Reed’s Real Ginger Ale: Made with sparkling filtered water, cane sugar, organic ginger, natural flavors and citric acid, for a fizzy drink or an addition to cocktails and mocktails. Available in zero sugar. $3.99–$4.99/4 pack, Reed’s.

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Homemade scones: For something savory: jalapeño cheddar; and for something sweet: blackberry with chocolate. $2.50. 

Sourdough bread: Golden crust with a light, tart flavor. Ideal for specialty sandwiches. $5.

Cranberry multigrain loaf: Dense and moist with a hard crust. $5.50. Bread & Chocolate, Hamden.

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Hardwood spreaders and toaster tongs: Hand-sculpted, artisan-created and the spreaders are made from native hardwoods. All-natural, food-safe finish. $8 (spreaders), $18 (tongs), Troy Brook Studios, Litchfield.

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Connecticut wildflower honey: Unfiltered and unpasteurized local honey, including Autumn Amber (fall harvest of goldenrod, aster and Japanese knotweed) and Summer White (summer harvest of buttonbush, rosaceae, sumac and maple). 5.5 ounces. $5, Full Bloom Apiaries, North Franklin.

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Arethusa Blue cheese: Aged 4-6 months, this cheese is chocolaty and toasty, sweet yet salty, firm yet creamy, with a deep, multidimensional flavor. $28/pound, Arethusa Farm.

Amour salami: Spicy and handcrafted in small batches using only all-natural heritage pork, select spices, natural casings and kosher salt. $10.95/link, Oui Charcuterie. 109 Cheese Market, Kent; 109 Cheese & Wine, Ridgefield.

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Whiskey peach preserves & strawberry rosé jelly: Highland whiskey lends flavor to yellow peaches for a unique spin on classic peach jam, while high-end rosé wine meets a splash of strawberry juice and is jellied with natural citrus pectin. Delightful on cheese. $10, Wonderland Jams, Newtown.

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Gourmet cookies: Sea salt chocolate chip and white chocolate cranberry. $25/dozen. Whisked By Dani, Wethersfield. @whiskedbydani on Instagram or email

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Jalapeño pickles: Farm-grown jalapeños and garlic in a tangy vinegar-based brine. $5/pint. The Village Farm, Gaylordsville.

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Live-edge maple burl charcuterie board: Made from locally sourced maple burl with hand-engraved brass name plate. $425, BPT Charcuterie, South Kent.

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