The Rogue Traders at Greyback Farm
Farm-to-City Sustainable Foods
Southern Oregon and San Francisco
#BeROGUE - We can all be pasture raised!
In the Rogue Valley, by the Rogue River we are The Rogue Traders - a 100% farmer and women owned business in Oregon
The Rogue Traders is the label and brand that we sell our products under, we are based at Greyback Farm, our families seven acre farm in Southern Oregon.
We believe in the small farm sustainable food movement, supporting our family farm and other small farms in Oregon and California (our route between the farm and the city).
We started with our Rogue-raised pastured duck and chicken eggs and our 100% grass-fed pastured lamb. We no longer raise lamb or sell eggs. The parents wanted to travel more in the winter months and having animals no longer fit into their lifestyle.
We create TARTLET COLLECTIONS - frozen, savory, vegetarian meals. The tartlets are a complete meal or can be a side dish to any meal. Made by hand and primarily from the produce we grow using organic and sustainable farming methods. Our ultimate goal is to grow all of the produce used in our products. We source from certified organic and small farms following organic and sustainable farming methods.
We are developing The Rogue Traders to be as sustainable as possible.
Solar power provides over half the energy needs of the farm, and we have a goal of being 100% solar by 2020. We have a small pond and stream fed by the Rogue River.
We continue to focus on mentoring youth in the practice of sustainable food production, moving away from the centralized food system and showing people the importance of buying direct from farmers. One of our goals is to help our customers switch from conventional quick meals, by making it possible to eat a tartlet and eat healthy at a moments notice.
The Rogue Traders came about because we are a bit ROGUE and have been known to barter, trade and travel quite a bit ourselves. And since the family farm is in the Rogue Valley next to the Rogue River in Southern Oregon, the name became self-evident. Our logo "The Wave" represents how water is our most valuable asset in life and farming.
The Tartlets came into being because raising a child doesn’t leave a lot of time to cook every night. Wendy, the founder, started making the tartlets and freezing them, so she would have a quick easy, healthy meal on hand at all times. Now feeding other people with busy lives has turned into a full time business.
Join us on our Rogue journey. Being Rogue isn’t just a job it’s a lifestyle!
The Rogue Traders & The Greyback Farm Family
The farm is owned by the parents; both educators from the Medford school district turned farmers in their retirement, Dan and Pam are master gardeners, have lived in Southern Oregon since 1986 and come from families that were farmers on the West coast.
The farm and The Rogue Traders is a family affair with; their daughter-Wendy, grand daughter-Lolita (who helps out during school holidays), son-Ryan and Pam's sister-Lynda.
We are not a certified organic farm, but we follow organic and pasture farming methods.
We're all pasture raised now!
Wendy Testu - Founder & Farmer
Wendy is in transition between living in San Francisco and at the Farm.
Born in Mt. Shasta, CA and raised all along the West Coast, she graduated from High School in Medford, OR and moved to San Francisco for college.
She's had a varied career in design and the arts in the Bay Area.
In 2011 Wendy started helping out at her families small farm, very soon her career path took a turn and she found herself choosing the farm life over design.
Wendy's been a fashion designer, owned small business's with her family in the city, was a sculptor and installation artist, ran arts programs in schools, was awarded several grants to work with non-profits on community engagement projects and was a director of a small design company. She also spent many months in France and Spain over several years and has traveled extensively for work and pleasure. She's also an Airbnb Super Host, renting out her house in San Francisco has helped her fund the Rogue Traders.
Wendy's art form is now food and farming; creating edible art collections with sustainably grown food for people with busy lives. Every 2-3 weeks she travels between the farm and the city delivering tarts along the way.
Wendy is also an avid paddle boarder and is happiest when she's camping next to a lake. "The Wave" logo speaks to her ROGUE traveling spirit, love for being on the water and the farms most valuable asset, water from The Rogue River.
#BeROGUE - We can all be pasture raised!
The seed money for The Rogue Traders is coming from our Airbnb vacation rental in San Francisco. Do come and stay, we rent the entire house during the summer and school holidays and just a room or two on occasion, your stay will directly support sustainable food and agriculture.
Follow the link below to see more about our "French Victorian" on Airbnb in San Francisco.