Best Bets: Market Watch
COVENTRY REGIONAL FARMERS’ MARKET, COVENTRY It’s standing-room-only on Sundays, when the state’s biggest market swings into action with stalls of produce, cheese, and even gourmet dog treats. Lizzie’s Curbside Cuisine has the best soups. 2299 South St., Coventry, 860-742-1419, coventryfarmersmarket.com.
THE FARMERS’ MARKET AT BILLINGS FORGE, HARTFORD Live beats jazz up the scene at this lunchtime Thursday market, where picnic tables provide seating for snacking on Thai fare from East-West Grille and Jersey-cow ice cream from Fish Family Farm. 539 Broad St., Hartford, 860-548-9877, hartfordfarmersmarket.org.
LITCHFIELD HILLS FARM-FRESH MARKET, LITCHFIELD Chefs in residence cook up savory meals here every Saturday. Regulars swear by the local goat cheeses, artisan loaves from Bantam Bread Company, and European baked goods from the Dutch Epicure Shop. Center School parking lot, Rte. 202, Litchfield, 860-567-3890, litchfieldhillsfood.org.
STONINGTON FARMERS MARKET, STONINGTON Vendors pack the town docks on Saturday mornings to sell cheeses, organic meats, spices, and breads. The coffee is $1, there’s a playground for kids, and—attention, scallop lovers—the renowned Stonington Seafood Harvesters is next door. Town docks off Water St., Stonington, 860-535-3369, sviastonington.org.
WESTPORT FARMERS MARKET, WESTPORT On Thursdays, the grounds of the Westport Country Playhouse are an ideal spot to sample food from "It" farms Fort Hill and Riverbank, and tamales from Boxcar Cantina. Imperial Avenue Parking Lot adjacent to the Women’s Club, Westport, 646-522-6240, westportfarmersmarket.com.
WOOSTER SQUARE MARKET, NEW HAVEN Every Saturday, foragers descend on Russo Park for this produce extravaganza. On hand are milk, yogurt, salsas, and jams, as well as unusual veggies and herbs like deer tongue lettuce and Mexican papalo. Chapel St. and Depalma Ct., New Haven, 203-773-3736, cityseed.org.