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Local treats

The most delicious foods come right from your own back garden: our province. The Groningen countryside is rich with local and sustainably-produced delicacies that you have to try at least once in your life. Enjoy the authentic flavours of the province, from fresh produce to organic meat and mustard made with seeds from regional fields. Regional foods are even more enjoyable when you meet the people who make them: you can pay a visit to the farms and mills listed below in person and shop right from the source, but many of the featured businesses also offer convenient home delivery.

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Joeswert mill | Windmill shop

Artisanally-ground and organically-grown Groningen grains, rye flour, spice cake and poffert mix: you’ll find it all at the Joeswert mill. The cosy shop next door to the mill has everything you need, all wrapped up in packaging small enough to fit in your rucksack. Curious to get a taste of the mill from home? Follow our recipe and bake a traditional nut cake with flour ground at the mill: enjoy a slice along with a nice cup of coffee. You can even visit the shop outside normal opening hours: just give the mill owner, Dirk, a call. Address: Mentaweg 3, Feerwerd Open: Friday and Saturday

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Meinardi | Fruit farm

This farm is a true household name in Groningen. You’ve almost certainly tried their strawberries, but did you know they also grow asparagus and make their own juices, jams and other delicious goods? Take your pick of freshly-harvested veg, or preserved items to enjoy later. Adress: Zuiderveen 83, Winschoten / Zuiderstraat 28, Zuidbroek Open: Monday through Saturday

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Waddenvarkens | Butcher

Delicious, traditional scharrelvlees (free-range meat) comes from the pigs at Waddenvarkens. The hogs feed on locally-grown fruits and grains, and have plenty of wide, open spaces to roam, root around and roll in the mud. The pastures are also home to cows and chickens. Come see for yourself! Address: Bergsmastraat 32, Uithuizermeeden Open: Tuesday through Saturday

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Ol Diek | Fruit farm and country store

Feast your eyes on the vast orchards full of apple, pear and cherry trees at Ol Diek, then taste the fruits of the farm’s labour at the farm shop right next door. It’s stocked with all sorts of locally-grown and produced goods, from green kale to Groninger cake and homemade jam. You can fill up a shopping basket for yourself, or you make a selection for your own custom package. Address: Hoofdweg West 26, Nieuwolda Open: Thursday through Saturday

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Abrahams | Mustard factory

At Abrahams mustard factory, they’re still making savoury and spicy mustard according to traditional Gronings recipe. The organic black seed mustard is the flagship item in the factory’s range. Groninger mustard is renowned for its intense flavour and heat – much stronger and tastier than what they carry at your neighbourhood grocery store. The mustard also keeps for a long time, so you can enjoy it year round. Be sure to pay their shop a visit for even more delicious local treats (best served with mustard, of course). Address: Molenstraat 5, Eenrum Open: Wednesday through Sunday

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De Eemstuin | Nursery/farm

The high-quality vegetables from the Eemstuin are grown just a stone’s throw from the Wadden Sea. The farmers deliver vegetable boxes filled with freshly-picked and often somewhat forgotten vegetables right to your home (in and around Groningen). Their offerings follow the growing seasons, so each box is an invitation to experiment with new-to-you produce. You can also find the Eemstuin at the Vismarkt in Groningen on Fridays. Adress: Paaptilsterweg 7, Uithuizermeeden Open: Wednesday through Saturday (from April onward)

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Kleikracht | Cheesemakers

For the true Groningen cheese heads out there: the cheesemakers at Kleikracht in Winsum excel at making artisanal, traditional cheese. Their organic cheeses use milk from the cows at the dairy farm right next door, and the cattle graze in the lush fields nearby. Looking for something special? You’re sure to enjoy their sweet clover, stinging nettle and sambal varieties. Adress: Schilligeham 3, Winsum Open: Thursday through Saturday

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Other foodie hot spots

There are countless other businesses where you can enjoy fresh, sustainable and delicious local foods in the city of Groningen and the countryside, of course. If you can’t get enough cheese, check out de Hoeve Zuidwending, De Zuivelmand or De Oude Streek. For high-quality meats, head to Nanning van Wijk, De Buurackers or De Oorsprong. And for the best fruit and veg, you can’t go wrong with Kruize or Dallinga. You’re spoiled for choice! Who is your favourite local food producer?