Opened in August 2010, the Parndorf farmers’ market was the first in Austria to join the Earth Markets network. In the meantime, two other markets have sprung up: Horn and Lutzmannsburg.
The Parndorf farmers’ market takes place in the barn of a private rural house and is run by Monika Liehl with the help of the Slow Food Burgenland Convivium.
Parndorf, a village of just over 4,000 inhabitants, lies less than 50 km from Vienna in Burgenland, the easternmost and flattest province in Austria, a land very suitable for viticulture, with almost 10,000 hectares of vineyards. In addition, thanks to Lake Neusiedler See, it enjoys considerable tourism. It borders Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia with an interesting mix of cultures and languages, including a Croatian linguistic minority.
The slogan of the market is “come, talk, have fun together”.
The Market gathers twenty-five producers, all coming from a 40 km radius. They sell naturally leavened bread, with local cereals, fresh fruit and vegetables, preserves, fruit juices, liqueurs, cold cuts, honey and other bee products (candles, soaps, propolis), cosmetics, salt, milk and yoghurt, freshwater fish, goat cheese, meat and wine. There is always a stall selling street food, where you can taste the best wines of the region, and taste some local specialities prepared by the cooks who take turns at cooking.
In spring, visits to the Parndorf area are organised, for example, to learn how to pick wild herbs.
The market organises a home delivery service.