Boxnote 172, August 15 2017

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

Limba Romana

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Wooo! the market indulged itself in the Maria holiday today.  Lots of ladies had super dressed up; most Tuesdays quite a few of us women whip on the lipstick; sport a hairstyle; think about our appearance. . It is an anticipated moment, the unfolding market, every Tuesday morning until midday; and has been for years .. and hundreds of years. Imagine in the 1950s, a pattern drawing woman, Konya Gyulane Schafer Terez still managed to organise Kalotaszeg sewing work to help poor women in the Huedin market region, in the Kalotaszeg.

I don’t think we’ll make it into the history books; but just think, if the future brings more researchers to find us and better archives to store us in; we could have stepped onto HPM’s page, not just on FB!

Piroska from Tetis tried to read the blog a couple of weeks ago and was rather upset that all she could understand was, ‘ Hajni the younger, Tetis, Cucumbers’ (ifj Hajni, Ketesd, uborka), so we are trying to translate summaries of boxnote into romanian and hungarian with the hope that GK has the chance of a wider spread of appreciation and impact. Last week, dear Beti and Carmen helped us out with this; but if any of you have a bit of time on a Tuesday early evening, can let me know? and I’ll send you the text (about 4-5 lines is the plan).

Thanks to some constructive feedback , as of next week we will try to create an (approx) half box; so if you haven’t ordered for a while due to the overwhelming responsibility of dealing with so many goodies (I know how you feel!), this could be for you. Just write ½ in the box column.

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 wild and peppermintDouglas, Damos and by Agi, Mogyoro., zsaja/salvia/sage picked by Agi, Huedin.

Salad rucola, purslane, sorrel-soska,..collected by Douglas, Huedin

Lettuce Cristi, Huedin. We’ve been really enjoying these lovely buttery lettuce.

cooking herbs csimbru/csombor/summery savory – Agi, Huedin; chives/metelo hagyma/snidling – Douglas, Damos, fodrosz petrinzselym levelet -curly parsley – patrunjel – curatorne Kati Damos, thin hot looking peppers, but not hot (I don’ t know the name for these!) Zsofi neni, Huedin,

mixed Onions/ceapa/hagyma, Pista, Bicalat

GarlicDouglas, Huedin

Carrots, murok, morcovGyongy, Jakotelke

Spinach Zsofi neni, Huedin last week, due to the massive quantity of everything, we kept and ate the spinach. This week, you lucky guys get them .. I had forgotten how delish this is, wilted!

Kale/kel bimbo es levelet/Varza furaje Agi, Mogyoro

Mixed Peppers/paprika/ardei dark green – Elefant ear variety! – Agi, Huedin, Zsofi, Bicalat; pale green peppers, , Buske neni, Bicalat;

Zucchini yellow/sarga/galben and patisson – Zsuzsi, Bicalat;

Kukorica/Malai/Sweetcorn – Zsebe Kati, Damos (Kati with the best hat in the market)

Praz/Pori hagyma/leek – Farkas Eva,I Ketesd.

Sfecla/Cekla/Beetroots – Farkas Eva, Ketesd.

Cucumbers/uborka/castraveti – Piroska. Huedin.

Paradicsom/Rosii/Tomatoes (cherry) – Zsuzsi, Bicalat, And

big KetesdTomatoes. Zsuzsi, Bicalat,

Summer Apples/nyari alma/mere de vara Pista, Bicalat. So far there has been such a small amount of fruit in Kalotaszeg this year; due to the late freezing weather in the spring; but we are crossing everything that the ossze barack – the autumn peaches make it

Other .

Cheeses/erett sajt/cascaval maturat – Szilard, Mogyoro.

Mezespogacsa/Honey cakes/Turta dulce Mandru Kati, Valcau. This is the third time Kati has baked to Konya Gyulane Terezke special historic recipe which originated in the village for sure

Healthy biscuits – Both Kati, Valcau. This is the second time, Kati has baked the adapted Cranks(pioneer veggie restaurant in the 1960s in UK) recipe (adapted to be rich in Kalotaszeg ingredients!) .. they are made of Kati’s flour; her sheep milk butter; rye/barley flour from Torok Erzsi in Damos; bran from Kadar Kati in Damos, Honey from Mori in Valcau, … non Kalotaszeg ingredients – raising agent .and this time they were flavoured with cinammon or poppyseed.

