Schopp holds German-French market

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***The third German-French Farmers’ Market will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the center of Schopp.

The two nature parks, Pfälzerwald, Germany and North Vosges, France organize the annual event where environmentally-friendly products will be offered.

This year, the event will take place in cooperation with the village of Schopp and is under the auspices of the minister president of Rheinland-Pfalz, Kurt Beck. The market will promote the direct sale of agricultural products of high quality.

Farmers and vendors will present items such as wool, ham, meat, goat cheese, juice, marmalade, bio (organic) wine and champagne.
A fisher will sell fresh trout from creeks in the Pfälzerwald and a bee-keeper will offer forest honey.

Visitors can taste cow and goat cheese varieties from Lorraine, France with fresh baguette from the Alsace, France and red wine from different French vintners.

Local clubs will serve regional food specialties and offer an entertaining program with minstrel singer, petting zoo, face painting and open artist studio.

The event will also feature a pilgrim’s walk along the Palatinate Jacob’s Path in the county of Kaiserslautern.

People interested in joining this kind of volksmarch should meet at 9:30 a.m. at Karlstalhalle (community hall) in Trippstadt, or 10 a.m. at Gelterswoog parking lot (lake on B270 past Hohenecken) or 11 a.m. Naturfreundehaus Finsterbrunnertal (go Vogelweh toward Pirmasens on B270, turn left to Trippstadt).

The march will lead to Schopp, where walkers will get greeted with msic at 1 p.m.

To get to Schopp, follow federal street B270 from Vogelweh toward Pirmasens for about 10 kilometers. Exit to the left as soon as you see the sign for Schopp.