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Archive: Jun 2018

  1. There’s Something for Everyone in This Week’s Veggie Votes Winner, 50-50 Blend!

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    The votes have been counted and the winner of this week’s Veggie Votes is Taylor Farms 50-50 Blend! Made with half baby spring mix and half baby spinach, this salad gives you the best of both worlds, and has something for everyone.

    Did you know that our baby spring mix may contain some or all of the following baby whole leaf varieties: green leaf, mizuna, green romaine, tango, green oak, green chard, arugula, frisee, tatsoi, mache, red chard, red leaf, lolla rosa, red romaine, red mustard, radicchio, red oak, and beet tops? Can’t go wrong with that blend of deliciousness…

    And don’t forget the spinach! This superfood is the perfect addition to the variety of baby tender leaves making up the spring mix blend. Check out how we harvest the essential leafy green in this short video:

    According to this week’s poll, you all voted to learn a little more about how our 50-50 Blend goes from field to table! Well…

    • Both baby spinach and the various baby leaf varieties in the spring mix grow from seed to harvest in about 30 days! They’re undoubtedly some of our fastest growing crops.
    • The start of daily harvest of these greens depends on the season and the weather forecast, but in Salinas, our farmers typically start between 10:00 pm and midnight
    • The number of people in the field during harvest depends — it’s seven if harvesting the greens into bins, and up to 14 if harvesting into totes.
    • Our growers harvest between 6,000 – 8,000 pounds per hour depending if they are harvesting into totes or bins.

    Now that we know how its grown, what can you do with the 50-50 Blend? Here are a couple of tasty recipes to spark your creativity, but really – you can use 50-50 Blend in any delicious salad recipe. It’s the perfect base for endless flavors and combinations!

    Corn, Blueberry, and Goat Cheese Salad

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    Spring Goddess Grain Bowl

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    How do you use Taylor Farms 50-50 Blend? Share pictures of your lovely dishes with us, and tag @yourtaylorfarms and #GoToGreens on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our feed or in our Instagram stories.

  2. Eat Together – Because So Much Good Happens When We Do!

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    Even though we live in an increasingly connected world, research shows that people are actually eating alone more often than not, missing out on the many benefits that come with the simple act of sharing a meal. We grow up eating together and it brings so much joy, why do we stop?

    Today we joined the movement spearheaded by our partner President’s Choice® and hosted a breakfast encouraging our employees to put down their phones, enjoy good company and conversation away from their screens, and simply #EatTogether.

    We are totally behind this idea to encourage people to eat together – because so much good happens when we do – and we will work to extend this movement beyond just today.

    Now, we want to challenge YOU to “eat together” with your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors. Join the movement and be sure to tag #EatTogether and #TaylorFarms.

  3. Dive Into Summer 2018 with Taylor Farms’ Summer Salad Guide

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    Is there anything better than digging into a crisp, cool salad on a hot summer day? The beginning of Summer means backyard barbecues, outdoor picnics and family gatherings. So whatever the party, we’ve got the perfect salad for you!

    Our Summer Salad Guide features a salad for every craving. Whether you’re looking for something light and bright, or sweet and spicy, you’re guaranteed to find a salad to fit any appetite.

    Whether you’re using Taylor Farms’ Chopped Salad Kits or Classic Greens, these recipes are healthy, hearty and quick to make. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the delicious salads included in our guide:

    Summer Citrus Salad + Grilled Orange Marinated Chicken 

    BBQ Maple Chickpea Salad in a Jar

    Corn, Blueberry, and Goat Cheese Salad

    Download our Summer Salad Guide and share your pictures of your beautiful creations with us, and tag @yourtaylorfarms and #GoToGreens on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our feed or in our Instagram stories.

  4. First-Ever Fresh Food Company to Receive Highest Level Certification Under TRUE Zero Waste Program

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    We’re honored to announce that our Gonzales, CA-based facility has achieved TRUE Platinum certification, the highest level of recognition available under the TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Zero Waste program! Taylor Farms is the first fresh food company in the world to be awarded this recognition. We are incredibly proud of this team achievement that recognizes our leadership in sustainable and environmentally responsible practices.

    To receive Platinum certification, our Director of Sustainability Nicole Flewell and our Gonzales ‘Green Team,’ launched the Zero Waste program with the goal of reducing incoming materials, reusing existing materials when possible, and recycling what remains throughout the facility, achieving a 94% diversion from landfills. Our team also partnered with Measure to Improve — an organization that specializes in helping grower, shippers, packers, and processors measure, improve, and promote sustainability efforts — to get onsite support, training, and data tracking.

    The Gonzales Green Team, led by Sam Chaidez, Operations Manager, Taylor Farms Gonzales, is comprised of managers from departments across the facility including production, receiving, shipping, facilities, sanitation, purchasing, and quality assurance.

    Since the implementation of this Zero Waste program in April 2017, Taylor Farms Gonzales has decreased landfill contribution by 56%, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30,923 MTCO2E — equivalent to taking 6,510 cars off the road annually. In addition, Team Taylor worked with our growing partners to move to 100% reusable bins and totes, eliminating all single use and wax cartons from the supply chain.

    In addition to the zero waste efforts behind this certification, our Gonzales facility utilizes a range of renewable energy sources to help meet our sustainability goals. The facility features a three-part system that includes a wind turbine, solar and cogeneration energy system. These systems together generate 4.2 MW of energy, a 90 percent energy offset, which is used to run the 192,000 sq. ft. fresh processing plant.

