Local Highlight - Carrots
DID YOU KNOW? Nearly every single carrot served at Oxy is from a local farm!
This week’s local highlight is Carrots from Grimmway Farms. Grimmway Farms is located just 110 miles from Oxy in the San Joaquin Valley in central California. The farm was established in 1968 when the Grimm brothers Rod and Bob decided to set up a roadside produce stand in Anaheim. Three years later the Grimm brothers realized that carrots were a perfect crop to rotate with their corn, and soon they moved to Bakersfield where the climate allows for two carrot crops per year. After more than 4 decades, Grimmway Farms (AKA Cal-Organic) has grown to be the largest grower, producer, and distributor of carrots in the world, and supplies nearly all the carrots that Campus Dining uses at the Salad Bar, the Stir Fry station, Homestyle, and even the carrots and ranch packs in the Cooler!
Originating 1100 years ago in Afghanistan, the first cultivated carrot roots were white, yellow, red, green or purple but NOT orange! According to Grimmway Farm research, orange carrots can be traced back to the Dutch in the 1600’s, and the orange carrots that we eat today are descended from this Dutch variety. Grimmway Farms grows six different types of carrots in a full range of colors. Grimmway Farms, like Campus Dining, is dedicated to sustainable practices in every area of their operation, from pesticides, to packaging, and energy use. Find these sustainable (and often organic) carrots at Homestyle and the Salad Bar!
Other Local/ Organic Menu Items:
Monday: Chef’s Corner Dinner: Meatless Monday
Homestyle Dinner: Local Kale
Tuesday: Grill Dinner: Local Peppers
Homestyle Dinner: Local / Organic Carrots
Wednesday: Homestyle Lunch/Dinner: Local/Organic Tofu
Pasta Station: Organic Potato Bar
Johnson Student Center, 2nd Floor