Denison Farm Market
Rain or Shine, Sundays
from June thru October, 12 – 3 pm
at the Denison Homestead
120 Pequotsepos Rd, Mystic, CT
only 5 minutes from downtown Mystic
Averaging 20 vendors, including guest vendors, this is a producer-only market with all products grown or made in CT.
Fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, breads, jams, jellies, spices, maple syrup, honey and beeswax products, pickles, canned goods, seedlings, potted plants, local crafts and artwork, weekly music and presenters on various topics.
Ready to eat foods are available and visitors may picnic under the 10' x 20' tent.
The market takes place on Militia Meadow, a level field with close, free parking. This year a number of free feature events such as cooking demonstrations by some of the Mystic areas chefs will take place during the market.
Please check our Facebook page, denisonfarmmarket, for details.
Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome.
Mystic Seaport &
Mystic is home to two of Connecticut's signature destinations:
Mystic Seaport, a recreated 19th century seafaring village in the bay boasts authentic buildings, storytellers, period musicians and historians in costumes, as well as a maritime museum which contains the biggest compilation of maritime pictures and relics in the world. Climb on a whaling ship, raise a ship's sails, visit exhibit galleries, and a shipyard with the most extensive collection of boats in the U.S.
Mystic Aquarium is one of the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only beluga whales… a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals.
In 1654 Captain George Denison, one of Mystic’s first settlers, was granted 200 acres by Gov. John Winthrop Jr. for his service to the colonial militia. 160 acres of those ledges, meadows and woodlands are still owned today by the Denison Homestead along with some of the oldest surviving buildings erected in the American colonies. The Denison Homestead is home to Pequotsepos Manor a 1717 house museum , the Denison Farmers' Market, and the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center.
Pequotsepos Manor: Each room of the 1717 house museum represents a different period of history in America and tells the story of the Denison Family. The detailing and original construction have been retained through most of this authentic colonial period architecture. Heirlooms and period decor ornament the rooms.
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center: Offers a wildlife sanctuary with eight miles of hiking trails to explore… search for bluebirds in the meadow, painted turtles or bullfrogs in the pond, admire the summer wildflower garden or enjoy a peaceful walk in the woods. Several species of hawks and owls reside in outdoor flight enclosures. Meet Barred, Great Horned and Screech owls, a Peregrine Falcon, a Saw Whet Owl and Red Tailed Hawks - all raptors native to southern New England.
In the natural history museum, woodland, wetland, and meadow displays depict southeastern Connecticut's unique habitats and wildlife. Get a close-up view of live frogs, fish, turtles, and snakes. Meet magnified centipedes, ants and mushrooms in the "Life Under a Log" exhibit, experience a “Night in the Meadow” in the theater, and learn to recognize local birds in an exhibit featuring over 200 mounted bird specimens, eggs, and nests.
Coogan Farm: The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center's Coogan Farm protects two Stonington watersheds, wildlife habitats and historic structures, the Farm brings visitors close to nature and fosters a public land ethic. This addresses issues of over development, loss of biodiversity, water quality and flood control.
The walking and biking trails at Coogan Farm encourage healthy lifestyles by linking a 300-acre greenway with area attractions, stores, schools, hotels and neighborhoods. Produce grown in the community garden and harvest-to-table activities promote good nutrition and healthful eating habits. As a centrally accessible gathering place and events venue, the Farm engenders public pride in its history as a birthplace of the American spirit. A large community giving garden builds civicmindedness on a new scale. The Nature Center’s experienced naturalists utilize the Farm’s superb natural and historic resources. Coogan Farm enhances the Nature Center’s already impressive programs for adults and children throughout the region. New teaching sites, interpretive signs, outdoor classrooms and historic buildings will be models of community education.
Visitors to Coogan Farm may stroll or bike through the Farm to the Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium, Denison Homestead and the Nature Center. The well planned network of trails allows visitors to enjoy sweeping vistas, picnic breaks or simple relaxation after a busy day.
Earthy and Artsy:
The city of New London, just west of Mystic, at the mouth of the Thames River, also offers many places of historic interest as well
as a lively downtown and a refurbished waterfront.
Pinc! 52 State St, Here you will find Art Salad Studio fused glass jewelry and more of the region’s most outstanding handcrafts, plus gorgeous textiles: bags made with vintage fabrics, throw pillows and table runners, and an exclusive line of locally-designed and handmade goods, called Little Pinc Shoreline, celebrating the New London area.
Fiddleheads Food Co-op, 13 Broad Street, a co-operatively owned grocery store, with a bent toward the local, natural, organic. Great organic produce and extensive bulk section.
CONNfetti, 13 Golden St, CT-made fare like Fascia's Chocolates of Waterbury, Connecticut River Candles, carved wood wall hangings Morning Star Design of Clinton, and Woodbury Pewter.
Studio 33 Art and Frame Gallery,140 Bank St, locally-made jewelry.
Mangetout Organic Cafe, 140 State St, fresh, organic food prepared simply and deliciously, homemade desserts.
Bean & Leaf, 13 Washington St, an artisanal coffee roaster and café offering freshly-made soups, sandwiches, salads and smoothies.
Chaplin's, 165 Bank St, family owned restaurant serving local caught seafood, steaks, chicken, and pasta dishes. Desserts made in house.