Putnam Saturday Farmers' Market
The Putnam Saturday Farmers' Market in Putnam is held Saturdays from 10 am-1 pm,
June 6 -October 31, at 18 Kennedy Drive at the Riverview Marketplace.
The market offers an average of 10 food and produce vendors and anywhere from 1 to 3 guest artisans, and runs rain or shine.
There are three handicapped accessible parking spaces located next to the market pavilion.
All products are made or grown in CT by the market’s vendors: vegetables, cheese, flowers and plants, fruit, jams and jellies, maple syrup and confections, honey, and eggs; Certified Organic produce is available.
Children may especially enjoy shopping for small pumpkins, baked goods, and fruit.
There are 2 handicapped-accessible parking spaces located directly in front of the market pavilion.
Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome.
Directly across the parking lot from the market pavilion is the Putnam Dog Park, where you can run your dog in a safe area.
We accept SNAP and debit card payments for market purchases.
Trails & Parks
Putnam River Trail
This approximately 2-mile biking and walking trail begins at Arch Street and winds its way north along the eastern shore of the Quinebaug through woodlands, 2 parks, an antique shopping district, and near revitalized mills. Five historic exhibits are located along the trail commemorating Putnam’s railroad history, textile mills, and founding citizens. The river’s natural resources and The Great Flood of 1955 are highlighted. There are 3 bridges adjacent to the trail including a 200-foot pedestrian bridge built on the stone foundation of an old railroad trestle. Each bridge offers scenic views of the river.
River Mills Heritage Trail
This approximately 1.1-mile biking and walking trail commemorates Putnam’s link to the American Industrial Revolution. The trail overlaps two sections of the Putnam River Trail and runs by Cargill Falls Mill on Pomfret Street - the oldest cotton mill site in the nation (1807), the original 1874 Putnam High School since converted to the Town Hall, the Morse Mill, and the Belding/Powhatan Mill. Visit the display at Miller Park and follow the Putnam River Trail back to parking, shops and restaurants.
West Thompson Lake Dam: 449 Reardon Road, N Grosvenordale: Hiking, Camping, Bike trails, Frisbee Golf
Mashamoquet Brook State Park in Pomfret: Hiking, swimming, biking, and camping
Antiques, Handcrafts,Art & Music
Putnam, perhaps the jewel of New England antique shopping destinations, is best appreciated by walking the quaint downtown. You’ll find over a dozen antique shops and over 450 dealers in old factory buildings, a former courthouse and what was once a Montgomery Ward department store.
There is free municipal parking next to Union Station.
For locally handmade items, check out:
Sawmill Pottery, 112 Main St, stocked with the best pottery created by artists living in the Quiet Corner of Northeast Connecticut.
Silver Circle, 75 Main Street, Suite 3, a bright contemporary gallery with themed exhibits and a retail shop with offerings from over 20 local artists and artisans.
Arts and Framing, 112 Main Street, with a large selection of art from some of the most respected and up and coming artists in New England.
The Stomping Ground 132 Main Street . A music and art venue, serving food and libations, but with a focus on live performances and contemporary art.
Visit Local Farms
Woodstock Orchard, 494 Route 169 in Woodstock, farm store open daily 9 am to 5 pm offering PYO Apples, Blueberries, Peaches, Pears
Lapsley Orchards, 403 Orchard Hill Rd in Pomfret: PYO apples, blueberries, pumpkins, flowers and herbs. Farm stand open daily and stocked with fresh picked fruits and vegetables as well as Lapsley fresh pressed cider. Horse drawn hayrides in September and October.
Fort Hill Farms, 260 Quadick Rd in Thompson: lavender garden tours, PYO organic blueberries, Corn Maze, pumpkin picking, hay rides, farm tours, and Creamery serving The Farmer’s Cow ice cream, made with milk and cream from the farm.
Palazzi Orchards, 1393 North Road, in East Killingly, open August to December, 7 days a week, 9:30 to 5:30. PYO Apples Environmentally sustainable growing on 75 acres of preserved farmland on one of the highest hills in Eastern CT offering beautiful long views. You can see RI, CT, MA, and on a good clear day the crown of Mt. Monadnock in NH. In the back of the farm there is a 200 year old Charter Oak tree in the Revolutionary Era Cemetery.