Local Highlight - Tomatoes
This week’s local highlight is Tomatoes from Deardorff Family Farms, located just 60 miles away in Oxnard, CA.
Originally started in 1937 right here in Los Angeles, Deardorff-Jackson had to move its operations to Ventura and Orange counties because of urbanization. Today it is operated by the fourth generation of Deardorffs, and is focusing more than ever on sustainability. They strive to mitigate chemical usage, and increasingly rely on ‘soft’ tactics such as beneficial insects for pest management. They also work to maintain healthy soil with cover crops and crop rotation. Deardorff Family Farms is also responsible about giving back to the community, providing all their employees with good health care and donating to educational charity.
Now grown and consumed en masse in every state in the U.S., tomatoes were slow to catch on because of a false belief that they were poisonous. From the cultivation of the wild tomato by the Aztecs c. 500 B.C., to the 7,500 varieties cultivated today all over the world, the tomato is here to stay. Look for them on sandwiches and salads in the Marketplace – how many varieties can you find?
Other Local/Organic Menu Items: *
Wednesday: Stir Fry Station: Local veggies,
Homestyle Lunch: Local tofu
Chef’s Corner: Local and Organic Dinner
Thursday: Homestyle Lunch: Local shitakes, local/organic tofu
Friday: Homestyle Dinner: Local tomatoes
Saturday: Rangeview Dinner: Local fruit
All Week Salad Bar: Local watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe. Organic/local tomatoes, baby greens, balsamic vinaigrette, tofu, carrots, cucumbers, and more.
*Don’t forget; 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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