(Watertown) A Watertown business was a recent recipient of grant funds from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin is a competitive grant program designed to strengthen the state’s agriculture and food industries by helping farms and businesses more efficiently process, market, and distribute locally grown food products.
Crimson Kitchen and Gardens received $10,000 to expand its food product sales and make canned food available year round to create new jobs. Since its inception in 2008, more than 547 applications have been submitted for Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants, requesting a total of more than $19-million-dollars in funding.
Of those applications, 90 projects have been funded, totaling more than $2.6-million. Previous grant recipients have generated more than $12.6-million-dollars in new local food sales, created and retained more than 285 jobs, and benefited more than 3,800 producers and 4,055 markets.