UK-based Japanese vegetable growers

pii_bii
Bento-ing from: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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Really nice article here: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20100922f2.html about a Sussex-based farm that specialises in Japanese veggies. So glad to see enterprises like this, which probably make it a lot easier for London and South East restaurants to get fresher ingredients.

I'd like to know if any UK bento-ers out there have used these guys' produce, or would consider it (I'm in Newcastle, so it's a bit far; maybe when I go and visit the folks!).

I'd also like to know how common it is in other countries (other than Japan itself, duh :D) for farms to specialise in this kind of asian veg production. I know Maki posted a bit about French natto, and there are probably lots of American forumers who are like 'what's the big deal? LOADS of farms do this over here!' for all I know, so please educate me!

It is quite exciting for me that UK producers are trying things like this, often fighting against the climate and the elements and the fact that in the UK, compared to the US at least, there is probably much less mainstream interest in Japanese cuisine. Obviously I still get me rice from the US or Asia (I think unless global warming takes hold it'll be some time before the UK could manage that!) and I don't want world trade to collapse or anything like that, but it is nice to buy local(ish) whenever you can, I think.

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Loretta
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Re: UK-based Japanese vegetable growers
pii_bii
Bento-ing from: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Joined: 6 Jan 2009
User offline. Last seen 3 years 16 weeks ago.
Re: UK-based Japanese vegetable growers

D'oh! Should have checked to see if there was already a thread about this! Ah well, at least the Japan Times piece is new... :)
Good for you for getting involved, although by your comment it sounds like there haven't been many takers. Shame. :(
I keep considering the homestay; I reckon it could be really interesting and fun. Always find excuses not to, that's the problem!

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