Opening in August 2010, Parndorf farmers’ market was the first in Austria to join the Earth Markets network. It takes place year-round every first Saturday of the month in the barn of a private rural house, and is managed by Monika Liehl with the help of the Burgenland Convivium.
Parndorf, a village of just over 3,000 inhabitants, lies less than 50 km from Vienna in the Burgenland, Austria’s most eastern and flattest province, which is very suited to winegrowing, with almost 10,000 hectares of vineyards. It also enjoys substantial tourism thanks to the Neusiedler See lake. Bordering Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia, it has an interesting mix of cultures and languages, including a Croatian linguistic minority.
Twenty producers, all coming from within a distance of 40 km attend the market, selling bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, preserves, juices, spirits, cured meats, honey and other bee products (candles, soaps, propolis), body products, salt, milk and yoghurt, freshwater fish, goat cheese, meat and wine. These are some of the most interesting productions in the area, such as Waldherr, the baker who uses sourdough starter and self-ground wholemeal flour sourced from local grain, and the Michelits family who supply Demeter biodynamic certified meat from their herd of 500 free-range beef cattle, exclusively fed from their own feed. A stall selling street food is always present, where the best wines of the region are available for tasting, and local chefs take turns cooking.
In spring, visits in the area of Parndorf are organized, for example, to learn how to gather wild herbs. There is a strong collaboration with other organizations such as WWF and Fair Trade, which collaborate with the market to organize dedicated days to common themes. The market slogan is “come together, talk together, enjoy together.”
Parndorf Earth Market
Markt der Erde im und vor dem Stadel
7111 Parndorf, Schulgasse
Since 2010, every first Saturday of each month from January to April; every first and third Saturday of the month from May to September; every first Saturday of the month from October to December.