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att.JAPAN Issue 54, December 2010

Hands-on Agricultural Program in Yokohama

Yokohama has long been thought of as a "marine city" because of its development over a long time as an international port. But there is another aspect to Yokohama: agriculture. Vast farmlands remain around the city, producing 60,000 tons of vegetables every year. Members of the Yokohama agricultural community have been promoting "local growth, local consumption," which is a movement that encourages Yokohama residents to consume produce grown locally. This time we will focus on Yokohama as a "farming city." Let's experience LOHAS (Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability) in Yokohama.


 Farmers' Market
Farmers set up their own regular vegetable markets at which to sell their vegetables. It is fun to have a chat with local farmers while checking the fresh vegetables they are selling.

The "Fureai Asaichi" market is held twice a week on the concourse of Center Kita Station in Yokohama Municipal Subway. A couple of the local farmers in Tsuzuki Ward take turns selling their fresh vegetables. The market starts at 14:00 and ends at 17:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The market remains open only until the vegetables are sold out.

Center Minami Station, which is the next station along from Center Kita, holds the "Tsuzuki Harvest" on a weekly basis. This market sells as many as 20 kinds of organic products, including vegetables, pickles and jams, all of which are grown without using chemical insecticides or fertilizers. The market starts at 10:00 and ends at 14:30 on Fridays.

The "Mercato Kita" market is held every day next to JA (Japan Agricultural Cooperatives) Yokohama. It is convenient to take the bus from Nakamachidai Station. Many local farmers bring their produce here daily, so the market has plenty of variety and quantity. From March through September the market is open from 8:30 to 18:00, while from October through February opening hours are 8:30 to 17:00. "Mercato Kita" is open year-round, except over the year-end and New Year's holidays.


 Harvest Experience
"Yours Garden" in Totsuka Ward is a tourist farm that grows many kinds of fruits and vegetables, including blueberries, figs, peanuts, sweet potatoes, persimmons, Satsuma oranges... you name it! About 30 different kinds of fruits and vegetables are grown here every year. Many visitors are attracted to its "harvest experience," where they can enjoy picking most of the seasonal crops.

Makiko Kadokura, a former flight attendant and the owner of the farm, says: "I started to study farming, learning to grow my favorite vegetables and acquired the knowledge little by little." She adds that when comparing life overseas to life in Japan, a big difference is the craftsmanship that we have here in Japan. "Japanese people do everything with strict precision," she comments, "whether it is making machines or growing vegetables."

The staff at Yours Garden take very good care of their organic products. They try to use as little in the way of agricultural chemicals as is possible. Fruits picked by hand are very fresh, and their natural sweetness and deliciousness will bring a smile to your face.

Group reservations are possible for groups of ten or more. http://yoursgarden.net



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