Eat CT Grown

CT grown August 6, 2009. I’m usually pretty good at picking up on things such as this, but this announcement completely slipped under my radar. Thanks to a post I came across at Farmer’s Daughter, I learned this week, August 2 through 8, is the first official CT Grown Challenge. In honor of National Farmers’ Market Week.  CT Commissioner of Agriculture F. Philip Prelli invites residents of the state to join him in participating in the first official CT Grown Challenge. “For one week, I challenge every resident to eat at least one CT Grown item each day,” Commissioner Prelli said, according to this press release.

P4050070 P4100120_edited So, there may be only two days left in this challenge, but my family does a good job of consuming CT grown goods … and it’s not really a challenge. If memory serves me correctly, since August 2 we have enjoyed CT grown corn, blueberries, zucchini, nectarines, peaches, plums, tomatoes, feta cheese, beans (both purchased and from my garden), black currant juice, radishes, cucumbers, wine berries, onions, and garlic. And from my gardens the above mentioned beans, many varieties of lettuce, some blueberries, Alpine strawberries (photo at left), cilantro, papaloquelite, garlic chives, sage, cutting celery, the first hot pepper, mint (photo at right), and dill. Plus we’ve enjoyed an abundance of fresh cut, CT grown flowers.

How about joining in for the last two days of this challenge? If you don’t have time for a web search, just stop by any local farm stand or head to a farmer’s market to pick up dinner there.  If you have more time or want to try picking your own, visit any one of the sites listed here to find CT Grown goodies . 

What fresh, delectable, CT grown foods have you enjoyed this week?

5 comments for “Eat CT Grown

  1. August 7, 2009 at 9:02 am


    I hadn’t heard about the weeklong campaign either – I guess it was not that well publicized. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I love the idea and hope it raises awareness among CT residents about the wide variety of homegrown food that is readily available.

  2. joenesgarden
    August 7, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Seems to have been poorly promoted in general. Too bad … it’s a great idea.

  3. August 7, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Hi Joene- I agree, it was poorly promoted. I’m usually pretty up to date on agricultural issues in CT, and I stumbled across it as I was putting together a list of local resources. Since my family owns a farm in CT, we would have liked to have known about it so we could publicize it in our own market. I may just write a letter to the dept of ag and give them some suggestions to better publicize it next year. I’m sure it was a budgetary thing. There was a CT Grown booth at Plant Science day and there was no mention of the challenge there, even! I was surprised.

    Well, thanks for the link and thanks for joining int!

  4. joenesgarden
    August 7, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Hi Abbie – budget problems or not, getting word to news outlets is free and most love local campaigns such as this. If you hear of it earlier next year, let me know and I’ll help spread the word on my blog and at the local farm stand I frequent in my town … I don’t think they knew about this ‘campaign’ either.

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