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More Connecticut Food Coming to a Location Near You

State Agriculture Dept. works to shorten the distance from farm to fork

By LINDA O'CONNELL

 

Connecticut-grown Farmers Cow milk.

STURBRIDGE, MA - Good news for foodies: Connecticut Agriculture Commissioner F. Philip Prelli is working to bring more Connecticut-grown food to tables in local schools and restaurants.

Expanding programs to bring the fruits of the field to more community tables is a key strategy for agriculture in the state and throughout New England, Prelli told a sizeable opening-session crowd at the 2009 Harvest New England conference.

There’s a diverse, ever-changing market. That’s how we’re going to grow it,” he said.

Massachusetts Commission of Agriculture Doug Peterson amplified Prelli’s optimism about positive signs for those who want local produce and meat.

After visiting farms, farmers markets and agricultural fairs over the past six months, Peterson said, “I have an intuitive feeling inside of me that we are in the middle of an agricultural renaissance.”

If we play our cards right, all of you sitting here stand to be in a growth industry for the next decade,” he predicted.

The Harvest New England conference brought together an estimated 800 participants to talk about how farmers can market and grow their businesses. The annual gathering was held Feb. 24-26 in Sturbridge, Mass.

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