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Bakery & Café
From bagels (plain, with butter, with farmer’s cheese, cream cheese and/or smoked salmon), cinnamon rolls, a variety of doughnuts, seasonal muffins, brioche rolls, to chocolate and almond croissants, a wide selection of baked goods are offered at this stylish café. All are made on the premises and pastries are baked several times a day and so are always fresh. For lunch there are soups, cheese & crackers, quiche with salad greens, panini sandwiches, and four types of salads.
The coffee comes from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, a Brooklyn-based company that roasts high-quality beans, using sustainable methods. This is the reason that the coffee is so good, and why your Americano will taste like no other. The coffee comes in a variety of hot and chilled beverages. The cold-pressed brew appears to be a big hit. Whether you are meeting a friend for coffee, getting a box of doughnuts to bring home, or going solo with a good book, the atmosphere at Arethusa a Mano is.
Arethusa a Mano
Bakery & Café
833 Bantam Road
Open Wednesday – Monday
7 am – 4 pm
Closed on Tuesdays
The small-plates trend is alive and well here, but there are also plates to share. Chef Dan Magill has created a repertoire of delectable choices, like the meltingly tender scallops with pieces of pork belly, and the delicate tempura squash blossoms. Naturally, the superb butter and farmer’s cheeses are made at Arethusa Farm. For dessert, try the acacia honey-yogurt panna cotta or the delicious beignets. The wonderful wine and beer list (no mixed drinks) make perfect pairings. If you’re not in the mood to linger at a table, you can pull up a seat at the bar for wines by the glass, imported beer, and some thoughtful variations on a few classic comfort foods, such as a grilled cheese sandwich made with Arethusa cheese, heirloom tomatoes, smoked bacon, and béchamel sauce. Or a grilled hamburger with herbs, farmers cheese, homemade cumin-Sriracha mayonnaise, tomato jam, and pickled onions alongside a stack of hand-cut fries. It’s perfect for those who like to fit in a small dinner and a glass of wine either before or after heading over to Bantam Cinema to catch a flick. Open Thursday to Sunday, 5:30 to 9:30pm. Reservations required.
828 Bantam Road
As soon as you enter the cozy historic building that used to be the former Bantam firehouse, you are greeted by an array of comforting aromas from homemade waffle cones, gourmet cheeses, all natural milk, creamy yogurts and rich, freshly made ice cream. Arethusa’s farm-fresh products are made from milk produced by award-winning Holstein and Jersey cows. The creamery also offers seasonal products such as heavy cream, eggnog sold in old fashioned bottles, and a beguiling cranberry dark chocolate chunk ice cream and pumpkin swirl ice cream.
Using only the best natural and organic ingredients, the bakers at Bantam Bread Company create a wide selection of artisan breads made from scratch and by hand. In addition to their irresistible breads, there’s also lattice pies, tea cakes, fruit tarts, assorted pastries as well as focaccias, biscotti, and an array of imported and regional cheese as well as sauces, vinegars, oils, teas and coffees. To further tantalize your taste buds, local products such as maple syrup, organic fruits and vegetables are also sold.
Run by the owners of the highly popular , Northville Market, Bantam Market has all the same great offerings of top notch gourmet products, home baked goods, organic foods, plus a seafood counter, including sushi. They take pride in carrying a wide range of wheat and gluten free products. Check their website for weekly specials.
There aren’t too many places where you can find old fashioned great pizza at reasonable prices in an unassuming, homey, and unpretentious environment. One taste of their pizza and you’ll be sure to go back for more. Excellent service.
768 Bantam Road
If you’re in the mood for barbecue or enchiladas followed by a cooling beverage, then this rustic eatery (where the hot-n-honey wings are particularly satisfying) is for you. Sip on a cold beer or a refreshing margarita before catching a film at the Bantam Theater next door.
Open 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. See syrup being made in mid-February to the end of March. Phone ahead. Maple syrup sold year round.
69 Goose Green Road
March Farm is a third generation family farm. Enjoy their Farm Store, Hayloft Playscape, Pond Side Animal Yard, Farm Hiking Trails, seasonal Hayrides, Corn Mazes & Harvest Festivals. Pick your own apples, blueberries, cherries, peaches, pumpkins, and strawberries.
The food at this wonderful restaurant is always outstanding. Their Mediterranean inspired menu offers delicious, flavorful cuisine such as Moroccan Eggplant and Moroccan Chicken, as well as some of the finest, most creative pizza around. In warm weather, Al Fresco dining on the terrace is a real treat. Reservations recommended on the weekend.
Celebrated for its heavenly homemade chocolates, this is a terrific place to enjoy breakfast or lunch or to sip coffee, read the paper and get to know the locals. Found in the last remaining dry town in Connecticut, this village store epitomizes small-town living at its finest.
27 Main Street S.
They produce and sell maple syrup. Open all year. Call ahead.
