Monday, April 13, 2009

Chesterhill Produce Auction Buyers and Sellers Orientation

On Thursday April 16 at 1:00 pm, the Chesterhill Produce Auction (CPA) will be hosting a Buyer/Sellers Orientation. Anyone interested in participating in the auction this year is invited to attend.

2009 marks the 5th anniversary of the CPA, and after the success of last year, excitement is growing. The steering committee has been meeting regularly this winter to streamline the event, and several changes and improvements will be unveiled.

In response to requests from our larger buyers, this years sales will feature larger lots, that is five or more cases, going to auction first. This will allow us to better serve the buyers who are often coming from the furthest distance, and will hopefully increase volume sales for our growers.

For buyers interested in retail purchases, our new on site “store” will be unveiled. With the help of steering committee member Warren Fussner and several other community members, an actual walk in store was constructed inside the auction, allowing for increased shopping convenience. This structure was constructed from locally milled woods, much of it also donated.

Food safety expert Hal Kneen, OSU Extension Educator from Meigs County, will be on hand to discuss food safety issues, relevant to both the buyers and sellers. With food safety very much in the news this winter we are all reminded of the important role that Good Agricultural Practices, or GAP plays in the protection of our food system.

May 14th is the opening day for this years Produce Auction, and as always all Auctions will be at 4:00 pm. CPA founders Jean and Marvin Konkle are expecting another straight year of growth, and along with the steering committee invite everyone to participate in what is rapidly becoming a Morgan County Landmark.

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