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The Harvest in Mariovo

Blog by: Ивона Дојковска

Prilep, Macedonia

August 7, 2020

The harvest in Mariovo, in the past years: blog by: Ivona Dojkovska, Prilep

Many roads lead to Mariovo's Prilep. The most famous, the asphalt from Prilep, via Stavica, and then via the Plum Pass, directs to Mariovo's expanses. Others are either buffered, through Belovodica, or 'goats'' tracks, for all hidden To get to the "real" Mariovo, ie the village of Besiste, you have to cross the Crna Reka and Rasimbegov Bridge. Then, the hills, the stony nature, the wide roads, until the "Iron Door" informal border crossing. for Mariovci - it's all intact. Mariovo still has hilltops But there are fewer Mariovians, the "mountain people", resentful of rebellion, uprisings, of "patchy life", of pride, determination and stubbornness. Pride and stubbornness remained, but determination sent them into the "big world" for the better. However, the beauties of Besiste bring people back.

According to my grandmother, the village of Besiste had fertile land. In the past, people were engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry. Of the vegetable crops, most were grown beans, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, potatoes, garlic, onions, leeks, cucumbers and many others. products.

And as my grandmother tells me, they first planted the fields with oxen, then planted the product they wanted to get with their valuable hands, using a wooden tool called a "peg." Then they planted the plant, manually, then it was supposed to be irrigated daily, but since at that time they used the wells in their homes only for their own needs, they were irrigated with the help of a river. That is, all fields were always close to the river so they could make a road, canal or so called furrow to the fields, and water to flow through the furrow and so on next to the fields to irrigate the plant. Then the finished product was harvested, taken home with the help of an animal (mask or donkey), and used for home use, since there was no purchase of products at that time, as now. Some of the vegetable crops were stored in so-called cellars, or garages. The only thing that was then sold was the famous Mario Bian (beaten) cheese, made from a flock of sheep, whitewashed on Mariovian slopes. They were always happy, smiling and, satisfied, they never argued, and most importantly, each other respected and helped each other.