The market is held every Sunday on the grounds of the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry from 11-2. This past Sunday was the last outdoor market for the year. Next week it moves to Coventry High School where it runs indoors through the end of February. My local farmer's market moved indoors weeks ago. At that point many of the vendors stop coming but I've found many goodies are still to be had even in the colder darker months.
|Parking for the CRFM on the grounds of the Nathan Hale Homestead|
|Vendor area of the CRFM|
|Sweet native strawberries available in late October!|
|Beautifully arranged fresh, local produce at the CRFM|
|The best Baklava I've ever tasted from Lazizah Bakery in Yantic|
|NoRA Cupcakes-be still my heart!|
|Not your grandmother's grilled cheese sandwiches|
|The Lincoln Culinary Institute was giving away samples of a pumpkin apple cake.|
|In keeping with a Halloween theme, many people dressed their dogs (and kids) in costumes.|
|Monique and Les's Oliver waiting patiently to check out the market|
|Activities for the kiddos included this pony powered "train"|
|And Alpacas-a big hit with the young and old|
|Straw poll takers offered men (women are not allowed to vote of course) a ballot listing candidates Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Beats the current choices if you ask me. Of course Bozo the Clown...|
Whatever you do, don't eat before heading over to the CRFM. And don't expect to be hungry when you get home.
For us the feast began with fresh brick oven pizza topped with kale, potatoes, mozzerella and bleu cheese. After sampling just about every flavor Savor Cookies had to offer, we made our way to the demonstration barn for some of Lincoln Culinary's pumpkin apple cake. A quick stop at the first aid tent for an insulin injection allowed us to meander over to NoRA's for some Halloween inspired cupcakes (I tucked those away for later to allow room for Baklava). Planning ahead, I also grabbed a broccoli cheddar quiche from Six Pence Pie Company and a bag of heirloom salad greens to take home for dinner, a pint of the fresh strawberries and a bag of organic homemade granola.
Local farmer's markets are such a treat. I'd love to hear about others in CT that are worth a trip. If you have a favorite, please let me know.