Disclosure: I provide social media assistance for the Collinsville Farmers Market. This review is my own and does not represent the thoughts or views of the vendors and board members of the Collinsville Farmers Market and/or the Canton Advocates for Responsible Expansion, Inc..
Summer is (finally!) here! After what seems like forever, the weather is now warm enough to really experience the awesome things Connecticut has to offer outdoors. One of my favorite activities is attending local farmers markets. Farmers markets give me the opportunity to support local businesses, buy fresh and local produce, and experience things I may not get to otherwise.
Fun in Collinsville
Last Sunday was the first day of the Collinsville Farmers Market’s 2017 season, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! I have been going to the Collinsville Farmers Market since 2008, and love its relaxed and fun atmosphere. The vendors are awesome too! I love looking at the flowers from Syme Family Farm and getting vegetables from Gresczyk Farms. Another vendor I like is Heirloom Kitchen, who specializes in gluten-free foods. There aren’t a lot of places that can make a great gluten-free muffin, but Heirloom Kitchen is one of them!
One of the nice things about the Collinsville Farmers Market is its location. The market is set up in the center of Collinsville, and is a stone’s throw away from local restaurants and shops. For me, every visit to the Collinsville Farmers Market begins with an iced coffee from LaSalle Market and Deli. Their restaurant is always busy, and the coffee is fantastic! Another fun store to peruse is the America the Beautiful Country Store, which is full of authentic Amish furniture and products. Coming to the Collinsville Farmers Market is a great way to spend a Sunday morning!
Adventures in Coventry
Three weekends ago, my mother and I ventured out to the Coventry Farmers Market, which takes place at the Nathan Hale Homestead. This market is huge – they host over 50 vendors each week; including food trucks, artists, farmers, and bakers. It’s set up on a large field at the Homestead in order to fit the expansive crowds that attend the market. While the market can feel frenetic at times, the variety of vendors makes it a worthwhile trip. When we went, I was able to purchase some gluten free granola from Pure Love Granola, delicious watermelon-cucumber Italian ice from Chet’s Italian Ice and Gelato, and try some cold brew coffee from Cold Brew Coffee Company. This excursion was a lot of fun!