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Giving Back Is All In A Day’s Work For Bigelow Tea Employees

Some of the Bigelow Tea employees who volunteered their time to read to children

In this season for giving thanks, we at Bigelow Tea recognize how fortunate we are to have such loyal customers who allow us to do what we love: bring you the finest teas! A big part of our mission is to give back to the community. “Do the right thing, and good things will follow.” It’s a philosophy imbued by company founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow and carried on by our employees. Today, we’re proud to highlight a few of the ways our Bigelow Tea “family” is making a difference.

Read Aloud Day – Bridgeport, CT,  Grades K-6

The Fairfield office has supported the Read Aloud Day program for six years, sending volunteers to read to children in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Here’s a sampling of the volunteers’ comments:

“What an amazing experience today was. The students were so excited when I entered the classroom … I couldn’t believe how engaged the children were when I was reading … I did tell the children I work for Bigelow Tea and we make tea bags. One little girl asked me what a tea bag was and before you knew it the whole class was talking about tea and who in their family drinks tea.”

“For me it was a great experience. I walked away from this feeling that It really mattered to those children that I was there and talked to them about the book as well as other random questions that they had to ask.”

United Way Day of Caring Diaper Drive

Bigelow Tea employees with just some of the thousands of diapers they collected for those in need

Oh baby! Employees from Bigelow Tea’s Fairfield, CT, and Boise, ID, offices collected 12,500 diapers to distribute to local mothers and families in need, along with baby wipes, powder, diaper rash cream and shampoo. It was our third year participating in this amazing event, and we can’t wait to do it again!

Thank you Bigelow Tea volunteers! We are so thankful for each and every one of you!

 

Winner Of The Bigelow Tea $100 Gift Certificate Sweepstakes Announced

 

So happy to announce that Stacey from New Jersey won our $100 gift certificate good for any tea or gift on our website.  Happy Holidays and Enjoy!


‘Tis the Season for Bigelow Tea’s December Holiday Tea Assortment Sweepstakes


‘Tis the season for tea drinking! For our December sweepstakes, we’ve decided to give away our Bigelow Holiday Tea Assortment! This assortment features one box of each of four distinctive Bigelow Tea seasonal blends:

• Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea
• Bigelow Eggnogg’n® Tea
• Bigelow Apple Cider Herb Tea
• Bigelow Ginger Snappish Herb Tea

Total Value: $14.95

We’re delighted about filling teacups with good cheer. Twenty-four (24) lucky winners will receive our Grand Prize which contains 80 tea bags in all. And, because it’s a holiday giveaway, the Grand Prize comes wrapped in festive boxes tied and tagged. It’s ready for gift gifting upon arrival!

Our holiday assortment is the perfect present for any tea lover on your shopping list. Or perhaps you may choose to hold onto it as a personal gift to yourself. That way you can share your prize with visitors and serve our holiday blends to your guests.

To enter, we suggest you “like” our Bigelow Tea Facebook page and click on the sweepstakes icon under our cover photo. The sweepstakes ends on December 27th. Look for an announcement of the winners on our Bigelow Tea blog. Good luck and Happy Holidays!

 

Bigelow Tea’s Sweepstakes Will Make The Holidays Bright

It’s that time of year again! With the holiday season fast approaching, the search is on for the perfect gift. Looking for something to make the holidays warmer and full of cheer?  Bigelow Tea has you covered with its amazing Holiday Sweepstakes!

The lucky winner will receive a $100 gift certificate for Bigelow Tea products … your choice! So whether it’s teas, gift baskets, treats or something else, whatever you select is guaranteed to make your holidays brighter!

Here’s how it works. Enter the Sweepstakes on our Bigelow Tea Facebook. Simply “like” the page, if you haven’t already, then click the Sweepstakes icon under our cover photo and follow the instructions. The Bigleow Tea Holiday Sweepstakes ends at midnight EST on December 9th, so be sure to enter by then.

One (1) lucky winner will receive a $100 gift certificate that can be used to purchase any teas or gift items offered on our Bigelow Tea website. That’s it. It’s simple to enter and exciting to contemplate winning!

Look for the announcement of the lucky winner on our Constant Comment blog. Good luck, and happy holiday shopping!

 

Winners Announced for the Bigelow Tea & Foodista.com Sweepstakes!

