Measures to ensure economic, environmental and social sustainability in Lehmonkärki
Ecological energy solutions
For those living in rural areas, cherishing nature and a reasonable lifestyle come as a matter of course, because livelihoods are often derived from nature. At Lehmonkärki, we treat nature with respect. It is one of our most important competitive advantages. We are very proud of the pure drinkable water of Lake Päijänne and the sandy beaches and lagoons of the Päijänne National Park.
For a long time now, we have favored ecological energy solutions. The main building Isohaapa is heated with heat from the lake, solar energy and heat recovery. Most villas have air source heat pumps, which bring more living comfort in the summer and reduce the energy costs in the winter. In the autumn of 2018, five solar power plants were installed at Lehmonkärki to produce ecological electricity. Our farm uses environmentally friendly wood chip heating. Renewable domestic wood is used as the source of heat. There are four electric car charging stations in the Lehmonkärki area, both Type 2 plugs and Tesla plugs. We also rent electric bikes to our customers.
Food from our own farm and the surrounding area
There are many local and small producers in our area, whose delicacies we also serve. Raspberries and strawberries come from Vilppula Farm, bush blueberries from Näsi Farm, root vegetables from Toukola Farm, homemade egg cheese from Nastolan kotijuusto, and oatmeal from the Vääksy Mill and our own Yrjölä Farm. At our café and restaurants, you can enjoy local Kanava Brewery beers.
Long-horned highland cattle graze in the fields of Yrjölä Farm, a stone’s throw from Lehmonkärki. The cattle eat organically produced feed, and their meat is irresistibly delicious. Our kitchen uses this organic meat from the highland cattle in a variety of ways. We also sell meat as such and processed into sausages.
Wood-based construction has been a key idea in the development of our property. High-density grained logs from cottages built in the 1970s have been re-used when building new villas. Our villas have also been built to breathe in a healthy manner. The buildings are spaced loosely on the Lehmonkärki ridge so that all guests can enjoy the yards of their villas and the beautiful scenery. The coloring and silhouette of the villas are designed to blend into nature.
Traditions and local approach
Asikkala is a vibrant and independent municipality in Päijät-Häme. We want to cherish the traditions of the province of Häme by also offering traditional dishes, such as sweetened potato casserole, sahti (home-brewed strong beer made of malts and traditionally spiced with juniper) and egg cheese. In sauna treatments, traditions and local herbs are intertwined. Our guests love the stories about the history of Lehmonkärki, and these stories are all true!