Blueberries cultivated in Otani: Fujio Farm

Yoshinobu Fujio and Kinuyo Fujio
(Wakimachi in Mima City)

A field with 600 blueberry trees is in a mountainous area at 400 meters.

Mr. Yoshinobu Fujio and his wife, Mrs. Kinuyo, run a blueberry farm in Nishi-Otani, Wakimachi, Mima city.
Mr. Yoshinobu took early retirement from his company when he was 51 years old and started farming in 2006.

He started growing blueberries to use them as an ingredient for his wife’s bread making.
In the first year, they planted about 80 blueberry trees. Each year, they added more trees, and now they grow 600 blueberry trees of 60 different varieties without any pesticides.

The dark-purple-colored blueberries are harvested annually from the end of May to the end of August.

The blueberries they harvest are used in a variety of products.
Among those products is Mrs. Kinuyo's bread, made with blueberries and sold quickly at the roadside stations where they sell it.
Mr. and Mrs. Fujio also produce jams and gelati. These are safe and secure products without any additives.

Mr. and Mrs. Fujio stated that the most encouraging thing for them was when customers said, "It was delicious." And added, "We would like to continue to make products that will bring joy to our customers."