The main productive activities of the Siberian Germans are agriculture and animal husbandry. They have always produced a large marketable surplus and sold butter, meat, sheep's wool, and vegetables. The blacksmith's and joiner's trade are also practiced. Germans buy clothes and shoes and sometimes trade with one another.
Foods of the German national cuisine were retained, including many varieties of soup: noodle soup, potato soup, soup with dumplings, and fruit soup with sour cream. Germans also enjoy different salads, cakes, buns, and dumplings as well as variations of strudel. In the winter, meat and fish are smoked, fat is salted, and a variety of sausages are made. Coffee is considered a German drink. During festivals and ceremonies such as weddings and funerals, special German national dishes are mandatory. No German Christmas is celebrated without a roast goose and cabbage. The local Germans prepare their own food daily, but they also adopt specialties from the neighboring Slavs and Kazakhs.