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 ...

Grower Spotlight – OU Student 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. Art Trese has been involved with the Ohio University Student Farm for around twenty years. Art took on a managerial role of the farm a few years ago, and continues to fulfill the duties of this role into retirement. The Ohio Student Farm sits on roughly two acres ...

Follow the Food: Buying Club

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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. Last week the Chesterhill Produce Auction (CPA) provided shares of local produce to 146 Buying Club members. This week we decided to Follow the Food and see how the produce goes from the auction floor to our Buying Club members’ kitchens. First, farmers drop off their produce at CPA and ...

Recipe Share: Mexican Street Corn

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Corn is a staple food sold at the auction this time of year. This Mexican Street Corn makes for an easy and delicious summer side dish. Ingredients: 4 ears of corn ¼ cup of mayonnaise ¼ cup of sour cream 2 cloves of garlic, crushed or minced ¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped ½ teaspoon of chili powder ½ cup of cotija cheese Lime wedges Directions: Shuck and lightly brush corn with oil or butter. Heat ...

Small Lots!

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A few weeks ago the Chesterhill Produce Auction(CPA) began running a second auction alongside the traditional “big lots”. This happens every year as the produce season begins to ramp up to full speed. The small lots auctions are great for individuals and households. No need to worry about having to find a home for 19 extra pecks of summer squash, or needing to cook 15 loaves of zucchini bread to keep up with big lots. ...

Follow the Food: Produce Prescriptions

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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. The produce sold at the Chesterhill Produce Auction has many different destinations. One initiative Rural Action has found success in is Produce Prescriptions. We partner with healthcare institutions to provide produce to patients with the goal of managing chronic health conditions. Coplin Health Systems and Hopewell Health Centers coordinate their ...

Grower Spotlight – Warren Fussner

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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. Warren Fussner is a long time contributor, volunteer, seller, and buyer at CPA. He’s been attending auctions in some capacity long before Rural Action was involved at CPA. In fact, Warren attended many of the first CPA auctions. At most auctions now you can find him showing the ...

Recipe Share: Spicy Creamy Gnocchi

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Last year a couple friends and I exchanged recipes to cook at home. One of my favorites was this Spicy Creamy Gnocchi. Not only is it delicious and filling, but you really can’t go wrong with ingredients and directions.   Ingredients: – 1 white onion – 2 cloves garlic – 2 handfuls grape tomatoes – 2 handfuls of spinach – 1 package gnocchi – Choice of protein (suggestion hot italian sausage) – Half and half ...