I love to shop locally and sometimes will venture to the bigger markets in Mainz and nearby Wiesbaden but usually I shop at a local family owned hofladen, a farm who also sells produce and goods from area farms. Two of the places I frequent are Koch’s in Mainz Kastel and Pankratius Hof, a small produce market near our home in Mainz Hechtsheim that sells wonderful fruits and vegetables.
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The family who owns Pankratius Hof has been there for several generations and has even expanded to offer breakfast and lunch menus during the week as well as catering events within their walls.
The Pankratius menu does change often, based on the chef’s whim as well as available fresh produce, fish and meat. Like other hofladens in the area likeep Koch’s, they also offer local honeys, preserves, sauces, pastas, and prepared foods like soups, dumplings, and lasagne.
There is also a fish truck at Pankratius where fresh and smoked fish can also be found each week, usually on Thursday afternoon.
Do I save money? Sometimes I do. Sometimes I don’t (especially if I start buying stuff like prepared foods the chef makes each week like Thai noodles and lasagne). However, considering the local produce I buy lasts longer than foods transported from elsewhere in Europe and the world, I do save money overall. If I overbuy, like during summer berry season, I just get creative with recipes (fruit infused vodka and gin, anyone?) and freeze when possible.