Friday, January 27, 2012

Tokyo Farmer's Markets: January 28th and 29th

Sally forth this weekend into the sunny and clear days of Tokyo winter to find some of the best food in town, whether as fresh ingredients for dinner or as prepared by the regions growers and producers. Miso making season nears (February is the traditional time to whip it together), which might mean the opportunity to add it to the collection of shus - yuzu, sumomo, and ume - tucked away in some corner or another. (Or is that just my apartment?)

Earth Day Market
Sunday, January 29
I could go wax on forever about how great this market is and how important it is for the future of Japanese farming. Instead, I'll just insist that folks go and see for themselves what great things the market and these innovative growers are doing.
10am to 4pm, Rain or shine!

Every Saturday and Sunday in December
A massive weekend affair that is great fun and features a variety of fruits and vegetables and prepared products from all over Japan. Plus, the curry I had during my last visit from one of the vendors was plate-licking good. (I refrained, but only just.)
10am to 4pm
Every Saturday in January
A recent first visit to this market was well worth the trip for the number of organic growers and getting to meet a Tokyo farmer from just down the tracks in Kokobunji.
10am to 2pm

Every Saturday and Sunday in January
Another nice market not far from the sumo stadium in Ryogoku it's worth casing out for the neighborhood as well as the vendors.
11am to 5pm

Know of a market? Give me a shout and we'll add it to the list!


Anjuli said...

it is great to fill ones shelves with delicious honeys and the like.

Eleanor at Nourishing Words said...

Oh, how I wish we had a miso making season here in New Hampshire! Also, I think you and I may be the only people who say "sally forth." Nobody ever gets it when I say it!

Joan Lambert Bailey said...

I know, Eleanor. It's killing me to be home in America just now when I should be making miso. (I'm certainly enjoying lots of other wonderful things, such as parsnips, but still...)