“Bamberg markets are a piece of world heritage”

The conflict of interests between the vendors of the weekly market and the magic festival is today also a matter of concern for the city council. Because the dealers of the 13. Up to 15. July for "bamberg works its magic" must again leave the green market, they have announced to stay completely at home this year.

Bamberg’s new city heritage manager stephanie eibing does not want to get involved in this dispute, but she is speaking out because she has gained the impression from the public discussion of the topic that the marks do not (or no longer) enjoy the appreciation they deserve. Eibing calls it an "intangible world heritage that is so concrete that we bambergers live from it in the most direct sense: we have it on our table or plate every day if we want to".

Precisely because the daily market is something that the people of bamberg take for granted, it seems important to the local historian to note how familiar such an offer is is: "guests and visitors envy us." Elsewhere, consumers had to go to a specialty store or turn to the exclusive mail order business if they wanted something special, such as "bamberger hornla"-want potatoes. In bamberg, on the other hand, people "just go to the market in town". Whether the daily weekly market, the producer’s market on wednesday, friday and saturday in the hauptwachstrabe, the saturday farmer’s market on the promenade or the direct sales in the market gardens in the gartnerstadt: "many people liked to have such an abundant offer"!"

The importance of the market in bamberg is documented by old street names such as the fruit market, the hay market, the green market and the timber market. According to eibing, they also show that the market people have often had to change their stand. If the merchants are anxious to offer their customers a fixed point of sale, the local historian can understand this only too well: "everyone involved in sales knows how important it is that the potential customer knows where he can reliably get the things he wants."

Stephanie eibing sees the offering of regional goods all year round as only one of several services provided by the suppliers of the bamberger markte. Also the direct contact from consumer to producer, the "nice conversation", the "good time" at the stand as well as the advice on preparation and storage from the expert belong to it. All this is coupled with the risk of having to dispose of goods on the compost heap if the customers don’t come back. Eibing thus expressly contradicts a commentator, who in the debate about the "bamberg conjures"-boycott by the traders had given rise to the suspicion that they were getting a "golden nose" earn.

Those who buy at the markets are practicing "direct care of the world heritage, the colleague of local historian ekkehard arnetzl, who has been in office since april, emphasizes: "the stands in all the colors of the gardens and fields, in summer with the scents of the fruits as a part of the city walk and city tour, admired with all the senses and much photographed. We in bamberg can have this every day! The appreciation of this tradition and the careful handling of it should be a matter of course."

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