390 Norfolk Road
(at Route 44)
Saturdays, 9am – 1:00pm
June – October
413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike
We are devoted fans of this local farm that sells scrumptious ground beef for hamburgers. The proprietors do not utilize hormones or antibiotics on their cattle which is grass-fed and raised in Cornwall Hollow. If you have ample freezer space, it might be worth buying their beef by the quarter, half or whole cow. Call ahead.
Delicious fresh eggs and pasture-raised chickens as well as 100% grass fed Black Angus cows and heritage breed pigs are at the forefront of Long Meadow Farm’s products. At their farm store they also sell pork, sausages, lamb, and much more, including seasonal vegetables with a focus on tomatoes, potatoes and onions. Although they are not certified organic, they have signed the CTNOFA pledge try to follow organic principals as much as possible. Call to see if they will deliver.
92 Town Street
Falls Village (Canaan)
This is the place to go if you are in the mood for delicious, locally made, naturally produced cow and goats’ milk cheeses. All of their cheeses are made from natural ingredients and do not contain preservatives or additives. Hand cut and are priced per pound, Rustling Wind cheeses are sold in vacuum sealed packages. Along with cheeses the Rustling Wind Creamery sells jams, jellies, chutneys, pickles, relishes, maple products and goat milk soap. They also sell hand knit sweaters and hats made from their own sheep’s’ wool.
Built more than 175 years ago and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Inn was restored in 2010. The spacious, new dining room is large enough for parties or intimate for a romantic dinner for two. In the summer, you can choose to dine al fresco on their old-time porch. Serving fresh caught seafood and locally grown produce that changes seasonally, the Eatery offers a wide range of dishes (Fried Atlantic Oysters, Fish & Chips, Flat Iron Steak, Rustic Style Lemon Chicken, Short Rib Ragu, and Chicken Pot Pie) on their menu. Chef Aaron Johnson (from Boston and New York) prepares the flavorful meals with meticulous attention to detail and they are beautifully served. The relaxed atmosphere in the Tap Room is perfect for enjoying a classic cocktail like The Falls Village Inn Old Fashioned made with small batch, locally-made Berkshire Bourbon; locally-sourced Grade A Certified Organic, 100% Pure Crown Maple Syrup; Angustura bitters; and muddled cherry, orange and lemon, served on the rocks. Although he is known for his delicious signature cocktails, Bartender Chris Ceprano also serves draught ales, lagers and pilsners, all reasonably priced. The bar menu includes the usual burgers, fries, and tasty sandwiches, but it also offers clam chowder, chicken pot pies, crab cakes, and grilled steaks. A friendly atmosphere, and delightful food and drink, it’s where the action is.
The Falls Village Inn is two hours and 15 minutes north of New York City or two hours and 30 minutes west of Boston. See our article on the Inn here.
For dining reservations, call: 860-824-0033
A leading manufacturer of gourmet smoked meats, poultry, fish, and cheeses, Nodine’s team of skilled artisans use real hardwood and apple pomace, and hand-craft their products in small batches. Their specialty products are found in upscale New York venues such as Citarella, Dean & Deluca, and Fairway Markets. Their old-world flavored bacon is worth the trip to scenic Goshen, as is their marvelous Cajun Andouille sausage. Your pampered canine will enjoy their gourmet dog treats.
Kimberly and Clint Thorn feed their cows the finest, sweetest hay and natural feeds resulting in their signature cream milk and delicious artisanal chocolates, Milk House Chocolates, made with fresh orchard fruits, garden herbs, and honey. And don’t forget to check out their site to learn more about their cheesemaking classes.
Thorncrest Farm and Creamery
280 Town Hill Road
Goshen, Connecticut 06756
This 50-acre farm in Kent offers pastured eggs and meat from their birds. They have a pastured Chicken & Egg CSA offered throughout the summer with pick-ups at the New Milford Farmers’ Market from May to November. Details for the CSA can be found here. CSA shares are now available.
In addition to their pastured poultry products, they have a winter Vegetable CSA and they have started 1.4 acres of hops for an on-farm brewery and 1.4 acres of apples for an off-farm distillery.
33 Camps Road
Kent, CT 06757
If you are strolling along Kent’s picturesque main drag, stop at this popular gathering place to indulge in a hot cup of coffee and an outstanding sandwich. Whenever possible, the proprietors buy locally grown products. Their takeaway dishes are wonderful and the desserts, muffins and breads are baked on the premises each day. Full service catering.
Saturdays, 9am – 12noon
May 8 – October 10
Take a break while shopping in Kent and grab a seat on the cozy, window-box-lined front porch of the Kingsley Tavern on Main Street. Southwestern American and South Asian offerings dot the menu, with a Saigon sandwich (think Bahn Mi) of pork belly, grilled shrimp, or tofu, and a Southwest Salad with grilled shrimp and fried tortilla strips. Even the Roasted Beet Salad with oranges and citrus vinaigrette takes a Latino turn with toasted pepitas.
Friendly owner Anna Gowan and Chef Charles Dietrich, use locally sourced meat and vegetables to keep it simple with great ingredients, and the menu tells you exactly where, say, that burger comes from (Hurlburt Farms).
