Explore 21st-century farming in Connecticut with the new series Harvesting Connecticut.
Produced and hosted by Alex Caserta, Harvesting Connecticut explores how farms and farmers have responded to changing technology and markets. Growers and livestock farmers have had to balance the traditional approaches that were handed down to them with the realities of today’s business climate. As a result, they are innovating to stay successful.
Harvesting Connecticut brings viewers on-location so they can meet the farmers and hear their stories of innovation firsthand. Viewers also learn about the fascinating history of the land on which these farms reside, exploring both the past and the possible future of farming.
In addition, helpful and timely information is shared about the locations and varieties of crops that are Connecticut-grown, and where to purchase them; the modern farm-to-table and local food movements; the importance of land stewardship; and more.
Where to Watch
Episodes premiere Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. beginning June 20 on CPTV and encore the following Saturdays at 1 p.m. on CPTV. They also encore on CPTV Spirit the following Mondays at 8:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m.; Saturdays at 10 a.m.; and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.
The series will also encore in fall 2020 on CPTV and CPTV Spirit.
In addition, episodes will be available to stream below on this page, on video.cptv.org, and on CPTV and PBS streaming platforms.
Each episode features a different farm from throughout Connecticut, including:
324 Woodstock Road, Woodstock, CT (street address is for the Farm to Table Market)
Episode premieres Saturday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m., and now available to stream below.
Route 169, Pomfret, CT
Episode premieres Saturday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m., and now available to stream below.
Jonathan Edwards Winery
74 Chester Main Road, North Stonington, CT
Episode premieres Saturday, July 4 at 5:30 p.m., and now available to stream below.
12 Orchard Lane, Gales Ferry, CT
Episode premieres Saturday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m., and now available to stream below.
523 Taugwonk Road, Stonington, CT
Episode premieres Saturday, July 18 at 5:30 p.m.
NOTE: Harvesting Connecticut was filmed in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic began to impact farms, wineries and cideries. For info on hours and events, visit the following websites:
- Elm Farm – www.facebook.com/farmtotablemarketct
- Lapsley Orchard – www.lapsleyorchard.com
- Jonathan Edwards Winery – www.jedwardswinery.com
- Holmberg Orchards – www.holmbergorchards.com
- Stonington Vineyards – www.stoningtonvineyards.com
Harvesting Connecticut is a production of Caserta Productions, LLC.
This project was funded in part by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture through the Community Investment Act.