The market traders in the municipality of Rače-Fram are locals who permanently reside in this municipality. They fulfil the legal norms for selling in the market, and have obtained all the necessary permits and consents, have registered supplementary activities on a farm or other registered activities.
The market, which is located in the courtyard of Rače Castle, is open every Saturday morning from 8:00 to 11:00 during summer, and from 9:00 to 12:00 in winter.
Frešer goat farm and dairy
Offer: fresh goat milk and goat milk products, such as fresh goat curd, goat curd with wild garlic, wheels of goat cheese, and more. Address: Kmetija Frešer, Kopivnik 9, 2313 Fram Phone: +386 (0)41 865 516 (Mr Andrej) E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Frešer Farm is located in the Koprivnik village above Fram. The Frešer family breeds their flock and sells their dairy products, which are made using fresh goat milk that they collect from twenty goats, which are Slovenian native breed of goat.
Offer: - Animal husbandry: fresh milk production, fresh eggs, and cattle breeding for meat production. - Field crops: corn, cereal grains (barley, wheat, spelt, and buckwheat), and Styrian oil pumpkins. - Products: fresh bread baked in a wood-fired oven, fresh home-ground flour (wholegrain, spelt, and buckwheat), pasta (wholegrain, spelt, and buckwheat), different pastries, such as Potica, a rolled pastry with a walnut filling, and an authentic Haloška Gibanica, a layered pastry with a cottage cheese filling, (à la carte), home-made jams and pumpkin seed oil. Address: Kmetija Plečko, Podova 69, 2327 Rače Phone: +386 (0)41 705 235 (Mrs Andreja), + 386 (0)41 368 590 (Mr Marjan) E-mail: email@example.com
The Plečko Farm is located in the Podova settlement. Most of the work on a medium-sized farm is done by the Plečko couple, while their daughters help them out. Their main focuses are animal husbandry and agronomy. The Plečko family is an advocate for natural, environmentally, and human friendly food production. They are aware that sprays and fertilizers are harmful for our environment, and for this reason they substituted conventional production for integrated one and entered the control system. The Plečko Farm offers a wide selection. Their array includes not only agricultural products but also their home-made baked goods and delicacies, which are available for purchase at their home or on the marketplace.
To gain new knowledge, which they use to improve their production and processing of their products, they attend various trainings and courses.
The Matjaž Plečko garden centre
Offer: - Seasonal vegetables: lettuce, tomatoes, pepper, early potatoes, cabbage, and beans. - Vegetable seedlings: lettuce, tomatoes, pepper, hot pepper, zucchini, cucumbers, aubergines, brassica oleracea, and kitchen herbs. - Flower seedlings: balcony flowers and seedlings for decorative flower beds and graves. - Other products: sauerkraut and turnip.
Address: Matjaž Plečko, Grajski trg 11, 2327 Rače Phone: +386 (0)2 608 31 91, +386 (0)40 252 325 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Sale: they sell from home.
A family run Garden Centre Plečko has been operating since 1950, when Franc Plečko began his studies, in the garden centre Urbanek in the city of Maribor, to become a gardener. At the time, the Garden Centre was located between the castle and Vrtna ulica, however, since 1965 it can be found at Grajski trg 11 in Rače. Their first seedlings were tobacco seedlings. Over the past few years, they have been mostly focused on raising vegetable seedlings and growing vegetables. All of the seedlings and vegetables are produced in an environmentally friendly manner, without the use of pesticides, using exclusively organic fertilizers, such as barn manure and compost. The greenhouses are heated with the renewable energy sources like firewood, and the hotbeds with fresh horse manure. All of their seedlings and products are available for purchase at the Plečko family’s home, in their Garden Centre, and on the marketplace in Rače.
Offer: - Types of honey: acacia honey, chestnut honey, forest honey, buckwheat honey, and fir honey. - Other honey products: pollen, propolis, royal jelly, and a mixture of royal jelly, pollen, propolis, and honey.
