It’s National Farmers Market Week, so we’re highlighting our very own Niantic Farmers Market! Regular weekly vendors, as well as guest vendors, will welcome visitors to the market from 3 to 6 p.m. every Thursday through October 12. You’ll find plenty of parking nearby. The fun local vibe features live music each week to delight patrons as they casually wander through the market.

Here are some summer market vendor highlights.

April Kneads Dough specializes in breads, scones and treats – all homemade. Gluten-free options available. April’s yummy goods can only be found at farmers’ markets. Different treats and flavors each week. Custom orders always welcome.

Castello of Niantic, a favorite local Italian eatery, is back at the market with their prepared meals, olive oils and artisanal bread.

Chef Kim Dishes offers customized spice blends. Add to your meats and vegetables for a uniquely delicious meal.

While at the market, be sure to treat yourself to a delicious, freshly made apple cider donut from Dude’s Donuts. And bring some home to the family! Made with locally sourced ingredients.

Stop to chat with Firefly Farms, a small family owned and operated farm in rural North Stonington. They are dedicated to clean, safe, flavorful and environmentally gentle beef, veal, chicken and pork. Shop for all your essentials for the weekend or upcoming week. Or grab a roast or stew meat for an easy crock pot dinner.

Since 2018, Foxglove Soap Company has been fusing unique fragrances and essential oils from around the world to create the most interesting scents and textures for their artisan soaps and soy candles. They are expanding their product line to create lotions, bath salts, shampoo bars and other bath and body products. Be sure to stop by to see what’s new. Pick up something to soothe your soul and nourish your hair and skin. They strive to give their customers inspiring, unconventional and luxurious local products that are safe enough to use on your kids and won’t break the bank! Clear your mind. Feel refreshed.

You can find their products at local farmers’ markets as well as many boutiques, nurseries, gift shops and grocery stores throughout Connecticut. They love farmers markets where they get the opportunity to meet their customers face to face and to offer special pricing on their most popular products. The Niantic Farmers Market is one of their favorites! They love our welcoming community.

Treat yourself to a cannoli at Holy Cannoli – and better yet, bring some home to enjoy later. These are the real deal. Hand-filled on the spot and made with the finest, freshest ingredients.

Homemade Delights brings an assortment of home-baked goods, breads, preservatives & jams. Check out their pies and cakes sized perfectly for one or two people!

Issa Catering has you covered with their authentic Middle Eastern cuisine offerings. Take home your dinner tonight.

Stop by Jon Fish’s portable fish market boat to pick up your New England seafood favorites, brought to you fresh from local sources.

A trip to the farmers market is not complete without visiting Mystic Cheese Co., a coastal cheesemaker offering exceptional cheeses. They use only single-herd milk from local farms, resulting in their artisanal cheeses that possess unique characteristics. Their diverse selection of cheese encompasses everything from creamy and delicate varieties to aged, savory and robust options. Their cheeses have been recognized on a national basis from coast to coast.

In addition to farmers markets, you can find Mystic Cheese at numerous local restaurants, wineries and farm shops. They’re excited to announce the imminent reopening of their cheese shop in Groton.

Their dedicated customers at farmers’ markets hold a special place in their hearts, and they consider them to be among their most loyal patrons. To show their appreciation, they frequently offer sales and promotions that coincide with market themes or national holidays.

Stop by Pop’s Famous Guac to sample their fresh, zesty and delicious guacamole. A minority-woman-owned business, they strive to offer the best guacamole in Connecticut and have grown to be a fan favorite. Their version of guac bursts with flavor and packs a punch. What sets their guac apart from all others is its versatility. Enjoy it with your breakfast toast, spice up your burger or complement your steak.

Scott’s Meats & Deli, an award-winning local deli, returns to the market with prepared foods, house made pickles and more! You can always find something special here.

Smith’s Acres is the anchor and heart of the Niantic Farmers Market. This family-owned and -operated farm and garden center offers fresh produce every week. Their offerings will change each week based on seasonal availability. They’ll start off with colorful bedding plants and hanging baskets. Also, look for fresh-picked strawberries, lettuce, kale, swiss chard and spinach. Cucumbers and squash will follow, as will corn and tomatoes.

Farmer Joe grows tons of different melons along with peaches, apples and lots of different berries, potatoes, onions, garlic, sweet potatoes, leeks and herbs. You’ll find it all here!

New to the market this year, Sneakers Farm will add to the offerings of healthy, local fresh produce. Located in North Stonington, they grow a diverse mix of vegetables. Stop by and check them out!

You can’t miss the adorable Snoopy doghouse replica on the Wakin’ Up Waggin’ truck. Here you’ll find Luluna Kombucha, Dave’s Coffee and more.

Whisktopia is your one-stop shop for all things sweet. An artisanal cupcake and cookie baking company, they make everything from scratch with the freshest ingredients. Their special delights include stuffed cookies, cupcakes, push-up pops and cakesicles. They also bake gorgeous one-of-a-kind cakes and customer-favorite cookie cakes. They’ve been in business for nearly 10 years, and Niantic Farmers Market was their first market!

Learn more about the market by visiting our Market page!

The Niantic Farmers Market is produced by Niantic Main Street. Visit Niantic Main Street on Facebook and Instagram to stay on top of local happenings.

About Our Main Street Blogger:
Joanne lives in, and loves, our community. She was looking for an opportunity to help share all that our local businesses do to make East Lyme such a special place to call home, and she is excited to contribute to our blog. Joanne brings to the role her experience from New London Main Street where she contributed content to their website, newsletters and email communications for many years.

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