Monday, June 16, 2014

Futamatagawa Farmers Market in Yokohohama

Nifty little sign for the Futamatagawa Market in Yokohama.

Recent visits to the Nagoya Organic Farmers Market and the Tokaidaigakumae Organic Market, it seemed logical add one more to my list for the month. Friday dawned bright and sunny after nearly a week of rain, so with hat on my head I ventured down the bamboo-covered slopes to catch a train.

Futamatagawa may seem like an odd place for a market. Despite being only two stops before Yokohama Station, it is not exactly a vibrant hub of entertainment; however it is home to the prefectural motor vehicles office and a rather large JA outpost. but even before I stepped through the ticket gates it was clear the location worked very well. Vendors still finishing their set-up were already being accosted by customers, a healthy mix of seniors and the more youthful set running errands or taking care of that pesky drivers license. Other growers and producers a little bit further behind schedule continued laying things out as potential customers circled, waiting to pounce.

Yummy veg at the Futamatagawa Market.
Nearly 30 vendors were on hand with an excellent selection of seasonal produce - carrots, red and white onions, gleaming white daikon, komatsuna, spinach, freshly harvested garlic, cabbage, and cucumbers - along with golden jars of honey, green tea, colorful salts from around the world, fresh and dried mushrooms, and a pretty array of colorful jams. Two bakeries vied for attention with their mouth-watering wares along with others selling manju, peanuts in the shell, and miso.

Like many other Marche Japon affairs, this one did have some items from outside Kanagawa Prefecture; however, at least two tables represented farmers here. (It is worth noting that both tables were staffed not with the growers themselves, but with representatives. This is not unusual for markets here, especially in larger cities, as the goal of these markets is to promote Japanese agricultural products and cottage industries.) I focused my purchasing attention on them and came home with two bags of ume for shu and a salad squash like the one I found last year in Kamakura from Takanashi Farm in Miura. I also loaded up on cabbage (I don’t believe in lettuce), and a tiny loaf of rye-apple bread (It sounded like yeastly genius) from Ichikizaki-san’s group of farmers and Harmony Campagne Bakery, respectively. It made for some heavy return travel, but good eats are ahead!

Futamatagawa Farmers Market 
Every Friday 10am - 6pm
Futamatagawa Station
Just outside the ticket gates and inside the station building

1 comment:

Leslie said...

Sounds like a delicious market and I love the sign, too! Happy eating.