Seeds from Euralis
At the corner of a cornfield just up the hill from Frankfurt I came across this sign from the French seed company Euralis, saying that the seeds used in this field were of the type “ES Olimpus S 260 K 240”.
According to the company’s German website, this is a “high-performance type” of seed especially suited for storage in silos and for feeding to animals. They say this type of corn has a “high to very high yield potential and quality at the same time highlighted by good strength and energy levels”.
This is a fairly new type of seed which was not approved for use in Germany until 2010, but I found no mention of whether or not it was genetically altered – so I assume it was not, since that is a big issue in this part of the world.
Gnome in the garden
As I mentioned in one of my Tauberrettersheim tips, it's true that lots of Germans like to put up statues of funny little dwarves a.k.a. gnomes in their gardens.
And lots of other Germans look down their noses at those who do so.
This gnome in Frankfurt is pushing a wheelbarrow full of flowers – not sweeping like the one in Tauberrettersheim.
GPS 49°40'49.32" North; 10°31'30.98" East
Volunteer fire brigade
As in many other German villages, the volunteer fire brigade is an important institution in Frankfurt. This building at the junction in the center of the village is where they keep their firefighting equipment, and there is also a bell on the roof to summon the volunteer firefighters in case of need.
As I have explained in one of my Tauberrettersheim tips, the volunteer fire brigade is important “not only for putting out fires but also for promoting local pride and social cohesion.”
Second photo: The road junction in front of the fire brigade building.
GPS 49°40'48.72" North; 10°31'31.14" East