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Apple picking tour2019

 Hi! I’m Ryo from Yokoya Farm. The winter has already come here Matsumoto. (To tell you the truth, I hate winter even I was born and raised here) By the way, I was in charge of apple picking tour this autumn. I registered on Airbnb experience and hosted 8 groups, 24 guests from U.S, Thailand and Malaysia. In spite of some cancellation caused by a huge typhoon attack in October, I didn’t expect to host that number of guests actually. During the tour, I guided the guests to our apple orchard and I gave some explanation about the history around here and how to grow apples and they picked apples…

The apple season is over.

Hello, I’m Asuka from Yokoya Farm. We harvested all of our fuji apples last month.(~24th November) More than half of the apples we grow is fuji so there is A LOT!! We picked 500 boxes of fuji apples (18kg/box) for a week. We need to wait fuji apples to get nectar inside of them and then we can start to harvest. It’s said that fuji apples start to have nectar when it gets cold. By the end of November, we can’t see any more apples in our orchard. I’m already missing the beautiful view of apples and autumn leaves I love. However, I think we can feel more precious when…

Shinano Gold Apple

Hello, I’m Asuka from Yokoya Farm. How’s going ?? I was too busy for harvesting apples to post how we do these days. Leaves started to turn red around Matsumoto city. Beautiful autumn is around the corner. By the way, it is the time to pick Shinano Gold in our orchard now. This is the apple which was born in here,Nagano prefecture and it is known for that yellow color. For red apples, we usually pick leaves around apples to get them colored red but it doesn’t necessary for this apple. To tell you the truth, it tastes very good!! Because of less work for growing those apples as I…

We are on a Nagano’s local magazine, KURA!!

It’s all in Japanese but Ryo translated in order you to understand what’s written and our farm’s story too!!   Mt. Dessert Ice Cream ×Shinshu Yokoya Farm×Mr. Miyazawa (peach farmer in Nagano)       Mr. Kelton Boyer came to Nagano in 1990. “I spend longer time here in Nagano than my home country.” He’s a very big fan of Nagano. He’s also an entrepreneur and opens an ice cream shop this time. As a result of his request through SNS for local fruits, he got some quick responds. We’ll introduce the part of farmers of it today. Opened Ice cream shop Collaborating with Shinshu producers through SNS.   The U.S ex-president Obama’s…

Pickling Plums

In Japan, it’s time to pickle plums in June. Since a long time ago, farmers harvest plums in their backyards and make umeboshi (dried plums), karikari ume(crispy plums), plum juice and plum wine when the season comes. A lot of people even not farmers make umeboshi or plum wine by themselves and plums, bins for pickling plums and sugar candies are lined up in supermarkets when this season comes. There are lots of people make their living by plums, like plum farmers and companies make dried plums or plum wine in Japan. In addition, dried plums and plum juice are preservable for a long time so we can enjoy them…

I made “Hoshigaki ” (dried persimmons)

In autumn in Japan, in the countryside, we make Hoshigaki. I harvested astringent persimmons, peel the skin, tie it to the string and dry for about 2 weeks. It will become very sweet 2 weeks later! Hoshigaki (dried persimmons) are often eaten in the New Year in Japan. We also eat dried persimmons during the winter as a snack.

I made Miso!

We made Miso at friend’s restaurant. Miso is made with soybeans, koji(malted rice) and salt. First, Soak the soybeans in water. overnight. Soybeans contains water,  to swell and become bigger twofold. Then cook for about 3 hours in a pot. Even in this state it is also tasty! crush soybeans Mix soybeans with koji and salt pack it in pot while drawing out the air. It will be miso in about half a year. Save in pickle cottage If it is delicious, I will use for dishes such as miso soup and simmered dishes! I also use it for miso soup to serve guests. I am looking forward to it…

A gardener pruned garden trees and shrubs

I asked a professional gardener to prun garden trees and shrubs around my house. It is difficult for us to prun beautify. There are many garden trees in my garden, so this work takes 5 days!! In Japan, A gardener needs to prun so that you can see tree branches because pepope enjoy viewing tree branches of various shapes.