The Connecticut Department of Agriculture is asking residents to eat locally-grown food every day next week. It’s part of a national effort to support local farms.
There is a growing ‘buy local’ food movement across the United States. Restaurants now tout local food on their menus. And some school cafeterias make a point of buying local.
In Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture Philip Prelli is asking residents to buy their food at farmer’s markets, farm stands ... and to request Connecticut-grown products at grocery stores.
“We in Connecticut want to preserve our local farmers and keep farmers strong and we can’t do that unless we agree to buy our locally grown crops.”
Prelli says people can buy local well past the summer and into the fall. He says there are a record number of farmer’s markets across the state – about 123 this year. And about 4000 farms growing everything from vegetables, fruit, and milk to tobacco and nursery plants.