Farmers markets in Connecticut offer fresh, locally grown food
Farmers markets meet at regular intervals during the growing season and bring fresh, locally grown food to the public. Some also offer flowers, soaps, crafts, instruction, and live music.
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.
539 Broad Street, on Billings Forge Green
Hartford, CT, 06106
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 2015: June-October, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Broad Street on the Green.
Winter Dates and Hours in 2015: November-May, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Billings Forge, 563 Broad Street.
Town Docks in Summer / Community Center; 22 Bayview Avenue in Winter
The market boasts 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 Dates and Hours 2016: May through October, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon
Winter Dates and Hours 2016: November through April, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Summer and Winter locations; see description below
Litchfield, CT, 06759
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 in 2015: Center School Parking Lot, Woodruff Lane, Litchfield; June 13- October, 2015; Saturdays; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Winter Location, Dates, and Hours in 2015-16: November 2015 - May, 2016; Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road, Litchfield; Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. January to May market is every other Saturday.
Separate summer and winter locations; see below
Ellington, CT, 06029
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. email@example.com
Summer Location, Dates and Hours in 2015: Arbor Park, Main Street; May 9-October; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon
Winter Location, Dates and Hours in 2015-16: YMCA, 11 Pinney Street;
Location changes seasonally; see below
Mansfield Center, CT
Storrs Farmers Market is open year-round. The market sells Connecticut grown fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, eggs, and more for the greater Mansfield community. Storrs Farmers Market has heirloom fruits and veggies; heritage breed pork and lamb; grass-fed, all-natural beef; free-range eggs; raw cows' milk; raw goats' milk and cheeses; French pastries; local honey and maple syrup; and even hand-spun wool.
Summer Dates and Hours in 2015: at Mansfield Town Hall, Storrs Road and Route 275; mid-July through September; Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m.
Winter Dates and Hours in 2015-16: Mansfield Public Library, 54 Warrenville Road (Route 89); December to April, second and fourth Saturdays of the month, 3-5 p.m.
Summer at 50 Imperial Ave. / Winter at Gilbertie's Herb Garden, 7 Sylvan Lane
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 2015: May 23-November 7; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Winter Dates and Hours 2015: Mid-November 15 to mid-March; Saturdays, 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 will be featured. Also for sale will be breads, cheese, eggs, honey, syrup, plants, flowers & herbs. There's live music and there will be an occasional chef's demonstration using the foods for sale at the market and/or children's activities. The market takes place in front of Town Hall in summer and inside the Town Hall building in winter; same address all seasons. Email: Theresa Cannavo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer location, dates, and hours in 2016: May 14 through October 8; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Winter location, dates, and hours in 2016:Upstairs at Town Hall, twice a month. Indoor markets dates in 2016 January 9 and 23; February 6 and 20; March 5 and 19; April 2 and 16.
Separate summer and winter locations; see below
New Canaan, CT, 06840
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. Delicious!
Summer Location, Dates and Hours in 2015: Old Center School at South Avenue, Maple and Main streets; May to November; Saturdays; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Winter Location, Dates and Hours in 2015: New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge Road; Tuesdays; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Noank Village Farmers Market
Town Park, Main and Mosher streets
Noank Village, CT
Approximately 20 vendors selling a variety of locally grown and produced foods from in and around Connecticut. Most vendors accept only cash.
Summer Dates and Hours 2015: June 19-September 4; Fridays; 3-6 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.
Dates and Hours in 2015: Fridays; 4-7 p.m., July 3-October 9
Greenfield Hills, 1950 Bronson Road
Fairfield, CT, 06430
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 in 2014: late May through mid-October; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 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, beadwork, cotton tote bags, and handspun 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.
Dates and Hours in 2015: June-October; Sundays; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Russo Park, at DePalma Court and Chapel Street
New Haven, CT, 06511
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 in 2015: Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., May 2 -December 19
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: email@example.com.
Dates and Hours in 2015: Second Saturdays of June, July, August and September:
June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Goodwives Shopping Center, 25 Old Kings Highway North
Darien, CT, 06810
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 in 2015: Late May through Christmas; Wednesdays, 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.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Tuesdays, 2-6 p.m., June 24-October
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 in 2015: June-October; Sundays; noon-3 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: , firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates and Hours in 2015: Mondays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; July-October
Burlington Congregational Church, 268 Spielman Hwy / Route 4
A member of the Northwest Connecticut Farmers Markets, this group of farmers, bakers, and artisans is devoted to bringing fresh, high quality, locally produced goods to our towns. Farmers often harvest their crops early each morning and bring them directly to our markets the same day.
Dates and Hours in 2014: Fridays, 3-6 p.m., July-October
Commuter Parking Lot off Exit 3 at Arch Street and Horseneck Lane
Greenwich, CT, 06830
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: email@example.com.
Dates and Hours in 2015: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; May to mid-November
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 in 2015 June 14- October 11; Sundays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.