Hours: Monday – Closed
Tuesday -Thursday dinner 5-9, bar 4:30-close
Friday dinner 5-9:30, bar 4:30 – close
Saturday brunch 11-3, dinner 5-9:30, bar 10:30-close
Sunday brunch 11-3, dinner 5-8:30, bar 11-close
Every Saturday from 9 am -1 pm
A modern tavern in a historical setting, serving wood-fired, farm-driven pizzas, shareable small plates, and seasonal entrees that aim to both comfort and inspire. Working closely with nearby Rock Cobble Farm, the food at Swyft follows the flavors of the seasons. Wood-fired pizza, craft beers, natural wines, progressive small plates, in a casual fun atmosphere.
3 Maple Street, Suite A
This small, popular and cozy tea room is worth the wait. They have a menu of exquisitely prepared food and desserts, but it is the unique selection of loose tea served in glass pots warmed over a candle and poured into glass mugs that is memorable. Make sure to call ahead for hours of operation.
1 Main Street
After you’ve indulged in a few hot slices, you can complete the commitment to the calorie by enjoying some SoCo Creamery premium ice cream.
This easy to navigate alternative to the mega grocery store has an impressive deli, a large selection of prepared foods (their sushi is fresh and made daily on the premises) as well as an excellent meat and fish department.
You’ll find yourself going back to this local favorite for thick cut French toast and Eggs Benedict or for another hot, steaming bowl of mussels. The atmosphere is warm and casual with high-end food that tickles the palate.
This is the real deal. The folks here bake everything on-site and with everything made entirely from scratch using fresh, high-quality ingredients. An extensive selection of coffee is available, perfect with their baked goodies such as cookies, scones, muffins, biscuits, layer cakes, cheesecake, tarts, tea breads, biscotti, pound cake, pies, candied nuts, cupcakes and much more (are you full yet?).
While The Country Bistro’s atmosphere is simple, its delicious fare will not disappoint. The wheat berry tabouli with feta cheese is especially delightful. This small, charming bistro in the heart of Salisbury’s shopping area also has a full service bar. Irresistible desserts. Catering and takeout are available. Reservations suggested.
Reservations are a must if you want to experience excellent food at one of the area’s most popular, well-reputed restaurants. The menu is extensive and varied (for a thrill, try the sushi). Fun bar scene. Impeccable service.
192 Sharon Road
Flavorful and lean grass-fed beef as well as pork and chickens are available at this well reputed farm located on scenic Salmon Kill Road. No hormones or antibiotics are used. The beef is dry aged for full flavor and tenderness, then vacuum wrapped and frozen for freshness. They now accept credit cards. Call ahead to check when they are open.
Not your average pizzeria interior. Everywhere you look, from ceiling to walls, your gaze is met with vintage record album covers, which, for many of us, will bring back a rush of memories (yes, the good, the bad and the ugly). The pizza is great (crispy crust, flavorful sauce) and also of importance: there is a large beer selection. The folks at Bohemian Pizza make their own dough, pizza crust and bread. Fun, festive atmosphere.
342 Bantam Road
Open for visits mid-February through March. Maple syrup sold year round. Call ahead.
79 East Chestnut Hill Road
The finest wines from around the world with a wide range of prices.
Haight Vineyards is Connecticut’s oldest winery, opening its doors in 1975. Located on historic Chestnut Hill, just one mile east of Litchfield Center, the winery is situated on ten pastoral acres. The tasting room includes a custom built wine bar for conducting wine tastings guided by the knowledge of their educated and friendly staff, an upstairs patio and downstairs terrace for sipping wine on lazy summer days, and two stone fireplaces for lingering during chilly ones. There is also a picnic grove for enjoying your own food with Haight-Brown wines, a cheese nook and retail area as well as several private rooms (Vine Room, Cask Room, etc) for a more intimate tasting or private party affair. The vineyard grows vinifera and hybrids including Chardonnay, Chardonelle, Marechal Foch, Dechaunoc, Marquette, and Seyval Blanc. Its current growing capacity has the ability to produce yields upwards of thirty-five tons annually. The tasting room is a lovely place to stop by and relax by the fireplace with a glass of wine. Check their site for cheese and chocolate pairing classes and tours of the vineyard.
Open 7 days a week, 8am-6pm. There are extended hours for sugaring season. Visitors are encouraged to stop by anytime. Free tours of facilities. School groups welcome. For tours larger than 7, please call ahead to schedule.
74 Wilson Road
June 15 – October 26
125 West Street
The Indoor Winter Market:
Saturdays, 10am – 1pm
January 4 – June 7
Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Road
The service is quick and the food is fresh and tasty at this small, cheery restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch. Family style restaurant with friendly staff. Call for hours. Gets busy on the weekends.
499 Bantam Road
You’ll find a nice choice of homemade ice cream flavors at this retro style parlor. Delicious ice cream cakes.
