I first discovered the Bantam Bread Company at the Hill-Stead Museum Farmer’s Market one Sunday morning when my mother insisted I try a “dirt bomb,” from their stand. A dirt bomb is basically a doughnut hole covered in sugar and cinnamon so there’s really nothing not to love about it (you can see a picture of my nephew enjoying one in this post on the Hill-Stead Farmer’s Market). I’m really more of a savory breakfast person than a sweet one, so when Mike and I visited their shop in Bantam earlier this summer we chose a freshly-baked loaf of bread instead and then headed across the street to Arethusa’s Dairy to find an accompaniment. Arethusa’s sells fresh milk, ice cream, cheese, and butter from cows that are treated better than most beloved household pets (you can read all about how the dairy and farm were started in this New York Times article The Dairy Built on Stiletto Heels).
Park your car at one or the other and carefully cross the street–or as Mike calls it “frogger it”–to the other. This little stretch of road is really a foodie’s make-your-own-picnic dream spot. Here you will get some of the best bread and dairy products in Litchfield County, and they are the perfect accompaniment to wine tasting at one of the many vineyards in this area, a hike, or back at home after a day trip. Check out the trips page for ideas in the area.
Make-Your-Own Picnic Lunch in Bantam, Connecticut
A Make-Your-Own Picnic in Bantam, Connecticut
Bantam Bread Company
853 Bantam Road
Bantam, CT 06750
822 Bantam Rd
Litchfield, CT 06750
In cooler months, say, October-May, you can probably get away with storing cheese and milk in a cooler to take home later. Just make sure you have tons of ice and/or those frozen blocks packed in.
What to do in and near Bantam, Connecticut
Bantam is part of Litchfield County. More things to see, eat and visit in the area: things to do in Litchfield County, Connecticut.2