Local production thrives in Skujene smart village

Two years ago, the idea of a smart village was launched in the parish of Skujene, Amata municipality – the basic idea is to involve the local community to improve the environment of their lives. And the village is thriving, said Latvian Radio August 25.

A group of the most active people in the parish have sprung up, actively promoting the performance of local home producers, encouraging others to seek their business niche. One of the ways to show what is already in the parish is a “one-day café” involving eight farms.

The idea of a “one-day café” in a Skujene version is a trip of eight places where each household presents their crop or production. But it is not a café in the direct sense of the word, so, for example, on the farm of “Indrāni”, it is a whole trail of nature with a variety of stops. 

“Everywhere you go, you'll see a chest. There will be some kind of food in each. The main pride we have on the farm is marmalade candy. We have 18 kinds of flavors  - flowers, beer, rye bread. Now we're at the dandelion chest and all the products here are dandelion," said owner Liene Margēviča.

The point of these activities is information exchange about what can be produced in the country, said Baiba Juhņēviča, head of the Skujene Culture Development Center. It is also an encouragement for others to try their hand at production.

Not only do farms offer their goods but also, for example, the Antiquities Museum offers a Soviet buffet-style cafe, whereas the ruins of Skujene castle are now home to a restaurant. 

"I'm really proud that we can. I'm a native here, born and raised. But also the newcomers who have come to Skujene are very active, very prepared to prop the name of Skujene on stage. It pleases me very much," said Ieva Škerberga, owner of the restaurant at the castle ruins.

Skujene residents are now thinking to create a joint brand for their local production.

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