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
Connecticut Grown labeling requirements are outlined in Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 22-38 as amended by Public Act 15-245:
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 Section 22-38 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2015): (a) For purposes of this section, "farm products" means products resulting from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 through the Connecticut Department of Agriculture ConnecticutGrownStore.com ~ ConnecticutGrownStore.com 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 Jaime Smith at 860-713-2503 or Jaime.Smith@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.
Farm-to-Chef ~ 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.
CT Grown Mascots ~ DUE TO COVID-19 Restrictions, the Costume Program has been suspended indefinitely. Please watch this site to watch for the re-opening of the program. 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.
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.