Good food grown in the villages around Huedin
we are not for profit; and the prices below are suggested donations (equal as possible to our outlay) we ask to be returned to us in Cluj.
We only ask that you contribute to delivery and give 1 lei for transport on orders under 50 lei/2 lei for orders over 50 lei/3 lei for over 100 lei/4 lei for orders over 150lei etc.
Collection point is Cluj station around 15.45 or at Acasa, 45 Somesului; push gate door hard or ring bell (and please don’t take a dog into the courtyard as it is old Betty’s domain!); from around 16.30 onwards. We will text you when the packages arrive, so we need your telephone number. We also need your email because every week, you’ll receive information about your produce/the producers/the market (the main source of everything) and the Gustare team.
The order system we use at the moment is a small simple excel chart which is posted every week on a facebook chat group called Gustare de la Kalotaszeg. This product list is at the top of the chart and also weekly updated newsflashes. If you would like to order something, let us know and I’ll send you the chart. If you would like to receive up to date information, it is also a good idea to be part of the chat; but it is not compulsory!
We ask you to return any packaging possible for reuse when you come to collect your packages such as glass bottles for oil, clean paper bags for herbs; large, strong bags or nets for root vegetables.
The idea of Gustare/Kostolo was born out of events in 2011, when part of Huedin Piata was shut down, and a new ‘hala’, constructed. The smallest farmers with the least money were the most affected by this change; they could not afford the rent in the new space, nor make the commitment to hiring it daily, for a year; so they were left with two choices, either not to come to market with their excess; or to sell illegally using the ground space around the new ‘hala.’ This is what happened. And a type of small battle began with the primaria to open the (locked and empty) old communist style market. In 2012, the battle was won and once again sheltered table spaces became available for the smallest sellers but a new enemy had gained a stronghold in the town (as in every town); the supermarket, with very low prices for anonymous foods. Association Tarnat-Kalotaszeg-Durabil (https://www.facebook.com/Tarnat-Kalotaszeg-Durabil-253955824655794/?fref=ts) created Gustare/Kostolo in order to raise the profile of good quality local named produce and encourage local producers to continue to come to market, ensuring the survival of the market for years to come. .
There is a blog and facebook page where we post further information on food related issues and we encourage you to do the same,
Vegetable/fruit box – – naturally grown by ‘tarani/paraszti‘ ember who bring their excess* to Huedin/Hunyad market for sale every Tuesday morning. Additional ingredients* collected from TKD’s gardens by Emees/Kati Mandru in Valcau; us and a visiting helper from Cluj, in Huedin; Agi neni in Alunis; Curatorne Kati and I in Damos . From these sources we create a varied ‘box’ for you maximum donation 50 lei.
Depending on season/availability, it is sometimes possible to order a bag of salad (approx 5lei); a large bunch of kale (approx 3lei); Spinach (perpetual spinach/chard) (approx 3lei).
*Please see latest boxnote for further information about what is in season.
Sour dough wheat/rye bread made with local flour from Damos or Valeni, milled in Jebuc. Bread is made by Both kiraly Kata.
– 7 lei for a big loaf; 5 lei for a medium.
Mature ‘cas’ cheese – made by Szilard in Alunis/Magyarokereke. Read Szilard’s story on https://www.facebook.com/HuedinPiataMarket/photos/a.399899806781086.1073741835.311503925620675/399901433447590/?type=1&theater – 30lei/kg
simple and smoked cow; 100% sheep – available in whole cheeses rounds (2-3kg), or in part (1/2kg minimum order).
Flavours available in 1/2kg rounds – approx 15lei a round – up to date cheese flavours – pepper, carroway (chimen), herbs, onion, garlic, hu mix, dried tom and garlic and basil = pesto rosso.
Szilard’s other products
Palinka –plum, garden herb infusion; grape – 20 lei for half a litre glass presentation bottle.
Gem de macese/csipkeiz – made traditionally in an ‘rez ust/cazan/copper cauldron’ from macese/csipke collected by Erzsi neni in Alunis/Magyarokereke. Sugar but no conservant. 330g 15lei;
Eggs – produced from ‘happy’ chickens fed with home grown mixture of grains; Price dependant on season. Currently 1lei /egg
Wholegrain or White flour for you to bake with etc. Kadar family in Damos who have been growing wheat for generations and Both kiraly Kata in Valcau. Milled in Jebuc. 3 lei/kg
Ghee: Made from cream (turned into butter) and butter produced in Morlaca (by Viorica and her red cow), and Hodis by Viorica Clina and her buffalo. approximately 10 lei for 200g. Not available at the moment.
