Last weekend marked the official start of summer, but with COVID-19 transitions it’s hard to know what’s open.
The good news? Summer farmers markets are alive and well. In fact, local family farms need our help now more than ever. Luckily the Groton area is home to several farmers markets, all of which are open for the season and ready for customers! The experience will look a little different this year, but local organizers are getting creative to help drive more business, including online pre-orders.
So let’s grab our face masks and go support them! Here are five great markets near Groton:
Ledyard Farmer’s Market – Ledyard, CT
Wednesdays thru September 16, 4-7pm
Hosted at the Lower Town Green (741 Colonel Ledyard Hwy), the Ledyard Farmers Market offers a variety of curated, local vendors with seasonal produce, meats, cheeses, breads and sweet treats. Local artists also sell handcrafted goods and housewares. In light of COVID-19, the market has launched a “Fresh ‘N Go Market” approach, so people can shop quickly and safely. While the market will be open for socially-distanced shopping, visitors are encouraged to pre-order with vendors online. For a full list of COVID-19 guidelines, click here.
Stonington Village Farmers Market – Stonington, CT
Saturdays thru October, 10am-1pm
The Stonington Village Farmers Market is operates their two annual market seasons, summer and winter. This summer, you can visit the market on Saturday mornings outside the Velvet Mill (near the Meadow Ave entrance). Enjoy fresh and local produce, meats, eggs and other home goods from family farms and small businesses. Many vendors are offering flash sales and accepting pre-orders and special requests via email. For the latest updates and COVID-19 guidelines, click here.
Denison Farmers Market – Mystic, CT
Saturdays thru October, 12pm-3pm
Located at the Denison Homestead (120 Pequotsepos Rd), the Denison Farmers Market hosts nearly a dozen local vendors with everything from farm raised meats and heirloom vegetables to fresh cut flowers and baked pies. Also did we mention all natural pet treats and alpaca wool? Customers must remain six feet apart, wear face masks and not touch products until after purchase. For a full list of guidelines, click here. The museum is currently closed.
Field of Greens Farmers Markets – New London, CT
Wednesdays and Fridays, July thru October, 3pm-6pm
During the summer New London offers two farmers markets each week, Wednesdays at L+M Hospital (July 1- October 28) and Fridays at Williams Park (July 3 – October 30). The mission of the Field of Greens Farmers Markets is to “provide venues in the neighborhoods for local farmers and artisans to sell their produce and products directly to the diverse and integrated communities in southeastern Connecticut.” For the latest information, click here.
Westerly & Pawcatuck Farmers Market – Westerly, RI
Thursdays thru Sept. 16, 10am-1pm
Hosted on Thursdays at the Westerly Ice Rink (85 Main St), the Westerly-Pawcatuck Farmers Market boasts locally grown farm fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, meat, breads, pastries, flowers, honey, cheese, coffee and more. Each week offers live music and rotating vendors, as well. New guidelines include face masks, six feet social distancing, hand washing stations, and prepared food options “to-go.” For the latest updates, follow their Facebook page.
At the time of publication, we could not confirm if the Noank Village Farmers Market or Old Saybrook Farmers Market were operating for Summer 2020. Did we miss any others? Comment below!