Aubergines on the Beach – Connecticut Farmers Markets
Connecticut has a vast array of Farmers Markets that cater to everyone’s needs and have specialty offerings that will appeal to everyone’s unique tastes.
There are over 100 Connecticut Farmers Markets which are open 7 days a week; nearly every town has a Farmers Market, most of them have a summer schedule, come rain or shine. Some are open in winter and offer winter specialties. These markets are a highly popular gathering place for the community, for neighbors to meet each other and to meet the farmers behind the local fresh products on sale.
One of the main attractions is the Farmers Market trail, linking 15 of the prime markets, which offer farm to table restaurants, beaches, hiking trails, working farms, art galleries, and historic sites, shops with handmade and vintage wares. Take a map and go on an adventure down sandy beaches, winding country roads and in the bustling city itself. You will meet people who love the real things in life, local passion and local produce.
Connecticut Farmers Markets each have their own identity and each one has a particular attraction; for some itis the varying fresh produce on sale, for others it is the speciality processed home made products, and for some it is the arts and crafts on offer. While for others it is a combination of all of these and even more.
All the markets have Connecticut grown delicious fresh fruit and vegetables. Most of them have mouth-watering meats, fish and seafood such as pork, fish, shrimp, scallops, lamb; grass-fed, all-natural beef and bison. The homemade foods on offer are jams, jellies, breads, pies, cider doughnuts, and baked goods, goat cheeses, raw cows’ milk, raw goats’ milk, lemonade, free-range eggs,maple syrup, honey, flowers and decorative plants;French pastries, local honey, herbs and hand spun wool. Chutney’s and sauces, balsamic vinegar, olive and grape seed oils,cow cheese, goats cheese soaps and artisanal chocolates, fresh Flowers to brighten up your home and to give to a loved one, teas, shellfish and so much more!
All markets have arts and crafts available, offering you local and regional treasures, local artisans have the most beautiful wares available and you get to meet the artists and perhaps even watch them in the creative process.
Live music, cooking classes, chef’s demonstrations, arts and craft classes and demonstrations, workshops and loads of children’s activities make the Farmers Markets’ in Connecticut a regular feature on the social shopping calendar. Good Food and artistic creation at your fingertips.
Most of The Farmers Markets in this region are affiliates of the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) and/or the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition program. These programmes are a way to provide women, children and the elderly, eligible clients of (WIC) proper nutrition and access to fruit and vegetables.
Farmers Markets have a vibrant passionate energy and community spirit where neighbours can meet newcomers, chat with each other and their local farmers. These markets provide a vital link between healthy food, city residents and farmers.