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The berries will be sweet and juicy, the peaches, plums and cherries ripe for picking, the veggies plump and delicious. Whether you want to pick-your-own in the fields or do it the easy way at farm stands and farmers markets, farms in the fertile Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut will be ready with the best of a bumper crop of summer produce. Among the many farms of the region are over a dozen certified organic farms, small operations whose products are found mainly at regional farmers markets.

Visiting a farm is fun for the whole family. March Farm in Bethlehem is a family favorite for its animal yard and hayloft playscape for the kids. The pick-your-own offerings include strawberries, blueberries, peaches and apples.

Large spreads like Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm in Sharon offer even more variety of crops for picking, with something special on hand from June to October, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, plums, peaches, pears, apples, and garden vegetables are among the choices. All are available at a farm stand for those who prefer their produce ready to go.

White Silo Winery and Farm in Sherman offers delicious pick your own blackberries and three varieties of raspberries, red, golden and orange. The farm uses some of its berries for the delicious wines that are available in the on-site winery.

Litchfield Hills Blueberry Farm in Plymouth is among the farms specializing in one crop, with over 11,000 blueberry bushes of several varieties available for picking from July to September on its 25 scenic acres.

Dozens of farms in this fertile region also offer bonuses for food shoppers, such as fresh eggs from free range chickens, pick-your-own flowers and home baked pies and cakes. North Forty Apiaries in Woodbury sells honey from its own hives.

The crops and products from many farms in the area also can be found conveniently in a host of farmers markets, held almost daily in one of the area towns. Following is a list of markets and of farms open for visitors.

For a free farm map locating area farms and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging, dining and other regional attractions in the Litchfield hills of Northwest Connecticut, contact the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield CT 06759-0968, 800-663-1273,or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.


TUESDAY FARMERS MARKET Sandy Hook, 5 Washington Ave., Sandy Hook Center. 2pm-6pm. Late June - early Oct. Seymour, Pine St., Community Senior Ctr. 12noon -6pm. Early May - Early Nov. Torrington, Staples Plaza, S. Main St. 10am-1pm. Mid.-June - Oct.

WEDNESDAY FARMERS MARKET Bristol, Old Centre Mall, 100 N. Main St. 3pm-6pm. Early July-late Oct.

THURSDAY FARMERS MARKET Thomaston, Town Green, Main St. 2:30pm - 6pm. Late June-late Oct. Waterbury, On the Green, Main St. 11am-3pm and Brass Mill Center Mall, Sears Parking Lot, 2pm-6pm. Early July-Oct.

FRIDAY FARMERS MARKET Burlington, First Congregational Church, Rte. 4. 3pm-6pm. Early July- Oct.

SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET Bethel, Rte.6/Stoney Hill Rd.. 9 am-1 pm. Early July-late Oct. Kent, Kent Green, 9am-12noon. Mid.-May-Mid.-Oct. Litchfield, Center Elementary School, Rte. 202. 11am-3pm. Late June- Oct. New Milford, Town Green, Main St. 9am-12noon. Late May - Oct. Torrington, Staples Plaza, S. Main St. 10am-1pm. Mid.-June - Oct. Bristol, Old Centre Mall, 100 N. Main St. 10am-1pm. Early July-late Oct.

SUNDAY FARMERS MARKET Sandy Hook Village, 5 Glen Rd. 9am-2pm. Early July-Sept.

PICK YOUR OWN FARMS (Call ahead for hours and current crops)

ELLSWORTH HILL ORCHARD and BERRY FARM, Cornwall Bridge Road, Route 4 Sharon, (860) 364-0025, www.ellsworthfarm.com

EVERGREEN BERRY FARM 435 Bassett Road, Watertown (860) 274-0825

BUNNELL FARM, 498 Maple Street, Litchfield, (860) 567-9576, www.bunnellfarm.org

LITCHFIELD HILLS BLUEBERRY FARM, 23 Schrowback Road, Plymouth, (860) 283-9571, www.litchberry.com

MARCH FARM, 160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem, (203) 266-7721, www.marchfarms.com

RUWET FARM, 1600 Torringford Street, Torrington, (860) 489-9580.

TONN'S ORCHARD, 270 Preston Road, Terryville, (860) 585-1372

WHITE SILO WINERY AND FARM, 32 Route 37E, Sherman, 860-355-0271, www.whitesilowinery.com

NORTH FORTY APIARIES, 4 North Forty Road, Woodbury. 203-263-4551, www.nfapiaries.com