December 03, 12 | Fumiko Magota
Opened in 2010 in the heart of Furano, "Furano Marche" is a large collection of some of Furano's best shops. The establishment is divided into four zones, a farmer's market, a cafe, a specialty product area, and a take-out shop area. In these zones you can find a plethora of Furano vegetables, products, sweets, and crafts all in one place!
Let's head inside and take a look!
This is "Furano Product Center Arujyan" where you can choose between over 2000 different souvenirs from the town. Sweets, condiments, dairy products, anything you can think of! You'll be sure to find the perfect present for your friends here.
Next is "Take-out Shop Hula Dish." Here you can purchase many items made with local ingredients, all for take-out of course, but today I'd like to tell you about the delicious "Furano Onion Chips." Made with locally grown onions, fried and bagged right there in the shop, these chips have a crispy, crunchy texture and a rich onion flavor. For those of age, they make the perfect beer snack...
▲ Salt flavored Furano Onion Chips. One bag - 250 Yen.
We also have the "Menkoi Bear" or "Cutey Bear" snack! ("Menkoi" is slang for cute here in Hokkaido .) This bear shaped snack is made from Hokkaido wheat, and it's adorable! There are six or seven kinds of cream flavors available, including Furano melon and Furano pumpkin. This bear is an adorable and tasty Furano snack!
▲ "Cutey Bear" One bear is 80 Yen. If your bear has wings on its back it means you'll have good luck!
In "Sweets Cafe Saboru" you can enjoy handmade bread and sweets. In the warmer months you can even enjoy sitting outside in their cafe terrace.
"Ogaru Farm Stand" is packed with seasonal vegetables for you to enjoy. Each year they provide over 80 different vegetables for you to purchase.
I enjoyed several snacks between my interviews. I tried a crepe from "Bus Stop" and a cafe-au-lait from "Furano Cafe." The crepe, made with local products, had a soft and fluffy texture and a great buttery taste. I was also able to enjoy my cafe-au-lait with sweet Furano milk.
▲ Both tasted great!
For my final introduction I'd like to tell you about a product which brought back some memories. Have you heard of the "Naupi."
▲ "That's right, delicious frozen fermented soybeans! The name has changed a little bit, but it's got the same great taste it always has." (Mr. Kinoshita, Furano Marche staff.)
That's all for now! Sadly, we don't have enough space to cover all of the stores, but I'll leave that for you to discover on your own. If you every visit Furano and find your stomach rumbling, be sure to stop by!
▲ "Furano Chips" (Furanocchi) These Furano potato chips are a popular and tasty snack.
〈フラノ・マルシェ〉 (Furano Marche)
Location : 13-1 Saiwai-cho, Furano
TEL : 0167-22-1001
URL : http://www.furano.ne.jp/marche/ (Japanese)
(Hokkaido Likers Photo Writer - Fukko)
(Photography provided by Isao Kawamura)