Friday, April 11, 2014

Tokyo Farmers Markets: Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th

Lovely citrus at the UNU Farmers Market.

Even as the sakura (cherry) blossoms fade, Spring keeps rolling in. And that means that growers everywhere are getting ready to roll out a new round of the seasons best. Don't hesitate even in this early season to venture off to one of these great markets to see what treasures can be found. Citrus still abound while winter veg are making some of their final appearances. Keep an eye out for the odd-looking udo and some of its stranger sansai (mountain vegetable) counterparts. There's foodly adventures everywhere! See you at the market!

Market of the Sun
Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th
The newest of Tokyo's farmers markets, Market of the Sun professes to be one of the largest. A short walk from Tsukiji Market and its wonderful surrounds, it's worth a stop for a selection of foodly and crafty items that rivals that at the UNU Market.
10am to 4pm
No map but step out of Kachidoki Station exits A4a and A4b

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
Back up and running after a refurbishment of the market space, the Roppongi Farmers Market is as booming and bountiful as ever. Don't miss this chance to meet a grower from Tokyo's very own Kokobunji and sample seasonal bounty.
10am to 4pm (Usually. Do check their website for schedule fluctuations.)

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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