Shopping at your local farmers markets is an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint and strive for a more eco-friendly life. Shopping locally and eating locally grown food reduces petrol usage from long travel on trucks. Crops trucked across Europe from other countries have to be harvested earlier and by the time it reaches supermarkets, it could be weeks old and less nutritious. Farmer’s markets boast higher quality produce because they harvest at the proper time and travel shorter distances to reach consumers.
For the Whole Family
For families, farmers markets are perfect for teaching children about local foods and can make grocery shopping a fun, interactive experience. A few ways to get the whole family involved is to let your child pick out a new fruit or vegetable they want to try, and have them help count out the money for the vendor. Ask your child how they think the plants grow, and why it is important to eat a variety of foods.
More Than Just Farmers
Supporting local farmers and small business owners helps keep money in the local economy. Prague farmers markets sell not only fresh fruits and vegetables, but also full meals and local goods. You can grab lunch at one of the many restaurant stalls or food trucks, buy wine straight from the vineyard, or meet the beekeeper that harvested your honey. After you finish your grocery shopping, browse the pottery, antiques, and handmade toys sold by local artists. Want to start your own garden at home? No worries, plenty of stall owners also sell seedlings, seeds, and potted plants to get you started.
As a note, the amount of vendors accepting payments by card is on the rise, but cash is still the preferred method of payment at the markets. Expat Hub compiled a list of our favorite markets, so grab your reusable shopping bag, some cash, and head to one near you!
This area, affectionately called JzP by the expat community, is the cultural heart of Žižkov and Vinohrady. You can visit the market Wednesday – Friday 8:00-18:00 or Saturday 8:00 – 14:00 at Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad
Enjoy the waterfront on the Vltava at Naplavka’s farmers markets on Saturdays from 8:00-14:00. Recent renovations have modernized the area and introduced permanent storefronts and better bathrooms alongside the market stalls.
While this market has the shortest hours: only on Saturdays from 8:00-14:00, it has the widest selection of Asian, Russian, and other foreign food restaurants. Come for lunch and sit under the large, covered seating area, or take your lunch to-go and have a picnic in the open field next to the market, or one of the many parks in the Dejvice area.
Blink and you’ll miss it! This is definitely the smallest of the markets, but make sure to stop by sometime between Monday-Friday from 8:00-18:00.
Who says you can’t get farm fresh food in the middle of the city? IP Pavlova is not only a huge transportation hub, with the convergence of 10 light rail lines, plus the metro, it also has the market at Tylovo Namesti. Stop by on any weekday and get some fresh food before your next tram comes!