Up the alternative alley: A diamond in the rough

Up the alternative alley: A diamond in the rough

This farm is a beautiful green oasis and one of my favorite places for a day out in the Copenhagen area.

Baked goods

On arrival in Grennesminde, I usually start my visit in the cozy café right at the entrance to the farm area.

Nestled amongst the charmingly mismatched furniture of the old greenhouse, fantastic baked goods are served.

Often there is also a small selection of harvested seasonal greens, along with crafts made by some of the young people working on the farm.

Large greens

Next to the cafe there are greenhouses with flowers and various plants.

In the summer you will also find an abundance of flowers and vegetables outside – you pick and pay and take home beautiful fresh vegetables.

Offering all kinds of plants for sale, the greenhouse is the perfect place to get inspiration and start planning your garden or balcony in early spring.

Celebrated goats

Even in winter there are good reasons to visit – especially for families with children.

At Grennesminde they have livestock such as goats and pigs to visit, and also llamas and rabbits and more.

A signposted walk takes you along the perimeter of the area – one of the highlights is the Copenhagen Dome. Not only is it a beautiful, large glass dome to explore, but you can also rent it out for meetings or events.

Up the alternative alley: A diamond in the rough

Saint Grennesminde

All the young people who work at Grennesminde – baking your cinnamon rolls and making your coffee, tending plants and feeding the animals – are there as part of a STU (specially organized education), a special education for those who find it difficult to fit in. into the general education system.

At Grennesminde, the aim is to create opportunities for those with special needs and to ensure that everyone feels part of a working community.

Over the past 35 years, Grennesminde has worked together with several municipalities and local businesses to ensure that young people can continue from Grennesminde to a real job.

If you spend a few hours on the farm and buy a cup of coffee or some budding flowers for your garden, you support this effort. Learn more at gminde.dk!

Stately grasslands

On a nice day, you might be eager for more green adventures – luckily, Grennesminde is close to Vestskoven, a large recreational area with hills, forests and meadows, perfect for both cycling and hiking.

Read more about it in English by downloading a brochure from naturstyrelsen.dk.

You will find more ideas for places to visit in the capital region in my guidebooks ‘The Copenhagen Companion’ and ‘The Green Copenhagen Companion’.

Up the alternative alley: A diamond in the rough

How to get there

First of all, make sure you go to Grennesminde ‘Okologisk Gartneri’ at Snubbekorsvej 16-18 in Taastrup. They have an office in Birkerød, but that’s not where you want to go.

You can of course go by car or by train, get off at either Albertslund or Høje Taastrup station – maybe take your bike with you.

Pro tip: if the wind is strong and westerly, take the train there, take your bike and cycle back with the wind at your back. Grennesminde is largely west of Copenhagen!

I usually cycle all the way with Supercykelsti C99, which is also called the Albertslund route. Find it via supercykelstier.dk.

But for the last part, you’ll have to rely on Google Maps.

Source: The Nordic Page

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