Luci at Ura's farm

Finding the Family Farm

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The Chesterhill Produce Auction has been a place to congregate and support farmers for many years. During my three-month summer term with Rural Action, it has become apparent that the auction holds a place in many people’s hearts whether it be the regulars who attend each week or people from out of the area. On a sunny Thursday afternoon in June, there was an unfamiliar van parked in the CPA lot. A woman named Luci ...
Chesterhill Produce Auction

Recipe Share: Zucchini Bread

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During the summer months there is an abundance of zucchini to be bid on at the produce auction. This zucchini bread recipe makes two loaves of a perfect baked good to snack on and impress. Ingredients (* = optional) 3 eggs 1 cup of white sugar 1 cup of brown sugar 1 cup of cooking oil 1 tsp. vanilla 2 cups of grated or blended zucchini (around 2½ zucchinis) 3 cups of flour 3 tsp. ...

Follow the Food: Firehouse Cooperative

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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. Since April, one of the Auction’s newest customers has been Firehouse, officially named the Student Cooperative Organization (SCO). Located in Athens, OH, Firehouse is a housing cooperative, meaning residents run the house and property democratically, without a landlord. While there are five residents as of June 2022, occupancy tops out ...
GAP certified mixed veggies

Say Hello to Natalie, Rowan and Sarah!

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You’ll be seeing some new faces around Chesterhill! Two weeks ago, three AmeriCorps members serving with the Appalachian Ohio Restore Corps (AORC) joined the Rural Action Sustainable Agriculture team. Serving through August 16, they will help Rural Action handle the growing season uptick in Auction sales and event programming. We’re excited to have them on board! NATALIE JOHNSON What have you been up to the past few years and what brings you to Rural Action? ...
GAP Training

Farmers Gather to Learn About Food Safety

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On Monday, February 7th, growers, Rural Action staff, AmeriCorps members, and other interested parties all gathered together at the Triple Nickel Diner in Chesterhill for a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training. The training session, hosted by Tiffany Harvey of Ohio University, included information on food safety as well as the requirements and documentation necessary for a farm to attain GAP certification. This certification ensures that a farm is sticking to food safety standards aimed at ...
Ciaran and Dora

Welcome Ciaran and Dora!

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Rural Action Sustainable Agriculture is once again welcoming new members to our team! As AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTAs), these members have a focus on alleviating poverty and building capacity in Appalachian Ohio through service in farm to school programs, the Chesterhill Produce Auction, and more. Join us in giving a warm welcome to Community Resources VISTA Ciaran Lyons and Farm to School VISTA Dora Rodriguez! Meet our new Community Resource VISTA, Ciaran ...

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 ...