Franc Hergan, who was inspired by his father, has been engaged in beekeeping activity for 16 years now. He is the president of the Beekeeping Association Rače, which was established in 1933 and has 24 members. At Mr Hergan’s home you can visit a fascinating beekeeping museum, which holds some of the beekeeping tools, such as over 200-years-old honey extractor, the old-fashioned straw beehives, and other beekeeping equipment that was used by our ancestors. In his extraction room, you can take a closer look at the latest technology used for honey extraction and production. Beekeeping Hergan produces Slovenian honey with a protected geographical indication status, which guarantees a higher quality, authentic taste and flavour. Protected honey is completely natural and free of additives. Mr Hergan is striving for more beekeepers in his area to get the protected geographical indication status at the European level. Mr Hergan received the Anton Janša award, the most prestigious beekeeping award in Slovenia. The Municipality of Rače-Fram has also awarded him a special achievement award and a gold plaque.
SLOVENIAN HONEY?PROTECTED IN EUROPE Slovenian honey with a Protected Geographical Indication is our country’s specialty. It is produced only in Slovenia, and it stands out with its taste, scent and flavour. The protected name guarantees that customers purchase a natural, authentic honey which was produced in Slovenia, and that it meets all the criteria prescribed by the applicable legislation, Slovenian Rules on Honey, and other rules in force. After years of trying, in November 2013 the Slovenian Beekeepers' Association and Slovenian beekeepers finally achieved that Slovenian honey now has the Protected Geographical Indication status at the European level. This is an important contribution to Slovenian identity preservation. Slovenian honey is the only protected Slovenian product that carries Slovenian in its name.
Peter Lep Herbs
Offer: fresh and dry herbs, tinctures, 100% natural ointments made of herbs in cold pressed oil extract with addition of beeswax, and forest fruit. Address: Peter Lep, Kopivnik 63, 2313 Fram Phone: +386 (0)2 601 85 61 +386 (0)40 605 397 E-mail: email@example.com Sale: they also sell from home.
Herbalism is Peter Lep’s hobby. He learned about it by reading literature written by various authors, and by consulting other herbalists. He would like to improve his knowledge on essential oils, so he could add them to his array of products. He grows many different herbs at home, even those that are hard to find, such as speedwell, garden angelica, milk thistle, fennel, common mallow, etc. Antibiotics are very harmful for our intestinal flora, but sometimes it is impossible to avoid them. Phytotherapeutical methods are used to help your body fight infections, cleanse it, and to improve your immune system. It is up to us to decide to start using phytotherapy as an alternative to Western medicine. Peter Lep wants everyone to be healthy. He is available for individual consultations by phone, at his home or at the Castle market.
Offer: - Seasonal vegetables: lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, chilli peppers, leeks, onions, garlic, potatoes, fava beans, French beans, peeled beans, aubergines, fresh cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, parsley, carrots, cabbage, celery, spinach, chard, beetroots, turnips, kohlrabi, black radishes, and more. - Vegetable seedlings: lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, chilli peppers, leeks, cucumber, pickling cucumbers, parsley, cabbage, celery, spinach, chard, kohlrabi, cauliflower, broccoli, watermelon, and seedlings of a local variety of red onion known as Ptujski Lük. Address: Irena Horvat, Poljska cesta 18, 2327 Rače Phone: +386 (0)2 6070 521, +386 (0)40 343 361 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Sale: from home, and every Saturday morning at the market.
The Horvat Farm is the smallest farm in Rače. It focuses on pigs, agronomy and gardening. On the farm, most of the vegetables are grown in the open. In 2012, they built a glasshouse where they grow their vegetable seedlings and other garden crops. All of their vegetables and seedlings are available for purchase on their farm, where customers can choose which vegetables will be harvested for them.
Tomše farm – Slavica Ačko
Offer: home-baked mixed bread, Pohorska Gibanica, a layered pastry with a cottage cheese and walnut filling, and wine. Address: Kmetija Tomše, Loka pri Framu 20, 2313 Fram Phone: +386 (0)2 601 34 01, +386 (0)40 149 595 E-mail: email@example.com Sale: from home upon prior arrangement.
