Imagine a community collaboration where healthy juices prepared with local, farm fresh produce paid for by a local business owner provide healing nutrition to athletes recovering from a major sports injury.
“Bill Kelly of Kelly Brothers Painting called me and wanted to discuss some ideas he had. We met outside The Mill Juice Shop. The light bulb went on. Bill said, what if we provide juice for the athletes?” explains Roy Tuscany, executive director of High Fives Foundation. Kelly is co-founder and board president of The Tahoe Food Hub.
“It’s very dynamic how many people are involved and beyond that how it supports the athletes’ health and healing while supporting our local farmers.”
– Susie Sutphin, Tahoe Food Hub
Kelly Brothers provides the financial support to purchase the produce from the Tahoe Food Hub, which delivers it to the Mill Juice Shop, who donate their time and prepare the healthy, cold-pressed juices.
“It’s a win-win for everyone involved. It’s very dynamic how many people are involved and beyond that how it supports the athletes’ health and healing while supporting our local farmers,” says Susie Sutphin, executive director of The Tahoe Food Hub.
All food is sourced within a 150-mile radius of Lake Tahoe. The produce is seasonal and local with lots of citrus and leafy greens at this time of year.
“We have an average of 8 to 12 athletes in the facility per week and without Bill Kelly this would never of happened,” explains Tuscany.
The fresh juices add another component to the healing process for the athletes. Juices are made every Monday and Wednesday for the High Fives athletes.
The first batch of cold-pressed juice was prepared with organic mandarin oranges, sunflower greens, apples and grapefruits by Megan Petrilla and Ben Wolcott, owners of The Mill.
The Mill juices are made by a cold-pressed juice process that uses pressure to extract the juice while preserving its vitamins, enzymes, trace minerals and overall nutrients, but without generating heat from a blade in a normal juicer. Heat can alter enzymes and change chemical components of the nutrients. The Mill Juice Shop’s juice is organic and non-GMO.
The Mill Juice Shop located at 10825 Pioneer Trail in Truckee. For more information, visit themilljuiceshop.com. For more information about The Tahoe Food Hub visit, tahoefoodhub.org. For more information about High Fives Foundation, visit highfivesfoundation.org.