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Monday, March 28, 2011

At the Market

While it may not feel like spring because of the chill in the air today, it is finally here! And, with only a few weeks left of the indoor markets, we want to remind everyone that they can still get their farm fresh fix from the Northport Indoor Farmer's Market. Come to this market, located off of Main Street, in Saint Paul's Methodist Church, on April 2nd and 16th. In addition to live music and crafts for kids, you will find natural soaps, delicious spreads and preserves, fresh produce, cheese, baked goods, honey, homemade pet treats, fresh ravioli, meats and tea (of course). As we get closer to Memorial Day and the start of the outdoor markets, it's nice to know that there is still a cozy, indoor place to get the healthy goods.

For more information on the Northport Indoor Market, as well as other upcoming market events, please visit the following link:


See you at the markets!


LOCATION:
Saint Paul's United Methodist Church
Northport, NY 11768
10:00am-12:30pm

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Human Connection: Reflecting on Events in Japan

Today's post reflects on the devastating earthquake and tsunami that has affected Japan. Aside from the emotional impact that communities are enduring, the unprecedented damage of the natural disasters that took place on March 11th have disrupted normal life all over Japan by upsetting daily routines, causing power outages and transportation issues, and by forcing individuals to conserve energy and food. As we continue to see on television and read in the news, the effects of these natural disasters continue to unfold, causing ripple effects in other parts of the world.

For us at The Tea Plant, the events that have occurred in Japan have made us think about the fragility of human life and how ironically strong people can be in the midst of what seems to be a disaster of proportions too large to articulate. As we consider this, one particular question keeps coming to mind: Could anyone survive such an event if not for the human connection?

Like many with friends in Japan or those who know Americans with family there, the first thing we did when we heard about the earthquake was reach out to to be sure everyone was alright. We are thankful that distant relatives and our tea friends in Japan are safe. As we continue to think about the many people who have been displaced from their homes, separated from their families and witness to the destruction of their communities, however, we wish that there was more that we could do to help.

On a personal level, we made several donations to various groups in hopes that the money will be used well. The Tea Plant, however, will be providing further information in the coming weeks about ways that we will be donating to help those in need as a company. While we are very small, we have several ideas in mind.

In the meantime, we have provided some links below to organizations that are collecting funds to support recovery efforts. In addition to drinking a cup of Japanese green tea and sending good intentions to those who are dealing with hardship in Japan during these difficult times, please consider making a donation.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Cha-An


On a recent Sunday we had a chance to take a tea break at one of our favorite tea spots in NYC, Cha-An. This Japanese-style tea house is a favorite not only because of the peaceful and zen-like environment, but also because of the Japanese teas and delicacies available on the menu.

During our visit we had a Japanese Sencha and a Puer tea coupled with some Matcha truffles. It was nice to take time out to enjoy our delightful snack served inside white ceramic tea bowls.
Each tea was prepared just at it should be. The water temperature for the Sencha and the Puer was perfect. This is one of the things that distinguishes a tea experience at Cha-An from other tea houses. The taste of the Sencha was also sweet and vegetal, and remained lovely even after the third steeping. The very aromatic Puer produced a clear and deep reddish-brown liquor that was sturdy and smooth with a wonderful aftertaste. In addition, the staff at Cha-An is amazingly attentive. Once a cup is empty, more water is immediately offered for additional steepings. The whole experience is unrushed and meditative. As far as we're concerned, that is how tea drinking should be.

CHA-AN TEA HOUSE LOCATION:
230 East 9th Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003
Phone:212-228-8030

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Woman's Journey to Wellness Day


On March 6th, we had the privilege to participate in "A Woman's Journey to Wellness" at the Huntington YMCA. We shared tea and conversation with a wonderful group of health conscious women from our community. We met massage therapists, acupuncturists, fitness instructors and bakers. We also learned about sustainable fishing and tasted some delicious samples from Wild Planet Foods. The best part, however, was that we saw women taking time for themselves and then leaving looking calm and relaxed.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

CommuniTEA


Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company. ~Author Unknown

Tea brings people together. Tea comforts people in solitude. Everyday, around the world, tea is part of individual rituals, community gatherings and ceremonies. When we participate in our local farmer's markets and share tea with others, we experience how tea brings us together.

Today we are introducing The Tea Plant community blog so that we can share information about tea and how we experience it at local community gatherings and around the world. We hope you will enjoy reading our posts, but we also invite you to comment and share your tea experiences in the future.


 

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