Even as a city-dweller, you can enjoy that real country life in Berlin. Just jump on the S-Bahn and head out to the farmers' markets: Here, you can get seasonal and regional fruit and vegetables, meet the hens and watch the cows graze. And then, at the end of the day, with a full basket, a satisfied feeling and fresh supplies, you can comfortably head back home.
In Berlin itself, you'll find countless weekly markets. It's when you head a little outside of the city limits, however, that you truly find hidden treasures. Run by independent farmers in Berlin and Brandenburg, you can get the freshest produce at the best prices. So you can just get out and go, we have selected eight farm shops that you can visit on a short weekend hike or bike Tour. To ensure that your shopping experience is particularly sustainable, all farm shops can be easily reached by Berlin's S-Bahn or regional train. Just remember to bring your largest backpack and, if necessary, your panniers.
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Between Strausberg and Werneuchen you will find the fruit estate Franz Müller in Wesendahl, nestled between meadows and fields. The attached farm shop sells asparagus, strawberries, plums, apples and cherries at harvest time. You will also get vegetables, dairy and sausages from other local farmers. So that you do not have to start the return journey hungry, you can spoil yourself with a piece of cake.Take S-Bahn line S5 from Berlin to Strausberg Nord station every 20 minutes. From the train station you can stroll through the town until you turn towards the northern shore of the Strausse lake. Here you have a nice view over the wide lake. Then you cross the small housing estate Friedrich Schiller height and then it goes into the Strausberger forest. On cozy forest trails you walk between the trees to the northern tip of the Fängersee. At the old Wesendahler mill a narrow, hardly traveled road branches off in the direction of Wesendahl. You follow the road and a little later you reach the Obstgut. Prepare yourself here with first-class fruits and vegetables before you make your way back. You follow the road back to the mill and then wander south along the shore of the Fängersee. Between Fängersee and Bötzsee you turn east and walk through the forest to the Straussee. Here you jump on the ferry, which brings you comfortably to the other shore. From the ferry dock it is only a few meters to the S-Bahn station Strausberg city. The S5 brings you and your purchases safely back to Berlin.
South of the idyllic Bernau, on the wide hilly landscape of the Barnim is worth a trip to the Pomona farm shop in Elisenau. The farm specializes mainly in strawberries, blueberries and apples to pick yourself, but now the farm shop has a wide assortment. In addition to the crunchy fruit you get here jams, potatoes, regional and seasonal vegetables, handmade pasta, preserves and sausages from a neighboring country meat factory.You and your bike take the S-Bahn line S2, which goes to Bernau station every 20 minutes. By bike, head east out of the city. You drive past houses for a while, but soon you cycle over wide fields. You reach the old Gutsdorf Börnicke, today a district of Bernau. The Gutsdorf and the courtyards are well preserved, even the manor house has been rehabilitated little by little for several years. For children, a visit to the school museum or children's farm is perfect. From Börnicke you cycle along a dirt road to Elisenau, where you can fill your bicycle basket and saddlebags with fresh food. Then it goes through meadows and fields back to the station Bernau. With the S-Bahn line S2 you drive back to Berlin.
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In Rudow, on the southern edge of Berlin, lies the Milchhof Mendler. The farm is a true Berlin veteran. Since 1903 he is family-owned, but at that time the first 30 dairy cows were kept in a Schöneberg backyard. Only in the 1980s was the farm so big that the farmer moved to the outskirts. In the farm's own shop you get fresh raw milk, cheese, butter and also meat and sausages.The S-Bahn lines S9 and S45 run regularly to the S-Bahn station Schönefeld Airport, the starting point of your hike. You leave the station in a northerly direction and walk over the Rudower fields. The Berlin Wall used to stand here, meanwhile you can enjoy a wide, unlimited view here. You pass the children's farm 'Stadtrandhof' and after you have crossed the Waltersdorfer Chaussee, you reach the landscape park Rudow-Altglienicke. With a little luck you will see some water buffalos living here as natural landscape keepers in the summer. A little later you can browse the farm shop of Milchhof Mendler. With fresh supplies it goes back to the S-Bahn station Schönefeld.
Also in the west of Berlin, between Spandau and Falkensee, a small farm shop awaits you with its homemade products. Most products come from their own farm, along with jams, jellies, organic cheeses, venison, vegetables and much more. Several times a year there are court festivals and performances by local musicians.You take the S-Bahn line S3 or S9 to the station Spandau. There you climb on your bike and drive through the Münsingerpark to the Spektengrünzug. The Spektengünzug was once a broad river valley, but by draining only a small strip is left today. It goes past the two Kiesteichen Great Spektensee and Spektelake. Then you leave the Grünzug and continue towards Dallgow-Döberitz. After you drove under the S-Bahn tracks, you will soon reach the farm shop Falkensee. With delicious fruit, fresh vegetables and eggs then it goes on the bike back to the S-Bahn station Spandau.
