Eat Well, Buy Fresh and Local
Farmers’ market season is upon us. Check out our updated listings for the best venues in Fairfield County.
Capellini with organic sauce and basil
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As trees leaf and flowers bloom, local farmers, bakers and artisans are trucking their wares to a parking lot or town park near you. Find the freshest food, produce, and baked treats, plus added attractions such as crafts, games for the kids, baby animals and music. There’s always something fun at the farmers’ markets!
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Municipal Parking Lot off of Mechanic Street Behind the firehouse on Boston Post Road, Across from Goodwives Shopping Center
Already in full swing, the Darien market has a wide selection of local and organic produce, meat, cheese, and more. Sample baked goods from the Whistle Stop Bakery, made fresh daily at the retail shop located at the Branchville railroad station in Ridgefield—hence the train-related name.
Fairfield — Greenfield Hills Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 12:30p.m. to 4p.m.
June 2 -October 27
1950 Bronson Road
Now in its 17th season, the Greenfield Hills market is probably the longest-running market in the eastern part of the county. Market master Trish Swain expects a dozen vendors to participate through the season, including organic grower Oxen Hill Farm. Treats to eat as you go include kettle corn and organic lemonade, as well as yummy baked goods from Stamford’s Baldotti’s Bakery.
Greenwich Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May 19 through November 17
Commuter parking lot, Arch St. & Horseneck La., Exit 3 off I-95
Greenwich market master Judy Waldeyer notes that the market’s 17 vendors are all returning this year. Beaver Brook Farm is currently offering lots of lamb, cheese and raw milk. As this listing posts (early June), Moorefield Herb Farm is selling “absolutely magnificent” (Judy’s words) heirloom tomato plants; their fruit will dress the county’s best salads and sauces later this season.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
May 12 through November 17
Old Center School Parking Lot, South Avenue & Maple Street
Back for its 14th season, the New Canaan farmers’ market offers a wide selection of fresh local foods for your pantry and fridge. Connecticut-grown produce from Gazy Brothers Farm, Plasko's Farm, Vaszauskas Farm, Woodland Farm, organic produce from Riverbank Farm and Shortt's Farm, make this large market a treat for the eyes as well as tummies. Other highlights include fresh pork and beef products from Ox Hollow Farm.
Fridays, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
June 1-October 26
Pinkney Park, 177 Rowayton Avenue
The market’s favorite farmers return, along with a dozen new vendors offering an extensive selection of freshly prepared food: lobster rolls, local clams, brick oven pizza, pot pies and empanadas. The Original Cupcake Truck provides an opportunity to design your own cupcake treats, and Three-Dog Cookie Co. offers something special for our four-legged friends.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
June 2-November 3
Bedford & Forest Street intersection
In addition to a couple of fresh fruit and vegetable vendors, you will find homemade pickles and a selection of teas at this market, sponsored by the Stamford Downtown organization. Like the High Ridge market (below), there’s lots of shopping, and dining both quick and fine just steps away.
Stamford – High Ridge Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Parking lot, High Ridge Center
Fresh bread, flowers, veggies and more fill this busy space. With lots of other retail nearby, schedule some extra time and take care of all your shopping errands, too.
Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
June 8-October 26
(New location near pond, enter at main gate)
39 Scofieldtown Road
A big draw of this market is the cage-free farm fresh eggs from the Center’s own Heckscher Farm; your children can see the chickens that make their eggs! Back this year are the delicacies from Dream Desserts, and local musician Steve E. will return with his kid-friendly performances once a month.
Weston Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
June 16-September 29
Weston Historical Society, Route 57 & High Acre Road
Since this market opens early, grab a tasty breakfast of wonderful baked goods and coffee from Michelina's Bakery on the new terrace. Look for crafts for kids, a lemonade stand run by Weston children to benefit local charities, and a fire truck to explore on opening day, June 16. One very nice local feature is that all proceeds from vendor rentals benefit Weston charities.
Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
May 24-November 1
Imperial Avenue Commuter Lot
Having just kicked off its seventh season, the Westport market will offer an extensive variety of locally produced products from 30 vendors. This year, the county’s favorite chefs will appear weekly to conduct classes and demos to help turn your locally produced, seasonal ingredients into fresh, easy meals for your family. Also new this year is a market-sponsored booth that provides information on healthy lifestyles and a sustainable future.
Wednesdays, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
May 23-September 26
Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road
Driving by on Wednesday afternoon, this list maker was able to stop and sample the delicious wares from three new vendors at the Wilton market. Butterscotch scones from The Sweetery New Canaan were amazing, as was the butternut dip with fresh veggies from Cabbages and Kings catering. And I needed no dinner after the mouthwatering, bite-sized ratatouille quiche sample from Pascaline Cuisine.