Jackie Guigui-Stolberg
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Farm-fresh to go: Roadside self-serve huts help Bavarian farmers and consumers get through COVID

Munich, Germany Business January 21 @ 10:54am

Who wants to go to a supermarket when you can buy fresh from a farm, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week while benefiting the local economy and the environment? First the Eierhäusl and Millihäusl (“egg huts” and “milk huts,” in down-home Bavarian dialect) − standing temptingly at roadsides and beckoning with the cozy cuteness of mountain chalets − were an attractive, simple method of direct marketing to customers increasingly keen to buy regional and, in many cases, organic food. In COVID-19 times, the huts are an ideal way for “shoppers” to avoid crowded supermarkets. They can stock up on basics like fresh milk, potatoes, flour, and even meat and cheese (okay, not toilet paper) by simply pulling over on country roads. During the pandemic, countless city-dwellers are asking themselves whether country life would be safer and even more convenient. A story like this would be another example of how this can be true. An article about Eierhäusl and Millihäusl could be of interest for many reasons: COVID-19 relevance, the survival of small and independent family farms, direct marketing of farm products, sustainability, fighting food waste, reduction of packaging, and some colorful details of life in beautiful rural Bavaria. I could easily interview a few farmers for this article and take photos for you.
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