Over 6,000 farms! Over 436,000 acres of farmland! Agriculture in CT brings in a $4.6 billion dollar impact on the state’s economy, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). With over 100 Farmer’s Markets in Connecticut, fresh veggies and fruit are only a few miles away no matter where in the nutmeg state you live. Time to get pickin’! Here are some of the best.
CT Farm & Folk Festival – June 4
98 Woodland St.
South Glastonbury, CT 06073
(860) 659-3587

Glastonbury is founded on a farming community, with over 25 farms still operational offering organic crops, farm dinners, cooking classes, homemade ice cream, many pick-your-own and historic farms. Starting in 2015, the entire community comes together for a new tradition: the annual CT Farm & Folk Festival featuring a large farmer’s market, bands and a celebration of the farming heritage.  For a stand-alone, once a year Farmers Market, this one is not one to miss!

Hartford Farmers Markets

HartfordFarmersMarkets.orgWho says you have to leave the city to get to the country? Hartford boasts seven local farmers markets including Billings Forge, the city’s largest and only year-round market. Hartford is also home to the oldest farmers market in the state, established in 1643, at the Old State House in downtown (Tuesdays & Fridays starting in June). The Homestead Farmers’ Market at the Chrysalis Center provides the Upper Albany neighborhood with desired fresh food selections, partnering with the Freshplace food pantry. Others include First Presbyterian Church, North End, Park Street and West End.

Coventry Farmers Market At Hale Homestead
2299 South St
Coventry, CT 06238-1520
(860) 742-4062

A year ago, in 2015, the future of the popular Farmer’s Market located at the historic Hale Homestead in Coventry, Connecticut looked bleak. However, the community and town of Coventry itself has hunkered down and plowed through the logistics of building a new operation team and will soon be reaping the rewards in 2016, when the return of the wildly successful farmer’s market occurs. Sundays from June 5 to October 30.

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CitySeed Farmers’ Market
817 Grand Ave, Ste 101
New Haven, CT
(203) 773-3736

So why have the New Haven CitySeed Farmers’ Markets been named “Connecticut’s Best Farmers Market” by Connecticut Magazine for seven years in a row? Perhaps it’s the ability to supply a diversity of fresh produce to the urban communities. Perhaps it’s the community engagement or the commitment to sustaining local food for local people. With four markets through the Elm City, CitySeed is all about good, fresh, healthy food for everyone. Locations: Wooster Square (Sat), Edgewood Park (Sun), Downtown (Wed), and Fair Haven (Thurs).

Want more? Follow the state’s official Farmer’s Market Trail across the four corners of Connecticut, along the shoreline from Westport to Stonington and from the northeast quiet corner’s (NE) Putnam back to Litchfield County and Norfolk to discover over a dozen markets.

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Edward Main is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut, with a strong focus on Hartford area tourism, entertainment, culture and events. His work can be found on Examiner.com and at INHartfordMag.com.