We want to thank everyone who entered our very fun sweepstakes with Foodista.com!  And thanks Foodista.com for sharing the great tea recipes!  Ok the winners of this amazing “Constant Comment”® Personali-Tea Basket are the following:

Alanna from Nova Scotia, Canada

Zahra from Alberta, Canada

Ross from Washington

And the winner of the wonderful Foodista cookbook and apron is:

Debbie from British Columbia, Canada

Congrats to everyone and happy tea drinking!!


The Bigelow Tea And Foodista.com Sweeps Ends Soon! Enter To Win Delicious Prizes

Who’s hungry for a fantastic Bigelow Tea sweepstakes featuring de-lish prizes? There’s still time to enter on our Facebook page by midnight EST on Nov. 30th for your chance to win a “Constant Comment”® Personali-Tea Basket OR prizes from the website Foodista, a passionate community of food lovers and our November sweeps partner!

We’re delighted to team up for this sweeps with Foodista, where you’ll find an abundance of user-added recipes —many by popular food bloggers!—as well as food news, cooking tips and more. If you haven’t already, check out the wonderful tea-infused recipes by Foodista contributors that we shared recently to get a “taste” of what the site has to offer. One helpful feature on Foodista is the Q&A page that allows you to ask a cooking question and get answers from others in the Foodista community.  Love it!

Now for your prize details. Three lucky Grand Prize winners will take home a “Constant Comment” basket containing the following:

  • An assortment of Bigelow “Constant Comment” teas with limited edition foil overwraps – 72 tea bags in all
  • Two (2) exclusively designed ceramic 16-oz Bigelow “Constant Comment” Personali-Tea mugs
  • Chocolate-covered graham crackers, 9 oz
  • Chocolate wafer rolls, 4.4 oz
  • Tea candy, 5.3 oz
  • Two (2) jars Savannah Bee Tea Honey, 3 oz each

Total Value: $49.95

One lucky second-prize winner will receive a Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook with recipes from 100 top food bloggers, along with a chic Foodista apron! Total value: $29.99

To enter, “like” our Facebook page and click on the sweepstakes icon under our cover photo. The winners will be selected by random drawing on Dec. 1 and announced here on our Bigelow Tea blog. So grab a cup of “Constant Comment” and submit your entry TODAY!

 

CNNMoney Highlights Bigelow Tea’s Recipe for Success

Bigelow Tea enjoys sharing its history with customers, and we’re excited to spread the news about a new video feature about our company produced by CNNMoney. The video explains how we have brewed a name for ourselves for more than 60 years to become the number one specialty tea company in the United States!

The video also showcases our pride in remaining a successful family-owned business. Co-Chairman David and Eunice Bigelow share our story and talk about how David’s mother, Ruth Campbell Bigelow, created our signature blend, “Constant Comment.”® The cameras were also rolling for a visit to our test kitchen and one of our factories, led by our third-generation President Cindi Bigelow.

So please check out the CNNMoney video. And, while you’re watching, enjoy a cup of your favorite Bigelow Tea!

 

Join Bigelow Tea By Making a Commitment to Recycle More!

Bigelow Tea would like to invite you to join us this month as we celebrate recycling in America! November 15th is America Recycles Day, and we couldn’t be more excited to promote this worthy cause … with your help!

Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on this day to celebrate the earth and to motivate people to recycle. It’s a great day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together.

Recycling and reducing waste is a huge deal here at Bigelow Tea. Over the years we’ve made great efforts to keep waste out of landfills by watching every area of business … from our recycling programs to our composting methods to the reduction of raw material waste. In fact, we recently achieved a huge milestone: we attained “Zero Waste to Landfill” status based on the guidelines from the Zero Waste International Alliance International!

So, as part of America Recycles Day, we encourage you to take a recycling pledge by clicking here.  The pledge is twofold: (1) to learn what materials are collected for recycling in your community; and (2) to recycle more during the next month.

We hope you’ll make the pledge and help America make strides towards a greener tomorrow! Let’s work together to make recycling bigger and better every day of the year!

Images via Americarecyclesday.org

Bigelow Tea Offers A Taste Of Tea-Infused Recipes Shared By Foodista

Bigelow Tea knows many tea fans also appreciate great food.  And no matter what your culinary inclinations, chances are there’s a food blog to satisfy your cravings. Exploring this amazing variety of recipes and blog voices in one place is a joy with the website Foodista, a passionate community of food lovers and our sweepstakes partner for November!

