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In Avocado Heaven Thanks To The California Avocado Commission.

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Many thanks to the California Avocado Commission, Mission Produce and to California Avocado Growers, especially the Pinkertons for one of the best days ever.  We LOVE Avocados.

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We recently traveled to Oxnard for a hands on tour with a California Avocado Grower.

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It’s a special day when you start it with an outdoor brunch on a hill.

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AVOCADOS — The Star of the day in every way.

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We learned about growing techniques from Dan Pinkerton on his farm.

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Bloggers from all around were invited to experience the California Avocado Story.

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We RSVP’ed Y-E-S!

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And you can see why we were glad to experience it all.

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Avocado in EVERYTHING was the Menu — Starting with a Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche.

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Bacon Smoked with Avocado Wood.

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A very fresh Fruit Salad, including Avocados — It’s a Fruit you know, right!?

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Omelettes with Tomatoes, Asparagus, Cheese and sliced Avocados.

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Baby Greens Salad with Avocado.

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Spring Vegetable, Sausage and California Avocado Frittata.

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Warm Bagels with an Avocado Spread.

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Grilled Fajita Potatoes with Avocados.

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A Chocolate Mousse dessert made with Avocados.

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Professionals also photographed Avocados’ glory.

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My first plate (below) before going back for more Bacon Smoked with Avocado Wood.

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Take all the Avocados you want they told us — Thank you!

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We stuffed our face (and bags to go). :)

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We loved the view, brunch and our friendly, informative tour guides.

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Our drive was already worth it.

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Then it was on to Dan and Susan Pinkerton’s other grove/farm/crop, along with Jan from the California Avocado Commission to pick our own Avocados and possibly drive a tractor.

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Learning about tree buds and what to look for and hope for when growing Avocados.

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The beautiful trees were loaded.

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Looking to pick some Avocados.

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As if all wasn’t enough, it was on to a tour of one of California’s leading Avocado packing houses, Mission Produce — It was truly a behind-the-scenes look at a farm-to-fork journey.

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Hair nets please everyone — Oh goody.

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Thousands of Avocados — Crates filled on farms and hauled off by tractors to be here.

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First a cold wash to bring down the Avocados’ basking-in-the-sun temperature.

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The cool-down is an important step to Mission Produce.

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On to the belts and rollers, through specially made machinery.

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First a wash, then light wax.

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Now sorting — Second tier Avocados, Grade 2’s get tossed on top for separate packaging.

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Others move on to be weighed, stickered by size and PLU, then packaged.

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Each cup weighs then drops the Avocado — I think the heaviest lasts the longest.  Not sure.

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Boxing Avocados to be shipped to grocery stores and restaurants near YOU.

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You’ve seen them sold in stores and now you know the care involved — All is well run.

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More Avocados to take home — Thank you!  And a 1/2 Avocado Stress Ball.  Does it look real?

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We’re grateful for all that grows, those who grow it and those who get it to us.

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What an amazing day — God bless California Avocados.

  1. March 24th, 2013 at 22:47 | #1

    @Julie
    Thanks Julie — I’ll be entering it and other contests. And this Avocado event was a great experience and I’d do it again.

  2. March 21st, 2013 at 16:17 | #2

    Shelly, I am completely jealous that you got to go to this! I’ll have to go! Your blog is gorgeously designed and super easy to navigate. I want to talk to you about entering the OC Fair’s Food Blog Post contest this year. We’d love to have you and get your name out there. E-mail me if you’re interested: jluong@ocfair.com

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