Fürstenfeldbruck district - The cows are standing under the cow shower and are being gently misted when the group of cyclists arrives at the Aicher Hof.
"Our animals can decide for themselves whether they want to go into the barn, on the pasture or under the sprinkler system," explains farmer Andreas Schmid.
"On hot days, some of them commute back and forth all the time."
According to Schmid, anyone who wants to watch the 50 cows can go into the yard.
"Whether organic or not: the most important thing as a customer is to know where the products come from and to see that the animals are doing well," says Schmid, who uses some of his pasture milk directly on the farm in the "Aicher Milchhäusl" " sold.
The “Aicher Milchhäusl” is one of four farm shops in the western Bruck district that the participants of a farm shop bike tour visited on Sunday.
In addition, a prayer service followed by a blessing of the bicycles was celebrated in the St. Willibald Church and a guided tour of the Adelshofen teaching garden was offered.
The 16 kilometer long farm shop bike tour was organized on the occasion of car-free Sunday by Agenda 21, the Nutrition Council and the Fürstenfeldbruck climate protection management.
No packaging waste, no long transport routes
Milk from happy cows, eggs from free-range chickens, potatoes from our own cultivation - the classic farm shop products are usually supplemented with fruit, vegetables, honey or ice cream from neighboring regional businesses.
Those who buy these products not only support local agriculture.
Rather, a lot of packaging waste is eliminated and long transport routes are avoided.
This in turn helps to save climate-damaging CO2.
However, even the farm shop owners in the Bruck district cannot manage without transports - this became clear during the farm tours: Christine Haas, for example, who runs the Kandlerhof in Landsberied with her family, sends some of her milk to a cheese dairy in the Allgäu to bring them back processed into cheese and to offer them in their farm shop.
“There are no cheese factories in our area;
Almost every place in the Allgäu has one, ”says Haas.
Around 70 cows are in her stable and are allowed to go out to pasture alternately.
As a special feature, the Kandlerhof offers adventure days for children as well as the particularly digestible A2 milk.
It can be tapped in self-service from a special tank.
Farm shop products are popular
All in all, the farmers were satisfied when talking to the cycling visitors.
The farm shop business always went well, reports the Dilger family in Jesenwang.
Since 2017, they have been running a chicken mobile with around 400 chickens as a sideline.
If not all eggs have been sold during the holiday season, the remaining stocks are processed into liqueur or noodles.
The concept that everyone helps themselves and leaves the amount indicated in the shop works well for them overall, according to the Dilgers.
Ordinances, rules, regulations
What almost all farm shop owners complain about are the bureaucratic obstacles they have to overcome as farmers: food hygiene regulations, for example, or the complicated requirements for new buildings. Johannes and Franziska Märkl can sing a song about the latter. In addition to their full-time jobs, the two of them work regularly on his parents' farm, the Märkl organic farm in Landsberied. Together they take care of the cultivation of grain and potatoes as well as the mother-related rearing of calves, which are allowed to stay with their mother for the first few months of life. The Märkls would like to expand their range of fresh vegetables in the future and also offer guest rooms for stressed city dwellers. However, despite two years of back and forth, the plans for a corresponding new building have not yet been approved.“We like to work here and love the animals. But we have to create additional sources of income. No farmer can live from the farm shop alone, ”says Johannes Märkl.
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