Local Food Sources

 

Sustainable…It isn’t just a buzzword at the Department of Dining Services

The University of Indonesia released its 2019 GreenMetric World University rankings. This past year, 780 colleges and universities from around the world participated in the GreenMetric survey, which focuses on the environmental aspects of sustainability. UConn ranked #11!

See this link for the complete GreenMetric rankings: http://greenmetric.ui.ac.id/overall-rankings-2019/.

UConn Dining Services is the largest consumer of locally grown produce in Connecticut. We love serving local foods! We are committed to providing our customers with sustainable dining options and to supporting a local food system. Dining Services’ Local Routes program works to help educate the UConn community about the importance of choosing foods that will benefit the local economy, the environment, and New England farmers.

Whitney Dining was renovated during the summer of 2019. Everyone is encouraged to come visit and experience its menu featuring local, vegetarian and vegan options. Our farm-to-table initiative offers sustainable and local food items from a variety of local farmers and food producers including our own Spring Valley Student Farm. Whitney serves local honey, UConn eggs, UConn Dairy Bar ice cream and produce from UConn’s EcoGarden.

 

The Local Routes Mission Statement

The goal of the Department of Dining Services’ Local Routes program is to develop interest in locally produced foods among the university community. By holding Local Routes Fairs and encouraging the use of local foods through on-campus food service operations, the Department of Dining Services will focus on supporting and promoting the use of local and sustainable foods. Through education and interaction, the Local Routes Program will encourage the support of local food producers and businesses that sell locally grown foods.

 

10 Reasons to Buy Local Food

  1. Locally Grown or Produced Food Tastes Better In a week long (or more) delay from harvest to dinner table, sugars turn to starches, plant cells shrink and produce loses its vitality.
  2. Local Produce is Better For You A recent study showed that fresh produce loses nutrients quickly.
  3. Local Food Preserves Genetic Diversity Local farms grow a huge number of varieties to provide a long season of harvest, an array of eye-catching colors and the best flavors.
  4. Local Food is GMO Free Small and local farms are less likely to use genetically engineered seeds.
  5. Local Food Supports Local Farm Families Local farmers who sell direct to customers get full price for their food.
  6. Local Food Builds Community When you buy direct from the farmer, you are re-establishing a time-honored connection between the eater and the grower.
  7. Local Food Preserves Open Space When you buy locally grown food, you are doing something proactive about preserving the agricultural landscape.
  8. Local Food Keeps Your Taxes in Check Farms contribute more in taxes than they require is services.
  9. Local Food Supports a Clean Environment and Benefits Wildlife A well-managed family farm is a place where the resources of fertile soil and clean water are valued and the perfect environment for many species of wildlife.
  10. Local Food is About the Future By supporting local farmers today, you can help ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow.

 

Connecticut and New England Food Producers

We are proud to list the following Connecticut and New England food producers among the suppliers to our Sustainable Dining Program at UConn’s historic Whitney Hall.

Local Farmers and CT Producers:

  • The Bridge Tofu, Middletown, CT (Tofu)
  • Calabro Cheese Co., East Haven, CT (Mozzarella, Ricotta, Parmesan & Romano Cheeses)
  • Four Mile River Farm, Old Lyme CT (Pastured Beef)
  • Mountain Dairy, Storrs, CT (Milk & Cream)
  • Buell’s Orchard, Eastford, CT (Apples & Apple Cider)
  • Norman’s Sugarhouse, Woodstock, CT (Maple Syrup & Honey)
  • Wright’s Orchard, Tolland, CT (Apples)
  • Longhini Sausage, New Haven, CT (Sausage)

University of Connecticut Food Producers:

  • UConn Poultry Farm (Cage Free Eggs)
  • UConn EcoGarden Club (Garden Produce & Herbs)
  • UConn Spring Valley Student Farm (Garden Produce & Herbs)
  • UConn Dairy Bar (Ice Cream)
  • UConn Dining Services Apiary (UConn Gold Honey)

 

Certified Organic Products

UConn Dining proudly serves organic products when available.

  • Baby Spinach
  • Fair Trade Coffee
  • Rainforest Alliance Coffee
  • Applegate Organic Turkey & Ham
  • Spring Mix
  • Misc vegetables from UConn Spring Valley Student Farm

 

Sustainable Farm Cooperatives

We are proud to list the following farms that supply our dining units with products that are humanely raised without antibiotics or growth hormones. These farms are committed to sustainable agricultural practices.

