Sunday, 3rd of August 2008
Young Journalists’ blog (FCP 2008)
Liha, kakku, voileipä, ruisleipä, kala, pulla – new words that we had learnt in the morning at Anna Maija Luomi’s Finnish language lessons appeared to be the most important and useful throughout our FCP’s 3rd day (photo 1)
The morning started a bit earlier usually (of course it was raining!) as we were supposed to leave Helsinki for Farmari Agricultural Fair of Finland organised for the 10th time in Lahti. On our way to the city known for its ski-jumping competition nobody thought about Finland as a land of farmers and so delicious food. This part of the country’s economy seems to be forgotten by many people who perceive it as a land of high-tech.
One of the French participants (who asked to stay anonymous) said we hadn’t much time to visit the fair. That’s definitely true, but it was not possible as we were meeting the representative of the Agriculture Ministry and Heikki Hakala, editor-in-chief of Etelä-Suomen Sanomat (employing over 85 journalists and being subscribed by 70% of region’s households!), one of the few regional newspapers in Finland. They gave us a short introduction to the agriculture and regional media in the country (photo 2).
We had a chance to start our food journey through the region at beautiful old Mukkula Manor. At Heila Farm Shop we met Eila Eerola, who explained us the idea of their local shop (over 100 local producers sell their products in the shop). Another small reception (yes!) as we had a chance to try some of the products.
After an exciting roller-coaster ride (it was a real challenge for our full stomachs, but we didn’t give up!) we reached the Pihamaa Berry Farm and Winery, where we tried sparkling wine. There are only 35 local wineries in Finland and this one, owned by Janne Pihamaa has won 2 golden medals for the excellent production. Some of the participants will have a further chance to evaluate wine at home.
The last stop was in Vääksyn Mylly, where we met Jukka Mikkonen who showed us his mill. We paid a visit to Kaisan Tupaleipomo, lovely local bakery run by lively and very hospitable Kaisa Keränen-Toivonen, her son and his girlfriend. The bakery is extremely popular among local inhabitants and tourists who even come from Helsinki to buy some ryebread, delicious pastry, sweet cakes.
We also had a chance to try and the opportunity was used. In the opinion (anonymous of course!) of all participants – that was the nicest point of our agricultural trip. We are definitely going to start a competition with Santa Claus on who has the biggest belly!
Liha, kakku, voileipä, ruisleipä, kala, pulla – new words – that we had learnt in the morning at Anna Maija Luomi’s Finnish language lessons appeared to be the most important and useful throughout our FCP’s 3rd day.
So, hyvää ruokahalua!