A tour to Norwegian cherry farm

For Jo’s Monday walk, today we shall take a tour to a farming village called Lærdal in Norway where major agriculture production includes potatoes, apricots, oats, raspberries and most of all cherries. Sweet cherries or Morello cherries, originally from China now grown in Norway are popular and are sold in majority of grocery stores in Norway. The cherry production in this region is more than 200 tons and accounts for half of the total cherry production in Norway.

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To learn about Norwegian farm life and its challenges we took a guided tour/walk with one of the renowened farmers of this region.  His talk also includes the following topics:

  • Cherries – varieties, root stocks, tree architecture and cover systems in operation
  • Testing and benchmarking for the cherry varieties:  The Canadian varieties from Summerland reseach: Van, Lapins and Sweet Hart, and the European: Regina (Germany), Kordia  (Czeck rep) and Girgia (Italian)
  • Ideas around robotics and drone monitoring in fruit orchards

Long growing season, soft light, good soil and plenty of fresh water give the cherries the good taste. Cherries or Moreller tastes best when they have a deep dark red color and kept on room temperature.

The Norwegian agriculture has by far the strictest rules. It’s one of the reasons why one can safely eat cherries and other norwegian proctuct.  Our tour also included

  •  Visit to Lærdal Grønt Pack House to study the operation of cherry grading machine that will deliver more then 200 tons of cherries to the Norwegian market this year (about 50% of Norwegian production)
  • Discussing ideas around big data and cherry grading based on the 30 pictures pr cherry data optical grading system
  • Visit to “Smak av Sogn Landhandel” local & regional food and drink shop
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48 thoughts on “A tour to Norwegian cherry farm

      1. oh yes and this is a great way for us to see your adopted country! I’ve been there several times but more to catch up with friends so we never go far from Oslo. I love your photos and stories, more please 🙂

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      1. Haha! how you know what I did :D.
        After canning jam I realized that we did not have fresh jam for pancakes we planned to make. So…..I had to make half a bottle for now 🙂

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  1. The cherries look so appealing. It must be quite a job keeping off the insects and pests. Thanks for sharing…and tasting produce, fresh off the plants is certainly extra yummy, wouldn’t you say?

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    1. You are absolutely right but these farmers have to put extra efforts to keep the show running as weather is very unpredictable in the region. Since this year we have a long, warm and dry summer the cherries were in abundance.
      Thank you for visiting my post.

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