New flavors of Polka Prince

Gränna is synonymous with Candy Cane City and Catrin Kvist, co-owner of the candy store Polka Prince was appointed this year to the Entrepreneur of the Year by the local business association. She receives the prize for his active work in the association, but also because she got off on your own company. It was in connection with Catrin met his partner and grännabon Stefan Fransson 2013 - the same year he won the Candy Cane Cup, she got the saddle on and start working full time in the candy cane industry. She and Stefan, which could then call himself world champion in polkagris baking, started 2016 Polka Prince central Gränna. Stephen grew up in the industry and also runs the candy factory Franssons confectionery started 1965 of his father Alf, which was a profile in Gränna. Alf started early in the 1970s to show polkagris baking for the customers in the store and 1989 he set a record by baking the world's longest candy cane. Today it is busy with the production of both companies, and the range is classic standard assortment of salty toads, foam and jelly bananas hard candies, and experimenting with newer flavors like chilli in different strength and constantly new flavors, i år Salty Caramel, Pineapple Coconut and Red Pig. But only the classic red and white can be called candy cane, the other is candy bars. What's the best Granna?

- all lovely people to come to know, the city is so well preserved and traditions are important. For us, the summer work, but also fishing on Vättern and socializing with friends.

Self-sufficient organic farm

David Appelgren.

Omberg is one of the country's most visited natural areas with a large eco-park and the vast beech forests are nature reserves. At the foot of the mountain lies Omberg organic farm and live here David and Royal Appelgren as they learn. Three years ago the couple moved here.
- We were looking for a place where we could begin to grow and to live self-sufficient. The soil around Omberg is very fertile and there are many, Also large-scale organic agriculture, says David Appelgren who believe it is due to an increased knowledge of old traditions and the natural cycle. In three years, a lot has happened. David is the first in the country that succeeded in quinoa cultivation. As chairman of the Swedish Hemp Association, he is also busy with lectures and training days on how to take advantage of even this ancient culture- and crop plant, which is a super crop in terms of its versatility and its high nutrient content. Since a few years, David works actively to promote Swedish food craftsmanship. He propagates to take advantage of Swedish produce and want to raise the level of food by spreading knowledge about the quality and matfusk.
– 90 percent of the apple crops in our gardens rotting away. So it is not in Latvia Institute come from or in Germany and Switzerland, where particularly the older generation learned to utilize and preserve. Together, David and Royal experimented own products they sold successfully, as hemp hemp butter o steaks and Nordic hummus on wild garlic and local cultured yellow peas, flavored with yeast own cider vinegar. In the spring, it is time to drop the birches sap and then do the sour sap. To engage local people organized tours where you learn to utilize wild plants. The shelves in the farm shop empties quickly, but they do not want to hire more people.
- We believe in small scale of what we do will be characterized by care and love. In the current situation must be contact us via facebook page if you want to come for a visit, are interested in any product or want to know more about us and our business.

Fishing a central part of Vättern Life

With 25 000 paying customers a year are Carléns Fish & Vätterstranden Crayfish a given destination in Habo. - Here's something for all tastes, says CEO:n Mary Carlin.

When Maria Carlen hauls up key ring, opens the door to his workplace and throws a glance toward the clock behind the freezer indicates the small pointer on four. A few minutes later she begins today's commitments: smoking fish, fill in with new sauces shelves, testing a herring Species, fill with ice and swab the shop floor is top of the to-do list. But Maria Carlen has no problem to get up early in the morning.
- The job is a passion. Getting to see and meet all customer satisfaction is a favor, she says. A few kilometers from here, Habo, are perhaps the country's most distinctive wooden church, which every year attracts around 25 000 visitors. But the question is whether Carléns Fish & Vättergatan Crayfish is at least as big excursion.
- I check on our receipts so I can at least say that we have 25 000 paying customers, Maria says with a smile peering. Years 2001 she met the man who would become her husband, the fisherman Anders Carlen. That same year, she stepped into the business he started five years earlier.
- Many fishermen are at sea all the time and find it difficult to find time to run and develop the activities that take place on land. We like to say that Mr Fish and I'll do the rest, says Maria.

