Local Highlight- Avocados
This week’s local highlight is Hass Avocados from Eco Farms in Temucula, located just 90 miles from Oxy. Known as the “fertility fruit” in Aztec culture, avocados have been successfully cultivated for over 10,000 years, and are native to the Caribbean, South, and Central America. They were introduced to the United States in the early 19th century and have thrived in the Southern California region, which now produces 95% of the nation’s avocados!
Eco Farms has been an established organic and environmentally-minded farm for over 30 years. Steve Taft, President and CEO of Eco Farms, was raised in a natural-farming family, learning at an early age the importance of safe and healthy, high-quality produce. Taft and his business partner Norman Traner put their environmental philosophy in action by purchasing and planting over 700 acres of citrus and avocado groves across California. Eco Farms grows over nine varieties of avocados, five varieties of citrus, and cherimoya, dragon fruit, kumquats, kiwis, and asian pears. Look for these avocados at the fruit stand.
Other Local/ Organic Menu Items:
Monday: Homestyle Dinner: Organic Tempeh
Tuesday: Pasta Station: Local/Organic Carrots
Wednesday: Pizza Station Lunch: L/O Cilantro on Shrimp Tacos
Pasta Station Dinner: All-Organic Potato Bar
Thursday: Grill Station Dinner: All-Organic Bar
Friday: Homestyle Dinner: Organic Brown Rice
Johnson Student Center, 2nd Floor