Have fun, help family farms – and eat well – when you visit this popular market
The freshest of fruits, organic veggies, a dazzling array of cut flowers, artisanal breads, all-natural beef and pork, apple cider donuts, goat cheese, fudge, jams, jumbo muffins: Is your mouth watering by now? Then head over to the Wetherfield Farmers’ Market, where all this and more awaits you in the most charming of atmospheres, amid historic homes and tree-lined streets. For 10 years, the market has been feeding (and entertaining) residents and visitors with locally sourced products that support family farms as well as live music and a host of attractions for kids, from face painting to real animals and magic shows. Held Thursdays to Oct. 22 in the heart of town, this market is not to be missed.
Ellington High School, 37 Maple StreetEllington, CTPhone:
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. Pre-ordering produce and goods is available for some vendors. You may order ahead and pick up goods at the market during regular hours. All thematic celebrations and musical performances are on hold for this season.
Dates and hours:June 20-late October; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon
two locations by season; see description belowHartford, CTPhone: 860-548-9877
This 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 location, dates and hours : Billings Forge Green at 539 Broad Street; early June through October, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Winter location, dates and hours: The Studio, 563 Broad Street; early November through May, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.