Wednesday, April 9, 2014

[ACTIVITY REPORT] Strawberry Farm Visit, April 2014

About 10 families visited Yumegaoka Farm(ゆめが丘農園) in Izumi ward, Yokohama for strawberry picking.

Official Website (in Japanese)

The farm is located only 5 minutes on foot from the Sotetsu Izumino Line Yumegaoka station (North Exit). We first go to the farmers' market very close to the station (also called Hamakko) and bought tickets. It seemed that we could pay on the farm but it should be better to buy the tickets.
*Farmers' Market. The car parking is here (about 70 lots).

The farm is open from January to the mid-May (it will be closed when strawberries are all gone), from 10:00-15:00, but only on weekends and holidays. No need to make reservation if there are not too many reservations (we can check the condition on their website, although it's in Japanese), but it would be better make it particularly when you are a big group.

*The farm entrance.

The price changes up to the month. When we visited there in April, it was 1200 yen/adult, 600 yen/child of 3-6 years old, and free for under 3 years old. The duration is 30 minutes and we are not allowed to bring back so we pick and eat immediately. They also offer condensed milk. When we check-in (write down the name of representative and the number of people in the group), the farm staff will tell us at what time we are supposed to leave.

The strawberries are grown in the sort of high planters but 2-3 year-old kids can reach somehow. Parents and children all enjoyed the picking and eating a couple of different kids of strawberries!!! Very sweet!

Not only the strawberries, we also enjoyed shopping at the farmers' market. The most of the vegetables, fruits, meat, hand-made pickles and jams etc. are from Yokohama and very fresh and at reasonable prices!! 

Some worries if strawberries are still left after April, but when we visited there, there were quite a few strawberries and even green ones and flowers.

And we were also worried about the weather (forecasted to be raining), but as they're in the greenhouse, we don't have to worry about it once we get there.

However, there is no indoor stroller parking.

The staff at the farm were kind, too. We'd like to visit there again!

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