Fresh farmers' markets

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Fresh farmers' markets

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

There are around 1600 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
Last updated : 31.12.2019

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