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Martha Fish, owner of Milton Market in Litchfield, shares some of her favorite things about living in Litchfield County.

1 One of the most special spots in Litchfield is White Memorial. It is a 4,000 acre sanctuary in the middle of our town. My favorite quick walk is the Little Pond Boardwalk trail which is a 1.2 mile elevated walkway loop around Little Pond. Each season is more beautiful than the next, from emerging wild flowers in spring to foliage and bird migration in the fall.

2 My favorite local spot for coffee is Arethusa a Mano in Bantam. This was an absolute game changer in our area. The best coffee, the most delicious treats. Try the coconut donut, you will not be disappointed! Then go across the street for an ice cream at Arethusa Farm Dairy and stock up on cheese, milk, yogurt, eggs, all from their wonderful farm.

3 When I lived in West Chelsea in NYC one of my favorite things to do was to walk in and out of the galleries all around our home. Now when I need a fix, I go to Bantam Factory and visit Carol Leskanic, master gilder and artist, whose beautiful work you can find in Milton Market and Charlie Dumais, an incredible lighting designer. Their artist lofts remind me of old New York.

4 Each year, beginning when my son Charlie was a baby––he’s a teenager now!––we go to Averill Farm in Washington for the best apple picking. Averill Farm is a tenth generation apple farm in Washington Depot with over 100+ varieties of apples. Go for the apples and stay for the homemade apple cider donuts. Next up is pumpkin picking at Bunnell Farm, a fifth generation family run farm. It’s located in Milton, right in my backyard. Take a horse or tractor drawn carriage out to the fields to pick your own pumpkin. We close out the year at Meadowview Farm in Litchfield where you can cut your own Christmas trees.

5 One of my most favorite parts of living in Litchfield County is how steeped these towns are in history. In the historic district of Milton there are so many homes and buildings from the 1700’s and 1800’s, many sitting on the beautiful town green. It makes Milton feel like it’s out of another time. It’s the same with Litchfield. Exploring town I feel such a sense of history and of course in the Cobble Court, where the shop is located in a building that was once the town blacksmith.

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