Scan Magazine, Issue 114, July 2018

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Scan Magazine  |  Special Theme  |  A Taste of Denmark

From the heart of South Jutland Despite its location deep in the heart of the South Jutland countryside, Rurup Gårdbutik (farm store) sells its products to quality-conscious food lovers all over Denmark. On the farm, owner Ove Baagø and his dog Sigurd are ready to help shoppers find the perfect cut of meat – and a wine to go with it. By Signe Hansen  |  Photos: Rurup Gårdbutik

In 1997, a traffic accident forced Ove Baagø to leave his job, but sitting in his armchair reading the newspaper all day was not an option for the hard-working Dane. Baagø, who had a small herd of beef cattle on his farm, therefore decided to begin selling home-grown strawberries and potatoes along with his meat. Two years later, he opened up a shop, selling a selection of high-quality hung meats, fresh vegetables, wine and pottery, and today, the store’s groceries are dispatched to the whole of Denmark. “We have a lot of visitors from Copenhagen and the rest of Zealand in the area. And often, once they’ve been here on holiday, they take a large hamper of food

home and then order the next one online,” the 65-year-old explains. The shop’s produce range includes not only meat from local beef cattle, but also specialty meats from all over Europe including boar, quail, and horse. Most products are available to order online, where shoppers can also find suggestions for recipes. However, a trip around the premises itself is required to get the full farm store experience – complete with owners Baagø and Sigurd the labrador. Web: Facebook: Gårdbutik

Taking the time bread needs At Pistoria bakery in Odense, you can not only taste, but also see how much love is put into the bread. With the bakery built into the store, customers can ask questions and see the bread being kneaded and baked in traditional stone ovens, before picking up a loaf, cake or pastry to either enjoy on-site or take home. Founded two years ago by baker Eddie Månsson, Pistoria is an independent bakery focused on producing high-quality products and on encouraging customer interaction. “Today, you can buy bread everywhere, but no one has any idea where it is actually produced, so I thought: ‘If I want to survive as an independent baker, I need to go in the opposite direction; I need to bring people into the bakery, let them see how the bread is made and give them a chance to have a chat and satisfy their curiosity,” explains owner Månsson. Located in the Skt. Klemens suburb of Odense, Pistoria has built up a loyal customer base amongst locals. Månsson also delivers bread to Carlslund, one of the city’s best-known restaurants, and his bread’s rising reputation has begun to attract discerning fans from further afield. “All our bread is 62  |  Issue 114  |  July 2018

made from high-quality ingredients and with a lot of local produce,” Månsson notes. “But, most importantly, my people are very skilled, and we devote the time it takes to make good

Visitors at Rurup Gårdbutik are greeted by owner Ove Baagø and his labrador Sigurd.

Located in Southern Jutland, Rurup Gårdbutik delivers high-quality food and wine to all of Denmark.

By Signe Hansen  |  Photos: Pistoria

bread. Our breakfast rolls are left to rise for at least 15 hours and the bread for 19 hours.” The bakery also delivers beautiful madeto-order cakes for special occasions.

Web: Facebook: Pistoria

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