See and Taste the Difference

What's in your teabag?  Have you thought about it?  Most people don't ever open up their tea bags to see what's inside. Take a look at our nighttime blend, Moon, next to what you probably consider to be one of the nicer teas at the local grocery.  No photo tricks, these pictures were taken from the same distance.

a jar of Our nighttime blend: moon

Herbs are magical.  We take extra care to make sure the california poppy, fragrant hyssop, milky oats and other herbs are kept intact to maintain their natural qualities. These were almost all grown and harvested last summer, right on our farm in Wisconsin.

a box of leading Brand nighttime tea

No, this isn't sawdust. It's what's inside an entire box of a leading brand of herbal teabags. These herbs are pounded into oblivion, shipped from across the world, irradiated and warehoused for months, sometimes years. It might taste okay, but only because of the added flavors.

Our Goal is to Produce the Finest Plant Material.

We Grow Medicine, Not Commodities.

 

We grow our herbs close together, in dense polycultures, so plant roots intermingle in living soil. It’s how medicinal herbs grow in nature. Closeness and companionship, along with competition and struggle, leads to vitality and potency. Sure, it’s more expedient to plant and harvest large monocultures.  Yields are higher in over-fertilized and irrigated fields. But big bushy herbs are weak. We’d rather produce herbs – and live life – like the wild-crafted medicines herbalists prize. With passion.

 

Cutting The Best

 

Small scale production allows us to harvest herbs at the perfect time. By hand. Efficiently but with respect for the plants and their end use. Ugly herbs, browning bottom leaves and all stems go to the compost pile. We reject herbs other farms would grind and put in your tea bag.

 

Drying and De-stemming with Care

 

We learned a lot from looking at herb farms around the world. Including how not to handle herbs. We have seen them dried in the sun, like hay.  Or blasted with hot air. Then run through huge machines which grind and pulverize the plants to death. 

We chose instead to follow a more sacred process. We dry each variety slowly, at just the right temperature, to dry-in freshness and potency.  We have custom built, human-scale machines which allow us to de-stem and cut herbs without damaging them.

 

Beauty and Taste Are Worth It

 

Most commercial teas are ground up and put in bags. That’s fine if you’re in a hurry… instant tea. But we’re not in a hurry. We want to make teas that are a pleasure to drink and a joy to look at. Most of the herbs in our teas are grown, dried and blended in small batches on our farm. We add foreign herbs sparingly, generally only things we cannot produce ourselves.

We grow what we can each year and sell it fresh from the farm dryer. When the season’s harvest is sold out, you’ll have to wait for the next one. We could buy herbs from across the globe and sell them all year, but then we’d be in a big hurry like everyone else.

 

 
The amazing taste comes from the herbs, not additives, so it takes a little longer to brew.  For optimal flavor pour 8 oz of boiling water over 1 heaping Tbs (2 grams) of herbs, infuse for 7 to 10 minutes, strain, then enjoy.

The amazing taste comes from the herbs, not additives, so it takes a little longer to brew.  For optimal flavor pour 8 oz of boiling water over 1 heaping Tbs (2 grams) of herbs, infuse for 7 to 10 minutes, strain, then enjoy.

Stewarding The Land Together

We are located in Wisconsin’s beautiful bluff country between the villages of Gilmanton and Lookout.  The land is rented to us by Crazy Rooster Farm to whom we are eternally grateful.   We're working together to continue to nurture the soil and encourage wildlife in order to create a permaculture paradise.


The soil on the farm is minerally balanced sandy loam, ideal for herb production.  No synthetic inputs have been used on the farm since 1992. We are eligible for organic certification, but at this time we are choosing not to become certified as “organic” is only a small part of what differentiates us. We’re certified by our integrity and by the close relationships we have with our neighbors, friends and customers. Anyone can see for themselves how we grow and process our products and decide if our practices meet their expectations for health, safety and ecological stewardship.  Visit us at our field day on June 17th or send Tony an email and set up a time to see the farm - Tony@SacredBlossomFarm.com

Contract Growing

 

We grow in poly-cultures in highly living soil to produce herbs of uncommon quality.  Are you an herbalist looking for 5 or more pounds of Sacred Quality herbs?  Contact Tony for information on custom grows.