CT Grown: the local flavor

CT Grown Crop Availability Calendar – This popular calendar identifies the seasonal availability of CT Grown fruits and vegetables in a multi-colored, easy-to-read chart. Available for downloading.

Download CT Grown Crop Availability Calendar

CT Grown Producer Listings and Brochures – The Department of Agriculture offers a variety of online listings on its Publications page. Inclusion in online listings is free and applications can be accepted at any time of the year. Applications for printed brochures include a nominal fee to help defray printing costs and must be submitted by the specified deadline each year. For more information, please contact Linda Piotrowicz at 860-713-2558 or Linda.Piotrowicz@ct.gov.

Grant Opportunities – For a complete list of grant opportunities offered through the Department of Agriculture, please visit the Programs & Services page.

Agriculture Directional Signage  – The Agriculture Directional SignageCT Grown Road Signage program is designed to direct tourists and regional consumers off state roadways to local roads where farm operations are established. The state approved signs are paid for by the farmers; currently you can find over 175 signs throughout Connecticut.  For more information view the Signage Program Brochure (PDF, 2pgs) or contact Rick Macsuga at Richard.macsuga@ct.gov or 860-713-2544.

Farmers’ Markets – A constantly expanding program which enables consumers to purchase fresh produce directly from the farmer. For more information on establishing a market in your area or participating in a market, contact Rick Macsuga at Richard.Macsuga@ct.gov or 860-713-2544.

Farm to SchoolFarm-to-School – A statewide program designed to use CT Grown fresh fruits and vegetables in your schools’ cafeteria meals and snacks. 83 schools/school systems, 44 producers, and eight wholesale houses take part in the program. For more information about the program and how you can participate, visit the Farm-to-School webpage (under Programs & Services) on the Department of Ag website or contact Jane Slupecki at jane.slupecki@ct.gov or 860-713-2588.

Farm-to-Chef – This free program helps connect producers and distributors of CT Grown Farm to Chefingredients with chefs and other foodservice professionals.  It also helps the public locate restaurants and other dining venues that serve CT Grown foods. Membership applications and additional infromation are available on the Farm-to-Chef page. Contact Linda Piotrowicz at Linda.piotrowicz@ct.gov or 860-713-2558.

Connecticut Farm Link ProgramFarm Link – This program was developed in response to the demand for farmland by new farmers. It has been designed to act as a clearinghouse for the transition between generations of farmers with the goal of keeping farmland in production. For more information about this program visit www.farmlink.uconn.edu or contact Jane Slupecki at 860-713-2588 or Jane.Slupecki@ct.gov

Media relations – Information about CT Grown products, producers, and events is disseminated to the media through news releases and other forms of outreach.
To join the distribution list, contact Linda Piotrowicz at Linda.Piotrowicz@ct.gov or 860-713-2558.

"The Colonel" a CT Grown mascot costumeCT Grown Mascots – As of July 2, 2010, our costume program has been temporarily suspended. Please watch the website for news on their return to service. Thanks for having them visit your events in the past. We hope to see you in the future!

CT Apple Marketing Board – In August 1986, after a vote by Connecticut apples growers in favor of a marketing order, the Commissioner approved the enactment of the Connecticut Apple Marketing Order (CGS Sec. 22-54o through 22-54t). Among the Order’s goals are to help increase the demand for apples, promote efficient and equitable marketing of apples, and develop new and larger markets for apples produced in the state. You can visit their website at www.ctapples.com for moor information.

CT Seafood Council – An organization that represents the state’s commercial seafood harvesters and farmers of fish and shellfish that work to promote the seafood industry in Connecticut to Connecticut residents. For more information contact Barbara Gordon at 860-521-0177. For information about Council meetings, you can visit our Boards, Councils and Commissions Page.

CT Farm Wine Development Council – A Council that promotes all CT farm wineries and vineyards and the sale of locally produced CT farm wines. For information about Council meetings, you can visit our Boards, Councils and Commissions Page.

CT Food Policy Council – A Council that works to promote the development of a food policy for the State of Connecticut and the coordination of state agencies that affect food security. You can visit their website at www.foodpc.state.ct.us for more information. For information about Council meetings, you can visit our Boards, Councils and Commissions Page.

CT Milk Promotions Board – The CT Milk Promotion Board develops, coordinates and implements promotional, research and other programs designed to promote Connecticut dairy farms and milk consumption. For information about Board meetings, you can visit our Boards, Councils and Commissions Page