Busy with "the rest"
The "rest" includes everything from smoking fish, cook seafood, responsible for purchasing, emptying garbage, plan strategies for the coming years and to make good dishes with Vätterns fish and shellfish base.
- Enough, I have to do. But I never count how many hours I work. It's fun to think along such lines, says Maria. Her husband Anders is one of nearly 20 fishermen by Vättern. From its base in Svedåns port he goes almost every day, year round, out with his twelve-meter boat, hoping to catch fish in public waters.
- Some days it's nothing in the nets and when the wind blows he can not even get out on the lake. But usually we have luck fishing with us, says Maria.
- It is obvious that Vättern Fish is popular and that many take long detours to find their närfiskade favorites. Charles is perhaps the most sought-after. But we also have trout, perch, and walleye pike. In total there are 32 species in Vättern. In volume terms, however, the signal crayfish greatest. - We began to boil crayfish 2001 and has over time become specialists in the. In the summer, we often visited by locals who pack the luggage compartments full of crabs packed in Styrofoam boxes, says Maria. Company scourge, she says, is to find the perfect dill.
- Fortunately, we collaborate with farmers in southern Sweden and Vadstena delivering to us. We need Dill really nice to be able to cook crayfish on our way. The identity of our goods, they taste in a special way, is very important.

Something for everyone
Besides seafood, visitors can also buy things that fit well with fish and the store concept.
- We should not be a general store in the country without a destination for fish and delicacies. Those who come here often do it for a fancy dinner and are committed to the event to be successful. Then, you want tips and ideas about what contributes to a complete meal experience. The shelves and over the counter are therefore everything from spices, rapeseed oil with dill flavor and biscuits to bread, vegetables and other accessories that you may need for their fish.
- Here is something for everyone. I dare say that we have 100 percent purchase frequency, concludes Maria Carlen.

want to develop
Another person who advocates the fishing on Vättern Jonny Stahl, Chairman of Vätterns Fiskareförbund; fishermen organization.
- I want to see a developed tourist industry, in collaboration with the fishing and would like to see the development of more products with fish from the lake. The fish and chips on the lake is a product I really believe in. We have very ample lake in the lake and it also needs to be taken to maintain a balance with other species in the lake. For two years, pushing Jonny a prized fish shop at Ödeshögs Square. The aim is to provide närfiskad fish such as pike, pike-perch, perch, whitefish, trout and char from the lake.
- We want to provide the opportunity for everyone to be able to buy these fish at a good price and that the fish must be fresh. Often the fish caught in the morning and in the store when we open. The fish shop are also a wide range of smoked fish from Sjöarps smokehouse and cradle smokehouse.
- Sjöarp Smoke Vätterstranden Fish that we have in store. We also have quality herring, honey from our own beekeeping and sausage made from wild game meat. During the season there are also cooked Vättern Crayfish. There is opportunity for those who wish to sit down and eat a lunch platter with smoked salmon and potato salad that you can also get takeaway, says Jonny. Another part of his business is fisheries management where he rents and sells equipment for fisheries.
- These are special nets used to catch roach and bream in the lakes where white fish become too numerous. I take orders in the fall and has manufactured equipment during the winter months. If time I help also with the shooting of gear but then the customer manage the fisheries in the house.

Unilateral fishing threatens
In an interview with Corren last year stated that Jonny fishing in Vättern has become too one-sided focus on certain species such as salmon and trout. He wants whitefish will get going again.
- The whitefish has a great potential for tourism. There are plenty of whitefish in the lake that needs to be taken when it is competing for food for other species, including char. Smoked whitefish is real summer food and fits well both on sandwich, a crispbread slice or with boiled potatoes or potato. When a visitor arrives at any port around Vättern would like to have something to eat on the spot, Feel free food that is special for Vättern - and then whitefish a given location.

Text: Henrik Lenngren
Photo: LQ Pictures

It features seafood:
Carlens Fish & Vätterstranden Crayfish. Info:
Zeth Rylander. Info:
Hjo-Sik. Info:
Gustavsson's fish and crayfish. Info:
Klangahamns fiskeläger. Info:
Fiskboa Motala. Info:
Borghamns Kiosk & Fisk. Info:
Fiskboden in Ödeshög. Info:
Bengtsgården Visingsö. Info:
Gränna smokehouse & Fiskelyckan. Info:
Market Hall Vätterstranden Fish. Info:

Steamboat adorn port

Discover Hjo from the sea in summer. Take a ride on board the steamer traffic - steamer from 1892 som ”still is going strong”.

