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A Happy New Year from Yugawara

Thank you all for your support in 2014!

Thanks to the continuous support from our customers and friends,
our 2014 kiwi are all sold.
Some of the kiwi are available in the CO-OP distribution channel so you might have a chance to see our kiwi in 2015.


And now the kiwi trees have dropped their leaves and are asleep for the winter.
There was heavy snow on 1st-Jan in the Kanto area. Four days on here, the kiwi fields are still covered with snow.
My 2015 job starts with pruning the trees.


Wishing you all a wonderful year!

| yummyveggies | - | 20:25 | - | - | - | - |
Kiwi harvest 2014

Yesterday Rhianna and I harvested the small size kiwifruit in our field.
We started at 11 am under a beautiful blue sky.  Yesterday's total was
200 kilos and I will harvest the remaining large size fruit tomorrow.
Great job, farmer Rhianna!


| yummyveggies | Allotment Life | 21:37 | - | - | - | - |
2014 Kiwi fruit update
This year, the TV news has been detailing the disastrous damage
caused by heavy rain especially in the western part of Japan.

The area where I grow kiwifruit also sustained some damage but the
degree was totally negligible comparing to those areas in western Japan.

In the area abandoned for some years, the wind-proofing trees grew
much higher than the preferable height. This caused a lack of sunshine
in some part of my field but at the same time, the giant trees worked
as perfect wind and water-retaining elements.

This potentially positive/negative dilemma seems to have been positive
for the kiwifruit trees. Or could it be that the kiwifruit trees are naturally
prepared for possible disasters?
Anyway, they are growing fine and I feel very helpless against nature's

Hope these babies are fine until the harvest in November. See you soon! 


| yummyveggies | Allotment Life | 22:22 | - | - | - | - |
Our Rhubarb: from allotment to chefs kitchens
This year, we have been offered an opportunity to supply our rhubarb to
a couple of restaurants in this area.  We really thank all our friends
who help to promote our rhubarb.

Today we delivered a shipment of rhubarb to a professional chef
who runs an Italian cafe near our house.

Please let us take this opportunity to re-introduce our rhubarb
via these photographs. You can see both the actual size of the 
rhubarb plants and the edible part (stem).

The leaves of rhubarb are well known for their toxic properties
and several factors (ex: it contains oxalic) contribute to their toxicity.
For more details regarding toxicity, please refer to the food safety
information from the Food Safety Commision of Japan(食品安全委員会)
as below.

We sincerely hope you enjoy our rhubarb!


| yummyveggies | Allotment Life | 19:45 | - | - | - | - |
Kiwi babies doing well
The rainy season is continuing but our baby kiwis are growing well.

At the moment I am clearing up another kiwi field which has been
untouched for three years.  Progress report to follow at a later date
- watch this space!

| yummyveggies | Allotment Life | 17:57 | - | - | - | - |
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