Friday, February 17, 2012

Tokyo Farmer's Markets: February 18th and 19th

Word from Tokyo friends tells me it's cold there, but that only means the vegetables stay fresher longer on the way home! And it gives market-goers a good excuse to try some of the food vendors circling the edges of the markets. (Seriously, there's a great curry one over at the UNU Market. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.)

Photo Note: I couldn't take a photo of the vendor, but she was part of a cooperative group of mugwort growers from Akita Prefecture. I am having a love affair with mugwort (kusa) daifuku mochi since moving to Japan, but I'd no idea of its great medicinal qualities. She offered this most lovely soap and even a tea. I came away, of course, with one of each.

Sunday, February 19
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.

Kichijoji Market
An errand last month found me happily face to face with the Kichijoji Market in all its glory, despite heavy, cold rains. A terrific two days of seasonal vegetables, fruits, homemade treats, and even some fun activities for those whipper-snappers!
Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19
10am to 5pm
Map

Note too, 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. Watch for the Earth Day version the first weekend in March!

Every Saturday and Sunday in February
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, February 18
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 February
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 February
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
Map

Yurakucho Farmer's Market
Another great market somewhere in size between Kichijoji and the United Nation's Univeristy Farmer's Market, it often features from a particular growing region as well as heaps of farmers and producers from nearby Chiba and Saitama, too.
Every Saturday and Sunday in February
11am to 5pm
Directions: Turn left out of the station and cross the courtyard toward Tokyo Kouku Keitan. Look for the fun under the overhang!

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

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