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What is #heartCTgrown?

Coming out of the UConn CAHNR Extension , #heartCTgrown is an initiative to promote farms, Farmer's Markets, CSA's, and pick-your-own operations throughout the state of Connecticut.  We believe that local food is an important venue for making meaningful connections to each other and to building strong, resilient, healthy communities that are ready to tackle challenges together. We hope to share the stories of these connections, and that it will encourage you to tell your stories too.

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Rosh Hashanah is practically here so we figured it would be appropriate to share a delicious apple cake recipe with you. Of course, you could use apples from anywhere, but I DOUBT there would be as much deliciousness as from our #CTgrown #CTapples. ⠀
Liz, a CT blogger from @kosherlikeme shares her go to recipe she's been baking for years, and it's perfect for whether you celebrating Rosh Hashanah or not! So let's get baking now that the weather has cooled a bit. ⠀

Photo and recipe from "Kosher Like Me"⠀

5-6 apples, mixed varieties, peeled and chopped⠀
5 tsp. sugar⠀
2 tsp. cinnamon⠀
¼ tsp. allspice⠀
¼ tsp. ground ginger⠀
cake batter:⠀
2 cups sugar⠀
3 cups all purpose flour⠀
1 tsp. salt⠀
3 tsp. baking powder⠀
1 tsp. lemon zest⠀
1 cup neutral oil (canola, sunflower, safflower)⠀
4 eggs⠀
¼ cup orange or apple juice⠀
2 ½ tsp. vanilla extract⠀

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease and flour a 10 “ tube pan.⠀
In a medium bowl, toss apples with sugar, cinnamon, allspice and ginger. Set aside.⠀
In a separate bowl, with hand held mixer, beat together the rest of the ingredients listed under cake batter. Integrate until smooth and thick.⠀
Pour half of the cake batter into the tube pan.⠀
Using approximately half of the seasoned apple mixture, place the apples over the batter, trying to keep them away from the walls of the pan.⠀
Pour the remaining cake batter over the apple layer, distributing the batter as evenly as possible .⠀
Top the batter with remaining apples.⠀
Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 1/4-1 1/2 hours,until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.⠀
Cool cake on a cooling rack. Be sure it is completely cool before removing it from the pan.⠀
This apple cake is even better on the day after you’ve baked it so don’t hesitate to get on a jump on it. To store: cover loosely with foil at room temperature.⠀

psst... bonus alert!: find local apples on the @putlocalonyourtray Website: and check out their #hardcorechallange https://putlocalonyourtray.uconn.edu/hardcorechallenge/⠀

#apples #applecake #orchards #homemade #appledessert #dessert #applepicking #fallrecipes #roshhashanah #locallygrown #eatlocal #heartctgrown

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These little guys. Have you seen them? They're Husk cherries (also known as ground cherries) and the mini version of a tomatillos. These little pop-able snacks came in their own packaging before the individualized packing of Covid was a thing. And they are prolific-producing LOTS of these juicy gems per healthy plant, so if you're farmer grows them, they most likely have quite a few. Sweet or savory, you can make jam, salsa or bake with them. Where do you get husk cherries from and what do you do with them?⠀

Photo by @fieldengineerfarm

#huskcherries #groundcherries #localfood #eatlocal #local #supportlocal #localbusiness #healthyfood #shoplocal #farmtotable #farmersmarket #CTfarmers #CTfarms #grownhere #localfarms #localfarmers #farming #CTgrown #heartctgrown

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Did you know that every year the CT Department of Agriculture awards an individual as "Outstanding Young Farmer " to a farmer doing awesome things in agriculture? This year it's Jimmy Bloom of @coppsislandoysters by Norm Bloom & Son in Norwalk, CT.⠀

Jimmy Bloom, along with his father at Copps Island Oysters, farm approximately 14,000 acres along the Connecticut coast from Greenwich to Stonington. Jimmy is part of a third generation oyster farming operation that has a dedicated focus not just on harvesting but also on continually regenerating beds in a sustainable fashion. Jimmy's love of shellfish farming began at the age of two, when he would accompany his father on the deck of his oyster boat. That began a life-long love of oyster farming that continues to this day, where he continues to share his passion with his son Jack, and build the family legacy.⠀

Photo by In a Half Shell⠀

#oyster #oysters #oysterfarming #aquaculture #seafood #oysterlover #shellfish #youngfarmer #familyfarm #Aquaculture_ct #Farming #ctshellfish #boattotable #tidetotable #longislandsound #shellfishing #sealife #ctgrown #heartctgrown

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#weekendreads: “We have experienced drier than normal conditions in the spring and summer,” said Office of Policy & Management Undersecretary Martin Heft, who chairs the Interagency Drought Workgroup. “The combination of precipitation shortfalls and an extended period of excessive heat has impacted the state’s water resources and increased demands upon them. Many water suppliers struggle to keep pace with increased consumer demand for outdoor water uses and impacts are also being experienced in the state’s streams and agricultural and forest lands. We must begin early steps now to mitigate the potential for harm should the drought become prolonged." ⠀

So the reading may be a little dry this week (yes, that is a horrible pun), but check out the full report "Four Counties are Experiencing Stage 2 Drought Conditions" from the State of CT Office of Policy and Management. We are grateful that we recently got some rainfall, but for farmers that rely on the water supply for their well-being, this season has been hard. Read this report on the ct.gov/media page, and learn what you can do to conserve water, and perhaps help your farmer out a little. ⠀

Photo by @sunnymeadowfarm

#drought #agriculture #rain #water #wherefoodcomesfrom #buylocal #helpafarmer #nature #wateriseverything #supportlocalfarmers #farmstruggles #supportlocalbusiness #supportsmallbusiness #nofarmsnofood #supportlocal #savewater #farmlife #CTgrown #heartctgrown

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Should we share our surprise? Okay, you've convinced us...we will. You can now #HeartCTGrown in your inbox! We are starting a seasonal newsletter that will bring you some of the deliciousness of #CTgrown and #CTfarms so you know where and how to love your local each season. Have a special love for Northeastern CT? You can sign up to have extra info about that part of the state sent to you! Sign up today and let us #spreadthelove of HeartCTGrown with you. See the link in our profile.⠀

photo of @botlfarm by Joseph Abad

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