Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Osmiza

Osmiza is a special licence once issued by the Austro-Hungarian empire to farmers, who, for a maximum of eight days (osem in Slovenian) could sell their produce without actually becoming a business concern (and thereby avoiding substantial fiscal pressure).

These farms still open for a few days each year to the public, with their simple but appetizing menu of salami, ham covered in horseradish, cured ham, boiled eggs, omelettes, homemade bread and their own wine.

When they open, the farmers indicate the way to their osmiza by hanging vine branches at the main crossroads in the uplands and then all along the road to lead you right into their farmyard.

Getting away after a delightful afternoon guzzling their goodies and drinking their wine is more difficult...

6 comments:

Gattina said...

I hadn't read the text yet I thought your picture was about air pollution, lol !

Tash said...

The photograph is stunning - such a unremarkable sign made so remarkable! really interesting historical post too.

valeria said...

Bellissima, Rob. Where is this place?!? Interesting customs this Osmiza!

amatamari said...

Che bella scelta questa!!!
:-)
E che frasca!!!

somebirdsarelikethat said...

I've just read about this! Does it only happen in the spring?

Anonymous said...

Great photo!

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