Sharing Good Tea in Columbia MO

My daughter is opening Range Free – an allergen-free bakeshop and cafe in downtown Columbia MO this Fall, and she will (of course) be serving our tea!

With a varied menu of tasty food, made from scratch with the highest quality ingredients, Range Free will appeal far beyond the “free from” crowd. Range Free will give people with and without allergies an opportunity to share meals together!

Gluten & Grain Free Shirley Temple cupcakes          Grain-free pizza (yeast-free, too!)

 

Anna has a few days left to fund her kickstarter campaign to get a range & hood that will allow full meal service (including grab n’ go) from Day 1, not just baked goods.

Once she is open, we will also be able to regularly bring in allergen free foods for you here in St. Louis, to pick up at our shop or at Markets.  Please let me know what foods you are missing and would like us to share with you.

Saturday June 20th Events

This Saturday is a busy day for us:

Galen will have a selection of our teas and sampling at 2015_ghlogo_wdate

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
NEW location: 

Butterfly House & Faust Park 
(15193 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63017)
Rain or shine!
Help your family live green! Join us for a hands-on, day-long festival of learning, playing, and engaging with people of all ages and backgrounds with an interest in sustainable, healthy lifestyles
10th Anniversary Festival 8am-5pm

10th Anniversary Festival 8am-5pm

 

 

 

 

 

 10th Anniversary Festival – Tower Grove Farmers’ Market

June 20, 8am-5pm

We are thrilled to be celebrating our 10th Season at the mark of midsummer. We want everyone to come celebrate with us – if you only make it to one market each season, this is the one! You’ve made the market what it is today – a bustling weekly destination for dozens of local farmers and food producers and thousands of St Louisans – and we hope you will come celebrate the wonderful market you have built. We are staying open until 5pm to give everyone extra time to make it out!

You can also invite your friends on our Facebook event page.

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Then join us for “Name That Tea” as we are a Shuffle stop for:

Maplewood Shuffle Stop 4:30-7:00pm

Maplewood Shuffle Stop 4:30-7:00pm

Maplewood Shuffle is an event where teams gather for an entertaining and competitive evening of a combination trivia contest, scavenger hunt, and pub crawl to explore downtown Maplewood and support the mission of Joe’s Place. Funds raised from the event will directly benefit boys at Joe’s Place.

Activities include:

  • Trivia, Games & Challenges at each stop
  • Promotional Specials at Participating Venues
  • Prizes Awarded at the Final Check-In

All Maplewood Shuffle participants will have access to activities and promotional specials at participating venues, and a chance to win great prizes, like Cardinals and Rams tickets, and gift certificates and special events from local businesses.

Christmas in the Kitchen 2014

It was a record setting year for Christmas in the Kitchen, $8,216 donated to Annie Malone’s Childrens Home + gifts for the children

Thank you to all who shared in this event….and, if you’ve never been able to join us  here is a taste:

 

Happy Holidays

From all of us

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Your continued patronage was/is the greatest gift you could give to us this Holiday season (and throughout the year). 
We realize we cannot be all things to all people (there are too many flavors of tea!) and when you return again and again, and tell your friends about us, it means the world to us.
Thank you. 
 
May you receive all you need and hope for in your lives over the next weeks

and in the New Year.
 
With the Spirit of Tea,
Kateri, Galen, Hannah, Joseph, Mallory, and Wintaye

10 More shopping days…

and we still have lots of tea and accessories, and more for you.

Insulated tea cozies for large pots

Insulated tea cozies for large pots, cat & dog prints not shown

Tickets for Sweet Tooth Tour 2015

Tickets for Sweet Tooth Tour 2015 to stuff their stockings

Puerh Tuo Cha, for the "down to earth" tea drinker

Puerh Tuo Cha, for the “down to earth” tea drinker

Large capsule infuser, for steeping tea, or flavoring soups or stews, or even beer.

Large capsule infuser, for steeping tea, or flavoring soups or stews, or even beer.

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Brown Betty, 2 cup

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Tea Wallet, so you never have to be without quality tea!

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Mug cozy – to keep your tea warm longer

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Container holds 1-2 ounces of tea in style! (Actual tins in stock may vary from shown)

 

and extra shopping hours on Monday and Thursday evenings, plus 9am-5pm on Sunday 12/21398-GRY

Color may vary from that shown here

Color may vary from that shown here

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Works for tea or coffee

Happy Thanksgiving

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Enjoy!! We are Thankful for all of YOU!

