Thoughtful Thursday: Earth Day Plant Drop

Fairplex plantdrop 300x266 Thoughtful Thursday: Earth Day Plant Drop Last week 25 members from our leadership team joined Miguel Santana (our CEO) as we hand-delivered more than 400 plants from our Farm to our neighbors in celebration of Earth Day!

Taking care of the environment is a top priority for us, not only in The Farm at Fairplex, but throughout the rest of our 487-acre campus as well.

Learn more about our sustainability efforts here and here.

April Farm Dinner Menu Announced

We take the farm-to-table movement to the next level with our Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series! Guests of this unique dining experience watch our chefs select vegetables, fruits and herbs straight from our crops for a truly authentic farm-to-table dinner.

farm dinner 1024x588 April Farm Dinner Menu Announced Each dinner is paired with wine, spirits or local craft beer. Our next event (Friday, April 7) features selections from Banfi Wines. Take a look at the menu:

Cocktails at 6 p.m.
Dinner at 7 p.m.


FIRST COURSE

Charred cardoon, easter egg radish, shaved fennel, tatsoi, burnt honey and miso vinaigrette
San Angelo Pinot Grigio Toscana 2015

SECOND COURSE
Wood fire roasted white seabass, dried lemongrass butter, arancia cauliflower, micro arugula
La Pettegola Vermentino Toscana 2015

THIRD COURSE
Brioche, leek stuffed jidori chicken, romanesco, crispy spigarello, star anise jus
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Castello 2011

FOURTH COURSE
Coffee crusted smoked beef tenderloin, vanilla bean parsnip puree, braised mustard greens
Belnero Toscana IGT Castello 2013

DESSERTS
Dark chocolate pots du creme, lemon balm and loquat chutney, 2017 farm olive oil, maldon sea salt
ASKA Bolgheri Rosso DOC 2013

Pricing:
$95 prepaid
$110 at the door
$150 Chef Table experience, limit of 4 seats
All prices are inclusive of tax and gratuity.

If you wish to join us for our upcoming Farm Dinner, please call McKinley’s Grille at (909) 868-5915 to make your reservation. We’d love to have you!

More information on our Farm Dinners can be found here.

Fairplex Snapshot: Spring in The Farm

We’re celebrating all things agriculture today in The Farm at Fairplex! We take pride in being a part of the American agriculture industry and today we’re opening our gates to the community for a first-hand look at life in an urban farm. Check it out:

Check out our Instagram story for more pics + vids! For more information on The Farm at Fairplex, The Learning Centers at Fairplex and all other programs associated with our campus. visit us at Fairplex.com.

Happy National Ag Day!

2017AgDay 235x250 Happy National Ag Day! National Ag Day recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by American agriculture and if you’ve ever visited our Farm you know we are all about ag!

Every spring, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and others across the country join together in a day of appreciation for the agriculture in our nation.

We at Fairplex are proud to have a part in the history and future of American ag. Thanks to the hard work of our staff and volunteers, our five-acre urban farm is home to numerous California specialty crops, animals, educational programs and field trips and other agricultural projects.

We’ll be celebrating this weekend at our community-centered Spring in The Farm event but for today, here’s a few photos of life in The Farm at Fairplex:

To learn how you can participate in National Ag Day by visiting agday.org.

Spring has arrived at Fairplex!

gg 576x1024 Spring has arrived at Fairplex! Spring has arrived at Fairplex, and nowhere is that more apparent than in The Farm. While it’s supposed to rain later this week, we’re too busy soaking up the warm rays and fresh air to worry too much.

New crops, new projects, healthy animals… there’s a lot of agricultural activity happening with the arrival of the new season and we look forward to seeing progress in the coming months!

To celebrate the new season, we’re inviting local communities to join us this Saturday for our annual event, Spring in The Farm. Enjoy the fresh spring weather and celebrate all things American agriculture.

Activities and workshops include: rope making, hay baling, corn grinding, olive oil tasting, science projects, live animals, gardening workshops and more. The event is FREE and all local communities are invited. We hope to see you there!

For more information click here.

