EcoSteps illustrates the commitment Parkhurst has made to address sustainable food service, "green" our dining operations, and expand our role as a socially responsible organization.
For example, we source more than 20% of our food locally (see below) through our FarmSource program. FarmSource is one of the most successful local food service purchasing programs in the country, connecting farmers and artisans directly with Parkhurst.
To enhance the "greening" of our dining operations, our spent fryer oil, for example, is used to help produce bio-diesel fuel rather than sending it to a rendering facility to be used for cosmetics or animal feed.
Some other practices we are proud to have accomplished are:
- Sub-Theraputic Antibiotic Free Chicken
- r-BGH Free Milk and dairy products
- Purchasing Non GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) Foods and Canola Oil
- Cage Free and Organic Shell Eggs and Liquid Eggs
- Trayless Dining to decrease food waste
- Stem to Root Cooking - Using scraps and trimmings from vegetables to make fresh stocks
- Biodegradable Service Ware
- Onsite Recycling
- Composting of Food Waste
Parkhurst Dining at Loyola University purchases local when available. We are proud to support local companies and products.
Parkhurst's Local Partner Vendors
- Lancaster Fresh Fresh Co-Op – A Variety of Local Farms
- H&S Bakery – Baltimore, MD
- Roseda Black Angus Farm – Baltimore, MD
- Shaw Orchards – White Hall, MD
- Zeke’s Coffee – Baltimore, MD
- Thread Coffee (Only sold at Sellinger) – Baltimore, MD
- Taharka Bros Ice Cream - Baltimore, MD
- Cloverland Dairy – Baltimore, MD
- Bmore Organic Smoothies – Baltimore, MD
- Towson Hot Bagels – Towson, MD
- Wild Kombucha – Baltimore, MD
- Michele’s Granola – Timonium, MD
- Deception Salsa – Crofton, MD
- Tessemae’s Dressings – Annapolis, MD
- Coexist Cold Brew – Washington, DC
- Righteous Felon Jerky – West Chester, PA
- Amoroso Bread – Philadelphia, PA
- Jack & Jill Ice Cream Company – Moorestown, NJ