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Eco Fig’o Ostojić

Dalmatia Dubrovnik
Last impressions Two faces of the traditional fi...
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Smokvenjak (or hib, locally) is an ancient Mediterranean cake dating back from the old days when there was no sugar or chocolate, and you had to look in nature around you when you had a sweet tooth attack. Basically, it’s minced dried figs formed in the shape of a sausage or a round cake, with only a bit of brandy, spices or ground almonds. It could last for weeks and weeks and usually it was enjoyed with a shot of home-made brandy. Family farm Ostojić wanted to add their own special touch to the traditional smokvenjak. Their brand based on organic figs is called Eco Fig’o and they produce two kinds: the exciting and spicy smokvenjak with a bit of pepper, and the deliciously sweet smokvenjak with orange and lemon. Find their products at numerous deli and souvenir shops around Croatia.
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OPG Milan Šarić

Slavonia&Baranja
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Story begins in the 4th century AD, in the time of the Roman Empire and an inscription in the stone about wine. Aureus Mons, as Romans called it, or Goldberg, as it was known during the reign of Maria Theresa and still today, is a famous site known for excellent wine and brandies. For good wine and brandy there’s an old saying: “It’s made on Goldberg!” said Milan. Unique soil structure, responsible for exceptional aromas, grants great quality to almost anything that grows there. Milan Šarić, math professor and passionate brandy fan, started his own dream on Goldberg eight years ago. He planted Williams pear, apricot, peach and vine to make brandies. Also, they’re hand-picking rose hip, hawthorn and walnuts to make liqueurs. He built a cellar with pecara (place for distillation) and tasting rooms. The specialty of Šarić Family Farm is growing pears inside bottles into which they later add Williams brandy (which is rare today). You can taste their products on Goldberg hill or in Kormoran restaurant, located in Kopački rit Nature Park. __ *In the ancient Roman religion and mythology, Liber (“the free one”), also known as Liber Pater (“the free Father”) was a god of viticulture and wine, fertility and freedom. (source: Wikipedia)
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OPG Ordanić

Slavonia&Baranja
Last impressions Peaceful and idyllic atmosphere
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Explaining to people how to get to a place which barley exists on Google maps can be difficult. But, that’s one of the reasons why it’s so unique. If you haven’t read “Priče iz davnina” fairy tales by I. B. Mažuranić, it’s time to visit the first library or bookstore as soon as possible. “Vilin šapat” (Fairy’s whisper), the name of this farm, is a tale from that book, a place where nature shows its forgotten playfulness, where Kečizube (Slavic mythology forest creatures) can still make good fun of you, and where you have a chance to be visited at night by Tintilinić. Tatjana is agricultural engineer, who worked in Osijek in civil service for many years and fell in love with organic agriculture through various projects. She always wanted to buy a plot of land, leave urban life and follow her vision. And Slavko is a guy from Kutjevo; that says a lot from the start. Passionate honey producer, organic wine lover and enthusiastic hiker on Papuk Mountain slopes…. And yeah, a hell of a workaholic. Natural honey, medical herbs, fruits and vegetables are pure as they can be. Tatjana and Slavko renewed a house in Markovac Požeski, old and almost abandoned village on Papuk. Their goal is to bring the best produce from Papuk slopes to people. Natural honey, medical herbs, fruits and vegetables are pure as they can be. Natural way of life and educating others (schools, kindergartens, etc.) about the importance of sustainable farming and organic production is a vision what Tatjana and Slavko share. Great variety of herbal species on Papuk and meadows untouched by pesticides resulted with more than 20 herbal products and natural honey from their own bees. From strong oak and wild cherry honey to the light and aromatic rose juice, flavors from their goodies radiate with pure forest spirit. Vilin šapat is a place with the potential to be a getaway from the hectic city life whether you’re alone or with family. Tatjana and Slavko are planning to build houses for accommodation and whole-day program including horse riding, Papuk sightseeing, traditional food preparation etc. Until then, you’re invited to Vilin šapat to taste their produce and enjoy the peaceful and idyllic atmosphere.
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OPG Komparić

Istria
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Marčana
+385 98 535 669
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What could be a typical Croatian breakfast on the Adriatic coast? I suggest palačinke (similar to French pancakes) with fig jam. Family farm «OPG Komparić» from Pula produce it only from the fruits coming from their own fig trees that grow near picturesque village Marčana on the east Istrian coast. Fruit content is more than 80 percent! Enjoy the plain one or spiced jam with a touch of tangerines, cinnamon or ground almonds. The most curious one is with sage, full of Mediterranean sunny aromas that will surely lift up your mood in the most depressive month of the year. Check out also their excellent and non-filtered extra virgin olive oils made from Leccino, Bjelica and Buža olive varietals.
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OPG Sever

Central Croatia
Last impressions Croatian Organic Farming Pioneers
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Sever's range of products goes far beyond milled goodies, as they also grow a great number of different vegetables, grains and herbs. What started as a small organic farm, one of the first in the country, turned into a serious business. And they are still serious about offering only the best organic products without compromising their quality. Sever can be found at Zagreb's central market Dolac, Trešnjevački plac market (after March) and in the recently opened shop in Tratinska Street, but you can also order online and they will deliver to your home.
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Stancija Kumparička

Istria
Last impressions Not your everyday goat farm
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Aleš Winkler is a somewhat unusual guy. How many people do you know who used to live in a city, work as a real-estate agent, and then suddenly decided they wanted to live in the country and raise goats? And that is exactly what he did. Together with his family he moved from Ljubljana in Slovenia to a farm in the middle of nowhere, in Istria. They turned their life completely upside down, renovated the ruinous estate in a pretty cool way, and bought goats. Then they learned everything they could about cheese production and started playing with various combinations in order to get the one they like. Today they make some really fine stuff. It is their lifestyle that fascinates us. Their farm is like a refugee, the craziest and the calmest place at the same time. Music is always playing very loud all over the yard, animals are running around, and you somehow feel at home. There’s a whole lot you can do there, but the best option is to just relax, enjoy some goat cheese, wine and good company. And life is somehow good.
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OPG Mihaljević

Slavonia

Dalj

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Between the two roads that lead to Erdut, on Dalj planina, lies a small organic apple orchard of Mihaljević family planted in 2012. At the moment they have about 3 hectares and next year, after three years of transiton period, they are hoping to get organic certificate. This year they decided to produce apple juice and jam despite the weather troubles that hit all country. Through EU project of association Slap (Waterfall) they got free visual identity, labels and package design. Alma said: „That’s the point when I realized that things are getting more serious. At fairs people approached us and said some very nice things about flavor and design of our juice. At that moment I knew we’re on the right track.“ While I was drinking their juice, Alma told me they wanted to respect tradition of their ancestors and create juice without artificial coloring, flavors and preservatives, to be able to offer it to their children and taste the flavor of their own childhood. And that is something what I also felt: pure old fashion grandma’s juice. When I asked her about organic production she said: „When you enter into the organic production, you must break all barriers inside your head. Every ladybug, every bee and every animal that lives in orchard now begins to be important.“ and she continues: „Because, when you think organic, you think about the Earth. I’m satisfied and I feel so good!“ „Our plan is to expand as we can and try to get some money for small production unit from EU funds.“ Their plan is really simple – small home production of jam and compote without big fancy machines. Alma said that they „kill“ true essence of fruti preserves.