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Sanchoku can be translated as "a place for direct connection, direct delivery and direct sale of agricultural products". it denotes premises where the farmers provide the consumers with fresh foods and local specialties directly, without the ordinary route of distribution, such as a wholesale market.

Tsuruoka is well served by sanchoku, with 14 major facilities at the core run by farmers and related stakeholders. various slow foods, including fresh vegetables harvested in the morning are available at convenient places for citizens. 

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