Sunday, June 16, 2013

Tokyo Farmer's Markets: Sunday, June 16th

Mushroom logs at a farmer's market in Matsumoto.
Today's simply rocking with markets all over the city. I'm always a bit hard-pressed on this middle weekend to decide which one to visit. The Earth Day Market is my reliable source for everything from rice to vegetables to tea to fruit for jam and marmalade. The Ebisu Market is where I find new things to try and visit with growers from Okutama in Tokyo's western regions. Nippori is where I find killer manju, awesome farmers from Aizu Wakamatsu, and always something new to try. The UNU Market and Yurakacho are regular markets where I always meet fun new people with good stories to tell. How to choose?

Sunday, June 16th
11am to 5pm
A nice sized market held on the terrace just in front of Ebisu Garden Place that will always be special to me for introducing me to dried natto and tea seedpods.

Sunday, June 16th
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, June 15th and Sunday, June 16th
10am to 5pm
Another great market in the city found with a little help from friends, this one is sure to not disappoint. My first visit was wonderful despite cold temperatures and a smattering of rain. Plus, Tohoku growers are on hand sharing their best-of-the-best, so come on out to be part of the recovery and get something good to eat.
No map, but just head out the east exit and look for the green awnings!

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 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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