What would be a nicer way to spend a summer day than by picking strawberries or other berries directly in the garden where they’re grown? You can find several berry growers around Tampere, and at least strawberries and raspberries are on the menu.
Within just half-an-hour drive from Tampere you’ll find the picturesque town of Hämeenkyrö, famous for the lovely scenery that inspired Nobel-awarded author, F.E. Sillanpää. When you drive on the aptly named Maisematie (Scenery road in Finnish), you get to admire for example the lovely views over the Sarkkilanjärvi lake. Along the road, there are some berry gardens where you can pick berries, buy fresh local produce and enjoy the summer.
Yrjölä Farm offers lovely lakeside views and the possibility to pick strawberries or raspberries. There’s a shop and cafeteria, where you get to taste for example the lovely soft berry ice cream made on the farm – it’s exquisite! The smile on the kids’ faces (and why not adults’ as well) will only get bigger when they see the cute farm animals ready to be petted and the play areas where they can let off some steam. Almost next door to Yrjölä, there’s the Ylirautia farm, offering the possibility to pick strawberries and raspberries. A small summer café and a playground with swings and a trampoline are ready to make your visit worthwhile. Nikkilä farm, where ripe strawberries are waiting to be picked, is also in the same, beautiful road.
Twenty minutes to the other direction from Tampere is the town of Kangasala, where you can find local food and berry gardens. Berry garden Tyrnikka grows strawberries, highbush blueberries and buckthorn. The buckthorn can be self-picked or bought in the farm shop. Also located in Kangasala is MarjaPuntari which grows strawberries without any pesticides. During the season you can come and pick some strawberries or buy them at the Kangasala market square or at Ahlman farm shop in Tampere.
Not far from Kangasala is the village Pälkäne, where you can find some more berry gardens. At Suttinen farm there are strawberries and raspberries waiting to be picked, and there’s a café, boutique and a farm shop where you can buy the fresh produce straight from the field. Käenniemi farm is also located in Pälkäne, offering strawberries, as well as other berries.
Räsälä Organic Farm is a small gardening farm close to Valkeakoski. The farm offers guests berries to be picked or already harvested: blackcurrant, raspberry and buckthorn. Other currants are available, too, as well as cranberries and saskatoon. Some vegetables are also grown at Räsälä, such as courgette, onion, potato, cauliflower etc. The veggies from the farm are always delivered fresh from the ground.
We recommend contacting the farms before you drive there to check if there are ripe berries available!
To see the full list of all the berry farms in Tampere Region, go to this page.