Indian Corn Harvest 2020

SweetGrass Indian Corn

by Ally Karsyn About 25 producers grew nearly 20 acres of Indian corn. Community members recently gathered to help process this year’s harvest. The corn was handpicked, husked, then blanched in large pots over the new fire pit by Village Market. Once cooled, the kernels were spooned off the cobs and sun dried on screens. […]

Types of corn and how to use them

various corn

This post is inspired by the book “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman  The early cultivation of corn made a huge impact on Native people. Not only did corn feed many people, but it didn’t require hunting, fishing, trapping or gathering. Growing corn could be done from home. This freed up time to […]

SweetGrass announces 2020 scholarship winner

In 2018, SweetGrass Trading Company, a member of Ho-Chunk Trading Group, launched a scholarship program awarding funds to a Native student planning to attend college.  The funds are given to students who are attending, or planning to attend, a four-year college, two-year college, or technical school. Any Native student is encouraged to apply. This year’s […]

Types of beans and how to cook with them

This post is inspired by the book “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman  Dried beans are a staple in Native American cuisine. They are high in protein and add depth to soups, stews and salads. When pureed, they become a soft dough for fritters and burgers. Here is a list of a few […]

Types of squash and how to use them

This post is inspired by the book “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman  Squashes are an important indigenous food with a deep history. The Miami Tribe gifted seeds of an enormous orange squash to a Menominee tribal member, who shared the seeds with Mohican, Oneida and Ojibwe gardeners. This ancient squash, dubbed “Big […]

Easy snacks with roasted local seeds

Squash seeds pouring from a jar

This post is inspired by the book “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman  Seeds of local vegetables such as squash, pumpkin, sunflower and maple make a delicious, healthy snack when roasted. They can also be used in sweets such as cookies and granola, or as a garnish for salads and soups. Once roasted, […]

Yaupon Brothers American Tea Company

Bryon and Kyle White

Yaupon Brothers American Tea Company was founded in 2012 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, by brothers Bryon and Kyle White.  Bryon, who has a background working in law enforcement, said he has always been a plant enthusiast and is part of the Florida Native Plant Society. When he started diving into the story of Yaupon, […]

Bee pollen: What is it and how do I use it?

Ioway Bee Farms bee pollen

Most of us know about the health benefits of raw, organic honey products. But what about bee pollen? What is it and how can it be used? Bee pollen is a mixture of flower pollen, nectar, enzymes, wax, honey and bee secretions. Honey bees collect pollen from wild plants and flowers and bring it back […]

Wild greens to forage for indigenous recipes

dandelion greens on a basket

This post is inspired by the book “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman  Many people don’t know that wild greens such as dandelion greens, purslane and plantain can be used in various recipes. These plants are typically picked from lawns and considered nuisances, but many wild greens are packed with healthful vitamins and […]

Takelma Roasting Company

Takelma mug, coffee bag and grinder with a natural background

Takelma Roasting Company was founded in 2017 and is owned and operated by the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe, which is located in Southwestern Oregon. Takelma is the traditional language of the Tribe, and is only spoken in that region.  The Tribe launched the company after realizing how much they were spending to supply […]

Ramona Farms

Ramona and Terry Button photo

Ramona and Terry Button began farming in 1974 on a ten-acre allotment near Sacaton, Arizona, on the Gila River Indian Reservation. Their first crops included barley and alfalfa; the Ramona Farms line of products has since grown to include wheat and corn products, black eyed peas, garbanzo beans and Tepary beans. Ramona’s father, Francisco ‘Chiigo’ […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Crystal Wahpepah

Crystal Wahpepah headshot

  Name: Crystal Wahpepah Location: Oakland, California Business name: Owner, Wahpepah’s Kitchen Tribe: Kickapoo  What led to your passion for Indigenous foods? I always loved Native foods and I got to cook at a young age with family. It came so natural for me to be in the kitchen, like it was my gateway to […]

CatSpring Yaupon

Abianne Falla and JennaDee Detro

CatSpring Yaupon was founded in 2013 by sisters Abianne Falla and JennaDee Detro in Cat Spring, Texas. During the historic 2011 drought, the sisters’ family-owned ranch was suffering major losses, from 100-year-old oak trees to hay fields.  The only thing that was able to weather the drought was Yaupon, the only naturally caffeinated plant native […]

Native herbs and seasonings to keep on hand

photo of seasonings on spoons

This post is inspired by the book “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman  Keep these herbs and seasonings in your pantry to add flavor and depth to your indigenous recipes.Some of these grow in the wild and can be foraged. For those that aren’t available, visit your local organic market or health food […]

How to cook with Tepary beans

variety of Tepary beans

SweetGrass Trading Company is proud to offer a variety of black, brown and white Tepary beans from Ramona Farms in Sacaton, AZ. Tepary beans have been part of the Native way of life for years. They have been cultivated for at least a thousand years by the Natives of the Sonoran desert, the Akimel O’odham […]

