Weekly market

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A weekly market is a weekly, regular market event that mainly offers fresh food such as fruit , vegetables , herbs , dairy products , fish , meat and eggs . The sale of flowers and other ornamental plants as well as at least one food truck per market are also typical . A weekly market is also a meeting point for residents of the area; In the time before the invention of the telephone , this function was more important than it is today.

Annual sales events are called a trade fair .


In many cities, weekly markets take place several times a week, larger cities usually have several weekly markets in different parts of the city. A large number of dealers and their stands are in direct competition with one another. Weekly markets are mostly from the respective local self- organized , such as the market office or the local wholesale market . However, weekly markets have been established by private providers more and more often in recent years. This usually happens in communities or smaller towns that are unwilling or unable to take over the organization themselves.

In contrast to a weekly market, only pure self-producers are represented at a farmers' market . Many weekly market feeders in Germany are members of the respective national association of market merchants and showmen .

The range of regional products is typical of weekly markets. Weekly markets are often used by farmers for direct marketing . In the last few decades the trade in products from organic farming on the weekly markets has increased. Some weekly markets also sell non-food items such as clothing or toys and leather goods .

Legal issues

According to the legal definition of Section 67 (1) GewO, the weekly market as a sub-type of market trade is a regularly recurring, time-limited event at which a large number of vendors offer one or more types of goods for sale, namely food (with the exception of alcoholic beverages; alcoholic beverages are permitted so far as they are self obtained agricultural products of the wine industry , the agriculture or fruit and horticultural were prepared; the purchase of alcohol for the production of liquors from fruit, vegetable and other agricultural raw materials in which the starting materials are not fermented itself, through the primary producers is permitted), products of fruit and horticulture, agriculture, forestry and fishing as well as raw natural products with the exception of larger cattle.

At the request of the organizer a weekly market can according to § 67 GewO in conjunction with § 68 GewO set are. This must be requested from the local regulatory or trade office . The documents to be submitted are an application, information on the weekly market, a site plan, a preliminary list of participants, an extract from the central trade register and a certificate of good conduct for submission to an authority. The stipulation is subject to a fee and can be combined with a special usage fee, which is based on the square meter area of ​​the stands. On the basis of a decision , the provider enjoys market freedom .

See also


  • Marianne Büttner: Weekly markets in the Federal Republic of Germany - developments since 1951 as well as structural and functional analysis of identified examples . Mainz, Univ., Diss. 1984
  • Harald Ihmig: Weekly market and world market - communal alternatives to global capital; Documentation for the conference on November 12-14, 1998 . Kleine Verlag, 2000, ISBN 3-89370-341-1
  • Helmut Laberenz: Demand for organic products at weekly markets - results of a survey of weekly market visitors in the Hamburg metropolitan region . Shaker Verlag , 2001, ISBN 3-8265-8426-0
  • Jenny Schmithals: Berlin organic weekly markets - places of sustainable communication . Shaker Verlag , 2002, ISBN 3-8322-0005-3
  • Marianna Poppitz, Jürgen Lembcke: Weekly markets. Characteristics and development potential , German Association for Housing 2003, ISBN 3-937162-04-6
  • Jörg and Brunhilde Valtin: The history of the Frankfurt weekly markets . Association of Frankfurt Market Traders, Frankfurt 2010.
  • Daniel Ingold: Weekly markets in Switzerland . Weber-Verlag, Thun-Gwatt 2009, ISBN 3-909532-59-4

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Individual evidence

  1. Trade Regulations . (PDF) accessed on November 9, 2018