Local Redding Sources of Good Food

We are Redding Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation. This foundation works to enhance the health of people, animals and plants by educating the consumer about the differences between conventional processed foods and nutrient-dense, residue-free whole foods. When it is possible, your purchase of food and other products directly from farms and small businesses helps keep our small towns independent and prosperous. This consequently, helps us have access to some very high quality products that are not mass-marketed.

We have meetings every other month at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in west Redding. They’re from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a potluck followed by a speaker. For more information about Dr. Weston Price and his work, see westonaprice.org.

Local Redding, California Sources of Good Food
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES- There are several Redding Farmers’ Markets during the growing season from April through November. There is one in the parking lot at City Hall on Saturday mornings. Many of the same growers attend the Tuesday morning Farmers’ Market in the Shasta Center, behind old Mervyn’s.  Make sure you ask the growers which items are organic or at least, unsprayed. Our local markets continue to increase their supply of organic produce in response to customer demand. So, if you don’t see what you desire, request it from the grocer. There is also a new produce delivery service in the Redding area. They will deliver fresh organic produce to your front door. How easy is that? They are Country Organics and they can be reached at (530) 223-6830. They have different sized produce baskets to choose from.

OLIVE OIL- Olio Olinda Olive Oil is organic and, surprise, is from Olinda, California. It is a lighter olive oil with subtle flavor. You can find it at Orchard Nutrition and at the City Hall Farmers’ Market.

EGGS- At most markets you can find antibiotic-free, hormone-free eggs. Kent’s Meats on Airport has a nice selection of pastured local eggs and Top’s Market in west Redding has soy-free eggs from Chino Valley Ranchers.

BEEF- Three suggestions for grass-fed beef are Hat Creek Grown beef available at Enjoy the Store, Holiday Quality Foods, Orchard Nutrition Center and Country Organics. Prather Ranch beef is available at Kent’s Meats on Airport Rd. and is a local favorite. Big Bluff Ranch outside of Red Bluff has a nice selection of cuts or you can get a side of beef. Their website is bigbluffranch.com.

LAMB- The Epperson family raises lamb up in Montgomery Creek, California. It is hormone-free and antibiotic-free. They can be found at the City Hall Farmers’ Market on Saturdays or at the Tuesday Farmers’ Market in the Shasta Center on Churn Creek Road. Orchard Nutrition also carries lamb from Hulsman Ranch in Shasta County. This is superior quality grass-fed, free-range lamb.

CHICKEN-  We get our pastured chicken from Jen and Craig Thompson in Etna. Check out RocksideRanch.org.

BISON- Devon Strong from Montague and East of Adin Ranch raise grass-fed bison. Call our office to locate Devon Strong and call Kirsten Peterson at (530) 299-3173 for East of Adin Bison Ranch.

SAUSAGE- Holiday Market, Orchard Nutrition Center and Sunset Market carry Shelton’s sausage links. This is an old reputable company that has never used antibiotics or hormones. The sausages are all free-range. They have breakfast links, patties and Italian sausage. There is also Organic Valley organic sausage at Orchard Nutrition. Raley’s Market carries gourmet organic chicken sausages from Organic Valley.

CHEESE- North Valley Chèvre in Cottonwood sells raw organic goat cheese at the Redding Farmers’ Market. For more of their locations contact them at NorthValleyFarms.com.

YUMMY JUNKIE STUFF- Orchard Nutrition carries cookies from the company, Blessing’s Alive and Radiant Foods. They are made of soaked organic almonds, organic raw honey, carob and coconut. Soaked nuts are much easier to digest and the soaking de-activates certain nutrient blocking chemicals that are naturally occurring in nuts. Orchard is now carrying Go-Raw soaked organic snack bars in many flavors. These are great for kid’s lunches and between meal snacks or dessert.

BEVERAGES- Orchard Nutrition carries a delicious raw organic Kombucha tea. This tea has been cultured for 30 days to produce active enzymes, probiotcs, liver detoxifiers, amino acids and antioxidants. This is a highly nutritious and refreshing drink.

PROTEIN POWDER- Protein powder makes a great whole-food supplement that can accompany your diet.

BREADS- Orchard Nutrition has a great selection of sprouted grain breads. They carry Manna Bread, Ezekiel Bread, Alvarado, Pacific Baking, Essene Bread, and at times an artisan bread from Tin-Roof Bakery in Chico. Bread from Alvarado Bakery can also be found at Raley’s Market and Sunset Market. Sprouted grain bread is easier to digest than conventional bread.

COCONUT OIL- For health restoration and maintenance it is recommended to eat between 1 and 3 tablespoons of coconut oil daily. We are currently using Tropical Traditions organic coconut oil, a wet-milled product from the Philippines. It is great for your daily cooking needs as well as an eating oil or spread. According to Dr. Bruce Fife, it is cancer and heart disease protective, supports overall digestion, strengthens the thyroid and other endocrine glands, and helps smooth the skin. The benefits seem incredible.

FERMENTED FOODS- Yippee! You can keep making your fermented veggies if you want to, but Orchard Nutrition is now carrying fermented veggies from Rejuvenative Foods from Santa Cruz. These lacto-fermented foods are a great accompaniment to any protein meal to support digestion. 1-2 tablespoons with your meal will give you digestive power through the high number of beneficial bacteria and added nutrients.

MILK AND YOGURT- Orchard Nutrition has come on board with Organic Pastures raw dairy products. They carry whole raw milk, raw cream, raw colostrum, chocolate colostrum and butter. Raley’s Market and Orchard Nutrition carry Straus Creamery whole milk. This is pasteurized milk but it is not homogenized. The easiest milk to digest is raw whole milk with its ample supply of enzymes designed to aid digestion. Please call our office for our local supplier of raw milk.

BUTTER- It is getting pretty easy to find organic butter in many supermarkets. Organic Pastures from Fresno has raw organic butter sold by the pound. It is for eating and not for cooking. Raw organic grass-fed butter is a healing food. It contains anti-stiffness factors that help keep us pliable as we age. It is also protective against hardening of the arteries, cataracts, and calcification of the pineal gland. The recommended dose is around 1-2 tablespoons per day. Orchard Nutrition now carries this product. In the old days we would have butter making parties-what a lot of work for 2 cups of butter. Thank you Organic Pastures for taking on the task. Orchard Nutrition  and  Country Organics carry raw butter for your superior health needs.

GRAINS- Organic dried beans, lentils, brown rice, whole grains and whole grain breakfast cereals that must be cooked are best for us. All grains should be soaked for 24 hours before using to decrease the enzyme inhibitors that decrease the absorption of vital nutrients. For more information on this very easy process see Sally Fallon’s Cookbook, Nourishing Traditions, for guidance. Avoid the overuse of processed cold cereals, white rice and white flour products, puffed grains, canned beans, and all factory-made soy products.

SNACK FOODS- Enjoy in moderation organic chips and popcorn cooked in coconut oil. Avoid all snacks cooked in partially hydrogenated oils, microwave popcorn, MSG, and those with nitrates and nitrites.

NUTS- Nuts are a great source of healthy protein, fat and carbohydrates. Raw organic peanuts, pecans, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts are available at Orchard Nutrition Center. For best digestion, soak nuts for 6-8 hours then dry in low oven or outside in the sun.

CONDIMENTS- Enjoy raw cider vinegar, fresh lemon, Celtic sea salt, fresh ground organic black pepper, Bionature organic balsamic vinegar, Ohsawa raw fermented miso and soy sauce.

COOKWARE- Use glass cookware when possible like Visionware by Corning. You can get stainless steel baking sheets and cookware from us on our website or at Collier’s Hardware in Chico.