Local summer delectables for the table

Summer offers lots of delicious seasonal food: new potatoes, strawberries, bilberries and a large variety of vegetables. A search in trueflavours.fi can help you find summer delectables near you.

Trueflavours.fi showcases nearly 2,000 different small and medium food businesses and producers all around Finland. The industry is especially extensive and diverse, including, for example, meat, berry, vegetable, bakery and dairy products. The phrase “Local meat, naturally” could be a good description of the meat industry businesses on our webpages, such as Suomisen Lihaherkku in Rauma, sheep farm Nokan lammastila in Somero and Uudenkylän mehula in Nastola (other meat industry businesses).

When visiting a farm, consumers can get more in-depth knowledge on its daily activities. At the same time, it is possible to buy farm products. Visits can be arranged at, for example, Ojala Highland in Sastamala, Tammiluoto Country Winery in Pargas and Sorrin puutarha in Turku. In addition, the Määtila sheep farm in Oripää offers, for example, lamb adoption. There may even be a shop on the premises, such as at organic farm Laitilanmäen luomutila in Siilinjärvi (other products sold at farms).

Finnish berries are the super food of Finland, and various processed berry and juice products made from them are produced by, for example, sea-buckthorn farm Ankkurin tila in Loppi, the Anttila farm in Kokemäki, berry farm Ollilan Marjatila in Hämeenkoski, Nordic Vitality in Polvijärvi and Restaurant Ylläksen Pihvikeisari in Ylläs (other berry industry businesses).

There are many differences between local breads of various regions. Delicious, fresh-from-the-oven breads and other baked goods are offered by, for example, Kinnari Farm in Hollola and the bakeries Paakarin Pysäkki in Kärsämäki,  Veraisen leipomo in Mynämäki, Tyrnävän Leipurit in Tyrnävä and Livonsaaren leipomo in Livonsaari (other bakery businesses and milled products).

When it comes to dairy, there are both processed products, including delicious cheeses, and first and raw milk found throughout Finland. Various dairy products are produced by, for example, Pirttilän tila in Somero and Jukkola Food in Lohtaja (other dairy product businesses). Kankaisten Öljykasvit in Janakkala is one example of a rapeseed oil manufacturer (other oil product manufacturers).

You can pay a visit to fruit and vegetable farms, either picking fresh produce yourself or buying processed products. Fruit and vegetable farms include, for example, Orastava Aurinko in Savijoki, the garden Paula Achrénin puutarha in Angelniemi, Kyröntarhat in Kyrö and Kasvishovi in Oulu (other vegetable industry businesses).

Many businesses also offer online shopping where you can buy products to be delivered straight to your home. An example of these is Penttilän tila in Aitoo (other webstores). You can find the food and handicrafts of many local producers and entrepreneurs at local food shops. These include, for example, Kuopio Market Hall, local food shop Lähiruokapuoti TullinTupa in Kuopio, local food and handicrafts shop Iitan Lähipuoti in Saarijärvi and and Benjamin Maatilatori in Iitti (other local and organic food shops). You should also stop along the way to dine at local and organic food restaurants, such as Restaurant Talli in Mikkeli (other local food restaurants).

“Local Summer Treats – trueflavours.fi” (Paikallisia kesäherkkuja – aitojamakuja.fi) will be organised from 13 to 22 June. Great prizes from all over the Finland will be raffled among the respondents, for example local products, visit to farms and local food shops. The competition (in Finnish)

A competition called Local Summer Treats – Paikallisia kesäherkkuja – the prizes are from the following companies: Ankkurin tyrnitila, Anttilan tila, Benjamin Maatilatori / ProAgria Etelä-Suomi ry, Iitan Lähipuoti, Jukkola Food Oy, Kankaisten Öljykasvit Oy, Kasvishovi Oy, Kinnarin tila / Pioni ja Piironki Oy, Kuopion kauppahalli, Kyröntarhat, Laitilanmäen luomutila, myymälä, Livonsaaren leipomo, Lähiruokapuoti TullinTupa Oy, Määtila Ay, Nokan lammastila, Nordic Vitality, Ojalan tila – Ojala Highland, Ollilan Marjatila, Orastava Aurinko Oy, Paakarin Pysäkki, Paula Achrénin puutarha, Penttilän tila, Pirttilän tila, Ravintola Talli, Ravintola Ylläksen Pihvikeisari, Sorrin puutarha, Suomisen Lihaherkku Oy, Tammiluodon Viinitila Oy, Tyrnävän Leipurit Oy, Uudenkylän Mehula, Veraisen leipomo.

 

You can find local food, but finding it could be easier

Local food is made in its own region and with regional ingredients, and shelf information in the shops would make it easier to find. Such responses, for example, were given in a visitor survey at the Local & Organic Food Fair.

Visitors at the Local & Organic Food Fair, which took place at Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre from 11 to 13 April, were asked what local food means to them, how and where to find it and also if they know about trueflavours.fi.

During the three-day fair, 184 respondents answered the survey. Each day, the respondents were entered in a drawing to win a book on wild herbs. The winners and the atmosphere of the fair can be seen on the Local Food Programme blog.

The majority or 71% of the respondents stated that local food is “food that is made in its own region and with ingredients from that region”. Half stated that it is domestic food. To approximately one third of the respondents, local food is “food that is made in its own region, whose ingredients can come from elsewhere in Finland”. 29 respondents considered local food to be food based on the food traditions of one’s own region. In addition, other factors considered to be local food included the growth/production of ingredients taking place as close as possible to someone/someone’s home, food production in neighbouring areas including Estonia, Latvia and Stockholm County and that production sees to to the well-being of animals.

Approximately two thirds of the respondents would like to buy local food at the supermarket when going shopping and approximately 60% considered a corner shop close to them to be the best place for shopping when asked where they would go to buy local food. 70 respondents were in support of shops specialised in local food, 80 respondents would buy straight from the farm, 36 respondents would buy through a food co-op and 33 would shop online.

To the question “Should local food be more clearly labelled at the shop and how”, 65% of the respondents considered that the best option would be information on the shelf, including, for example, a label next to the price. 61% would like to see local food labelling on packages. Just under one fifth of the respondents would like to have more information available next to the product, such as leaflets, and 8% thought a good idea would be the possibility to see more information on the product with a QR code.

57% of the respondents easily find local food at the shops, even though they have to know where to look for it. 10% of the respondents explained that they easily find local food, but it is rather difficult for 38% to find it in the shop. Two respondents were not even interested in looking for or finding local food.

The majority or 72% of the respondents have not visited www.trueflavours.fi. 49 respondents have visited the website. When asked “What information would you like to get on businesses on the website”, a majority of respondents (133) would like further information on where to shop for local and organic food. Half of the respondents found it important to locate a business on a map and to get information on its product selection. Information on food tourism sites piqued the interest of one fourth of the respondents. In addition, the respondents would like the website to have more recipes, information on prices and also information on catering businesses specialised in local food.

Text: Pauliina Hakanen