Recipe Share: Buffalo Chickpea Wraps

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Lettuce is found in abundance this time of year at the auction. This buffalo chickpea wrap recipe is one of my favorite easy meals to make and the perfect way to incorporate local produce into your diet. Ingredients 1 can of chickpeas 2-3 Flour tortillas 1 tbsp butter Buffalo sauce Lettuce leaves Ranch Cheddar cheese Directions Warm a pan to medium heat and add drained chickpeas. Add butter and your desired amount of hot sauce. ...

Meet Our Summer VISTAs!

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We are so excited to welcome even more new faces to the Sustainable Agriculture team. Recently, Alex Mykulyn, Natalie Ruth, Elizabeth Vigue have joined the team as summer VISTAS. For those of you who are not familiar with the program, AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed to alleviate poverty. With members serving in all U.S. states and territories, VISTA members help local organizations such as Rural Action expand their capacity to make change. ...

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 ...