Local Highlight - Mushrooms
This week’s local highlight is shiitake mushrooms from New Union Farm.
New Union Farm was incorporated in 1995 in Riverside, CA after Andy Quach emigrated from Hong Kong to try his hand at mushroom farming, so these mushrooms only need to travel 50 miles to be a part of your meal. New Union Farm now operates over 500,000 mushroom beds, growing primarily organic shiitake and oyster mushrooms.
Growing mushrooms is a complex process that starts with creating the perfect substrate mixture – Quach uses sawdust, limestone, organic cornmeal and organic soybean meal. In addition, the mushroom spores have to be heated to get rid of any potential molds or bad bacteria. The growing process also requires constant attention because mushrooms are extremely temperature sensitive. Andy still works with a small crew of eight, delivering fresh mushrooms daily to local buyers. Find New Union Farm mushrooms in Monday’s deli salad and Homestyle dinner, or any dish with shiitakes!
Other Local/Organic Items:*
Monday: Homestyle Dinner- Local/Organic Shiitakes, Local Veggies
Tuesday: Homestyle Lunch- Local Rainbow Carrots
Homestyle Dinner- Local Eggplant, Carrots
Wednesday: Stir Fry/Homestyle Lunch- Local/Organic Veggies
Chef’s Corner – Organic Baked Potato Bar
*It is hard to track individual ingredients. Even if we can’t identify everything here, almost a quarter of Oxy’s food is local or organic, and we strive to increase that portion every chance we get.
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