Friday, December 13, 2013

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!

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!

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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