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Farmers' market an option in Schweinfurt

May 10, 2013

Photo by Lindsay Baker, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

The Schweinfurt farmers’ market open-air located in the center square at the Marktplatz near the town hall and the restaurant Aposto. The open-air market draws in farmers and growers from within the region.

SCHWEINFURT, Germany — Choosing whether to eat fresh, locally-grown produce is a choice steeped in personal and family considerations: cost, convenience, personal preference and food ethics. But if you’re stationed here, it’s at least a choice you have.

Schweinfurt’s farmers’ market draws farmers and local growers from within the region. The open-air market is located in the center square at the Marktplatz near the town hall, known as the Rathaus, and the restaurant Aposto.

The weekly markets take place every Tuesday & Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays & Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The markets are open year-round on the market square, except in November & December when — because of the Christmas Market — they move to Georg-Wichtermann-Platz near the central bus station and Ross Hotel.

Vendors sell a variety of fruit, vegetables, flowers and whatever is in season. Eggs, cheeses and meats are also typically available.

Farmers selling their products are registered with the city and pay rent for their spot, said Manuel Nastvogel, who works for the city’s office of public order.

The market expands its local inventory several times a year when it brings in farmers specifically from the Schweinfurt area. At these special farmers’ markets, vendors offer honey, local game, schnapps and jams. Mark your calendars. Here are the 2013 special “Bauernmarkt” dates:

  • April
  • May 4
  • June 8
  • July 6
  • August 3
  • September 7
  • October 5
  • November 2

All city buses lead to the Rossmarkt, the central bus plaza downtown just a block from the farmer’s market at the town square. Buses heading into town will have “Rossmarkt” on the electronic sign on the front of the bus. Adult bus tickets cost €1.20 per adult and €0.70 for children ages 6-14. For more on buses, visit our Schweinfurt City Bus Guide.

Story by Nathan Van Schaik, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

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