Boxnote 134; September 7th Gustare/Kalotaszeg Kostoloi – Hrana naturala, locala de la satele din zona Huedinului

Today was a triple whammy of joy. Early, we met all our market friends, and also Mihaela from Calatele: Kata, Sancraiu and Bozse from Bicalat made it too!

Then we met dear Bogdan, and Simona at the station. Simona and I chatted about Nepalese fairtrade cardigans and spinach; and before we knew it, Bogdan and Douglas had filled the (massive) acasa bike trailer and we were off. I felt decidedly girly on my pink Brompton carrying a few bunches of flowers! The cycle lane along Horea, even with car wheels encroaching onto it, is SUCH a luxury.


Then Gustare/Kostolo popped up with Repair Cafe at PMV (Piata Mihai Viteazul/Szechenyi – who spent time in Scotland with a scottish engineer discussing bridges! – ter) corner!! I have dreamed of HPM uniting with PMV and this was the first unexpected step. Even the McDonalds security guy was won over thanks to Szilard’s cheese; passers by enjoyed csipet csapat apple juice and a certain gentleman got very into dried zucchini! We enjoyed meeting them, and supporters and Repair cafe!

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Here is your (mega) box this week!

Unusual mixed salad leaves – garden and wild rucola … nasturtium leaves … purslane/grasita/portulaca, … cress …gyermek lancfu/dandelion, … jack by the hedge/ustoroita, …borage leaves and flowers … turbolya/chevri/hasmatiu… mallow flower ( I was reading how healthy the little flowers and young leaves are in salads; nutty in taste) and nasturtium leaves and flower Douglas and Agi Huedin, Damos, Alunis.

Herbs/verdeturi/fuszer: …peppermint and spearmint …. lemon balm.. zsaja/salvia/sage … marjoram …Agi, Alunis, Douglas in Huedin, and Damos

chives/metelo hagyma/snidling (and, thanks to Mihaela) cepsoara!) Douglas, Damos

perpetual onions Douglas, Damos and Agi, Alunis

Parsley Bozse, Bicalat and Annus neni, Tetis

Basil/busiouc/Bazilia . . Zsofi, Huedin and Bozse, Bicalat. Be sure to remove the lower part of the stems before using/drying (and don’t store in water, you’ll get a mouldy taste. If you want to make a tinctura, see Deni’s

Alma paprika (the small round pale green Zsuzsi,Bicalat,

onions Piroska, Bicalat

Fresh garlicHajni Bicalat

Little carrot bundles – Zsofi, Huedin

celeriac/zellerAgi, Huedin. Agi was super proud of these HUGE celeriac. If you do something interesting with them, let us know.

Radish/retek/ridiche Zsofi, Huedin. I admired these AMAZINGly large radish of Zsofi’s .. she told me she’d grown them next to garlic; companion planting.

cabbage/varza/kapuszta Agi, Huedin

sfecla/beetroot/cekla Agi, Huedin

sweetcorn/kukorica/malai –Kati Damos

Zucchini/dovlecul/tok – Kati Damos

patrunjel ridichini/hamburg parsley/petrinzselm gyokor – Zsuzsi, Horlacea

perpetual spinach and rainbow chards – Zsofi, Huedin. And Douglas and Agi, Damos and Huedin.

Rainbow chards are so beautiful; eat the stems too!

Fasole verde/zold paszuly/green beans. Agi, Huedin

Peppers, paprika, ardei – . Zsuzsi, Horlacea

Castraveti/ugorka/cucumber Eva, Ketesd and Anna neni, Ketesd.

Tomatoes/rosii/paradicsomZsuzsi Bicalat. We get into the (bad) habit of running debts at the market, written on the palms of hands to be repaid later. It is another example of the humaness of markets and the relationships with money.

Osszel barack/autumn peachesEva, Ketesd .

Mere – batul Douglas and Agi neni, Alunis. Agi neni is getting into the (bad) habit of coming to help us on a Sunday (don’t tell the ministers!) but not accepting money for her help, so we are getting into the (good) habit of sending extra money back to her via the minister. I’m sure there is some holy afoot!

FlowersA selection from Bozse, Ketesd.


  • Honey – Olimpia and Nelu.

Cheese – Szilard, Alunis. If you know anyone who is a fan of Alunis cheese, please do get them onto Gustare group and the order chart. G/K is the only weekly delivery to Cluj of Szilard’s cheese. New flavour from Szilard is coming up, Leurda/Medves hagyma flavoured cheese in about two weeks time.

Kale – Agi neni

apples and osszel barack – as above

Eggs – Bozse, Bicalat, Erzsi, Ketesd, Kati, Damos and Zsebe Kati, (with the best hat at market for all time!), Hajni, Bicalat.

Juice – the csipet csapat’s apples in Valeni; pressed in Bica.

Nodaj/tataneasa – dug up in Alunis by Agi neni and for you to make into a tinctura –

and a few hops/hamei/komlo – just one into hot water will make you destress and sleep.

Always get everything out of plastic and the paper as soon as possible; even things in clean packaging like Pasta and bread. 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!


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