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City oasis

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One summer Sunday I made my first visit to Toimela urban allotment garden. This was the first time, but I am quite confident it won't be last, I might go again this week. The harvest markets have started early due to warm summer. This suited me fine as it was the day for groceries after the fridge contents were some preserves and light after the moving flats business.

The garden was a short walk from home, tucked away behind a small forest. It is quite central location, but I would have not found it by accident. After a road through the forest, and a small parking lot, the lush garden opens. It is unbelievable that city is right outside the area.

The tables were full of berries, herbs, flowers, and vegetables. Prices were at times on the high side (garlic or herb bunch 2e per piece), but kale was very cheap (1e per bundle), and green beans (2e) were the best looking ones I have ever seen in Finland. The produce is of course much fresher than in stores, pick just in the preceeding days, and the price level is quite close to produce market prices. Now that there is no market nearby, I can subsitute with this!

I bought quite a pile of root veggies and onion, and some herbs to try. The berry counter had the longest queue, and the berries were sold out in around half an hour. Thankfully I did not need them as I had spent the previous day picking red currants at my mom's garden.

Green stop: cold-brewed tea and veggies in a bag.

Green stop: cold-brewed tea and veggies in a bag.

Catch of the day

Catch of the day

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The best part: crispy crepes with homemade jam