Follow the Food: West End Ciderhouse

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“Follow the Food” highlights the journey that produce takes from the auction floor to homes, restaurants, healthcare providers, colleges, and hungry mouths across the region. From the ornate main bar and the relaxed atmosphere of the red brick patio out back, West End Ciderhouse has been serving locally crafted hard ciders and cocktails since opening in 2014. The brainchild of Kelly Sauber, owner of Fifth Element Distillery in Meigs County, and his partner Deanna Schwartz, ...
Fruit for sale at the Wagner's Fruit Farm stand at Athens Farmers Market

Grower Spotlight – Wagner’s Fruit Farm

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“Grower Spotlight” gives customers and consumers of the Chesterhill Produce Auction (CPA) a chance to get to know the farmers that sell their products at the auction. On an unusually warm afternoon in early October, I found myself bouncing around in the passenger seat of a utility vehicle making its way around Wagner’s Fruit Farm in Waterford, Ohio. I had been working with the farm’s owner, Eric Wagner, for the past month in preparation for ...

Holiday Bundles are Back!!

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Last year we had to cancel our Holiday Auction and in its place, we put together excellent Holiday Bundles to help support our local producers and craftspeople. This year we are able to hold our Holiday Auction on December 11th, which will feature handcrafted wood products, livestock, baked goods, and festive gifts. Join us in beautiful Chesterhill for our final auction of the 2021 season. In addition, the Holiday Bundles were such a success last ...

Fall Consignment Auction this Saturday

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Not sure what to do with that extra farm stuff you gathered this year? Looking to sell your unused furniture, home décor, equipment or tools? Bring it to the Fall Consignment Auction at the Chesterhill Produce Auction that will be held this Saturday, November 13th at 10 a.m. All Items (excluding livestock) can be dropped off at the CPA on Friday the 12th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you would like to bring ...
A line of pumpkins ready to be carved

Follow the Food: Wisteria’s Autumn Fires Event

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“Follow the Food” highlights the journey that produce takes from the auction floor to homes, restaurants, healthcare providers, colleges, and hungry mouths across the region. From Thursday October 7th to Monday October 11th, produce purchased at the Chesterhill Produce Auction could be found at Wisteria’s 25th annual Autumn Fires event. Wisteria is at once an intentional community, a nature preserve, and a campground and event site. Every October, the campground and event site wraps up ...

Another Successful Pie Fundraiser Auction

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On Monday we gathered for one of our favorite days of the year at the Chesterhill Produce Auction — Pie Day! Early this week, our community was busy baking their best pies to be tasted, voted on, and auctioned off this week to raise funds for our Farm to School project. Individuals, schools, and local businesses donated pies and entered the competition to win first, second, or third place. Every baker brought two of the ...

Welcome Jordan and Melissa!

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Every year, our Sustainable Agriculture Program welcomes AmeriCorps members to the team. These service members spend one year helping us to build the food and farming economy in the Mid-Ohio Valley of Ohio and West Virginia. This fall we are eager to welcome Jordan and Melissa! Jordan is serving as our Food Access Coordinator COMCorps member and Melissa is serving as our Community Development AmeriCorps member. Read on to learn a little about them!   ...

Re-Growing Your Food

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According to the EPA, every year in the United States, approximately 31% (133 billion pounds) of the overall food supply is wasted. This is not sustainable with an ever-growing population and climate change making food production more vulnerable. To build a more sustainable food system, people with the privilege and resources need to reconsider their relationship with food and waste. One way to build a better relationship with our food is to meet our local ...

Follow the Food: Little Fish

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“Follow the Food” highlights the journey that produce takes from the auction floor to homes, restaurants, healthcare providers, colleges, and hungry mouths across the region. Produce from the Chesterhill Produce Auction ends up in many different places including local restaurants. Restaurants can place produce orders through Rural Action for our staff to bid on during the auction. One restaurant we buy for is Little Fish. Little Fish is a local brewery in Athens that produces ...

Saturdays at the CPA

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Looking for something to do on a Saturday in Southeast Ohio? The Chesterhill Produce Auction (CPA) has the perfect opportunity for you! On the second Saturday of every month during the growing season, CPA runs an auction featuring wood products, livestock, flowers, and some produce. Wood Products A wide range of beautiful wood products are a guarantee. The possibilities range from handmade benches, bench swings, live edge tables, kid’s furniture, and lawn chairs. Each piece ...