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Featured Local Farms and Businesses

Pole and troll tuna fishing by American Tuna

42nd Street Bagels in the Claremont Village

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.

Tuna

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.

Frozen Yogurt

We offer local Frozen Yogurt from Miss Karen's Frozen Yogurt in Murrieta (62 miles from campus).  All of their frozen yogurts are made with Real California Milk, no high fructose corn syrup, no added growth hormones, and are vitamin fortified (Vitamin A, and D3).

Bread

Most of our bread comes from a local Glendora Bakery that is a branch run by Azusa Pacific University (12 miles from campus).  They provide our bagels, breads, and buns with no preservatives or additives. 

Bagels

Fresh bagels from Claremont’s own 42nd Street Bagels is utilized by our Catering department.  This shop is located in the heart of Claremont and is family owned. 

Produce

FreshPoint is our supplier of produce that works in conjunction with The Produce Hunter.  The Produce Hunter works with small, local, family farmers committed to sustainable agriculture, responsible production, and propagation and promotion of fruits and vegetables with exceptional flavor.  

Nature's Produce is one of our suppliers of produce.  A family owned company who's focus is on supporting local growers.  We also utilize their weekly farmers market to get produce from various local farms.  Listed below are just a few of the farms.

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.

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!  They grow delicious potatoes, melons, DiCicco broccoli, Romanesco cauliflower and squash in the Bakersfield area, Tehachapi and Lucerne Valley.

Mcgrath Farms is located in Camarillo (85 miles from campus).  They are a sustainable farm that grows a high diversity of year-round organic fruits and vegetables. 

Here is a more extensive list of local farms and produce that come from FreshPoint [pdf] and Nature's Produce [pdf] .