HARTFORD, Conn. — As you gather with family and friends for cookouts, picnics, and barbeques to celebrate our nation’s independence, lets also celebrate the fresh, nutritious, and abundant food supply available locally from Connecticut farms and farmers’ markets.
“Farmers have long been the foundation of our nation, working hard to not only support their family but ensuring a safe and abundant supply of food, fiber, and flowers for all families,” said Agriculture Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt. “From burgers and blueberries to farm breweries and wineries, there’s nothing like the freshness and flavor of Connecticut Grown.”
Whether you are hosting at home, bringing a dish to share, or looking for a weekend adventure, here are 5 ways to make Connecticut Grown part of your celebration.
- Shop a farmers’ market to find everything needed to prepare a delicious meal – seasonal produce and fruits, dairy, seafood, meat, and more. Bonus: meet the farmer growing and harvesting their product.
- Explore a Connecticut farm winery, vineyard, or brewery for a taste of award-winning beverages while listening to live music.
- Place your order for just caught shellfish from the waters of Long Island Sound and get ready to crack open oysters (or clams) a plenty.
- Visit a pick-your-own farm for blueberries, raspberries, and cherries to create your own patriotic themed dish.
- Scoop up a refreshing dessert made with Connecticut dairy – from ice cream and milk shakes to frozen yogurt – there is a flavor for everyone to love.
Create your authentic Connecticut Grown experiences at CTGrown.org.
From all of us at the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, we wish you a happy and safe Fourth of July celebration.
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture (CT DoAg) mission is to foster a healthy economic, environmental, and social climate for agriculture by developing, promoting, and regulating agricultural businesses; protecting agricultural and aquacultural resources; enforcing laws pertaining to domestic animals; and promoting an understanding among the state’s citizens of the diversity of Connecticut agriculture, its cultural heritage, and its contribution to the state’s economy. For more information, visit www.CTGrown.gov.
–Connecticut Department of Agriculture
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