Friday, December 27, 2013

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

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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