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 ...

Collaborative Conversations: Community Food Initiatives

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“Collaborative Conversations” seeks to explore the strong partnerships that exist through the Chesterhill Produce Auction. The mission of Community Food Initiatives (CFI) is to “foster communities where everyone has equitable access to healthy, local food.” All CFI programming works toward this mission on different levels. Two CFI programs that provide direct access to healthy, local food are the Veggie Van and the Donation Station, both of which utilize the Chesterhill Produce Auction as their source ...

Recipe Share: Frozen Yogurt Pops

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There is nothing better than a frozen treat on a hot summer day, especially when it includes locally grown berries! Ingredients: 4 cups Plain whole milk Greek yogurt ¼ cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups fruit (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries) Granola of your choice You will also need: Blender Paper cups or popsicle molds Popsicle sticks This recipe is super flexible and you can create whatever combinations of berries that you wish! Directions: ...

Produce Poetry: Celery

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The celery is coming through the auction these days, along with an abundance of other early summer produce. All of the vegetables in my garden are growing fast with the recent rain and warm days! So here’s a short poem about this time of year.   Celery The celery has all been polished by the night rain here in this garden patch of parallels — stalks, legs, measurements of growth.   We are extending these ...

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 ...