Featured Local Farms and Businesses
Pole and troll tuna fishing by American Tuna
42nd Street Bagels in the Claremont Village
Bill harvesting honey in the Angeles National Forest
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We are proud to support many local farms and business. Buying local means we get a fresher product that was grown or produced by members of nearby communities. Our food doesn’t travel as far (which reduces environmental impact) and our dollars are invested in local communities. As defined by the Sustainability Action Plan, we consider local to be grown or produced within 250 miles of campus.
Founded by six fishing families, American Tuna is our local tuna harvester based in San Diego. They use the poll and troll method, which is the most sustainable way to harvest tuna. The fishery is MSC-certified and we featured them at our MSC Sustainable Seafood Launch dinner. To see how they catch the tuna, check out this video.
We offer locally handcrafted ice cream specials by Fosselman’s Ice Cream Company in Alhambra (28 miles from campus). They are family owned and operated and offer a huge variety of flavors. They will even make special flavors for us! Let us know if you have a flavor idea.
All of our sandwich bread and much of our specialty bread comes from Bread LA located in Montebello (30 miles from campus). All of their breads are baked the night before delivery.
Every morning we get a delivery of fresh bagels from Claremont’s own 42nd Street Bagels. This shop is located in the heart of Claremont and is family owned.
We buy all our honey from Bill’s Bees, located in the Angeles National Forest in northern Los Angeles County. All the honey is raw and comes from chemical-free wildflowers (no pesticides and no fertilizers are applied in the bees' gathering area). We get fun varieties like orange blossom, buckwheat, sage and wildflower.
Located in Reedley (231 miles from campus) Rising C Ranch provides us with delicious citrus produced in a sustainable manner. The owners wanted to sell citrus without going through a large commercial packing house, which now allows them to offer unusual citrus harvested at the peak of flavor.
See Canyon Ranch grows delicious apples in a small coastal canyon just outside of San Luis Obispo (214 miles from campus). The climate is perfectly suited to apple farming, so after establishing the orchard Mike farms without the use of any water, known as dry farming. Mike doesn’t use any chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
A third-generation family farm, Stehly Farms Organics grows, packs and distributes certified organic citrus and avocados. They supply us with avocados and oranges for much of the year from Valley Center (89 miles from campus).
Givens Farm provides us with certified organic beets, chard, collards, kale, melons, peppers and strawberries throughout the year. They are located in the Goleta Valley (134 miles from campus).
Tutti Frutti Farms is located in Lompoc (179 miles from campus) and is certified organic. We buy their carrots (including the awesome black knight purple variety!), tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini.
We’re big fans of Weiser Family Farms and celebrated the first-ever Food Day together! They grow delicious potatoes, melons, DiCicco broccoli, Romanesco cauliflower and squash in the Bakersfield area, Tehachapi and Lucerne Valley.