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Tightly packed Helsinki market

The Helsinki Market (Finnish: Kauppatori, Swedish: Salutorget) is Finland's capital, Helsinki's, most important market. It borders the Gulf of Finland to the south. This bustling market is open every day on Hietalahti Market Square, the quay near the harbor.

The market is tightly organized, with little chance for vendors to distinguish themselves. Each one of them has a square stall with a bright orange canopy.

Plenty of berries.

There is also little distinction between their products and prices. Most market vendors sell typical Finnish products: different kinds of berries, chanterelles, Horn of Plenty (Trompette de la mort), fresh peas, and soft fruit are plentiful. By the end of the day, though, their bins are rather empty.

Cantharelles are popular.

Raw peas are a well-liked snack.

Still lots of soft fruit in late August.

The market products and prices hardly vary.

But there are a few 'specialties'.

Small apples.

Horn of Plenty, or Trompette de la mort, with no price displayed.

You find berries aplenty in the Finnish countryside as well as in the market.

Several stalls offer mixed trays of soft fruit and a single pea pod.

Plum corner.

Well-filled pea pods.

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