Friday, August 31, 2012

Tokyo Farmers Markets: September

Tasty and beautiful Yamanashi jams at the UNU Market.
Like August, September promises a fair bit of heat to Tokyo. The days are slowly shortening, and that means cooler temperatures are on the way. It also means the occasional typhoon will roll through, too, just to keep things interesting. An umbrella for sun or shade might be a good accessory choice this month. Keep in mind, also, that schedules remain a bit wonky due to summer holidays. Read carefully, please!

Meanwhile, I'm on vacation again for a couple weeks. Last year it was England, and this year it's China! We'll be exploring Beijing, spending time with friends, and eating ourselves silly. And, of course, I'll be looking for farmers markets.  How can I not?

SUN Grocery in Shinjuku
Saturday, September 1st
11am to 3pm
A once-a-month outreach effort by the students running a neighborhood grocery featuring fruits and vegetables from independent farmers.

Sunday, September 23rd
*Alert: I'm planning an outing to this market at the end of the month. It promises to be particularly good with a concurrent ceramics market. Send along a comment here with your email (I'll keep it top-secret!) to let me know if you wish to join. More details soon!
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!

Sunday, September 2nd
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.
Update: Usually a twice monthly affair, it has recently switched to once a month. Maybe October I'll organize an outing here to help drum up some action!
Saturday,  September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd
Update: Note this market, like Ebisu, is only one weekend this month!
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, September 15th and Sunday, September 16th
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. (There's also a groovy festival celebrating Tagawa in Fukuoka-ken on September 2nd!)
No map, but just head out the east exit and look for the green awnings!

Koenji Farmer's Market
Saturday, September 15th
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, and the bounty surely continues!
11am - 5pm

Saturday, September 15th
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?
5pm - 8pm

Kichijoji Market
Saturday, September 15th and Sunday, September 16th
A terrific two days of seasonal vegetables, fruits, homemade treats, and even some fun activities for those whipper-snappers!
10am to 5pm

Every Saturday and Sunday in September
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 September
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 September
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 September
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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