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Family farms turn to selling fresh vegetables, fruit and meat online

ZAGREB, March 26 (Hina) – Fresh vegetables, fruit and meat at the time of the coronavirus epidemic and closed farmers’ markets are easiest to obtain via online farmers’ markets, the Vecernji List daily of Thursday reports.

“A small basket of one week’s supplies HRK 120, a big one HRK 220, free delivery within a radius of five kilometres from the Jarun farmers’ market” – reads one in a number of advertisements by more resourceful family farm owners who have organised quickly via web portals and social networks after farmers’ markets were closed in a bid to curb the spreading of the disease.

Around 10,000 family farms have been affected by the closing down of farmers’ markets and an estimated 1,500 sold their products at Zagreb’s farmers’ markets alone.

Certified farmers selling their produce at Osijek’s farmers’ market have almost overnight started deliveries via eceker.hr and naruci2go.com.

Solidarna Eko Grupa Osijek will be delivering farmers’ produce every Friday to clients registered with the Ekotrznica.hr platform, and fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, wine and other products can also be bought via the online farmers’ market of Vukovar-Srijem County.

The southern town of Vrgorac, too, has launched a digital farmers’ market, with more than 450 family farms offering their produce.

The other online platforms are KupujDomace.hr; Zagreb Zdravo za gotovo; Zeleni Kastav and Primorsko-goranska kašetica (Rijeka); and Od grunta do stola and Croland.hr (Facebook).

The BurzaHrane portal from Sesvete, outside Zagreb, which connects producers and buyers, has in the last four days seen a marked increase in the number of family farms advertising their products, Vecernji List says.

Morana Petricevic founder of Zagreb Expat, an English-language portal for the Croatian business and international community in Zagreb that provides literally everything you need to live in Zagreb, from doctors, lawyers, restaurants and real estate agencies to schools, language training and places to meet other members of the expatriate community, formed a few days ago a new branch called Expats in Zagreb go Local.

The new community is providing information on local products and restaurants that have delivery service during the Covid-19 crisis. Embassies, International Woman’s Club Zagreb as well as local producers have been supportive since teh forming of the group. Joining the group you will find information on how to order coffee from producers such as Eliscaffe and Lively Roasters, meat products from Meat The King, Istrian producers like Matosevic, Kabola, Ipša, Ritoša winery and more. To join the community click the link here.

The Konzum retailer said on Thursday that it would purchase fruit and vegetables from small domestic farmers who had sold their produce at farmers’ markets.

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