Sour dough bread wheat with rye/barley flour – Both Kati, Valcau. Kati is just beginning to bake again using sour dough.

Wheat flour/Buza liszt/Faina de grau on the side tarate/bran/korpa – Kadar Kati, Damos

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,

Piata era plina de multe femei care s-au gatit pt ziua Sfintei Marii in rochiile lor cele mai bune (sau bluze traditionale). Iar producatorii nostri locali Kalotaszeg aveau o multime de legume proaspat culese si nestropite, numai bune ca noi sa ne bucuram de ele. Rosiile sunt extraordinar de mari si delicioase (Tanti Boszke din Bicalat a avut o rosie care cantarea 900g!). Pe de alta parte, sunt putine mere de vara saptamana asta, si in general o cantitate mica de fructe in Kalotaszeg in acest an; din cauza ca au inghetat florile tarziu in primavara; dar tinem pumnii stransi (si picioarele) ca piersicile de toamna vor iesi invingatoare.

Boxnote 171, August 8 2017,

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

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Magyar nyelven

In limba Romana

Despite the joy of being around Beti and tasting her banana, coffee, and honey wine, today’s GK didn’t go completely smoothly; or as smooth as it should when there are so few of us supporting it.

We are making small changes such as asking for the order chart to be completed by Monday afternoon 15.00; as this will save us wasting precious market time on printing it Tuesday morning. Douglas and I will also change our shopping pattern in order to achieve more, faster.

The market authorities, the ‘control’ also decided to make some changes this week. No honey or eggs could be sold in the outside, open air market; only from inside the new market, the hala. So, everyone was selling as usual but from under the table. Recently, inside the new hala, they have been ushering women selling dairy products either into the crowded warm sub rooms of the building , or the main selling rows. The unwanted attention of the authorities may be due to the unnaturally warm weather; misinterpretations of EU legislation; or the all too frequent desire to squeeze the small producer.

We discover it is not only the authorities out to make life very hard for the peasant farmer. Both Kati in Valko made the special healthy nut biscuits for us and then could find nobody to bring to market on her behalf. Transport in a village is a constant problem and by no means a new one. Iren, who used to be the minister’s wife in the village between 1961 and 1974, told us a wonderful story of how visiting etnograph during the 1960s, Keszthelyi Gyulá on seeing that there was no bus from Valcau to Huedin, laid one on. The villagers were overjoyed and the solution of getting school kids to and fro’ Huedin and Sancraiu was solved for several years thanks to his kindness.

( A falu különösen hálás volt Keszthelyi Gyulá. Látta, hogy nincs autóbuszjárat legalább Hunyadra, addig talpalt, amíg egy alkalommal busszal érkezett Valkóra. Nagy volt az öröm, a nép tapsolva fogadta,… ezzel megoldódott pár évig a gyermekek ingáztatása Szentkirályra, Hunyadra, felsőbb osztályokba).

Now the population has decreased; and in every village we know, all too often, a suspicion, a resistance to fully helping one another out is visible.

But we go on and try to bring about good and lasting change. It is a bumper box for enjoying; experimenting with and sharing.

up to date info. On new goodieshomemade healthy biscuits (Both Kati Valcau)– 5 lei for 10-12 biscuits, depending on size.

Homemade healthy original recipe Konya Gyulane mezespogacsa/turta dulce (Mandru Kati, Valcau) – 5 lei for 10 pogs.

Bunches of dried lavander (grown by Levente) – 5 lei, lavander bags, made by Erika and Sandor Erzsi, Valcau– 10 lei

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 herbswild and peppermint – Kati, Damos and by Agi, Mogyoro., zsaja/salvia/sage – picked by Agi, Huedin.

