Wheatgrass Wonders

Wheatgrass juice is the juice extracted from red wheatberry grass. Wheatgrass juice has been used for thousands of years around the world for its healing properties and health benefits. Feel the difference an ounce or two a day makes!

Energizer: Wheatgrass gives one a remarkable feeling of vitality. Just 1 ounce of wheatgrass juice is equivalent to the nutritional value of roughly 2 pounds of organic green vegetables in vitamin and mineral content. Say goodbye to caffeine!

Nutrition: Wheatgrass is a “whole food” containing all the nutrients required for human existence. Wheatgrass has every essential amino acid and is 47.7% protein dry weight. It is high in Vitamins A, B, C, and E, and contains over 90 minerals that are needed by the body to maintain good metabolism. Enzymes, the life force of our food, are found in abundance in wheatgrass juice. Enzymes found in wheatgrass assist in nutrient digestion, keep heart muscle tissue toned, slow cellular aging and neutralize harmful pollutants common in our modern environment. It is a supreme contributor to running your body in an alkaline PH balance.

Healer: Wheatgrass juice is one of the best detoxifiers; helping to eliminate hardened mucous, heavy metals, pollutants, crystallized acids and decaying matter. Chlorophyll-found in abundance in wheatgrass-is a blood builder and cleanser that increases the function of the heart, the vascular system, the intestines, the uterus and the lungs. Wheatgrass juice is also known to help dissolve tumors and scars in the lungs. It can repair ulcers, reduce high blood pressure and overcome the physiological effects of radiation from televisions and computer screens. It can also help relieve sore throats, cleanse the skin and prevent tooth decay.

Adding Wheatgrass to your diet: 1 ounce a day for the first week is a good dose to start with. Some people feel a little queasy as the wheatgrass begins cleansing the body of toxins, but this will soon pass. Let your body get used to it and gradually increase consumption to 2 – 4  ounces per day. Taking an occasion break is recommended to give your body a break from its cleansing effects.

The Natural Trading Company grows fresh organic produce and wheatgrass in accordance with the California Organic Foods Act of 1990. CDFA #31-1019.

Dear Tahoe customers…

Dear Tahoe CSA members,

We have been honored to have been your CSA farm for the past 21 years.  Bryan started selling at the Tahoe City farmers’ market as a beginning farmer, and without the support of those market customers and the Tahoe CSA members over the many years, Natural Trading Co wouldn’t be the thriving, abundant farm it is today.

The farm has grown in many new directions, and we have an opportunity to run and manage the Tahoe City farmers’ market.  With the new responsibility, we realize we don’t have the resources to continue to deliver boxes all around the lake.  We will be at the Tahoe City Farmers’ Market on Thursday mornings, with Tahoe City CSA boxes available for pick-up at this market, and we will continue to deliver Truckee CSA boxes.  However, we have decided to discontinue delivering directly to Kings Beach, Incline Village, Tahoe Valley, and Squaw Valley.  This was a difficult decision for us, as we know that many of you have been loyal and enthusiastic customers for many years.

For those of you who have already subscribed, I will be refunding your credit card in the next few days.  If there is interest in a customer-organized pickup (i.e. members take turns picking up boxes from Tahoe City), we’re more than happy to help you out.

Mountain Bounty and other farms offer CSAs in your neighborhood – check out Local Harvest for a directory of farms.  And we hope to see you at the Tahoe City Farmers’ Market over the summer.  Thanks for your understanding, thanks for your loyal support through the many years, and most importantly, thank you for choosing to eat local and organic.  We’re very excited to do everything we can to support local farmers, food, business, and the community with the new Tahoe City Farmers’ Market.

Please don’t hesitate to call or email if you have questions.

Sincerely, the Natural Trading Co

Summer 2015 CSA: Invest in Your Food

20100721_ntc_farm_story_0304Reserve your spot early for Summer CSA and invest in your food, health, community, and the environment.

Early CSA payments:

  • Help us pay for the seeds, soil amendments, and labor now that grow into the bountiful kale/tomatoes/ onions/carrots/lettuce/basil of the spring and summer — especially during the winter when cash flow is low and our financial burden to start the growing season is high.
  • Help us plan how much food to grow for the year — especially this year, when we need to carefully consider potential water shortages.
  • Help you reserve your weekly veggie and fruit box.
  • Help you invest in your immediate food future.

