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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Krakow Fresh Markets: Stary Kleparz

Dearest sweethearts,

I couldn't live in an universe where there is no Autumn and no October months. I was born in October and the best season for me, the season that suits me and the moment that I feel most at peace is when Autumn comes. Not the dark shades or grey November with its rain, but the lovely golden Autumn of October's love. That's also when I found it best to go shopping in the fresh markets for veggies and fruits.  Who doesn't love the Autumn cornucopia: pears, apples, plums, walnuts, you name it! And the endless types of freshly picked mushrooms - you can smell them a mile away. Of course mushrooms are a big thing, here in Poland, so when it starts to rain frequently and sustained, in September, the "Mushroom season" starts!
Krakow boasts of many open markets, fresh local markets where people can forget about the huge chain market stores and buy local products, helping in this way also the local economy. I can tell you for sure that it's worth your while, a trip once a week to the fresh market, to get tasty and juicy tomatoes, home grown, than going to Kaufland / Carrefour / Auchan and buying some tomatoes grown in the green house, tomatoes that never saw the real sun. It's not only good for you or the local economy but also for your growing children ;) they need natural products!
Stary Kleparz is a farmers market, located a stone throw away from the Old Town - maximum 5 min in a straight line from Galeria Krakowska, passing the Jan Matejko square. It is one of the largest market squares for local producers. It's usually open from 6 am to 6 pm - or earlier, if the producers sell all their products faster ;) it's not like anyone is keeping them there. Calculated as an average, the time people spend there shopping is about 20 minutes, but you have to know that when you come here you must know from the start what you want to shop. This ain't no supermarket, the queues are not huge and you have people selling fast, always having change and - of course - you must come with cash (no card!).
In the Stary Kleparz Market Square you can buy fresh veggies, fresh fruits, fresh dairy products (all sorts of cheese, also eggs from real hens), fresh meat but also on the sides, surrounding the main area with tables where people show off their products, you have small shops with really good local products at a very good price - better than in the supermarket. Located on Rynek Kleparzki 20, in the Old Town, it has a tradition of over 800 years! It's totally worth a visit, especially if you are around the Barbakan, and if you are in a mood for some really nice pastries and sweets - there is also a Wawel shop, next to one of the entrances in the market, and they have outrageous prices! The kind that make you wanna buy the whole lot!
Of course the market is sanitary regulated and all products are safe. There are local checkups and all is well, nobody wants to get anyone hurt and lose their customers ;) Also the market is quite clean and toilet stalls are at the end, down the stairs, separated men from women - in case anyone is in a hurry. I've never tried them, but hey! I gotta tell you all the facilities of the market! 
Hope to see you there one day, or you'll go there and let me know what you think of it ;)

Yours very much truly,
The Twisted Red Ladybug That Loves xxx

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