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CJR Farm Market to Open Weekends in October
Posted 10/06/2020 03:11PM

CJR Farm Market to Open Weekends in October

The Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) Farm Market will open on Saturday, October 3, for the autumn season. The Market will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM the first three weekends in October, including Columbus Day.

Fresh produce will include a variety of crops grown on the CJR Farm, including chrysanthemums, gourds, edible and decorative autumn squashes, traditional and specialty varieties of pumpkins, and potatoes. Hay bales, cornstalks, and fresh eggs, along with maple syrup from sap harvested from over 800 CJR trees, will round out the offerings from the CJR Farm.

A variety of baked goods prepared by the culinary arts class, including breads, cookies and brownies, as well as the CJR chefs’ apple and pumpkin pies, will be sold at the market along with other items from CJR’s vocational classes, such as Adirondack chairs, corn hole games and pumpkin sculptures. Visitors will enjoy complimentary hot apple cider and the satisfaction of knowing that all Farm Market sales support the Junior Republic’s vocational education programs.

Founded in 1904, the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) provides care, treatment, education and family support for vulnerable at-risk, special needs and troubled young people so they may become productive and fulfilled members of their homes, schools and communities.  Today, the organization’s combined programs serve approximately 1,400 boys and girls annually at 11 sites throughout Connecticut.

CJR conducts three residential programs for young men on its Litchfield campus, and provides longer term care for boys at its Group Home in Winchester and REGIONS Program in Waterbury.  Education programs are provided for boys from communities throughout Connecticut at CJR’s Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center (CAVEC), which is based on its Litchfield campus and for young men in the REGIONS Residential Program.  Education services for girls are provided at CAVEC’s Bristol campus.                               

A broad spectrum of prevention, early intervention, family support, substance abuse treatment, and intensive home-based therapy and aftercare programs are provided for boys and girls through CJR’s community locations in Danbury, East Hartford, Meriden, New Britain, New London, Torrington and Waterbury. Behavioral and mental health services are provided in most of these locations, as well as on CJR’s Litchfield Campus, and by special arrangement at The Gilbert School in Winsted and Northwestern Regional School District Number 7, serving Barkhamsted, Colebrook, New Hartford and Norfolk.

A private charitable organization, the Connecticut Junior Republic is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  CJR is supported by gifts from individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations, and through service contracts funded by the Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division (JBCSSD), the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), by Connecticut’s public schools, and through other income earned for services provided.  

For further information, please contact Hedy Barton, Director of Development and Public Relations (860) 567-9423, extension 252; or by email:

  • Connecticut Junior Republic
  • 550 Goshen Road, P.O. Box 161
  • Litchfield, CT 06759
  • (860) 567-9423

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