Today we restocked the Selby Gift shop with more Selby Select Rooibos, Secret Garden Green, and Little Monkey Fruit Tea. There is a wonderful holiday vibe when you enter the Gardens. Lights in Bloom at Selby Gardens is underway.
Selby Gardens comes alive with brilliant lights, festive displays, and a spectacular Christmas tree made of bromeliads every year.
Guests stroll through a magical garden filled with sparkling lights, live holiday music, and children’s activities.
The Gardens look GREAT!!! My favorite is the flamingos with antlers! This year will be slightly different, though the ‘Botanical Elves’ at Selby Gardens do a tremendous job every year. See you at Selby!
This blog has a bunch of posts about Lights in Bloom as well as our FestiviTea. Tis the Season, and we did have a bunch of orders for FestiviTea over the weekend.
See Lights in Bloom at Selby Gardens, the Open-Air Holiday Light Show through Jan 2, 2021.
Here is how Selby Gardens describes the event…
‘More than two million lights illuminate the gardens, and walkways are transformed into sensory light tunnels. Stroll through magical gardens filled with beautifully lit flowers, radiant rainforest butterflies, dragonflies, and more. Lights in Bloom®: An Open-air Light Show. has become a tradition for residents and visitors to celebrate the holiday season in Sarasota.’
So true, a wonderful Local Treasure.
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Thanks for the wonderful response to our first newsletter. Your comments and kind wishes are always welcome. Thank you.
Many of you asked after Glynis. She is well and has been working at Selby Gardens in the Welcome Center. She still helps with all adjustments to our tea line up, and she still drinks a lot of tea. Lately, though, Glynis has been drinking ice tea. Yes, Ice Tea!! I can hear the collective gasp from those who have heard her opine about Hot Tea. It is hot here in Sarasota, so she is making pitchers of Bertha Palmer Rooibos Iced.
Others asked about some of our discontinued teas. I’ll start with our new teas and then list our excuses:):)
Island Mango Black – Created for the Gaugin exhibit at Selby. So popular that we kept it. Black tea with mango and lime.
Black Lemon Ginger – We needed a black tea with ginger and lemon, and we found it! This is an excellent quality black tea, an OP (Orange Pekoe) from Sri Lanka.
* Black Coconut – We still get a bunch of requests each month for this tea. And we are still working on a replacement.
* Sparkling Pineapple White Tea – I liked this one too, but we did not sell enough to keep it. Sorry!
* Flowers in the Factory – This was a tea created for the Warhol exhibit at Selby. We used our Organic Red Berries tea, so the cool packet is not available, but the tea is!
Our other best seller is Mote Beach Tea, and we do contribute a portion of all sales of this caffeine-free gem back to Mote Marine Laboratory. Here is a blog post, More about Mote, with details about the volunteer programs Michael is active with; Sea Turtles and Dolphins.
Our Serving Partners offering Mote Beach Tea include; Bean Coffeehouse, Cafe in the Park, Burns Court Cafe, Morton’s Bakery, Blue Dolphin Cafe, Breakfast House, Mojo Risin, AJ’s Kitchen, Mountain Comfort Coffee, Pastry Arts, Serving Spoon, State Street Eating House, Sunnyside Cafe, and The Reserve. Please support these and any other local businesses you can. Thank you.
We are always looking for tea connections out in the world. Here are a few recent favorites…
Poldark – We binged this Masterpiece Classic on Amazon Prime. Set in the 1790s in Cornwall. Great drama and even more fabulous images of the Cornwall coastline. Demelza and Ross don’t drink as much tea as port and sherry, but the 5 seasons was a great escape!
Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou is an Ethiopian piano-playing nun, and she will be 97 in December. I don’t recall how I came across her mellow sounds, but she is easy to listen to on Sunday mornings with a cuppa Yerba Mate. Sweet Orange Mate is my favorite. Her music is fantastic, and her story is even better.
Coverville is one of my favorite podcasts, offering themed cover songs & stories. Loved a recent Blondie Episode, especially ‘The Tide is High’ covered by Dakota Blonde – a country cover of a new wave song originally recorded as a reggae song! No tea connection, but a great listen.
Summer thriller Camino Winds by John Grisham. Not much tea involved, mostly cold beer and wine, but I look forward to a Grisham book every summer.
As ever, we welcome your comments and thanks for your support.
Your Local Tea Team
“And I want a tea cozy. I don’t know what a tea cozy is, but I want one!”
Buffy Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I don’t think Buffy is alone. Many Local Tea Company customers and tea drinkers, in general, do not know about tea cozies. Or, they may have heard about Tea cozies but have never seen or used one! They are a straightforward yet amazing invention to keep your tea warm in the POT.
It would seem their popularity has waned since the invention of the teabag, which in turn meant fewer people used a teapot. So, let’s try and get back on track, get the teapots back out, add some good loose tea, and bring back the popularity of tea cozy!
The tea cozy history is not too well documented, though It seems unlikely that they were used when teapots first originated as the pots were small and tea was costly. When William Pitt the Younger was Prime Minister in 1783 at the tender age of 24, he passed the Commutation Act, which lowered the tea tax, making tea more affordable and, no doubt, the teapots bigger!
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Hello Tea lovers – Remember Us?
We are restarting our email newsletter after a bit of a break. Yes, it has been more than 7 years, so more of a hiatus, but here we are.
First, if you would like to unsubscribe, click here.
You can expect an email every three or four weeks with updates and announcements about our teas. We will also share interesting tea-related products you might enjoy, with an inspiring tea quote to go with what we are listening to, watching, reading, and laughing about as we drink our tea.
It’s good to be back! And now, more than ever, the simple pleasures of a calming cuppa tea are crucial to our collective sanity. Organic Peppermint works for us. What tea do you turn to for comfort?
Who are you?
When last we sent our newsletter, Local Tea Co was busy sampling and selling our teas at the Carriagehouse Tea Room at Selby Gardens. And, on Saturday, you could find our ‘Tea Tent’ at the Sarasota Farmers Market. I HOPE you remember us.
Part of the reason we restarted this newsletter is that the Market restarted last weekend, after a few months off. This return got us thinking about all the people we met and spent time with on Saturdays or at the Garden.
We are no longer at the Market, and we left Selby Gardens as well. You can find all the details in our History.
What have we been doing?
We are now focused on our wholesale tea business. We have a long list of Serving Partners that offer our wonderful teas. And if you know of a cafe or restaurant that should be selling our teas, let them know about us.
We also continue to sell out teas online. And Michael has committed to improving his handwriting, though we have our doubts:):)
This ‘TeaMail’ newsletter was titled “Think out of the Bag,” as we are always promoting loose leaf tea. We still promote loose leaf teas, though now offer 20 of our teas in biodegradable SOILON silk sachets.
Our Pinterest Page is probably our most active social page. Have a look and please, follow, like, and comment on any of our pages.
On Instagram and YouTube, we have a bunch of videos visiting our Serving Partners. Have a look and a laugh. And we try to keep up on Facebook and Twitter. What is your preferred social media platform?
As ever, we welcome your comments and thank you for your support.
Your Local Tea Team
A visit to Edison Ford Winter Estates?
You may have seen my earlier post about the newest tea from Local Tea Company. The Edison Ford Fruit Tea created to celebrate the beautiful winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford at the Edison Ford Winter Estates. Recently I had relatives visiting from Yorkshire and decided to take a day trip south to the Edison Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. If you read my blogs you know I like to share my tea experiences with you (England , Northern Michigan, South Carolina Tea Plantation.) This one is on my own doorstep, I just have to share. A ‘one tank trip’ not to be missed! Read More
Yerba Mate – The Drink of the Gods
Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) is a small tree native to the subtropical Atlantic forests of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. This evergreen member of the holly family was introduced to modern civilizations by the indigenous Guarani. For instance, the mate drink is brewed from the dried leaves and stems. Yerba Mate is consumed by millions of South Americans as a healthful alternative to coffee.
What does this drink taste like? Well yerba mate lives up to its name ‘cup herb’. The flavor is very herby or vegetal/grassy but can be very agreeable if made correctly! Water must NOT be boiling as this can cause bitterness. Steaming hot is quite sufficient. This is what Michael drank most Saturday mornings at the Local Tea Company tent at the Sarasota Farmer’s Market.
How to drink Yerba Mate?
The traditional way to drink the infusion is from a hollowed out gourd through a straw called a ‘bombilla’, a reusable straw! A yerba mate tea set. The ritual is a common social practice shared with friends and carrying a set of rules. Usually one person, the host will prepare yerba mate and refill the cup. The gourd is passed around in a clockwise circle and then re-brewed many times. You will say ‘gracias’ and return the gourd to your host only when you have had sufficient! I talk to many visitors who have enjoyed this experience when traveling in South America.
Another option is our Roasted Mate. The leaves are toasted which imparts a slight roasted taste. The leaf is dark and tastes almost coffee-like, and is a good choice if you are trying to ‘kick’ the coffee habit!
Michael prefers our Sweet Orange Mate, a blend of green and roasted mate along with some citrus and licorice which tends to soften the ‘herbi-ness’ a little. As a reult, you will receive a surge of energy and mental clarity which really gets you on the right track and sets you up for the day!
Above all, this drink plays a role in many legendary tales. First discovered centuries ago by the indigenous people in South America, Yerba Mate has become revered as the ‘drink of the gods.’ People survived drought and famine drinking this tea. Yerba Mate can enhance health, vitality, and longevity and is now becoming an alternative to coffee in many other areas of the world. This well balanced stimulant has 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids and is high in antioxidants.
Mate has some amazing qualities which make it a whole body tonic. The stimulation comes to us via 3 components called Xanthine Alkaloids: – Caffeine, Theophylline and Theobromine (found in chocolate!). This mighty combination along with minerals to support the nervous system and B vitamins to relax the muscles produce a balanced and long lasting physical and mental stimulation!
You may find comments about Yerba Mate having ‘more anti oxidants than green tea.’ Let’s just say Mate contains ‘abundant anti oxidants’ and is low in tannins, You can brew this tea very strong without any bitterness which also makes it easier on the stomach. Along with a massive burst of energy, Mate will curb your appetite, raise your metabolism and burn calories i.e. loose weight. Sounds easy if all you have to do is drink Yerba Mate.
As with all teas you can change the experience to suit you. People always ask how to make yerba mate without a gourd? Brew your yerba mate drink your favorite way, whether in your favorite tea pot or a Travel Mug or a Tea Maker or a T sac. Give it a try and let us know what you experience.
Local Tea is moving
This is oftentimes a sign that is not a welcome one, but in our case, it brings great news! We are not only moving but moving to larger premises!!
The poisonous dart frogs have found a new home, and we have embarked on a cleaning and decorating spree. We will be refurbishing and transforming our new location into a premium home befitting our premium loose teas!
The Payne Mansion allowed us to grow so much within the beautiful environs. We will miss the mansion so much (especially the bathroom!!) but can not wait for all the new and exciting tea-things we have planned.
You will hear more about our tea activities at Selby Gardens, along with a few pictures. Local Tea is moving, but not that far!
the Tea Lady