    Taylor Farms facility in Gonzales, California

    “We are very honored to receive the highest certification through the TRUE program for our Gonzales facility,” said Nicole Flewell, Director of Sustainability, Taylor Farms. “We’re striving for this level of recognition across all operations at Taylor Farms and are focused on enabling all employees with the correct tools and training to help us meet this goal.”

    One of the Zero Waste initiatives at our Gonzales facility is this in-plant recyclable sorting

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  5. Avocado Ranch is All You’ve ‘Avo’ Wanted!

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    Do you love avocado? Do you love ranch dressing?

    Chances are — those answers are yes! Ranch has earned the title as America’s favorite salad dressing and avocado sales are soaring around the country… and our Avocado Ranch Chopped Salad Kit won this round of Veggie Votes!

    We hear you! That’s why we created this salad. Bursting with chopped green cabbage and romaine lettuce, carrots, green onions, spicy cilantro, corn, and taco-seasoned cheese, it is the perfect complement to the rich and creamy avocado ranch dressing. Yum!

    Even better, this Chopped Salad Kit is gluten free, vegetarian, and nut free! And, like all of our Kits, it’s “Taylor Farms Clean,” which means it’s made with only natural and wholesome ingredients — 100% free from artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.

    Now that we’ve intrigued your taste buds, want to take your Avocado Ranch salad to the next level? Here are a few mouthwatering recipes from our blogger friends to inspire you:

    Avocado Ranch Poke Bowls, courtesy of The Butter Half.

    Loaded Fiesta Taco Salad, courtesy of Nosh and Nourish.

    Avocado Ranch with Roasted Chickpeas, courtesy of Isabel Eats.

    Grilled Tilapia, Lime and Avocado Tacos, straight from the Taylor Farms kitchen.

    Pick up this new flavor at your local grocery store. We can’t wait to see what you do with this delicious blend! Once you’ve made your Avocado Ranch creation, snap and upload a photo of it, and tag @yourtaylorfarms and #GoToGreens on Instagram or Twitter for the chance to be featured on our feed or in our Instagram stories.

  6. Salinas Valley Blogger Tour Showcases Top Agriculture in Monterey County

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    Taylor Farms was honored to be a stop on a Salinas Valley Blogger Tour last week, hosted by California Farm Water Coalition and Western Growers. The tour focused on introducing bloggers to agriculture in Monterey County and show where their food comes from.

    During the tour, four awesome bloggers from around California learned, first hand, about how food is grown, the critical labor shortage agriculture is facing and the innovative technology being developed to serve as a solution to this ag labor shortage, the truth behind inputs such as crop protectants, and the water issues facing growers. The tour stopped at Tanimura & Antle, Sierra Farms, Mission Ranches, and Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology, with Taylor Farms as the final stop.

    The Taylor Farms Gonzales, CA based facility hosted Chelsea Day of Someday I’ll Learn, Brandi Jeter of Mama Knows It All, Lizz Porter of More Than Thursdays, and Danielle Simmons of A Crafty Spoonful, and teach them about the process of how we take the fresh vegetables from the fields and turn them into products like Taylor Farms Chopped Salad Kits and how we produce these fan-favorites while being as energy efficient and sustainable as possible (so you can feel good about eating them!)

    “Taylor Farms was selected to be the culmination of the tour because we wanted to expose the bloggers one of the prime leaders in innovation, retail and value-added products,” says Stephanie Metzinger, Communications Manager, Western Growers.

    Mama Knows It All’s Brandi told us how much she enjoyed learning a little more about where the veggies come from, how they’re packaged, and the people who grow and produce them.

    “I knew Taylor farms was responsible for bringing some of my favorite produce to market,” said Brandi. “What I didn’t know was how many jobs they bring to the country or about their commitment to the environment. I’m super impressed!”

    Thanks so much to California Farm Water Coalition (@farmwater) and Western Growers (@western_growers) for putting the #cfwcfarmtour together and to the four bloggers for coming to our facility!

    Friday was a fun one! We teamed up with the California Farm Water Coalition to host a day of farm tours. These four bloggers were able to see firsthand what life is like on the farm. They had the opportunity to hear about the labor challenges facing agriculture, learn about innovation being developed to solve industry issue, see how food gets from the field to the store and interact with family farmers who grow the food we eat. The more you learn, the more knowledge you earn! #cfwcfarmtour #farmtour #CAfarmtour #montereycountyfarming #montereycounty #californiafarming #CAfarming

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    What questions do you have about how your food is grown, packaged, or shipped? Comment on our Facebook page or send us a tweet!

     

  7. Congratulations to Our Own Nicole Flewell on Being Recognized as a Climate Change Advocate!

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    Last week the Monterey Bay Air Resources District hosted its annual Clean Air Leaders Awards and we’re proud to announce Nicole Flewell, our Director of Sustainability, was given the Climate Change Advocate award to recognize her efforts in using, promoting, and supporting renewable energy solutions and best management practices that result in reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

    “It’s an honor to be recognized as a Climate Change Advocate. With our current renewable energy focused sustainability initiatives — with wind and solar — and more to come this year, we’re on our way to new heights of energy independence, and it’s wonderful that the work we’re doing is being recognized by groups like the Monterey Bay Air Resources District ,” says Nicole. “I love seeing Taylor Farms grow into the sustainable company that it is today, and the opportunity to work on clean energy projects like these with a great team is incredible.”

    The Monterey Bay Air Resources District believes it is important to recognize individuals, organizations, and companies who demonstrate leadership by their actions, in ensuring good air quality.

    By recognizing these leaders with the Clean Air Leaders Awards, they hope to inspire more people and organizations to make a positive impact on air quality, and even more initiatives to be undertaken.