Earthbound Farms is located near San Juan Bautista and the largest producer of organic salads in the US. They were also the first company to introduce pre-washed, packaged salad greens on an industrial scale. Since 1984 Earthbound Farms has been farming organically because of their fundamental belief that growing wholesome food was in harmony with nature. We visited the farms to see how the harvest their salad greens which was incredibly fascinating. We were able to see how they harvest baby leaf crops and broccoli. The amount of produce Earthbound Farms produces is mind-blowing. They produce up to 80,000 lbs of broccoli a day and it reaches the stores within 4-5 days of harvest.
After we visited the farm, we went to the Earthbound Farmstand where we harvested ingredients for salads that we made for the lunch that was prepared by their chefs using chicken from Foster Farms. I teamed up with my friend Liz from Say Yes Blog and we created a simple bacon cob salad that we dressed using fresh rosemary, thyme, chives, a little bit of fresh squeezed lemon juice, and La Tourangelle Artisanal Olive Oil.
The Farmstand is open to the public and if you’re ever in Carmel Valley I highly suggest going. They have a cute little organic cafe that features hot meals, sandwiches, coffee, and a salad bar that’s constantly filled with their fresh produce.
I’m so grateful for experiences like this with Safeway. Not only do I get to learn more about the food I eat, but I’ve been able to gain new experiences in life like creating lasting friendships with Liz and stacking pumpkins in a pumpkin stacking contest.
This post was sponsored by Safeway, but all opinions are 100% my own. #SWYBloggerTours