The north-east of the city of Bamberg is known as Gārtenstadt – Garden City – as it has been since the Middle Ages. Now, as then, market gardening rules supreme.
Since 1386, these gardeners have supplied the citizens of Bamberg and beyond with fresh produce: they were the biggest craft guild in town. Then they supplied root vegetables, onions and liquorice – and milk too from the cows who also pulled wagons and ploughs. These days the growers sell more flowers or herbs.
Look at this map. It clearly shows acres of land hidden behind the long narrow streets.
Here is a typical house. That wide entrance door is to allow wagons to drive through the house and into the garden. The barn is in the attic.
Here’s a market gardening business advertising its wares.
And here’s the Grüner Markt in the city centre. These days it’s no longer the exclusive market place for the Gärtnerstadt. But it is still a busy fruit and veg. market.
Isn’t that pretty special?