Friday, May 18, 2012

Tokyo Farmer's Markets: May 19th and 20th


Nara Organic Farmers Market
Oh, there's way too many farmer's markets to choose from this weekend! Ebisu with Afuri Ramen just around the corner or Nippori with the battalion of Aizu Wakamatsu growers on hand or the UN University Night Market? Seriously, what is a vegetable geek supposed to do? Bust out an extra shopping bag and hit the road, that's what! See you there!

Ebisu Market
Sunday, May 20
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.
Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20
10am to 5pm
Another great market in the city found with a little help from friends, this one is sure to not disappoint. My first visit was wonderful despite cold temperatures and a smattering of rain. Plus, Tohoku growers are on hand sharing their best-of-the-best, so come on out to be part of the recovery and get something good to eat.
No map, but just head out the east exit and look for the green awnings!

Koenji Farmer's Market
Saturday, May 19
A new market I spotted while riding the train on a Saturday morning into the city center. That circle of red awnings in front of the Za-Koenji Public Theatre could only mean one thing! Sure enough, I found a small group of area growers and producers (plus a booth of folks from Niigata) and got a tour of the theatre. A full write-up coming up soon!
11am - 5pm
Map

Saturday, May 19
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 - ?

Kichijoji Market
Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20
A terrific two days of seasonal vegetables, fruits, homemade treats, and even some fun activities for those whipper-snappers!
10am to 5pm
Map

UN University Market
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!

2 comments:

CĂ©line said...

Just a short comment to thank you for posting the schedules of Tokyo Farmer's Markets. I find it very helpful.

Joan Lambert Bailey said...

Celine, that is the nicest note ever! You are very, very welcome. I'm so glad to hear that someone out there finds it useful. Do you have a regular market you venture to? I'm hoping to head out to the Earth Day Market myself, today.