The Tomše Farm is located on the Pohorje Massif above Fram in the Loka settlement. It is one of the smaller farms that focus on livestock and viticulture. In 2011, they registered their complementary activity of baking goods in a firewood oven – home-baked bread, Pohorje cheeses, and Orehova Gibanica, a layered pastry with a walnut filling. Tasty bread and scrumptious Gibanica are well-known at the local market. Their quality was confirmed by a gold certificate, which they received at a national competition that was part of the culinary event Specialties of Slovene Farms that was held in the city of Ptuj.
Tomše – Jug Farm
Offer: home-made apple juice, home-made grape juice, vinegar, wine, eggs, dried meat products, and vegetables in summertime. Address: Kmetija Tomše - Jug, Loka pri Framu 16, 2313 Fram Phone: +386 (0)2 601 12 51, +386 (0)40 308 478 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Sale: from home upon prior arrangement.
The farm in the Loka settlement near Fram consists of 15 hectares of agricultural land. The majority of these are meadows, and some vineyards and forest. The farm focuses on livestock and viticulture. In 2011, they registered their complementary activity of meat processing, and fruit processing for juice and fruit vinegar.
Frangež farm – Barbara Petrič
Offer: - Fresh seasonal vegetables: tomatoes, peppers, beans, different types of lettuce, and more. - Pickled vegetables: mixed salad, peppers, pickles, chilli peppers, and more. - Juice syrups: elderflower, acacia, and lemon balm. - Flowers: gladioli, perennials, and flower arrangements.
Address: Barbara Petrič, Brezula 42, 2327 Rače Phone: +386 (0)40 561 776 Sale: At the Rače Castle market and from home.
Comments about the poor self-sufficiency and food production in Slovenia motivated Barbara Petrič, from the farm in the Brezula settlement, to start growing her own seasonal vegetables and raising flowers for pleasure. All the vegetables on the farm are produced in an integrated, environmentally, and nature-friendly manner. All production is based on the selection of quality seedlings of traditional Slovenian plants. Barbara has a very successful pickled vegetable production, as well. Its quality was confirmed by golden certificate, which she received at a national competition which was a part of the culinary event Specialties of Slovene Farms that was held in the city of Ptuj. Having a joy of work, diligence, knowledge, and quality are all Barbara’s virtues. She is especially proud of her gladioli, perennials, and flower arrangements made of natural materials.
Zupanič organic farm
Offer: eggs, chickens, hens with chickens, lambs for meat production, breeding animals (all by prior arrangement), tanned sheepskins, which are available in different colours (upon prior arrangement, you can have them delivered by post), small wool products, and seasonal vegetables. Address: Ekološka kmetija Zupanič, Zg. Gorica 6, 2327 Rače Phone: + 386 (0)2 608 29 71, +386 (0)40 206 969 E-mail: email@example.com
The Zupanič Organic Farm is located in the village of Zgornja Gorica, and it consists of 7 hectares of land for farming. The farm is focused on sheep breeding of the Slovenian native breed of sheep and breeding of local laying hens.
Wooden products, Jože Pregl, personal supplementary work
Offer: hand-made wooden products like little chairs, footstools, bird tables, etc. Address: Jože Pregl, Eberlova ul. 6, 2313 Fram Phone: +386 (0)2 601 12 51, +386 (0) 308 478 Sale: from home upon prior arrangement.
Other participating providers
TAL 2000 BOTANICAL GARDEN, ATROPA, ROMAN HERGAN, INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR
Offer: decorative items, jewellery made of natural materials, decorative plants and seedlings, herbs and herb seedlings, and books. Address: Atropa, Roman Hergan s.p., Prešernova 4, 2331 Pragersko Phone: +386 (0)40 572 385 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.atropa.si Opening hours: - For individuals: from 15 May to the beginning of October. - For groups with prior arrangement: from April onwards. - On Sundays: 14:00–18:00. - For schools and other organized groups: every day upon prior arrangement.
The Tal 2000 Botanical Garden is located a few kilometres south of Rače in the village of Zgornja Gorica. It is the first and the only botanical garden in Slovenia. The garden houses the following collections: - water plants, - poisonous plants, - medicinal plants, - minerals and stones.
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Additional information: Tanja Kosi, municipal administration of the Municipality of Rače-Fram. Phone: +386 (0)40 149 595 E-mail: email@example.com
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Caption and photographs: Tanja Kosi Rače, 24. 3. 2017
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