CT Grown Program
The Connecticut Grown Program was developed by the state Department of Agriculture in 1986, when the now-familiar green and blue logo was created to identify agricultural products grown in the state.
Over the past three decades, the Connecticut Grown Program has blossomed into a multifaceted initiative targeting diverse local, regional, national and international markets through both direct-to-consumer and wholesale-oriented program components.
Using the Connecticut Grown logo and identity
Producers and retailers of agricultural products grown/raised in Connecticut may market those products under the Connecticut Grown logo/label/brand name as long as such products meet Connecticut Grown labeling requirements and the logo/label/brand name is used according to the Connecticut Grown Identity Standards
Connecticut Grown labeling requirements are outlined in Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 22-38 as amended by Public Act 15-245
Substitute Senate Bill No. 348
Public Act No. 15-245
AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OF FARM PRODUCTS AS "CONNECTICUT-GROWN".
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
Section 1. Section 22-38 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2015): (a) For purposes of this section, "farm products" means products resulting from the practice of agriculture or farming, as defined in section 1-1 and "Connecticut-Grown" means produce and other farm products that have a traceable point of origin within Connecticut. (b) Only farm products grown or produced in Connecticut shall be advertised or sold in Connecticut as "Connecticut-Grown". Farm products grown or produced in Connecticut may be advertised or sold in Connecticut as "Native", "Native-Grown", "Local" or "Locally-Grown". Farm products grown or produced within a ten-mile radius of the point of sale for such farm products may be advertised or sold in Connecticut as "Native", "Native-Grown", "Local", or "Locally-Grown". Any person, firm, partnership or corporation advertising farm products as "Native", "Native-Grown", "Local", "Locally-Grown", or "Connecticut-Grown" shall be required to furnish written proof within ten days of the sale of such products that such products were grown or produced in Connecticut or within a ten-mile radius of the point of sale, as applicable, if requested to do so by the Commissioner of Agriculture or said commissioner's designee. Any person who violates any provision of this [section] subsection shall be fined not more than [twenty-five] one hundred dollars for each product label in violation of this [section] subsection. (c) In addition to the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, any person who sells any farm product as "Connecticut-Grown" at a farmers' market in this state shall offer such product for sale in the immediate proximity of a sign that is: (1) Readily visible to consumers, (2) not less than three inches by five inches in size, and (3) in a form that is substantially as follows: THIS FARM PRODUCT IS CONNECTICUT-GROWN. THIS FARM PRODUCT WAS GROWN OR PRODUCED BY THE FOLLOWING PERSON OR BUSINESS: (INSERT NAME AND ADDRESS OF PERSON OR BUSINESS) The lettering on any such sign shall be of such a size, font or print that is clearly and easily legible. Such a sign shall accompany each type of farm product that any such person sells as "Connecticut-Grown". Any person who violates the provisions of this subsection shall receive a warning for the first violation and for any subsequent violation shall be fined one hundred dollars for each violation.
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Regulation and Inspection enforces the above Connecticut Grown labeling requirements. Bureau staff conduct unannounced compliance checks at farmers’ markets and investigate specific written, formal complaints of violations based on available agency resources.
Farmers’ market vendors selling products as Connecticut Grown must identify the origin of each such product, including the name and town of the farm that grew/produced it. The Connecticut Department of Agriculture offers Connecticut Grown price cards that, when filled out properly and used on each item, will meet these labeling requirements. See below for information on how to request price cards.
A large, single banner or sign with the farm name and address in a farmers’ market stall does not meet the labeling requirement unless that banner or sign includes a readily visible statement that all products offered for sale by that vendor at that farmers’ market were grown/produced by that same farm.
If a farmers’ market vendor offers for sale products grown/produced by any other Connecticut farms as Connecticut Grown, each product must be clearly and individually labeled in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 22-38 as amended by Public Act 15-245 above.
Questions about enforcement of Connecticut Grown labeling requirements should be directed to the Bureau of Regulation and Inspection at 860-713-2508.
Connecticut Grown Programs
is the official online store to purchase apparel and gift items. All proceeds
benefit the Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s Connecticut Grown program,
which promotes Connecticut’s farmers and the diverse array of agricultural
products they grow.
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 the Crop Availability Calendar
CT Grown Producer Listings - The Department of Agriculture offers a variety of online listings on its Where to Find Connecticut Grown Products page. It's free to participate and applications are accepted year round. Applications can be found on the For more information, please contact Mark Hood at 860-713-2503 or Mark.Hood@ct.gov.
Grant Opportunities ~ For a complete list of grant opportunities offered through the Department of Agriculture, please visit our Agency Grants and Loans page. If these detailed pages do not answer your questions, contact Jaime.Smith@ct.gov or call 860-713-2503.
Agriculture Directional Signage
~ The Agriculture Directional Signage
program is designed to direct tourists and regional consumers off state roadways to local roads where farm operations are established. Unfortunately, if your farm is located on a state road, your farm cannot apply to this program. For eligible farms, the state approved signs are paid for and owned by the farmers. Currently you can find over 175 signs throughout Connecticut. Review and submit the application and sign specifications
. For additional information view the Signage Program Brochure
(.pdf, 2pgs) or contact Mark Hood at Mark.Hood@ct.gov
Farmers' Markets ~
A constantly expanding program which enables consumers to purchase fresh farm products. For more information on establishing a market in your area or participating in a market, contact Jaime Smith at Jaime.Smith@ct.gov
A statewide program designed to use Connecticut Grown fresh fruits and vegetables in schools cafeteria meals and snacks. For more information about the program and how you can participate, visit the Farm-to-School webpage or contact Erin.Windham@ct.gov
This free program helps connect producers and distributors of CT Grown
ingredients with chefs and other foodservice professionals. It also helps the public locate restaurants and other dining venues that serve Connecticut Grown foods. Membership applications
and additional infromation are available on the Farm-to-Chef page
. For questions not answered on that detailed page, email Erin.Windham@ct.gov
or call 860-713-2503.
Farm 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.ctfarmlink.org
or contact the Farmland Preservation Division at 860-713-2511.
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 Nathan.Wilson@ct.gov
CT Grown Mascots ~
This program allows you to borrow a variety of fruit, vegetable, and animal costumes to promote your agricultural event, free of charge. Costumes can be borrowed between April 1st
and November 15th
of each year. You will be required to sign out the costumes, using the costume loan agreement 2018
with Erin Windham at 860-713-2503 or Erin.Windham@ct.gov
. Remember, you must pick them up and drop them off at our new location. The pick up and drop off location has changed. You will meet staff at the Morgan Street Garage, in the vicinity of the 100-200 Talcott Street entrance, Hartford, CT 06103.
CT Grown Price Cards ~
Connecticut Department of Agriculture offers price cards
to producers as available resources allow. Cards for Connecticut Grown products
are full color, 5.5” x 7” and have space to fill in the name and town of the
farm that grew/produced the item offered in pads of 50. To order, please visit
Connecticut Grown Forest Products Program ~
Done in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the program highlights producers of furniture, outdoor structures, and decorative accents. To learn more and find a producer, visit the CT DEEP's program page
- Connecticut Grown Forest Products.
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.org
for more 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 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. 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.