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Organic food in Croatia – Turkeys on pastures of Ravni Kotari

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Traditional food is becoming scarce in Croatia as majority of people live in cities now. The war in the 90’s had a devastating influence on the villages and especially those in Slavonia and Dalmatia.
But, even now, there are people still living on their small farms in the hinterland of big cities and still produce and grow their food in the traditional ways.

Šopot near Benkovac
Šopot near Benkovac

Just recently we were enjoying a lovely day outdoors on the meadows near Benkovac and we noticed a flock of turkeys in the distance. No one was around and they were on their own freely walking around and finding their food in the high grass. They moved slowly and eventually a lady owner showed up to walk them home.

Turkeys going back to farm
Turkeys going back to farm
Up the road...
Up the road...

It was just a lovely picture to see the tradition continuing.
One can purchase turkeys (and chicken) from local producers knowing where they have grown and went to pastures although older generations don’t care about the certificates, “organically grown”, EU regulations… The traditional way is the only way they know so scenes like this are becoming rare as our villages are loosing it’s inhabitants and we are turning towards the food that is being grown only on farms or even only indoors…

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