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Finding Local Produce: Farm Shops

One of the benefits of living in Sonderborg is that you are close to the countryside. And a benefit of that is that you are close to the source of most of what you eat. However, with most supermarkets being big chains, being close to the food source does not tend to translate into fresher produce. For that you need the farm shops. And, luckily for us, there are plenty of those!


Rønhaveslagteren: New butcher on Kær. Went to visit after tasting their ringriderpølsen – we wanted more! Open Wed-Fri 8:30-17:00; Sat 9:00-13:00

Frydendal Ismejeri: For land produce (mainly vegetables) and local ice-cream – in Dybbol. Best ice-cream I have had in Denmark! Opening times depend on the time of the year.

Hestehave Frugtplantage: Fruit and vegetables on Kær. My favourite is the æblemost (pressed apple juice)…20DKK for a litre, and it goes down like honey. Open Mon-Fri 8:30-17:00; Sat 8:30-12:00.

Østegaard frugt og bær: Fruit and veg in season. Also their own pressed apple juice. As with the other fruit and veg shops, if there is no one in the shop, take what you want and leave the appropriate amount of money in the cash box in the shop. Open every day 9:00-18:00.

Skærtoft Mølle: For locally-produced flour, rye, spelt etc.

Besides shops, while driving around you often also see small stalls set up at the road side with a few vegetables, fruit, eggs etc. If anything catches your eye you can just stop the car, grab what you like, and leave the requisite money in a tin on the stall. If you want to go further and pick your own, there are also a number of options there. We had covered this a while back.

There are also a number of individual producers of specific produce. So far we have come across honey, mead and æblemost.

This is a selection of a few we know about. Do write in with any others we have missed. We like discovering new places!


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Try Bondegard ice-cream at Frydendal Farm House

Frydendal Farm House is now in the hands of the fourth generation of Philipsens. However, it is not just Philipsens living on the farm! There are also the co-stars for this treat: 125 dairy cows, each of which provide around 33 litres of milk each day.


One of the products that is produced from all this milk is ‘Bondegaard is‘. Reader Irene Lorenzen had suggested that we should try it out around a month ago, so when we got some good weather we thought it could be a good alternative to the normal ‘Frisko‘ ice-cream you find in town.

And boy wasn’t Irene right! We had a wide variety of flavours to choose from. I took some Hazelnut and elderflower (hyldeblomst) ice-cream, Michael opted for lemon and tiramisu, while my mother (who was visiting) decided on vanilla and peppermint.They were all superbly good! I was especially surprised with the hazelnut flavour. This is my all-time favourite flavour, but I am often disappointed when outside of Malta/Italy. This one, however, was up there with the best of them!

If there could be any suggestion for improvement for this place, it has to be its advertising. The ice-cream deserves more attention and advertising. There is a sign saying Bondegårds Is but there are no big ice cream cone to tell the non-Danish that this is the place you get the best ice cream in the area. On the other hand if more people know about it, there would be queues next time we go (there were none when we did, even if it was a real scorcher)… and that wouldn’t be good now would it?