Friday, May 11, 2012

Tokyo Farmer's Markets: May 12th and 13th


Ota-san of Wakknopan Breads. Yummy!
This second weekend in May looks as promising for weather as it does for markets. I'll be venturing off to the Earth Day Market in Kichijoji to restock on black rice, mochi, daizu, and more. I can't go too far afield as there's work to be done in the garden and at the farm, and the ever-rising temperatures mean there's no time to waste. The rest of you will just have to wander off to get a taste of other Tokyo markets this weekend. I have no doubt there's a farmer out there with a super-special recipe for that unknown vegetable at her stand. Go get it and report back!

Earth Day Market - Kichijoji
Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13
A fantastic opportunity to get yummy all-organic and fair-trade goodies in one of Tokyo's niftiest little spots in one of the city's most beautiful parks. Seriously, why aren't you putting this on the calendar?
10am to 4pm, Rain or shine!
No map yet.

Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13
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

Every Saturday and Sunday in May
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 May
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 May
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 May
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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