Explore/Learn about Tea
When we consider what fine teas, wines, coffees, and spirits add to our taste experience, it is no wonder that this beverage so steeped in a rich history is finally getting the recognition that it well deserves! Here at Light of Day Organics, we believe that we are in the midst of an overdue National immersion into the wonderful world of loose leaf tea. Glad you found us!
Tea has so much going for it;
from its colorful history, variations in origin, estate production, manufacturing techniques, growing list of health benefits & the perfect way it lends itself to reflection and relaxation.
In our opinion, Tea is just the perfect beverage for today’s busy world. It is subtle, healthy, and sophisticated, and it reminds us that the world can wait until the cup is finished. So, please make time to nurture yourself today by drinking some Light of Day Organic Teas or Tisanes (herbal teas that are naturally caffeine-free).
How to correctly prepare different styles of tea:
Click HERE for directions on how to make a delicious cup of tea every time!
Click HERE for Matcha Informational Guide & our legendary smoothie recipe.
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Tea, the beverage, is the second most widely consumed drink in the world, exceeded only by water. In many cases today, as in ancient times, tea is safer to drink than water because it is boiled first, killing any disease-carrying bacteria.
By most historical reports, tea was first consumed as a beverage in China, sometime between 2700 B.C and 220 A.D. Tea began to travel as a trade item as early as the fifth century, with some sources indicating Turkish traders bartering for tea on the Mongolian border. Tea made its way to Japan late in the sixth century, along with another famous Chinese export: Buddhism. By the end of the sixth century, Buddhist monks were planting tea in Japan. Prior to the devastating Tsunami in March of 2011, and the resulting radiation contamination, 99% of commercially available basket-steamed Green tea came from Japan. We anticipate many changes as other producing countries rise to meet the growing demand for this tea product as the land and people of Japan heal.
All tea, regardless of its origin, is the Camellia sinensis plant. Left to its own devices, tea plants will grow into a substantial tree (up to 40 feet!). On our farm, a few are allowed to do so for the purpose of growing seeds. For tea production, it is necessary to train the tea plants form their single stem into "clump" style bushes, and great care is taken to create a shape that lends itself to consistent picking, or “plucking”. This process, called "frame formation", is achieved through pruning and pegging. “Pegging” is the practice of bending some branches down, and pegging them into position after cutting the stem at a 45 degree angle. This flattened area where picking occurs is referred to as the “plucking table.”
Tea is an indigenous plant throughout the forests of Southeast Asia. Tea’s origins lie in an indefinite area to the Southeast of the Tibetan plateau, including Szechuan, Yunnan, Burma, Siam, and Northern India. From these original locations, tea has spread throughout the world and today is cultivated in areas as diverse as Washington state on the West coast of the U.S, Traverse City in the Midwest (that's us!) and Guatemala in Central America. The small-leafed China plant remains fairly true-bred and has avoided much of the crossbreeding in agriculture. China is considered he birthplace of tea, and there is vast diversity in leaf style and grade here. Some Chinese provinces which are well known for tea production are: Anhui, Fujian, Yunnan, Zhejiang.
Light of Day Organics presently has four High Tunnel Hoop houses, three of which are dedicated exclusively to the growing of perennial Camellia sinensis ("Tea") plants. We produce White, Green, Oolong and Black tea styles, plus many Tisanes (herbal blends that do not contain Tea leaves, proper). Our pristine hand-harvested ingredients are grown at our two Leelanau County USDA Certified Organic and Demeter-certified Biodynamic farms are inspected annually by third party auditors, (MOSA, and Demeter International, respectively). Our on-site private wells (used for irrigation, cleaning, making cups of Tea within our tea shop) are tested each year for any contaminants (such as coliform bacteria, Nitrates, Fluoride, & heavy metals).
Advanced Series Tea Classes
If you are interested in participating in a more in-depth education of this remarkable plant, please consider attending one of our lively, educational tea events as we pass down oral traditions about teas and botanicals (see our Events page for the most updated schedule). We would love to get to know you, and invite you to come “cup” (taste & slurping of samples!) Teas from around the globe with us. Please inquire about the next class by visiting our ” CLASSES” offerings or write to Angela directly at Teafairy@lightofdayorganics.com. Reservations required as seating is intentionally limited to keep our classes intimate so that we can “dig deep”.
The Health File
Light of Day’s founder, Angela Macke, is a Registered Holistic Nurse, Advanced Master Gardener, and Specialty Tea Institute Graduate. She has been collecting research and various press articles about tea for many years. If you would like a copy of her most up-to date health file, please become a subscriber to our newsletter so that we may be permitted to send this to you (we believe in a 100% permission-based marketing system over here, since we’re not big fans of “junk mail” ourselves).
Please feel welcomed to send us anything of interest that you should come across in your travels, as we consider this education of tea a life-long exploration! Thank you for your interest in learning more about this healthy beverage choice.