By Jessica Janusz
the moment you
spot a "bio" label on a fruit or vegetable, you
are being assured it hasn't gone through the same potentially harmful
processes as a "non-bio" one.
Many people consider such a distinction to be rather important -- so much so that, nowadays, you can find bio produce just about everywhere.
More and more of the larger supermarket chains have started
including bio products in their offerings, but let's not forget about Luxembourg's farms,
markets and other initiatives that provide a more local approach.
After all, while the bio label may suggest certain product quality guarantees, it does not always assure that items are
coming from nearby.
But there is a way to have the best of both worlds by purchasing from
those that focus on local. Not only do they work with
local producers, they have unique qualities and offerings that
make them stand out.
Les Paniers de Sandrine
in Münsbach, Paniers de Sandrine is a one-of-a-kind, family-run shop
located on a farm.
The owner, Sandrine Pingeon, started it in 2012 when she decided to make use of the produce on her husband's
farm by selling it directly to the public.
Able to cut out
the middle man, she began establishing relationships with local
aren't always educated on what bio means and how it can differ
depending on where you purchase it,"
"Especially with chain stores,
items are usually coming from large wholesalers that are able to
supply the necessary quantities all year round through mass
"With this, you're
left with fruit and vegetables that not only travel a long way but
also aren't able to sustain the same fresh taste."
Through her now-established community of local producers, she is able to provide a variety of fruits, vegetables and other items. In addition to selling from her store, she also offers weekly baskets of seasonal offerings.
factor that makes the produce unique is the aquaponics system
from which developing plants receive their nutrients. This is a tank system where fish grow and provide an
organic source of food through their waste in the water.
is used to feed the plants on the farm, which allows them to grow without the use of chemicals or pesticides.
Luxembourg's first supported agriculture community, Terra is
an initiative that aims to preserve local farming.
orchard in Eicherfeld allows those who are unable to grow
their own fruit and vegetables the opportunity to still eat bio.
The produce, based on seasonal availability, is distributed
in organised baskets each week to those who have memberships.
Terra also hosts workshops, seminars and festivities.
helpful for those who don't have the time to plan meals,
Avocado is a delivery service offering organised meal boxes right to
Working with as many locally produced products as possible, the company creates recipes tailored to different needs. It offers boxes to suit vegetarians, vegans and low-carb diets, as well as those with unique taste preferences.
and recipes will also reflect what’s available in different periods to be able to supply the most local options.
Le Chat Biotte
the goal of encouraging people to learn how to eat healthier, Le Chat
Biotte makes getting your weekly produce simple and easy.
Based on a
subscription, consumers can order boxes of 4-6 kilos of bio and
local produce to be delivered directly to their homes or offices.
To avoid waste, there are different bundle options available, providing a choice of fruits and vegetables. These are filled mainly with all local products, so importance is always placed on working with local farmers.
it's not always clear which items are local, you can speak directly
to stall owners to find out exactly where their produce comes
from before buying.
Especially when the sun is shining, exploring the markets of Luxembourg is a great way to browse through different producers and their items.