Fukushima summer-fall vegetables make her proud to be a Fukushima grower
Kanako’s farm is in a town called (Nishiaizu) Nishi-Aizu Town, right on the border of Niigata Prefecture. It’s a place with very distinct seasons, and she tells us that they can grow vegetables in all four of them--essentially year-round. In addition to cucumber, the summer season brings eggplant, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and a white corn that floods the palate with sweetness when fresh-picked and eaten raw.
Cucumbers that are crisp, snappy, and rich in flavor. Eggplants that are tender and bursting with umami deliciousness. Kanako’s summer-fall vegetables are truly unlike any other.
“Recovery certainly wasn’t easy,” she admitted. “But the earthquake made me realize how strong my identity was as a Fukushima farmer. We’re only here because previous generations tilled this same land and painstakingly developed our production techniques. They made everything possible for us. There was no way we could just let it all disappear.”
Hearing the fierce conviction in the stories of Fukushima producers like Kanako provides a glimpse into the pride they take in their produce. The only thing left to do is go out and taste the result of this Fukushima Pride in their summer-fall vegetables for yourself.
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