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A Geothermally Heated Organic Tomato Greenhouse & Cafe in Iceland
With its jagged landscape comprised of lava rock, Iceland's topography isn't exactly conducive to growing an abundance of produce, but its citizens have devised a clever way around it. Greenhouses proliferate throughout the country, lighting up the horizon with an optimistic glow even in the darkest of an endless winter's night. The Friedheimar tomato greenhouse about an hour's drive from Reykjavik is one of the most welcoming greenhouses in the country. Family owned and operated, Fridheimer is nearly 100% sustainable. The family uses geothermal water and heats their buildings with geothermal heat. The result are impossibly sweet tomatoes that are then sold throughout the country just as they are or transformed into chutneys, sauce, jams, and the best bloody Mary mix you've ever had. The products are sold on-site and there's even a cheerful cafe just on the edge of the vines where Fridheimar's passionate chef serves inviting bowls of tomato soup, homemade bread, sodas, beer, wine, and of course a bloody Mary. There's even tomato honey to drizzle over your bread produced by Fridheimar's industrious bees. For the culinary adventurous, it's a stop not to be missed along the tourist hotspot of The Golden Circle.
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