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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 its season and celebrates the harvest and the changing of seasons with Autumn Fires. According to Wisterian Jessica Fritz Miller, the event includes “a feast, pumpkin carving, lots of kids’ activities including costumes and trick-or-treat, a ceramic workshop and pit-firing, and nightly art fires with drumming and dancing in the forest.”

Of course, you can’t carve jack o’lanterns or have a feast without pumpkins and other produce, and that’s where the auction comes in! Prior to the event, Wisteria purchased many pumpkins and other produce at the CPA.

Local Produce Distribution Assistant Justin Brunot poses with pumpkins destined for Wisteria

Local Produce Distribution Assistant Justin Brunot poses with pumpkins destined for Wisteria (Photo by Jordan Knisley)

 

All that produce was put to good use over the course of the event. Visitors to the festival were greeted by lines of carved and lit pumpkins along the roadside, and on Saturday night those visitors were treated to a feast including fresh local squash and corn from the Chesterhill Produce Auction. Sounds delicious!

A CPA pumpkin in the process of being carved

A CPA pumpkin in the process of being carved (Photo by Jessica Fritz Miller)

 

Fresh local corn being prepared for the feast

Fresh local corn being prepared for the feast (Photo by Jessica Fritz Miller)

 

Preparing squash at the Wisteria kitchen

Preparing squash at the Wisteria kitchen (Photo by Jessica Fritz Miller)

 

Jordan Knisley is an Americorps member serving with Rural Action’s Sustainable Agriculture program. He is from Chillicothe and is a recent graduate of Ohio University.


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