  • Tyson – No Antibiotics Ever! (NAE)
  • Coleman Chicken Tenders (NAE)
  • Pineland Farms (All Natural Beef)
  • Michigan Turkey (All Natural Turkey)
  • Applegate (All Natural Turkey & Pork Products)

 

Local and Regional Purchases

Local Farmers and CT Producers:

  • Gourmavian Farms, Bolton, CT (Poultry: Italian Roasters, French Reds-Whole Birds)
  • Longhini Sausage Company, New Haven, CT (Hot & Sweet Italian Sausage, Breakfast Sausage)
  • Stearns Family Farms, Storrs, CT (Cream & Milk)
  • Carla’s Pasta, South Windsor, CT (Ravioli, Tortellini, Pesto)
  • Norm’s Sugar House, Woodstock, CT (Maple Syrup)
  • Cato Corner Farm, Colchester, CT (Bloomsday Cheese)
  • Calabro Cheese, New Haven, CT (Ricotta)
  • Lyman Orchards, Middlefield, CT (Apple Cider)
  • Hillandale Farms, Lebanon, CT (Eggs)
  • Buell’s Orchard, Eastford, CT (Apples, Peaches, Cider)
  • The Farm, Woodbury, CT (Tomatoes, Zucchini, Squash)
  • Blue Hills Orchard, Wallingford, CT (Apples)
  • Bushy Hill Farms, Granby, CT (Apples)
  • Wright’s Orchard, Tolland, CT (Apples)
  • Hickory Hills Orchard, Cheshire, CT (Apples, Peaches, Pears & Plums)
  • Bussa Orchards, Glastonbury, CT (Apples & Peaches)
  • Grescyk Farms, New Hartford, CT (Tomatoes)
  • Omar Coffee, Newington, CT (Rainforest Alliance Coffee Beans)
  • Bigelow Tea, Stamford, CT (Assorted Teas)

University of Connecticut Food Producers:

  • Spring Valley Student Farm, Storrs, CT (Asparagus, Beets, Bell Peppers, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Cucumbers, Currants, Edible Flowers, Eggplant, Garlic, Garlic Scapes, Green Beans, Greens, Herbs, Kale, Lettuce, Nasturtium, Onion, Papallo, Peas, Radishes, Serrano Peppers, Sorrel, Squash, Swiss Chard, Tat-Soi, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Zucchini)
  • UConn Dairy Bar, Storrs, CT (Assorted Ice Cream Flavors)
  • UConn Bakery, Storrs, CT (Assorted Breads, Danish, Cookies, Pastries & Desserts)
  • UConn Gluten-Free Bakery, Storrs, CT (Gluten-Free Baked Goods)

Local and Regional Purchases

Local Farmers and CT Producers:

  • Gourmavian Farms, Bolton, CT (Poultry: Italian Roasters, French Reds-Whole Birds)
  • Longhini Sausage Company, New Haven, CT (Hot & Sweet Italian Sausage, Breakfast Sausage)
  • Stearns Family Farms, Storrs, CT (Cream & Milk)
  • Carla’s Pasta, South Windsor, CT (Ravioli, Tortellini, Pesto)
  • Norm’s Sugar House, Woodstock, CT (Maple Syrup)
  • Cato Corner Farm, Colchester, CT (Bloomsday Cheese)
  • Calabro Cheese, New Haven, CT (Ricotta)
  • Lyman Orchards, Middlefield, CT (Apple Cider)
  • Hillandale Farms, Lebanon, CT (Eggs)
  • Buell’s Orchard, Eastford, CT (Apples, Peaches, Cider)
  • The Farm, Woodbury, CT (Tomatoes, Zucchini, Squash)
  • Blue Hills Orchard, Wallingford, CT (Apples)
  • Bushy Hill Farms, Granby, CT (Apples)
  • Wright’s Orchard, Tolland, CT (Apples)
  • Hickory Hills Orchard, Cheshire, CT (Apples, Peaches, Pears & Plums)
  • Bussa Orchards, Glastonbury, CT (Apples & Peaches)
  • Grescyk Farms, New Hartford, CT (Tomatoes)
  • Omar Coffee, Newington, CT (Rainforest Alliance Coffee Beans)
  • Bigelow Tea, Stamford, CT (Assorted Teas)

University of Connecticut Food Producers:

  • Spring Valley Student Farm, Storrs, CT (Asparagus, Beets, Bell Peppers, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Cucumbers, Currants, Edible Flowers, Eggplant, Garlic, Garlic Scapes, Green Beans, Greens, Herbs, Kale, Lettuce, Nasturtium, Onion, Papallo, Peas, Radishes, Serrano Peppers, Sorrel, Squash, Swiss Chard, Tat-Soi, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Zucchini)
  • UConn Dairy Bar, Storrs, CT (Assorted Ice Cream Flavors)
  • UConn Bakery, Storrs, CT (Assorted Breads, Danish, Cookies, Pastries & Desserts)
  • UConn Gluten-Free Bakery, Storrs, CT (Gluten-Free Baked Goods)