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.
We utilize several selections of seafood that are certified as MSC(Marine Stewardship Council - Certified Sustainable Seafood), BAP (Best Aquaculture Practices), Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program, or IRF (Iceland Responsible Fisheries). High Liner is our current supplier of seafood through Sysco. Currently, 99% of their seafood supply comes from certified sustainable or responsible sources. They continue to work with organizations committed to sustainability to ensure that 100% of the seafood they purchase comes from sustainable or responsible sources.
We purchase some bread from local bakeries such as Pasadena Baking Company, located in Pasadena and LeChef Bakery, located in Montebello.
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.
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 whose 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.