Local Highlight - Celery
This week’s local highlight is Celery from Bonipak Produce, just 160 miles from Oxy.
Located in the fertile Santa Maria valley, Bonipak Produce is able to grow celery year round in the mild climate, helping Oxy to reduce its carbon footprint by sourcing vegetables locally. Bonipak has a strong commitment to both food safety and sustainability, and is on the forefront of reducing water consumption and run-off. They use over 400 miles of drip irrigation, which allows for precise water application and saves thousands of gallons of water every year. Started in 1932, Bonipak is still run by the direct descendants of the founding family.
Composed mostly of water, but with a high dietary fiber content, celery is a great low calorie food choice. Remnants of celery plants were found in King Tut’s tomb, dating back to 1323 BC. Despite its long history it didn’t appear in the English kitchen till 1699, when it quickly became a staple household item. Find it on the salad bar and enjoy some of this delicious, healthy vegetable.
Other Local/ Organic Menu Items:
Sunday: Stir Fry Station: Local veggies
Homestyle Dinner: Local tortillas and salsa
Monday: Homestyle Lunch: Local tomatoes
Tuesday: Homestyle Lunch: Local shitake mushrooms
Chef’s Corner Dinner: Natural, free-range chicken
Wednesday: Homestyle lunch: Local veggies
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