Friday, February 21, 2014

Tokyo Farmers Markets: Saturday, February 22nd and Sunday, February 23rd

Taken during a warmer season at the Earth Day Market.
Hopes are high that snow won't fly this weekend, or at least not so much snow that the city essentially shuts down once again. There is perhaps some question as to whether or not growers from harder hit prefectures can unbury themselves and their produce to make it, but let's hope for the best. Better yet, head down to one of these markets and find out! Look for winter greens (read up on them in a two-part primer), fabulous root crops, sunny citrus, and other delectable treats. See you there!

Earth Day Market
Sunday, February 23rd
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. This month the market will be a bit of its wonderful normalness. (December and January saw special events galore!) If something exciting comes up, though, I promise to alert folks. Planning is in the works, so who knows what Fairtrade excitement might be in the air?
10am to 4pm, Rain or shine!

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

Temporarily closed down for repairs. The market will reopen in mid-March!

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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