Big City Life with Small Town Vibes: the UNU Farmers Market


Farmers markets are something that I thoroughly enjoy, and before moving to Japan I would go to my local farmers market just about every weekend. Fresh fruits and vegetables, delicious artisan breads, jams, baked goods - there was always something delicious and seasonal on offer.
I thought that when I moved here that city life wouldn't necessarily be conducive to the idea of a Farmers Market - but that couldn't be further from the truth!
The UNU Farmers Market is held each weekend out the front of the United Nations University, in between Omotesando and Shibuya. Maybe not quite the area I would have expected to find a Farmers Market, particularly because just a stone's throw away you have the likes of Prada, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton taking up prime real estate - but I think that's part of why it's such a fabulous idea to put it there.
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The concept of the Farmers Market at UNU was devised as a way to connect those living in the city with the countryside farmers growing and producing the food. I think these days there seems to be more of a desire from people to know about what they're eating, and where it comes from - which is part of why I love Farmers Markets so much! Getting to really connect with the people that have grown what they are selling is pretty incredible.
Not only is there produce here, but there are people selling organic homemade jams, flowers, craft beer, sake, freshly brewed coffee, breads and cookies, handicrafts - and there are even a bunch of food trucks (so if you go, save some room for lunch!)
one of the food trucks that was getting ready to set up for the day!
beautiful blooms just waiting for a buyer!
one weekend when we went, there were even cheerleaders performing outside some of the produce tents! pretty impressive!

The Farmers Market at UNU operates Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 4pm. It's worth a look if you're in the area and needing to grab a bite for lunch or get yourself some fresh produce - or if you're just missing the lovely atmosphere that Farmers Markets provide!
The street address for the market is 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 5 Chome−53−70, 国際連合大学前. In terms of getting there, the closest train station is Omotesando, on the Ginza, Hanzomon or Chiyoda lines of Tokyo Metro. Head out the B2 exit and it's just a short walk down the street!

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