Local food has become more and more popular in Finland, which of course is a good thing. Even though the two big store chains, S and K still rule the markets, the selections for local produce and bakery products have expanded with the increased demand.
This weekend one of my favorite places in Tampere, the market hall, hosted a local food event.
There was bread and local cheese samples and the Ahlman farm gave out leaflets about local food.
There was also a local food event in Laukontori, where the fish market is held. In addition to the two veggie stalls that daily inhabit the market square, there was various different stallholders, selling delicacies ranging from organic vegetables to smoked fish, pastries and chili condiments. Not quite the greenmarkets in New York, but our little Finnish version of it.
It seems bizarre that usually the closer the food is produced, the more expensive it is. Polish apples are one third of the price of the local apples, the fish from the lakes around Tampere are four-, even five times more expensive than the fish imported from Vietnam, the mushrooms from Estonia are cheaper than the mushroom from here – even though you could get them for free in the forests, if you knew where to go (and which ones to pick).
The event, called “from land to table”, is still going on tomorrow in the market hall. It’s good that more people get familiar with the products that come from our own turf…or surf.