I discovered my local farm shop almost a year ago. It literally changed my everyday life as there are no more trips to Coop/Migros for fruit and vegetables for me. Whenever possible I buy everything straight from the local farmer. Freshly grown vegetables, herbs, eggs, milk, cheese and even salad dressings (they make this weekly from their own vegetables) all come from the little wooden hut next to my local farm house.
I have a standing order for the bread they make at weekends which is usually still warm at the breakfast table. I can arrange to get special cuts of meat (veal cheeks are my current favourite as they make an amazing ragu, but I often get oxtail, chicken and beef) also as an added bonus with every visit I get to practice my german!!
Food here is amazingly fresh, its not as expensive as the supermarket and it hasn't travelled hundreds of miles to be wrapped in a piece of cellophane.
What is not to like about Farmer's shops? One of the three farmers within a 30 min walk from my house is a bio farm, another produces their own wine and has a pumpkin festival every year and the third - my regular - is in the picture above.
If you haven't already discovered these gems of Switzerland then you don't know what you are missing.
There are literally hundreds of these small huts all over Switzerland - you just need to keep your eyes open when you go out for a walk. Farms and vineyards often have signs on their fence advertising where you can buy their produce. Also watch out for the 'Pick Yourself' signs for flowers, cherries and strawberries. I love being able to pick my own flowers so they are all the right height and colour for the vase I want to put them in (often for only 1-3 CHF per stem). I'm currently sitting in front of a bunch of sunflowers from nearly 2 weeks ago - so like the vegetables from the farmer they last that little bit longer too....
If you live in the centre of Zurich, Bern or Geneva you may not have a farm on your doorstep but as soon as you hit a 'wanderweg' I'm sure you will stumble across one (or at least a sign for one). If walking isn't your thing then I'd suggest the next best things which is visiting the weekly farmers markets that spring up in the city centres. Zurich has a great one in the Main Station BahnhofMarkt every Wednesday. You can buy cheese, bread, meat, flowers and all kinds of fruit and vegetables.
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