March at Fairplex

march March at Fairplex Wait, it’s already March?! Somehow the past two months have flown by and here we are, at the start of the third month in 2017. Keeping reading to see which events may interest you:

2017 BHKC Logo final A 239x300 March at Fairplex Kennel Club of Beverly Hills Dog Show (March 4 & 5):

The Kennel Club of Beverly Hills Dog Show is filming at Fairplex THIS weekend! The show itself will debut on USA Network on Easter Sunday (April 16).

You can watch it on TV… or you can be at the taping itself! Spectators are welcome to come to the show and see more than 1,000 purebred dogs compete for Best in Show and other categories. More info here.

 

Fairplex Events ArtReach logo 300x119 March at Fairplex ArtReach 2017: The Art of Dreams (March 4-26): The sixth annual regional high school art exhibition returns to the Millard Sheets Art Center this month! The theme: Dreams. We’re very excited to see what paintings, sculptures, photos and other pieces of art these talented students have created.The Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony is this Saturday, with the gallery open Fridays – Sundays March 5-26 in the afternoons. More info available at millardsheetsartcenter.org!

Fairplex Events SpringintheFarm 300x259 March at Fairplex Spring in The Farm (March 25): Warmer weather means more outdoor fun at The Farm! We’re celebrating American agriculture at our annual Spring in The Farm event.

Local communities are invited to enjoy activities and workshops centered in agriculture, from rope making to gardening.

Meet our Farm animals, learn more about agri-business and see agriculture in motion! More info here.

Fairplex Events Dinosaurs thumbnail March at Fairplex Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED (March 25 & 26): Dinosaurs are coming to Fairplex at the end of March! Families can experience up-close encounters with lifelike dinosaurs, take a spin in a Jurassic Jeep, dig for fossils, and other fun dino-themed activities fun for all ages. More info available here.

Other Events: We also have the BrideWorld Expo (March 5), Pomona Swap Meet (March 5), The Big Spring Home & Garden Show (March 10 -12), Insane Inflatable 5K (March 11), Palates & Palettes (March 11) and Everybody’s Bird Mart (March 19) returning to Fairplex this month.

For more info on any of these events, please visit us at Fairplex.com.

If you’re hanging out with us, share your experiences on social media! Tag @fairplex and use #fairplex in your captions. We’d love to hear from you.

Fairplex Snapshot: Filming Things Green at The Farm!

The Farm at Fairplex is home to many things: farm-to-table dinners, agriculture classes, field trips, weddings… and it’s also one of the places where Nick Federoff films his Things Green show for PBS! Today’s topic: the California drought.

Our Farm keeps water-efficiency a top priority at all times, from using vertical crops to the way we do irrigation. Our horticulturist Don Delano weighed in on best practices for sustainability and what we’ve done to reduce water during the drought.

You can watch this Things Green episode and others Monday-Friday and Saturdays on KLCS Channel 58!

To learn more about Things Green click here.

To learn more about The Farm at Fairplex click here.

Life On The Farm

The Farm at Fairplex has expanded greatly over the years. In 2014 we grew from a one to five-acre Farm, which now includes a kitchen, new crops, learning opportunities and foodie events. Here’s a quick look at what we’re up to this month:

Chef’s Potluck
About once a month we host a Chef’s Potluck, where chefs, sommeliers and other industry experts cook for one another and share ideas, best practices and community. They had a great turnout this past weekend:

New Crops & Food Projects
We’re constantly growing new crops and harvesting ripe ones. Last week our volunteers and Farm staff produced about 100 pounds of pomelo hoja santa marmalade in the kitchens. They also made kimchi using fresh Kohlrabi and Yellow-star carrots.

Fairplex Farm kimchi1 768x1024 Life On The Farm Kohlrabi and Yellow-star Carrots ready to be prepped

Livestock
Our chickens are also doing wonderfully well! We recently welcomed Turkin and American Bresse chicks into the world.

Field Trips
With a new year comes new opportunities for learning! We started up our field trip program again at the start of 2017 and look forward to teaching new students about urban farm life and the basics of agriculture.

These are just a few of the things happening out in The Farm. We’ll be starting our Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series again in March, and our Career & Technical Education Center agriculture / horticulture classes will be using the facilities for on-hands learning.

Stay tuned for future updates! You can learn more about our Farm at Fairplex projects at fairplex.com/farm.