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The Garlic Farm
76 Simsbury Rd
West Granby,
Connecticut, 06090
860 264 5644
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Garlic Farm directions

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No matter where you start, you end up at the Garlic Farm, 76 Simsbury Road in West Granby, CT, just a couple minutes off Route 20 and near the intersection of routes 20 and 219. At the roadside near our driveway, you'll see some signs for the farm. The short driveway leads directly to our market in the big red barn.

Directions from your starting point

Use the Mapquest link for specific directions from a different starting point. And let us know if you'd like us to add your starting point to this list.

Let us know by e-mail to the newsletter or by voicemail at 860 264-5644 if you have suggestions for improving these directions.

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Tips for reaching the Garlic Farm

Check the map for context: We advise looking at the map for context even if you prefer the written directions. For example, someone followed the Simsbury directions without checking the map; only after arriving at the farm did the driver realize that the West Simsbury directions would have been more direct.

About backroads: Some of our written directions give backroads routes. A few backroads have low speed limits (30 MPH or 25 MPH). Please observe the speed limits to respect our neighbors and their safety. If you want speedier roads, stick to the numbered routes. The farm is only a couple minutes off Route 20, and so you can travel on highways and numbered routes nearly the whole way.

Once you arrive: Please drive slowly as you enter the farm; the short driveway is narrow and a little lumpy. Thank you.

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From Farmington, Avon, and Simsbury center:

  1. Starting in Farmington, take Route 10 (Waterville Road) north and follow it as it makes a left-right dogleg on Route 44 in Avon and joins Route 202 north heading toward Simsbury.
  2. Follow Route 10/202 through Simsbury center. On the way out of town, pass a Mobil station on the left, St. Mary's school on the right, and Westminster School on the left.
  3. Take a LEFT at the new traffic light at Antonio's Restaurant onto Hoskins Road. The farm is 5 miles from this traffic light.
  4. In 1/10 mile you come to a stop sign; go straight, continuing on Hoskins Road.
  5. 1/2 a mile further when Hoskins peels off to the left, you go straight onto County Road.
  6. County Road becomes Simsbury Road when you cross into Granby. You stay on this road all the way to our driveway. So, at the stop sign about one and a half miles down County Road where the traffic island is full of flowers, continue straight through the intersection.
  7. A couple miles further, drive just a bit past the West Granby Methodist Church that you'll see on your left.
  8. Look for the Garlic Farm signs that mark the driveway just approximately across the street from the church; turn RIGHT into the drive at 76 Simsbury Road.

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From West Simsbury:

  1. Head east on Old Farms Road.
  2. At the T intersection where Old Farms Road meets Firetown Road, turn LEFT.
  3. At the T intersection where Firetown Road meets Simsbury Road, turn LEFT.
  4. That's our road; follow it until you see our driveway on the right, nearly across the street from the West Granby Methodist Church.
  5. Turn RIGHT into the driveway at 76 Simsbury Road.

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From Collinsville and Canton:

There's a deeper backroads shortcut for this one, but if you need these directions, stick to the recommended route.

  1. Take Route 179 north to Route 219, crossing Route 202 and Route 44. It's about ten miles on Route 179 from the Collinsville bridge to the intersection with Route 219.
  2. Turn RIGHT on Route 219 to head toward Granby. It's less than four miles to the next turn. You'll pass Enders State Forest on the right and go downhill before you reach a T intersection with Route 20.
  3. Turn RIGHT onto Route 20 (Hartland Road). Only a half mile to the next turn.
  4. Start looking for the brown Garlic Farm state road sign on the right that marks the easy right turn onto our road.
  5. Turn RIGHT onto Simsbury Road. Just a couple more minutes.
  6. Pass a little cemetery on the left and look for our farm on the left a few houses later. Turn LEFT into the driveway at 76 Simsbury Road.

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From Burlington or Unionville:

Head to the Collinsville bridge and folllow the directions from Collinsville.

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From Berlin and Southington:

If you prefer divided highways, hop on I-84 east, head toward Hartford to pick up I-91 northbound and then follow the I-91 directions. That route covers nearly 42 miles and takes about an hour during off-peak traffic.

It's ten miles shorter and much lovelier but only about five minutes less time to take the backroads through Plainville, Unionville, Collinsville, and looping through North Canton. (Someday bridge construction may tie up traffic in Unionville.)

