By Mary Fischer
Eating farm fresh food that is locally grown is easier than ever with the plethora of Farmers Markets that can be found in the greater Hartford area. By picking up fresh produce at Farmers Markets instead of traditional grocery stores, you are not only eating healthier foods, you are also supporting the local Connecticut economy. Here’s our round-up of some of the best Farmers Markets around!
Collinsville Farmers Market
Downtown Collinsville – Town Hall Parking Lot
June 12 – October 23
Sundays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Collinsville Farmers Market features fresh produce from over a dozen local farms in the area. In addition to fruits and vegetables, visitors to the Collinsville Farmer’s Market can pick up flowers, herbs, spices, and more. Besides offering some of the freshest food around, the Collinsville Farmers Market also features live music and cooking demonstrations.
Farmington Hillstead Museum Farmers Market
35 Mountain Road
Exit 39 Int. 84 to Rte. 4 West to Rte 10 South., 1/2 mile Mountain Rd on left
July 10 – October 23
Sundays 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Farmington Hillstead Museum Farmers Market is one of the biggest and best in the greater Hartford area. The market goes above and beyond offering solely locally grown produce. At the Farmington Hillstead Museum Farmers Market, visitors will also find Connecticut local seafood, naturally raised pork, lamb, beef, and veal, baked goods, and even handmade soaps. This venue also offers a “Friends of the Market” program, which people can sign up for with a $25 minimum donation. “Friends of the Market” receive special discounts weekly, and also receive a pin to wear on market days identifying them as a “friend.”
First Town Downtown Farmers Market – Windsor
Corner of Maple Avenue & Broad Street
June 23- October 27
Thursday: 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
This is the First Town Downtown Farmers Market’s third year, and for 2011, the market in Windsor Center features locally grown vegetables and fruits, cheeses, granola, baked goods, and even local artisans showcasing their crafts. The market occurs on Thursdays from June 23rd to October 27th.
Old State House Farmers Market – Hartford
Old State House
800 Main Street
June 27 – October 28
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Connecticut Old State House Farmers Market in downtown Hartford is the oldest Farmers Market in the state! This market is the perfect place for busy professionals to pick up fresh local produce and farm products during their workday. This is also a great spot for people who live in downtown Hartford to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables, since there are very few grocery stores in the city.
Mary Fischer lives in Ellington, CT with her 5-year old son and husband of almost 8 years. She is the owner and author of a popular parenting blog, called The Mommyologist, where she features articles all about the changes in life that go along with being a parent.