- In fertile areas close to market centers, vegetables were grown specifically for the market. In western Slovakia, this was mainly around Bratislava and the southern part of Za'horie < http://natrix.sk/wp-content/uploads/zahorie-en.jpg >, which mainly supplied vegetables to Vienna. Vegetable-growers from Za'horie were a daily part of Viennese markets in the early 20th century. After the breakdown of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, these vegetable growers also sought to sell their produce in Moravia and in the entire Slovak-Moravian border area up to Z~ilina < http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/88/Map_slovakia_zilina.png >.
The vegetable-growing area of Z'ahorie produced cabbage, cucumbers, and kale, and also soup vegetables. Lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, and peppers were grown on a large scale only starting in World War II.
Z~itny' Ostrov (sorry, couldn't find a better one < http://www.tourist-channel.sk/samorin/samorin-namape.jpg >) had individual micro-regions with good vegetable-growing conditions, but unlike Za'horie, this did not form a single compact area. These individual micro-regions grew carrots, cabbage, onion, and garlic. Peppers and watermelons were also grown throughout southern Slovakia. Vegetable production and sales grew in this area, mainly once private ships provided transportation on the Danube River. These ships also delivered high-quality seed, but mainly carried away local produce.
Two other high-production areas were also important: around Levice < http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/98/Map_slovakia_levice.png >and Luc~enec < http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a7/Slovakia_banskabystrica_lucenec.png/800px-Slovakia_banskabystrica_lucenec.png >. High-quality land that could be irrigated provided good conditions for vegetable growing, and small land surveys [plots??] forced a more intensive management.
There were also similar situations in eastern Slovakia, where the cities of Kos~ice < http://www.colosseumdom.sk/images/map-slovakia-kosice.gif >and Pres~ov < http://www.slovakia.travel/data/Resources/Upload/Images/OSlovensku/Regiony/mapka_kraj_presovsky.png >, and also the Spis~ < http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/48/Slovakia_Spis.gif/800px-Slovakia_Spis.gif > and Gemer < http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/20/Slovakia_Gemer.jpg > industrial centers represented markets for the vegetable-growing villages of the Torysa River basin < http://www.rieky.sk/slovensko/torysa.aspx?ID_reky=71 >.
Suitable types of vegetables were also grown in the harsher climatic conditions of northern Slovakia, i.e., high-quality onions, legumes, and carrots. The move to vegetable mono-cultures was determined by market conditions.
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