Local Produce

Harvest, gather and pick

Throughout history, people have harvested food from nature. A long time ago, we were all hunters and gatherers. For many, this is just a leisure activity. However, it still gives pleasure to pick berries for your own jam or catch fish for dinner. In Trøndelag, we call this matauk.

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photo: Terje Trobe/Explore Trøndelag

We will start with a short explanation of the term matauk. This means supplementing your household’s food supply by harvesting food resources from the surrounding nature, in addition to what you grow or buy. While this played an important role in the natural household, the hunters, fishermen and gatherers of today are mostly motivated by the wish to relax and enjoy their hobby.

Did you know that in Norway this public right to harvest is a central part of the right to roam, also known as the right of public access, recognised in the Outdoor Recreation Act?

photo: Terje Trobe/Explore Trøndelag

“While accessing uncultivated land, the public can harvest wild nuts to eat on the spot and pick and take wildflowers, plants, berries and wild mushrooms, as well as roots of wild herbs, providing they show consideration and take due care.”

photo: Terje Trobe/Explore Trøndelag

This right is deep-rooted in the regional soul of Trøndelag. We appreciate the opportunities possibilities and set off with our buckets and baskets when we hear rumours about ripe blueberries or lingonberries – or other wild berries we might come across. When the hunting season starts, many take an extra week’s holiday to trek in the mountains in search of elk, deer or grouse. This is peace of mind, fresh air, camaraderie and freedom. How much you get does not generally matter – it’s the trip and experience that count.

When you get home, it’s time to process what you harvested. You need to wash the berries and turn into cordial, jam or jelly. If you returned with mushrooms, you need to dry, parboil or pickle them, while you can freeze the meat for winter dinners.

Everyone is welcome to pick berries and mushrooms in open country providing they do so in a sustainable way. However, this is not suitable for everyone, so fortunately there are people who have already picked, gathered and made for you or who will gladly take you with them to gather from Mother Nature.

The kitchen garden of Trøndelag

Farmers on the Frosta peninsula – Trøndelag’s own kitchen garden – grow raspberries, vegetables and herbs, which you can buy or perhaps even pick them yourself. The farm Hogstad Øvre grows raspberries, which you can buy in the farm shop or pick yourself. Other farm shops on this lush and green peninsula sell eggs, fruit picked from their own trees and a wide range of vegetables. The products they sell are made from farm-grown produce, as reflected by the pure and intense flavours.

Along Den Gyldne Omvei (The Golden Road), the experiences include art, nature and food. Local producers get milk from their own herd and make award-winning cheeses. The free-range pigs live happy lives before being slaughtered on the farm and turned into amazing sausages. The most creative harvest wild herbs and edible flowers from Inderøy and use these to brew craft beer or produce ultra-local aquavit with a unique local colouring. As well as offering a bed for the night, the many places to stay offer activities that often include local food.

photo: Foodboom/Trøndelag Reiseliv

photo: Terje Trobe/Explore Trøndelag

Red berries

The geological conditions in Trøndelag provide favourable conditions for growing strawberries and raspberries. However, the weather can play a trick or two on us. Too much rain, too little rain, too cold or too hot are among the concerns of the local berry growers. 

Harvest, gather and pick

If you visit the raspberry farm Veiseth in Stjørdal, you can pick big, nice European red raspberries or Stjørdal’s very own raspberry variety – Stiora. If you don’t have time to pick them yourself, the farmer will gladly pick them for you. At Veiseth, they also make delicious raspberry juice.

photo: Terje Trobe/Explore Trøndelag

Buying straight from the field

It’s time to move towards the coast and the island of Hitra, where you will discover a rich array of edible delights both on the land and in the water. At Ansnes Brygge, you can go on a crab fishing trip – or simply enjoy the host’s seafood table and locally brewed beer. 

Lighthouse hopping in the Frøya archipelago

Elsewhere on the island is the market garden Helgebostad Hagebruk. Come on a visit and pick vegetables straight from the field! They grow vegetables like chillies, tomatoes and carrots, as well as more exciting varieties such as watercress, pak choi and edible flowers. Everything here is grown using natural methods and means, which means no chemicals or artificial fertilisers. Elisa grows more than 100 varieties of vegetables, so it’s easy to buy fresh, local vegetables here.

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