Friday, April 20, 2012

Tokyo Farmer's Markets: April 21st and April 22nd


Markets are a wee bit sparse this weekend, but perhaps that simply means there's no excuse not to head out to the UN University Night Market at long last! Warm breezes and ever longer sunny days mean that summer is coming right along to serve up tomatoes, green beans, eggplant, and a full basket of other treats that will help us stay cool with pleasantly full tummies. And give some thought to potting up some of your own. Lots of vendors will have seedlings on hand this time of year, too! Balcony fresh blueberries, anyone?

Kichijoji Market
A terrific two days of seasonal vegetables, fruits, homemade treats, and even some fun activities for those whipper-snappers!
Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22
10am to 5pm
Map

Every Saturday and Sunday in April
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, April 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 April
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 April
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
Every Saturday and Sunday in April
Another great market somewhere in size between Kichijoji and the United Nation's University 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.
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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