Some times loose leaf tea is not that convenient. Its loose after all, making it hard to take it with you any where. It requires a container to put it in in order to steep it. Its not something you walk out to the swing set with and start sipping unless its already brewed.
Its not something that is easy to have around toddlers, or a drink known for taking on the go. Loose Leaf tea is known as the slow down drink, the sit and relax by the fireside drink.
In an effort to make loose leaf tea easier and fit better into our farm schedule I set out on a search to find an on the go option that would work. For about a year I tried the Bodum travel tea/coffee press. I wasn't very happy with the results and so I purchased an Espro Travel Tea press and I'm super excited about it! Finally a way to have my loose leaf as I dart out the door to the farmer's market, early in the morning or to take around the farm with me when I don't have time to slow down.
Check out our review in the video below and share with us how you drink your loose leaf tea on the go! The second half of our video is a little farm update if you would like to see what we have been up to!
Want to check out these Tea Presses online? The Links are here below, and yes, we receive a little bit of a commission (no extra charge to you) if you decide to purchase. We never share products we wouldn't use ourselves! And every little bit helps us provide our family the farm life style we live. We thank you for your patronage!
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We Give the French Press from Bodum a much higher rating than the travel mugs! They have stainless steel presses that work better than the silicon ones in their travel press.
Bodum Stainless Steel French Press http://amzn.to/2h0ZRyR
We missed a week of videos! Our apologies! We had our computer die on us and spent the week replacing it and then re-doing files that were lost. We are slowly getting things put back together.
How did your week go? Are you enjoying the fall weather? Hopefully there has been a bit of sunshine your way! It seems like we have had big dark clouds pouring huge amounts of rain on us. So much that it actually left a trench down our drive way.
Today though, it was beautiful, it was perfect out there. Not too hot and not too cold which bright blue skies and sunshine! A great day to get this tincture made before our milky oats start forming viable oat seed, drying out and being more useful for chickens than medicine.
Milk oats are the green seed starts on top of oats when they sprout. We blend oats into our chicken's feed and for what ever reason they left a bunch out in the garden. They buried them as they scratched around. When we planted our zucchini the oats in that area sprouted up. So while we didn't put them there or intend them to be there we are turning this problem into a solution.
Milky oats are great for feeding the nervous system, providing support during stressful times and situations as well as helping out during times of depression. These situations may be long term or just short term stress. Milky oats help with mood issues and assist with sleepless nights. They help the body cope and adjust to changing situations. Milky oats can help balance the endocrine system, and assist skin issues.
When making a tincture the alcohol helps to pull out the chemicals (known as constituents) from the herb and making it more potent. The tincture is then taken by dropper-fuls according to each persons situation and as needed. Its a handy little tincture to have around. Directions in video below and full recipe below video.
Milky Oats Tincture Recipe
1.5 cups Milky Oats (green oats not forming a viable seed)
2.4-4 cups Vodka 80 proof or higher
1.) Remove milky oats from oat stem.
2.) Pat dry if necessary.
3.) Process in food processor with 1/2 cup of vodka to break up the milky oats a little so that they tincture easier and stronger.
4.) Pour processed oats and vodka in a pint jar.
5.) Top off with remaining vodka to fill jar. Place lid on and tighten.
6.) Shake it up so that the vodka gets around all of your Milky Oats.
7.) Label jar with ingredients and ratio of ingredients. Also with the date you made it and/or the date it will be done. Tinctures are best after 6 weeks or more.
8.) After 6 weeks strain out the milky oats and tincture is ready to use. Store in amber tincture bottle and/or canning jar out of direct sunlight in a cool place.
BRRRR! How is the weather where you are?
Here..... well, its almost freezing! We seemed to have about a week of fall and then the winter switch got flipped. 30 miles from us it was snowing! Fall on the farm means getting ready for winter. We seem to be having troubles keeping up with that here.
This week though we brought in some herbs from our greenhouse and garden so that we could have some during the winter to use fresh in cooking and in making tea. Lemon balm, anise hyssop, rosemary and chamomile.
While at a second hand store I found these adorable tea cups with herbs all along them and thought what better use than to put herbs in them too.
Below is a short tutorial and video on how to make your very own! Just plant - even if its in a tea cup and in your kitchen. Its a space everyone can have a little living green in their home and there is nothing like fresh herbs in cooking or in your tea pot! Cheers!
Tea Cup Kitchen Garden
What you need:
1 tea cup, coffee mug, or small pot of choice
1 small plant per cup, mug or pot
1/4 cup or so of a well drained potting mix (something with peet moss and vermiculite is great!)
