Fresh farmers' markets

Source: Kris Süld/Visit Viljandi

Fresh farmers' markets

Source: Kris Süld/Visit Viljandi

As the season rotate, so does the selection of natural foods available at local farmers' markets across Estonia. The distance between farms and the market stalls is small, allowing fresh produce, dairy products, fish, breads, mushrooms, jam and pickles to be sold. For a true Estonian shopping experience, grab your basket and head to the market.
The markets are alive with colour and activity during the summer, where you'll find cartons of strawberries and blackcurrants alongside bottles of kali, homemade rootbeer. As the weather cools, berries are exchanged for wild mushrooms and autumnal orchard apples, plums and pears. Wintertime is all about holiday heartiness and warmth, with special markets serving rich black bread, preserved meats and glögg, hot mulled wine. Emerging from winter, spring brings Baltic herring, meadow greens and birch juice.

Pure and wholesome, starting at the field

In 2015, there were 1,629 organic farms in Estonia, accounting for about 17% of total farmland.

Photo by: Danel Rinaldo

Weekly farmers' markets

In Tallinn, at Nõmme and Keskturg markets, you can find all the fresh ingredients needed to prepare a meal. The newly renovated Balti Jaama Turg (Baltic Station Market) not only has produce, meat and fish, but also snacks and goods from nearly 300 different vendors. A trip to the Viimsi Taluturg, in a suburb of Tallinn, can be combined with a visit to the Viimsi Open Air Museum, situated in a complex of 150 year old farmhouses by the sea at the. Tartu has its own market hall as well, where a bronze statue of a grinning pig greets shoppers as they enter the historical building.

The language of food

Farmers' markets are a great way to interact with locals and support the regional economy.

Photo by: Aron Urb

2017 Events

Food events throughout the summer and early autumn mirror the availability and harvest of different ingredients. Check out the event highlights of 2017, from July through November, to find the tastiest products:

July 7th - 9th Kihnu Sea Party
July 8th - 9th Hansa Days in Tartu
July 15th Mihkli Fair
July 28th - 29th Pärnu Hunting and Fishing Fair 
August 10th - 12th Kuressaare Maritime Festival
August 16th Apple Day
August 19th Vanamõisa Handicraft Fair
August 26th Kallaste Fish and Onion Fair
August 16th - 27th Lüübnitsa Onion and Fish Fair
September 2nd Tartu Autumn Exhibition: Pedigree Animal
September 8th - 9th Pärnu Plant Fair
September 9th Tartu Maarjalaat Fair
October 28th Lindora Fair
November 16th - 19th Tallinn St. Martin's Day Fair

Last updated : 28.07.2017

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