Salad – rucola, young dandelion/gyermek lancfu/papadie, purslane (look this up; it is very healthy), sorrel-soska- macris (nyuszi-madar/pasare and common), blue borage flowers, common mallow (purple flower), ..collected by Douglas, Sara, Beti, Kati and Agi in all TKD gardens.

Lettuce – Cristi, Huedin. We’ve been really enjoying these lovely buttery lettuce.

Cooking herbs fodrosz petrinzselym levelet -curly parsley – patrunjel, kati, Damos. Basil-busiuc-bazilia Zsofi neni, Huedin, green corriander seeds – Agi, Mogyoro I like these in a stir fry, csipis paprika/ardei iute/hot peppers, Vincze Eva,Ketesd

mixed Onions/ceapa/hagyma, – Zsofi, Hunyad;Vincze Eva,Ketesd

Carrots, murok, morcov – Zsofi neni, Huedin and Pista, Bicalat

patrunzsely, petrinzselym, hamburg parsely – Gyongy, Jakotelke

vine leaf/szulo levelet/frunzele de struguri Agi, Mogyoro Try the pie Apai Emese discovered for us. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2009/aug/08/yotam-ottolenghi-vine-leaf-herb-yogurt-pie

Swiss Chard and other chards – beti, Douglas, Damos, Huedin TKD gardens. Eat the stems, they are just as healthy as the leaves. .

Mixed Peppers/paprika/ardei dark green – Elefant ear variety! – Agi, Huedin, Zsofi, Bicalat; alma paprika – hot round peppers – Zsuzsi, Bicalat. bulgarian pale green hot peppers Eva, Ketesd

Rozsa paszuly/Grozsa fasole/Pink beans kati, Damos and Kati, Ketesd.

Zucchini and radish(the first at market) – Agi, Huedin

Kukorica/Malai/Sweetcorn – Agi, Huedin

Cabbage/Kapuszta/Varza – Vincze Eva,Ketesd

Praz/Pori hagyma/leek – Farkas Eva,I Ketesd.

Sfecla/Cekla/Beetroots – Farkas Eva, Ketesd.

Cucumbers/uborka/castraveti – Piroska. Ketesd.

Paradicsom/Rosii/Tomatoes (cherry) – Zsuzsi, Bicalat, Eva, Ketesd. And

Big KetesdTomatoes. Olimpia, Huedin. olimpia and Nelu got the seed from Vincze neni (Ketesd origin) in Huedin;

bouquet – Maria, Huedin. The white/yellow flowers are feverfew/Kenyer morzsa/Erzsebet virag ooo forgotten how to say in romanian. This is a medicinal plant that can be used for pain relief. Check it out on line

Agi neni – marigold/korom virag/calandula and buza virage/cornflower, both make a useful tea

the Cosmos/Pilango virag is not edible.

Summer Apples/nyari alma/mere de vara – Marianna, Ciuleni,

Summer pears/Perelute/nyari korte – Viorica, Hodis. Marianna, Ciuleni,

Blackberries/szeder/ooo and raspberries/malna/zmeura, – ~Simoc Maria, Huedin.

Other .

kale/kel levelet/varza furaje Agi, Kati, Douglas, TKD gardens.

Cheeses/erett sajt/cascaval maturat – Szilard, Mogyoro.

Nuts/dio/nuci – Magdi, Nearsova.

mezespogacsa/Honey cakes/Turta dulce Mandru Kati, Valko. This is the third time Kati has baked to Konya Gyulane Terezke special historic recipe which originated in the village for sure 85 years ago. See attachment.

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 in a cool place,

Beti jött, hogy segítsen nekünk előkészíteni a vegyes zöldség / gyümölcs, stb dobozokat a Kolozsvari szalitasra. Ezen a héten hozott vele hazi bort banán, kávé és mézbol keszitet. Kellemes, de nem eléggé erőshogy megakadályoza aggodasunkat az “ellenőrzés” miatt, ami tiltja a méz és a tojás értékesítését a szabadtéri piacon. Hozzájárul az előző hetek kontrolljához es ellenorzesehez tejtermelőihez, akik az “uj hala” -ben eladják. Mintha a kis termelo nem volt elég ahhoz, hogy egyszerűen megérjen a piacra. Az elszivárgás, a tömegközlekedés hiánya és a vágy, hogy nincs elég vágy, hogy segítsenek egymásnak a faluban, állandó akadályt jelent.

