Have you ever noticed how much an apple costs in Tokyo? No, I’m not talking about those fancy melons, the ones for $80 that are perfectly round and used as gifts at business meetings. I mean an apple. A real apple, the kind you just want to pick up from your fruit bowl for a snack and bite into. No? Let’s just say that depending on where you shop, an apple – a SINGLE apple – can run you about $3.
It’s a wonder I got my daily quota of fruits and veggies when I lived in the city.
Now, however, the capital has rolled out a rather unique – and slightly more affordable – option for those seeking to stock up on the “good for you” stuff. Every Saturday and Sunday, the Aoyama Farmer’s Market sets up shop in a plaza just outside the National Children’s Castle. On offer are an astounding variety of fruits, vegetables, organic honey, jams, nuts, quality crafts and baked good.
The market’s motto is “water, sun and earth”, mostly focusing on a marriage of cultivation and culture. Most of the farmers come from the surrounding Kanto Plain, so you know the produce you are buying was grown within about an hour or two’s drive.
If all of the sumptuous produce makes you hungry, the market also hosts a collection of food trucks. Choose from Indian curries, falafel sandwiches or vegan fare. There’s also a fresh juice truck and baked desserts for those with a sweet tooth.
You can shop at the Farmer’s Market most Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10am-4pm.