Balassagyarmat Farmers’ Market34
Operating since 2014
Balassagyarmat Farmers’ Market was organized by the students and supervisors of the Sustainable Rural Development Course of ELTE Faculty of Human Ecology in 2014, as a result of a 3-year research project in the Balassagyarmat Micro Region (Nógrád County, N-Hungary) and the Slovak side of the river Ipoly/Ipel, in the Veľký Krtíš District.
The project was an action research, aiming to investigate whether a once significant town on the Hungarian-Slovakian border is capable of sustaining a market of products from its surrounding area, in other words: to find out whether farmers’ market can be considered as a real leverage point for Balassagyarmat.
Agri Kulti handed the operation to the Municipality of Balassagyarmat in the same year. The market operated for 3 years but its operation did not prove to be sustainable on the longer run.