The first Western Farmers' Market, organized under the RAISE Youth project, was a huge success.

It was held on June 26 at the Regional Youth Center in Breznik, where hundreds of visitors had the opportunity to buy products from all over Pernik and Kyustendil - honey, cheese, cheese, meat, sausage, fruits, vegetables, lemonade, chips, sour and fresh. milk, pottery, art.

Both producers and buyers were fascinated by the initiative of the CIA and the RAISE Youth Regional Youth Center. This is evident from the flattering materials in the media on the occasion of the event.

Here, for example, is what Vyara News writes:

"Cheese that melts in the mouth, real milk, thick honey" This was a small part of the treasures that nine producers of organic food and beverages from the districts of Pernik and Kyustendil and a community center from Breznik presented at the first Western farmers' market in Breznik. The stands were located in the yard of the former Vocational School of Agriculture (PGSS) "Nikola Y. Vaptsarov", also known as MTU.


Among the stands attracted attention and representatives of "Businska srchkotilnitsa", who offered masterful pottery using traditional technology from centuries ago. Along with them was the master potter Zahari Ivanov, who presented to the children's audience at the market the process of pouring clay and creating vessels from it.

"What we are doing - we are trying to revive Busin ceramics and the school, which is one of the oldest in Bulgaria. Preslav and Veliko Tarnovo are as old as it is, but as far as I know, they also have no people to grind. As for the busin one - unfortunately the last local master passed away 12 years ago and that is why my colleague and I decided to revive the school. We complement each other - he is the engine man, I am the man with the ideas and the organizer. This is our ambition - to return the hundred described models. To return the beauty of green, yellow, clean forms, which have been a frequent guest in the Bulgarian table and house. The black color is also characteristic. It is not something new, on the contrary. We find pieces all over the village, which are from the oldest, from the real bead pottery. There are many interesting colors, colors… We are guided by the already described vessels and those that are in private collections, owned by people from the area. They support us - they take pictures of us and carry dishes so that we can cover every nuance, shade, color, layering, "commented Stefka Boneva from Srachkotilnica to Vyara News.

The event was covered in 17 publications in media such as BNR, Zapadno, Vyara News, Today and Tomorrow, Krakra TV, Glashatay, Desant, BG News, Za Pernik, Sinor, Mirogled, Rod BG, Novini 24/7, Radomir.

The 10 local producers and craftsmen who participated were:

  •     The farm in the village of Gorna Vrabcha, Zemen municipality offered high quality yoghurt and fresh milk, mature cheeses, yellow cheeses and butter, beef delicacies, sausage, sausage, jar meat, pate, free-range eggs, honey and wine;
  •     Manoel Stoilov offered ecological honey from Breznishko;
  •     Ivo Sotirov from Pernik sold field and sunflower honey;
  •     Krassimir Stoyanov from the village of Kipolovtsi, Kyustendil region, is a producer of organic fruits and vegetables;
  •     Lyudmila Angelova from the village of Zhabokrug, Kyustendil region, brought her home-grown fruits and vegetables;
  •     Olga Gorcheva from the village of Granitsa, Kyustendil municipality, offered eco fruits and vegetables;
  •     The Busin handicraft mill from Transko presented master pottery using traditional technology from centuries ago;
  •     Oraya Farm from the village of Meshtitsa offered fresh cheeses and yellow cheeses;
  •     Agriva Farm from Breznik presented its high-quality dairy products;
  •     The National Chitalishte "Ivo Voyvoda - 1928" from the village of Dolna Sekirna, Breznishko region, prepared authentic dishes, typical for the region of Graovo;
  •     "EcoEthnoArt" from Radomir presented its hand-painted souvenirs, toys, cards and more.

 The western farmers' market is to be held in more cities in the district. Follow the website of the CIA and our FB page "Support for Youth in Pernik District" to find out first when and where the events will be.

The RAISE Youth project, implemented by the Center for Development of Sustainable Communities, covers over 500 young people aged between 18 and 29, living in the municipalities of Pernik, Breznik, Trun, Radomir, Zemen and Kovachevtsi, who are not currently involved. Within its framework, various trainings for career and personal development are passed, and the most active 20 participants will be provided with additional training and mentoring assistance to start their own business.

The RAISE Youth project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment.