A very good article about the obstacles for small tea farmers in Nepal and most likely the plight of small farmers in other tea countries. It shows some of the hurdles for farmers who are providing high-quality organic tea. Current trends of small farmers producing the final product versus having the medium size factories take the raw leaves and produce the final product, plus marketing, compliance, and everything else that comes along with it. The small farmers do not have the expertise nor the resources to bring their product to the right people and sell the tea at the price it deserves.
The article also mentions that there is a demand for organic tea, it seems more the lack of cash of the small farmers to get the certification. There are some groups and cooperatives that are trying to help with this situation. It makes sense to help these farmers because of the demand for this type of tea and the fact the farmers are already producing it. I enjoy these type of articles because it helps to understand the tea process better.
I have been subscribing to the World Tea news for about 10 – 15 years. This is where I stay current with tea issues.
I am really excited to have this opportunity. Just found out this morning about winning. Still, need some details, but am super excited. I will be doing my Pop Up at Schroeder’s Department Store in Two Rivers, WI for the months of November and December. There address is 1623 Washington St, Two Rivers, WI 54241. This is part of the Two Rivers Main Street program. It starts Monday, November 5th and ends Monday, December 31st.
Two Rivers is trying hard and succeeding at reviving their city. Many new shops are there that people from bigger cities will enjoy, but not too big city that it loses it small town appeal.
Although the picture I used may not look like my retail space there, it is retail I have at a current place. Still, some things to work out.
I am really happy to be a part of the Ready Retail Lab at Willy Street Coop. I am the vendor for October. This is a big deal for me because they will have my product at their 3 locations. The order is almost ready, just a few things that will arrive tomorrow, but just confirmed Monday that I will deliver the order on Saturday, September 29, 2018 so I should be good. I hope to learn from this experience and hope everything goes well. Would like it if they decide to continue to use my product after October, but that will be known after October. I have other prospects, but until they are for sure that is all I will say.
Also do have some vendor events as the holiday season nears and some of them are the same ones I was a part of last year. Here is hoping that they go as well as last year or even gasp better. I was struggling with what to write today, so this post may not be one of my better ones.
This article talks about the health benefits of green tea and how it is important to Chinese an Japanese culture. This article deals with a study in the Journal of Periodontology talking about the green tea’s promotes healthy teeth and gums. The article is really good and pretty thorough though I assume the published study goes in depth with medical terminology. Yet again another great article from the Specialty Tea Institute.
Many of these places have been in the works for several months. I have my tea to buy as retail at Glass Art & Supply in Green Bay and Inspire Art Gallery in De Pere. If you want to drink my tea try The Cannery Public Market it is being served in their restaurant. Coming in October I am honored to be part of the Ready Retail Lab at Willy Street Coop. Hopefully this leads to me having my tea there after October. There are 3 locations, so this would be great. I have a few other places in the works, but until I have set dates and firmed up the details I will keep it to myself.
My farmers markets are winding down with only Algoma Farmer’s Market going until the end of October the rest are until the end of September. I have a few vendor events that I will vend. Hopefully a great opportunity for November and December, but that is not a sure thing and until it is certain I will not say anything about it.
Oh, almost forgot I am doing the NEWaukee Night Market this Wednesday and this Saturday I will be a part of 18th Annual Boxer Bash besides doing three of my farmers markets.
Two of my newest and latest creations are Irish Breakfast and Cinnamon Chocolate Assam. The Irish Breakfast has been selling quite well. I want to blend a Scottish Breakfast too. I am hoping the Cinnamon Chocolate Assam sells well in the colder weather and it was just last week that I made the blend. I see this tea as a perfect drink for the colder months when you are sitting with your blanket gazing at a fire or reading a book. In winter I tend to always have a blanket over my lap.
Pictured above Cinnamon Chocolate Assam and below is Irish Breakfast tea.
Hello Everyone! I have been busy with classes and getting ready for Farmer’s Markets and Night Fairs. I am currently doing the Wednesday night farmer’s market on Broadway in Green Bay (3 pm to 8 pm) until the end of September inside the Glass Art & Supply, Thursday at the De Pere Farmer’s Market (4 pm to 8 pm) until the end of September, Friday starting next week a Farmer’s Market in Sturgeon Bay (2 pm to 6 pm) until the end of October, and Sunday morning Farmer’s Market (9 am to noon) until the end of October. I have been asked to do the Titletown Night Market and may try it a couple times, but it is on Thursday night the same time as the De Pere Farmer’s Market. I also am doing the Night Market at Nomad Nacional in Milwaukee this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. July 19th I will be at the Bazaar after dark in Neenah and August 15th & September 12th I will be back in Milwaukee for the NEWaukee Night Market (5 pm to 10 pm). I may have monthly Saturday events in Juneau but need the details and waiting for the person to contact me back. Hoping to have some good news when I return from Milwaukee to announce. I also have some holiday fairs lined up in November in Milwaukee that I did last year.
It has long been known that tea is the second most consumed drink in the world. This article is showing that tea will continue to grow and its growth will outpace that of coffee, juice, soda, and other beverages besides water. This article also goes into the fact that most people in the world do not access to clean water. This is a sad thing. People who live in the developed world and have easy access to clean drinking water are truly blessed. The article also goes into the population growth of the world and how it will stress our resources. It is looking forward to how food and tea growing may competing for growing areas. here is hoping tea will still grow in popularity and that they find a way to grow it so it does not compete with food plants.
This article gives you an inside look into the tea industry of India. It seems the government of India wants to encourage small tea farmers to grow organic loose leaf tea and to treat the workers well in the process in non-traditional, but still quality growing areas. They want to provide a long-term view of growing tea not just a quick make a profit view. Seems like a smart way to develop a healthy economy for the areas affected.
I do not have my place anymore and got a little sad because I still get requests to book my old place for meetings, bridal/baby showers/etc…. The top portion was absolutely gorgeous and as soon as anyone saw it they were instantly smitten. I had to reject another request today. I miss giving out tulips to mothers and having kids and dads spoiling mothers at my place. Valentine’s Day and Mother’s day almost always were busy and reservations were recommended. Some Mother’s Day teas and tisanes pictured, but actually, any tea would work if the mother liked it. Rose Niligiri top, Lemon Rose Green bottom left, and Lavender Green Rooibos bottom right.