Friday, May 4, 2012

Tokyo Farmer's Markets: May

Kazuto-san of Hama Farm at the Nara Farmer's Market.















May may well be the perfect month in Tokyo. Nearly everything is blooming, leafing out, and coming to life. Weeds in the garden and at the farm are arriving in droves, and warming up. Insects and other assorted critters are coming along, too, and it's pure joy to watch the tsubame (tree sparrows) swoop and chatter to each other while I work. It also means it's a great time to wander out to one of the many farmer's markets on this month and soak up some of that spring energy for yourself!

Saturday, May 5
11am to 3pm
A once-a-month outreach effort by the students running a neighborhood grocery featuring fruits and vegetables from independent farmers.
Map

Sunday, May 6 and 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.

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
Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27
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

Nippori Farmer's Market
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


Sunday, May 27
I could go wax on forever about how great this market is and how important it is for the future of Japanese farming. Instead, I'll just insist that folks go and see for themselves what great things the market and these innovative growers are doing.
10am to 4pm, Rain or shine!


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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