Grow herbs and salads locally in the supermarket and get them, freshly harvested, in the shopping cart. With the "small garden in the supermarket", the word "freshness" takes on a new dimension. The department stores in Loddenheide and Gievenbeck welcome a new farmer in the city: start-up company Infarm from Berlin has entered the supermarkets with its high-tech greenhouses.
With its modular farm system, the cultivation of herbs and salads is moving to the Münsteraner's shopping center, catering to a trend that is becoming increasingly important today: buying fresh local produce.
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Alternatives for local cultivation
"You can hardly find these products locally," says Uwe Marx, market leader in Loddenheide. "We want to offer our customers Infarm's herbs an alternative to basil, mint or coriander, which are currently imported from other countries. The special twist is that customers can watch the herbs being grown."
The herbs grow without the use of soil in a multi-storey facility. In the so-called vertical farms, the processes of nature are reproduced. Temperature, light and nutrients are matched to the plants. Pesticides are not used. Other negative influences such as heat, cold or drought are excluded from the small ecosystem. On the 7th of May, customers can taste the new harvest for the first time.