Friday, January 11, 2013

Tokyo Farmers Markets: January 12th and 13th

Loving the sweet potato at Hamamatsu's Organic Market
New Year's celebrations are winding down and things are getting back to normal. This weekend the markets start kicking it in nearly full force again, and I'm planning on heading out to see what's happening. We're plotting our usual trip home to America in February, so I need to get my fill of Japanese produce and treats while I can. I'll also be doing a bit of gift shopping, although it will be hard to choose. And unfortunately, it's impossible to sneak back some fresh yuzu for friends at home. They only get to taste the assorted concoctions I brew up here at home. More on that later. For now, see you at the market!

Every Saturday and Sunday starting January 12th
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 January starting January 12th
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

May be suspended.**
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 starting January 12th
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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