2002 Fall Season

Litchfield, CT -- Contact: Janet L. Serra For Immediate Release 860-567-4506 lhcvbnwct@aol.com When fields are ripe with produce and thoughts turn to apples, pumpkins and other seasonal favorites, Connecticut's Litchfield Hills beckon with the best of the season's bounty. This year the area's many farms are easier to find, thanks to the new free Connecticut Farm Map. Published by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture and available, free of charge from the Litchfield Hills Visitors Bureau, the full color statewide map includes 36 stops in this lush Northwest corner of the state, from vineyards and pick-your-own orchards to chrysanthemum growers, all extending a warm welcome to visitors. Each entry includes address and phone, a description of the farm's offerings and driving directions "It Grows on You" is the apt motto at Freund's Farm Market in East Canaan, where the farm stand is laden with seasonal fruits and vegetables, farm fresh eggs and local honey, as well as home-baked goods and ice cream. Guests can go into the field to pick their own flowers. Some of the family farms listed are historic. The owners of Maple Bank Farm in Roxbury, established in 1730, are the eighth generation to farm here, and offer a selection of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Averill Farm, on a scenic hilltop in Washington, has been in the same family for nine generations. The farm features pick-your-own apples and pears and a farm stand for fruits, flowers, cider, pumpkins, and gourds. Starberry Farm in Washington Depot also invites visitors into the fruit orchards for apple picking. Hayrides into the fields are part of the fun for those who pick their own apples and pumpkins at Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm in Sharon. Hayrides as well as a hay maze greet pumpkin pickers at The Berry Farm in Southbury. March Farm in Bethlehem, another place to pick apples and pumpkins, also offers home grown tomatoes and mulled cider in their historic red barn. Those in search of fall's colorful chrysanthemums will find them at Bristol Mums in Bristol and the Brierwood Nurseries in Morris. To toast to the grape harvest and a fine autumn day, Haight Orchards in Litchfield and Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston offer tours, tastings and colorful foliage views. To receive the "Connecticut Farm Map" and a free copy of UNWIND, a 40-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the area, write to the Litchfield Hills Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, call (860) 567-4506 or visit their web site at www.litchfieldhills.com.