Friday, April 6, 2012

Tokyo Farmer's Markets: April 7th and April 8th

Nippori market vendor selling colorful and scrumptious potatoes!

Visitors to farmer's markets this weekend will be greeted by the first rush of cherry blossoms this year. After a storm to beat all storms on Tuesday evening, a trip to a farmer's market with a sighting or two of some of those spring lovelies ought to reset the balance a bit. Hit up SUN Grocery in Shinjuku for some treats and then head on over to Shinjuku Goyen! And don't forget, if you know of a market large or small drop me a note and we'll get it on the calendar lickity split!

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

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

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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