Indigenous cookbooks to add to your reading list

person looking at cookbook

Looking for inspiration on how to cook indigenous recipes? We’ve compiled a list to help you begin. Check out the cookbooks below (in no particular order) for indigenous recipes, cooking tips and tricks, and even traditional stories! Keep in mind there are many other authorized indigenous cookbooks available. These are eight to help you get […]

SeaBear Smokehouse

SeaBear Smokehouse was founded in 1957 by fisherman Tom Savidge and his wife, Marie, in Anacortes, Washington. The pair began selling smoked salmon to local taverns and cafes and their product became quite popular.  The company, now called SeaBear Smokehouse, was originally named Specialty Seafoods. The name was changed in the early 90s to ground […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Sean Sherman

Sean Sherman headshot

Name: Sean Sherman Location:  Minnesota Business name: The Sioux Chef Tribe: Oglala Lakota What led to your passion for indigenous foods? Basically, I had just been in restaurants my whole life. I started working in restaurants when I was just barely 13. So, I worked at restaurants all through high school and college. After college, […]

Frequently Asked Questions about SweetGrass Trading Company

What is SweetGrass Trading Company? We are an online store that offers Native American food, gifts and health and beauty products. We are a subsidiary of Ho-Chunk Trading Group, a division of Ho-Chunk, Inc., the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. We are solely owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. Where […]

Sakari Botanicals

Spring Alaska Olson looking at plants

Sakari Botanicals was founded in 2014 by Spring Alaska Olson, under the Department of Agriculture’s USDA Inter-Tribal Agricultural Council. The word “Sakari” means “sweet” in the traditional Inupiaq language  Olson uses traditional practices she learned from her Inuit family to grow local plants, flowers and herbs and create oils, salves, teas, and more.  Olson grew […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Hillel Echo-Hawk

Hillel headshot

Name: Hillel Echo-Hawk Location: Seattle, WA Business name: Birch Basket  Tribe: Pawnee and Athabaskan What led to your passion for Indigenous foods? I grew up in rural Alaska in the upper Athabaskan area in the town of Delta Junction. Our neighbors were an Athabaskan family who lived in Mentasta Lake Village. My family would travel […]

Seka Hills Olive Oil

Seka Hills logo and photo

For thousands of years, Native people inhabited the oak forests and rolling hills of Capay Valley, nestled in northern California. Today the land is planted with olive trees, vineyards and a bounty of other crops. Seka Hills is the line of agricultural products that come from this land. The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation chose the […]

Ho-Chunk Village Farmer’s Market prepares for second season with COVID-19 protocols in place

Farmers' food market stall with variety of organic vegetable. Vendor serving and chatting with customers.

The Ho-Chunk Village Farmer’s Market 2020 season will begin on Wednesday, June 17 and will be held every Wednesday until Oct. 14. There will be certain protocols and regulations in place to ensure the safety of community members. The protocols are as follows:  Shop and exit.  Stay 6 feet apart. Wash produce when you return […]

Customer Feature: Sage & Oats Trading Post

Outside of Sage & Oats Trading Post

Major Robinson, an enrolled Northern Cheyenne from Montana, and his wife Michelle, a transplant from Orlando, Florida, with Irish/Scottish ancestry, met in their former career of designing and building theme parks for Universal Studios. Two years ago, they launched a boutique gift shop, Sage & Oats Trading Post, in downtown Helena to help bridge a […]

How to support your community amid the COVID-19 Crisis

COVID19 photo

The chaotic times during the COVID-19 pandemic have left a lot of us feeling lonely, bored or unable to help. If you’re healthy and able, there are many ways you can support your community during these times. Below are just a few examples of how you can get involved while still maintaining a safe social […]

The history and benefits of Yaupon tea

Yaupon plant

Yaupon is the only naturally caffeinated plant native to North America. Yaupon is native to Florida and the southeastern United States, and has been used for thousands of years by indigenous communities for ceremonies, as a food and as a medicine. For example, descendants of the Timucua tribe, which has been extinct since 1800, lived […]

ArXotica: Natural Bath & Body Company

Sparck triplets

ArXotica, a natural bath and beauty company, was founded by triplets Michelle, Cika and Amy Sparck in Bethel, Alaska. The sisters grew up in Chevak, a small Alaskan village surrounded by the Arctic tundra near Kokecheck Bay, which leads to the Bering Sea. The area known as Kashunak, is a vast, treeless land mass that […]

5 Indigenous Chefs You Should Know About

Chef Sean Sherman

Native chefs play an important role in revitalizing indigenous cuisine and restoring Native food systems. Here are a few chefs who are making an impact on education, restoration and accessibility of traditional Native food. Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota)– James Beard award-winning chef Sean Sherman may be one of the most well-known indigenous chefs today. He […]

SweetGrass Trading Company provides scholarship to Native students

Last year, SweetGrass Trading Company, a member of Ho-Chunk Trading Group, launched a scholarship program awarding funds to a Native student planning to attend college. The funds are given to students who are attending, or planning to attend, a four-year college, two-year college, or technical school. Any Native student is encouraged to apply at https://www.sweetgrasstradingco.com/native-scholarship-program/. Nationwide, […]

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