Friday, June 20, 2014

Tokyo Farmers Markets: Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd

Shirakawago organic farmers at the Nagoya Organic Market.
Don't miss their awesome Swiss Chard!
Ume seem to be everywhere these days. Every little shop I go into these days has a basket of them (or six!) lying in wait. None, of course, are for sale. When I ask I find out they'll be made into umeboshi or such like by the shop owners. Don't be shy, though, to ask. There are recipes and techniques galore to be found out there by people happy to share. Summer crops such as green beans and tomatoes should also be appearing, while there will be no shortage of potatoes and onions. Carrots, too, will be in abundance, although they will start to wind down soon. Stock up while you can!

Koenji Farmer's Market
Saturday, June 21st
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, June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd
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!

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