Ten markets throughout eastern Connecticut have joined together this year to form the Connecticut Farmers' Market Trail. The idea of the trail is to help the farmers market in the states market themselves while providing customers with more market options.
“The customers benefit by getting an overview of ten fantastic markets they can visit, plus a lot information about activities they can do in addition to the markets, allowing them to make a day out of a trip to a market,” said Master Stuart Woronecki.
Woronecki, Winter Caplanson of Coventry Regional Farmers' Market, Brianne Casadei of and graphic designer Sue Muldoon began forming the market trail a few months ago. They selected ten markets to start the trail as a pilot program.
“One criterion for inclusion on the FMT is that there must be other offerings in addition to the actual market,” Woronecki said. “Local farms that allow visitors, farm-to-table restaurants, locally-owned shops, hiking trails, and the like were all considered.”
Each of the ten makes gave a $100 donation to the trail which goes towards marketing the trail through Facebook, a website and brochures. Max Restaurant Group and a few local banks also donated money for the trail. If the founding markets deem the trail successful they hope to continue and expand it next year.
“It offers many choices for a great day either as a family or perhaps even just by yourself,” Woronecki said.
Grab the reusable totes, pile into the car and start exploring the Connecticut Farmers' Market Trail:
Chester Sunday Market: described as a European-style market in a Connecticut River village the Chester Sunday Market on Main Street in Chester is open on Sundays from June 17 to October 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market: not just a market, the Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market has more than 50 vendors, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and more each Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., June through October at 2299 South St., in Coventry.
Farmers’ Market at Billings Forge: open on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 536 Broad St., in Hartford this market is open year-round and provides herbs, flowers and produce for the Firebox Restaurant.
Lyme Farmer’s Market: swap recipes while picking up grass-feed beef, cheeses, seafood and more at the Lyme Farmers’ Market. The market is open on Saturdays from June through October from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 78 Bill Hill Road and Lyme.
: is the place to go for meat, seafood, honey, eggs, jellies and preserves and of course fruits and vegetables. The market is open June through October on Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. at 120 Pequotsepos Road.
Old Saybrook Farmer’s Market: after exploring the 14-year-old market theirs art galleries and antique shops to browse at this market located at 210 Main Str., in Old Saybrook and open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Northeast CT Farmers Market Putnam: open on Monday and Thursday afternoons 3:30 to 6 p.m. this market at 18 Kennedy Drive is part of a town that New England Travel Magazine called one of New England’s Best Small Towns. You might as well as find out why.
Stonington Village Farmers Market: is the community-gathering place on Saturday mornings in Stonington. Visit the market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the town docks and then walk through the historic seaside village.
Storrs Farmers Market: there’s more to Storrs than UConn. Explore the quirky shops, or hiking trails before visiting the farmers market open from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays at 1235 Storrs Road.
Wethersfield Farmers’ Market: take trolley from historic Old Wethersfield to the market located on the grounds of the Solomon Welles House at 220 Hartford Avenue. The market is open on Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m.