The farmers markets dotted around Berlin are pop-up microcosms of freshness and sensory overload. Near my apartment is the Kollwitzplatz market, which takes place every Thursday and Saturday. It stretches out over three streets, and once within its confines, you can soak in all of the offerings: fresh produce, baked goods, fresh meat, fish, sausages, pasta, cheeses, flowers, arts & crafts, prepared foods . . . . I always tried to get there early to avoid the inevitable fair weather crowd.
There’s nothing like browsing the stalls of a farmers market to start the day off right. The first morning I went, tulips were in full swing and peony season was just beginning. I couldn’t help myself and bought three tightly closed peony buds and a bunch of roses, which captured my attention for the next week as they all bloomed.
Vegetables—I can admire farmers market vegetables all day! Unfortunately, with my limited kitchen, I could only bring a few home with me. It was more a feast for the eyes and nose than anything else to peruse the numerous tables and admire produce. Prices at the market are a little higher than in supermarkets, but you get what you pay for. The vegetables are usually locally sourced, and they are just about always of great quality.
If anyone is heading to Berlin in the near future, and visits this market, check out the gözleme stand! This little vendor selling Turkish pastries filled with cheese, spinach, and meats is always packed, and the smells wafting out of its small windows are heavenly. I’m only sad because both times, I had forgotten it was there and only remembered afterward. Go forth and eat!