I've got a European medieval-themed world and my focus is everyday life in a small village (population of 300~500 people) in the mountains. I'm trying to stay away from action, adventure, violence, etc. as much as possible, so I want this village to be a remote, quiet place. However, I still want it to see at least some traffic, be it travelers or merchants or whatever, so that the village has significant economic activity. I don't know enough about medieval economics or everyday life to give some concrete numbers, like how many merchants passing per week, but I'm aiming for something high enough to make the village have some significant interaction, yet not too high to make it some economic hub. I'm certain it's possible but wasn't able to come up with a good reason or find a real-life examples myself, so I'd like to seek advice from Stack Exchange.
It wouldn't be due to some resources or anything of strategic value because that would get the attention of political and military parties, making my earlier point about remote and quiet moot. There are no powerful religious groups like the church because the people of this world mostly interact with old/wise and powerful animals and call them gods, so no pilgrimage. Tourism and vacation is also difficult because the standard of living isn't high enough for people to have that much free time.
Assume nothing magical or supernatural. Those things are difficult to deal with without knowing the full explanation of how they work in my world. And my world doesn't have a lot of supernatural things going on and people haven't started studying the magical laws of nature anyway. That being said, if you have suggestions involving something magical that can explain the situation and also provide some interesting ideas about the events that can happen in or around the village, that would be great.
I'm not expecting anyone to solve my problem by directly giving a definite answer. But if anyone knows a lot about how traffic in real-life secluded village worked and explained some factors that can affect it, as well as giving some suggestions that could work in a fantasy setting, I'd be happy to hear about them and hopefully I can figure out a combination or get another idea.
If you need me to provide more details, or explain about the lore etc, do let me know.