The Farmers’ Market at Billings Forge was created in 2007 as a seasonal weekly market providing the residents of Billings Forge and the surrounding Frog Hollow neighborhood with access to fresh, local foods. The Farmers’ Market creates a diverse meeting space to draw energy into Frog Hollow, particularly by engaging nearby capitol-area workers. Between 2008 and 2009, the Farmers’ Market doubled its sales to become Hartford’s largest farmers’ market. Our farmers and food artisans travel from all over Connecticut to sell their fresh, delicious goods directly to consumers. In addition to produce, fruits, and flowers the market also features delicious breads, fresh dairy, locally made Italian ice, eggs, jams, pickles, soaps, and locally roasted coffees. The Billings Forge market accepts SNAP and runs the Billings Bonus Bucks Benefit Program, which doubles the value of SNAP benefits used at the market. For every dollar that SNAP participants swipe from their EBT card at the market, they will receive another dollar free to spend at the market. The Billings Forge Market is also currently the only year-round farmers’ market in the City of Hartford. We run an indoor winter market in the Studio at Billings Forge from November through May in addition to our outdoor market, which runs from June through October. For more information about the Billings Forge market, visit the Billings Forge Community Works website here. Dates: Every Thursday year-round from 11am-2pm, June-October on the lawn on Broad Street between Capitol Avenue and Russ Street and November-May in the Studio at 563 Broad Street.
The Kitchen at Billings Forge Located right onsite within the Billings Forge complex, The Kitchen provides a broad variety of freshly baked artisanal breads. Fresh bread is terrific to bring home to your family… if you can resist temptation and make it past the market gate! The Kitchen also uses local ingredients to create a delicious array of sandwiches, salads, and prepared dinners available “to go.” Stop by The Kitchen the rest of the week too! (Year Round)
NoRA Cupcake Company Hailing from their store in Middletown, CT, NoRA’s Cupcake Truck offers delicious gourmet cupcakes stuffed or decorated with unique and unusual favors. Vegan options available! (Weather permitting)
CT Gourmet offering locally sourced artisanal bread. (Year Round)
Sweet Pea Cheese made by the Hayes Dairy in North Granby, joins us each week and brings soft goat’s cheese, feta, pasteurized cow’s milk, and yogurt. (Year Round)
Beckett Farm, originally the Old Cider Mill in South Glastonbury, provides a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and of course their specialty….asparagus! They also have a CSA program that offers full, half and late spring shares. (Summer only)
Eagle Wood Farms using sustainable methods, Eagle Wood Farms grows and processes beef, pork, salmon, and shrimp, from Barkhamstead. All of the beef and pork is raised locally, and the shrimp and salmon come from fishermen with whom Eagle Wood Farms has a direct relationship. Their commitment to pure, sustainable food is evidenced by the outstanding quality of their products. (Occasional)
Gresczyk Farms grows a variety of vegetables on 85 acres in New Hartford, CT and has over 600 chickens for egg laying. They also have 30,000 square feet of greenhouse space for flower and hydroponic vegetables. Growing as sustainably as possible in the production of our various agricultural products, they practice Integrated Pest Management in every way they can. (Winter only)
Maple Knoll Farm operates year-round to provide a variety of greens for fresh salads or braising, as well as other types of produce in season or stored for cold-weather sales. (Year Round)
Rose’s Berry Farm offers a selection of seasonal produce, as well as pies, flowers, jams, salsas, dressings, and more. Located in South Glastonbury, the farm also has pick-your-own fruit and a delicious Sunday Brunch. (Summer only)
Rutabaga is a small organic vegetable farm located at the Community Farm of Simsbury. Rutabaga grows a wide variety of common vegetables, with a few interesting, lesser known varieties thrown in the mix. (Summer only)
Phoenix Farm offers organic fruit and vegetable farm. We offer and assortment of goods as well including free range eggs, honey, maple syurp, and award winning pickles. (Winter only)
Halls Farm offers certified organic produce Since (Year Round)
Bio Essential Greens offers Microgreens specially blended for specific culinary and nutritional needs; including wheat grass. (Winter only)
Barbecho’s Harvest offers an assortment of fruit and vegetables. (Summer only)
Maple View Farms specializing in livestock, meat. (Summer only)
Copper Hill Farms specializing in heritage breed pork, organic laying chickens and heirloom vegetables. (Summer only)
Chet’s Italian Ice From New Britain comes authentic, hand-scooped, Connecticut made Italian ices (which are cholesterol and fat free!). Chet’s is made fresh in small batches using local organic produce. (Summer only)
gmonkey™ features fresh “FARM 2 STREET” food, brought locally to hungry bellies throughout the region, through a seasonally-inspired menu sourced heavily from local farms and food producers. Menu ingredients are natural, organic, and fair-trade, whenever possible. The menu has a strong focus on vegetarian, but also include a wide variety of vegan and gluten-free cuisine, although the fresh-food-focused menu is sure to appeal to a wide variety of palates. (Weather Permitting)
Sweet Madeline’s offers Apple Cider Donuts – made w/ local cider, dusted w/ cinnamon sugar. Also- Kettle Corn,Hot/Cold Apple Cider & Brewed Coffee (Summer only)
George Gee’s BBQ Sauce offering a variety of flavors, styles, and heat intensities. (Summer only)
Guest vendors featured weekly.
