Friday, July 12, 2013

Tokyo Farmers Markets: July 13th and 14th

Yummy sweet corn at Kawaguchiko's vegetable shop.
I'll be bike touring there this weekend. :)
Hot enough for you? Yeesh, this week has been a roaster! But what that means is heaps of good vegetables are pouring out of fields, because if there is one thing a tomato, a cucumber, an eggplant, sweet corn, and even a lovely string bean have in common is delight in heat. I feel slightly differently, of course, but when I sink my teeth into that sweet, sweet, sweet corn I forget all my troubles. Head to one of the farmers markets and give it try for yourself!

Saturday,  July 13th and Sunday, July 14th (Probably.*)
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
Map
*The Gyre Market schedule has been a bit wonky of late, so I'll update this as I get confirmation.

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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