As we enter our 6th Holiday shopping season and our 2nd with a retail location, I am most Thankful for all of you who make the choice to purchase your tea from me, at Markets and events, our shop and on-line.
It has not been an easy time to start and maintain a business. When I started in 2009 the “mall stores” were pretty much the only option for looseleaf tea drinkers, and if you wanted “organic” – forget it. Now, there are lots of on-line options and more and more stores are carrying a wider variety of teas.

We strive to continue bringing you high quality at affordable prices.

Your continued support has allowed me to create a nearly full-time position for Galen, and supplement incomes for several other employees.
When you enjoy our tea, please feel our gratitude with every sip!

Kateri Meyer
Galen, Hannah, Joseph, Mallory, and Wintaye

Check the calendar for scheduled events and extra shopping hours for the next few weeks.

Remember, you can order on-line  from us too.

We are looking forward to serving tea at the 1st Annual World’s Fare Heritage Festival and Games Sept 12-14, 2014

In commemoration to the 1904 World’s Fair and Expo, and iced tea becoming popularized that summer, in addition to our own Iced Tea Blend, we will be serving a “flight” of teas from around the world.ferris (1)

 

 

The event organizers are also looking for more volunteers to assist in the event.  Click the link if you want to aid in the success of this inaugural event celebrating St. Louis history & the arts.

 

Updated Shop Hours

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Our current shop hours are Tues 10am-6pm, Wed Noon-6pm, Fri 10am-5pm, and Sat 9am-5pm

Special events, special hours can be found our Calendar/Events Page, and info on the various Markets we attend is HERE.

Occasionally we may be open a little later, or on an “Off” day if working on a project – You are Always welcome, whenever we are there.

It is the height of Market Season.  We enjoy Sharing Good Tea with all of you!

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PURCHASING POWER!!!!!

If I offer you $3 for a $2 bill will you take it?
That is the idea behind our “Purchasing Power Program” cards. Your advance purchase gives BOTH of us purchasing power. You get more for your money each time you visit, and in turn, we get much needed capital to stock the shop.

Purchase this card for $20
YOU Get $30-$40 of purchasing power for only $20
Card has a total of 10 stars or symbols (cost to you = $2 per star/symbol)
Each time you shop with us one star or symbol will get “punched” and you will receive at least $3 off your purchase that day
$3 value for each STAR

Special symbols (bus, bicycle, cat, snowflake) are each worth $5 if you qualify as follows:

Bus – Did you ride the bus today? show us your bus pass or bus ticket for that day
Bicycle – Is your bike outside?
Cat – Are you wearing a Tenth Life button, tee shirt, or hoodie?
Snowflake – Is it raining or snowing when you come in to shop?

Present the card to us wherever we are selling (Markets OR events)
Or you can leave the card on file in our shop, and the value will only be redeemed there.

Chai Ice cream

(by Galen McGreehan)

 INGREDIENTS

2 cups half-and-half
3 large egg yolks
 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon Traveling Tea Chai Spices
*1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (optional)
In a saucepan, over medium-high heat, bring the half-and-half to the scalding point (the milk begins to foam up). Remove from heat.
Meanwhile in a stainless steel bowl beat the egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy (about two minutes).
Gradually pour the scalding half-and-half into the whipped egg yolk mixture, making sure you keep whisking constantly so the eggs don’t curdle. If any lumps do form, strain the mixture first before heating.
Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, cook until the custard thickens enough that it coats the back of a spoon (170 degrees F).
Immediately remove the custard from the heat and continue to stir it for a few minutes so it does not overcook. At this point stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Whisk in chai spices, making sure to break up any lumps that form.
 Cover and let cool to room temperature and then refrigerate the custard until it is completely cold (several hours but preferably overnight).
Transfer the cold custard to the chilled container of your ice cream machine and process according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once made, transfer the ice cream to a chilled container and store in the freezer. If the ice cream becomes too hard place in the refrigerator until softened.
Enjoy!
*NOTE – I like my chai pretty spicy, so I added another 2 teaspoons of chai mix as well  ground black pepper.  Adjust to your taste before cooling.

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