Links to our Farmers and Vendors
- Barbecho’s Harvest
- Bean and Leaf (New London)
- Beckett Farm (South Glastonbury) – summer only
- Chet’s Italian Ice (New Britain) – summer only
- Creative Living Community of Connecticut
- Dee’s Flavors
- Delicias Sabrosas
- Eagle Wood Farms (Barkhamstead)
- gmonkey™ (Durham) – summer only
- George Gee’s BBQ Sauce
- Granny’s Pie Factory
- Gresczyk Farms (New Hartford)- winter only
- Halls Farm
- Laurie Lynne’s Jewelry
- Maple Knoll Farm (Somersville)
- Maple View Farms
- NoRa Cupcakes (Middletown)
- Rose’s Berry Farm (South Glastonbury)- summer only
- Sun Valley Farms
- Sweet Pea Cheese (North Granby)
- Sweet Madelines (Glastonbury)
- The Kitchen at Billings Forge (Hartford)
and an assortment of guests vendors…
Market Manager: Rosa Muniz, 860-548-9877 ex. 405 View Larger Map
Hartford Mobile Market
Research in low-income communities shows that access to affordable and culturally appropriate fruits and vegetables is essential for addressing food insecurity. A recent study of food security in Connecticut found that Hartford’s population is the most at risk of food insecurity in the state. Although several approaches have been developed to address this, access to produce in many Hartford neighborhoods remains a challenge.
The Hartford Mobile Market aims to address the lack of access to affordable and high quality produce in many Hartford neighborhoods. It is a year-round mobile produce market for targeted low-income neighborhoods, bringing fresh fruits and vegetables into areas with limited healthy food access. In addition to providing a source of locally and regionally grown produce for underserved communities, the Hartford Mobile Market also provides a new market for local farmers since the majority of the products sold on the mobile market will be sourced locally.
The Hartford Mobile Market began operating in December 2014 with two weekly stops, one at Hispanic Health Council/WIC and one at Community Health Services. SNAP and debit are accepted at all stops. Additional market stops will be added throughout the first year of the mobile market’s operations. The schedule for the Hartford Mobile Market as of November 2015 is as follows:
•11am – 2pm, Billings Forge Winter Market, 563 Broad St.
The Hartford Mobile Market is a collaborative project of Hartford Food System and Hispanic Health Council. The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Hartford Hospital are the program’s founding funders, with additional support from the City of Hartford, Bank of America, the USDA, and the NBC Universal Foundation.
If you have questions about the mobile market, or if you are interested in hosting a mobile market stop, please contact Pauline Zaldonis at email@example.com.
Thank you to the supporters of the Hartford Mobile Market!
The Hartford Mobile Market Is Coming!
For more information – Hartford Mobile Market
Indoor Winter Market 2015/16 Season
Is finally here. Stop by the Studio at Billings Forge on Thursdays from 11 AM -2 PM to purchase your fresh vegetables, fruits, poultry, cheese, eggs, dairy products, pies and more. The Indoor Winter Market runs November 5 – May 26.
Double Value Coupon Program
Through the market’s participation in the Double Value Coupon Program, shoppers can use their SNAP (Food Stamp), electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards, and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) benefits at the Billings Forget Farmers’ Market and receive twice the benefit when purchasing locally grown fruits and vegetables. ($20 max limit)
Free Shuttle Service Brings Asylum Hill Community to the Billings Forge Farmers’ Market (Summer only). The 2016 Summer Farmers Market on returns on June 2, 2016.