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Fun Urban Farm Excursion

Published on September 04th, 2014 in Entertainment

  • The Farm

  • Feeding the goats

  • Carrot feast for the ducks

  • Chloe's choice of rabbits & farm handlers!

  • Happily grazing cow

  • Honey in the making

  • Your choice of tasty treats

  • Let the Harvest Festival begin!

  • Harvest Fair 2013

  • Harvest Fair 2013

I had been told that the Toulcův dvůr nature preserve and restored medieval farm complex on the outskirts of Prague, nestled among the Communist-era paneláky (housing estates), was a great place for a morning or afternoon jaunt with little ones. I had no idea that it is also an excellent destination for dining and shopping, a real extra added bonus!

 

On a recent visit to this community farm, also a campus for two pre-schools, our explorations went well beyond four-legged friends. But the animals are the best place to start and Toulcův dvůr has many: pigs, rabbits, geese, ducks, cows, horses, bee hives, and goats—all are housed throughout the homey grounds as is a large working garden growing strawberries, poppies, beets, and herbs.

 

Arrive before lunch and stroll around to work up an appetite for the very delicious and affordable organic cafeteria fare. We tried a vegetable version of baked “fleky” a layered Czech pasta dish (85 CZK), pork with bulgur (95 CZK), and kohlrabi soup (25 CZK) followed by a dense tvaroh pie (35 CZK) and black currant cake (25 CZK) for dessert. The main dishes come with an addictive zesty carrot and cabbage salad.

 

Don’t forget to shop. A handful of very cute stores are all located in and around the main courtyard and provide a unique alternative to the usual wooden wares found in Prague. Among my favorites was Obchod Na dvorečku or, shop in the backyard, selling homemade bird feeders, raffia dolls, beeswax candles, handmade stationery, chic boiled wool items, and much more. I bought two Czech painted toys (240 CZK/each), a women with a goose on her back and a man holding a loaf of bread, and a boiled wool cow (295 CZK) and goat (145 CZK) which are now proudly displayed in my living room.

 

   

My purchases at the farm.

 

There is also a wonderful craft store, Dobroděj with lots of fun items—I took home a set of German rectangular shaped crayons (195 CZK) that are great for little hands—and a handful of boiled wool products as well. The Bioobchůdek organic grocery store had the most diverse selection of křupky, the children’s snack, I have seen anywhere.

 

Toulcův dvůr also hosts regular special events, including what I’ve heard is a very lively annual carnival celebration. If you have been waiting to visit, the upcoming Harvest Fair (Sept. 13) is the perfect opportunity to go. The courtyard will be filled with food and craft vendors and folk music and puppet shows are planned for the main stage. Expect lots of special activities for children.

 

Honestly, if I didn’t know better—and couldn’t see the cement apartment blocks looming in the distance—I’d think we had been transported to the Czech countryside.

 

 

Toulcův dvůr

www.toulcuvdvur.cz/
Kubátova 32/1, Prague 10
tel 272 660 500
hours Farm grounds: Daily 8:00–18:00, cafeteria daily 10:00–17:00; shops are typically open in accordance with the grounds but most are closed on Sunday.
entrance Free
metro Line A to Skalka or line C to Opatov then bus 177 to Toulcův dvůr
tram 22 or 26 to Na Groši
 

CASH ONLY at shops and cafeteria

Note that all of the buildings allow stroller access, but not all of the animals can be reached by stroller.

 

 

 


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