I have been quite amazed at the number of different countries that produce food that somehow ends up on the shelves of the grocery store in Fuglafjørður, Faroe Islands.
During the winter, most of our fresh produce comes from countries around the Mediterranean, which isn’t surprising. However, the fresh mushrooms in my refrigerator came from Poland.
It looks like beef comes from South America, with steaks from Upper Uruguay, ground beef from Upper Argentina, and canned corned beef from Brazil. This time of year, we have lots of frozen lamb from Iceland, but sometimes we have lamb from New Zealand, which is as far from the Faroe Islands as you can get on this globe.
I have two different foods that came from California, raisins and almonds. It makes me feel a little closer to home.
You can’t actually buy wine or other alcoholic drinks in the grocery stores. I bought the wine at a liquor store in Runavik.
Most food items have labels in Danish and often other Scandinavian languages as well. Some foods have labels to cover most of Europe, but when a small package has every piece of information listed in eleven different languages, the print is too small to actually read.
The grocery stores actually order their stock from Denmark, and it arrives in Tórshavn every Monday morning on the ferry Norrona. By Monday afternoon food from around the world shows up on the shelves in the F.K. and Haraldsen stores in Fuglafjørður.
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