We already started to round up the farmers' markets around Lake Balaton once, but there were so many we had to leave some out. They are here now: 7 venues, from the gap-filling fish market to the eco-trend followers, where you can purchase something to put onto the plate, into the pan or the hand of your kid. Pt. 2 might still not be the end of the list.
The name is already a dedication, and - thankfully - the practice falls in line with it. Although the amassed titles might seem to be exaggerating, the majority of the customers are satisfied with the authentic and bio goods that the Show Market sells. The fish selection of the market in Gyenesdiás boasts of extraordinary popularity: no vendors hold monopoly, so there is a wide range of fish on offer. Smoked fish, honey, mangalitza products from Káptalantóti, fresh black pudding and sausages, langalló, sweer bread, and pickles - these are only some of the specialities found here.
Address: Gyenesdiás Kárpáti Korzó
Opening hours: every day between 10:00-20:00. (The fish frier and shop is closed on Mondays.)
Despite earlier concerns about the new location of the Balatonboglár market, the place is now surrounded by peace and harmony. It might also have helped the flow of chi that we were guided through the dense of goods by a Buddhist farmer from Somogyvámos. The vendors here are definitely not harried nor aggressive. See for yourself on the chief market days (Tuesdays and Fridays), while shopping for ingredients!
Address: Balatonboglár, Dózsa utca
Opening hours: every day, 06:00-14:00
The market of Vászoly has set multiple goals: it does not only give space to local farmers, but also to local craftsmen and artists. The Saturday market would not be complete without spices, Sicilian olive oil, honey, mustard, goat milk products, lavender goods and pottery by Éva Kézdy, Angéla Leszvik's ceramics and Ágnes Perényi's textile souvenirs.
Address: Vászoly, Béke tér 2.
Opening hours: on every first and third Saturday of the month from May to September, 8:00-12:00
Although the handing over of the new building has still not taken place, Balatonföldvár's market is still one of our favourites with its huge trees. The vendors arrive from a circle as wide as 30 kilometres, so the range of goods is quite colourful. Some products deserve special mention, such as jams of peculiar (e.g. fig and quince) flavours, matured and spiced (e.g. thyme, basil, chili) cheeses, and the meat products. There is no chief market day, as the vicinity of the holiday homes make regular opening worthwhile. So far, the renewal of the market is apparent only in the new paving, but soon there'll also be electricity, running water and bike parking as well. The mood is already great and you can reach the venue by the small gauge railway as well.
Address: Balatonföldvár, Vak Bottyán utca
Opening hours: every day, 08:00-12:00
The title 'the largest market of the south shore' is no exaggeration: you have to visit more than once to be able to discover the entire venue in Fonyód. In addition to mobile phone cases, fake Ray-Bans and the Naomi Campbell perfume collection, you can also bump into the classical cheap market clothing selection. Farmers sell at surprisingly varied prices, but the goods selection is great. Treasure hunters might spend half days browsing, as even a fast round brings foundings you cannot meet elsewhere. You can see things like a ceramic statuette of the notorious Hungarian governor Horthy or bump into an elderly man who claims he met the infamous Dr. Mengele in South America and even wrote a book about it.
Address: Fonyód, Hegyalja út 9.
Opening hours: Wednesday, Saturday: 07:00-16:00
In the yard of the Balaton Wine Manor, Balaton-based farmers and artisans are selling their products. This taste of a market is not only eco-conscious, but also stomach-friendly, as it offers: stove-baked lángos, chimney cake, homemade pasta, smoked trout, traditional honeys and honey specialities, smoked meat products of mangalitza and pork, syrups, artisan cheeses, natural yogurts, fresh fruits and vegetables and live Balaton fish as well.
Csopaki Oko Market (closed)
Address: 8229 Csopak, Simoga köz 2.
The Szent Mihály Market is worth visiting on account of its surroundings already, as it is situated at the feet of the chapel on the Szent Mihály Hill. It lies directly beside the bike road, so access on two-wheels seems self-evident - many bump (or ride) into the market by chance. You can celebrate the chance encounter with a stove-baked langalló, a pork-trotter goulash, a fish soup, and/or a homemade strudel.
Address: Balatongyörök, Szent Mihály u. 1.
Opening hours: Wednesday: 08:00-14:00, Saturday: 08:00-16:00