Farmers markets in Connecticut offer fresh, locally grown food

 FARMERSMARKETCT 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 events like food festivals, wine tastings and themed farm dinners.

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.

1355 Boston Post Road Guilford, CT, 06437 Phone: 203-453-2338

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.

50 Imperial Avenue Westport, CT Phone:

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.
2016 Summer Dates and Hours: May 19-November 3 on Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Town Docks in Summer / Community Center; 22 Bayview Avenue in Winter Stonington, CT Phone:

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.

Arbor Park, Main Street, next to the Ellington Fire Department Ellington, CT Phone:

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. ellingtonfarmersmarket@gmail.com. Market schedule and entertainment.
2016 Summer Location, Dates and Hours: Arbor Park, Main Street; May 7-October 22 on Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon
Winter Location, Dates and Hours in 2015-16: YMCA, 11 Pinney Street;

Summer and Winter locations; see description below Litchfield, CT, 06759 Phone: 860-567-8302

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.
2016 Summer Location, Dates, and Hours: Center School Parking Lot, Woodruff Lane, Litchfield; June 18- October, 2016; 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.

539 Broad Street, on Billings Forge Green Hartford, CT, 06106 Phone: 860-548-9877

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.
2016 Summer Dates and Hours in 2016: June 2-October, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Broad Street on the Green.
2016-17 Winter Dates and Hours in 2016-17: November 3-May, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Billings Forge, 563 Broad Street.

winter market at New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge Road; summer market at Old Center School, South Avenue, Maple Street, and Main streets New Canaan, CT Phone:

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!
2016 Summer Location, Dates and Hours: Old Center School at South Avenue, Maple and Main streets; April 23 to December 3 on Saturdays; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Winter Location, Dates and Hours in 2016: New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge Road; Tuesdays; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Location changes seasonally; see below Mansfield Center and Storrs, CT Phone:

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.
2016 Summer Dates and Hours: May through November on Saturdays, 3-6 p.m., at the Mansfield Town Hall, 4 South Eagleville Road, Storrs
2016-17 Winter Dates and Hours: Open twice a month at the Mansfield Public Library, 54 Warrenville Road, Mansfield Center

Town Hall, 19 Maple Avenue Norfolk, CT Phone:

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  manager@norfolkfarmersmarket.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.

Goodwives Shopping Center, 25 Old Kings Highway North Darien, CT, 06810 Phone: 860-739-7240

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.
2016 Dates and Hours: Late May through Christmas; Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

120 Pequotsepos Road, across from the Denison/Pequotsepus Nature Center Mystic, CT Phone: 860-536-8377

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.
2016 Dates and Hours: June-October; Sundays; noon-3 p.m.

Commuter Parking Lot off Exit 3 at Arch Street and Horseneck Lane Greenwich, CT, 06830 Phone: 203-380-0580

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: gfm-ct@optimum.net.
2016 Dates and Hours: May 14 through Thanksgiving on Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

136 Capitol Avenue next to the First Presbyterian Church and the Bushnell Hartford, CT Phone: 860-833-0095

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: , chrisbassette@cox.net.
2016 Dates and Hours: July-October on Mondays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

42 Ives Road Goshen, CT Phone:

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.

Main Street Chester, CT Phone:

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.
2016 Dates and Hours: June 12- October 9 on Sundays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Greenfield Hills, 1950 Bronson Road Fairfield, CT, 06430 Phone: 203-259-8786

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.
2016 Dates and Hours: May through mid-October on Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Russo Park, at DePalma Court and Chapel Street New Haven, CT Phone: 203-773-3736

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.
2016 Dates and Hours: April 2 – December 17 on Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Parmelee Farm, 465 Route 81 Killingworth, CT Phone:

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: manager@parmeleefarmmarket.org.
2016 Dates and Hours: Second Saturdays of June, July, August and September: June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Maple Farms Park, 45 Bozrah Street Bozrah, CT, 06334 Phone: 860-889-2689

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.

Fairfield Hills at Wasserman Way (Exit 11 off I-84 and Route 25) Newtown, CT, 06482 Phone:

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.,

The Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street Coventry, CT, 06238 Phone: 860-742-4062

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.