It is thanks to the farmer Alex Szilleweit that the 'Teltower turnip' has regained its fame. In the 18th and 19th centuries, it was considered a real delicacy, after which it fell into oblivion. Meanwhile, many people are again interested in regional and especially seasonal vegetables and even in the elegant restaurants of the capital, the turnip lands again on the plate. In addition to the beets you get on the farm shop but many other vegetables and fruits. So that the turnip can thrive in their homeland, the farm is of course in Teltow.The S-Bahn lines S25 and S26 will take you every 20 minutes to the S-Bahn station Teltow Stadt. Passing a few small, well-tended prefabricated buildings, it goes to the outskirts. Here you hike on a dirt road to the south. After you have crossed a small forest, a little later branches off a path to the left. Shortly afterwards you reach the court of Alex Szilleweit. Outfit yourself with the crisp vegetables and take some of the turnips with you. Along the street you walk through the small town back to Teltow city.
On the southern shore of Wandlitzsee is the idyllic village of the old Wandlitz. Here is the organic farm of the family Gerstel. Vegetables, fruits, spices and herbs are grown entirely without synthetic pesticides and only from untreated seeds. In the attached farm shop you can stock up on vegetables and also buy eggs, oils, organic wines, handmade soaps and ceramics. The visit to the organic farm can be perfectly combined with a circular walk around the Wandlitzsee.With the S-Bahn line 2 it goes every 10 minutes to the train station Berlin Karow. There you take the regional train RB27, which takes you directly to the station Wandlitzsee. You leave the landmarked station building to the north and stroll along the sparsely built banks of Lake Wandlitz. If the weather cooperates, a detour to the lido on Lake Stolzenhagener is also worthwhile. Otherwise, you walk comfortably around the lake. In the old village of Wandlitz you can find the Barnim Panorama Natural Park Museum next to the farm shop. There you will learn a lot about the development of agriculture in the region. If you have packed your backpack up with fresh vegetables, you continue along the shore to the S-Bahn station Wandlitzsee. With the regional train you drive comfortably back to Berlin.
In Danewitz, north of Berlin, is the farm of the Hübner family. The Hübners have been farming for several generations, but only for a few years now the products have been sold directly from the farm. Due to the easy accessibility and the excellent products, the farm shop attracts more and more nutrition-conscious people. A shopping trip to the farm shop can also be perfectly combined with a trip to the milk shop of the organic dairy Lobetal.Starting point of your tour is the Biesenthal station. The regional train RB24 will take you from Berlin Ostkreuz and the regional express train RE3 will take you to Biesenthal. From there it goes through a forest and across wide meadows to the small village Danewitz. It's best to have big bags with you, so you can buy plenty in the farm shop. On your way back to Biesenthal station, the milk shop of the organic dairy Lobetal awaits you. In addition to yogurt, cheese and other dairy products, you also get raw milk here. So you can take the milk safely and fresh home, you bring you best with a good cooler bag with cool battery. From the station Biesenthal you finally drive home with the RE3 or the RB24.
If you want to combine your farm shop purchase with a great hike, then this tour is just right for you. Below the ridge of the Glauer Berge lies the small village of Blankensee, directly on the northern shore of the lake of the same name. Here is the quaint country bakery Röhrig. In true manual work arise here unusual breads, delicious cakes, cookies and crispbread. During the week you buy the baked goods in the small village shop, but on Sunday opens the Hofcafé. Then you can walk straight into the bakery and create a weekly supply of peasant crust, pumpkin bread and mares. So you do not go back hungry, there is of course also a piece of cake and a cup of coffee.With the regional express RE3 you can easily travel from Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Potsdamer Platz or Südkreuz to the Trebbin station. Here you walk through the small, well-kept city. Over fields you continue to Nuthe. You follow the trail along the tree-lined shore, cross the river at a weir and reach the Glauer Berge a little later. It is a sandy ridge, grow on the countless bushy pines. Especially in summer, you can enjoy its wonderful scent in the shade of the trees. At the viewpoint Fuchsberg the trees give the view and you enjoy a great panoramic view - absolutely exceptional for Brandenburg. The path leads you down from the ridge and you reach Blankensee. Here you take a rest in the Hofcafé. Continue with your backpack full of pastries.A little insider tip: Vegetables and fruit from the gardens are offered for sale in front of most of the houses in Trebbin. As a rule, here is just a small table with a trust fund.On your way back to Trebbin it goes up again. Up on the Adlerberg, the highest point of your tour, there is a wooden lookout tower. On a clear day you can even see the skyline of Berlin. Afterwards you descend from Adlerberg and walk through Trebbin back to the station. From there, the RE3 brings you back to Berlin comfortably.