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Eat like a local

Fertile arable land in Hjo

Guldkroksbygden is the name given to the district surrounding Hjo due to its fertile arable land. Not surprisingly, there are many farms and food producers here. Perhaps you've tried one of the cheeses from the cheese dairy at Almnäs Bruk, one of Sweden's largest organic farms, or tasted a creamy KRAV-labelled yogurt from the Hjordnära diary? You can also pick blueberries at Blåbärsgården (blueberry farm) in Fridene, strawberries at Munkebo, buy bison meat at the Bison Farm which you can grill at home, or taste locally produced honey. On a hot summer's day, something cool is the order of the day. Then, you can enjoy the local organic ice cream at Gula Paviljongen (the Yellow Pavilion) or buy a Juniper drink from Hjo Brewery.

  • There are many local producers, many of which have small farm shops in Hjo. This helps keep our countryside alive. Call before your visit to see if you can make your visit today.

Almnäs Ysteri. Sales at the farm shop during events. You can also buy the cheese in Hjo town center, at Känsla's delicates shop (Address; Hamngatan 3 Hjo). Contact: +46 503 160 05 www.almnas.com

Bisonfarmens Farm Shop. At Sweden's largest bison farm you can find bison meat in the farm shop. Contact: +46 703 353 545 www.gatebison.se

Björkenäs lantliv. Farm shop with products from the area. +46 703 512 743 More information about Björkenäs Lantliv on Facebook.

Blåbärsgården. Sale of the farm's giant blueberries. +46 704 894 521 www.blabarsgarden.se

Gula Paviljongen Glasscafé. Café where you can purchase Wetternglass - locally produced ice cream. +46 700 282 477,  +46 708 901 781

Gusto Classico. Direct imports of qualitative Italian delicacies. +46 725 106 011. More information about Björkenäs Lantliv on Facebook.

Handelsboden Njuta. Café and shop with tea, coffee, chocolate and other delicacies and food from the area. +46 503 315 50 www.njuta.info

Hjo Sik. Shop and restaurant with lake Vättern's delights (fish) and food from the area. +46 503 310 32 www.hjosik.se

ICA Supermarket. Food store with several products from the area. +46 503 130 20 www.ica.se/hjo

Känslas delicacy shop (Delibutik). Sale of delicacies and food from the area. +46 503 104 04 www.kanslahjo.se

Maplerocks delikatesser. Meat details from cattle. +46 760 281 661

Mistens Gård. Sale of the farm's beef. +46 703 464 141  More information about Mistens Gård on Facebook.

Mjuk ´å Go Honung. The farm's honey for sale. +46 736 226 416

Munkebo Gård. Sale of the farm's strawberries (also self-picking during June and July) and honey from the area. +46 503 403 76 www.munkebogard.se

Ringabergets Honung.  The farm's honey for sale. +46 706 191 527 www.vastgotahonung.com

Stampens Kvarn. Restaurant in an old mill, where you also will find flour from western Sweden, home baked bread and pastries. +46 503 105 51 www.stampenskvarn.nu

Torsbo Gård. The farm's honey for sale. +46 705 143 210

Vete & Råg. Café and restaurant, with home baked bread and pastries. +46 503 127 99

Vätternsparris. Sale of white asparagus from the farm. +46 503 162 65 www.sparris.net

Widhjas Potatis. Sale of own cultured potatoes. +46 709 146 005

Österhagen Glass. Home made ice cream and sorbet. See the manufacturing process at Långgatan. +46 503 141 11 www.osterhagenglass.se