UPDATE 2017: The Wethersfield Farmers’ Market opened May 18th for the 2017 season. It runs every Thursday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm through October.
PLEASE NOTE: This post was written in 2014 and while it should still give you a good idea of the overall experience, it may also contain some outdated information. Please be sure to visit their website and their Facebook page (FB is great for weekly updates!) for the most current information.
Just because everyone is going back to school doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few more weeks left for some of our favorite summertime activities. Like farmers’ markets, for example. Did you know that many of them continue into October? So with that in mind, I bring you today’s post…
10 Things I Love About The Wethersfield Farmers’ Market
1. It’s held on the grounds of the historic (and lovely) Solomon Welles House in Old Wethersfield, which is very stroller-friendly. And it takes place rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, everyone just moves up onto that covered porch.
2. Lots of free, convenient parking (just ignore that “Do Not Enter” sign; I promise, it’s okay to enter).
4. Live music.
5. Fun (and free!) activities for the kids like face painting, balloon animals, live animals and more.
6. Food Trucks! Enough said.
7. Market Bucks. Don’t you hate it when you forget to stop for cash? Me too! Which is why I love that at this event you can stop by the Information Tent and use a credit card to purchase Market Bucks that you can then use for any of the vendors. Super convenient! Also check out their “Friends with Benefits” program where you can get weekly discounts and specials from EVERY vendor.
8. It’s located right across the street from the amazing boundless playground, Mikey’s Place in Standish Park (read our post on that destination here). Two outings in one!
9. Space to relax and play. With all the surrounding green space (the market is right next to Cove Park), it’s a wonderful place to play, hang out, and have a picnic (did I mention there are food trucks???).
10. My kitchen counter looking like this when I get home. Yummmmm!
So make sure you enjoy every last ounce of summer. It’s not over yet!
220 Hartford Avenue, Wethersfield, Connecticut (On the grounds of Solomon Welles House; next to DMV and Cove Park.)
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Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. from May through October. Make sure to check their Facebook page for updates and special events!
Parking & Admission FREE
- Stroller Friendly: YES.
- Coffee Mug Friendly: YES.
- Restroom: YES. Porta potty at end of parking area.
- Baby Changing Station: I did not see one.
- Parking: YES.
- Food for Sale: YES. In addition to all the food being sold at the market, there are food trucks selling prepared foods and meals.
- Outside Food Allowed: YES. Bring a picnic!
- Cash Required: SOMETIMES. Some vendors take credit cards; some are cash only. But either way, you can use your credit card to purchase “Market Bucks” at the information tent and they can be used like cash at any of the vendor stands. Some restrictions apply like a minimum purchase of $20 and no refunds on unused Market Bucks. See Information Tent for full details.
- Dress Code: Nothin’ special.
- Evening/Weekend Hours: YES. The market is open until 6:00 pm. That counts as evening, right?
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