Friday, September 21, 2012

Tokyo Farmers Markets: September 22nd and 23rd

Miao Village market day in China. I could live there.
This is it! The big weekend where you can come out with me to the Earth Day Market in Yoyogi Park. Just beyond the Rockabilly Dancers and whatever festival may be underway that day, you'll find some of the best organic and fair trade stuff around. Everything from fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables to jams to beer to wine to rice to tea to bread to cheese to cool handmade clothes to spicy curry. If you can't make it I'll be sad, of course, but you should then head on out to the other markets happening. Too much fun to be had not to do it!

Sunday, September 23rd
*Send along a comment here with your email (I'll keep it top-secret!) to let me know if you wish to join.
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!

Gyre Market
Saturday,  September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd
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 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
Map

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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