Den Brune Bie
The Nordic black bee is considered to be an ecotype or subspecies of the old European bee. The Nordic black bee is the only original bee race in Northern Europe, and is nowadays listed as endangered. In the pure breeding areas in Flekkefjord, Lund, Sokndal and Sirdal, it is forbidden to keep other bees than the black bee. Here are the the natural borders such as mountains and seas that isolate the stock and prevent mating from other bee breeds.
Thanks to the few beekeepers who choose to participate in the breeding work for the black bee, Norway has today the largest remaining stock of the black bee. The work done for this bee rase is essential for the breed to still have a future in the beekeeping.
Sverre Sirevåg was born in 1927. He began to raise bees at the age of 14. By that time he had two beehives of his own and he also raised bees for others. By 2010, his daughter Gretha took over the business with her husband Geir-Arne and with the help from their mentor Sverre.
The beehives are located in different places around Sokndal municipality. The main farm is at Bjørkhaug approx. 50 meters from their house. What’s special here is the bloom in springtime that starts early and that there is a generous access to apple, raspberry, morell, plum, blackberry, clover and dandelion blooms. The other beehives are located in areas where there are plenty of wildflowers, such as bell heather.
FISKBY•K is a local pop-up concept with base in the idyllic coastal site called Mong in Eigersund municipality. In this area people have harvested from the sea for generations, and FISKBY•K is making an effort using what the sea has to offer and giving it a new and modern twist. They serve and sell in the coastal town of Egersund using the motto: Short-travelled fishing luck!
Seaweed harvested by hand is their signature ingredient, and it appears in countless variations; in rolls, fish gratin, mayonnaise and other exciting and innovative products.
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Fossmoen Frukt & Cider
The climate in Dalane is well suited for growing fruit. Our idyllic orchard is faced southwest, which gives the fruit an abundance of sun and light. The garden is protected by mountains in the north-east and thus sheltered from cold winds that can be harmful to trees and fruit.
Favourable climate gives the trees good growing conditions to bear fine fruit. Fruit is the main ingredient in the production of Cider, and high-quality fruit is crucial for high-quality cider. Our fruit production is done almost organically, with an emphasis on the use of organic fertilizers and as little pesticides as possible to protect nature and insect flora.
Haugland Gård & Hage
Haugland Gård & Hage is located close to the protected coastal heath called “Sletthei”, in Lund municipality in the far south of Rogaland. The farm is nicely located with cultivated land close to the farm buildings. The coastal heath “Sletthei” is close and accessible to the animals. The farm hosts the protected cattle breed “Vestlandsk Raudkolle”, or “Lyngdalskua”, as the locals call it. The farm has access to approx. 3000Da grazing, and of these, about 2800Da is idyllic coastal heath, where the animals can frolic in historical nature and safe surroundings.
Haugland Gård & Hage puts animal welfare as priority no. 1, and the production is grass-based with a long grazing season. The animals on the farm have access to the outside all year round, which we think they value highly. During the summer, the farm is open for visitors who are curious about the very critically endangered Lyngdalskua, often in connection with visits to the idyllic visitor garden, which is also run here. The garden is in Cottage style and consists of several rooms with a variety of roses, perennials, portals, seating areas – and with a vegetable garden with a large selection of vegetables. Here there is room for people, animals and the buzzing friends .. Welcome!
Løyning Gård 10/3 Sæstad
On the idyllic island Eigerøy, outside Egersund, Tone and Magne Sæstad have wild sheep and traditional Norwegian cattle spread over 6000 acres of coastal heathland. They focus on breeds that can handle and utilize this unique and protected landscape. Their goal is to produce high-quality meat products based on old and endangered breeds.
Vestlands Raudkolle originates from South-West Norway and can handle this landscape well. In addition, Tone and Magne have bought some cattle from the breed Sidet Trønderfe. These old Norwegian breeds can live outside from the beginning of May to mid-October in this coastal climate, much like the wild sheep. At Eigerøy old Norwegian cattle is grazing alongside the original wild sheep along this unique coastline.
The coastal heathlands at Eigerøy are located in the sparse anorthosite landscape that was formed far below the earth’s surface 930 million years ago. The animals that graze south of Løyning make use of the heather, juniper and gras that clings to the so-called Håland anorthosite. It was formed 1 billion years ago and is the oldest anorthosite in Magma UNESCO Global Geopark.
For a taste of the unique high-quality traditional Norwegian meat, please contact Tone and Magne directly at Løyning Gård.
NORSK ØRRET AS
The trout from Sirdal is produced in the cold, clean mountain water in Sirdalsvatnet. This huge inland lake passes through Flekkefjord and enters Lundevatnet on its travel to the North Sea. This trout is called Norwegian Brown Trout. It is the same kind of trout that started swimming in our mountain lakes after the last Ice Age 10 000 years ago. The cold mountain water makes the fish grow slow, and this gives the meat a solid consistency and a unique quality. Norwegian Brown Trout from Sirdalsvatnet is a km0 product from Norway.
Before entering Sirdalsvatnet, the mountain water is used to produce sustainable water energy. Since the power company extract water from the bottom of freezing mountain lakes, the average temperature of the water in Sirdalsvatnet is 6 degrees celsius.
Ollestad Kjøtt is a newly established local company located at Ollestad at Ualand in Lund municipality. The company consists of the brothers Brynjar and Kristian Ollestad, who, in addition to Ollestad Kjøtt, each run their own farm.
Ollestad Kjøtt has a genuine interest in local food and local food traditions. They offer good quality meat and facilitate the customer to be able to trace the meat back to both the farmer and the pasture. In addition, the main goal of the brothers is to safeguard the craft that the “village butcher” once could offer. Both through their own processing of meat, but also in the form of the products they produce. They are using “Grandma’s cookbook” and want to keep in the claimed food traditions that are about to disappear.
