I have been looking for a market for a month now. I am becoming familiar with the many fruit and vegetable stands on the outside of Turkish supermarkets but I wanted German products, preferably grown close to Berlin. You know the spiel, seasonal, local – all those virtuous words. It’s August, so now is the time to buy seasonal. I found a great website called Hungry in Berlin, that sadly seems defunct since their last post was in December 2009, that makes reference to this market.
It’s across from the KaDeWe, so I know that this market is aimed at tourists and moneyed folks who think nothing of spending 20 Euros for some bread and cheese. I have to start somewhere though and today little L woke up at 5 a.m. had a half an hour singing / whining session and then settled back to sleep. I was thoroughly awake after her performance so I thought I would make the best of the day by starting really early. I got to the market at 7:45 a.m. It took until almost 9 a.m. for the merchants to unpack their wares – so don’t go early!
Borough market it’s not. Winterbergplatz market is charming and petite. It has a handful of vegetable stalls, a fish stall, a wild meat stall, two flower stands, a couple of cheese stands, an organic bakery and one that sells some delicious looking sourdough, a lady that sells mushrooms and the quirky lady in red pictured above selling natural juices. I would have bought a bag of sand from her if that is what she was selling, She just had this way about her – thoroughly enchanting. As it happens, her fruit juices are extremely tasty, little L and I have already made good progress on the apple and sour cherry one.
I bought a punnet of tiny blueberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, some lovely firm beetroot, fresh juice from Dr. Neubert and a small pumpkin (some recipes to follow with those ingredients soon!)
Wittenbergplatz Market (across from the KaDeWe)
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Monday from 9:00 to 16:00
Thursday from 9:00 to 18:00