Ok, it's not really a jam farm, per say, but it's one of the things I will most remember Kyohsai Farm for as time goes along. And the slightly sick feeling from trying almost all 38 different kinds of jam they have on offer. As a jammer I really had no choice but to eat my way around the shop. My favorite spouse bravely shared in this endeavor, and we sampled everything from the standard strawberry and raspberry to crazy vegetable jams like potato, carrot and tomato. My favorite? Beet, of course! Second favorite? Ginger honey.
The farm itself started in 1974 with a move from Tokyo, and the Jam Kitchen and Ice Cream Terrace opened in 1986, and based on the amount of jostling there was for position at the samples I'd say it's a resounding success. According to their poster the fruit and vegetables used are organically grown, which makes them extra tasty. (Unfortunately for me, I couldn't find any of the fields where they are grown.) It is possible to watch the jam being made, but I confess after sampling and shopping I simply sat down to my ice cream with jam. (Yes, my Grandma Lambert was right. If you eat too much, you'll get a tummy ache.)
We did manage to make our way to the beautiful flower plantings with great views of the surrounding valley and mountains. Surrounded by color we sat our over-jammed selves down to soak in the sight of where we hiked and camped, and ponder the next leg of our bike ride.
Other than the beet jam, I'd recommend checking out the jam making classes. I'll attempt to sign up for one of these if we make it there again. I'd like to see what such a class is like as well as see if the process differs at all from my own attempts.
If you're biking up from Furano proper, I'd recommend stopping at the Kita No Kuni Kara Recycle House. Based on a long-running television series ("From the North Country"), the former filming location is funky and fun. One of a series of buildings made from recycled bits the Recycled House takes center stage for it's clever use of an old bus, ski lift chairs, and a myriad of other crazy parts. Inspiring and a welcome break on the long slow uphill to the farm.