Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Farmers' market in Budapest

A few weeks ago the Hungarian government decided to open a farmers' market in Kossuth Square beside the government buildings there. This was done in order to promote Hungarian foods, produce and goods. Apparently, the market was very well received as hundreds of people descended to sample and buy from the many stalls that were set up there. Many tourists were also seen in the market browsing and buying. Kossuth Square is very popular with foreign tourists so this was an excellent place to put the market. It is a great way to advertise for Hungarian farmers and food producers. 

The government made a good decision to put this farmers' market in the heart of the capital. The majority of the grocery industry in Hungary is owned by foreign companies. These companies take the profits out of the country and often sell foreign goods and foods in their stores. Hungary was once known as the "bread basket" of Europe. Producing more than enough food for Hungarians and enough to feed the rest of Europe. How times have changed for the worse. This is one small step that I think will help Hungarians and foreigners buy "made in Hungary" food goods. The market will now be open every Friday. If you are ever in Budapest, check it out!