When I first was taken to view the cottage at Rakovitsa, we drove into the village & I'd run out of cigarettes. So I asked the guy from the estate agency who was driving me around to stop at the village store. He said: Ok, my mother is the shop-keeper, & he introduced me. We exchanged pleasantries & I bought the cigarettes. After we'd both got back in the car I said: Where do you buy food? The shop had very little food on display; mainly kids sweets, cigarettes, & the inevitable wine & rakia. He said: What food? I thought for a second then said: Well, eggs for instance? Eggs? He said; Why would you want to buy eggs? Everyone has chickens!
I was green as grass then, but very soon I learnt. In the country areas of Bg they still live how we used to, maybe 100 years ago. They produce & make most of their own food; including their wine & rakia (of which they are allowed to distill 30 litres per annum!). Very green innt?
As a Bulgarian friend of mine put it: You pay extra for organic food in your country. In Bulgaria, all food is organic because the farmers cannot afford the fertlisers or the weedkillers! He's got a point, hasn't he?