Places to Grill and Chill - and Pick Up Fresh Meat and Seafood in Connecticut Last Updated: April 2021
Summer is the time for outdoor fun, and that means getting together with friends and family at Connecticut's state parks and beaches while closely following safety precautions. Many Connecticut state parks offer grills, available on a first come, first served basis. Here’s a current list of where to find them. A few of the state parks with beaches offer grills too, like: Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme and Burr Pond State Park in Torrington. Passport to the Parks program is for residents with Connecticut license plates on their vehicles can enter all state parks and state forests free of charge. But wherever you decide to have your cookout or picnic, we’ve got a few suggestions on where to pick up fresh meat and seafood on the way!
Many of these locations are offering curbside pickup or delivery, so be sure to check out their websites before placing an order.
Thanks in large part to our agriculture industry, in Connecticut, you’ll find a growing number of boutique butchers that specialize in sustainably raised livestock from Connecticut farms.
- Fleishers Westport & Greenwich
- Custom Meats Fairfield
- Stone Gardens Farm, Shelton
- Grass & Bone, Mystic
- Whipporwill Farm, Lakeville
- Shoreline Prime, Branford
Find a list of local and family-owned livestock farms throughout Connecticut, here.
And when it comes to fresh fish for the grill, there are many markets and stands around Connecticut in the summer where you can get fresh locally sourced fish, as well as other seafood favorites.
- Oysterman’s Daughter at Copp’s Island Oysters, Noank
- Flanders Fish Market, East Lyme
- City Fish Market, Wethersfield
- Bud’s Fish Market, Branford
Find spots to catch your own fish all around Connecticut, here.