Making mixed berry jam and ice cream
For this jam-making activity, you use strawberries, blueberries, and haskap that were harvested in season and preserved by freezing. Through trial and error, the farm’s staff have found the ideal proportion of each fruit that gives the best flavor. As you heat the frozen berries in a pot, they gradually regain their luster, becoming a mix of bright red, blue, and violet. As they start to liquefy, you add sugar and stir well until the mixture becomes a thick jam.
While you wait for the jam to cool, you start working on the ice cream. You put Hokkaido milk, fresh cream, egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla beans in a bowl and mix everything thorougly. While mixing, you cool the bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice-cold water, causing the mixture to gradually harden into ice cream. You’ll definitely enjoy the mellow taste of the homemade ice cream, and the healthy flavor of the lightly sweetened jam.
Needle felted animals from 100% Nakafurano wool
Wool is a textile fiber obtained from sheep that is usually made into sweaters, gloves, and winter hats. Sheep grow a thick coat of wool during the cold winter months to keep their bodies warm. This wool is sheared once a year in spring, to help keep the sheep cool in the summer.
After taking the time to make these food and crafts with your own hands, you’ll surely feel a strong sense of achievement and attachment. They will also serve a memory of your time in Nakafurano.