Friday, August 10, 2012

Tokyo Farmers Markets: August 11th and 12th

Yamanashi's Southern Alps Farm Field Trip NPO at UNU Market!
I'm up in Hokkaido at the moment chasing down some good vegetables and farmers markets there, but there is certainly a nice handful of markets in Tokyo this weekend to chase away those summer blues. Cool your heels at one of these lovely markets with some good food, good conversation, and more than a little fun! Know of a market not listed here? Give me a shout and I'll get it on the list. Surely, there's more than enough veg to go around.

Saturday,  August 11 and Sunday, August 12
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 August
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 August
A first visit to this market was well worth the trek 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 August
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 August
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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