We feed off the energy of our partners – our community partners, our product partners, our farm partners. After all, we choose to work with them because they’re as obsessed with their craft as we are with ours. One of those partners: Windset Farms in Santa Maria, California.

We visited Windset Farms a while back and learned about what sets this greenhouse-driven growing mecca apart. We source the cucumbers for our West Coast locations from this impressive enterprise, and with so many cucumbers going into every CAVA bowl each day, we figured you’d want to know what you’re getting.

When it really comes down to it, we’re proud of our food and we believe in knowing where it’s coming from. And we believe you should know, too.


 

So let’s keep things simple.

Here are five of our favorite things that set Windset Farms apart:

CAVA Partner Spotlight Windset Farms California1) Life-Cycle | Windset Farms cucumbers start as premium non-GMO seedlings, and take 10 to 12 weeks to grow to the point of harvest. They’re grown in coconut husks (no, really) with drip irrigation.

CAVA Partner Spotlight Windset Farms California

2) Sustainability | Windset collects and recirculates rainwater for irrigation — at this point in time, the business filters and reuses about 90% of its water. They also use energy screens to prevent heat loss in the greenhouses and to dramatically reduce CO2 emissions. Learn more about Windset’s sustainability efforts.

CAVA Partner Spotlight Windset Farms California

3) Efficiency | Windset is committed to optimizing space and energy — 100 acres of greenhouse can equal up to 4,000 acres of field farming. With 128 acres of greenhouse, Windset is among the largest high-tech greenhouses on this continent.

CAVA Partner Spotlight Windset Farms California

4) Heritage | Hydroponic growing techniques originated in Holland; many of Windset’s lead farmers are Dutch and represent some of the best in the industry. The Newell family has been at the forefront of adopting Dutch technology in the US market, and they round out their high-tech approach with plenty of old-fashioned attention to detail.

CAVA Partner Spotlight Windset Farms California

5) Music! | Windset’s greenhouses are enlivened with the sounds of rock music — we’re not sure if that helps the cucumbers grow or not, but we’d like to think so.

CAVA Partner Spotlight Windset Farms California