Annie Bananie Ice Cream

5 Bridge St., Kent, CT 06757.

(860) 927-3377. Annie Bananie's is a refreshingly old-fashioned shop. Stop in and get a hot fudge sundae, grilled cheese or a hot dog. Pick a favorite "topping" to accompany your favorite scoop of the creamiest ice cream ever, made at Jane's Ice Cream of Kingston, NY. Great candy selection too! Summer hours: 9 am – 8 pm (9 pm on Fri. & Sat. ), Winter: 9 am – 6 pm.

Arethusa Farm Dairy

822 Bantam Rd., Bantam, CT 06750.

(860) 361-6600. Local, fresh dairy products made exclusively from award winning Arethusa Farm herd of Holstein, Jersey, and Brown Swiss cow's milk. A full selection of fresh milks, yogurts, ice cream and artisanal cheeses. Open 7 days a week. Check website for seasonal hours.

Bantam Bread Company

853 Bantam Road, Bantam, CT 06750.

(860) 567-2737. By hand. From Scratch. Mostly Organic. Artisanal Breads. Rustic Desserts. The Bantam Bread Company established 1996 produces lean, healthy breads using organic stone ground flour, seeds and grains. Wed. - Sat. 8:30 – 5:30, Sun. 8:30 – 4. Closed Mon. & Tues.

Bridgewater Village Store

27 Main St. South, Bridgewater, CT 06752.

(860) 354-2863. "Hub of the Community" built in 1899 overlooking the village green. Stocked with specialty coffees, cheeses and products. The original home of the famous Bridgewater Chocolates. You can find fresh baked goods or order from the deli - touting one of the best roasted turkey with cranberry and stuffing sandwich you have ever had outside your own kitchen! We make homemade soups and salads daily. Try our signature ice cream "Maywood Maple Walnut" made from our own Maywood Maple Syrup or pickup the Maywood Honey to go along with that special cup of tea. Mon. - Fri. 6 am - 6 pm; Sat. 7 am - 5 pm; Sun. 7 am – 4 pm.

Brooklyn Baking Company

464 Reedville Dr., Waterbury, CT

(203) 596-3500. Visit, what has been New England's oldest original bakery, at their new location. Dine and shop amid 100-year-old baking relics and memorabilia from the original 100-year-old bakery. More than a century of successfully baking and selling European rye bread, pumpernickel and old-fashion yeast raised donuts. Excellent selection of mouth- watering pastries and cookies, Portuguese rolls and Italian bread. Serving breakfast from the grill and a light lunch menu. Open Tues.- Fri. 7-6, & Sat.-Sun. 7 – 4. Closed Mon.

Brookside Farm

79 East Chestnut Hill Road, Litchfield, CT

(860) 567-3890. Started in 1999 as a second act to corporate careers, the owners' overall goal is to promote the resurgence of sustainable agriculture in Connecticut. On their 30 acres farm, they produce hay (for horses) and maple syrup (for people). Their maple syrup won 3 rd place in the 2014 International Maple Syrup tasting contest. Call ahead to see the syrup operation.

Dutch Epicure Shop

491 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT 06659.

Rte. 202, 1.5 mi. west of the green. (860) 567-5586. A landmark international gourmet food store since 1967. The finest in European style baking - breads, rolls, cakes, and pastries for all occasions. European specialties, also including Indonesian Conimex Spices, licorice, a large selection of Dutch cheeses, and German cold cuts. Prepared food, soups, entrees and desserts made on premises. Holiday & Seasonal Specialties. Open daily Wed. - Sat. 9 - 5, Sun. 9 - 2. Closed Mon. - Tues.

Fascia’s Chocolates, Inc.

44 Chase River Rd., Waterbury, CT 06704.

(203) 753-0515. The Fascia Family has handcrafted premium chocolates since 1964. Authentic gelato made onsite and a cakery satisfy all sweet carvings. The Chocolate Experience & Tour allows participants to make-their-own chocolate bar and learn about chocolate at the same time. Reservations recommended. Scheduled weekends Sept. – June with summer schedule in July & August.

Harney and Sons Fine Teas, Store & Tasting Room

1 Railroad Plaza, Millerton, NY 12546. (518) 789-2121. (518) 789-2121. Explore our selection of great teas from the most established gardens in Asia. Taste to your delight our custom blends and single gardens. Learn the best way to brew and serve teas. Peruse our assortment of elegant accessories to fit your mood and lifestyle. Come join Brigitte Harney and her team for a relaxing experience. Mon.-Sat. 10 - 5, & Sun. 11 - 4.

Kent Coffee and Chocolate Company

8 N. Main Street, Kent, CT 06757.

(860) 927-1445. Voted by Outdoor Magazine as "Best Hot Chocolate in CT". Full espresso bar/coffee bar, fountain soda, milkshakes, real fruit/raw/green smoothies, and alternative milks. Our own muffins, cookies, coffeecakes, poundcake, biscotti & scones. Our hand-dipped truffles will make you swoon along with a huge line of our turtles, peanut butter cups, barks, salt caramels, boxed chocolates, fondue & other handmade specialties pleasing even the toughest chocophile. Delicious Gluten, Nut & Sugar Free Choices. Freshly roasted coffees & specialty teas. Chocolate Parties, business gifts, holiday specialties all available for mail order or local hand delivery. Open 365 days!