An abundance of fresh, locally sourced products, friendly farmers who personally stand behind the food you purchase, and a fun place for the community to gather are the hallmarks of a great farmers’ market. As a local or visitor to Connecticut, you’re in luck. The state hosts nearly 100 farmers’ markets. Here are five of this summer’s must-visit farmers’ markets in CT.
Putnam Farmers’ Market
Local farmers join with artisan vendors to bring fresh fruits and veggies, jams and jellies, flowers, and hand-crafted novelties to this market. Set under a pavilion, you’ll have shade from the summer sun as you shop. The Putnam Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. It’s under the Putnam Riverview Marketplace pavilion at 18 Kennedy Drive in Putnam, CT.
Coventry Farmers’ Market
The Coventry Farmers’ Market is dedicated to providing the most vibrant, community-minded market possible. Here you’ll find local provisions along with live music and food trucks. You can even bring your dog! Stop by this market Sundays from June through October from 10 am – 1 pm. It’s on the grounds of Nathan Hale Homestead at 2299 South St, Coventry, CT.
Town of Cromwell Farmers’ Market
The Town of Cromwell Farmers’ Market features fresh local produce from community farmers. You’ll also browse soy candles, natural soaps, custom woodcrafts, and small-batch baked goods you won’t find anywhere else! Stop by this market Friday evenings between 4 pm and 7 pm starting in June and ending in early September at Riverport Park in Cromwell, CT.
Storrs Farmers’ Market
Since 1994, Storrs Farmers’ Market has been proud to provide the greater Mansfield community with fresh, local produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, and more. Everything sold at Storrs Farmers’ Market is grown and produced in Connecticut. Storrs Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday on the front lawn of the Mansfield Town Hall from May 1 through November 19, 3 pm – 5 pm. They also hold winter farmers’ markets open twice a month from December through April from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Buchanan Auditorium in the Mansfield Public Library. Offerings change depending on the season.
Wesport Famers’ Market
The Westport Farmers’ Market launched with a mission to increase awareness, knowledge, and support for local producers focused on sustainable and healthy growing practices. Notably, they have a weekly partnership with Food Rescue. Vendors donate food that is still fresh but was unsold to neighbors in need throughout Fairfield County. Enjoy this market Thursdays, May 11 – November 9, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at 50 Imperial Ave Westport, Connecticut. This market asks that you please leave your furry friends at home.
Shopping at farmers’ markets means you are buying directly from a local farmer or local retailer. In doing so, you’re supporting local families and empowering your community. As an added bonus, you’ll be sure to notice the difference in quality from the products you find find at farmers’ market.
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