Friday, June 15, 2012

Tokyo Farmers Markets: June 16th and 17th

Kazuto Tameike of Kanjyuka Orchards
Well, it's raining for sure, but let's put this in perspective.

The vegetables will be cleaner by the time you get them home. Rain like this makes cucumbers and tomatoes so exuberant to be harvested they start leaping off their respective plants almost faster than farmers can haul them in. Fewer customers mean plenty of time to peruse and chat about a new recipe, too. I see only benefits resulting from some damp shoes and a steamy train ride. Do consider a waterproof shopping bag, though.


Sunday, June 17
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.

Nippori Farmer's Market
Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17
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, June 16
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.
11am - 5pm
Map

Saturday, June 16
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, June 16 and Sunday, June 17
A terrific two days of seasonal vegetables, fruits, homemade treats, and even some fun activities for those whipper-snappers!
10am to 5pm
Map

Sunday, June 17
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!

4 comments:

Alyssa said...

I'm so excited to find your blog, particularly the farmers market posts! We just moved to Tokyo from San Francisco (farmer's market heaven) and I was wondering what on earth I was going to do without my happy market days :) Very excited to see that there's a thriving market scene here as well!

Joan Lambert Bailey said...

Welcome to Tokyo, Alyssa! There are heaps of markets, but not quite as many as San Francisco, I'm sure. I'm glad you found your way here and are ready to start checking out the markets. I'll be glad to hear your impressions when the time comes, too!

Anjuli said...

Joan,

I'm actually in Makuhari but had no time to contact you to get together. However, two friends of mine are interested in finding out more about local farms or organic farming. My one friend has a small piece of land in Funabashi next to her house- which she would like to start planting vegetables etc- she doesn't know how to start- cld I have your email address so I can give you her phone number and email address. My other friend, living in Chiba, is going through chemo and wants to eat only organic and I thought you might be able to suggest some farmer's markets or some organic farms she can purchase vegetables from.

Joan Lambert Bailey said...

Hi Anjuli!! Of course. My email is joandbailey at gmail dot com. They should send along any questions they like! Are you still here?