March 19, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 1:18 pm

Chaplin Farms' apple jam CT's top food

Chaplin Farms' apple pie jam recently won "Product of the Year'' honors in the Connecticut Specialty Food Association's 11th annual awards competition.

Of the 203 specialty food items from Connecticut producers entered in the event, 72, or 35 percent, were from Connecticut farms and farm wineries. Nearly half were awarded honors.

Among them were aged cheeses, pestos, pickles, jams, relishes, fruit mustards, syrups, pies, and wines.

Agriculture contributes $3.5 billion to Connecticut's economy and accounts for about 20,000 jobs, according to a 2010 study by the University of Connecticut.

The Connecticut Specialty Food Association is a subdivision of the state nonprofit small-food business lobby, the Connecticut Food Association.

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