Farmers markets in Connecticut offer fresh, locally grown food
Farmers markets meet at regular intervals to ring fresh, locally grown food to the public. Some farmers markets operate outdoor markets during warm weather and then move to an indoor venue for the winter. These are usually labeled "year-round" markets on this page. In addition to fresh foods and locally prepared foods, farmers markets also may sell flowers, soaps, body products, crafts, live plants, and offer live musical entertainment. Another avenue to fresh foods is the many pick your own
farms. And, come enjoy food-related
like food festivals, wine tastings and themed farm dinners.
1355 Boston Post Road
Guilford, CT, 06437
Stop at Bishop’s for Fresh Food and Farm Fun
This place – which is fundamentally a family farm with a wide streak of hospitality -- simply bustles with activities around growing and serving good food. Visitors can buy delicious foods and beverages, raw and prepared, at the farm market, bakery and winery. Farm gifts and fruit baskets are right there, for travel snacking or gifts. Kids can meet the farm’s llamas, alpacas and goats. The farm hosts lots of seasonal festivals of all descriptions, and guests can hit the pick-your-own fields for fruits and vegetables from berries in June to apples and pumpkins in October. Adults can enjoy wine tasting and winery tours. Bishop’s is a must-stop for all travelers – especially families – for refreshment and a breath of goodness of the land.
Year-Round Farmers Market Feels Like a Friendly Block Party
This dynamic small community has its own farmers market that operates year-round in two locations that, represent icons of the commercial history of the town. The market operates in the summer (late May to mid-October) at the Town Dock, where fishing boats have launched and returned for generations. In winter (October to May), the venue shifts to the former Velvet Mill. Come to market to enjoy camaraderie and buy locally grown vegetables and fruits, jams, baked goods, meats, fish, cheeses, and more. You can find a gift or keepsake among the artisans’ booths, and the kids in your party can be entertained by children’s programs. Live music brightens the day and lends the flavor of a neighborhood block party.
Arbor Park, Main Street
Ellington Farmers Market offers fresh locally grown produce. All items are Connecticut-grown, handmade or handcrafted in Connecticut. Bring the family for an outdoor brunch, browse many beautiful local artisans' wares, and enjoy family entertainment. Meet the local artists who make these beautiful handicrafts and even watch them create. Live entertainment each week. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates and Hours: Arbor Park, Main Street; May 6-late October; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon
Summer: Billings Forge Green at 539 Broad Street; winter: The Studio, 563 Broad Street
This summer market features farmers, music, artists, and crafters. Picnic tables are available. Weekly specialty vendors bring everything from granola to healthy cleaning solutions. The indoor winter market offers meat, cheese, coffee, breads, preserves, root and winter crop vegetables, and greenhouse-grown greens.
Summer Dates and Hours in 2016: early June through October, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Broad Street on the Green.
Winter Dates and Hours in 2016-17: early November through May, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Billings Forge, 563 Broad Street.
Summer: Town Docks; winter: Velvet Mill, 22 Bayview Avenue
The market has 25 vendors selling locally grown vegetables and fruits, jams, breads, pies and baked goods, meats, pork, fish, shrimp, scallops, goat cheeses, lemonade, maple syrup, honey, flowers, decorative plants and more, depending on the season. Craft vendors sell jewelry, wooden bowls, soaps, painted signs, printed fabrics and scarves. Playground for kids to enjoy. Dogs are welcome to come and socialize.
Summer Location, Dates and Hours: Town Dock, late May through mid- October, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon
Winter Location, Dates and Hours: the Velvet Mill, 22 Bayview Avenue, mid-October through May, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
winter: New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge Road; summer: Old Center School, South Avenue and Maple Street, and Main streets
New Canaan, CT
This year-round, rain-and-shine market brings together local and regional food and craft vendors for your shopping pleasure. Some vendors include Shortt's Organic Farm, Uncle Buck's Secret Gardens, Bridget's Breads, and Lulu's Southern Pies.
Summer Location, Dates and Hours: Old Center School at South Avenue, Maple and Main streets; late April to early December on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Winter Location, Dates and Hours: New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge Road; January through March; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Summer: Center School, Woodruff Lane; Winter: Litchfield Community Center 421 Bantam Road
Vendors sell seasonal fresh or cold-stored fruits and vegetables; herbs and mushrooms; eggs and pasture-fed beef, bison and lamb; artisan breads; pies, cider doughnuts and baked goods; jams, jellies, chutney, and sauces; artisan chocolates; goat and cow cheese; honey; maple syrup; balsamic vinegar, olive and grape seed oils; and goat milk soaps. Music, guest artists, children's activities and workshops are offered most market days.
