Friday, May 20, 2011

Tokyo's Farmer's Markets: May 20-22 Weekend














The weather promises to be good for the majority of this weekend, which makes it a perfect opportunity to head out to visit some of the city's farmer's markets. This month has had no shortage of great markets to visit, and that carries on right through to the end. As always, the markets are a great way to meet growers (like the utterly charming and fun staff of BioFarm in Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka pictured at left!), find out exactly where your food comes from, find a new recipe or two, practice your Japanese, and perhaps explore a new part of the city!

Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd
11am to 5pm
Kichijoji Station, South Exit in front of Marui
*A new one for me that I'm planning to check out. Kichijoji is a rather hip place with beautiful Inokashira Park, a great selection of restaurants, and loads of stuff to do. Well worth a trip over to see what vegetables the cool (and other people like me!) are eating.

Every Saturday and Sunday in May
10am to 4pm
*Another great market with a mix of organic and conventional vegetables and products a stone's throw from Shibuya.

Every Saturday and Sunday in May
10am to 4pm
Another great market brought to you by Marche Japon, the Yurakucho one is good fun and chock full of great vendors from near and far. And don't worry if it's raining. Tucked under the overhang of the Tokyo Kouku Kaikan mere steps from the station, you and your newly found vegetables will be safe and dry.

Looking ahead
And finally, of course, there is the Earth Day Market in Yoyogi Park on Sunday, May 29th from 10am to 4pm. Held rain or shine, this market offers everything organic and fair trade that you could ask for and then some.

5 comments:

Anjuli said...

what a great list of farmer's markets! I'll have to let me friend who lives in Japan know.

Joan Lambert Bailey said...

Thanks, Anjuli! If she knows of any others anywhere, I'd love to know that, too. Farmers need support now more than ever, so I'm glad to do what I can.

motherlogue said...

Your blog is really interesting! I lived in Sapporo for two years and on Shikoku for one year (more than 15 years ago). Anyway, there wasn't much in the way of farmer's markets at that time. I wonder if those spots have them now. Blogathon 2011 - ganbatte!

Joan Lambert Bailey said...

Motherlogue, How wonderful! Why were you here? We've fallen in love with the country in ever way, I confess. It's come, in many ways, to feel like home.

motherlogue said...

For two wonderful years I was teaching English as part of the JET Program, in Sapporo. I returned to the U.S. for a year and then moved back to work at an Eikaiwa on Shikoku. I know exactly what you mean about it feeling like home. What brought you to Japan?