632 Torrington Road
Known region-wide for their European style pastries, breads, cookies and cakes made on the premises, German meats and sausages, Dutch and European cheeses, various fine teas, jams, chocolates from all over Europe, and of course Dutch food and Dutch groceries, this little shop couldn’t be more authentic or wonderful. Also to covet are their ever popular sandwich rolls, Prima Donna aged cheese, ham with rosemary and the bags of spaetzle, and mocha sticks. Their website provides video links showing how some of their culinary creations are made (when was the last time you whipped up a mean zuger kirsch torte?). To satisfy your craving for Dutch food, run, don’t walk, to this extraordinary shop.
Located on Litchfield’s green, this is an atmospheric and bustling restaurant that features American pub food (burger, fish & chips, salads, etc.) for lunch and a comprehensive and varied dinner menu. The ambience is lively (due to the popular bar); should you require a more relaxed environment, there is an adjoining section that is quieter.
Since there aren’t too many seafood markets in the region, make sure to get there early as selections are limited as the day goes on. The clambake bags are fun and include everything you need tied up in a bag for boiling a traditional New England-style clambake. Fresh seafood, special orders and catering.Their meat store is conveniently located next door if you are planning a surf and turf.
A bit pricy and some might say stuffy, this upscale restaurant serves fine, fresh food. The pork and ginger dumplings with a glass of white wine create a satisfying meal.
A best kept secret among the locals, this old-fashioned ice cream place, complete with swinging picnic tables outside and a no-frills interior café-style dinning space, is a wonderful place to enjoy simple food (yummy ice cream as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and onion rings), in a casual setting. It does get crowded on weekends.
7 West Street
A family-run farm that is dedicated to providing the community with local, fresh foods farmed through sustainable, ethical agriculture practices. A unique farmers’ market, the Morris Marketplace takes place every Sunday from 11am to 2pm on the grounds of the registered historic “Sam Paletsky Cattle Dealer Barn.” The marketplace hosts an exciting mix of local farms and area artisans. Its intimacy and location allows market guests to interact with the vendors and enjoy a market located on one of the areas most iconic working farms. The market overlooks grazing Belted Galloways, corn, pumpkin, and hay fields. This market creates a channel for farmers to connect with customers, and immerses its guests in pristine Connecticut farmland. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the field. Farm vendors offer plenty of ready-to-eat farm fresh treats. Every week be sure to check The Morris Marketplace’s website and Facebook page for updates on guest vendors, musicians, and special kid’s activities.
Sundays, 11am – 2 pm
June 16 – November 3
On the grounds of the registered
historic “Sam Paletsky Cattle Dealer Barn”
21 Higbie Road
(near the intersection of Routes 63 and 109)
Tom Truelove and Lindsay Rush run a pasture-based farm raising heritage breed pork, grass-fed beef, heritage turkeys, and roasting chickens. Their free-range eggs are out of this world. Pork is the farm’s main product, but they also have about 1,000 laying hens, 60 cows, and turkeys. With no pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers on the pastures, all of the animals are completely hormone and antibiotic free. Truelove Farms products can be found at these Farmer’s Markets in the summer: Stratford Farmer’s Market, Old Greenwich Farmer’s Market, Branford Alps Farmers Market, Monroe Farmers’ Market, Wooster Square, Coventry Farmers’ Market. In winter they will be at City Seed Indoor Market in New Haven. There is a small convenience store at the farm, open weekday afternoons and weekends from 10am-6pm (or later, if you see the open-flag out). You can stop by and pick up anything from a dozen eggs to a top round roast.
This is upscale dining in a beautiful setting on the 113 acre resort. Seasonal, fresh ingredients grown in their garden. Save this place for a special evening.
Fridays, 4 – 7 pm
May 21 – October 8
Pine Meadow Green
Rte. 44 & Church St.
Passiflora Teas is nestled amongst other small businesses that dot the quiet Main Street in the town of New Hartford. The café offers over 100 teas, as well as light fare such as soups and sandwiches, smoothies, and desserts. Their foods are local-organic and they offer both vegan and gluten-free options.
Open Wednesday through Sunday, Passiflora Teas hosts live music, including open-mic night on Fridays. The business also sells locally-made art, crafts, and jewelry and offers a variety of nutritional supplements in its Herbal Apothecary.
You don’t have to travel to New Hartford to tour the shop. Google Maps offers an inside view of Passiflora Teas, tinyurl.com/pfodo96 allowing visitors to virtually explore the shop and café.
526 Main Street
Maple syrup for sale year round. Sugarhouse open during the season. Small groups welcome. Call ahead.
525 West Hill Road
This roadside burger joint that was established in 1939 (little has changed since, other than SUVs barreling past) cooks up a host of authentic, regional summertime food. Try the scrumptious burgers with fried onions. A classic not to be missed.
