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Tokyo Farmers Markets: Saturday, December 28th and Sunday, December 29th

Beautiful tat-tsoi at the holiday Earth Day Market. This final weekend of 2013 winds down with a handful of good, solid Tokyo farmers markets. Head on out to find all the ingredients necessary for the perfect pot of nabe, New Year's treats, and the all-important year-end dish: nanakusagayu . (I could use a bowl of that now. It's been quite a series of holiday feasts already.) And stock up! Markets won't open up again until the middle of January. Maybe take an extra backpack? UN University Market 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 Map Roppongi Market 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 farm

Tokyo Farmers Markets: Saturday, December 21st and Sunday, December 23rd

Mushrooms galore at Hida Takayama markets! Another lovely weekend in Tokyo after a bit of rain. Cold weather gives the air the sharp tingle of the holidays, which should be wonderful inspiration to head on out and see what wonderful seasonal treats can be found. The Nippori Market takes center stage this weekend with its holiday extravaganza. Santa on Sunday, a wine garden, and vendors galore will be on hand to feed, entertain, and help supply presents. Don't miss it! Nippori Farmer's Market Sunday, December 8th and Saturday, December 21st through Monday, December 23rd 10am to 5pm Like the Earth Day Market, Nippori is running one regular market day early on and then a holiday extravaganza that should knock your Christmas stockings off. The three day affair will feature a wine garden (like a beer garden, but with wine), live music, excellent food carts, gifty bits and most likely a wee bit of dancing. All that wine, you know. No map, but just head out the  east exit a

Tokyo Farmers Markets: Saturday, December 14th and Sunday, December 15th

Kabuchiyo-san at one of Hida-Takayama's morning markets. Gracious me, this weekend is bumper-to-bumper markets. Not least among them will be the Earth Day Market's Merry X'Mas with Fair Trade, an affair not to be missed. The rest of the markets will surely have a fun feeling, too, especially given December's never-ending sunshine, so don't be shy about heading out. This is the best time of year to go and gather those most excellent winter vegetables. See you there! Earth Day Market Sunday, December 15th A fantastic two times this month, the Earth Day Market will have a regular showing of vendors this weekend and then their special event, Merry X'Mas with Fair Trade. The latter event will feature many of the markets wonderful regular features along with a wreath-making workshop (back by popular demand), amazing ceramics, and a bevy of international goods! 10am to 4pm, Rain or shine! Map Koenji Farmer's Market Saturday, December 14th A

December Farmers Markets in Tokyo

Earth Day Market Wreath Photo courtesy of Earth Day Market. December brings with it brilliant skies and an even more brilliant set of markets. Get ready to stock up on favorite winter fruits and vegetables, some lovely gifty items (jam or pickles, anyone?), organic wine and beer for that year-end party, and a wonderful selection of ceramics to serve it in. Or just head on out to the special events some of the markets are offering to rev up your holiday energies! The Earth Day and Nippori Markets are rolling out two (yes, two!) events each this month that promise to be wonderful, while the old faithfuls carry on with their wonderful fare. Check the calendar and head on out to get the holiday season started right! Ebisu Market This usually twice monthly farmers market is taking a short holiday this month. It promises to be back in January full of the usual fun, flavor, and foodliness! Map Earth Day Market Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 15th A fantasti