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October 28, 2012

Mary's Free Range Chicken is All-Natural, so they never use any antibiotics, growth hormones, or pesticides in the chicken feed!

This week’s local highlight is All Natural Free Range Chicken from Mary’s Chicken. Mary’s Chicken has been family owned and operated since 1954, and is currently run by Mary’s son David Pittman in the San Joaquin valley, just 200 miles from Oxy. Mary’s Free Range Chicken is certified by the 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards Program through the Global Animal Partnership. This program encourages higher welfare practices and systems to benefit the farmers, consumers, and the animals. Mary's California Bronze Chicken was the first in the United States to achieve the coveted “Step 5” rating!

Mary’s Chickens live their lives outdoors on a pastured farm, so they grow strong muscles and bones naturally, by running and having free range. They...

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October 23, 2012

Kenter Canyon Farms is located in Ventura, CA so this spinach only has to travel 60 miles to get to Oxy!

The spinach served at the Marketplace Salad Bar and the Specialty Salad Station is always 100% organic and frequently comes from farms within 200 miles of Oxy, like this spinach from Kenter Canyon Farms.

Kenter Canyon Farms was founded in 1982 by Andrea Crawford, and it is still run today by her and her husband Robert. This family farm, located in Ventura County, grows lettuces, herbs, and specialty crops year-round in the fertile soil along the Santa Clara River. Their produce is harvested daily, washed and packed in their certified facility, and distributed everyday to local customers which include farmers' markets, restaurants, hotels, produce purveyors, and retail stores (And Oxy!). Oxy supports Kenter Canyon Farms because, in addition...

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October 14, 2012

Ever wondered where those fantastic California avocados at the fruit stand come from?

Del Rey Avocado Company is located in Fallbrook, California (The “Avocado Capital of the World”), just 75 miles from Oxy! Avocados are native to Central Mexico, but were introduced to the United States in the early 19th century and have thrived in the Southern California region. Southern California produces 95% of the nation’s avocados!

Del Rey Avocado Co. has been a family-owned and run business since its establishment in 1969. Del Rey maintains a close relationship with all of its growers, and packs California avocados grown from San Diego to San Luis Obispo County. At present, Del Rey Avocado averages a 10% market share of the California avocado industry, packing over 1 million cartons each year. Del Ray packs between 25-28% of all the organic avocados...

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October 8, 2012

Saturday October 13
Marketplace 10am - 2pm
Tiger Cooler 1:30pm - 2am
No Dinner at Rangeview

Sunday October 14
Marketplace 10am - 7:30pm
Tiger Cooler 5pm - 11:30pm
Coffee Cart Closed

Monday October 15 & Tuesday October 16
Marketplace 10am - 7:30pm
Tiger Cooler 8am – 11:30pm
Coffee Cart Closed

October 7, 2012

This week’s local highlight is yellow squash from Givens Farm, which is located just 100 miles from Oxy.

Although squash is normally associated with fall and winter, this yellow squash actually requires very warm weather to grow. The best planting time is right after the last frost of the season, so that the squash has the maximum amount of warm weather growing time. Squash is a good source of fiber and vitamins and in many cultures is eaten as an entire meal. Find this squash roasted and served at Homestyle on Monday for dinner.

John Givens started Givens Farm in the Goleta Valley under the “Something Good” label in 1980 with only 1 acre of land. “The farm has expanded to its present size of 180 acres in 12 locations stretching over 30 miles, but the tradition of self –sufficiency continues. The Givens Ranch team works to make the farm more sustainable by using crop rotation,...

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October 1, 2012

Recall Notice

Late July Organic Snacks has announced a recall of organic mini peanut butter sandwich crackers due to possible salmonella contamination in the peanut butter.

The following product sold recently in the Marketplace, with sell by dates of May 19, 2013 through July 11, 2013, is included in this recall:

  • Late July Organic Snacks Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, UPC 89044400071, 1.125 oz.

No illnesses have been reported to date. Customers who have purchased the product should return it to the Campus Dining Office for a refund.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life‐threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and...

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October 1, 2012

Carrots from Grimmway Farms

This week’s local highlight is Carrots from Grimmway Farms. Grimmway Farms is located 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 to sell carrots from their garden. After more than 4 decades, Grimmway Farms has grown to be the largest grower, producer, and distributor of carrots in the world! Located just 110 miles from Oxy, Grimmway Farms supplies a lot of 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!

Originally, 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...

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September 23, 2012

Green Chard from South Central Farms

Campus Dining is excited to continue its partnership with South Central Farms this week with their first produce delivery, including this week's Local Highlight Green Chard. South Central Farms is an all organic farm operating out of Bakersfield, CA, a mere 100 miles from Oxy!

South Central Farm originated in 1992 when 350-poverty level families were given plots on a 14-acre parcel of land that was given to South Central LA in an attempt to revive the battered community. "The farm thrived for 14 years and became the largest community garden in the US, and was an oasis with more than 150 varieties of fruit trees, vegetables, and medicinal herbs" (SCF). However, in 2006 the land was sold to a developer and the farmers were evicted. A community member donated 85 acres of farmland in...
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September 16, 2012

Local and Organic Cherry Tomatoes from Be Wise Ranch

This week’s local highlight is Cherry Tomatoes from Be Wise Ranch. Be Wise Ranch is a certified organic farm that has been growing organic produce since 1977 in the Santa Fe Valley, just eight miles east of San Diego, and only 120 miles from Oxy. This variety of tomato owes its origins to the Aztecs, who were the first to domesticate and grow tomatoes in Central Mexico. Be Wise Ranch has been certified organic for over 20 years, so these tomatoes are safer for the environment and your health. Find them at the Salad Bar and the Deli Salad station.

Be Wise Ranch organic vegetables and fruits are known nationally for their delicious flavor and fresh, sun-ripened quality. Bill Brammer, owner of Be Wise Ranch, has been committed to sustainable agriculture since the early...

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