Friday, December 6, 2013

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!

Saturday, December 7th and 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!

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 and look for the green awnings!

Koenji Farmer's Market
Saturday, December 14th
A new market I spotted while riding the train on a Saturday morning into the city center. That circle of red awnings in front of the Za-Koenji Public Theatre could only mean one thing! Sure enough, I found a small group of area growers and producers, and the bounty surely continues!
11am - 5pm

Saturday, December 14th
A unique event in the heart of the city that a vegetable loving geek like me wouldn't miss for the world. What better way to get the healthy vitamins and minerals you need to sustain an evening of karaoke and izakaya hopping?
5pm - 8pm

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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