Summer Location, Dates, and Hours: Center School Parking Lot, Woodruff Lane, Litchfield; mid-June to late October; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Winter Location, Dates, and Hours: Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road; November to early June; Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. January to May market is every other Saturday.
Location changes seasonally; see below
Mansfield Center and Storrs, CT
Everything sold at Storrs Year-round Farmers Market is grown and produced in Connecticut, so the offerings change with the seasons. Featured items include heirloom fruits and vegetables, heritage breed pork, organically-raised chicken, jams and jellies, goats milk cheeses, fresh-baked goods, vegetarian prepared foods, maple syrup and honey, and more.
Summer Dates and Hours: Mansfield Town Hall, 4 South Eagleville Road, Storrs; May through November on Saturdays, 3-6 p.m.
Winter Dates and Hours: Mansfield Public Library, 54 Warrenville Road, Mansfield Center; December to April; two Saturdays each month, 3-5 p.m. Check market website for dates.
50 Imperial Avenue
This popular farmer's market brings local and regional treasures to your fingertips, including produce, meat, dairy items, flowers, teas, hand made soaps, shellfish, and more! Dogs are not allowed at the market.
Summer Dates and Hours: May 18-November 9 on Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Town Hall, 19 Maple Avenue
Locally produced fruits and vegetables as well as creations of some artisans from the region are featured. Also: breads, cheese, eggs, honey, syrup, plants, flowers, herbs. There's live music and occasional chef demonstrations or children's activities. The market is in front of Town Hall in summer and inside Town Hall in winter; a holiday market is conducted in November and December. Email: email@example.com.
Dates and Hours: May 13 through October 7; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Goodwives Shopping Center, 25 Old Kings Highway North
This market has got everything to kick off the season: organic produce, fresh cut herbs and flowers, hanging baskets, honey, free range eggs, non-hormone beef, goat milk soaps, pies and pastries, and a whole lot more. This market was voted Connecticut's best for a reason! Open rain or shine.
Dates and Hours: Late May through late November; Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Russo Park, at DePalma Court and Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
Located in the historic Wooster Square community, this market features everything from fresh fruits and veggies to poultries, beef, fresh seafood, dairy products, goat cheese, herbs, flowers, homespun wool, sprouts and even processed items like baked goods, and bath and body products. A generally warm and cheery atmosphere makes this market a must.
Dates and Hours:April 8 to mid-December; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
651 Norwich Rd. / Route 12
Dates and Hours in 2017: Season opens June 20; Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m.
Killingly Library Parking, 25 Westcott Road
Many different all locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, meat, baked goods, goat milk soap and eggs. Sold by the farmers who grew them. Its always something new come check us out. WIC certified.
Dates and Hours: early May to end of October; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon
60 North Main Street
Vegetables of all kinds, cut flower bouquets, strawberry and
jams, baguettes and baked goods, goat cheese and other cheeses, herbs, honey, sumflowers, maple syrup, grass fed beef, ice cream, cookies, piecs and baked goods, fine art photography, greeting cards, organic clothing, yarns,
Dates and Hours: Fridays, 3-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon
Local vendors to sell produce, meats, cheeses, breads and more. Music is provided along with a bistro area so you can sit and have a cup of coffee or a slice of pizza. All vendors accept cash. Most except checks and credit cards.
Dates and Hours: June 11- October 8 on Sundays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Parmelee Farm, 465 Route 81
Fresh local produce, eggs, dairy products, honey, breads, soaps, jams will be available, along with a limited number of artisan work, accompanied by live, soothing music. There will be a hula hoop and bubbles station for children; dogs are welcome if kept on leash and away from the vendor and food areas. Parking in front of the farm house. Overflow will be directed to the middle school parking area, with a designated trail to the market. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Dates and Hours: Saturdays, June 10, July 8, August 12 and September 9; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
42 Ives Road
Wines made on site, organic produce, maple syrup, raw honey, hand-crafted soaps, wooden and fiber crafts, bread and baked goods, food and beverages, always live music.
2016 Dates and Hours: July 2-September 24 on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Greenfield Hills, 65 Hillside Avenue
This is the place to find fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables in the Greenfield Hills area. The quaint little market provides the area with fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, organic produce, eggs, baked goods, and more. Occasional weekly events take place, such as summer concerts on the green, food demonstrations, and more. This is a delightful little market that has blossomed into a must attend weekly family event.
