Friday, February 14, 2014

Tokyo Farmers Markets: Saturday, February 15th and Sunday, February 16th

Am Fluss, a fantastic German-style bakery from Yokohama, at the UNU Market.
What better way to treat your sweetheart than with a trip to one of these fantastic markets? Head on out together to buy all the ingredients needed for a romantic dinner for two, including the wine or beer! Not sure exactly what's on display? Check out both parts one and two of a Japanese winter greens primer (Yes, there are that many to choose from!) to make a fantastic salad or to add a dash of color to soup. And don't forget seasonal root crops, too! Know of a market not listed here? Let me know. I'm happy to add to the list. I'm also happy to learn about markets in other places, too, so don't be shy!

Ebisu Market
Sunday, February 16th
Ebisu will be in full form this month with its two usual markets. Don't miss the opportunity to head to a nifty part of the city where on these sweet Sundays you'll find farmers and producers galore. (One even comes from Okutama with a lovely array of vegetables and a vegetable-based spread that will knock your socks off.) It's worth noting, too, that Do One Good, an animal NPO will be on hand with some of the cutest dogs ever waiting to go home with you!
11am to 5pm

Koenji Farmer's Market
Saturday, February 15th
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

Nippori Farmer's Market
Saturday, February 15th and Sunday, February 16th
Another great market in the city found with a little help from friends, this one is sure to not disappoint. A small but lively market, particularly on Saturday, it is well worth the trip. Plus, Tohoku growers are on hand sharing their best-of-the-best, so come on out to be part of the recovery and get something good to eat.
No map, but just head out the east exit and look for the green awnings!
10am to 5pm

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

*On hold until the middle of March when repairs to the market space should be finished. Hold tight until then by trying out some of the other great markets in town!

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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