Friday, March 22, 2013

Tokyo Farmers Markets: March 23rd and 24th

Maker of the most-amazing ume (Japanese plum) jam!
Join the sakura (cherry blossoms) and head on out to see what's happening in this early Spring world! A nice selection of markets this weekend should offer good hanami (cherry blossom viewing) party fixings as well as the usual round of scrumptious meal ingredients. Look for nanohana's yellow blossoms, winter greens, and some of the season's best strawberries. And do consider heading on over to the Earth Day Market in Shinonome Court. It's a bit of a hike, but you might just find Miyamotoyama Farm there with a few last miso-making kits. Check it out and get fermenting!

Saturday,  March 23rd and Sunday, March 24th
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

Earth Day Market - Shinonome Court
Saturday, March 23rd
A lovely little market held periodically in the midst of towering skyscrapers within sight of the Rainbow Bridge and a stone's throw from Tokyo Big Sight. Worth a trek to get a little quality time with the vendors and soak in a new part of the city!
10am to 4pm
Map

Every Saturday and Sunday
A massive weekend affair that is great fun and features a variety of fruits and vegetables and prepared products from all over Japan. Plus, there's a most excellent selection of food trucks offering everything from salad to zingy curry to roast chicken to falafel!
10am to 4pm

Every Saturday
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

Yurakucho Farmer's Market
Every Saturday and Sunday
Smaller than the UNU Market, Yurakacho features a particular region of Japan each week along with an excellent selection of seasonal fruit and vegetables. Growers from nearby Chiba, Kamakura, and Saitama are also on hand to help fill the larder.
11am to 5pm
Directions: Turn left out of Yurakacho 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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