When days finally got warmer after winter and first flowers started to appear, I noticed some new shields on the fields I usually drive a bike by. “Blumen selbst schneiden” – “cut flowers by yourself”. The message was clear to me, the system new though, so I went on exploring.
When you arrive at a self-service flower field in Germany, you will usually find a sign with the types of flowers available for picking, a “price list” stating how much you need to pay for your blooms and “Kasse” – a box where you are supposed to put money. There will be no one to control how many flowers you cut and how much money you leave. You can be sneaky and leave without paying. But I guess people are actually honest here and that’s why so many of those fields keep running their service.
So you just grab a knife – usually the farmers that planted these flowers leave here for your convenience. You can pick as many flowers as you want – as long as you put the right payment. Some owners make it even easier for you by writing the exact price you should pay for each type and the quantity of flowers you picked.
I didn’t compare the prices on flower fields with flower shops, but a few friends told me that they are cheaper on the fields. You can get a great quality for a fair price. There are other reasons as well to go to flower field instead of a shop – this way you are supporting local producers. Last but not least, environmental protection is a big thing in Germany. For example, in the case of tulips – you will use less fuel to bring those flowers home than it would take to bring them from, say, Holland to flower shops. The flowers also don’t get wasted as in shops if noone buys them – they just keep growing until someone picks them up.
So next time, go local if you get a chance.