Friday, May 16, 2014

Tokyo Farmers Markets: Saturday, May 17th and Sunday, May 18th

Best manju EVER at the Nippori Farmer's Market!

Welcome to the hippest, happening farmer's market weekend in Tokyo! Choose your location for foodly adventure and head on out to see what you can find. There should be no shortage of wonderful vegetables, seedlings, fruit, and jam all ripe and ready for the picking. I, however, will be up in Soma with Minowa Rice Field and farmers there helping put the first rice seedlings in the soil since the disaster in 2011. I imagine it will be an event full of mixed emotions, mud, good food, and good company. I can hardly wait.

Ebisu Market
Sunday, May 18th
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
Map

Koenji Farmer's Market
Saturday, May 18th
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
Map

Nippori Farmer's Market
Saturday, May 17th and Sunday, 18th
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

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.)
Map

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!

7 comments:

Alex said...

Hi Joan!
For some time I've been looking at your blog. I am going to Japan very soon. I would really like to find a farmers market close to my place, as I'm a vegetarian (which I have heared is not that easily to manage in Tokyo, esp. without language) and I think going to farmers market would be a nice exeprience. The problem is that I don't really know the language good enough to look for farmers marekt close to me. Could you maybe advise? Do you know of any farmers market close to Shinogawamachi, Shinjuku-ku. I did my research but didn't come up with anything closer than 1.5 hour from my place. I don't know - perhaps it is considered close in Tokyo. :)
Take care!

Joan Lambert Bailey said...

Hi Alex,

Thanks for reading! It depends on where your closest station is and/or how you plan on getting to the market. Have you tried Hyperida.com? The English side is very useful in mapping out the trains as is Google maps.

That said, markets can be far away. I might suggest trying a couple different ones, but also when you arrive explore your neighborhood. Often you'll find a green grocer that will have many of the things you'll want to find for cooking.

Anonymous said...

Hi Alex, Welcome to Tokyo! It is not that difficult to be a vegetarian in Tokyo. For example, Nippori is just 15 minutes from Shinjuku, so do visit the market and buy lots of fresh vegetables. Shibuya market is also so close. You will find many friends and don't worry!

Alex said...

Thank you both very much! I am a bit confused about the whole trip, but I would still like to stick to my rules, as a vegetarian, and explore fabulous Japanese food.
I guess I will just take a stroll in my neighborhood, or wherever I am, and look for fresh, tasty fruits, and vegs!
Thanks once again! :)

Alex said...

Thank you both very much! I am a bit confused about the whole trip, but I would still like to stick to my rules, as a vegetarian, and explore fabulous Japanese food.
I guess I will just take a stroll in my neighborhood, or wherever I am, and look for fresh, tasty fruits, and vegs!
Thanks once again! :)

Joan Lambert Bailey said...

No worries. You'll find plenty, although there will be some challenging moments. Stay in touch and give a shout with any questions. I might also recommend A Guide to Food Buying in Japan http://www.japanfarmersmarkets.com/2012/07/a-guide-to-buying-food-in-japan-learn.html

A brilliant book about all things foodly in Japan.

Joan Lambert Bailey said...

No worries. You'll find plenty, although there will be some challenging moments. Stay in touch and give a shout with any questions. I might also recommend A Guide to Food Buying in Japan http://www.japanfarmersmarkets.com/2012/07/a-guide-to-buying-food-in-japan-learn.html

A brilliant book about all things foodly in Japan.