I was already helping my parents out when I was a child, so you could say I grew up in the Markthalle.
Rudi Eckhardt knows the Markthalle like the back of his hand. He is one of the last wholesale traders in the Markthalle and is also the first to arrive every day. His workday as a fruit and vegetable wholesaler begins daily at 2 am with the first deliveries.
His father, founder of the wholesale business, came to Innsbruck at 16 and began working at the then wholesale food market at the Karlskirche, thus laying the foundation for the business today
What has changed from then until now?
“The goods in those days were delivered to Karlskirche straight from the fields and sold directly from the delivery trucks. There was no proper “Markthalle” back then.” That’s right. The Markthalle was only completed in 1960.
When did you start working in the Markthalle?
“I was already helping my parents out when I was a child, so you could say I grew up in the Markthalle. Earlier, we didn’t have a permanent stand in the hall but rather sold the goods from an open-air stand from April to November and were only in the hall during the winter months. It was really hard work but was (almost) always a lot of fun (laughs). Simply because of the people – in an old marketplace like this one, everybody knows each other.
What is the Markthalle for you?
A piece of home. Even if a lot has changed – the Markthalle is and remains a place where personal customer advice through direct contact with the producers is the most important thing. That’s why the customers keep coming back!