Nurnberg Flea Market and Homemade Spargel Soup

Last weekend I went to the Nurnburg Trempelmarkt which is a huge flea market around the old town of Nurnberg, Germany.  I was very excited as they only hold this huge flea market twice a year and it is the biggest one in Germany!  There are about 4,000 vendors and over 200,000 visitors.

You can find anything from old mirrors to vintage clothes.  But mostly I saw porcelain, pottery, and other tableware.  With all that was available, I actually controlled myself and only bought three items and some farmers market food.  I had a lot of fun looking and saved my money.

I did find a few items that struck my eye.  A set of four table napkins, gardening gloves, and a tiny tea cup and saucer.

The garden gloves were new and only one Euro. I needed a new pair since I had lost my last pair and I loved the pink floral design (though it looks red in the picture).

Here is a close up of the design on the table napkins.  They are linen and from Germany.  Estimated around the 50's.  They just need to be thrown in the wash and they are ready for a dinner party!

This tea cup caught my eye!  It is purple and I am loving all shades of purple right now!

After hours of strolling around through the market, it began to rain so my husband, friends, and I headed towards the farmers market portion where there were tent coverings.  I spotted some fresh spargel, which is in season right now.  I had previously tried spargel soup (white asparagus soup) and thought it was delicious.  So, I decided that I should try to make it myself.  I never knew that asparagus came in white or that it could come in so big of a size.  To be honest, I'm not even sure if they sell it in the States?

I also bought some strawberries which are also in season and some farmers market cheese!  I did not use the strawberries in this recipe.

I had high hopes for the quality of the spargel and straberries as I ended up paying 15 Euro for both.

Here is how I prepared the yummy German spargel soup:

Spargel Soup Recipe:

2 lbs of fresh large white asparagus
1/2 cup of half and half
1/2 cup of chopped onions
2 Tbs of light butter or margerine
6 cups of low sodium chicken or veggie broth
A few splashes of white wine (dry or sweet)
Dashes of salt and pepper
sour cream (optional topping)
cheese of your choice (optional topping)
dried cilantro leaves or parsley (optional topping)

Makes about 6 servings

1) Before you start cooking, you want to peel the asparagus, chop into two inch pieces, and cut the heads off to use for later.

2) In a large saucepan, sautee your chopped onions and butter and then add your chopped asparagus minus heads.  Cook for 5 minutes with lid.

3) Add broth and boil for 30 minutes or until asparagus is soft. 

4) Carefully add hot mixture to a blender or food processor and blend.  Make sure you put a towel over the blender so the hot boiling soup doesn't explode out the sides and onto your hands.

5) Return to saucepan and add the asparagus heads.  Simmer for 5 minutes or until the heads are soft. 

6) Add your splashes of wine and salt and pepper to taste.

7) Turn off your burner and add your cream.

You are done.  Let the soup simmer and enjoy! I like to add a spoonful of light sour cream and grate some cheese over it.  This time I used the cheese I bought at the farmers market.  Also garnish with dried cilantro leaves or parsley if you desire.

I am not an expert at photographing food, but I assure you it was yummy! 

For those who try this recipe, I hope you like it and let me know how yours turned out.

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  1. I've had asparagus soup in Germany - it was wonderful. I've never seen white asparagus here in the U.S., but then I live in a small town with not a lot of resources. I've also been to Nuremberg to the market - fun time!! Thanks for sharing and bringing back fond memories. Sally

  2. Now that I think of it, there might be the white asparagus in the States but only in jars, but not the fresh ones. I guess I better enjoy it while I can then. The market was a lot of fun, I'll probably go back in September when they have the big flea again. Thanks for reading!

  3. Thanks for the great recommendations for our trip to Germany!! So excited to get there! Glad I found your blog... I'm following now :) This soup sounds delicious. I love asparagus. Now I'm curious to see if I can find white asparagus anywhere around here.

    1. Yes, let me know if you need any other tips. Haven't been to Berlin yet, so maybe you can tell me how it is lol

  4. You found some cute items at the Flea Market. I bet is was so much fun just to look!! I don't know that I've ever had white asparagus but I do love the green. This soup looks great! Thanks for joining Diann and I at TTF this week!


    1. Thank you for stopping by. I did have fun looking. It's like window shopping outside, but its too easy to slip into hoarder land if you're not careful haha.

  5. You can get white asparagus here in specialty markets. It's seasonal. They cover the spears as they're growing, keeping them from sunlight. That's why they're white.

    1. Good to know Lisa. I guess that makes sense about the lack of sunlight. I guess technically they would taste the same as green asparagus then if it is only a lack of sunlight. I could swear they taste sweeter though lol

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    1. It was. I think I'll try making it a bit sweeter next time. Followed you on GFC!

  7. Hi I am stopping by from the blog hop. I love in Austria and am also making Spargel soup this weekend. I love Nurnberg. It was great to find your blog.

    Tamika @ No Time for Tea Parties

    1. O nice, my husband has family in Austria so we will probably visit sometime soon, but I haven't been there yet. What is your favorite place in Austria or thing to do?

  8. It not only looks good, I bet it tastes delicious! Would love for you to share this recipe at Simple & Sweet Fridays. New Follower.

    Take Care,

    1. Thanks Jody, it is very delicious! I also dropped by your link party and shared my recipe. Thanks for the mention!

  9. This looks so delicious! I would love for you to share it at


    1. Thanks for the invite. I shared some links and followed you on GFC!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Kelly! Love your blog!

  11. What great finds, Brittany, and the soup looks delish! My sis-in-law lives in Vienna. Regretfully, I've never gone to a flea market, but I love the Christkindlmarkt in front of the Rathaus. Loved the gluhwein! :-) Thank you for linking up with Vintage View Sunday. I am now following you and look forward to reading about more of your adventures!


  12. Thanks Laura. The Christmas Markets are awesome! I've never been to one in Vienna, I've been to a whole bunch in Germany and I blogged about them too! Gluhwein is yummy! My husband has family in Austria so we will probably be making a trip this year, it's not too far from Germany.

  13. Just dropped by to check out your blog.


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