24 weeks of mouthwatering, healthful, deliciousness May 19-October 30. Small veggie and fruit box, family-size veggie and fruit box, take your pick … and add on eggs, tomatoes, sunflower greens, pea shoots, and wheatgrass. Thank you for supporting local, organic agriculture.

Eat your greens with the Winter CSA


To cook or not to cook? Greens listed from top to bottom, ranging from veggies you generally cook longer proceeding down to things you typically eat raw. One notable exception, kale, which makes a fantastic salad. Don't forget to strip out the stems of the top three heartier greens before cooking.
To cook or not to cook? Greens listed from top to bottom, ranging from veggies you generally cook longer proceeding down to things you typically eat raw. One notable exception, kale, which makes a fantastic salad. Don’t forget to strip out the stems of the top three heartier greens before cooking.

It’s time to eat your greens! with the Winter CSA. From November 5-February 4, with a 2-week break during Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, receive 12 weeks of winter health — greens, roots, shoots, and fruits. Space is limited so sign up soon.

With the cool weather continuing to roll in, it’s the time of year when leafy greens packed with vitamins and minerals flourish to boost your health against cold and flu season. Beyond basic lettuce, greens can be a mystery in mainstream American diets, but there are 2 simple things you need to know about greens — what to generally cook, and what to generally eat raw. Everything else is an experiment in cooking and taste. Try it raw and taste it, cook it and taste it — do you like it? success! (I do not recommend eating mature chard or beet greens raw, and proceed with caution with turnip greens also.)

I’ve listed all the greens we grow above, starting at the top with veggies you cook longer proceeding down to things you typically serve uncooked. I’ve included my somewhat subjective taste characterizations. Also, hooray for the taste of bitter! It’s complex, it’s interesting, it’s part of a mature sophisticated palate, it’s a good thing. It’s time to eat your greens (and roots, shoots, and fruits) with the Winter CSA.

Summer 2014 CSA: Hyper-Local, Über-Seasonal, Extra-Fresh


Sign up for a 2014 Natural Trading Co summer harvest box, and get ready for 24 weeks of the freshest, most delicious, good for you-good for the community-good for the earth weekly treasure chest of organic veggies.  This year, our season runs from May 19th through October 31st.  Choose a family box (recommended for 3-5 people), or a small box (for 1-3 people).   Whole season prices for boxes are $840 or $35/week (family), and $600 or $25/week (small).  3-payment installment plan available only prior to start of the season. Pick-up sites span Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Newcastle, Auburn, Truckee, and Tahoe.

For an extra bountiful share, add on our popular organic, pasture-raised eggs or tomato share, in addition to wheatgrass, pea shoots, and sunflower greens.  Mid-season sign-ups are welcome – CSAware will automatically pro-rate late subscriptions.  We can’t wait to start sending veggies your way, reserve your spot before we run out of shares!  We had to close the Winter CSA this past season due to an overwhelming interest in new subscriptions.

And yes, we’ve decided to take the CSA in a slightly different direction this year with the passage of new California legislation AB-224 regulating community supported agriculture.  Read more here

And for those of you who would like to help get the word out about our Summer CSA, here’s a printable flyer to post in your community space.

Give fresh. Give local. Give organic.

NTC gift certificates available for the holiday season!  Use them at the farmers’ market or towards CSA subscriptions.

Give Thanks

Sorry! We are SOLD OUT.  Thanks for your support and Happy Thanksgiving.

Reserve one of our limited numbers of Thanksgiving turkeys – organic, pasture-raised, heritage-breed.

A beautiful celebration of the farm’s harvest and a special way to give thanks for the plentiful year, these Narragansett turkeys were lovingly raised on the farm with a humane and conscientious attitude. We allow our animals to behave naturally – ensuring social interaction, comfort, physical, and psychological well-being. All our birds graze on grass, seeds, and bugs outside, all day, every day with access to protected shelter. We move them regularly to ensure they always have access to fresh pasture, and we supplement their food with non-GMO organic feed.

Place your $25.00 deposit today and taste what turkey should taste like.

Winter (CSA) is coming

Sorry!  We are at capacity and CSA sign-ups are closed for the season.  Thanks for your support.  And stay tuned for details on Summer 2014 CSA starting mid-May.

