Rep. Ziobron Applauds the Signing of Cottage Foods Legislation

Posted on June 13, 2018 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representative Melissa Ziobron (R-34) applauded the Governor signing SB 193 ‘An Act Concerning Revisions to the Consumer Protection Statutes’ which included provisions for cottage food production.

The measure finally establishes a cottage food license through the Department of Consumer Protection. It also defined cottage food producers as those who sell directly to consumers and have gross annual sales of $25,000 or less. The intent of the bill is twofold:  to encourage small food producing businesses to test the waters with new product and also enable these small proprietors to sell their wares to farmer’s markets and directly to consumers without having to invest in costly overhead.

“I am excited that the Governor has signed this bill to codify regulations and licensing for cottage food producers. I worked on this initiative for years, shepherding this legislation through the process,” said Rep. Ziobron. “With this bill and the legislation we passed three years ago, we now have law on the books that sensibly lowers the barrier for home producers, in order that they may bring their products to market.”

This year’s effort built off of legislation sponsored by Rep. Ziobron which was enacted in 2015: “HB 5027: An Act Concerning Cottage Food Production,” which allowed for the sale of food products prepared in private residences.

Rep. Ziobron said in her public testimony in 2015, “I first became interested in this issue as the former Economic Development Coordinator for the Town of East Haddam. During that time we had several people who were interested in small part-time business for cupcakes and cakes. These women were accomplished bakers and hard working Moms looking to add to their household income… We are one of only nine states that do not allow Cottage Food production unless you are a farmer and use your own produce to make jellies or pickles.”

The measure passed the Senate unanimously and passed the House 142-8. It was signed into law by the Governor on Monday, June 11, 2018.

Rep. Ziobron Celebrates Trails Weekend

Posted on June 7, 2018 by admin


EAST HAMPTON – State Representative Melissa Ziobron (R-34) hosted a pair of events along the Airline Trail for Trails Weekend, Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd. On Saturday she teamed up with the Middlesex Land Trust to lead a walk from the Bull Hill parking area in Colchester to Cranberry Bog in East Hampton. On Saturday she led a group of bikers with Airline Cycles owner Brian Holdt from East Hampton to the new trail sections in Portland. According to the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, Connecticut has the largest annual Trails Day celebration with over 250 hikes, walks, bikes and other events.

Lyme Disease Prevention Forum

Posted on June 5, 2018 by admin


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As summer gets underway and we spend more time enjoying the outdoors it’s important to be aware ticks are out too. There are many things that we can do to protect ourselves and our families from tick-borne illnesses.

This June I will be hosting an informational forum presented by the BLAST Tick-borne Prevention Program to address Lyme Disease prevention.

The forum will take place on Wednesday, June 27th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the East Haddam Grange Hall, 488 Town Street, East Haddam.

The program will also feature Elena Zajac, a former East Haddam Elementary School teacher with chronic Lyme Disease, who has become a strong advocate for tick-borne illness prevention.