De a GustareKostolo akció folytatódik, igyekszik jó és tartós változást hozni.

Saptamana aceasta, Beti a venit sa ne ajute sa pregatim cutiile de legume si fructe pentru livrare in Cluj. A adus cu ea banane, cafea si ne-a dat sa incercam un vin facut din miere. Delicios dar nu suficient de puternic incat sa ne opreasca sa ne ingrijoram in privinta controlului impotriva vanzarii de miere si oua in piata in aer liber. Aceasta vine dupa controlul/hartuirea producatorilor de lapte care vand in hala. De parca nu ar fi avut de suferit destul ca sa ajunga la piata. Depopularea, lipsa transportului in comun si lipsa dorintei de ajutorare reciproca sunt obstacole care se adauga mereu.

Insa initiativa G/K continua, incercand sa aduca o schimbare poztiva si de durata.

 
 

Boxnote 170; August 1, 2017

IMG_5635Gustare/Kalotaszeg Kostoloi Hrana naturala, locala de la satele din zona Huedinului

Maybe the sense of excitement making it to Huedin station in the heat on our bikes with GK; listening to Tibor at Zold Fa (GK’s station haunt!), reminisce about the 1960s and how the women would come into the market on foot from Tetis and Bicalat with baskets on their heads and in their hands, full of the biggest juicyist ‘buffalo’ tomatoes, cucumbers; whatever they had in excess, was all a bit too much! Not so for Douglas who has just returned from meeting you guys on a train journey with no opening windows or air con and begun harvesting second generation black oats in the garden.

There is a general swish of pleated skirt excitement at the moment. Yes, the tanchaz (dancing) season is upon us; following on from the top notch music festival in Mera last weekend. I can’t help feeling pretty smug being able to add attending best music festival on earth to our yearly treat list along with best film festival, TIFF and best autumn market, Negreni.

Besides the ‘oop oop oop’ bulizing/partying; we showed and experienced the tastes and smells of eight Kalotaszeg local producers on Saturday (see boxnote special on the blog for details and the new goodies coming GK way)

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

melissa/cirtomfu/roinita picked by Agi, Mogyoro,, wild and peppermintDomi in Huedin, zsaja/salvia/sage – picked by Agi, Huedin.

Salad rucola, young dandelion, purslane, sorrel, soska, macris (nyuszi/pasare and common), blue borage flowers, common mallow (purple flower), nasturtium ( From TKD gardens..collected by Douglas, Sara and Agi in all TKD gardens.
Lettuce Cristi, Huedin. We’ve been really enjoying these lovely buttery lettuce.

cooking herbs parsley, kati, Damos, cimbru/csombor/summer savoury – Maria, Huedin,

Swiss Chard and perpetual spinach Zsofi neni, Huedin Eat the stems, they are just as healthy as the leaves, and Douglas, Damos/Huedin gardens.IMG_5638
Mixed Peppers/paprika/ardei Agi, Huedin and Buske, Bicalat.hot peppers – buske, Bicalat

mixed Onions/ceapa/hagyma, Zsofi, Hunyad; Gyongy, Horlacea
Grozsa beans/Pink beans/ Anna neni, Ketesd. And Kati, Ketesd.
Carrots, murok, morcov – Zsofi neni, Huedin
Praz/pori hagyma/leek – Eva,I Ketesd.
sfecla/cekla/beetroots – Eva, Ketesd.
zeller/celeriac/telina – Eva II , Ketesd.
Cucumbers – Hajni ifju. Ketesd. Hajni told me that she sprayed her cucumbers against cucumber mosaic virus (which sounds AMAZING!) with a mixture of dried yeast, sugar and water.

