DELICIOUS TREATS FROM HOME-GROWN GRAINS
The farm shop operates at Kärras farm, which is located in the middle of the cultural landscape of Eestinkylä, in connection with Fräsars farm. Fräsars, owned by Ingemo and Henrik Fröberg, is the third oldest family farm in Kirkkonummi. It has remained in the host family since 1665 and has survived, among other things, the vortices of the Porkkala Parenthesis during the war.
We took over Fräsars and Kärras in 1991, and two years later we established a farm shop and a bakery on the premises. The shop that sells local produce and crafts is not the first shop at this address. In Ingemo’s grandmother’s childhood – in the 19th and 20th centuries – a general store served in the former main building of Kärras. The product range has since been turned on its head, because a century ago the store sold everything that could not be produced in the area: coffee, tea, spices, lamp oil, tobacco and household goods. In conjunction with the store, the guests from the city were lodged in a summer boarding house, a sort of bed & breakfast of its time.
Ingemo has a degree in agriculture and has always worked on the family farm – although at first, her choice of career was a surprise both to herself and to her family. Henrik, on the other hand, became a forestry manager before becoming a farmer. Fortunately, he has always been able to ask for advice, both from the person in the house with an agricultural degree, and from the neighbors. Of the children in the family, Linda has already moved out, while Fredrik still studies and shows up more often at home. They both help out at the farm and occasionally in the store.
Fräsars has not had any actual cattle after the Porkkala Parenthesis; out of all the domestic animals, only the horse returned home after the occupation. Today, wheat, barley, rye and oats are grown in the fields. We also grow potatoes and peas for the store. Part of the grain is ground into grouts and flour at the Andersböle-Veckoski mill, which we then use to bake bread free from additives, as well as all sorts of pastries.
Running the store and the bakery is something we enjoy doing in addition to farming. Our products vary considerably according to season: in February, we bake our Runeberg cakes and traditional cream-filled buns laskiaispulla, during Easter we offer home-made mämmi and Easter chicks, while Vappu’s selection includes mead and the Finnish sweet bread tippaleipä.
We have joined the food hub out of curiosity and interest towards a new kind of model. Besides, it is wonderful to connect with people who are interested in local food. Good synergy is born out of new connections.
Eestinkyläntie 316, Kirkkonummi