The Future of farming fish
The owners of McFarland springs trout farm in Susanville, CA set out to do the impossible - create a sustainable aquaculture system that would use 0% fish byproduct. The beautiful rainbow trout are raised in water raceways powered by a naturally heavy flowing stream. In addition to providing pristine water from the Sierras to raise these amazing fish, the stream running through McFarland Springs also generates all of the electricity to run the operation! How's that for sustainable?!
McFarland Springs Trout are fed a red-algae based feed that uses 0% fish feed, 0% hormones, and 0% antibiotics. This means a few things:
- There are absolutely no natural fish stocks that are harmed to raise these trout
- There are no traces of heavy metals or mercury in the trout
- The runoff water from the farm is actually beneficial rather than harmful for the land.
A fish fit for any application!
Baked, fried, poached, raw, steamed, cured, smoked, grilled, or sautéed, you cannot go wrong with a McFarland Springs trout! We have had this fish prepared countless different ways and we have yet to be disappointed!
Don't miss this video!!!
Zagat put together this amazing video of the farm, the fish, and the chefs that are lucky enough to get their hands on this delicious treat!
Become a pro, order a whole fish!
Thank you to the Mina Group for this great video of Chef Jason Berthold of RN74 San Francisco showing us how to properly fillet a McFarland Springs trout.
Why farmed fish?
Antibiotics, densely populated farms, lack of clean water, and excessive use of forage fish in the feed are just a few reasons why farmed fish is something we avoid; however, McFarland Springs Trout is a totally different story. The amazing people at McFarland Springs are committed to the future of fish farming and they address each and every one of our concerns with excitement. Their passion for this beautiful fish is clear as day once you have a fillet in your hands. The fish are fed a 100% vegetarian diet without the use of any antibiotics or heavy metals which results in a delicious fish that has zero trace of mercury. They are raised in raceways that are fed from natural springs at the foothills of the Sierras - meaning that the water flowing through the fish's environment is constantly fresh.
Health Benefits (there are lots!)
Higher Omega-3 fatty acids than Wild Salmon!
Not all fats are created equal, and this is especially true for Omega-3 fatty acids. This healthy fat is found in certain fish, and it is abundant in Rainbow Trout. Omega-3's deliver some major health benefits. A healthy diet rich in omega-3's reduces the symptoms of asthma, ADHD, and dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
High levels of protein
Rainbow trout is an amazing source of protein - a three ounce serving has 19 grams of protein. Protein is essential for normal body function - they are the foundation for muscles, skin, hair, nails, blood, and cartilage.
Rich in Potassium
A potassium rich diet helps manage high blood pressure as well as providing relief for kidney disorders, stroke, anxiety, and stress. Along with those benefits, potassium rich diets enhance muscle strength, metabolism, and nerve function.
Phosphorous is good-for-us!
Rainbow trout is rich in phosphorus, which is the second most abundant mineral in your body behind calcium. Phosphorus and calcium work side by side to help maintain the integrity and growth of bones and teeth. Phosphorus also helps with digestions and repairing damaged tissue.
Excellent source of B-vitamin complex
The B-vitamin complex is made up of thiamin, niacin, vitamin b6, vitamin b12, and pantothenic acid. These vitamins play a crucial role in cell metabolism - aka how food is broken down in your body.
Thiamin - assists in breaking down sugars and amino acids
Niacin - breaks down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into energy while also removing harmful chemicals from the liver
Vitamin B6 - helps the body create chemicals that help brain cells communicate with each other which influence your mood and internal clock
Vitamin B12 - helps the body control homocysteine levels in the blood, preventing heart disease. This is especially important for pescatarians because Vitamin B12 cannot be found in plant based food.
Pantothenic Acid - breaks down fats and carbohydrates to be turned into energy that produces red blood cells and sex and stress-related hormones.
Selenium? More like Seleni-YUM!
Selenium is not talked about much because it is rarely abundant in foods other than wild mushrooms, but Rainbow Trout is a great source of it as well. Selenium is an important trace mineral for normal brain function, a healthy immune system, and fertility for both men and women. Selenium acts as an antioxidant and reduces the risk of cancer and presents sunburn when combined with a food rich in Vitamin-E.
No mercury or traces of any heavy metals make this an amazingly delicious choice for people that are sensitive to metals. It is also worth noting that farmed Rainbow Trout is much healthier than wild caught Rainbow Trout due to increased pollutants in the wild populations.
Where is the farm?
McFarland Springs Trout farm is located in Susanville, California along the Susan River just east of Lassen National Forrest.
What does SeafoodWatch have to say?
Rainbow trout farmed in the U.S. in ponds or outdoor flowthrough raceways is a "Best Choice." High-quality data show that environmental impacts are minimal when rainbow trout are farmed in U.S. ponds and outdoor flowthrough raceways. Regulatory oversight of effluent and chemical use are strong, and the industry follows best practices to minimize disease. In addition, the land-locked nature of ponds and raceways makes escapes unlikely.
How old are these guys?
These fish are relatively short lived and harvested at different stages. For the most part, the fish we deliver to our members are between 2 - 4 years old.