Tomatoes – Zsuzsi, Bicalat. this week we selected only the Bicalat varieties of tomatoes .

bouquet Maria, Huedin. The white/yellow flowers are feverfew/Kenyer morzsa/Erzsebet virag ooo forgotten how to say in romanian. This is a medicinal plant that can be used for pain relief. Check it out!

Agi neni – marigold/korom virag/calandula and buza virage/cornflower, both make a useful tea
Summer Apples – Marioara, Flldu de mijloc. The only summer apples in the market.

Other .

kale iAgi, Mogyoro.
Extra tomatoes – Zsuzsi’s little ones, Bicalat. Like the big ones, grown from saved seed.
Nuts/dio/nuci – Annus neni, Ketesd
Lavander infused homemade cider vinegar – Zsuzsi (OAR) shared her recipe with us. I made some for myself and am using it as an astringent on my face. I love the smell.

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,

Boxnote. SPECIAL MERA World Music Festival edition. July 29.

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

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The Eight Kalotaszeg producers gathered together at the best music festival on earth (this may be an exaggeration!) .. the MERA world music festival. For the first time, we met in the shade of the Buffalo museum courtyard.and organised our produce. Then we indulged in tastings! The Gergely family in Zsobok/Jebuc has tasty goat cheesey things; Levente from Valko brought his lavender plants, and bunches of dried herbs; lavender bags; Pocs Kati came with large glass jars packed with magiun/szilvaiz. Her reputation and great character preceded her and she returned by train pulling the empty trolley behind her along the gravel path.

Mandru Kati made mezespogacsa/turta dulce to the original recipe of Konya Gyulane (iroasszony pattern drawing lady, Valcau!) once again. Everyone enjoyed tasting so much that we quickly ran out of them. Both Kati, in the same village, made some deliciously healthy wheat and rye biscuits flavoured with a little jam in the mix (therefore 99% Kalotaszeg ingredients).  Kati and I made some rye, kovasz breads and everyone got to try a little open sandwich spread with chutney, and topped with Szilard’s cheese. Szilard’s cheese sold like hot cakes; and today we returned to him empty cool boxes and a wad of cash!

Everyone enjoyed smelling Zsuzsi’s (OAR) lavender/homemade vinegar toner which I made to her recipe. The lavender delights went on when we ran into our old friend, Krisztina and levendulas.com. Lavender is her life and she makes some amazingly unusual products in Nagykapus/Capusu mare where she lives and grows the lavender.

We think GK supporters would certainly like to indulge more frequently in the above goodies (Mkati is preparing her tins for more mpogacsa/turtas as I type!); so to be added to the product list,

homemade healthy biscuits (Both Kati Valko)– 5 lei for 12 biscuits;

homemade healthy origiinal Konya Gyulane mezespogacsa/turta dulce (Mandru Kati, Valko) – 5 lei for 10 pogs

bunches of dried lavender, lavender bags (Levente) – finding out price!

View lots of photos here

**For more info./stories about today’s box and it’s producers,read on **

Fresh tea herbs peppermint/bors menta – – Domi in Huedin; melissa/citromfu/roinita from TKD garden Mogyoro picked by Agi; Damos picked by Kati.

Salad bagLettuce/salata/salyata – Cristi, Huedin; soska/macris/sorrel – Maria, Huedin, Nasturtium leaves and flower – TKD gardens Valcau,, Emese and jane Kati picking, Rucola, Emese picking, Corriander, – jane Kati picking.

cooking herbs curly parsley,fodrosz petrinzsely levelet/ patrunjel creite, Kati, Damos csimbru/csombor/summer savoury – Maria, Huedin and Eva, Tetis, basil/busiouc/bazilia – , Zsofi neni, Huedin, zeller levelet/frunze de telina/celeriac leaves – Eva Ketesd.

Swiss Chard TKD garden Damos and Huedin, picked Kati, Damos; Douglas, Huedin Eat the stems, they are just as healthy as the leaves, but need to be cooked a little longer.

