Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette with Kellogg Farm Store sourced ingredients

By: Sara De Leeuw


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Hello fellow adventurers!

This month we visited The Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch, on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona.  Talk about a sensory experience! When I arrived I could hear bees buzzing in the orange trees, the smell of early spring roses wafted through the air, and there was laughter coming from inside the store. What a delightful welcome!

 

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On entering, we were greeted by Nathen and Hannah, both employees of the store and students at Cal Poly. Nathen patiently answered all our questions and let us sample some of their fresh-squeezed orange juice, as well as a bit of honey roasted peanut butter, ground fresh at the store. Both were delicious. The oranges are grown in orchards on campus and brought to the store daily. They squeeze the juice, bottle it and sell it to students and locals who shop at the Farm Store.

 

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It’s a quaint little place. There are plants for sale outside in the nursery, and you’ll find plenty of freshly grown fruits and vegetables inside. The walls are full of jams, jelly and different salsas. They have a delicatessen with sandwiches, a spot to bottle your own honey. You can even grind your own peanuts to make peanut butter. They also sell Cal Poly raised pork and beef products! The day we were there the displays were full of avocados, oranges, strawberries, rainbow chard, beets, red and green leaf lettuce, romanesco, cheddar, green and purple cauliflower, kale and so much more!


 

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Students can use their Meal Points and Bronco Bucks to purchase items, and the store also accepts EBT. It’s very much a “learn by doing” place. Students are involved in every aspect from planting, growing and harvesting produce, to learning about marketing and setting up the displays for the stores. The Farm Store is located just south of Temple Avenue at 4102 South University Drive, Pomona. They are open daily from 10a.m. to 6 p.m. If you get a chance, definitely check it out, and buy some orange juice! You won’t find anything fresher!

 

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After the visit to The Farm Store, I came home with orange juice, fresh oranges, Haas avocados, some red leaf lettuce and a delicious plan. I made a simple salad using the lettuce, segments of the oranges, red onion, walnuts and feta cheese. I topped it with half an avocado and then drizzled a very simple citrus balsamic vinaigrette over the top.  It’s a perfect addition to any spring meal, or an easy lunch all by itself. Plus, the vinaigrette can be used as a marinade for fish (salmon or tilapia would be lovely), poultry or even pork chops!

 

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ORANGE BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE

Ingredients:

1/4 cup fresh-squeezed Farm Store orange juice
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons Farm Store honey
Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a small jar with a lid. Close the lid. Shake it up! How easy is that? The vinaigrette will keep several days in the refrigerator.

 

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What will be on your plate for Easter dinner or Easter Brunch this year? Share with me! I’ll be using this Orange Vinaigrette for my Easter greens! Remember, I’d love to hear from you about places you’d like me to visit here in the IE too! Drop me a line in the comments below, let’s chat!