Friday, January 24, 2014

Tokyo Farmers Markets: Saturday, January 25th and Sunday, January 26th

A fantastical array of old-fashioned mirin at the December Earth Day Market.
More delicious than I ever thought it could be!
This final weekend of January offers a very nice selection of Tokyo markets for winter perusal. The Earth Day Market on Sunday will showcase Fairtrade chocolate for Valentine's Day, while Yurakacho recently featured some of the loveliest baked goods I've seen yet. Meanwhile, before heading for the dessert table, don't forget to gather up some winter greens, a few sweet potatoes, carrots, cabbage, and even brussell sprouts. (Yes, for those who are fans, they seem to be making inroads!) Exciting times, indeed!

Earth Day Market
Sunday, January 26th
I could go wax on forever about how great this market is and how important it is for the future of Japanese farming and global food security. Instead, I'll just insist that folks go and see for themselves what great things the market and these innovative growers are doing.
**Don't miss the "Love Chocolate Market" showcasing Fairtrade chocolate plus the opportunity to make chocolate paste from cacao beans! Fairtrade chocolate gift sets will also be available, but go early!
10am to 4pm, Rain or shine!

Every Saturday and Sunday starting with Saturday, January 11th
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 starting with Saturday, January 11th
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 starting with Saturday, January 11th
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.
**Look for Le Jardin Gaulois' scrumptious quiche, meringue, and homemade marshmallows!
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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