Local Highlight - Broccoli
This week’s local highlight is Broccoli from Adam Brothers Family Farms.
Native to Europe, broccoli evolved from a wild cabbage plant and has been cultivated for over 2,000 years. It was first introduced to the U.S. by Italian immigrants, finally reaching popularity in the 1920’s. Crisp, mild, and crunchy, broccoli has been shown to contain many potent anti-oxidants, most notably high levels of vitamins A, C, K, and dietary fiber. High broccoli consumption has also been linked to the prevention of heart disease and reduced risk of cancer.
The Adam family has been farming in the Santa Maria Valley since 1850, when William Laird Adam first emigrated from Scotland. Today the fifth generation of the Adam family continues to farm on some of the same land in Santa Maria that William first farmed in the 1800s.
Other Local/ Organic Menu Items:
Tuesday: Homestyle Lunch: Local Broccoli
Local Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Wednesday: Organic Potato Bar
Thursday: Local/Organic Butternut Squash Soup
Homestyle Lunch: Local Shiitake Mushrooms
Homestyle Dinner: Local Bok Choi
Friday: Winterfest Feast: Local Mushrooms, Local/Organic Spring Mix, Local Peppers
Organic/Local Salad Items:
Salad Bar All Week: Organic tomatoes, spring mix, tofu, and balsamic vinaigrette. Local carrots and broccoli.
Fruit Stand: Local oranges and persimmons.
Johnson Student Center, 2nd Floor