Friday, June 29, 2012

Tokyo Farmers Markets: June 30th and July 1st

Nakajima-san's Niigata mochi at Nippori Farmers Market

It seems impossible that we arrive in the land of July on Sunday, but there's no denying the evidence presented by weather, exuberant vegetables at the farm, and long hours of sunlight. July it is, indeed. And Tokyo farmers markets continue with a small handful this weekend to choose from, but plenty more to come in the month ahead. Start looking for edamame, tomatoes, potatoes, and other items galore as the days wear on and the heat makes you think about wilting. Hide behind your green curtain with a tall glass of umehachimitsu and savor the season's harvest!

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, a curry I served up by one of the vendors was plate-licking good. (I refrained, but only just.)
10am to 4pm

Every Saturday in June
visit to this market is 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!

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