Dates and Hours: May through mid-October on Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fairfield Hills at Wasserman Way (Exit 11 off I-84 and Route 25)
Newtown, CT, 06482
This is Connecticut’s exclusively organic farmers market featuring heirloom vegetables, flowers, baked goods and lots of artisans with handmade works. Pony rides and a children’s play pool are available weekly. The market is on, rain or shine.Pay with cash, WIC FMNP coupons, seniors coupons.
2016 Dates and Hours: June-October on Tuesdays, 2-6 p.m.,
Maple Farms Park, 45 Bozrah Street
Bozrah, CT, 06334
Vendors sell Connecticut-grown vegetables and fruits, along with flowers, cheese, cut flowers, honey and beeswax candles, maple syrup and maple products, chocolate, dog treats, wood fire pizza, and more. In addition the market will also feature local artisan products such as soaps, lotion, lip balm, pottery, fiber products, jewelry, oil cloth bags & accessories, bird houses, floral wreaths and lavender sachets & pillows. Local musicians will be performing weekly at the Market, and special guest vendors and theme nights will be featured throughout the season.
2016 Dates and Hours: July 8-October 14 on Fridays, 4-7 p.m.
Waterbury Green (summer) and 86 Bank Street (winter)
Brass City Harvest oversees the seasonal Farmers' Market on The Green held on the Waterbury Green from July through October. Brass City Harvest operates a winter market at 86 Bank Street in Waterbury.
The market offers beef, poultry, fresh eggs, dairy, goat cheese, honey, maple products, artisan and Connecticut specialty foods. The market offers a CSA annually for 18 weeks. (half share is $300; full share is $600). The market accepts SNAP, all credit cards, and Farmers Market Nutritional Coupons.
Dates and Hours in 2017: Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (winter hours).
Riverview Marketplace, 18 Kennedy Drive
Local farmers offer their own fruit, vegetables, and flowering plants for sale, freshly picked, often just before the market opens. All are invited to get the freshest food at reasonable prices.
Dates and Hours in 2017: Monday market season starts June 12; open Mondays, 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday market season starts May 4; open Thursdays, 3:30-6 p.m.
Danbury Green, Ives Street
Connecticut-grown produce, shoreline shellfish, fresh bread and eggs. WIC certificates and senior coupons accepted. Free parking.
Dates and Hours: June-October, Saturdays, noon to 2 p.m.
136 Capitol Avenue next to the First Presbyterian Church and the Bushnell
The market offers community members access to fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products like eggs, jams, herbs, honey, and cut flowers at a buzzing location near the capital. This market accepts personal checks. Email: , email@example.com.
Dates and Hours: July-October on Mondays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
711 Amity Road
The Bethany Farmers Market provides a source of locally grown, nutritious produce, meats, and local crafts at its weekly market during the spring, summer and fall. It encourages local farmers and vendors, educates the community about the advantages of locally grown food, and provides a gathering place for community members.
2016 Dates and Hours: June 25-October 8; Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Commuter Parking Lot off Exit 3 at Arch Street and Horseneck Lane
The Greenwich Farmers Market will offer unique annuals and perennials for the garden, fresh herbs, greens, juicy ripe greenhouse tomatoes, jams and jellies, yogurt and cheeses, breads and pastries, farm fresh milk and eggs, freshly cut roses, and a whole lot more. What makes this market special is its Producers-only policy, which means that the items you'll buy come straight from the farm or crafter, into your hands! Pets are not permitted. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates and Hours: May 20 into December; Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
120 Pequotsepos Road, across from the Denison/Pequotsepus Nature Center
Located on the scenic fields and meadows of the Denison Homestead, the Denison Farm Market sells local produce and baked goods from community farmers while children play outdoors. Market sells seasonal fruits, vegetables and local products ranging from honey and jams to herbal soaps. During your visit you can tour the 1717 house museum, walk the nature trails, or visit the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center.
Dates and Hours: June-October; Sundays; noon-3 p.m.
The Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street
Coventry, CT, 06238
This summer market at the historic Nathan Hale Homestead brings guests delicious food, artisan ware, entertainment, and sustainable-living programs. The market features the work of local artists and artisans, like hemp clothing, goat’s milk soaps, wrought iron, beeswax candles, stoneware, herbal tinctures, bead work, cotton tote bags, and hand-spun yarns. Live entertainment. Pet a goat, have lunch in a grassy spot under the maple trees, or give your child a ride in a red wagon.
2016 Dates and Hours: June 5-October 30 on Sundays; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.