Handful of small gravel, small river rock or other similar material
1.) Fill container (cup, mug or pot) about 1/8 to 1/4 full of your rock of choice. The smaller the better. The rock is going to drain the water so that the roots don't sit in water and rot. Sand works also and some research also says that adding some activated charchol will really help with the drainage.
2.) Place plant on top of the rock inside your container of choice, making sure any roots are pointed downward.
3.) Add soil mix around the plant so that the plant stands up.
4.) Water a little tiny bit not more than 1 tsp for a small cup. Decorate the top with remaining rocks if you wish.
trouble shooting drainage issues
- Remove plant and planting material. Drill a small hole with a dremel and diamond bit. Repot as before. Make sure to put a plate or other water catch under your cup.
- Change up the soil adding more sand and peet moss to help with draining.
- Make sure your plant is the right size for your container. You may need a larger container or smaller pot.
Happy Tuesday! You know what that means? Its day one of two every week that we share about the happenings on our farm through our Youtube channel!
We missed last Thursday's video due to some illness on the farm and catching up from that but we are back at it. With the really cold weather coming our way its time to start gathering everything out of the garden and finish getting our fall garden planted.
You will never guess what we found in the zucchini plant.... and no it wasn't zucchini, check it out in today's video!
Did you know it was a thing? Apparently its as exciting as pairing wine with cheese, and chocolate with cheese... tea with cheese. Wine has many tannins which make it pair well with cheese and tea has the same tannins. While we feature mostly herbal teas, which don't have tannins, these teas still pair great because of their fruity quail-TEAs. See what I did there ;)
We are off to the Wedge of Portland to share our teas amongst a sea of wonderful Oregon creamery's this Saturday and so we thought we would share with you our picks for tea pairings. Grab some great cheese, and some other accompaniments (Perhaps some Mt. Hope Farm's fruit spreads) and make a platter that you won't forget.
Cherry City Chai & Decaf Chai Tea- Willamette Valley Cheese’s Brie, Comte Cheese, Sharp Cheddar. Other foods to pair with: milk chocolate, apple scones, hazelnuts, popcorn and plain beef jerky or used as a beef marinade.
Gingerbread Spice Tea - Brie, aged goat cheese, mascarpone and mozzarella. Don’t forget blue cheese- yes ginger snap flavors and blue cheese are a thing. Pairs well with other fall flavored foods especially cranberries, apples and pears.
High Desert Hibiscus Tea- Goat cheese (aged and fresh), & blue cheese. Pairs well with citrus flavors and mints.
Coastal Cranberry Spice Tea - Rouge Creamery’s Blue Cheese, Smokey Touvelle from Rouge Creamery, Mozzarella from the Urban Cheesecrafts, and Rouge Creamery’s Caveman Blue. Pairs with anything that mulled wine pairs with.
Oregon Harvest Berry Tea - Mascarpone, Cream Cheese, Willamette Valley Cheese’s Brie, Camembert, and Urban Cheese Crafter’s Mozzarella. Makes a great reduction sauce for baked fruits.
Three Sisters Kombucha Blend (served hot by the cup)- Aged Gouda from Willamette Valley Cheese Co., Sharp Cheddar and Chiriboga Blue. Pairs well with dark chocolate.
Mossy Rock Kombucha Blend (served hot by the cup)- Cheddar, Brie and Chevere from Willamette Valley Cheese Co.
Willamette Berry Pie Tea- Lavender Touvelle from Rouge Creamery, Mascarpone, Willamette Valley Cheese’s Brie and Camembert.
Rose City Repose Tea- Lavender Touvelle from Rouge Creamery and Plain Cheese Curds.
Which flavors sound best to you? Have you paired cheese with tea before? Tell us about it, we would love to hear your experience and your favorite pairings!
After a few weeks of illness we are starting to get back to our normal schedule here down on the farm! Its the time of year where we are busy putting up the harvest from our own vegetable garden but as well as other local goodness that we use in our teas.
In today's video we are sharing how we turned 3 boxes of concord grapes from our neighbor into some juice for the freezer. We hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by the farm!
Welcome to our Family Tea Farm!
Howdy from our farm to your home! It is said that the, "farm is the nursery of the family," and that "the family is the nursery of the nation." We hope you enjoy your visit to our blog as we share with you the happenings on our little "nursery". Thank you for following us on our journey and watching us GROW! Read more about our farm HERE.