Honey – from the village of Mesteaca, Almas – Olimpia and Nelu – large poliflora – 25 lei – salcam – 30lei
Large poliflora (a bit smaller than Nelu 750g) – 23 lei . Sziveszter, Damos;
Other Honey products –
immuno bomb – honey/propolis/pollen mix – 15lei small jar . Sziveszter, Damos – Not available at the moment.
Sirup de catina/homoktovis szurp – catina/homoktovis and honey drink. 15 lei/300ml.
Malai/Dara – approx 3lei for a small bag and Malai Dara liszt/faina – various Kalotaszeg producers but normally Erzsi, Ketesd
Wide pasta – Annus neni, Ketesd – wholemeal = 100% Kalotaszeg (flour from Damos); OR Olimpia, Huedin made with eggs laid by happy chickens fed on homegrown grains, and shop bought flour. Spinach and wholegrain available on request – 5lei/bag
Wine – Ketesd or Bicalat. Country wine from local variety grapes. You either love it or you hate it! 10Lei-12lei for 2 litres. White is normally 12 lei.
Dried beans – 15lei/kg.
Walnuts – Mainly from Bicalat and Tetis, – currently 40lei/1kg
Szilvaiz/Magiun – made traditionally in an ‘rez ust/cazan?/copper cauldron’ from garden ‘bistrita/beszterce’ variety plums collected in Huedin; no added sugar and no preservative. Made by Pocs Kati and Geza, Huedin..- 18lei/big jar (750g) – Not available at the moment.
Walnut oil – pressed by Sandor Erzsi, Julia and Erzsika, with Douglas in Valko with Kalotaszeg walnuts – for more information – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.792076784177026.1073741851.253955824655794&type=1 15lei/250ml. Not available at the moment.
Walnut Nut spread – the third product from the walnut oil production. There is not much produced but it is very tasty and good to use a little in salad dressings. About 4lei/small jar. Not available at the moment.
Nut flour – the by product from the walnut oil production. This time it contains a little oil, so is softer and tastier raw; we’ve used it mixed with sunflower oil (sourced from Piata MV, Cluj and the local family producers there) to make a poor man’s (but tasty enough and very healthy) walnut butter. Give it a go and let us know what you think! – 3lei/300g Not available at the moment.
Smoked garlic – Zsuzsi’s two year large garlic variety smoked in Szilard’s smoke house – 3 lei for 4 bulbs – Not available at the moment – Not available at the moment.
Dried organic lavender – Kovacs budai Levente, Valcau – 5 lei/bunch
Assorted dried fruits and herbs*for tea and cooking – Grown and collected in Kalotaszeg by local people and dried by TKD.about 3 lei for a small bag, See newsflashes at top of order chart for what is available- in the winter.
The Huedin ‘tarnat/tornac/verandah’ is a shadey, breezy, warm place, perfect for drying outside. We also have a solar drier in Valeni which we fill with the help of our neighbour, Peter pandur Marcine Erzsi neni.
Muscatel/Kamila/chamomile – Collected by Bozse neni in Bicalat in her courtyard and Agi in Huedin dried by us in boxes on the ‘Tarnat’.
Flori de soc/elderflower/bodza virag – collected by Agi neni and us in all TKD gardens. Dried in boxes on the ‘tarnat’ in Huedin.
telina/celina/celeriac leaves – all TKD growers. Washed and prepared by me. Dried on the tarnat in Huedin.
Lemon balm/ citrom fo/lamaie – collected by me and Agi neni; Dried on ttarnats.
Peppermint/Pipermentha/Borsmenta – collected by Agi neni in Alunis garden, washed and prepared into bunches. Dried on the ‘Tarnat’ in Huedin.
Spearmint – collected by us in Damos garden, washed and prepared into bunches. Dried on the ‘Tarnat’ in Huedin.
sage, salvia/zsalya – collected by Agi neni in Alunis garden. Dried on the ‘Tarnat’ in Huedin.
Cimbru, csombor, summer savory – collected by us and from various Kalotaszeg growers, washed and prepared into bunches. Dried on the ‘Tarnat’ in Huedin.
Raspberry leaf – Valeni. Collected by Julia.
Dried Kalotaszeg apples/ – solar dried by Erzsi neni and me in Valkcau
Uptdated 23rd October 2017