pictures taken on our way to the farm.
small corn farm with little cottage at the back.
Living in four seasons country give special moments to enjoy not just beautiful surrounding but also wonderful seasonal fruit. End of summer is the best time to enjoy fruit picking especially grape. There are so many farms surrounding tokyo that offer space for people who are interested into picking their own fruit. But, please beware that this kind of activity can make a hole in your wallet. You have to first pay for your travel trip. It is usually far from the city centre (obviously!), and you also have to pay for the so call entrance fees. Then only you are allow to walk freely around their farm.
Few weeks ago, i visited a farm close to keio university with my lab-mates. This is our second fruit picking trips together. Last time we had blast moments at stawberry picking farm and this time around we went to grape and pear farm.
a very loyal farmer, 24/7 in the farm.
As i mentioned before, we paid several hundred yen to enter the grape farm. It is, unfortunately, not a farm where you can enter and eat as much as you want, but this is pay to enter, walk freely in the farm, pick your own fruit, hand it over to them to weight, pay and then only the fruits are truly yours. It is a bit pricy but hey, you just got the freshest fruit on your hand.
We went to grape and pear farm. The first grape farm wasn't made me feel surprise at all. It looks just like normal farm. The leaves are no longer in great shape, and the farm itself looks like been neglected for some time. Luckily the grapes are great! The farm offers varieties of grapes; different colours and sizes. In order to protect the grape probably from harsh sunshine and rain, the owner wrapped the grape in a white paper.
I choosed dark red grape, big one for myself. 600 g if i remember it correctly and cost me hrm mmmm sorry can't recalled it, almost 1000yen i guess. But the only thing i know is, it is quite expensive than the one that you usually get from a supermarket.
From the grape farm, we went to the pear farm, located few hundred meters from the first grape farm. The farm was quite small with less than 20 trees, but they seem to nurture and control the trees quite well. They don't let the tree grow normal which mean to get taller and big but, kind of keeping the branches grow horizontally. They set kind of net/roof about two meters tall from the ground and securely tied the branches to the strong net. By tying the tree branches to the net, the tree don't grow taller, and that makes harvesting process easier. The fruits tackling just above head and you can easily view the fruit on almost every angle.
We had a great time eyeing our soon to pick pear, made our wise selection and pluck the fruit. Then we headed to the farmer to weight the fruits and made payment. The farmers also serve fruit samples, and we tested it. Seriously, the fruits were really juicy, crunchy and sweet! It taste better when it is served cool. First thing i did when i arrived home was to keep my fruits in the refrigerator and eat them when they are cold. It was the tastiest freshest grape and pear fruit i ever had in my life!
Ok, back to the farm. On our way back from the pear farm, we came across to this grape farm. This farm really caught my attention. It was designed to support the grape tree at very high level. The grapes are beautifully grown at 4 meters above the ground. They formed very beautiful landscape in a controlled environment. The trees seem to be very old judging from the size of the trunk itself. They planted it far from each other, probably around 2 meter. I will let the pictures tell the rest of it.okay?
tuan kebun siap sediakan tempat BBQ lagi di bawah rimbun2 anggur tu. boleh piknik di bawah pokok anggur :)
set BBQ sedia utk tetamu.