Friday, July 12, 2013

Suonenjoki, Finnish strawberry capital

Suonenjoki is a small town of 7546 inhabitants in the Savo region (Central-East Finland) between Mikkeli, Jyväskylä and Kuopio. It is well-known as the Finnish strawberry capital. Since 1970, the Strawberry Carnival which is one of the oldest festivals in Finland, happens each year except in 1984 and 2003. People from the whole country as well as tourists are visiting the place mid-July (12th-14th in 2013) to buy delicious berries but also to pick some themselves in the huge fields. The starwberry farmer of the year will be elected during the event.

But you don't need to go to Suonenjoki to eat the berries. They are on sale on most of the markets and in the shops. But do you know that you can also buy small boxes in the long-distance trains? If you are traveling between Mikkeli and Kuopio in July and August, you will be able to purchase some freshly picked starwberries for just 2€.

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