Friday, October 12, 2012

Tokyo Farmers Markets: October 13th and 14th

Seasonal goodies at the Earth Day Market.
Autumn's signature is slowly being writ across the cityscape in cooler temperatures and slowly changing colors. As things shift from green to soft yellows to warm oranges and reds the winter vegetables get planted and the garlic is already in at the farm. Farmers markets around town reflect the seasonal changes, too, with kaki (persimmon) soon to arrive, sweet potatoes, the first of this year's rice harvest, chestnuts, and more. My mouth is watering just thinking about all of this. Head on out and see what glorious things you can find!

Also, keep in mind that next week is an outing to the Nippori Farmers Market! Don't miss this opportunity to meet other market goers and explore a great little market in an historic part of Tokyo.

Earth Day Market
Sunday, October 14th
Site of my first farmers market outing last month, 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!

Saturday,  October 13th and Sunday, October 14th
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 October
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 October
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 October
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 October
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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