Hartford Farmers' Markets

Jun 23, 2016

It's that time of year again to enjoy Hartford Farmers' Markets! Hartford currently has seven markets that are full of delicious and artistic treats for purchase. They are: Billings Forge, First Presbyterian Church, Homestead Avenue, North End, The Old State House, Park Street and West End. The Hartford Farmers’ Markets provide a vital link between local farmers, city residents, and healthy food. Each market is committed to providing Hartford residents access to fresh, healthy, and local produce.
The Hartford markets are not only a great place to find healthy produce and support local agriculture, but they are also a natural space for community gatherings, where neighbors can talk with each other and with the farmers who are providing their food. The pleasant and vibrant atmosphere of the markets is strengthened by regular events such as cooking demonstrations, crafts, and musical performances.

Take a look below at each of the farmers' markets for when they open and what they offer!

The Billings Forge Farmer's Market
Thursdays 11:00am-2:00pm
On the lawn of Broad Street between Capitol Avenue and Russ Street

Created in 2007, this farmers market provides fresh produce for the residents of Billings Forge as well as the surrounding Frog Hollow neighborhood. They not only sell produce but also breads, dairy, jams, soaps, and coffee. In order to give back to the community, Billings Forge accepts SNAP and runs the Billings Bonus Benefit Program which doubles the value of SNAP benefits used at the market. For every dollar that SNAP participants swipe on their EBT card, they will receive another dollar free to spend at the market!

The First Presbyterian Church Farmers’ Market
Mondays from 10:00am-1:00pm
On Capitol Avenue next to the First Presbyterian Church and The Bushnell

The First Presbyterian Church Farmers’ Market was launched in 2002 in order to bring more fresh and local fruits and vegetables into the City of Hartford. The market offers community members access to fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products such as eggs, jams, herbs, honey, and cut flowers at a great location near the Capitol. The First Presbyterian Church Market accepts Senior and WIC FMNP coupons, WIC Fruit and Vegetable Vouchers, and personal checks.

The Homestead Avenue Farmers’ Market at the Chrysalis Center
Wednesdays from 2:00-5:00pm
255 Homestead Avenue at the Chrysalis Center

The Homestead Farmers’ Market at the Chrysalis Center partners with the innovative food pantry, Freshplace. The Homestead Farmers’ Market aims to provide the neighborhood of Upper Albany with greater access to fresh and local fruits and vegetables. The market hopes to become a gathering place for Upper Albany residents and commuters who work in the neighborhood.

The North End Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays from 10:00am-1:00pm
In front of the North End Senior Center on 80 Coventry Street

The North End Farmers’ Market was launched in 2008 by Hartford Food System and the City of Hartford as the only market in the city to operate north of the downtown area. The market represents a grassroots victory for North End residents who long desired a farmers’ market in their own community. Every summer the market brings fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables from area farms into the North End neighborhoods. The market takes place in front of the North End Senior Center and is a vibrant community gathering place that regularly features live music, activities for children, and other events.

The North End Farmers’ Market has a Double Value Campaign for both SNAP benefits and WIC Fruit and Vegetable Cash Value Vouchers, which means that customers who use their SNAP benefits and WIC CVVs will receive double the amount of benefits to use at the market!

The Old State House Farmers' Market
Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00am-2:00pm
In the brick courtyard in front of Connecticut's Old State House

The Old State House Farmers' Market is the oldest market in the state, established in 1643 when the City of Hartford was required to provide a “public market” at the site of the Old State House. Today, the Old State House Farmers' Market continues this tradition of serving the public while helping to revitalize the downtown Hartford community. Come visit the market this season where you’ll find a wide range of Connecticut grown agricultural products from local farmers as well as handmade crafts created by some of Connecticut’s most talented artisan crafters. Stop by and try a variety of tasty treats available from our fun snack food vendors while enjoying noontime concerts scheduled throughout the season. Random drawings held for “FREE” giveaways! (No purchase necessary.) The market accepts Senior and WIC FMNP coupons.

The Park Street Farmers’ Market
Mondays from 9:30am-1:00pm
On the corner of Park Street and Washington Street (161 Washington Street) in front of Walgreen's Pharmacy

The Park Street Farmers’ Market brings fresh and local produce to the vibrant Frog Hollow and South Green neighborhoods. The Parks Street market makes fresh fruits and vegetables more accessible to community members and offers a variety of agricultural products for every season. The Park Street Farmers’ Market accepts Senior and WIC FMNP coupons.

The West End Farmers’ Market
Every day from 4:00-7:00pm
On Clemens Green on Farmington Avenue between the The Mark Twain House and Owen Street.

The West End Farmers’ Market believes that everyone deserves access to fresh, healthy, delicious food. Through partnerships with local farmers, businesses, and non-profit agencies, the market strives to bring a vibrant mix of locally-grown farm products to the West End and Asylum Hill neighborhoods of Hartford. By connecting these neighborhoods to their local farmers and artisans, we hope to create a stronger and healthier community. The market’s new location offers an expanded vendor roster as well as easy and ample parking. It’s a convenient stop on your ride home! The West End Farmers’ Market accepts SNAP benefits and the WIC and Senior FMNP coupons.

Each one provides something a little different. Don't miss out on your chance to check them out this summer!


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