Farewell to Joe

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Our team is feeling bittersweet as we say “see you later” to our Sustainable Agriculture Program Manager, Joe Barbaree. After six years working with Rural Action as a VISTA and then Program Manager, he is moving on to pursue a Masters Degree in Agricultural Education at the University of Georgia. He will be working directly with Georgia’s Cooperative Extension to analyze their community development programs and make recommendations for increasing their stakeholder engagement. In his ...

Farm to School Salad Mix

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Our team has been busy processing fresh lettuce from the auction for our Farm to School Program. We are excited to offer salad mix to the Fed-Hock Schools and provide healthy food to students while supporting local farmers. We recently purchased processing equipment that enables us to cut, clean, and dry large quantities of lettuce. Traditionally our Farm to School program has only been able to offer frozen or canned goods to schools, such as ...

Recipe Share: Pasta with Asparagus

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As the growing season commences, we will be sharing recipes twice a month that revolve around common produce offered at the auction. For this recipe share, we are featuring asparagus. Ingredients 5 garlic cloves, minced 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 2 to 3 dashes hot pepper sauce 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon butter 1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces Salt to taste 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan ...

Justin and Brady – New Faces at the Auction

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We’re excited to welcome two new faces to the team this summer. Justin Brunot is working as our Local Produce Distribution Assistant, leading the Buying Club program through purchasing produce, working with the team to pack shares, and communicating with Buying Club members. And Brady Dotson was recently hired as our Food Access Assistant to purchase produce orders at the auction, fulfill produce prescriptions for our local health partners, and distribute fresh produce around the ...

Recipe Share: Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

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As the growing season commences, we will be sharing recipes twice a month that revolve around common produce offered at the auction. For this first recipe share, strawberries and rhubarbs are being featured in this delicious crisp. Ingredients 4 cups fresh rhubarb, 1-inch diced (4 to 5 stalks) 4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and halved 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice ...

Produce Poetry: Snap Pea

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It’s hard to believe the snow that is falling on apple blossoms and spring flowers right now. So I am choosing to ignore the snow flurries and focus on my favorite signs of spring. My snap peas are pushing out of the ground and beginning to put tendrils out towards the trellis. There’s something so special about crunching into a snap pea in spring, one of the first items of produce I get to enjoy ...

First Auction of the 2021 Season

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As a first-timer entering the world of the Chesterhill Produce Auction, I was surprised by how welcoming and bustling the auction was. Since it was the first auction of the season, in the middle of a pandemic, it was shocking to have such a good turnout. I was also nervous about attending as I was concerned about being in a large crowd. Despite my concern, attendees were friendly and tried to adhere to social distancing ...

Meet Our Intern Hannah!

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Hi, my name is Hannah Bernstein. I am a senior at Athens High School and a new intern for Rural Action’s Sustainable Agriculture program. I have been involved with Rural Action for four years, starting as a counselor for the Sunday Creek Watershed Camp under Joe Brehm and the Environmental Education Team. I am also one of the leaders of the Athens High School Youth Climate Action Team (AHS YCAT). Pre-pandemic, AHS YCAT led environmental ...

A Look at 2020’s Numbers

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After auction season ends, we start crunching the numbers. Our community of growers and supporters want to know – How did we do this year compared to last? What were the top selling items? How many new buyers and sellers did we gain? As a social enterprise, we are most concerned with how well we served our farmers and food access in the region. This year we were particularly concerned with how the pandemic affected ...

Eating Ugly

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We have a massive food waste problem in this country. A whopping 40% of our food supply is wasted every year. Food gets thrown into the trash at all points in the food chain: before it reaches the grocery store, after sitting on grocery shelves for too long, and once it has rotted in our fridges. According to a study about food waste in 2020, the average American family of four throws out $1,600 a ...