'People trust what I put in my sausages so I must trust people to pay for them'
Kristofer Franzen has a farm, charcuterie and shop in Orundsbro, Sweden. He raises his Linderöd pigs in the Swedish countryside and produces artisan sausages and cured meats that contain zero nitrites or other unnecessary additives. The on-site shop is self service and Kristofer trusts his customers to pay, just as they trust the quality of his products. In fact, people often pay him more than necessary, based on the strong reciprocal trust he has instilled. I decided the best way of learning was to get involved and live the big pig life for a few weeks...
So today I arrived in Stockholm and made a journey to Uppsala and then across to Orundsbro to stay at Franzéns Charkuterier in the hope of learning as much as possible about keeping pigs and producing charcuterie. Kristofer regularly welcomes Workaway volunteers into his home to help him on the farm, in the charcuterie and the shop.
On arrival I was gasping to stretch my legs after the journey over so we went up into the woods with his little dog Sonja. The woods are home to elk, deer, pheasants and are all available for public access, regardless of who owns them. The Swedish Forestry act of 1903 is actually considered to be one of the first environmental legislations in the world. Hardly surprising when they are central to the Swedish culture and economy, both of which have global reputations for sustainability.
Anything can be foraged from the forests and there are a couple of bikes here, so I'm keen to get out and see what I can find - I'm also responsible for doing some cooking for Kristofer and anyone else that's around whilst I'm here. A foraged feast will be a glorious thing. This evening we had some pork belly straight from his shop and onto the BBQ. There's no need to do anything to it when it tastes so good on its own.
The light is beautiful, and although it has been snowing we've had a bright evening with a stunning sunset. It's highly likely any time that isn't spent on piggies is going to be used for more photography, maybe on an adventure with little Sonja.