Fairs and trade fairs were there to satisfy all the needs of the residents of a given region. Master craftsmen offered their products and services from the Middle Ages. While the neighbouring villages supplied produce and handicrafts, the cities were home to specialised guilds of smiths, coopers, goldsmiths, and cobblers. The Carpathian fairs were a reflection of the multicultural and colourful tradition of this region.
The significance of fairs has diminished over the centuries, and finally has become completely marginal, as trade moved to the sites of great shopping centres, and traditional handicrafts were supplanted by the output of mass production.
The tradition of fairs is echoed today in trade fairs. They comprise a microcosm of local farming, production, and manufacturing. Discovering market richness is fostered by the trend to choose what is local and green. Here you can buy - free from chemical additives and other mass-production pollutants - products like eggs, cheese, milk, farm-made preserves, and also fruit and vegetables from orchards and gardens.
We follow the market trail to the Podhale, through the Pieniny Mountains, Beskid Sądecki, the Lower Beskids, to the Rożnowskie Plateau. You will have an opportunity to buy “everything from soup to nuts.” Though the markets are not free from imported mass produced goods, they still offer the treasures of Carpathian thatches – old recipes and secrets of ancient handicrafts.
Tygiel kultur i tradycji – o karpackich jarmarkach [The crucible of cultures and traditions – about the Carpathian fairs]
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