanied them to Cluj whereupon Guirec met the train and organised your GK to be collected! Later, Carmen will create this weeks blog post. Check out Carmen’s new wonderful work on the HPM blog https://huedinpiatamarket.wordpress.com/about/

Lots of local small farmers with fresh food, free range, organic eggs, cheese, herbs; some with seasonal craft such as soc ks in winter, christmas decorations, other …

and https://huedinpiatamarket.wordpress.com/how-can-i-get-involved/

GK can work because of the amount of help we have organising on the ground, friends coming to Huedin to help prepare the veggie boxes; to transport the foods back to the city on the train; to distr…

Here is your box this week; who grew it/who collected it and where!

Fresh herbs spearmint, peppermint, blackcurrant leaves, sage, marjoram (many find this pretty weak as a tea but try it out, or in cooking and check it out online. It’s pretty healthy), Kuratorne Kati and Deni, Darius and Douglas Agi neni, in Damos, Huedin and Alunis.

We forgot to take some of the collections for ourselves this week, so pity us as you sip on you delicious teas!

Lily of the valley/Gyongy virag or The narcissus (sp?!) are not edible!!! Just for air freshening , Kato, Bicalat and Hajni Ketesd

Salad ustoroita/kanyarzsombor/ chicory/ lamb’s lettuce/ rucola/chevril – turbolya-hasmatiu/ parsley, cress, broad bean tops, spring beauty, From TKD gardens..collected by me, Curatorne Kata in Huedin; Douglas, Darius, and Deni in Huedin; Agi neni in Alunis

Macris/soska/sorrel – Zsofi, Maria, Huedin, Erzsi Tetis; Agi, Alunis

Green onions, ceapa verde, Zsofi neni and Domi/Erzsika, Huedin.

you may like to know something about our onions (you get only the thick green part of ours). These are properly named perpetual onions; there are many different types. Some names are Welsh onions, Egyptian onions and walking onions. The root stays in the ground; the green tops are cut; and if it rains enough the green shoots will come once again. The root can usually also be eaten, but it is small and usually not very tasty

Fresh garlic/leustean-loveage/rucola/snidling-chives- metelo hagyma (or as Agi neni has christened them, Pasztor Hagyma) us, Agi neni, Kuratorne Kati, Guirec

Parsley/petrinzsely levelet – Erzsike/Domi

marar/kopor/dill – Erzsike/Domi and Marioara, Huedin

Radish/retek/ridiche Gyongyi, Horlacea

Spinach/spanac/spenotMaria, Huedin and Gyongyi, Horlacea

Onions/Ceapa/Hagyma Husszar Kati, Damos. I got into a bit of onion research this week. Piri/pirita is onion that is grown from a small bulb. It can be quite sharp but it is a good keeper. Arpagic or palanta hagyma is grown from a growing onion (brought on by seed sown in the autumn); these form very tasty onions which are not sharp and can be called (especially by Bozse neni in Bicalat) enni valo hagyma, eating onions.

Carrots/morcov Viorica, Rasca; Kantorne Kati and Torok Erzsi, Damos

Jerusalem artichoke/arva krumpli/cartofi porcei/topinambur Douglas, Alunis. These tubors are VERY healthy. Read about them here.

https://agardenerstable.com/2014/02/24/taking-the-wind-out-of-jerusalem-artichokes/

Thank you Linda, for this forthcoming and funny post. After the experience with Yotam Ottolenghi’s from his Jerusalem cookbook, Roasted chicken with a full pound of …

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Red lobodo Darius, Huedin

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zeller/celina/celeriac Torok Erzsi, Damos

Guli/Kolrabi/Domnul Pandele, Huedin. Domnul Pandele came to Kalotaszeg from Bucharest and is a market gardener with polytunnels. He is passionate about growing and selling, so he’s pretty successful and doesn’t need our support. He uses small amounts of peat to fertilise his soil (because of the fertilising land problems above) but because peat use is very detrimental to planet, we only buy from him when rather desperate.

Other

Cheese – Szilard, Alunis.

Pasta/Taietei – Olimpia, Huedin (made last Thursday).

Honey – Acacfa/Salcam – Szilveszter, Damos

Nuts – Curatorne Kati, Lorincz Erzsika, Erzsika+Domi. There was no need to ask Erzsika when and how she cleaned her nuts because she was doing it at market. (see photo). She was doing this and I exclaimed what a great idea and Erzsi, Bicalat.

Hamei/komlo hajtas /hop tips – collected by surprise by Agi in Alunis. When we saw on the Gustare chart on Monday morning that Susanne wanted them; we tried to contact Agi to no avail because her daughter in law, with the mobile, was not in the village. We chose to ask Agi because Alunis is a bit coller than other places and I believe the shoots are young enough. The tips are very delicious. Remove the lower woody part of the stems and fry with onion, toss in garlic and add tomato or cream. Or the traditional way is to follow a bean soup recipe substituting the hops for the beans.

Dried apples/mere uscata – Magiun/prune/szilvaiz – Pocs Kati. I heard that yet another woman in Cluj (besides Simona!) has become a fan of Kati’s 100% fruit jam.

Eggs (all fed with homegrown cereals/potatoe etc.); Viorica Hodis (Viorica has 20 chickens); Zsebe Kati and Piroska: Kati, Nearsova.

Cream – made on Sunday in a separator by Jenica, Hodis from cow milk.

Faina de malai/kukorica liszt – Eva, ketesd

Kale/Varza Furaje/Kel levelet – Agi neni , Alunis

Always get everything out of plastic and the paper as soon as possible; even things in clean like pasta and cheese. I’ve been asking how pasta was stored pre-plastic days and I was told that it was put into a clean fabric napsack and suspended. We recommend this!

We hang the cheese (wrapped in paper) in net bag on the tarnat, which is fine except when the small birds are very hungry