518 Route 202
Owner Kevin Richardson and Chef Tommy Stevens have opened up this new restaurant on Bank Street. Nachos, sandwiches, burgers, fried chicken, barbecue pork sandwiches are just a few of their offerings. Flatbread pizzas are $12.00 each. A popular one is the Bianca—it has pistachios, goat cheese, mozzarella, truffle oil, and honey. There are 3 kinds of mussels: Belgian, French, and House- style. Wines and beers are on the menu, and specialty cocktails are coming soon. Weeknights until 10 pm, and weekends until 11 pm. Reservations are needed for parties of more than four. Takeout available.
Dagwoods New American Lounge
21 Bank Street
Everything is made with fresh ingredients at Executive Cuisine, a corporate flight catering, wedding catering and a gourmet deli. Their somewhat bland, generic name belies the fact that this is a top notch venue that offers a wide selection of prepared sandwiches and salads as well as items from local purveyors, sophisticated entrees, sides and desserts. Specials are offered daily as well as custom menus that can be catered to your liking.
Operated by The Youth Agency, the Sugarhouse is open to the public and syrup is sold year round. Educational tours of the sugaring operation are available. Call for info and availability. Open house weekends, which include displays of early sugaring techniques, are held during March. Call ahead for dates and time.
140 Park Lane
This drive-through quite simply serves the best coffee in town.
287 New Milford Turnpike
This farm is located just off of Route 109, with beautiful views. They sell pumpkins on Saturdays and Sundays during the month of October. You can pick your own.
106 Ridge Road
Owner Aldina Zullo has opened this organic gourmet cafe and catering business at The Green Spot gardening center on Route 202 across from the firehouse. On the menu are organic juices, hot and cold beverages, homemade lemonade, iced coffee and iced tea, espresso, chais and mochas, cappucino and latte, smoothies, soups, salads, belgian waffles, sourdough pizza, and paninis. Only organic ingredients are used.
This authentic Italian restaurant can be a bit pricey, but the meals are high quality and the setting pleasant. Our favorite dish is their homemade cavatelli baresse with broccoli rabe, Italian sausage, slivered garlic & extra virgin olive oil. Impressive wine selection. Banquet and catering services.
Saturdays, 9 am – 12 noon
May 11 – October 27
Fresh produce, gluten free foods, organic meats, and a take out deli, this grocery store is the best in the lower corner. Progenitor to the Bantam Market.
Fresh, authentic, Southwestern fare is can be found at this pleasant Mexican hot spot. Burritos, fajitas, tacos are all home-made hits. They also have a full bar (margaritas, anyone?).
In February and March, the staff and students tap over 1600 trees, producing some of Connecticut’s finest maple syrup.
140 Park Lane
This restaurant offers traditional Thai dishes. From appetizers, soups and salads, to Thai curries, Vegetable dishes, Fried Rice, and Noodles. The dining rooms are pleasant and fill up quickly during dinner. Takeout is also available.
The prosciutto and fig pizza; roasted eggplant pizza; and the goat cheese and spinach ravioli are some of our favorite dishes at this Northern Italian style family restaurant. Pasta is house-made; they also have gluten-free pizza. Catering and private parties. Take out is available.
This wine bar is owned by John Bourdeau. No stranger to the food and wine industry, John is a restaurateur with extensive experience in wines. A local resident of Woodbury, he owns The Main Street Grill in Watertown and co-owns Highland Brass Co. in Waterbury. See our past article on his restaurant HERE. The Owl is not a large space, seating about 20 people inside and another 20 outside on the patio, but the intimate atmosphere is inviting and the wood burning fireplace provides another level of warmth in winter. In addition to a wide selection of wines, they serve spiced nuts, citrus rosemary olives, cheese and charcuterie as well as seasonal soups, quiche and panini. They have monthly events like wine tastings and pairing classes, as well as some summer BBQs on the lawn over the summer. See our article on The Owl HERE.
Hours: Wednesday – Friday: 4 – 9 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 1 – 9 pm. However, the wine bar will stay open if customers are still there.
18 East Shore Road
New Preston (Washington)
Dubbed “the Alice Waters of the Northwest Corner,” Anne Gallagher has been creating culinary masterpieces for the region for years. An advocate of helping to bring fresh, locally grown foods to the area school’s lunch program, Anne is one of the founders of the Plow to Plate program, an initiative that combines hospital leadership and community-based programs to promote local foods and agriculture as a means to well-being and disease prevention. Using seasonal, local and organic foods, Anne will create original menus to suite each occasion, from cocktail parties, weddings, to dinner parties. Her prepared lunch sandwiches and salads can be bought at The Smithy, which is next door to her premises at The Mindful Kitchen.
They offer a variety of fresh breads, homemade pastries as well as reasonably priced (and satisfying) breakfast and lunch sandwiches.
9 Main Street
Yes, that is the correct spelling. Indulge in confections from this quaint little shop where candies and chocolates from all over the world abound. Moreover, the exquisite packaging makes these treats ideal gifts. For true nostalgic pleasure, try the old-fashioned penny candy or handmade marshmallows.