Peppers/paprika/ardei and hot dark green peppers, Cristi, Huedin .pale green peppers, Zsofi neni, Huedin
Onions/ceapa/hagyma, – Zsofi neni, Huedin
Ustoroi/fokhagyma/garlicTKD Domos
Carrots, murok, morcov – Zsofi neni, and Agi Huedin
Green beans/paszuly/fasole verde- Agi Huedin OR dark green zucchini/tok/dovlecul Agi, Huedin OR sfecla/cekla/beetroots – Zsofi neni, Huedin
Cucumbers/uborka/castraveti – Etelka Ketesd. Teva never sprays her cucumbers. She told me that the stranger shapes you get, the least likely they were to be sprayed. Of course she sows her own eredeti/real Ketesdi/Tetis cucumber seeds. Tetis is famous in our zone for cucumbers.

Tomatoes/rosii/paradicsom – Agi, Huedin. She got her seeds locally which is why she has a real mixed bag. She told us this year her plants are loaded

bouquet de flori/a szep csomagMaria, Huedin. The white/yellow flowers are feverfew/Kenyer morzsa/Erzsebet virag/Spilcuța . This is a medicinal plant that can be used for pain relief. Check it out!

Summer Apples/mere de vara/nyari alma – The parochial, Valcau – collected by Both Kati.

Boxnote 169 July 25 2017

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

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Everyone was at market today; so you can imagine my hand was tattooed with useful notes! Chain stitch patterns were discussed, archive contacts were shared, and festivals were organised! Yes, one of the organisers has invited TKD to present a united Kalotaszeg producers front at the MERA world music festival. If all goes according to plan, on Saturday we will all be in the courtyard of the Buffalo Museum. A fitting place. The festival is in it’s second edition and from what we heard about it last year, it will be a good one. Come and find us there and if you’ve knocked up something scrummy from Kalotaszeg ingredients, bring it so we can all get a taste.

Kate, Tomas and Lenny joined us at market today and helped collect, and prepare and deliver the goodies into your hands. I must admit we were terribly impressed and we had great fun (as you’ll see in the photos) and great chats together. Our thanks to them all.

` 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

melissa Tomas in Huedin,, wild and peppermintDomi in Huedin

Fennel/edeskomeny and sage – picked by Agi, Huedin. I’m not sure if the fennel is a useful tea, let me know either way.

Salad sorry this was so small due to lack of rain (hopefully rectified after today!)/time of year – rucola, common mallow (purple flower), nasturtium ( From TKD gardens..collected by Kate, and Lenny.
Lettuce Cristi, Huedin

Cooking herbs parsley, Zsofi neni, Huedin and Eva, Ketesd, csimbru/csombor/summer savoury – Maria, Huedin, basil – , Zsofi neni, Huedin

Swiss Chard and perpetual spinach Zsofi neni, Huedin Eat the stems, they are just as healthy as the leaves.

Mixed Peppers/paprika/ardei Agi, Huedin and Buske, Bicalat.hot peppers – Zsuzsi Bicalat

mixed Onions/ceapa/hagyma, Hajni, Bicalat, Gyongy, Horlacea

Fresh garlic – Hajni, Bicalat

Green beans Eva, Ketesd.

Carrots, murok, morcov – Zsofi neni, Huedin

Praz/pori hagyma/leek – Eva, Ketesd.

Yellow Zucchini and pattisson –Zsuzsi Bicalat and Agi, Huedin

Sfecla/cekla/beetroots – Eva, Ketesd.
zeller/celeriac/telina – Eva II , Ketesd.
Cabbage/kapuszta/varza – Agi, Huedin
Cucumbers – Erzsi, Ketesd. It was really interesting today how many women from Ketesd were boasting about their eredeti/real Ketesdi/Tetis cucumber seeds. Tetis is famous in our zone for cucumbers.
Tomatoes – Zsuzsi, Bicalat. this week we selected only the bicalat varieties of tomatoes .. some of them look a bit weird but they are the best!  the largest and smallest tomatoes at market \\9see below) are not in the box.

bouquet Maria, Huedin. The white/yellow flowers are feverfew/Kenyer morzsa/Erzsebet virag ooo forgotten how to say in romanian. This is a medicinal plant that can be used for pain relief. Check it out!

