K-Market in central Helsinki. It is a large neighborhood supermarket.
Watermelons must be selling fast, else they wouldn't be taking pallets at a time.
A wide range of onions and other specialties.
Lots of cut and potted herbs, with a few packaged lettuces.
Yex and Nature's Pride avocadoes lying side by side.
This packaging shows how much C02 the tomatoes used.
Strawberries from the Hoogstraten cooperative.
These not-so-long cucumbers still command good prices. Finland is almost self-sufficient when it comes to cucumber cultivation.
Red Desire tomatoes in RedStar grilling tray.
Finns are big tomato eaters. The wide variety in this neighborhood supermarket attests to that.
Finland imports all its bell peppers.
Finnish new potatoes are a true delicacy. Even the street vendors sell them, baked or grilled.
The following photos were taken at a K-Supermarket. There are more than 200 branches throughout the country. This one is just outside Helsinki.
Lots of heads of lettuce with or without their root ball.
Plenty of cherry tomatoes.
Lovely but labor-intensive presentation of vegetables in the refrigerator.
Tomatoes for the bbq.
Soup packet with vegetables you have to cut yourself.
Fairtrade bananas for 1.99/kg.
Finnish and Cooperatie Hoogstraten strawberries side by side.
Well-priced sweet peas.
Bananas for 99 cents per kg. Bananas were usually cheap in most stores.
You can take and weigh your own potatoes. To the left of the scale, a barrel containing large pickles.
Some bags of cut vegetables.
A generally nice fruit and vegetable section.
The following photos were taken in a Lidl. The prices are high above the products, so they were moved down.
cherry tomatoes in ziplock bags.
Finnish cherries in little cardboard boxes.
Blue whale organic apples.
Finnish new potatoes in a cardboard box.
The following photos are from the Prisma in Kouvola. This is a huge hypermarket with a beautiful fruit and vegetable department. At the entrance, there is a market stall with strawberries.
Fruitmasters' Prestige strawberries.
There are 65 Prisma hypermarkets in Finland. This one has 26 checkout counters. The S Group owns these stores.
The following photos are from the Prisma store in Kouvola. It is a huge hypermarket with an enormous, three-story covered parking lot. The store has 26 cash registers.
Del Monte bananas for 78 cents/kg.
You can choose your own potatoes.
These potatoes must sell well; otherwise, they would turn green.
Cross-selling: everything for the BBQ - sauces, pineapple, grill tomatoes, corn, Bimi broccoli, and marshmallows.
An overall view of the fruit and vegetable department.
The soft fruit is on top.
Melons offered whole and in pieces.
Lots of onions to choose from.
Grab a pickle.
Arugula in a cardboard tray.
Three floors of covered parking. Not a luxury, especially in a country with long, snowy winters.
S Market is another S Group store. You can find more than 400 of these across Finland. The one we visited is in Lahti.
Processed products on the top shelf.
EUR35 for a kilo of chilies.
Top shelf: chocolate Palermo peppers.
All kinds of tomatoes and even white asparagus, top left.
Lots of potatoes of which Finns still eat plenty. You can find chopped potatoes in dishes like the well-loved salmon soup.
The fruit and vegetables are remarkably beautifully presented. In the S Market, you have to pick your other goods out of their outer packaging.