Delicious, seasonal, from the region: nowhere are there fresher products than where they are produced. And more and more producers in Münsterland are selling their produce directly on site in their own farm shops. But where is the nearest farm shop near me? What products does it have in its range, can I also eat a piece of cake there in a farm café? A region-wide overview is now available from the regional management organisation Münsterland e.V. at www.muensterland.com/hoflaeden.
"In Münsterland, numerous farm shops invite you to discover the region from a culinary point of view and to enjoy the good things it has to offer," emphasises Klaus Ehling, board member of Münsterland e.V. "And a visit is more than just a purchase - for many it is a real little holiday experience. They enjoy the countryside, the idyll, the little time out in the open air. And a look into the production, the barn or the kitchen is often included."
For more and more people, buying directly from producers is therefore a good alternative to shopping in the big city. "Many people in the region attach great importance to knowing where the vegetables, fruit and meat that end up on their plates come from," says Ehling. "And many still have the greatest trust in the farms whose families they know by name and face."
In addition, the farm shops, their operating families and the many regional producers represent an important economic factor for the region. According to NRW.BANK's regional economic profile, the Münsterland economic region is still strongly characterised by agriculture. According to this profile, Münsterland contributes almost 30 percent to the total agricultural gross value added in NRW.
On the platform www.muensterland.com/hoflaeden, Münsterland e.V. lists a lot of information about the location, the product range and other offers of the farm shops, such as a food vending machine, fields to pick your own produce or a farm café. There is also information on opening hours and a direct link to the website of the regional producers. Some of them also have their own say. They talk about their motivation, their special offers and, of course, their visitors.
Many of the guests combine their visit with a short cycling or hiking tour including a picnic and thus enjoy the good life in the region. "Holidays at home already play a major role and will become even more important in Münsterland in the summer," adds Klaus Ehling. "People have the chance to get to know their homeland in a completely different way - and to rediscover the regional products and producers in the process."