Summer Apples – Erzsi II , Ketesd – yes yipee .. good surprise. Not in the best condition but with the FIRST and ONLY apples in the market, one can’t complain!!

Other .

Eggs ibolya neni, Damos
Pasta, taietei/laska – wholemeal, Damos flour, Ketesd eggs. 100% Kalotaszeg. Annus neni – Ketesd.

Boxnote 168 July 18 2017

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

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Susanne joined us at market where we were treated to an amazing event created by Zsuzsi as a finale to the local herb course she was hosting up at the OAR in Rachitee. We and the others at market were treated to some seriously delicious ‘sniffs.’ Our firm favourite was a perfect blue/pink lavender and sage infused homemade apple vinegar which can be used as in a salad dressing or for a toner; similarly there was calandula, yarrow and sage infusion; equally divine. There were homemade ‘zsir/untura’ soaps flavoured with sage and mint; oo and salts infused with sage and wild thyme/cimbrisor/kakakkfu (the latter can be gathered and put into salt directly); even after a few days, the salt is aromatic. An infusion of cimbrisor in honey was also yummy and a powerful sore throat; cough relief. Fresh and mature tincturas such as sunatoare infused in palinka to relieve dark moods (more pics at end of this boxnote).

Thank you Susanne for your enthusiasm and hard work collecting for GK, preparing GK and escorting the packages back to the arms of the GK gang.

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` 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

melissa Agi neni in Mogyoro and Douglas in Huedin,, spearmint and peppermintsara in Damos and Agi in Mogyoro;

Fennel/edeskomeny and sage – picked by Agi, Huedin. Agi was so funny this week; when I arrived at market she gave me the chamomile she’d collected for drying while waving a wilting branch in front of me asking what it was and if it was any good .. it was SAGE!! I said, Agi how much have you got? It turns out she has some good healthy plants, so from now on she’ll also be picking some nice bunches for us and we can dry. As if the sage surprise wasn’t enough, she then showed me the fennel she has and told me how she likes the seeds for tea in winter. I just searched uses online and see some nice recipes involving lining the dish when baking fish for example (like we did with the vine leaves).

Other sage – picked by Agi, Huedin

Other bits and pieces of sunatoare/coade soareceului/maghiranAgi, Huedin

Salad sorry this was so small due to lack of rain/time of year – rucola – wild wood sorrel/madar/nyul soska, young dandelion leaves, common mallow (purple flower) purslane, ( From TKD gardens..collected by , Doulgas, Susanne in Damos + Huedin, Emese in Valeni, It was Agi neni in Alunis who found the borage flowers and penny cress to top off your salad!

cooking herbs curly parsley, Kuratorne Kati, Valcau, dill – Agi, Huedin csimbru/csombor/summer savoury – eva, Ketesd, basil – Domi, chives and green onions – Doulgas, Damos, celeriac – piroska, Tetis..

edible flowers Agi sent these small lovely posies of calandula and cornflowers and wild garlic (the purple) from Alunis

Swiss Chard and Kale, douglas, Huedin and Damos. Eat the stems, they are just as healthy as the leaves.

peppers Agi, Huedin and Buske, Bicalat.hot peppers – Cristi

Onions/ceapa/hagyma, Zsofi, Huedin. Hajni, Bicalat

Fresh garlic – Hajni, Bicalat

Green beans Agi, Huedin. OR yellow beans – hajni, Bicalat

Carrots, murok, morcov – Zsofi neni, Huedin

Praz/pori hagyma/leek – Eva, Ketesd.

Zucchini –Zsuzsi Bicalat and Agi, Huedin

Cucumbers – Gyongy, Horlacea

Tomatoes – zsuzsi, Bicalat. And a few from Cristi (Domnul Pandale), grown in Huedin. Zsuzsi’s lovely pink tomatoes have now hit the market; the second Kalotaszeg tomatoes. We were so happy to see our old friend Zsuzsi. It’s the first time she’s been at market this season.