13 East Shore Road
Traditional English pub food (AKA true comfort food) is had at this popular, classic, family style pub. Enjoy a juicy hamburger with a glass of Old Speckled Hen and you’ll never want to leave this cozy restaurant. They serve excellent chicken pot pie, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and delectable onion soup. In warm weather, it’s fun to sit outside on their patio that’s poised over a river or, conversely, warm up near their fireplace when the weather turns chilly. They offer a good brunch. A lively bar scene. It can get busy, so it would be prudent to make reservations, especially on weekends.
258 New Milford Turnpike
Unsurpassed® Chocolate Sauce is an artisanal Chocolate Sauce made in Litchfield County. This confection, created with premium ingredients and available in flavors such as Classic, Dark, Dark with Ginger, and Classic with a Hint of Mint is the stuff of true romance. Unsurpassed is made from a generations old recipe with roots in the South by local resident Vi Owens, who took her mother’s recipe and has now added a little touch of her own. The chocolate sauce is first heated up in a sauce pan filled with water, heated to a boil, and then drizzled over ice cream. As it hits the ice cream, it hardens making a delicious crunch. Other ways to indulge in a jar of Unsurpassed: drizzle over pecan, apple or pumpkin pie; dip pretzels in the warm sauce and then roll in candied sprinkles; pour over pound cake and top with nuts; and dip fresh strawberries in the warm sauce and let harden before serving. A gift set of four 4-ounce jars, one of each flavor is also available.
Nine Main in New Preston,
The Pantry in Washington,
Averill Farm in New Preston
(during apple season), and
Hidden Valley Eatery in Washington
Or by special order, contact Vi Owens:
The Anstett family welcomes you to tour their farm specializing in maple syrup for the past 30 years. Check the web site for hours and boiling times during the months of January through April. Hours are by appointment only during the off season; call to schedule a time.
Saturdays, 10 am – 1 pm
May 18 – October 12
Pick your own blueberries.
23 Schrowback Road
Pick your own apples, peaches, plums, pumpkins, and flowers.
270 Preston Road
This well-reputed farm sells a wide range of top notch cuts and meats. Specializing in all-natural, pasture-raised Black Angus beef, pork from heritage hogs and free-range poultry, Greyledge Farm’s products are known for their quality and exceptional flavor. Their loyal customers are willing to pay a bit more for Greyledge Farm’s products because they know that producing grass-fed, rotationally grazed cattle, pigs and chickens requires considerably more work and time than conventional farm practices. Antibiotics, steroids, or growth hormones are not used at the farm. The importance of land preservation, renewable energy, sustaining local agriculture and observing best farm practices is embraced and practiced at Greyledge Farm. They are open by appointment: to coordinate a visit, call or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
17 Berry Road
The next time you’re hankering for a helping of delectable buttermilk pancakes or French toast, then this small, rustic and chic restaurant is for you. It’s a wonderful place to have breakfast with fresh, tasty omelets served with homemade bread. Patrons will stop by to stock up on Mamie’s homemade baked goods that are all fresh and made on the premises. Mamie’s has a nice lunch menu as well. They have an outside eating area with picnic tables. Pleasant, attentive staff. Dinner is available on weekends and can be a bit pricey. Reservations are recommended.
162 Baker Road
Sundays, 10 am – 2 pm
In front of Chaiwalla
Where Routes 41 and 44 split
Off the chart gourmet pizza, focaccia, salads, soups, and pastries are impossible to resist at this little Sharon gem. Carro Café’s organic, artisanal meals will tantalize even the most discriminating palate. A real treat. Call for hours.
9 Calkinstown Road
& Berry Farm
Pick your own apples, blueberries, cherries,
peaches, pears, plums, pumpkins,
raspberries, and strawberries.
461 Cornwall Bridge Road
This family run farm has been around for more than 30 years and has developed from a simple road side farm stand selling locally grown produce to a full scale, extensive garden center, farm market and fine food market. They grow their own corn, tomatoes, lettuce, potatoes, squash; and they also sell locally produced berries, milk and dairy products, cheese, home-baked breads, pies, jellies, and honey.
They sell seafood (sushi rolls are plentiful and fresh), bakery (baguettes are the best around), meat, pizza, deli, organic produce, cut fruit, and flowers.
10 Gay Street
Thursdays, 2:30 – 6 pm
July 11 – October 17
Seth Thomas Park
100 South Main Street
Open year round. Watch syrup being made during February and March. Free tours. Sugarhouse is accessible to the handicapped. Groups welcome. Call ahead.
998 Saw Mill Road
Tucked away in the shadows of department stores and fast-food joints, you’ll find this wonderful pizzeria that sells consistently good, thin crust, piping hot pizza made from fresh ingredients. Once you taste their wood-fired authentic Neapolitan pizza, you’ll think you’re in Italy. Beer and wine is also sold at this hidden gem that’s worth the trek to the strip mall. Exceptional pizza and yummy salads.
