Southeastern Connecticut's communities are still largely rural and many continue to have economic activities related to agriculture. While the scale of agricultural production is small, it is important to the economy of the region and is critical for providing for the protection of open space, the diversification of the area's fisheries,and availability of quality local foods to residents. Our farms and a robust network of farmer's markets support the growing demands of the "Locavore" population in southeastern New England.
Farms that produce a wide range of Value Added food products are found throughout the region and are successfully growing their businesses, and their sales networks. Some of our regional Agricultural Enterprises are:
- The Farmer's Cow. A 7-Farm dairy cooperative.
- Beaver Brook Farm A producer of artisanal goat and cow's milk cheeses, yogurts, ice cream, milk, Lamb and lamb entrees and Wool.
- Beltane Farm Artisanal Goat Cheeses and Milk.
- Cato Corner Farms Artisanal Cow's Milk Cheese
- Maple Lane Farms A leader in farm diversification, growing and producing widely sold Black Currant Juice and Hydroponic Lettuce.
The CT Wine Trail includes several regional wineries that produce award-winning wines. Several host special events, or are available as venues for parties, meetings and weddings.
With growing demand from consumers for local and organically grown products to feed their families, a number of smaller scale farms are seeing increasing demand for their products including fruits, vegetables, maple syrup, eggs, poultry and grass fed beef.
According to the State of CT, during the next decade, aquaculture is expected to be among the top ten growth industries in the United States. Currently, aquaculture is the nation's fastest growing agricultural business and Connecticut leads the northeast in aquaculture production by virtue of its oyster industry, several producers of which are located in Southeastern CT.