  1. Take Route 10 (Main Street) north to Route 177 (Town Line Road).
  2. Turn LEFT on Route 177.
  3. After only 2/10 of a mile, follow Route 177 RIGHT onto S. Washington Street.
  4. Stay on Route 177 for nearly 8 miles, all the way into Unionville.
  5. As you cross the river in Unionville, prepare to BEAR LEFT at the traffic light onto Route 4 (Main Street), taking the middle path toward Collinsville. You cross the river again to return to the west bank, but it's a subtle crossing.
  6. Continue hugging the river as the route name changes to Route 179 at the traffic light where Route 4 peels off to head west.
  7. Stay on Route 179 to cross the Farmington River again at the site of the old axe company as you enter Collinsville.
  8. Stay on Route 179 as it briefly skirts the bend in the river along the Collinsville flats. Prepare for a turn.
  9. Turn LEFT onto River Road. You're still on Route 179. Steady as you go: it's nearly ten miles on 179 till your next turn.
  10. Stay on Route 179 as it crosses Route 202 and Route 44 and heads into the woods again.
  11. Turn RIGHT on Route 219 to head toward Granby. Less than four miles to the next turn. You'll pass Enders State Forest on the right and go downhill before you reach a T intersection with Route 20.
  12. Turn RIGHT onto Route 20 (Hartland Road). Only a half mile to the next turn.
  13. Start looking for the dented brown Garlic Farm state road sign on the right that marks the easy right turn onto our road.
  14. Turn RIGHT onto Simsbury Road. Just a couple more minutes.
  15. Pass a little cemetery on the left and look for our farm on the left a few houses later. Turn LEFT into the driveway at 76 Simsbury Road.

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From Bristol:

If you much prefer divided highways, take I-84 east, head toward Hartford to pick up I-91 northbound and then follow the I-91 directions. That route is about forty miles long and and takes about an hour, even during off-peak traffic.

It's ten miles shorter and ten minutes faster to take the backroads through Unionville, Collinsville, and looping through North Canton. (Someday bridge construction may tie up traffic in Unionville.)

For backroads, you have a couple choices, depending upon your starting point:

From the north side of Bristol:

    1. Take Route 69 north.
    2. Turn RIGHT onto Route 4 east through Burlington.
    3. Turn LEFT at the T intersection at the river onto Route 179 to head toward Collinsville.
    4. Pick up the directions from Collinsville.

From the center of Bristol:

  1. Take Route 6 (a.k.a Farmington Avenue and then a.k.a Scott Swamp Road) east toward Plainville.
  2. Turn LEFT onto Route 177 (Plainville Road); stay on Route 177 all the way into Unionville.
  3. As you cross the river in Unionville, prepare to BEAR LEFT at the traffic light onto Route 4 (Main Street) westbound, taking the middle path toward Collinsville.
  4. The route name changes to Route 179 at the traffic light where Route 4 peels off to head west.
  5. Stay on Route 179 to cross the Farmington River at the site of the old axe company as you enter Collinsville.
  6. Stay on Route 179 as it briefly skirts the bend in the river on the Collinsville flats. Prepare for a turn.
  7. Turn LEFT onto River Road to stay on Route 179. It's nearly ten miles before your next turn.
  8. Stay on Route 179 as it crosses Route 202 and Route 44 and heads into the woods again.
  9. Turn RIGHT on Route 219 to head toward Granby. Less than four miles to your next turn. You'll pass Enders State Forest on the right and go downhill before you reach a T intersection with Route 20.
  10. Turn RIGHT onto Route 20 (Hartland Road). Only half a mile to the next turn.
  11. Look for the dented brown Garlic Farm state road sign that marks the easy right turn onto our road.
  12. Turn RIGHT onto Simsbury Road. Just a couple more minutes.
  13. Pass a little cemetery on the left and look for our farm on the left a few houses later. Turn LEFT into the driveway at 76 Simsbury Road.

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From Winsted, New Hartford, Barkhamsted:

  1. Take Route 318 east to Route 219.
  2. Turn RIGHT on Route 219 to head toward Route 20. Less than four miles to the next turn. You'll pass Enders State Forest on the right and go downhill again before you reach Route 20.
  3. Turn RIGHT onto Route 20 (Hartland Road). Only a half mile to the next turn.
  4. Look for the dented brown Garlic Farm state road sign on the right that marks the easy right turn onto our road.
  5. Turn RIGHT onto Simsbury Road. Just a couple more minutes.
  6. Pass a little cemetery on the left and look for our farm on the left a few houses later. Turn LEFT into the driveway at 76 Simsbury Road.

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From Hartland:

  1. Come down the hill eastbound on Route 20. (Slow down and observe the speed limit to avoid a ticket as you approach Granby).
  2. Go past the turn for Route 219 and start looking on the right for the dented brown state road sign that points to the Garlic Farm. The turn is only a half mile past the Route 219 intersection.
  3. Turn RIGHT onto Simsbury Road. That's our road.
  4. Pass a little cemetery on the left and look for our farm on the left a few houses later. Turn LEFT into the driveway at 76 Simsbury Road.

