Connecticut farmers' markets going strong, boasting local in the winter

If you're in New England, specifically Connecticut, you know that Mother Nature has been spitting snow and freezing rain. Summer and its plethora of fresh food seem but distant memories. But, rather than braving the grocery stores - and the crazed people who usually turn out to stock up on an inordinate amount of food - you should stop by the many farmers' markets occurring throughout the state right now!

  • Litchfield @ The Litchfield Community Center: (indoors) Click here for directions; 10-1 on these Saturdays: January 22; February 5, 19; March 5, 19; April 2, 16, 23; May 7, 21, 28
  • Fairfield @ The Greenfield Hill Grange: (indoors) 1873 Hillside Rd., Saturdays 10-1 through the spring. (Note: I'm somewhat biased about this market because I do work at it, and I do appear in this article from The Daily Easton - sorry about the picture!)
  • New Haven: January-April, 10-1 @ these two locations on these dates only: 
      • Wooster Square: (outdoors - DePalma Court, between Chapel and Wooster Streets) 1st + 3rd Saturdays, starting Jan. 15: Feb 5, 19; March 5, 19; April 2, 16
      • Edgewood Park: (outdoors - corner of Whalley and West Rock Avenues) 2nd and 4th Sundays: Jan. 9, 23; Feb. 13, 27; March 13, 27; April 10, 24
  • Westport @ Gilbertie's Herb Gardens: 7 Sylvan Ln., Thursdays 10-2 through March 31
  • Weston @ Norfield Grange: (indoors) 12 Good Hill Rd. (off Rt. 57), Saturdays 10-2 through April 15
  • Conventry @ Coventry High School: (indoors) 78 Ripley Hill Rd, Sundays 11-2 through the end of February
  • Hartford @ The Studio at Billings Forge: (indoors) 561 Broad St., Thursdays 3:30-6 through April
  • Stonington @ Stonington Community Center: (indoors) 28 Cutler St., Saturdays 10-1 through April 30
  • Storrs Winter Market @ Buchanan Auditorium at the Mansfield Public Library: (indoors) 54 Warrenville Rd. (Rt. 89), Mansfield Center, CT, 2nd + 4th Saturdays, 3-5
  • Ashford: (indoors) Rt. 44, across from the Town Hall in the old post office building, Saturdays: Jan. 22, Feb. 5, 19, March 5, 19, April 2, 16, 11-2
What's in season you ask? Well, root crops (potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips, etc.) are definitely available. But, there's also a wealth of canned goods, cheese, eggs, grass-fed meats, breads, baked goods and other delicious things at these wonderful markets.

Stay warm, be safe and keep supporting your local farmers!

**Market managers and market goers: Any other markets in the state that I'm missing? Note any location, time and/or date changes or errors? Comment below, let me know and I'll update the post!