In my opinion, the Coventry Farmers’ Market is the best market in Connecticut for fresh produce, great products, and fun. Set in a wonderful atmosphere on the historic Nathan Hale Homestead, the Coventry Farmers’ Market is the spot to visit if you happen to be in Connecticut on a Sunday in the summer or fall. This is also the largest farmers’ market in the state. Here, you can expect exciting weekly events to accompany a relaxing morning of shopping, followed by a filling lunch, as well as a spot of education.
As I mentioned above, the Coventry Farmers’ Market takes place every Sunday from June 4 through October 29 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Because of the popularity of the farmers’ market, parking can be a bit challenging, so I’d suggest that you arrive early.
In addition to the vendors that you’d expect of any other farmers’ market, the Coventry Farmers’ Market features weekly events that educate you on how to make the most of your purchases. Events include preserving workshops and lessons for growing vegetables at home. Check their nicely designed web page for specifics on the weekly events.
What you’ll find there
Approximately 50 vendors come out each week for the Coventry Farmers’ Market. Many of these vendors are some of the best in the state. Regarding produce available, you’ll find fresh, in-season, organic produce available coming from farms such as Blueberry Hill Organic Farm, Breton Farms, Falls Creek Farm, and more. Do keep in mind that prices here are a bit steep when compared with prices in the grocery store, but you’ll be ensured that this produce is grown locally, oftentimes by the very person selling it to you.
Plan to come hungry to the Coventry Farmers’ Market as there are so many delightful treats to munch on while you wander through the vendors. You’ll find food sellers such as Granny’s Pie Factory, Sweet Madeline’s, and more. Grab a coffee from Cold Brew Coffee Company and purchase a package of fresh pasta from DiFiore Ravioli Shop to create a delectable dinner at home.
In addition to vendors, there is also a row of food trucks that seriously will make your mouth water. My favorite is the Whey Station, which is an artisanal grilled cheese food truck. You’ll definitely want to order one for yourself.
Nathan Hale Homestead
Nathan Hale is Connecticut’s state hero and is known for his bravery as an American spy for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Hale is famously quoted as saying “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” He was hanged for spying at the young age of 21 in 1776.
Prior to his joining the army, at only the age of 18, he was a teacher in both East Haddam and New London, Connecticut (you can see his former schoolhouse in downtown New London).
What makes the Coventry Farmers’ Market so special is that it is held on the grounds of Nathan Hale’s birthplace. This homestead was built in 1776 and is a rather large, red, Georgian-style farmhouse with surrounding farmland and vast forests. Tours can be enjoyed at the Nathan Hale Homestead and are recommended to be scheduled during your visit to the Coventry Farmers’ Market. You can find out more about the hours and schedule your own tour on their website.
A special way to spend a Sunday
Visiting the Coventry Farmers’ Market, the largest in Connecticut, is a wonderful way to spend a Sunday. Purchase some fresh produce, chat with knowledgeable vendors, tuck into an amazing grilled cheese, and tour Connecticut’s state hero’s home. I’d call that a memorable way to spend a day. And don’t forget your camera!
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