From farm to fork, that's what the Green Farm is all about. The Niseko Green Farm, located in Kutchan town, is a certified organic farm that blends farming techniques from Japan and western cultures. Apart from selling their fresh produce at the local co-ops, their produce is also used in their cafe. The Green Farm Cafe is situated in the heart of Hirafu village, popular with the locals, and visitors.
On to today's main event, Green Farm's pizza making tour.
When we first arrived at the farm, we were greeted by our very friendly host, Kaori-san. Kaori ushered us into the pizza dome. In the dome, there is a very large, and warm, wood-fired pizza oven. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side today. Nevertheless, we were able to check out the greenhouse where the tomatoes and peppers were growing. The tomatoes grown at the farm are then used to make the tomato sauce base for the pizzas, as well as, bottling them into Green Farm's own sun-dried tomatoes (also used in the pizzas).
On a sunny day, the tour will run for about 2 hours, with the host taking you through the farm to have a look at all the vegetables they grow. Whilst exploring the farm, you will have your chance to harvest your own vegetables to use in your pizza. Talk about freshness.
Due to the heavy rains today, the farm very kindly harvested the vegetables for us. There were zucchinis, potatoes, basil, rucola, purple capsicums. This was the first time we had ever seen purple capsicums, they were very sweet.
The tip was to definitely use the potatoes as your topping. Kutchan is famed for their potatoes and this is no different at the Green Farm. Their potatoes are extremely sweet.
After a quick explanation of how the pizza making process was going to go, we were granted a demonstration by the pizza expert.
The dough was ready made, and good to go. Just look at how fluffy they are! Depending on how you knead and roll out your dough, you can get a mochi-mochi pan base, or a thin and crispy base.
Once all your toppings are loaded, your pizza is ready to go in the oven. The oven can cook up to 4 pizzas at once. The pizzas take approximately 6 minutes to cook, however, this will be the longest 6 minutes of your life. The delicious smells of pizzas baking will fill the dome and definitely make your stomach grumble just that little bit more.
With the demonstration done and dusted, it was our turn to give it a go.
And into the oven they went. And after only 6 minutes, we were ready for lunch. The pizzas come out at the perfect temperature, meaning that you can gobble down your pizza the moment it is out of the oven.
As you can see, we were too eager and sneaked a piece already. This activity is definitely catered to all ages, and very suitable for families. Children from 4 years old can participate. and the tour runs for approximately 2 hours and requires reservation at least 2 days in advance.
Prices are ¥3,000 for adults, and ¥1,500 for children (4-12 years old).
There are 2 sessions, at 10:00am and 1:00pm.
Send us an email to book this activity, or if you have any questions. We hope to hear from you soon.