Today was pretty fun. Went went up to the farmers market in Coventry, CT.
You know, it’s a funny thing. As I was standing in the shower this morning, I thought to myself that I probably wouldn’t be going to the Coventry farmers market today if it weren’t for Laura nudging me along. This will be the third event she has suggested to me in the past two weeks and all of them were fun. I think she notices how wrapped up I am in everything and gets a kick out of pulling me from my routine. Guys are dangerous creatures; if left alone, we would never leave town and just split firewood in the back yard for our whole lives. Thank the lord for women.
The farmers market was a suggestion from Laura’s friend that I told you about in my previous posts. This individual seems to have her finger on the pulse of all the cool outdoorsy things that go on in the area. She’s a great source for those kinds of events.
Since I had only skirted the area of Coventry and had never actually visited the town itself, the cruise up there was new to me. I didn’t even know they had a lake in the area. The thing I like about the location of Coventry, CT is its natural setting. There are large chunks of land that are pretty much untouched. I think those chunks are owned by the state, but I may be wrong. The lake is a good size and there are the typical smaller lake houses with larger and newer homes a bit further away. I think that’s the trend around here.
The farmers market itself is held 11AM – 2PM, every Sunday at the Nathan Hale Homestead. It goes on from June through October. It’s totally the kind of place my mother would love…old buildings from way back when that you can take tours through. People dressed up like they did back then. It’s fun.
As I was standing in the shower this morning, I imagined two little tables with a few heads of lettuce on them and no one being around. Ummm, yeah, I was wrong. Apparently, this farmers market is the cat’s meow ’round these parts on Sundays. It seems like the whole town was there. There was more than just lettuce too. People were selling maple syrup, all sorts of veggies, cheeses, yarn…all types of stuff. I’m not sure if the prices were better than the food store, but I am pretty sure the heads of lettuce were bigger. We got two of the largest heads of lettuce I have ever seen.
So, let me show you some photos. There are quite a few of them, so I hope you enjoy.
Of course, I didn’t get pictures of everything.
It was a pretty neat day. After we left the farmers market, we decided to head back up to the Dairy Bar at UCONN for some rootbeer floats. That was good. We also got a reminder of how much ice cream they give you – too much. Hey, I’m down with it.
While we were walking around the Nathan Hale Homestead, we picked up some brochures that listed all the places that have cool gardens around the area. I think that’s going to be our next adventure; visiting some gardens. Hey, with the next ten days supposed to be mostly sunny and in the 70s, I think that would be a grand ol’ time.
Directions to the Farmers Market in Coventry, Connecticut
The Nathan Hale Homestead is located at 2299 South St, Coventry, CT 06238. I’ll give you directions from Hebron, Connecticut, since that’s where we lived at the time I wrote this post.
- Starting at the intersection of Route 85 and Route 66, head east on Route 66 for .17 miles.
- Make a left on Route 316.
- Drive north on Route 316 until its end, which is 5.93 miles. Route 316 will intersect with Route 6 at this time.
- Make a left on Route 6 and drive for .32 miles.
- Make a right on Long Hill Road.
- Drive on Long Hill Road for 1.97 miles.
- At this point, Long Hill Road will turn into Skinner Hill Road. Continue on for 1.16 miles until the road intersects with South Street.
- Make a right on South Street and drive for .47 miles. The Nathan Hale Homestead and Farmers Market will be on your right.