Saturday, January 7, 2012

Tokyo's January Farmer's Markets

A new year, and a new calendar of markets and food events! As this goes live I'm savoring my last days of Hokkaido snow, but looking forward to getting back to my garden chores (seriously) and making a list of markets around the country that I want to hit. (There's one near Osaka that a new market friend put me on to, so I'm dreaming a road trip there. We'll have to see.) Meanwhile, perhaps I'll see you out and about at one of these!

SUN Grocery in Shinjuku
Saturday, January 7
11am to 3pm
A once-a-month outreach effort by the students running a neighborhood grocery featuring fruits and vegetables from independent farmers.

Shinonome Earth Day Market
Sunday, January 8
9am to 2pm
A great little market worth a visit not just because it's all organic all the time, but you'll have those free samples all to yourself as well as a great opportunity to meet a small handful of growers and producers who don't necessarily make it to the larger market in Yoyogi.

Sunday, January 8 and Sunday, January 22*
11am to 5pm
A nice sized market held on the terrace just in front of Ebisu Garden Place that will always be special to me for introducing me to dried natto and tea seedpods.
*A bit of a guess as the calendar on the site has not been updated for January as of this publication. I'll confirm as I can.

Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22
A gem of a market hidden away in one of Tokyo's high-end shopping districts offering seasonal favorites in a way that feels homey yet rather boutique-y.
11am to 5pm

A December visit to Tokyo's Earth Day Market revealed the occurrence of a new occasional organic market in Kichijoji. This one takes place in Inokashira Park - a perfect spot for a market if ever there was one - and promises only to grow. I remain hopeful that some of our Mitaka growers will move in and strut their stuff.

Another sad note here as C-Cafe's building is undergoing demolition. The cafe will be closed for about a year, but may resurface periodically for fun food events. I'll keep you posted as I learn more.

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

Saturday, January 21
A unique event in the heart of the city that a vegetable loving geek like me wouldn't miss for the world. What better way to get the healthy vitamins and minerals you need to sustain an evening of karaoke and izakaya hopping?
8pm - ?

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...

looking forward to plenty more great posts from you this year. :)

Joan Lambert Bailey said...

Many thanks, Anjuli!! Looking forward to hearing about your possible visit!