Enroll. Now. Community Supported Agriculture is a way in which people can directly support a small, local farm while getting a weekly supply of fresh, organically grown products. For city dwellers, becoming a CSA member provides a connection with nature, a convenient, safe, and reliable source for healthy, high quality vegetables. Each week, Natural Trading Co. subscribers receive a box of freshly picked, organic, seasonal produce. Each week’s box is carefully designed to provide you with a week’s worth of fruit and vegetables.

Get ready for 12 fresh, local, organic weeks of winter wonderfulness spanning October 29 to January 30, with a break the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s. $294/season for a beautiful box of greens, shoots, roots, and fruits. We grow amazing winter vegetables – countless varieties of kale, various collards, mucho lettuces, Asian greens, rainbows of chard, delectable carrots, beets, cauliflowers, cabbages, and broccoli. We’ll also be filling boxes with mandarins, winter squash, persimmons, pears, and apples among other things. Just add eggs and you are all set.

Our pick-up sites are tentatively set for Auburn, Rocklin, Roseville, Granite Bay, and the Farm on Tuesdays; and Truckee on Wednesdays.

Normal Food

A few weeks ago, a group of Early Head Start kids and their families came to visit us at the farm.  On their tour, wee hands harvested tomatoes, dug potatoes, and giggled at the antics of the piglets.  We’ve been packing CSA boxes for local Head Start programs for a few years now, and we’re so happy to be a part of this community so dedicated to the healthy development of young children.  I know a farmer and his daughters who refer to responsibly-raised, unprocessed, seasonal, local farm food as “normal food”; and what we typically label as conventional food they call “the other stuff.”  What an idea right?  A generation of little ones whose norm is veggies, fruit, grains, milk, eggs, and meat from a farmer or gardener they know (maybe themselves) – that’s what I’m holding in my heart.  EHS_2

A Medley of Spuds and a Sacramento Food Bash

THIS Saturday, June 22, we will be at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op’s 40th Anniversary Bash from 12-4pm.  We will have a market booth, amid entertainment, food, and beverages.  It’s free and open to the public!


Meanwhile, summer harvest is in full swing here at the farm.  We could talk for hours about all the beautiful and delicious bounty coming out of the fields, but for now you can learn a little bit about our potatoes, since all of our varieties are now in circulation to CSA members and markets.

Whether you eat many pounds of potatoes, or just a few french fries perhaps, they are an enormously important aspect of history and modern food.  Over the course of 7-10,000 years of domestication, people have created over 1,000 subspecies and about 5,000 varieties of potatoes (3,000 of which exist only in the Andes).  This diversity has led to potatoes being a staple of diets worldwide, and it was the initial lack of diversity in the European crops that made it vulnerable to disease, and which ultimately led to the terrible Irish Potato Famine.

We grow a handful of potato varieties here at the Natural Trading Co.  Although the healthfulness of potatoes is sometimes debated, the truth is that they provide nearly everything a human body needs to be healthy, aside from vitamins A and D.  So a healthy human diet could be merely potatoes and milk or butter.  Some researchers believe that the Purple Majesty might soon be described as a “super food” (AKA really healthy), as it has very high levels of antioxidants.  The Desiree has red skin, light yellow flesh, and a creamy taste – ideal for mashing or sauces.  The Nicola is waxy and golden yellow inside and out.  The waxy quality means less starch and more moisture, making it ideal for potato salads.  Also…boil, mash, roast, or fry!  German Butterball, a staff favorite, is a golden, buttery russet-type and the red-skinned Sangre is excellent for baking and boiling.

Don’t forget to visit us at the farmers’ markets to try these tasty treats:  Truckee and Roseville on Tuesday, Tahoe City on Thursday, and Auburn and Rocklin on Saturday.

Cooking Outside the Box

slt_logo-sm-266x180We are taking part in an upcoming benefit for Slow Food Lake Tahoe, Cooking Outside the Box, on June 5 at Dragonfly Restaurant in Truckee.  Guests will learn recipes for seasonal vegetables, many of which are found in a weekly CSA box (Community Support Agriculture). Enjoy a diversity of tastes and wine pairings as Dragonfly’s chef and owner Billy McCullough creates dishes using fresh, organic produce from our farm.  Cooking Outside the Box is a benefit for Slow Food Lake Tahoe, which supports good, clean, fair food. Cost is $35 for Slow Food members, $40 for non-members, Wednesday, June 5, 6-8 p.m. at Dragonfly Restaurant, 10118 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. For reservations call Dragonfly directly at 530-587-0557 and for event details visit http://www.slowfoodlaketahoe.org.