- General Information -
This natural and fascinating aspect of our produce industry can be one of the best ways to enjoy this upcoming winter and spring season.
Strawberry picking is amusing to most of the people and one of the best
strawberry-producing farms is located in the prefecture of Chiba; in a
city named Sammu.
There are 20 strawberry farms in Sammu city that are members of the Strawberry
Association. Each individual farm holds its own policy in producing the
best strawberries in the world; while having the same high spirits. Each
strawberry is individually cared for with affection so that each will have
the highest standard and thus, making the visitors happy.
The city of Sammu is located in Eastern Chiba pref. facing the Pacific
Ocean. The population is approximately 59,000 (year 2008) and is referred
to as "native land" by the novelist Sachiyo Itoh. He is best
known for his work entitled "Nogiku no haka", meaning tomb of
the wild chrysanthemum.
Our website was created in February 2001 to inform the general public of
our extensive activity. Specficially, the English written pages are to
provide general information to those living outside of Japan and to visitors.
Strawberry picking is an extraordinary and wonderful experience but few
people know much about it. This website is our opportunity to cross language
barriers and provide a web-based community to interact via our weblog and
e-mail servies; so feel free to browse and search around but remember always
to have fun!
The seasonal period for strawberry picking is from January 5th to May 10th annually, yet we sell strawberries before Christmas time. In Japan, we celebrate Christmas with strawberry cakes and sushi, just as Americans celebrate it with turkey and ham. Perhaps we do this because strawberries have the same color as Santa Claus or just because strawberries are a favorite among all generations especially the children.
The strawberries are grown within green houses. The temperature is stabilized
at 20 degrees Celsius (approximately 68 degrees Fahrenheit). This will
cause people to sweat inside and glasses to fog up - but a necessary factor
in providing a "spring-like" atmosphere.
We are extremely cautious regarding agricultural chemicals and insecticides,
especially because strawberries are being eaten up directly after being
picked from the plant. Another reason that we shy away from chemicals and
non-natural additives is our worker bees would be exposed adversely. We
utilize the bees for crossbreeding to make the food safe. In addition,
while growing delicious strawberries, we are quite concerned about safety.
Within Sammu, there are various kinds of strawberries. They are regulated
by the customer's preference and growing trends, each ultimately decided
upon by the farm's owner. The Kawatsura Strawberry Farm raises 4-5 different
kinds in one season. Each type will have its own specific peak for taste
and quality. Many people have begun to choose their favorite strawberries.
Please come and visit and find your taste.