The steamer S / S Traffic Hjo K-labeled by the National Maritime Museum and referred to as having "Particularly great historical value". The boat is from 1892, was saved from scrapped 1972 and are then 1977 Hjo port where it goes with regular trips in summer. One of those who have been there from the start of the voluntary work behind Anders Svensson. The proximity to the waterfront and the port was the condition for him to move here from Gothenburg. Into the bargain, he received the commitment for the S / S traffic which today occupies a large part of his free time. Society S / S Trafik friends are always looking for interested parties who want to be involved as well as nurture operate the ship.
- We are a core group of 15 people who work with everything from maintenance to the preparation and operation. In summer it is totally 30-40 people who help. The tours go to Hästholmen, Vadstena and Visingsö. It organized a couple of tours by steamboat jazz, and those who wish can also rent a boat for a trip on the lake. Traffic takes up to 150 people on board who can stay in the four different salons with the turn of the century furnishings in plush, mahogany and brass. There is also a café- and souvenir sales.
- It takes a lot of work to saddling up all the carbon that is spent, 200 kg per hour, says Anders Svensson. Hjo is a popular and well-attended summer town, known for its well-preserved medieval town center and the old wooden houses from the 1700-1800's. It is beautiful to walk in the sprawling city park, where Societetshuset today houses a museum experiment. Many come of course to the harbor where you can eat vättersik and char or enjoy one of the most famous ice cream cafes. There is also a craft tradition with many craftsmen and artists who have their studios open.

Johan welcome in the harbor

In Vadstena marina, we find John Lindell, who is really a public face for all those who come to Vadstena by boat or camper. He is the Harbor Master in Vadstena marina and is also responsible for set locations adjacent to the harbor. It seats 50 summer campers, 30 when the boats are on the country. The marina has space for 55 boats says Johan, but tells of a magical summer evening three years Sedam when he and his aides managed to squeeze in the whole 98 boats in the harbor.
- The last boat came in at 22 o'clock. it was also Nostalgia Evening, so it was full of people. All helped each other to get into the boats. I have always worked eftet motto that no one should have to turn in Vadstena marina because it is full. Since we are a manned harbor, we put the boats right and then you can get more. There is a family atmosphere in the harbor, many who visit it has been there before and feel at home. During a season pass approximately 1500 boats' plus some roamers ", Johan Lindell says. The port offers the usual services with toilet, showers, filling and cream.
- The only thing missing if one may wish, would be well sauna, says Johan Lindell. Annan service, shops, Located just a stone's throw from the harbor – everything is close. Both the port and set the sites are very popular and are listed högt.Gästhamnen reported to be in the top three of Europe's most beautiful inlet, something vadstena residents could take part in the winter when the ice lay so even landlubbers could see the city from the most beautiful side.
- It was like sitting in a boat to go out on the ice, you could see the college, asylums, Rödtornet, Castle, monastery kyrkan, I hela apartment. Foreign tourists who arrive by boat are often amazed by the port's location next to the castle, tells Lindell, amazed that they can put their boat next to a historic royal palace. The question of what is the best Vadstena is difficult, there is so much. Johan Lindell mentions that the city has become better at mixing high culture and popular culture, you can both go on Vadstena Academy operas and pop concerts. There is also a nice trade, no chain stores but small stores where everything on offer are carefully selected and hand-picked.
- It is good for both customers and the environment, Johan concludes Lindell. Johan Lindell's port captain in Vadstena marina, but is also responsible for the popular set location next to the harbor.

On safari with kids around Vättern

A common request of the families is of course a visit to the zoo. As a parent, it happens that one sighs a little when it comes to speech. It takes at least a full day, it is expensive, you should have lunch with them or eating substandard junk food after having queued for half an hour and the children's blood sugar drops never as fast as in that queue… But there are alternatives! Plenty, also.

Around Lake Vättern have a look at all the animals that can betittas and / or stroked in the spreading area. We start off Hjo, where Simon Althaus and his partner Jennie Johansson runs Bison Farm in Gate. Here you can go with out of the pastures, and see real live bison, just like they look in the Lucky Luke, solid pälsigare. And, you need of course not go out in the pasture on their own, but Simon runs out with the tractor and a trailer with benches. It is almost fully in the wagon when we bump off the hills. In the distance you can see large, brown heaps lying on the ground. When the tractor is approaching they rise up curiously. Simon, of course, with the goodies out, they know it. The tractor stops. We sit very still and watch the huge animals. A bison can weigh up to a ton. The height of the farm's largest ox, Teddy bear, almost 2 meter. The cows are a little less… In the pastures of the gate time between 100 and 140 bisondjur, divided into several flocks. Born every year 30-40 calves, and some of them we see from the cart. A suckling and stay close to their mother.

