After a long absence, Czech farmer’s markets reappeared in 2010, after a long disappearance during the communist era and early years of capitalism of the nineties. And while the idea of straight from the farm to the hands of consumers is a great concept, far too often they are not real farmers markets but rather ordinary fairs. Proper farmers markets sell food from Czech, primarily smaller, farms and where the products are sold directly by the producer to the customer without any other trade links. Proper farmers markets should follow the so-called Farmers markets’ Code. The authenticity of the market can also be guaranteed by the membership in the Asociace farmářských tržišť ČR (the Association of Farmers Markets in the Czech Republic). Only two of the markets described below are members of this Association. Here follows a short commentary about several selected markets in the centre of Prague, written by the developer of the original Naplavka Farmer’s market, Jiří Sedláček.
HAVELÁK MUNICIPAL MARKET
Havelský trh, Havelská 13, Prague 1
Preserved marketplace in the centre of the old Prague. Founded as early as in 1232. And although you can buy fruit, even exotic, vegetables, confectionery products, the market has become filled with mostly souvenirs, trinkets, Russian Matryoshka dolls, and replicas of Soviet military uniforms. The overwhelming majority of goods are re-sold and don’t come from area farms.
HEŘMAŇÁK FARMERS MARKET
Řezáčovo náměstí, Prague 7
New local neighbourhood market in the middle of older “Berlinesque” houses in the Holešovice district. Authentic Czech farm produce, mostly from local farms. You can buy vegetables, fruit, dairy products, flowers, meat (turkey, beef, veal), charcuterie, bakery and confectionery products, coffee. Open: Saturdays – September 23, October 7, 21, November 4 and 18 and so on, fortnightly until Christmas, 9 AM to 15 PM. Member of the Association of the Farmers Markets of the Czech Republic.
HOLEŠOVICKÁ TRŽNICE (PRAGUE MARKETHALL) – HALL 22
Bubenské nábř. 306/13, Prague 7
Prague Market Hall (which houses this market) is worth seeing just by itself. The Art Nouveau and Renaissance Revival structure was built between 1893 and 1895 by architect Josef Srdínko as a central slaughterhouse of the royal city of Prague. Serving as a slaughterhouse until 1983, it was rebuilt as a market hall. You can buy mostly vegetables, fruit, dairy products, eggs, charcuterie. The majority of products are sold by the authentic producers and the rest by resellers. Open: Monday to Saturday, 7,30 AM to 17 PM on weekdays, 7,30 AM to 14 PM on Saturdays.
JIŘÁK FARMERS MARKET
nám. J. z Poděbrad, 130 00 Prague 3
Farmers market with 22 fixed stalls accompanied by refreshments. Wide assortment, but the resellers have started to appear at this marketplace recently. Wide assortment including herbs, spices and flowers.
KULAŤÁK FARMERS MARKET
Vítězné náměstí, Prague 6
One of the first farmers markets in Prague and one of the largest. Larger number of gastronomic (fast-food) concepts and less farm produce. Around 100 vendors. Live music. Open on Saturdays from 8 AM to 14 PM.
NÁPLAVKA FARMERS MARKET
Riverbank Rašínovo nábřeží, Prague 2
One of the largest farmers market in Prague (and one of the first to restart the resurge in farmer’s markets) , with between one and two hundred vendors each week. Authentic farm produce and interesting gastronomic concepts. Rich assortment of vegetables, fruit, sweet and salty bakery products, sheep, goat and cow cheese, yogurts, goose, turkey and chicken meat, beef, pork and venison, fish, charcuterie, milk, butter, beer from minibreweries, wines from Czech wineries, apple juice on tap, pâtés, eggs, mushrooms, berries, herbs, home-made lemonades, coffee, tea, cider, fresh pasta, baskets and much more. Live music every time. Open on Saturdays from 8 AM to 14 PM, from the beginning of February to Christmas. Member of the Association of the Farmers Markets of the Czech Republic.
TYLÁK FARMERS MARKET
Tylovo náměstí, Prague 2
Market with approximately 15 stalls close to busy public transport hub I. P. Pavlova at the place where the Vinohrady marketplace stood in the 19th century. Not very rich assortment, frequent reselling of products. Open Thursday to Friday, 8 AM to 18 PM.