Nestle into a cozy booth and savor fresh, homemade pasta (made on the premises from old family recipes from Abruzzo) at this well established Italian restaurant. Their ravioli, seafood risotto, and Caesar salad are particularly outstanding. The decor is formal and picturesque with large murals of Venice, upholstered booths, a tin ceiling, and stylish, old-fashioned light fixtures. A good place to linger over your meal with a glass of wine and good conversation. Nice salads. Prix fixe dinner is available. Reservations required on weekends.
Tuesdays, 3 – 6 pm,
Saturdays, 10 am – 1 pm
June 1 – October 26
Pick your own fall produce and pumpkins.
40 Angevine Road
A large flagstone terrace overlooking beautiful Lake Waramaug makes for a romantic evening at this Austrian restaurant at the Inn. The wait staff is dressed in traditional Austrian garments, giving the ambiance a festive (or kitschy, depending how you look at it) feel. In cooler weather, you can enjoy your Wiener schnitzel with a glass of wine from the comfort of a Victorian dining room that offers a panoramic view of the lake. They also have a Tavern Room where you can sit by a roaring fire and leisurely sip on a rather satiating Hofbrau Hefe Weizen. The outdoor terrace is the real attraction here because of the beautiful views of the lake.
In 1979, Bill and Judith Hopkins transformed their dairy farm into a vineyard, one of the first in what has become a thriving Connecticut industry. Since then, it has consistently produced award-winning whites, reds and sparkling wines. Hopkins Vineyard grows 11 varieties of grapes. Take a tour, sample the wine, and browse in the wine shop. Gorgeous location overlooking Lake Waramaug. Check out their wine festivals, new wine releases, yoga at the vineyard, and live entertainment.
22 Hopkins Road
A family farm in continuous operation by generations of Averills since 1746, Averill Farm is a 260-acre property that is primarily a fruit orchard, but also produces hay and Christmas trees. Numerous varieties of apples and pears are grown in their 27-acre fruit orchard and are sold both as picked fruit and pick-your-own. Their farm stand sells homemade cider, apple cider doughnuts (legendary for their delicate, sweet, natural flavor), jams, jellies as well as locally sourced pies, pumpkins, maple syrup, honey, cheddar cheese, potatoes, garlic and sundry items.
Visitors may watch sap collection and syrup being made during February and March. Groups always welcome. Call ahead.
28 Sunny Ridge Road
If you want to enjoy fine, casual dining in an 1850 Colonial home located off the beaten track, then the G.W. Tavern is the spot for you. Whether its summer dining on a flagstone patio overlooking a river, or winter dining beside a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace, you will be sure to relish their seasonal specialties (fiddleheads and soft shells in the warm months to game and fowl throughout the winter). Surrounded by hand painted murals of the old town and farms, the interior is cozy, romantic, and comfortable and is a wonderful place to enjoy traditional American fare accompanied by either a specialty draft or bottled beer, or a glass of wine from their extensive wine list. Brunch is a big hit at the G.W. Live music. Weekly specials. Catering and full take out menu available. Reservations are strongly recommended.
20 Bee Brook Road
The food is good, the atmosphere casual, and the staff is friendly. This is a great meet-up place for breakfast and lunch. Also open for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays only. Their fresh juices are delicious. So is the pizza and their baked goods. They offer gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. Take prepared foods to go, or stay and enjoy. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7am to 5pm; Friday and Saturday, 7am to 9pm; closed on Tuesdays.
88 Bee Brook Road
Marty’s serves breakfast, salads, sandwiches, soups and a nice variety of beverages, including smoothies, frappes, an impressive selection of unusual bottled sodas, and various coffees and tea. But that’s not all…. at Marty’s you can kick back, get comfortable, and utilize their free Wi-Fi internet.
The tap room is adjacent to the dining room and offers first-rate pub style meals such as steamed mussels, grilled vegetable terrine, and organic salmon (their hamburgers are scrumptious). On weekends you can relax with a well-deserved martini and drift away to the sounds of a virtuoso piano player.
It’s hard to find authentic, well prepared, creatively envisioned Japanese food, all of which (and more) has been achieved by Norimaki. This small restaurant with a lot of ambiance serves fresh, high-quality food made on the premises. Their sushi, yuzu cha tea, sansai udon, and their large shumai dumplings are off the charts. Excellent service. Reservations are recommended on weekends.
4 Green Hill Road
You can pick your own apples, apricots, blueberries, cherries, nectarines, peaches, pears, and plums at this lovely farm. They have 34 varieties of yellow and white peaches.
Known for its cheeses and catering, The Pantry is a big hit with the locals and is frankly, one of the best places for a delicious lunch and for take away. They serve breakfast foods, lunch and afternoon tea. An enticing display of baked goods like muffins, pies, cakes, and cookies can be found at the front counter. They also carry a great selection of gift items like olive oils, kitchenware, linens, and dishes. Their catering service is legendary. Best baguettes around.
