Friday, June 22, 2012

Tokyo Farmers Markets: June 23rd and 24th

Yummy veg at Roppongi Farmers Market!
Unseasonable typhoons and lots of rain make this one of the more remarkable springs we've experienced yet since arriving in Tokyo. Don't be daunted by the weather, though, as vegetables carry right on doing what they do best in this weather: growing to perfection. Growers and producers will be glad to see you, and you won't regret for a moment the journey to find fresh carrots (just coming out of the ground now!), some of the first edamame, and heavenly green beans. Put on your galoshes and get out the door already!

Gyre Market
Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24
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 June
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 June
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 June
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 June
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!


fer said...

Thanks for the hints I will be sure to check some of them out!

Joan Lambert Bailey said...

Glad to hear it, fer!! Maybe see you at one this coming weekend?