In addition to the production of meat products, Ollestad Kjøtt offers cutting, splitting and processing of meat. Their products are produced sustainably and with a strong focus on animal welfare. They deliver products with the guarantee of traceability, high quality with the least possible use of additives and all products are produced in as environmentally friendly and safe manner as possible.
Skadberg Gård is idyllically located at Skadberg on Nordra Eigerøy in Eigersund municipality. Here Magnus Østebrød grows apples using new cultivation methods in moraine that remained after the last ice age about 10 000 years ago. He focuses on varieties that pollinate each other, and you find the species Aroma, Discovery and Katja on his farm.
Around the apple field is a flower meadow with wild flowers. The flower meadow attracts pollinating insects, so the apple trees and the flowers in the meadow can benefit from each other. If you want to “own” a square meter of flower meadow at Skadberg Gård, you can contact Magnus!
The apple trees at Skadberg Gård bloom in May, and are harvested in September and October. The result is 100% freshly squeezed apple juice!
Svanes Bigård is a family and hobby project run by Anne-Lise and Tore Svanes together with son Sondre Svanes. We produce honey from the Nordic Black Bee, which is a bee breed worthy of preservation. A tough bee that is not afraid of a rain shower or a few cool days. They fit perfectly well in our area when you can experience 4 seasons in one day.
Beekeeping is an excellent recreation activity, and you will never stop learning. Even if the bees are considered domestic animals, they cannot be tamed, but with the right care and respect we get calm bees.
The beehives are located on Øygrei and Nodland. In the summer, we have two of them in the garden at Lygre marina, much to the delight of garden owners with fruit trees and berry bushes.
We harvest the honey in two stages to be able to offer liquid summer honey in late summer and a firmer honey with a strong heather character in the autumn.
The honey can be bought at Sunkost Egersund or by direct contact on tel. 99108064.
You can find Søya Gård just a cross the municipal boundary from Bjerkreim municipality, in Gjesdal municipality. In the border zone of Magma Geopark we find much of the same nature and geology as in the northern parts of Bjerkreim; 1.5 billion year old gneiss dominates this landscape and makes it fertile and well suited for the old Norse Iron Age sheep.
The meat of the Iron Age sheep is juicy and good, and has a distinct taste of the high mountains at Søyland. These sheep is making good use of wild grass and herbs. The sheep have the best living conditions from birth to adult sheep; It moves freely in open and clean nature, gets regular supervision and attention from the owner and has a social life with the rest of the flock. This ancient Norwegian breed is a skilled landscaper and is therefore very useful for maintaining an open cultural landscape.
At Søya Gårdsutsalg you will find a variety of traditional and tasty products produced from the Iron Age sheep; lightly salted lamb legs, ribs, dried and saltet meat and mutton sausage. Søya also offers homemade honey, as well as traditional art and light meals.
Tre Tyttebær make products with soul and flavor from a mythical landscape, in the heart of the Anorthosite landscape, which makes up Magma Geopark. The main character in the story is the fierce Viking Orvar Odd, and Oddsfjellet, which became his last resting place.
So what does Tre Tyttebær mean? Orvar Odd had three wishes on the death bed. He had to be buried somewhere he could hear the sea, the church bells from Haua and the rooster at Berglyd. He can do that from Oddsfjellet, so the “three cranberries” are a reference to Orvar’s last wish.
In their product range are; seaweed salt, chili salt, cranberry salt, pickled seaweed, dandelion marmalade and spruce shoots jelly.
The products can be purchased at Magma’s office, and by direct email to the producer, Sidsel Margrethe Salvesen.
Restaurants and cafes
Grand Hotel Egersund
Grand Hotel Egersund is centrally located in the heart of Egersund. The hotel has a quiet atmosphere and a service-minded staff. It is situated close to the harbor, shopping and sights.
Grand Hotel Egersund consists of a beautiful, bright and open reception area, 101 pleasant rooms with a total of 150 beds. At the hotel you will find the Grand café, a restaurant with a first class kitchen, wine cellar, cabaret stage, lounge bar, beautiful banqueting rooms and modern conference facilities with a total capacity of 160 people.
On the menus in the restaurant you will find meals with the label GEOfood. These meals consists of a large quantity of locally produced ingredients from Magma Geopark. Grand Hotel Egersund aims to be a driver in local development and to enhance local produce, and is also a partner in Historic Hotels & Restaurants.
In March 2019 a new restaurant opened at the hotel. EIGRA kjøkken & bar (kitchen & bar) bringing the concept fun dining, sharing-style to Egersund.
We are a small coffee bar centrally located in the centre of Sokndal, which opened on 1 July 2020. We want to be a meeting place for local and visiting guests.
One of our walls is decorated with pictures from hiking destinations around our village. In time, we want to expand this exhibition with photos from the entire Magma Geopark area. We brew our coffee with beans from Austrått Kaffebrenneri. If the customer wants to buy coffee beans to take home, we can grind it while they wait. Our menu consists of simple dishes and cookies and we use local ingredients when possible.
At Kaffidyret you can buy honey from Den Brune Bie. The chocolate we sell comes from Sjokoladehjørnet which is located at Røysland Gaard. They also deliver bacon sausages, mini chrysos sausages and burgers from Nyyyt. In addition, we have locally produced bath salts and goats’ milk soaps from Brambo Organics.
Our goal is to be the place everyone wants to come back to.
Feel free to follow us on Instagram and Facebook or www.kaffidyret.no