Sweet Maria's

159 Manor Avenue, Waterbury, CT 06705.

(203) 755-3804. Since 1990, Sweet Maria's has been baking award-winning cakes and cookies from the finest and freshest ingredients. Our specialties include whipped cream cakes and over 25 flavors of cookies and biscotti. Store hours: Tues.-Fri. 10-6, Sat. 8-2, Sun. 8-noon. Closed Mon. Explore our menu, cookbooks and baking classes at www.sweet-marias.com.

Tea with Tracy

16 Bank Street, Seymour, CT

(203) 881-5484 Located in the heart of Seymour's antiquing district this charming tearoom with crystal chandeliers and white linen covered-tables offers more than 210 flavors of tea served plus a wide variety of handcrafted desserts, scones and tea sandwiches. Perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or Afternoon tea. Our private room provides the perfect backdrop for baby showers, bridal showers and your special events. Teapots, teapot jewelry and hundreds of loose teas available for purchase. Special order desserts, pies and cupcakes available. Open: Mon. _ Fri. 10am - 5pm, Sat. & Sun. 8 am – 5 pm.

The Olive Oil Factory

197 Huntingdon Ave., Waterbury, CT 06708.

(475) 235-2350. The Olive Oil Factory is the source for gourmet Mediterranean specialties including infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars, extra virgin oils, gourmet olives, cheeses and much more. Tasting bars are open every day. Stop by for a sample! Open daily Mon.-Fri. 9 – 5, Sat. 10-4, or by special request or appt.

The Pantry

8 Titus Road, Washington, CT 06794.

Titus Square. (860) 868-0258. Celebrating 38 years as northwest Connecticut's outpost for imported and domestic gourmet and specialty foods. Continental breakfast, luncheon, and afternoon tea are served at café tables surrounded by hand painted pottery, kitchenware, and culinary gifts. Picnic boxes, take-out foods, and exceptional catering are available. "Remarkably consistent throughout its long life – a tiny gem sparkling in the Litchfield Hills, a place where people gather." Patricia Brooks, New York Times. Open Tues. - Sat. 10 - 6.

The Smithy

10 Main Street, New Preston, CT 06777.

(860) 868-9003. Situated in a meticulously rebuilt former blacksmith shop, we showcase exclusively local food, focusing on products made using sustainable, organic practices whenever possible. Upstairs you'll find the loft gallery where we exhibit rotating shows of local artists and provide a space for the community to gather and connect. Wed. through Mon. 10 – 5:30.

Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates

280 Town Hill Road, Goshen, CT 06756.

(860) 309-2545. We harvest our hay and pasture our cows. This ensures our cows are fed the finest sweetest hay and natural feeds; from this they produce our signature milk. Milk House Chocolates brings you artisanal chocolates made in small batches, one at a time, with our fresh milk, cream and butter. These Chocolates are for those who desire something truly special. They will melt, taste, and feel different. If you enjoy locally grown fresh food made with the purest ingredients, and attention to detail, stop by for a visit. Thurs., Fri., Sat., 10-5 & Sun. 10 – 4. Voted "Best In Connecticut 2015".