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Alexandra Machatschek

Schmankerl & Co

For the last three years, the Farmers’ Market has played host to its own little wooden hut.

For the last three years, the Farmers’ Market has played host to its own little wooden hut, with the 25 year-old Alexandra Machatscheck, a native of Upper Austria, at the helm. As the only non-farmer, she’s already a very special yet important and very much loved part of the Farmers’ Market.

Markthalle

You moved to Innsbruck from Mondsee for love and then moved into the Markthalle.

Alexandra Machatschek

I already had some experience in the food industry and gastronomy, so it really wasn’t such a big step for me. Of course I did stand out from the crowd a bit at 22 years old but it didn’t bother me. The hut, which I set up with my husband, is now my place of work six days a week, and I hope I have in the meantime become a part of the Markthalle family.

Markthalle

You offer almost exclusively home-made products here, right?

Alexandra Machatschek

That’s right. The majority of our products are home-made in Schmankerl & Co. We produce knödel dumplings and other specialities right here and completely fresh from seasonal ingredients from the other stands. You’ll always find traditional dishes such as bread knödel, cheese knödel and bacon knödel here with me.

Markthalle

What’s your speciality?

Alexandra Machatschek
I would say I have nothing but specialities here in the hut, but the farmer’s breakfast is much talked about in and around Innsbruck. This consists of a delicious Brettljause platter with various spreads, ham, cheese, scrambled egg and great farmhouse bread. A strong coffee along with that – simply divine!
Markthalle

What is your favourite time in the Markthalle?

Alexandra Machatschek

Actually I love it here all the time, but I’m especially fond of Easter and Christmas. Then I can offer my home-made Palmbrezeln, Easter lamb cake, Christmas cookies and our own dandelion honey. I’ve just bought a couple of bee colonies and am looking forward to the first honey. We also put together delicious gift baskets for our customers as a special service. Of course these are also filled with products from my market neighbours.

Markthalle

You like to mention your colleagues here at the market…

Alexandra Machatschek

…of course! After all, the Markthalle thrives on variety and collaboration! If I don’t have a particular item available, I know who does and am happy to send the customer a few stands further. I believe that it’s this collaboration that is the charm of the Markthalle.