Ramstein holds farmers market

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

On Sunday, Germans will observe Thanksgiving, and Ramstein-Miesenbach will hold its 15th annual farmers market. Regional farmers and vendors will offer their products from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Craftsmanship demonstrations, children’s activities, music performances, a tractor display and animal show will be part of the entertainment program. The Rheinland-Pfalz Agricultural Chamber from Kaiserslautern will organize the market, which is under the auspices of Ramstein-Miesenbach’s mayor Klaus Layes.

Many farmers have joined up to offer their range of products since the beginning of the event, said Stefan Layes from the city of Ramstein-Miesenbach. “Each year, new farmers and vendors request stands to show off their diversified merchandise,” he said.

This year, the Farmers’ and Vintners’ Association Rheinland-Pfalz Süd will celebrate its Thanksgiving fest in the course of the farmers market. The event will officially open at 10:30 a.m. at the Haus des Bürgers with an ecumenical worship service. The Hunting Horn Blowers from Kusel and the Schopp Gospel Choir will provide the musical entertainment.

“The farmers market is known for its regional agricultural products,” said Ramstein-Miesenbach’s deputy mayor Ludwig Linsmayer. “We observe the ecological aspect by providing fresh products from the area.”

More than 35 regional farmers and vendors offer fresh items such as beef, lamb and pork meat, meat from game, potatoes, fish, dairy products such as yoghurt, cheese and butter, honey, honey wine, honey liquor, jelly, vinegar, oil, wurst, eggs, pasta and baking goods. Visitors also have a choice of schnaps, liquors and wine.

Culinary specialties will include bratwurst, frikadellen, fish, lamb steaks, beef with horseradish, sauerbraten with dumplings and red cabbage, potato pancakes with apple sauce, liver dumplings with sauerkraut and onion cake. Other items being sold include art and craft items, pillows with different fillings, baskets, wooden household tools, toys, knitted products and decoration items. Nutritionists will explain the value of regional food in a display and a movie in the foyer of the town hall.

“The agricultural chamber will present very hard-working guests ― the honey bees,” Layes said. “Bee-keepers will show off Rheinland-Pfalz as honey land and demonstrate the importance of bees for the agriculture.” A shearer will shear wool from sheep, a spinner will work with the wool at her spinning wheel, and a basket maker will create baskets.

Children can ride ponies, get their faces painted and have fun in a children’s bakery. An animal show with rabbits, chickens, pigeons, lambs, calves, sheep, donkeys and ponies will be available on the market area.

“Our stores will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. Most of them are able to provide English customer service,” Linsmayer said. “We hope the weather will be good and a lot of visitors come to our farmers market, which is our second biggest market after Wendelinusmarket scheduled for Oct. 22 and 23.” The center of town will be closed to motorized traffic from 2 p.m. Saturday to 7 p.m. Sunday.