…With a fish farm – a work in progress that will be stocked with brown trout!
These are all vital parts of a medieval fiefdom where the vassal grew and produced all that was necessary for life, if ‘life’ was all about nourishment and survival.
Anyway… the concept of Kusturica’s fiefdom at Mokra Gora is to produce as much food as possible and to tend it and to cultivate it to make sure it’s as healthy as it can be. Hence, the barn (or the farm if we’re trying to be hip) – it provides a home to our Gatačko cattle, more native to these parts than the people or nations, who come and go. The milk they provide may be in limited supply, but it’s rich in every other aspect and is used to prepare cheese, cream, and sour milk in the traditional way. And the majority of the vegetables that are brought to the dining table for guests and hosts alike to feast on are grown in Emir Kusturica’s fields and greenhouses, too.
The climate and the skies beneath which our vegetables grow have their own rhythm, so when you’re at Mećavnik, please don’t ask for tomatoes in January. It’s not that we can’t get hold of them; it’s just that January isn’t the right time for tomatoes, unless you like them crushed and boiled for a great, homemade tomato sauce – we do have that. And then there are our pickled vegetables, too…
Preparations are in full swing at Mećavnik for the monitored, natural production of healthy, organic fruit with the planting of raspberry and blueberry canes and for the production of its own fruit juices at its juicery, which are guaranteed to be natural and healthy.