5 Titus Road
The Smithy is located at the site of the last blacksmith shop in New Preston (hence its name). Creating an awareness of local agricultural and craft capabilities, The Smithy sells fresh, locally grown produce and other homemade goods from handmade gifts, pottery, jams, and birdhouses to chilled fresh chickens.
Waldingfield Farm is an organic vegetable farm in its 25th year growing certified organic vegetables. Their heirloom tomatoes are superb! They currently grow on approximately 25 acres and service Litchfield County, Fairfield County, and New York city through farmers markets, restaurants, stores and via their CSA program. Their East Street farm stand is open June through October. Their CSA program runs from June to October. They also sell their own food products, including two types of pasta sauces and their famous Bloody Mary mix, which are sold throughout the county, state and New York.
Saturdays, 10 am – 1 pm
1 Green Hill Road
Pick your own blackberries,
blueberries, and raspberries.
435 Bassett Road
Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm
July 13 – October 5
(no market on 9/21)
Library Parking Lot
470 Main Street
Fridays, 3 – 6 pm
June 28 – September 13
East End Park
1 Park Place
This vintage-inspired diner is one of the best breakfast spots in the corner. Enjoy perfect poached eggs, sausage, and crispy potatoes and a hot cup of coffee. Known for their delicious donuts, you can buy a dozen to take home. The place is always packed, but waiting times aren’t long. The staff is always cheerful and quick to respond to any request. It’s a great place to meet up with friends for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Open at 6am every day except Sunday, when they open at 7am. They stay open for dinner until 8:30pm on Tuesdays through Fridays.
740 Main Street South
Middle Quarter Mall
This is the new kid on the block and definitely seems to be worth the visit. El Camión (Spanish for truck) currently serves tacos, burritos, quesadillas and plans to soon take advantage of locally grown produce. People are already lining up for the Truck’s fresh, healthy foods with bold flavors. Located in a parking lot near the intersection of Route 6 and 64 in Woodbury. Credit cards accepted.
Maple Sugar House
Each year Flanders taps and collects sap from dozens of trees at the nature center and around town. They have a lovely sugar house, which is open for tours.
Carole Peck’s focus on fresh, local ingredients coupled with exquisite meal presentation and impeccable wait staff, has made this restaurant a mecca for those who know what truly good food is all about. Examples of what you might find at this first rate restaurant include scrumptious seasonal (and vegetarian) dishes (wonderful soups and salads), unusual and intriguing dishes such as mixed game grille, consisting of quail, venison and wild boar. The interior is comfortable and elegant. The walls are decorated with an ever changing art exhibit. A must if you are in the area. Reservations.
If a culinary adventure is what you’re looking for, head to John’s Café. This popular restaurant, situated in historic Woodbury, the antiquing capital of Connecticut, features fresh, innovative New American dishes, some with a Mediterranean flair. The Crispy Shoestring French Fries with White Truffle Oil and Parmigiano Cheese make a great starter, especially if you’re in sharing mode. The Mozzarella Bruschetta with Avocado, Pancetta, and Basil (with house-made mozzarella) is a light, savory appetizer, and the Steamed Prince Edward Island Mussels with Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Hot Cherry Peppers, Garlic, and White Wine give you a pitch-perfect combination of tastes, both land and sea. With three kinds of delectable pizzas, as well as New England clam chowder, authentic Italian pasta dishes, and tasty seasonal salads, John’s can please just about any crowd you round up. Whether you order family style, choose the prix fixe special (appetizer, entrée, and dessert), or go with two appetizers and dessert, the friendly staff will make sure you’re happy. And don’t forget to try the dynamite house-made Limoncello, an Italian lemon liqueur—guaranteed to light up your night.
With the feel of a larger supermarket, yet with the intimacy of a grocery store, Labonne’s manages to straddle the two by providing a well-organized shop where you can buy a range of foods. Their meat and fish department is extensive, with a large selection of prepared foods at their deli. They have a wide variety of made to order gift baskets starting at $25 and they can provide local delivery. They also sell fresh sushi made daily on the premises. Fairly nice bakery section.
We’ve all been waiting for them to finally move to their new, expanded location and it’s finally happened. You can pretty much find anything you are looking for if you are in the market for organic and natural foods, supplements, gifts, all natural skin care products, prepared foods, bulk grains, seeds and nuts, fresh produce, eco-friendly products, meats, and baked goods. Check their website for daily specials of ready-to-eat natural and organic foods served at The Provender, their prepared foods counter. They offer a range of classes and lectures as part of their mission to educate people on achieving a sustainable, healthy lifestyle (again, check their website as some of these classes require a fee and registration).
If you appreciate tasty, fresh breads, pastries, pies, tarts, then you have reached the heavenly Ovens of France. They also make daily soups and great coffee. Most people tend to pick up the goodies and bring them home, but if you want to relax and indulge, you can sit at a table outside and savor a cup of fresh brewed coffee (their cappuccino is the best!) and a freshly made croissant.
660 Main Street South
Wednesdays, 3 – 6 pm
July 7 – September
43 Hollow Road