I think I can say that we have the largest range of dried fruits in the Markthalle.
Bruno Stampfer and his fruit island are a byword for regular visitors to the Markthalle. Bruno and his wife, Claudia, welcome the locals when they walk into the Markthalle from the market place. Their colourful stall is filled with the widest range of tropical fruits, nuts and dried fruit. But you will also find an assortment of coffees, as well as various mustards, jams and oils.
If you were to say that the Stampfer family can look back on a very long history in the fruit trade, it would be no exaggeration.
Absolutely – I’m already the 5th generation to run a market stall in Innsbruck and sell fruits of all sorts.
That means your great-great-grandparents were already trading in fruit?
Yes, and I myself was here in the Markthalle with my great-grandma, my grandma and my father, where we looked after the customers together. At peak times, there were twelve of us here to deal with the huge numbers of customers at our stand.
The hard work didn’t prevent you from meeting the love of your life in the Markthalle, though
laughs That’s right. Claudia was selling tea and coffee back then across the way and I used to enjoy teasing her a bit. Obviously it worked and here we are today together in the Markthalle.
A lot has changed since you started working here and the range of goods has expanded even further. The fruit island is really a very enticing stand right at the main entrance of the Markthalle.
I’m happy to hear that. Yes, we’re very proud of our range. I think I can say that we have the largest range of dried fruits in the Markthalle. When it comes to fruit and vegetables, we always think about variety. And quality is always more important to us than quantity. I would rather not have certain fruits in our range than sacrifice flavour for an even wider assortment, so I can vouch for all of our fruit varieties.
The various varieties of one fruit are also very impressive.
There are fine differences between the various sorts and we’re happy to help customers with their selection. This is especially true in the asparagus season, when we have up to nine different varieties on offer – we’re more than happy to advise.
We can also discover at your stall a hint at another passion of yours.
laughs Yes, if you look carefully, you’ll see two photos that I took myself and depict some galaxies in the Milky Way. I took both pictures in Weerberg with my telescope. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to be able to photograph the stars from other countries: I love travelling, climbing, hiking and the stars, and always try to combine these passions with my activities in the Markthalle.
Does that mean fruit and vegetables sometimes have to take a back seat?
The decision isn’t too difficult in the case of a total eclipse.