Saturday, June 1, 2013

Tokyo Farmers Markets: Saturday, June 1st

Organic rice growers at the UN University Market!
(Taken in late fall, hence the coats and hats. I'm ignoring summer's approach.)

Today marks not only the beginning of June and the third day of tsuyu (rainy season), but it's also the beginning of the 2013 Blogathon. I'm participating once again, which means writing something each and every day for these next 30 days. Exciting times, but not nearly as exciting as the farmers markets that are on this weekend! Seriously, there is a ridiculous amount of fun to be had out there whether you're a local or a traveler passing through. There is no better way to sample a culture than through it's food, and there's no better way to get a taste of both than at a farmers market. Get on out there and start nibbling!

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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