Friday, May 24, 2013

Tokyo Farmers Markets: May 25th and 26th

Bamboo shoots ready to go in the pot at the Ibaraki Farmers Market in Roppongi!
As temperatures rise and the rainy season approaches tables at the farmers markets are just beginning to groan under the weight of the bounty beginning to arrive. Sansai, cool season favorites like cabbage and broccoli will be just beginning their spring harvest, and maybe a few of the first tomatoes, too! For those who crave fruits, strawberries should still be on the scene, although they will be winding down. Oh, and there's plenty more to be found, too, from jam to bread to cheese to wine to tea to beer to potatoes to rice and a whole variety of other grains weird, wonderful and delicious. See you at the market!

Sunday, May 26th
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!

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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