Occasionally curious
The idea of ​​the safari is that the animals get close to the cart so you get to see them properly, but right now they seem to be moderately curious about us visitors. Simon takes out a long branch with green leaves and tries to lure them closer. That does not. We go further down a hill and up another. There is another group of animals. Maybe they can think of to get close enough? Oh yes, they are attracted by the green branch jutting out between the slats in the sides of the trolley. 7-year-old gets a little scared when the big animal protruding muzzle and tugging at branches. Even so, he looks carefully at the animal. It has large chunks of the old coat hanging from the side of the chest. The shed is still his winter coat, everything has not fallen off yet.

Simon Althaus says that all animals are personalities. Some of them are more interested in people than others, some keeps preferably spaced. So this is the American bison, that never existed in the wild in Sweden. It has, however, the European bison, known as bison. It is a much smaller animal that is now in several central European countries are trying to return to the wild. There are discussions about it here in Sweden, but so far they are seen only in zoos and captivity. Safari tour is exciting in many ways. Partly because we get to see rare animals up close, partly because we get to go for a tractor. Sometimes no pretensions greater! On the bison farm, you can also try the bison tastes: there is a saloon that serves bison burgers and other tasty and a small shop, where you can buy with it a piece of bison meat home.

Wild West
Wild West theme continues a little longer than the animals. You can also stay in the "teepee" of Bison Farm in Gate. The tents are furnished with throw rugs and inflatable beds. It is also possible to make fire in the tent, smoke rises straight up and out through the tent opening at the top. Just as you have seen in westerns.

Around Lake Vättern are many opportunities to see the animals. A place with a similar concept as the Bison Farm in Gate is Tumbäcks farm near Habo. The Habo Camping can be there to follow with a similar vehicle to see the moose. This requires silence and a certain patience, but Rob Lenting at Habo Camping asserts that he has always seen moose safaris, and he believes he has been in all the past years.

On Visingsö is an alpaca farm visit. - It is hard to miss, says Jan-Erik and Karin Eskilsby owning animals. People cross rivets by bike or car and shout "look a lamaaa!!"Alpaca is, liksom page, a camel animals usually found in South America but thrives here. In Sweden, however, the alpaca most coherent for its fine wool, and even the family Eskilsby Visingsö's wool. On the farm you can participate in an alpaca safari where you get information about the animals, and get to feed them. One can also go for trekking with an alpaca for company, or just hanging at the fence and watch. - Actually, they are very cautious animals, but our very safe and some of them can pat, assures Karin Eskilsby.

If the moose, alpacas and bison feels a little too big, you are welcome to watch and even pet such as goats and rabbits at several places, among others in Jönköping City Park, where it has a mini zoo with child-friendly animal smaller size. Even in Askersund is a similar plant adjacent to Askersunds Hembygdsgård.

hens Release
Even less, but not quite so pat friendly, the hens in Happy Loose äggbod outside Skänninge. Each morning let Eva Danielsson their 13500 poultry. Every morning, they will be just as glad to get out and run and flapping against the "forest", the birch grove which lies between the road 206 and hens stables. It is a demand-poultry farm for some years and who passes by can see the chickens trippa, BOB and pecking in the grass. One and another sits perched in the birch trees. You are also welcome to stay and watch the hens or buy eggs in äggboden next.

They attract more fishing

It is not just anglers and foreign tourists who are drawn to Hökensås Sportfishing. In recent years, more and more families discovered the charm of gathering around the special experience of nature as the Lakes invite to the vast nature reserve, associated Tidaholm. It works Mårten Fredriksson, site manager Hökensås Angling. Hökensås sport commitments exceeding 30 lakes. Here you can fish for both rainbow and brown trout, as well as pike and perch in several of the lakes.
- We operate the angling tourism on Hökensås, Tiveden and a 3 km long stretch of Tidan-Baltak in Tidaholm. We sell about about 25.000 fishing licenses annually just Hökensås, and it is enough to keep it at that level in order to conserve natural experience, he says.
- Instead we work with to process products, Therefore, we have also special lakes with quota places must be booked in advance and here you have to be quick if you want to access a fishing license, for they go quickly. After access was also underlined fish for sale in the shop in Fish Center.
- We also have two fish farms so we provide many fishing areas and fishing clubs in southern Sweden with fish. Hökensås Sportfishing want to open up to as many as possible get a chance to get out into nature and learn more about how to fish, and their courses are popular.
- An important group we want to spend a little extra on the children and young people. They may, in particular to learn about entomology – insect learn, when to make their insect baits. They also learn to read the water, new casting techniques and tying flies.

