Although The Salad Farm, which is located just outside of Salinas, CA, is outside of Occidental’s local range of 250 miles, we believe it is important that the spring mix on our salad bar is always supporting the California economy – 275 miles is better than 2500! In addition, during these ‘winter’ months the spring mix is grown just 225 mi southeast of LA. While a traditional spring mix can be made up of arugula, lettuce, spinach, and chard, several other varieties of leafy vegetables are often substituted. This incredibly healthy batch of greens contains high levels of vitamins A, C, K, and iron. Try it at the salad bar or the specialty salad station!...Read More
Dining news, upcoming special events and responses to your suggestions
February 3, 2014
This week’s local highlight is fresh Spring Mix from The Salad Farm.
January 27, 2014
This week’s Local Highlight is Cilantro from Boskovich Farms.
Cilantro is very old, as cultivated plants go, and it is referenced in many ancient texts. Scholars believe that the Roman Empire is responsible for the spread of cilantro around the world, and it is now grown and used in almost every country in the world! The largest cilantro producers are located in India, China, and Mexico, but this cilantro is local and the farm is located just 100 miles from Oxy! Although not always obvious, cilantro is an ingredient in many MP recipes – look for it especially in Latin cuisine.
Boskovich Farms was started in 1915 by Stephen Boskovich, a Croatian immigrant. The Boskovich family continued the expansion of the family farm throughout the 20th century, and by the 1980s were already...Read More
December 10, 2013
This week’s local highlight is Fuyu persimmons from Fuyu Farms, located less than 150 miles from Oxy.
The season is drawing to a close, but those delicious persimmons that have been in the marketplace are from a small local farm. Unlike many persimmon varieties - including the native American variety and the more common Hachiya variety, which are astringent and unpleasant to eat raw - Fuyu persimmons sweet and delicious even while still slightly firm. They also have an incredible natural shelf life, staying firm for up to three weeks, growing slightly sweeter as it gets softer. Fuyus are often used in puddings or for baking, but eaten raw they provide great nutritional benefits; the fuyu persimmon is a great source of Vitamins A and C, beta carotene, fiber, and some essential amino acids. Try them while they are still in season!
December 4, 2013
The annual Occidental College Employee Holiday Party will take place on Friday evening December 13. In order to allow all employees the opportunity to attend, Campus Dining facilities will close at 3pm that day. Box dinners for students are available by pre-order, and must be picked up in person in the Marketplace between 12noon and 3pm. Please place your on-line order no later than Tuesday December 10 at 11:59pm.
The Marketplace will reopen at 7:30am on Saturday December 14 for students remaining on campus. Fall meal plans are valid through 12/14.
December 2, 2013
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.
November 25, 2013
This week’s local highlight is Galasso’s Bakery.
Galasso’s Bakery is one of Campus Dining’s main providers of freshly baked bread, rolls, and buns. All their products are baked fresh daily just 40 miles from Oxy in Mira Loma, CA. Galasso’s Bakery delivers their fresh bread to Oxy almost daily. “Founded in 1968, Galasso’s Bakery began as a family-run business. Over the years, the company has grown from a single room delicatessen into a full-line bakery, producing hearth baked sourdough, sliced and French breads as well as dinner rolls, hamburger buns, hot dog buns, and specialty breads.”
Galasso’s is famous throughout the area for their traditional-style bread delivery trucks....Read More
November 20, 2013
November 11, 2013
Campus Dining is switching from Canadian farm raised salmon, to serving Alaskan Wild Caught Salmon.
This week’s highlight is Wild Caught Salmon, which we purchase through our distributor – Superior Seafood. Previously, the Marketplace has served salmon that is farmed in Canada. Recently, Chef Meesh worked with Superior Seafood to find a source of Alaskan Wild Caught Salmon, which the Monterey Bay Aquarium identifies as a “Best Choice” for sustainable and healthy seafood.
One of the biggest sustainability problems involved in farming salmon is the large amount of food they require. Wild caught salmon, on the other hand, are part of a natural system where the food they eat is at least partially replenished through the nutrients recycled during the salmon’s life cycle. A lesser known fact is that farmed salmon are also less healthy than wild caught salmon. According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pacific salmon in Alaska are among the most...Read More
November 5, 2013
This week’s local highlight is mushrooms from Mountain Meadow Mushrooms.
Mountain Meadow Mushrooms is located in Escondido, CA so they only have to travel 115 miles to get to Oxy. E in 1952, Mountain Meadow Mushrooms (MMM) is currently growing and shipping 100,000 pounds of mushrooms per week.
Growing mushrooms is a complex process that starts with creating the perfect compost mixture. Of the 63-day production cycle, 25 days are devoted to producing the compost soil. This process requires constant attention because the piles must be heated, cooled, watered, and turned on a daily basis. The mushrooms are grown in this nutrient-rich soil in small beds located in dark, temperature-controlled rooms. When they are fully grown, the mushrooms are handpicked and shipped to the local community the very same day. Find these mushrooms throughout the MP!
October 29, 2013
This week’s local highlight is Pomegranates from Wawona Packing Co.
The farm, located about 200 miles from Oxy, grows many varieties of fruit. Wawona has been ramping up its commitment to sustainable production in the past few years. In 2012 it installed a solar array which produces 70% of its power, including for processing and cold storage. For a company that farms more than 6,500 acres and packs 5 million cartons annually, that’s a lot of sustainably produced power.
Pomegranates, which grow on a small deciduous tree, are thought to have originated in Iran, and have been cultivated since ancient times. The fruit has also featured heavily in religious traditions, appearing repeatedly throughout Christian, Jewish, Taoist, Hindu, and Islamic theology, often symbolizing fertility. Pomegranates have also been used medicinally throughout history, featuring heavily in the...Read More