Farm Store caters to local needs

By Shian Samuel

What other California State University campus can you think of
where one would be able to buy apple, watermelon and
churro-flavored popcorn with walls decorated with university
apparel and Valentine’s Day balloons? At the Farm Store, of
course.

The Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch has been serving the community
as a grocery store for almost 10 years by selling vegetables, meat,
honey and more.

Open seven days a week and conveniently located next to the
University Village apartments, the Farm Store’s purpose is to
provide customers with products grown on Cal Poly Pomona grounds
and elsewhere in California and around the world.

Dawn Taccone, manager of the Farm Store and a serve-safe
instructor at the Collins College, said the orange juice is popular
because the oranges are from Cal Poly Pomona and are juiced in the
store.

Milk is brought in locally from Broguiere’s Farm Fresh Dairy in
Montebello, whose slogan is “Milk so fresh … the cow doesn’t know
it’s missing!”

“The chocolate milk is really popular because it’s like drinking
a milkshake,” said Taccone.

Customers can also enjoy filling their own bottle with honey,
brought in from Valencia.

In addition, the Farm Store participates in farmers markets for
Kaiser Permanente and will soon open one in Downey.

Taccone said one specific kind of wine, Horsehill Vineyards ”
which comes from Collins College ” is often sold at the Farm Store.
The grapes are grown on campus on a slope a few hundred yards away
from the college.

According to the Collins College website, the wine is almost
neon-pink and has the aroma of cherries, watermelon and
strawberries.

Amanda Elias, a Cal Poly Pomona alumna, still shops at the Farm
Store for the variety of food that cannot be found elsewhere.

“I like a lot of the jams and the pasta sauces,” said Elias. “I
come back here once a month.”

Jackie Mendez, a fourth-year food and nutrition student, heard
the Farm Store is pricey and has not visited it for that
reason.

Although high prices may be an issue for students at any grocery
store, the Farm Store helps ease the problem by offering reduced
prices of Cal Poly Pomona-grown produce.

For example, navel oranges are being sold for 49 cents per pound
and a 5-pound bag is $2.25.

Customized meat orders can be made directly to the Farm Store as
well.

According to the Meat Science and Processing Facility, meat will
be cut and trimmed to fulfill one’s specific needs. Meats include
beef, lamb and pork.

The farm store also offers students another opportunity to get
work on campus.

“Everyone I work with is awesome and I love them,” said Jessica
Quittmeyer, a first-year food marketing and agro business
management student. “Because [food] is part of my major, I’m kind
of ahead of everyone because I’m a first year [student].”

Quittmeyer plans to open her own business in the future and
feels working at the Farm Store is the best way to learn.

Besides growing and selling produce, the Farm Store also hosts a
variety of events during the year.

According to the Farm Store’s website, upcoming events include
the “Taste of the Farm Store,” which will give visitors an
opportunity to enjoy free samples of candies, nuts, breads, sauces,
fruits and more, as well as the annual Tractor and Car
Show/Strawberry Festival that allows families to pick strawberries
from Cal Poly Pomona’s strawberry patch.

The Pumpkin Festival is the most popular event.

“We have about 35,000 people come the third weekend of October,”
said Taccone. “We sell 70,000 pumpkins. It’s pretty crazy
here.”

Farm Store caters to local needs

Katie O’Laughlin / The Poly Post

Farm Store caters to local needs

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