Go back in time to Medevi

Medevi Well hold high the banner when it comes to keeping traditions alive. Still, one can experience water dispensing and porridge trot with brass orchestra, says Åsa Ahlin.

Leave TV:n and cell phone for a while, and go back in time. On Medevi Brunn, The oldest health spa dating from the 1700s, you can experience what it was like to stay at the hotel well in a bygone era. It kept the history and traditions alive and besides the famous health-giving water, it is perhaps above all the tranquility and closeness to nature that it is healing. Asa Ahlin, raised in Motala, working here and tell you that many wedding- and conference guests are attracted by the beautiful environment.

Medevi Palace is open all year round, for booked companion, different accommodation-
options both in basic rooms, suites and hostels. Besides the well program in summer with the recurring porridge lunken offered a rich program of activities with the opportunity to try outdoor activities that belonged to the old time, as skittle, throw ring, boules and dropping struggle. You can also go kayaking and swimming in the outdoor spa. Porridge Lunken said to be an experience of a lifetime, and marched every night before bedtime to the tune of Medevi Brunn Orchestra, a brass sextet that has existed since 1870 and plays on contemporary instruments.

For those who want to get more experiences in Motala recommended Varamobaden, which is an elongated beach.

Love and ecologically secret of the good ice cream

After last year's awards year matentreprenör in New York as well as Entrepreneur of the Year in Gränna there has been a tumultuous time, tells glass factory owner Anders Ahlenius. Sales have doubled and interest Grenna Glass has increased noticeably. And as well eaten it can understand success.

This is how real ice cream tastes, which was also the reason why the company started seven years ago, says Anders Ahlenius. - The home of our family, we lacked a really good ice cream and began to experiment our way using only natural ingredients without additives. Sure, it gets a little more work and costs a little more but it's worth it. The secret is perhaps that they use organic milk from a local farmer and eggs from happy hens in Aneby. Grenna ice cream was originally a family business, but now it's just mom Gullan that helps.

Festive name
The number of dealers is increasing steadily as ice cream are both in some supermarkets but especially in farm shops which is a deliberate niche, says Anders Ahlenius, who seems keen to promote small-scale and local. The names of ice creams are also festive and arouse curiosity – as Gammelfarfars gubbaglass, The pastor bitter pistachio, Elder Light lemon kisses and Coffee girls temptation. Vega series have names like Backyard berries, tracking, love & understanding och Vegan is the new black. Grenna ice cream is very happy about the positive response and keen customer reactions. Anyone who wants to is welcome into the shop and the cozy café in central Gränna to discuss or even suggest a new flavor. - We experiment all the time, for it is possible to make ice cream on virtually everything, says Anders Ahlenius. But the catch is that it should taste good too.. - A new feature this year is peas, we'll see if we succeed in this,. Last year was a rhubarb ice cream a success, but also depend on the availability. - There is a lot of work with the, to clear, hack and concoct. But the taste is very interesting with the mixture of acid and sweetness.

Would not be great
The company has grown continuously and now employs three people in winter and ten in summer. - We produce all year round, but in summer demand increases and when it is full up, so we start to prepare for the spring and have expanded our freezer space. Anders Ahlenius think it's funny, but would not be too great. - It's part of the concept that we do not want to get too large-scale, but to preserve the vicinity of everything and personality in what we do. What is your favorite-
taste? - But that's like asking what one's favorite child! It is impossible to answer, says Anders Ahlenius, and notes that changes what is the favorite.

TEXT: Had Aalto

Tenth summer exhibition at Gunillaberg

The Danish artist Tage Andersen's Gesamtkunstwerk of Carolinians yard Gunillaberg 25 kilometers west of Jonkoping is a revelation of an artist's versatility creates needs. There are animals installations, garden sculptures, interiors and God's wild nature in a captivating staging. This year offered among other things an exhibition of glass artist Tobias Mohl from Denmark.

The Orangery built 2013 will be offered during the summer to music- and ballet performances by international artists; including appearing Ballet dancers Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg, London, and Vivi Flint from Denmark during the "Ballet weekend" in July. Midsummer Sunday, playing the Danish-Swedish cellist Andreas Brantelid again Gunillaberg. In August it will be for the first time in Gunillaberg opera soprano Irene Theorin from Småland, and the baroque ensemble Concerto Copenhagen plays 8 July. Circus Queen Katja Schumann occurs with elegant horse show at the opening ceremony.