Coventry Farmers' Market like a weekly country fair

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Coventry - posted Tue., Jul. 26, 2011
Root vegetables, such as these carrots from Canterbury's Highland Thistle Farm, are currently abundant at local farmers' markets. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Root vegetables, such as these carrots from Canterbury's Highland Thistle Farm, are currently abundant at local farmers' markets. Photos by Melanie Savage.

According to its website, this year the Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market has been cited as the best Connecticut farmers' market by both Boston Magazine and Yankee Magazine. “The market draws 75,000 visitors annually,” according to the site, “and generates sales exceeding $350,000.” The year 2011 marks the seventh season overall for the market, and its fourth year at the Nathan Hale Homestead on South Street.

The summer market lists a total of 59 vendors selling a wide variety of products, from homemade pickles to soap, from fresh fish to gluten-free bread. There are fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, sauces and dog treats. There are hand-crafted earrings and fresh flowers. There are ready-to-eat items such as pizza, kettle corn and Italian ices. Vendors come from all over the state, from as far away as Guilford to just down the street in Coventry. There are vendors from many nearby towns. Lebanon’s Beltane Farm, for example, offers varieties of goats’ milk cheese. Another Lebanon vendor, Maggie’s Farm, offers garlic, mushrooms, salad greens, tomatoes and other vegetables.

Each week of the summer market features a theme, with upcoming events including Beet-Nic Bash (July 31), Old-Fashioned Corn Roast & Youth Market (Aug. 14) and Dog Days (Aug. 7). But you don’t have to wait until August to enjoy the market with your canine companion. Well-mannered and leashed dogs are welcomed every week at the Coventry Farmers’ Market.

It is the height of the growing season in Connecticut, and all manner of fresh produce is available at local markets. The Coventry Summer Farmers’ Market runs weekly through Nov. 20 at 2299 South St., in Coventry, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Sunday before Thanksgiving marks the opening of the winter market, hosted Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Coventry High School, 78 Ripley Hill Road, in Coventry. The winter market features over 30 local vendors from the end of November through March 6.

For more information, see the Market website at www.coventryfarmersmarket.com. You can also sign up for a weekly newsletter which “delivers the latest information about our growers and products, events, guest vendors, entertainment, programs, and more,” according to the site.


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