Monday, May 29, 2017

Denn's Biomarkt... where have you been all my life?

I know, I know...  I've been living in Germany for awhile now and Denn's Biomarkt is a chain with locations all over the place.  I kept meaning to stop at one, but never got around to it.  Today, Bill and I decided to go to Nagold to shop for groceries.  We usually go to the Real or Aldi in Jettingen, but I felt like a change.

Although we were planning to hit the very nice Edeka in Nagold, I spotted a Denn's Biomarkt location.  It had a huge parking lot that allowed free parking for up to 90 minutes.  Plenty of spots were open, so we pulled in and had a look.


I was immediately impressed by how quiet the place was...


There was lots of fresh produce and the lighting was very pleasant.  It was much nicer than the harsh, depressing lighting at the Real.


I was intrigued by this product for kids, although I didn't pick any up.


They had a cheese counter, as well as this case of nice cheeses from around Europe.


And there was also plenty of wine from around Europe, including some enticing ones from Spain and Italy.


The wine of the month!


Fresh eggs!  


And, if the need arises, you can even buy socks, t-shirts, and underwear made of organic cotton.  They had a nice cosmetics area with a lot of natural products, as well as a small selection of organic pet foods and treats.


They even had fair trade chocolate eggs with toys in them.  I got one and will have to see what the prize is.  Hopefully, I won't choke on it.  ;-)


And there's a bulletin board advertising everything from rental properties to pets looking for homes.

I really enjoyed shopping at Denn's Biomarkt today.  They offer some very nice products.  I noticed the store was particularly vegan friendly, which may be useful for some readers.  I also liked the fact that the store wasn't too big or chaotic the way the Real is sometimes.

Unfortunately, we still ended up visiting the Real when Bill decided he wanted to make some hummus for lunch.  We also had a rack of empty water bottles to offload.  Many people who read this blog live in Germany and no doubt already know what is involved with returning racks of bottles at a German grocery store.  For those who don't, I took a couple of pictures.


You put the rank in the bottom part.  It gets read.  A receipt for the "pfand" is printed...


You take the receipt and hand it in to the cashier when you check out.  The money you paid for the pfand is refunded.


I thought this dinosaur was funny.  Reminded me of a reverse Barney.  Of course, I always hated Barney...  Baby Bop perhaps?  

I must admit, I got a little sad walking through the store in Nagold, thinking about how much I enjoy that town and realizing that I may have to move again soon.  Or, maybe not...  I suspect I will mourn the missed opportunity of moving to Italy, too, if it turns out we stay here.  What a ridiculous problem to have.

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