Caise/apricots/. EI was very excited to see these gems on Pista’s table, harvested in Bicalat! They will need ripening off I think. They are the first from Kalotaszeg!

bouquet Maria, Huedin. The white/yellow flowers are feverfew/Kenyer morzsa/Erzsebet virag ooo forgotten how to say in romanian. This is a medicinal plant that can be used for pain relief. Check it out!

Other .

Mature cheese -sheep and cow Szilard, Alunis.

Taitei – thick and wholemeal – Annus neni in Ketesd. .Annus neni made a successful experiment with less taietei/bran korpa than normal; the reslults were good.

Honeys – Salcam from Nelu and Olimpia in Huedin.

Creams – Were AMAZING this week. Thick and delicious! Livia and Vio Hodis.

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Boxnote 167 July 11 2017

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

There may not have been a veggie box, but the market of course and GK still unfolded! Early morning, Emese (Valcau) brought what she and Kata had collected in the TKD gardens; so over coffee with local pals, we enjoyed the mulberries/fai eper (yes, now I know how to say it correctly in hu!)/dud), and what we couldn’t eat we gave away. This is/could be a bit of a problem for GK if we have no boxes, because we have to prearrange what the ladies will collect every week. At market, unfortunately, we could also see the impact of not running GK this week; many were left with produce; even though we have fewer local producers coming in than ever before. SO, if you have friends who want local food (if you don’t, tell them they should want it!) get them onto GK. If you are running-know someone who is running an event and they need local food, let us know,we are happy to send food for free to anyone who needs it.

So, the market suffered a little, but actually we did not! I had time to look at the second hand and managed to get ten ‘neni’ vintage blouses for 2 lei/piece; Douglas got a shirt and we had time to talk to Zsuzsi (OAR) about the herbalism course they are running this weekend and doing something herby at the market next week.

AND I am working with Dorottya, Laura and Carmen super hard for the exhibition on Saturday. It will be part of the zilele/napok/village days in Valeni)/Valko. I’ll attach the poster. I’m so sorry this is only in Hungarian; there is a Romanian version BUT I can’t find a single person who has put it onto FB (I had a lot of problems sharing the HU version too). We, in Valcau, all seem to have FB problems!!

To summarize. On Friday, there will be a meat stew and a walk around the village singing and carrying torches at night; On Saturday, there will be at 10am a demonstration of the trad/local blouse We can see and learn the cross stitch that is used for this. Horse rides at the same time. Then there will be a Csurszinhaz (acting in a barn). Then from 14.00 – 16.00 there will be a GusatreKostolo and an exhibition about the village iroasszony/pattern drawing ladies at Bagolvar. We are running that. Then there will be some trad dance groups and then music into the night. On Sunday, there will be a reformat church service and a choir singing.

The village has a Romanian minority and very often they do not take part in any of the cultural events at the zilele/napok which means that most are mainly/all in Hungarian (the csujgato- ditties/songs on Friday night); the Csurszinhaz; even with us, the texts will be summarised into Romanian (due to lack of time on my part; and lack of cheek to ask Carmen to translate everything!); but the info. will exist in English and Hungarian in full.

If you are thinking of coming to any part of the event, can you post on the chat group and see if you can hook up with others in the group to come together by car/public transport. If you come by car, look at a map. There is an interesting short cut from Iz Crisului/Korosfo. There are trains to Huedin (see mersul – if you chose the private train (TFC), buy the ticket on the station platfom; and then it will mean hitching/getting an illegal taxi (should be 25 lei or less if you are lucky). Hitching from Cluj also a poss. – the underpass. There is also a VERY good and reliable bus, from Mihai Viteazul – Alin Dorin which runs every day Cluj to Huedin. 7.45/10.00/ etc. 17.20 One of the drivers is in Valeni, so you may be able to get the last bus of the day direct tel.0745 796 026 for up-to-date info.