You should’ve heard the conversation. We were strolling through the fantastic open-air City Market in lovely Ljubljana, admiring the rows of fresh produce, local honey, and the straight-from-the greenhouse mums.
Something loomed in our peripheral vision, and we came to an abrupt halt in front of a … contraption!
“What in the world do you think that is?” James asked.
“Well, it’s got a cow on it, so maybe it’s an ice cream vending machine,” I replied.
“Well then what are all those bottles for?”
Just then a young guy walks up, pumps in some coins, retrieves a bottle, and the process starts. One of the little doors opens – he places the bottle over the spigot … and voila! Milk comes shooting out. We were gobsmacked!
It turns out that a Mlekomat is a raw milk vending machine. Evidently, farmers from the Ljubljana countryside fill up the milk machine with fresh, raw, unprocessed, unpasteurized, unskimmed milk. I know that those of you who grew up on farms already know the joys of fresh milk, but for city kids – what a treat!
So anytime, day or night, 24/7, you can get your milk straight from the cow. … well, almost. Imagine that!
Has anyone else run into a MLEKOmat?
Terri & James