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From I-91 (and through the center of Granby):

These instructions may seem like overkill, but we've heard that some people find the path from I-91 to Granby to be a little confusing.

  1. On I-91 head toward Bradley International Airport. 
  2. Take exit 40 for Bradley. That essentially puts you on Route 20, but it's not obviously marked as such; it will seem more like an airport connector segment. Do not be alarmed when you start seeing the giant blue airport terminal signs suspended over all lanes of the road; the exit for Granby comes after the first batch of those airport signs.
  3. PASS the exit for Route 75 Poqounock/Suffield.
  4. PASS the exit for Hamilton Rd. South, preparing for a right hand exit a scant half mile later.
  5. Take the East Granby/Granby exit. This ramp eventually discharges you onto the 4-lane divided highway portion of Route 20 in East Granby. 
  6. Continue on Route 20 as it rapidly drops the two right lanes to become a two-lane road; this takes you to the center of Granby after about 10 minutes of driving, 5.4 miles. (This section of the road is liable to be congested near the center of town during weekday evening rush hour, so do not try to beat the clock and head to the farm just before closing time via this route. Check your map or GPS or Mapquest for an alternate route between 4 and 6 pm weekdays. Plenty of backroads options exist; these directions are already over the top without them.)
  7. The center of Granby consists of a small shopping district, town offices, and just a few traffic lights. Go straight at the first traffic light. As you approach the second light a half minute later, where Route 20 crosses Route 10/202 and briefly joins Route 189, use the right lane.
  8. Take the EASY RIGHT to stay on Route 20 up past the library and 1960s-era brick library and town buildings (rather than the hard right that would take you north on 10/202). 
  9. As you pass the Granby Town Hall, police department, and library (on the left side of the road), at the next light follow Route 20 up the LEFT FORK. The farm is about 2.5 miles from here.
  10. Stay on Route 20 past St. Therese's church on the right, and then uphill, crossing Day Street and passing the small West Granby Post Office on the right.
  11. Follow 20 through a short passage of woods up a hill, keeping an eye out for the brown state road sign that points to the left turn for the Garlic Farm. Take a HARD LEFT that turns directly onto our road--Simsbury Road. (If you reach the 90-degree left turn for 219, you've gone too far.)
  12. Pass a little cemetery on the left and look for our farm on the left a few houses later. Turn LEFT into the driveway at 76 Simsbury Road.

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From Enfield (and Suffield and Somers):

You could hop onto I-91 South, but it's more direct from Enfield, Hazardville, Somers, and points east to cross the river on Route 190 and then follow the backroads.

  1. Head west on Route 190 (Hazard Avenue).
  2. After crossing the river, turn LEFT onto Route 159 at the T intersection.
  3. Go RIGHT on Bridge Street; follow this road all the way into Suffield.
  4. Turn RIGHT at the T intersection near the Suffield Kent Memorial Library.
  5. Make an immediate LEFT onto Mountain Road.
  6. Follow Mountain Road all the way up past the Kuros blueberry farm and into the woods again. Pass Sunrise Park on the left and then keep a sharp eye out for the yellow diamond sign that indicates an upcoming left turn because that's the warning for your turn onto Phelps Road. It's easy to miss the turn if you overlook the yellow diamond sign.
  7. Go LEFT onto Phelps Road. Follow this road as it winds to end in another T intersection with Quarry Road.
  8. Turn RIGHT onto Quarry Road. Follow this road as it loops to yet another T.
  9. At the Stop sign, turn RIGHT onto Notch Road (ever so briefly).
  10. Cross the intersection with 10/202 at the blinking traffic light. You're now on East Street.
  11. Follow East Street among the fields. Pass Sweet Pea Goat Dairy on the left (or stop in to pick up some chêvre).
  12. At the 4-way stop sign on the corner with the red-and-white wooden building of Cossitt Library, turn LEFT onto North Granby Road, a.k.a. Route 189.
  13. Take the first RIGHT onto Day Street. This is an officially designated Scenic Road with lots of bicycle traffic. Take it easy on this road and enjoy the scenery. You'll pass the ragged remains of the great Granby Oak on the left (also known as the Dewey oak). Watch out for wandering guinea fowl.
  14. Turn RIGHT onto Route 20 (Hartland Road).
  15. Take the first LEFT, an EASY LEFT, onto the short stretch of West Granby Road, which has a low speed limit.
  16. At the stop sign, turn LEFT. Almost there.
  17. Pass a little cemetery on the left and a few more homes, then turn LEFT into the driveway at 76 Simsbury Road.

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Updated 15 October 2013

Redesigned to beta 4 September 2013