I don’t know about you but I’m convinced that we need a fairer food system. We clearly shouldn’t open more hypermarkets but small shops like Szatyorbolt (next to Blaha Lujza) and markets like the one at Szimpla (check the Szimpla Sunday market article).
Fortunately, there is a growing trend in Hungary to make local agriculture stronger, buy directly from small organic producers or get your own plot in the city.
Szatyor (meaning basket) is part of the movement. This organic grocery shop sells (among other things) veggies produced within a 50 km radius in Budapest.
The system is very simple: you don’t need to be a member and commit on the long term, you can simply pick whatever veggie you want on a self-service basis. OR you can order a weekly basket (varies seasonally, costs 3 200 Ft for the smallest) and pick it up at the shop (+ 7 other locations or have it delivered) on Thursday evening or Friday.
If you’re lucky or if ordered in advance you can also get excellent dairies (milk, butter, cheese, yogurts…), eggs, sausage (kolbász) and even bacon, but all depending on the deliveries. Apart from that they sell all sorts of nuts, excellent pastas, honey, organic wines and even craft beers, green cleaning products etc. Just bring your own bag so that you don’t generate more waste!
Make sure you come on Thursday evening, when this very neatly designed shop -looking like your dream pantry- receives all the fresh veggies – they are usually gone by Saturday!