Details About This Market
West End Farmers' Market, Hartford
Open Tuesday from 4 to 7pm
June 6 - September 26, 4-7, Oct 3-24 3-6
On the Clemens Green Farmington Ave, between Woodland St. and Owen St., Hartford, Connecticut 06105
A slightly different selection of vendors each market day, like:
DiFiore Pasta Co. from Hartford
Chaplin Farms from Chaplin
Hartford Baking Co. from West Hartford
Lemke Valley Farm from South Glastonbury
Littel Acres Farm from South Glastonbury
Shadow Valley Farms from Somers
Sweet Acre Farm from Mansfield
The Butterfield Farm Co. from East Granby
Live music every market.
Regular events with giveaways and tastings include: Strawberry Shortcake Day, Kids Day, Corn Day, Harvest Fest.
Accepts WIC and Senior coupons and SNAP/EBT
Because this market is held in the afternoon from 4 to 7pm, there is great potential to make a night of it. Shop the market and then head into Hartford to enjoy night life and culture.
Shows at the Bushnell, Connecticut's premier preforming arts center
For live theater there is Hartford Stage and Theater Works. Also, a local ensemble troupe called HartBeat just moved into a theater space close to the market and has shows seasonally and hosts their space for other activities.
Live music at The Webster, an outstanding live music venue.
During the summer there is programming on the CT River at the Riverfront Recapture Park. This includes musical performances, festivals, and even riverboat cruises.
The end of the market season in October coincides with the beginning of the hockey season. The CT Whale team plays often on Friday nights and could be a good combo later in the year.
The MarkTwain House and Stowe Center are less than half a mile away from The West End Market.
You can visit them at Nook Farm, Hartford’s most desirable neighborhood in the 19th Century and take a combined tour of both the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and The Mark Twain House.
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s elegant Victorian Gothic home, surrounded by award-winning gardens, was the famous writer’s final residence for her last twenty-three years. Having set the world on fire with her seminal abolitionist novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Stowe continued her boundary-breaking work in Hartford’s Nook Farm.
Across the lawn, in 1874, Samuel Clemens, a new celebrity known by the name “Mark Twain,” built a 25-room Picturesque Gothic mansion that would soon become the talk of the town. Within its walls, he would work on the novels that would change the face of American literature: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince & The Pauper, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.
You can tour both impeccably-restored homes, learn about the lives of their world-renowned residents, and discover how two Hartford neighbors changed literature and continued to shape a nation’s view of itself.
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Hartford has a GREAT park system!
Keney Park in the north end is just a few miles drive away and includes walking trails in the woods, a golf course, and more. It was completed in 1896 and, at 693 acres, is one of the largest municipal open spaces in New England. The pastoral landscape was designed as a series of typical regional landscapes, including meadows and forests, made to appear completely natural. To create this bucolic park, more than a half million yards of earth were moved, and a million trees and shrubs were planted. Ornamental plantings and manicured lawns were purposely excluded and the use of native plantings encouraged the presence of native fauna and a meandering carriage drive more than eight miles in length links the different spaces.
Elizabeth Park is closest to the West End Farmers' Market. It is split between Hartford and West Hartford, it features the first municipal Rose Garden in the country, best visited in June/July. The park originated as an estate grounds and many of the original features were incorporated by Theodore Wirth, the designer and park superintendent. Wirth installed new drives and walks, moved existing outbuildings buildings, and added ponds, stone bridges, and a nursery.
Twain and Stowe
at Nook Farm
Hartford: America's "Park City"