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November 19, 2012

Have you been wondering about that mysterious looking fruit at the fruit stand?

This week’s local highlight is organic Asian “shinko” pears from Ken Lee’s Top Notch Farm, which is located just 200 miles from Oxy. Asian pears are crisp and very juicy, earning them the name of “apple pear,” even though they have no real relation to the apple. Because of their texture and juiciness, these pears are normally eaten raw.

The Top Notch Farm is a certified organic farm, so they don’t use harmful pesticides or chemicals on their produce. They are also committed to being GMO free. Top Notch Farm is known throughout Los Angeles for its stone fruit, and their produce can also be found at farmers’ markets, including at the weekly South Pasadena, West Hollywood, and La Cinenega markets. You can find these pears at the Fruit Stand!...

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November 14, 2012

Thanksgiving Hours

The Coffee Cart will be Closed November 20 - 25

Wednesday November 21
Marketplace 7:30am - 7:30pm
Tiger Cooler Closed

Thursday November 22
Dining Facilities Closed
Thanksgiving Dinner in Samuelson Pavilion
(By advance sign up with REHS

Friday November 23 & Saturday November 24
Tiger Cooler 11am – 8:30 pm
Marketplace Closed

Sunday November 25
Regular Marketplace & Tiger Cooler Hours Resume

November 13, 2012

A beloved yearly tradition, this week’s Local Highlight is the Local and Organic Thanksgiving Feast being served at lunch on Friday Nov. 16th! 

Local Menu Items

Carved Roasted Local/Organic Turkey
     The turkeys for this year’s feast are All-Natural and Free-Range from Mary’s Turkeys. Location= 200 miles from Oxy

Local/Organic Stuffed Bell Peppers          ...
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November 5, 2012

It’s that time of year again, and winter squash is the theme of the season! 

This week’s local highlight is Spaghetti Squash from Givens Farm, which is located just 100 miles from Oxy. Spaghetti Squash is a unique member of the squash family, because after being cooked, it shreds into spaghetti-like strands, instead of maintaining it’s original texture like other squash. It is very popular as a pasta substitute, and is a good source of fiber and vitamins. In many cultures, squash is eaten as an entire meal because of its nutrition value and its “fullness factor.” Find this squash at Homestyle for lunch on Thursday.

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...

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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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