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Camarillo, California
McGrath Family Farm
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In The Field

In The Kitchen
FARMER
Phil Mcgrath
of McGrath Family Farm in Camarillo, California

Phil McGrath grows more than 200 varieties of 100% organic vegetables.
The same ocean current that makes Camarillo, California a great place to surf, also ensures year-round growing for farmer Phil.

"There is magic in my fields, but I know the magic ends in the kitchen
and I couldn't do this without you (the chef)."


FOOD FACTS
When you spend a dollar in a supermarket, .91 cents of it goes to transportation, storage, marketing, packaging, processing… When you spend a dollar at the farmers market, that money stays in your community and helps support a family farmer.

The average piece of produce in a supermarket has traveled more than 1,200 miles to get to you.

Produce at a local farmers market is usually picked within 24 hours and has traveled less than 200 miles.

Each hour, more than 60 acres of farmland are lost to development in the United States.

SEASONALITY
At McGrath's Farm the growing season lasts all year long.

 

Sustainable Agriculture is farming that is done in a manner that will build the health of the soil for the future.

 

SUSTAINABILITY / LOCAL FLAVORS
Shopping at a farmers market lets you get to know who is growing your food... what you get is ripe, fresh, nutritious food.

By choosing local produce from farm stands, farmers markets, pick-your-own farms and grocery stores--you pay for taste--not transportation and packaging.

SCIENTIFIC SOUP
Most fruit and vegetable varieties in supermarkets are chosen for their ability to withstand industrial harvesting equipment and extended travel, not taste. This results in little variety and less flavor.



Due to corporate pressure, America has lost nearly 67% of its farms since 1920.

"There is pressure from development to pave over our farm...I just hope people will realize how good fresh food really is."



FARM

McGrath Family Farm
PHIL MCGRATH
McGrath Family Farm
505 North Woods Road
Camarillo, CA 93010
farmersmarketla.com

 

MORE INFORMATION:

Hollywood Farmers Market
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Thogmartin Farm — Dede Bazyk
farmersmarketla.com

Flora Bella Farm — James Birch
florabellafarm.com

There are now more than 3,000 farmers markets across the country. To find a farm market near you, visit sare.org or localharvest.org


 

CHEF
Chef Suzanne Goin of Lucques and A.O.C. Restaurants in Hollywood, California
Chef Suzanne was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef - California, in 2005 and has been picked as one of Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs.

"The connection
with the farmer
is the key
to our success..."

Lucques is the name of an olive
from the Languedoc region.


A.O.C.
stands for Appellation D'Origine Controlle,
the country of origin label that certifies where a product was grown.

 

DISH 1
New World Pork & Beans
RECIPE (pdf) >>






Chef Suzanne's Grilled Pork Confit with Shellbean Ragoût and Molasses Butter



"The inspiration
for us is the seasons..."

 

"Whatever is available locally is what we are cooking..."


For More Information on Chef Suzanne Goin,
see Season Two - Episode 13.

 

RESTAURANTS
Los Angeles, California
Lucques
323.655.6277
Lucques.com

A.O.C.
323.653.6359
Aocwinebar.com


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