Black Rock Farmers Market
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Black Rock Farmers Market: A True Destination Market
Black Rock is nestled on the western edge of Bridgeport. It has the vibe of a nautical seaport town that harbors an eclectic group of passionate folks from the locals who sport their own t-shirts to hip artists, musicians, young families and retirees.
In our neighborhood, culture is everywhere and inspires everything. You can find it on Fairfield Avenue at the Burroughs Community Center where the non-profit organization “Our Woven Community” teaches refugee women sewing skills to create one of a kind bags, purses and scarves. You can taste it in our diverse restaurants, from the kebabs at the Turkish cafe Bereket to the tres leches cake from the Mexican panderia H&H Bakery, from the maple bourbon baby back ribs at Walrus + Carpenter, to the beer tastings at Aspetuck Brew Lab. You can hear it in the bars and clubs, with local musical talent at the Acoustic Café. You can see it in the attractions, from the sprawling seawall walkway at St. Mary's by the Sea, to the tall ships at Captain's Cove Seaport.
Featuring an ever-changing array of local vendors with everything from handmade soaps to doughnuts, from locally grown vegetables to freshly baked pies, from artisanal cheese to homemade ice cream, the Black Rock Farmers Market is the hottest part of the melting pot that is Black Rock. Once you step onto the field that serves as the market’s backdrop, you find that you’ve stepped away from the bustle of the avenue to a serene place, almost back in time. The community comes together as friends reconnect, families take time to picnic under a tree, perfect strangers play chess or parents can create a craft with their children. It harkens back to a time when folks knew the people who grew their food, when babies were pulled in little red wagons and when people slowed down to carefully think about their food shopping
Source is one of our favorite Black Rock Farmers Market vendors. Launched the same year the Market opened, they have bloomed right along with us. Owned by husband and wife duo Matt and Courtney, Source is founded on a passion for ethical sourcing and a strong sense of community. The charming café recently added food items to their extensive coffee menu. Pair their delicious pour-over coffee with a freshly baked scone, or grab a seat for a special breakfast on the weekend. Source gets many products on their menu from other Black Rock Farmers Market vendors.
The Nook is a boutique style dining room and party space located in historic Quarter Board Row on Fairfield Avenue just steps from Black Rock Farmers Market. Along Came Carol is one of the Market’s most popular grab and go vendors. Carol and her husband Mark are owners and chefs of The Nook offers BYOB family-style seating dinners, themed dining events, farm to table and wine tasting dinners. Pop in for one of their Friday night seatings. It’s a unique dining experience you won’t forget.
Bloodroot is a feminist vegetarian restaurant and bookstore located just a few blocks from the Black Rock Farmers Market. Things are a little different here. It’s evident from the moment you step inside the door. There is no cash register or waitstaff; place your order with the woman sitting behind a desk after making your choice from the blackboard menu. The menu is seasonal in nature based upon what’s growing in the garden. Enjoy a delicious meal either indoors or on the patio and don’t forget to bus your own tables when you are through!
Located just down the block from the Black Rock Farmers Market, Harborview Market is home of the best chocolate chip cookie in the state of Connecticut (for real!) The croissants are pretty killer too. Get them hot off the tray fresh out of the oven. This family-owned establishment is a staple in Black Rock and offers an “order at the counter and find a seat experience” at one of the many eclectic tables, both indoors or out. If you visit on Sunday, you’ll be treated to live music from local musicians.
The minute you enter the vicinity of Black Rock’s business district you’ll find the distinctly cozy smell of campfire. It’s coming from Walrus + Carpenter which offers a truly unique American experience... from 100% wood-smoked meats from the custom-built smoker daily, to hand-selected craft beers, wines and liquors created exclusively on American soil. Some favorite dishes at Walrus + Carpenter include “The Notorious P.I.G.” which is a feast for four people, Southern Fried Chicken, and the Smoked Pork Cuban. Walrus has been featured in the New York Times, Connecticut Post, CTBites.com, Connecticut Magazine, and Fairfield Magazine.
Aspetuck Brew Lab is the first brewery in Bridgeport since 1940! With water sourced from the local Aspetuck River watershed, one of the cleanest in the state, they believe in fresh, local and flavorful beer of the best quality. This family friendly establishment offers tastings from Thursday to Sunday. You can also bring your own food from one of the local restaurants to complete the experience. You’ll find them on Fairfield Avenue just minutes from the Black Rock Farmers Market.
Black Rock Farmers Market is easily accessible by car (exit 24 off I-95), or by train to Fairfield Metro Station, or by bike to 481 Brewster Street. Black Rock Farmers Market is only 60 miles from NYC.
LOCAL PARK & BEACH:
Easily accessible by foot from Black Rock Farmers Market, this sprawling seaside walkway is a must-see. Along the way you will pass Ash Creek tidal estuary, two historic lighthouses, various local fisherman, breathtaking views of Long Island Sound and the historic Black Rock Harbor. You may even stumble upon a seaside nuptial! Bring a blanket and watch the sunset. It’s a place to calm and sooth the soul.
A sweet little community beach located on Seabright Avenue in the Black Rock Harbor, locals launch their kayaks or canoes, or curl up with a good book in the warmth of the sun, with boats bobbing and the Fayerweather Lighthouse in the distance. Another great secret place to watch the sun or moon rise over the water!