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Mrs. Radka Šťastný with her husband and brother Josef Rosendorf as well as his family and their little baby farm 10 hectares of fertile fields at the polabská lowlands near Mělník. They are the fifth generation engaged in farming vegetables on their own land. The principle focus of both families is the cultivation of lettuce and new varieties of vegetables. Therefore, along with their traditional vegetables, they can boast of their own variety of fennel, an unreal number of diverse lettuce varieties and several types of radish. They enjoy trying new things and they are constantly pleased by new vegetable types.
What they grow: Lettuce of various types and varieties, fennel, broccoli, leeks, cabbage, carrots, red beets, yellow beets, potatoes, red, yellow, white, and red-white radishes, and radishes called “icicles”, kohlrabi, cucumbers, celery, parsley, cauliflower , green broccoflower, and purple edible beans, chard, spinach, arugula, dill, coriander leaves, herbs of all kinds. In the winter and fall you’ll often see among their offerings the old and precious vegetable kale, which has large amounts of vitamin B and betacarotine – grandma grows this one.
What else they grow: Onion, zucchini, pâtissons, parsley, celery, and Hokkaido pumpkins brought in from a farmer located in the nearby village Křenek. They bring eggplant and peppers from another farmer in Tišice. They buy cherry tomatoes from Mr. Smotlacha from nearby Hlavence and vine tomatoes from a Hostim greenhouse, where they grow tomatoes exclusively. The first of the tomatoes are harvested in mid-April and the last in mid-November.
What’s of interest and note: Mr. Šťastný and his wife are tireless experimenters and pioneers in the cultivation of new varieties of lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, and other vegetables. Problems with water, trapped in their fields due to backed-up canals and groves, have been overcome by growing their carrots in raised beds that the water can’t reach.