We check out after breakfast and leave the big city for Stjørdalsføret and more rural surroundings. Stjørdalsføret, which is a half-hour drive north of Trondheim may be overshadowed by several more well-known local food destinations in Norway, but here there are hidden food treasures like pearls on a string, that are really worth a visit. We will meet committed local food producers who have joined forces in a regional collaboration under the name "Auk".
At Kilnes farm we meet Karoline and Odd Magne Storflor. This is a traditional farm, in the sense that it produces dairy, meat, grains and timber. We get a tour of the milking parlor, with a presentation of new and innovative dairy products. Then we are served freshly baked waffles and coffee, while listening to the farm’s history. Next stop is Øfsti Vestre where we get a tour and visit Oddrun Øfsti Brandsæter's studio with an exhibition of his own paintings. We also get to greet the farm's mohair goats and learn about their wool.
We spend the night at Ersgard with the hosts Grete Sørebø and Stein Sakshaug. Grete is central to "Auk" and has a lot of knowledge about the history and development of the area that she loves to pass on.
The meals are important at Ersgard. The ingredients come from the producers in Auk or are as short traveled as possible. For lunch we top our own pizza which we bake in the fantastic wood stove on the farm. Later we head over to the neighboring farm Ydsti to pick the vegetables we will be served for dinner.
In the afternoon we visit Marit Lianes and Arne Stene at Øfsti Gård. The farm is deeply committed to breeding local, historic livestock, and has gray Trønder sheep and Trønder cattle that graze the cultural landscape around the farm. We get a tour of the farm, and are served a cup of coffee and some sweet and cured snacks in the farm café. And of course we have time to stop by the beautiful Stabbur shop that sells leather, wool, yarn, food and charming gifts. If the weather allows it, we walk two kilometers in a beautiful cultural landscape back to Ersgard where we eventually have a banquet dinner in Storstuggu.
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