Luckily, buying locally in the true sense of the phrase still exists in Hungary. That is not to say that amusement-park style fruit-picking adventure parks cannot be found here - they can, but luckily they are mostly found near Budapest. Here in western Hungary, buying locally remains traditional and low-key. The region in which I live is particulary blessed agriculturally, meaning I can purchase an amazing variety of produce within a ten-kilometer radius of my home. In fact, I can find a considerable number of great products in the small village in which I reside.
With a population of only 650, Fertőendréd has two beekeepers, a slew of vegetable and fruit producers, and a winery. Yes, a winery! I discovered that a local family named Ács owns a vineyard in the village and that two adult brothers from family recently decided to bottle and sell the wine made from the grapes they harvest. Though kékfrankos (blue Frankish) is the trademark wine of the region, I prefer the whites, with ottonel muscat being my favorite. Lucky for me, the Ács brothers make a splended ottonel muscat and sell it for a price well below what most retailers charge for the same wine.
The truly special thing about this locally-made wine is its flavor - whenever I sample it, I feel as if I am drinking the very essence of the landscape I have come to know and love.