Aki Suzuki/鈴木朋 doing her Sunday shopping at Japan Bazaar!
Contrary to other Prefectures, Shizuoka Prefecture does not so much grow in large mass-producing farms but more in a myriad of highly specialized agricultural ventures.
Which means a lot of cooperation needed for marketing.
The good side of it all is that buyers can visit the supermarkets selling the products of so many small farmers in one single place for the pleasure and convenience of all, especially restaurateurs.
Such a place (there are many others of course!) is “Japan Bazaar” in Shimada City!
My good friend, Ms. Aki Suzuki, Chef at my favorite vegetables restaurant Yasaitei, regularly (that is, on Sundays) drives all the way from Shizuoka City to buy her ingredients there. A must destination for her when you realize they retail the products of more than 260 local farmers!
They even sell wooden fence poles and shiitake wood logs!
It is actually located in the middle of a very scenic spot in Shimada City next to immense tea fields and not far from the Oi River.
Now, let me show what they were selling on a Sunday at around lunch time (yesterday):
Flowers in pots.
Cut flowers for ikebana/flower arrangements.
Flowers is actually a major business in our Prefecture and all year round at that!
These little seeds on the left are actually gardenia/kuchinashi/梔子 seeds, mainly used as natural colorant!
Winter/Spring onions, tender and juicy!
Daikon. I just couldn’t help taking a pic of that strange one!
These are daikon, too!
Great eggs from Kikugawa City. Aki would come for them only!
Organic eggs from the same producer!
Shizuoka is strawberry country!
Pampeyu! The largest citrus in the world?
Suruga Elegant oranges.
Kintsuba/sword guard cakes.
More of them!
Shizuoka Prefecture is growing more and more of its own rice!
Great traceability again!
Rice powder/Komeko/米粉, great for wheat allergics!
Home-made soap (not for eating!).
Tokoroten/Agar agar jelly and konnyaku jelly!
Shimada beef and pork!
Traceability again: the hens that lay the eggs on sale!
Sake made with sake rice (gohyakumangoku) grown in Shimada City and brewed by Oomuraya Brewery (next article!)
(Farmers Market) Japan Bazaar
427-0111 Shizuoka ken, Shimada Shi, Sakamoto, 4245-3
Business hours: 09:00~17:30
Closed on New Year only
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