The Volksdorfer Wochenmarkt is one of the greater farmers’ markets in Hamburg, but nevertheless one of the most homey and unhurried ones. For me it is a kind of ritual to shop there on Wednesdays or Saturdays, enjoying all the fresh fruits and vegetables, looking at the beautiful plants and flowers, visiting my regular market stands and meeting acquaintances and neighbours strolling and always looking for a nice talk.
You can get everything you want here and really fresh too: fish and meat market stands, fruits, vegetables, local honey, nuts and spices, dairy products, bakery stands, deli food and a few snack bars for relaxing after shopping. Most of the vendors come from the region and sell local products, often from organic farms.
Mainly the sellers have been coming to Volksdorf for decades and are very familiar with their regular customers. It is like a “Wochenmarkt” should be: You go there for shopping and for talking about politics and daily issues and the nice feeling of being served by well-known faces – instead of incognito shopping at the supermarket. Unfortunately some of the marketeers told me that the Wochenmarkt is in question because of dwindling market visitors.
The best way to visit the market is to come by bike, but on Saturdays you can also use the park & ride house at the U-Bahn Volksdorf – on Saturday it is free for visitors to the market and the nearby area.