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  1. That looks like an awesome market! Do you find that with more access to farmers, more Czechs are aware of/having their shopping habits influenced by food miles? Despite having a farmer’s market in my home town for example, very few people make the trek, and still prefer the all-seasons-all-the-time grocery stores, whereas clearly in Berkeley, people spend a lot more time doing their weekly shopping at the markets. What’s your impression for how the people of Prague shop? And is it a weekly task or a multiple times a week event?

    • I don’t want to generalize, but I think that supermarket culture is still quite strong here. A couple of young Czech filmmakers actually made a very clever documentary about this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_Dream). I think that it may have something to do with the legacy of communism and the neoliberal, consumerist cultural backlash that happens when all of a sudden people have access to all the food and products they want, without shortages and quotas and long lines. Still, this is changing–as evidenced by the growth of farmers’ markets and organic/health food stores.

  2. Jeno

    I once visited Prague in Christmas and loved it but these pictures make me wonder how beautiful it must also be in spring and summer!

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