If you’ve ever driven on Route 156 in Niantic in the spring or summer months, then you know exactly where Smith’s Acres is. That giant wall of glazed ceramics in warm hues practically begs one to veer off into their parking lot and get right down to potting and planting. Inside the greenhouse you’ll find all manner of plants, herbs and seeds, plus a shop full of local produce, eggs, jams, and condiments. This family-owned business of 36 years has an expert staff of “Veggie Girls” who are always available for advice and direction. Between the bevy of up to date information on their facebook page, gardening tips from Farmer Joe on their website, and a full calendar of fascinating workshops, this place is truly alive. Don’t miss their Terrarium Workshop with La Belle Aurore. See our complete Town Guide to Niantic/East Lyme here.