Thanks to new cultivation techniques applied in Finland, domestic raspberries will start to be picked at the end of September. At the end of September, the strawberry seedlings of the berry farm in the village of Tyrvymmene, Hattula, are still full of semi-ripe berries and raw berries.
Produce from the tall and lush raspberry bushes is collected from within the growth tunnels.
“Even if there is enough heat, there is so little light that most of these raw grains no longer have time to ripen. After a couple of weeks at the latest, we roll the plastics off the tunnels and set the seedlings away,” says Eino Markkanen, who now runs the farm that was formerly run by his father Jussipekka Markkanen.
“The automation system initially measured nutrients and moisture and adjusted irrigation and fertilization accordingly, but it didn’t work properly. Yes, you have to go to the plants yourself to feel how they can and what they need,” says Markkanen.
Last year, the Tyrvänni berry and vegetable company had a turnover of EUR 1.2 million and a profit after taxes of EUR 456,000. This year, turnover will already rise to more than one and a half million euros. The relative share of the result remains at the same level.