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Saturday, September 27, 2008 

Can an Avocado Festival have an "official burger?"

Well, the upcoming 22nd Annual Avocado Festival in Carpinteria certainly does, as Carl's Jr.'s Guacamole Burger has been named as the Festival's "Official Burger." Carl's Jr. is actually headquartered in the little seaside community just a crow's flight down the 101, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise. But what is surprising is that you can order the Guacamole Burger in 3 different sizes!
Carl's Jr. restaurants are expanding their offerings of Guacamole Bacon Burgers, as the burger has been named the official burger of the upcoming California Avocado Festival.

The Guacamole Bacon Six Dollar Burger was added as a permanent menu item in 2003, and now, customers may order the burger in single, double or Six Dollar sizes. - LABizJournal

Think you have the biggest Avocado or the tastiest Guacamole recipe? Enter the Avocado Festivals contests and find out how you stack up with the fierce competition.

Speaking of fierce competition, the California Avocado Commission has their own "avocado burger competition" (in association with Sutter Home...free TShirts to the first 500 entrants) and they profile of Carpinteria Avocado grower, Duncan Abbott, on their website (avocado.org.)
After decades of sustainable farming, he’s seen the power in working with nature rather than against her. So his trees thrive in all-natural compost. His farm creates energy rather than consumes it. And his continued research ensures that the land will stay lush and fruitful for generations to come.

In another life, Duncan worked in the high stakes field of investment banking. But Duncan longed for more; he wanted to work with his hands in the soil in search of fulfillment. Leveraging his opportunities, he moved into real estate, starting with the purchase of his father’s ranch in Carpinteria, California. He traded his high profile lifestyle for the satisfaction of farming Hand Grown in California Avocados.
Mark your calendars for the October 3, 4 and 5. Check the Amtrak schedules and head on down by train...it's a relaxing journey skimming the coast. (Watch for the dolphins off of Summerland!)

Better celebrate and enjoy these green gobs of good before they quite possibly disappear in our drought stricken State.

In a move that will affect crop production across much of the region, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California plans to end its discount program for agricultural irrigation water. The move, expected to be approved in October, will open the door to increased water costs for many Southland farmers.

If adopted by the MWD board of directors, the proposal could reduce food production, as farmers struggle to pay higher water costs on top of soaring costs for fuel, fertilizer and other supplies. - California Farm Bureau Federation

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