I was recently invited via Locale Magazine to tour Jason Mraz's avocado farm with the Chipotle Mexican Grill team down near Oceanside, CA. The farm is in the final stages of it's organic certification, it takes 3 years to get certified! It was a very informative tour, I learned a lot about both avocado growing and about Chipotle's food! Win win! He sells all of the avocados from his farm to Chipotle's restaurants (last year that number was 850 cases!). Also, it takes a lot longer than I realized for an avocado to sit and grow on a tree! But once you take it off the tree, it's life span is reduced to 7-10 days. And one of their biggest enemies are bugs called Thrips! What a great name, too bad they aren't good. At the end of the tour, they made us a giant bowl of guacamole using Chipotle's recipe (really quite simple) and had a make-your-own burrito lunch.
Chipotle's Guacamole Recipe, in case you wanted to know:
3 large Avocados
3/4 c finely diced Red Onion
1 1/2 c chopped Cilantro
1/8 c Citrus Juice
2 Jalapeños, finely diced
1 t Salt
Mix all together & enjoy!
Solar panels providing power for his house & farm.
His farm caretaker, Scott Murray, showing us Jason's favorite tree on his property: a mango tree, gifted to him by Cyndi Lauper.
In order to keep producing fruit, avocado trees must be stumped so they can be rejuvenated and reach their full production potential.
After the tour, I went and checked out his recording studio (it's where the bathroom was that we could use).
Instead of a mirror, this. Pretty great.
The bathroom seems like a suitable place to keep all your awards, right?
I like his style.
The loveliest patio for lunch after the tour.
Thanks for the tour, Chipotle & Jason Mraz!