Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Roppongi Farmer's Market Review

It is as important for writer's to head out and experience the world as it is to stay glued to the keyboard or notebook and pen until the last word is wrung out of the story. I decided this past weekend to take the advice I'm constantly tweeting to others or mentioning in blog posts, and that is to head out and enjoy some of this amazing fall weather in the lovely environs of a farmer's market. I talked a friend into joining me and we took a journey down to the Roppongi Farmer's Market - a weekly market that often seems to have some interesting event occurring as well - to see what was happening.

Roppongi, I will admit, is an area of Tokyo I try to avoid with all my might. Nightclubs and expensive restaurants and bars are not so interesting to me these days. (Those wild days are long over, although they were undeniably fun at the time!) It's the kind of ex-pat scene that doesn't suit me, really, although I do occasionally hear of interesting things happening...like the market.

And it was amazing! An excellent selection of organic rice, vegetables and even some fruit in a market not as big as the UN University one, but also not entirely as organic and fair trade as the Earth Day Market, either. It was well worth the journey. And you can read my full review of it at Summer Tomato!

Every Saturday
10am to 2pm

Getting there:
Go to Tameike Sanno Station and head for Exit 13. As you come up the steps to street level, go straight about five minutes always keeping the double-decker highway on your right. After you cross a small "street" (really the driveway for the big hotel there) look for a set of stairs and an escalator on the left. Head up those to the courtyard there, and get ready to shop!


bookworm said...

I read the review on Summer Tomato. (I tweeted it, too.) Wow! Way different from your typical upstate NY farmers market, even the one in Ithaca, NY. Variety truly is the spice of life.

Ulara said...

I hate Roppongi too ...

But not fresh, local produce and more, so I will have to check it out one of these days. :)

Patrick said...

It's funny we're both thinking about farmers markets lately. They really are important, and really go along with growing your own veggies and eating healthy foods.

In a few minutes I'm going to pick up my car from being serviced. That too is from a local mechanic down the street, one of the few left in my neighborhood. Nowadays most people get their car serviced at a big chain auto center, where it's cheaper.

I think it's really important to support small businesses -- while we still can!

Joan Lambert Bailey said...

You're so totally right, Patrick. I've been thinking about that exact thing even more as I'm working on an article for an eco-magazine here. One of the issues facing Japan is waste - much of it from plastics - and one way to reduce that waste is to shop locally. For example, when I buy tofu from the local shop it gets plopped in a container I bring unless it's the really soft kind. Nothing to throw away, just something to eat and my own container to wash out for next time.

Supporting our local economy is pivotal - from the grower to the tofu shop to the restaurant - because someday we're really going to need them and their skills.

Joan Lambert Bailey said...

Ulara, you should totally check it out. It was a great market with a really nice atmosphere! And thanks for reading!