Bloggers featured in Foodista’s first book, Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook, are among the many who have contributed recipes to the Foodista site. Today we wanted to take a moment to highlight two Foodista contributors and their yummy tea-infused recipes. Their creativity demonstrates what we’ve known for quite some time at Bigelow Tea: that tea isn’t just for drinking and can, in fact, take your cooking to the next level.

First up is Rhonda Adkins, a self-described “biker chick that loves to cook and ramble about whatever else crosses my mind.” Her blog, The Kitchen Witch, features an eclectic mix of recipes reflecting her “champagne taste and beer budget,” along with frank musings about her life in a large, blended family living in Great Falls, Montana. We think you’ll be captivated by her recipe for Chinese Tea Eggs!

Chinese Tea Eggs

Ingredients:

6 eggs (any size)
2 tablespoons (30 ml) (6 gm) black tea leaves, or 4 tea bags
2 teaspoons (10 ml) (5 gm) Chinese five spice powder
1 tablespoon (5 ml) (3 gm) coarse grain salt
toasted sesame seeds, to garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a large enough pot to avoid overcrowding, cover the eggs with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer for twelve minutes. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and keep the cooking water. With a spoon, tap the eggs all over until they are covered with small cracks. This can also be done by tapping and rolling the eggs very gently on the counter.
  1. Return the eggs to the pan and add the tea leaves or bags, Chinese five spice powder, and salt. Cover the pan. Heat gently and simmer, covered, for one hour. Remove the pan from the heat and let the eggs cool down in the liquid for 30 minutes. Remove the eggs from the liquid. Peel one egg to check how dark it is; the others can be returned to the liquid if you wish to have the web-like pattern darker. Allow the eggs to cool fully.
  1. To serve, peel and slice the eggs in halves or quarters. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.

Also on the menu is a luscious Strawberry Mango Green Tea Limeade by Susan Keefe, a Canadian foodie. Her Seafield Farm blog is named for the Nova Scotia farm where her family gathers a few times each year.  She writes, “Not only is the blog a great way to record old family recipes and tasty culinary experiments, it also helps me maintain a strong connection with that special piece of land I was lucky enough to grow up on.”

Strawberry Mango Green Tea Limeade

Ingredients:

1 cup of strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 cup of mango, peeled and cubed
1 cup lime juice
4 cups brewed green tea, chilled
1/4 cup simple syrup

 Instructions:

  1. In a blender or food processor puree and blend the strawberries, mango, lime juice and simple syrup.
  1. Pour puree over ice in a large pitcher.
  1. Add chilled green tea and stir.
  1. Pour into glasses and garnish with lime wedges and fresh strawberries. 

We hope you enjoy these delicious recipes and that you’ll enter our sweepstakes today for a chance to win the Foodista cookbook or our grand prize, a “Constant Comment”® Personali-Tea Basket! Enter on our Bigelow Tea Facebook page by “liking” the page and clicking on the sweepstakes icon under our cover photo. Sweepstakes ends at midnight EST on November 30th! 

Recipes and photos via Foodista

Bigelow Tea Is Thrilled To See Charleston Named Top U.S. City And World Destination!

Charleston, South Carolina is a beautiful city with a rich history, classic architecture and eminently well mannered citizens. These qualities recently helped the Charleston area earn the coveted 2012 Top US City rating from the Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards, beating out cities like New York and San Francisco! Bigelow Tea is proud to see that Charleston also earned the 2012 Worldwide No. 1 Ranking, topping cities like Florence, Italy and Cape Town South Africa! This is the second consecutive year for their No. 1 U.S. City ranking!

You know that Bigelow Tea loves Charleston too! After all our own Charleston Tea Plantation is located on historic Wadmalaw Island just outside Charleston. Tea lovers—and music, nature, and food lovers!—know that the Charleston Tea Plantation is home to our First Flush FesTEAval, an annual event not to be missed. In fact, the First Flush FesTEAval was selected for its own award by the American Bus Association: it’s one of the 2012 Top 100 Events in North America!

Bigelow Tea is thrilled to be a part of the celebration of all things Charleston! We couldn’t agree more with the designation of Charleston as “the place” to visit! If you make the trip, we do hope you’ll check Wadmalaw Island and take a tour of our tea gardens … and of course sample some of our home-grown pride and joy, American Classic Tea.

Image One Via charlestoncvb.com
Image Two Via charlestoncvb.com