So how happy was I to find out that Germany is also a land of many farm stands? Very. I also happen to drive by three of them on my way to and from work every day, so not only are they extremely convenient, but I get about a millisecond of joy each day (x6) just from the knowledge that the farm stands and freshly-plucked strawberries, Spargel, or what-have-you exist.
Unfortunately I can't get any marionberries since they are particular to the Willamette Valley in Oregon, but in Munich, just outside the city, the country roads are dotted with Spargel stands in the Spring, fruit stands in the Summer, and pumpkin stands in the Fall. They’re usually little wooden huts on the side of the road, with blue and white Bavarian style checkered awning and a giant banner advertising the product of the season, though sometimes they take on the kitschy form of the actual fruit (e.g. I’ve seen a couple of giant wooden strawberry structures from which strawberries are sold … possibly a tongue-in-cheek reference to “the banana stand” in Arrested Development? Eh, doubtful. But I kind of wish the Bavarian farmers were fans of such an American cult television show…). I digress. Anyway, in addition to the kiosks, there are also often fields of flowers that you can pick yourself in order to make beautiful haphazard bouquets. A big metal drum with a slot in the top of it, and a sign with prices for flowers perched on top, will sit at the end of the field and you simply slip your money into the slot. Nobody monitors anything and it is an honor system for buying flowers (though most of the signs say the fields are under video surveillance, I'm not really sure if that is true).
The fruit and flowers from these places are slightly more expensive than what you will find at the grocery store, but you have the pleasure of knowing the fruit was usually picked just that morning, and you know the flowers were picked just that moment, because you pick them yourself!