Ahlberg’s garden is run by the third generation of farmers, and today it focuses on organic vegetables and herbs. Arthur Ahlberg, the grandfather of the current owner, established the market garden in 1922 in the fields of Viikki in Helsinki. In 1967, the company moved away from the settlement to the more open landscapes of Östersundom in Sipoo.
Since 1992, Kaijus Ahlberg has been in charge of the cultivations with his wife Minna Tengvall. Their sons Juho and Jaakko have already flew the nest to pursue their studies, but they still work in the gardens occasionally.
Kaijus ended up in the field largely due to his family heritage, although while contemplating career choices, his first thought was not to continue the family business. Minna, on the other hand, grew up in the city and came to be a gardener out of her own interest in the field. While growing up, her family was actively engaged in home gardening. She and Kaijus both have a degree in Horticulture.
Our main products from the greenhouse are salads, shoots, herbs and edible flowers. Outdoors we cultivate potatoes, kale, zucchini and other vegetables. The mild romaine salad is our own favorite that has captured the hearts of many other gourmets. Every year we try to come up with something nice – last season our selection was widened with Chinese broccoli Kailaan, celery and organic seedlings. This year, there is another surprise in store.
We switched over completely to organic farming in the year 2000, because we want to do this job as sustainably as possible. In that sense, organic farming was a good option, and it caught the interest of both of us.
We also try to burden the environment as little as possible. As an example, we have been using wind power for 15 years, warming the greenhouses with renewable domestic energy, and using recycled boxes for transportation. We also sort and recycle all waste as thoroughly as possible.