December 21, 12 | Fumiko Magota
"NORTH FARM STOCK" is a brand that produces and sells unique foods made from delicious Hokkaido ingredients.
They have more than 100 items available, including juices, jams, sauces, pickles, pasta and pasta sauce, dip, and much, much more!
One of the first items that was produced by this brand was "mini-tomato juice."
I spoke with Senior Managing Director Ms. Mayumi Hayasaka about that product.
"In 1964 this brand was started as a saucepan selling company, we would give people recipe instructions when selling them saucepans. We began offering cooking classes to some of our customers, farmer's wives, which helped deepen our relationship with the farming community. One day a farmer came to us with a mini-tomato sauce he had made which was delicious...just delicious... We really wanted to let others across Japan, especially in the Kanto region, taste this wonderful sauce, and so we came up with the NORTH FARM STOCK brand."
Once the label started, the "mini-tomato sauce" was bottled in wine bottles and sold. The product was a hit in the Kanto region, and even made it onto in-flight snack carts!
▲ The gorgeous Ms. Mayumi. She is a kind woman, full of energy.
Now let me introduce you to some more of their products!
▲ Bagna Cauda made with Hokkaido garlic and anchovies (735 Yen) with Hokkaido veggie or blue cheese dip. (Dips are 693 Yen, but the Blue Cheese is 787 Yen.) The vegetable dips include onion mustard, tomato chili, and broccoli wasabi.
▲ The aforementioned Mini-tomato Juice. Each bottle is made from around 160 Hokkaido mini-tomatoes. The taste is sweet and smooth. (Mini-container - 250 Yen, Bottle - 1,800 Yen.)
▲ Hokkaido Honey Nut (Acacia) - 1,386 Yen. This rich flavored acacia contains almonds, walnuts, and pistachios.
▲ Isn't this full of beautiful colors? Hokkaido Colorful Pickles - 980 Yen. There are over 20 kinds of locally grown mini-tomatoes used in this product.
Each product comes in a stylish package, making them perfect gifts. This holiday season consider giving the gift of a delicious Hokkaido treat to your family or friends!
▲ Packaging is all done by hand.
▲ Ms. Mayumi and representative director Mr. Rjoyi Hayasaka. The headquarters and factory are all located in a residential area. However, this coming year, in 2013, a stylish cafe is also scheduled for completion.
〈NORTH FARM STOCK〉
Location: 2-1 5-jyo Higashi 3-chome, Iwamizawa
TEL : 0126-22-6540
URL : http://www.hakua-d.co.jp (Japanese)
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NorthFarmStock (Japanese)
(Hokkaido LIkers Photo Writer - Fukko)
(Photographs by Isao Kawamura)