May 19, 2010
Chipotle menu boasts more locally-grown produce

As if we needed another reason to enjoy Chipotle's addicting burritos, the restaurant chain is now increasing its commitment to locally source its produce.

Though it started serving produce from local farms two years ago, it's now working with about 50 local, family-owned farms to provide lettuce, green bell peppers, jalapenos, oregano, tomatoes and red onions.

For Chipotle outlets here in Northern California, sources include Abbate Farms in Merced, Bee Sweet in Fowler, Kenter Canyon Farms in Sun Valley and Taylor Farms in Salinas and Tracy, according to a Chipotle spokesperson.

While not exactly hitting locavore standards in all cases, Chipotle's produce does have less mileage than the other fruits and vegetables eaten in the U.S., which on average, travel about 1,500 miles from farm to table.

The restaurant's produce usually comes from within 250 miles of Chipotle's distribution centers, and nearly 70 percent of that comes from within 150 miles. One-third of its produce arrives from within 50 miles, the release states.

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