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"There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life."
- Lin Yutang

SPRING TIME IN WEST VIRGINIA MEANS WILD RAMPS

By Judy Larkin | May 5, 2021

It’s ramp time of year again here in the Appalachians. Ramps appear first in their southern range in late March. The season finally ends in the far north in early-to-mid May. The folk medicine reputation which holds both Ramps and Wild Leeks to be powerful healers turns out to be well deserved. They are high…

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POETRY CONTEST 2021 WINNERS

By Judy Larkin | May 1, 2021

Our first Tea Poetry Contest was very well received with 23 entries from all over the USA. The poems were judged by Lisa Boalt-Richardson and Dr. Kim Marie White Lewis. Boalt-Richardson is the director of the World Tea Academy and is a certified tea specialist. She is the author of three published books on tea…

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POETRY CONTEST 2021

By Judy Larkin | Mar 28, 2021

POETRY CONTEST CELEBRATES TEA & NATIONAL POETRY MONTH MARTINSBURG, West Virginia — Tea and poetry have long been celebrated for the experiences they can evoke — warming the body from the inside out. To honor the way a perfectly steeped cup of tea can taste or how a poem can make the heart race with…

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Happy Purim. Hope you enjoy your Hamantaschen!

By Judy Larkin | Feb 24, 2021

February 25th is the start of the Jewish Holiday of Purim.  To be quite truthful, I had never heard of it until starting to do research for our last newsletter which was about celebrations in the month of February.  It amazes me that such a big holiday for a large part of our country’s population…

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TEA QUIZ

By Judy Larkin | Feb 12, 2021

This Quiz Will Tell You How Much You Love Tea Sometimes you like something without loving it, and sometimes you’re so totally infatuated that you can’t see straight. This quiz will show you where you land on the tea love spectrum—so you can decide whether this is a casual fling, or whether it’s time to…

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FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

By Judy Larkin | Feb 12, 2021

FESTIVE FEBRUARY A MONTH FULL OF CELEBRATIONS February can so often be a dull and dreary month and even more so with many people still in lockdown.  Can you believe it has almost been almost a year since we have lived like this?  How naive we all were to think the pandemic would be over…

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SAINT BRIGID’S DAY

By Judy Larkin | Feb 1, 2021

February 1st is Saint Brigid Day, the only female patron saint of Ireland. Everyone is familiar with St. Patrick’s Day but how many of you know about St. Brigid’s Day?  St Brigid’s Day or Lá Fhéile Bríde as it is known in Gaelic, which lands on 1 February each year, also marks the first day…

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October Newsletter

By Judy Larkin | Oct 18, 2020

Dear Friends:  We are now six months into our altered reality.  Even though I try to keep positive there are times when I am anxious and stressed.  I worry about the political unrest all over the world; the economic upheaval caused by the pandemic; when I will be able to see my sister and family …

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What Gives Earl Grey its Unique Flavor?

By Judy Larkin | Sep 9, 2020

Earl Grey is probably the most recognized tea blend in the world. It is flavored by Bergamot oil to deliver a calming and aromatic citrus character. The oil comes from bergamot orange (Citrus Bergamia) which is a citrus fruit grown chiefly in Italy. The tree yields a yellow-green pear-shaped fruit, the peel of which is valued by…

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