Local Highlight - Avocados
Wondering where those fantastic California avocados at the fruit stand are coming from?
This week’s local highlight is Morro Bay Avocados from Shanley Farms, which is located in San Luis Obispo County, about 190 miles from Oxy. Avocados are native to Central Mexico, but were introduced to the United States in the early 19th century and have thrived since. Southern California produces 95% of the nation’s avocados, but Morro Bay Avocados are grown in northernmost avocado growing region – San Luis Obispo. This variety is the last to be harvested in the California avocado season, and Shanley Farms is committed to letting harvesting only once the avocados have achieved peak oil content, making for a flavorful, creamy, rich avocado.
Shanley Farms started as a hobby farm for Jim Shanley in 1998, but he quickly caught the farming bug and by 2010 had hired his family and created a full-fledged farming business. Not only do these avocados support a family, but as the fruit richest in potassium, they also support brain health; perfect for a student! Enjoy the last California Avocados of the season!
Other Local/ Organic Menu Items:
Monday: Chef’s Corner Lunch: Local Squash, and Kale
Homestyle Dinner: Local Carrots, Onions,
Tuesday: Fajita Bar: Local Onions, Peppers
Wednesday: Pasta Station Dinner: All-Organic Potato Bar
Homestyle Lunch: Organic Fried Catfish
Organic Salad Items:
Salad Bar All Week: Organic tomatoes, spring mix, tofu, carrots, and balsamic vinaigrette.
Fruit Stand: Local Avocadoes, Oranges
Johnson Student Center, 2nd Floor