The farmers' market in Ehrwald
For eleven years, the Ehrwald farmers’ market has been held on the first weekend in October. It’s an initiative organised by local farmers keen to show off their farms’ best produce.
Ever tried lamb sausages? Fresh from an animal that spent its life in the pasture, eating healthy food? Or bread baked by the farmers themselves? Or hand-made pasta with eggs from chickens that ran around and pecked to their hearts’ content in an outdoor enclosure? If you haven’t, you should – at Ehrwald’s farmers’ market, which this year, after taking a pandemic-induced break in 2020, was again held on its traditional first weekend in October. Ten farmers from Ehrwald and one from Lermoos set up their stands and presented a cross-section of the specialities typical of the Tyrolean region in the shadow of the Zugspitze.
Andreas Kerber is pleased. After the quiet pandemic year, the farmers’ market in Ehrwald, now in its eleventh year, was a great success – which he, as the local farmers’ chairman, organised together with two colleagues. He first took on this role from the founders of the market, who were also farmers, five years ago. And he himself and his wife Elisabeth are also in attendance with a stand and products from their ‘BieZu’ farm and shop. By the way, BieZu, located below the lower terminal of the Ehrwald Almbahn cable car, and the Ziegenpeter Hof are two farms in the Ehrwald area that offer fresh produce for sale all year round.
Andreas Kerber’s farm is a fattening farm, in line with the products he offers at Ehrwald’s farmers’ market: sausage, bacon, meat in aspic, fresh meatloaf, and prime cuts of pork, beef, and lamb from his Valais Blacknose sheep. Plus the farm’s own bread and many a liqueur. At the Ehrwald farmers’ market surrounded by purveyors of more regional specialities: typical cheeses, honey, schnapps, seasonal vegetables, and herbs. With some farmers having a hunter in the family, you can also find wild game sausage. It’s worth noting that these are all products that can be enjoyed on the spot as part of a hearty meal – the catering is provided by the young farmers of the village.