Measuring 90 hectares of arable land, Larsviken is a comparably small farm. A basic requirement for us here at Larsviken is that everything we grow and produce must be as natural as possible and having the least possible environmental impact. We are well aware that the land we are cultivating is a loan from our children, and as such we must nurture and take care of that loan in the best possible way.
Potato – our passion
We love potatoes! Potatoes are about so much more than firm or floury, and our goal is to make more people understand that this little lovely spud holds so many possibilities. We grow a large variety of potatoes and we constantly try new and old ones in order to find those that are best suited to our land. At Larsviken we proudly nurture a potato collection of roughly 550 different varieties, where new exciting varieties and really old rarities share the same space.
If spring has been rewarding, we begin to harvest the very first new potatoes in early June. During summer, we continue to harvest different kinds of summer potatoes. In the autumn, we harvest the different autumn varieties, which we subsequently store and sell during the rest of the year. In total, we cultivate about 25-40 different kinds of potatoes during one year.
Beef from grass grazing and happy animals
Our animals are a very important part of the farm’s natural cycle. They are fed potatoes, root vegetables and unflavoured crisps with beauty defects that have been discarded and sorted out. We allow the animals’ growth to take time and the animals live as close to their natural environment as possible. This means that they have the opportunity to be outside all year round and graze freely. Hence, the animals move around and as a result the meat becomes extra tasty and tender. Due to the fact that they are not fed concentrates, the animals are allowed to grow slowly and at their own pace. Larsviken’s beef is completely free from antibiotics and medicines. When the animals have plenty of space and fresh air, they thrive, feel good and stay healthy. Karin, Nils and Bertil have daily contact with the animals and know each animal’s peculiarities. We have adapted the number of animals according to the size of the farm so that they become an asset in the farm’s cycle and not a burden.
”We tend to the animals several times a day, which means we get to know each animal and its peculiarities. Our goal is for the animals to feel good and contribute to the natural cycle here at the farm.”
Nils, 8th generation farmer