Stonington Borough offers not only a lovely Saturday morning farmers' market, but also the chance to visit a quiet beach, join a seal watch, or climb the old iron steps of a lighthouse tower to discover a magnificent ocean view. You'll find charming shops, restaurants offering a shore dinner, a place to put in your kayak and much more...
Stonington Farmers' Market, at the Stonington Town Docks in the Borough of Stonington, CT at 11 Northwest Street.
Saturday 9-12, rain or shine. (Vendor List)
There is free parking at the Town Dock next to the market.
This a certified, producer-only, CT-Grown Market, averaging 20 vendors per week including weekly guest vendors, and often featuring live music and handcrafts.
Products include fresh fish, meat, lamb, poultry, eggs, pickles, hot sauces, salsas, Italian ice, jams, jellies, prepared foods, veggies, mushrooms, fruit, bread, cheese, pesto and wine from Saltwater Farm Vineyard, and organic produce.
While parents shop, children will enjoy the adjacent playground and shopping themselves for cookies, Italian ices, fruit, and crafts.
Accessibility: There are no stairs to negotiate; the market is in a grassy field which can be uneven and soft. Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome.
This market also runs in the wintertime: November - April, Saturdays, 10am - 1pm at the Velvet Mill,22 Bayview Ave, Stonington, CT 06378
Exploring History in Stonington
Take a Walking Tour of the Borough - pick up a map at any store on Water Street for this self guided tour of the historic village.
The Old Lighthouse Museum, 7 Water Street, Climb the old iron steps of the tower for a view spanning three states on a clear day. This lighthouse was once the beacon for the many vessels approaching Stonington's harbor from Long Island Sound. The museum’s six rooms of exhibits testify to the rich and varied history of this coastal region through exhibits depicting the lives of Stonington's fishermen and farmers, merchants and shipbuilders, pottery makers, blacksmiths and many other trades. One room with a large dollhouse is reserved for items of interest to children.
The Captain Palmer House, 40 Palmer Street, This 16-room Victorian mansion was built in 1852 by two brothers, Captains Nathaniel Brown Palmer and Alexander Smith Palmer. Majestically sited on a high rise of ground overlooking the upper end of Stonington harbor, "Pine Point" offered sweeping water views in all directions. From its octagonal cupola, the family could identify ships arriving from distant ports. Meticulous craftsmanship of the ornate woodwork testifies to the work of shipwrights. Open to the public and containing memorabilia pertaining to Nathaniel's discovery of Antarctica and the Palmer brothers' adventurous lives, as well as other Stonington family portraits, furnishings and artifacts.
There is a bustling small business community in the Borough of Stonington. Shops located along Water Street are all within walking distance of the market.
The Velvet Mill Studios, 22 Bayview Avenue, are located in a converted factory on the east side of the village. Studios open to visitors on Saturdays include: glass blowers, weavers, jewelry maker Kate Geary, and a full gallery of artists
Stonington Borough offers many restaurants .
duBois Beach, one of New England's most scenic and secluded little beaches, offers day passes for swimming and using the beach. Enjoy the pavilion, protected waters and white sands of this clean, family-oriented swimming area located at the Stonington Point end of Water Street, the main road through Stonington Borough.
Group Seal Watches - Experience these beautiful creatures in their natural environment as you embark on our local Fishers Island Sound. Learn about their unique adaptations to hunt food, migrate thousands of miles and brave the cold!
Watch the sunrise from Dodge Paddock, a 2.6 acre nature preserve tucked behind the mansions of Main Street. Little Narragansett Bay can be viewed through walls of golden grass, a perfect place for spotting cardinals and smaller avian varieties, and just offshore, waterfowl may be seen.
Come by boat! Stonington harbor provides a number of mooring and slip options to visiting boaters: Dodson Boat Yard at 194 Water Street, Stonington Harbor Yacht Club in Stonington Commons, and Don’s Dock at 228 North Water Street, across from the Capt. Palmer House.