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Hurry, Still Time To Enter Our July Sweepstakes To Win American Classic Teas!

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Don’t let July slip by without entering the latest Bigelow Tea sweepstakes! You must enter by today, July 29, for your chance to win an American Classic Tea Sampler featuring 18 full leaf teas grown and produced at our own Charleston Tea Plantation. Throughout July we’re celebrating all things made in the USA, and 12 lucky winners will get this homegrown tea assortment!

American Classic Teas come with a colorful history that combines the tea traditions and knowledge of two venerable tea enterprises. The Bigelow family, which has been blending teas for nearly 70 years, formed a partnership with Charleston Tea Plantation in 2003 to help save the 127 acres of tea plants from real estate development – and to preserve this American treasure for future generations of tea lovers. More than 220,000 visitors have toured the tea garden since 2006. We are immensely proud and honored to bring you the teas grown in our garden!

Your American Classic Tea Sampler includes six tea varieties – three of each flavor:

Rockville Raspberry Tea
Governor Gray Tea
American Classic Tea
Island Green Tea
Charleston Breakfast Tea
Plantation Peach Tea

To enter, “like” our Facebook page, and click on the sweepstakes icon at the top of the page under our cover photo. Look for the names of the 12 lucky winners on our Bigelow Tea blog. Enter today! Good luck to our all-American tea fans!

 

Bigelow Tea Asks: Where Is Your Perfect Iced Tea Sipping Place?

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Celebrated writer Tom Holt wrote that iced tea is the perfect drink for a hot, sunny day. Here at Bigelow Tea we couldn’t agree more; our delicious iced teas and a sunny day were simply made for each other! Summertime just seems to give us more opportunities—and more places—to enjoy extra glasses of fresh, delicious Bigelow Iced Tea!

So we’re wondering … during this summer of iced tea, what is your favorite warm weather spot to enjoy that long, cool glass? So many options, so little time!

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Bigelow Tea Community Garden Getting Greener By The Day!

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In true Greening, Wellness, Community spirit, the Bigelow Tea Green Team continues working on the Bigelow Community garden. As a reminder, the Bigelow Green Team planted tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash and even added in some basil. In true GWC spirit, we will be looking to donate our vegetables and herbs to a local nonprofit organization where they can use this product to help feed those who may be less fortunate.

Well, as spring turns to the heart of summer, we have begun to see our first tomatoes and cucumbers and it looks like even the basil is ready. Our garden has grown by leaps and bounds and soon more vegetables should be on their way. The Bigelow Green Team has attempted to be as green as possible with our garden venture. The garden had praying mantis pods that were hatched so the praying mantis would feed on the small insects such as aphids that can be harmful to plant growth. They will also work and advance to larger insect prey.  The praying mantis is a very effective, organic controller of insects/pests in the garden, and this will provide us a means of organic pest control which we hope will keep our garden pest free, thereby helping better the productivity of our plants.

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We are also in the process of setting up a rain barrel in an effort to collect rain water that can be used for watering our garden; in addition to saving water, the temperature of the rain water is better for the plants as it is closer to its natural environment then city-supplied water. Although we did not attach to a downspout, our rain saucer is busy collecting rain water. We also have a compost bin in the area to ensure all weeds are composted and returned back to the Earth.

We are excited about this project and continue to take pictures and document the project as it moves through each stage. We look forward to the next stage as the tomatoes turn red and are ready to eat!!!!

 

Enjoy The Links & Some Bigelow Tea During Family Golf Month!

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We’re halfway through summer and at Bigelow Tea we’re excited about some quality time on the links because July is National Family Golf Month! You know we love the game of golf (maybe because we know so much about greens)! We enjoy any activity in the great outdoors that helps families play together, and July is a wonderful opportunity to take the whole clan out for a round. Fun and instructive, the historic game provides us all with life lessons of discipline, sportsmanship and etiquette.

Depending on where you live, you may enjoy all things golf  most any time of year, but the perfect summer weather just seems to add to the experience. Family Golf Month is a generous slice of July’s Americana, a real “Made in the USA” idea (although scholars tell us that the ancient Dutch game of ’kolf’ was brought by Dutch sailors to Scotland, where it eventually became the game we know today)!

It’s the same with our beverage of choice: although we enjoy Bigelow Tea every day the year round, there’s something special about TEA-ing off with a cold and invigorating glass of iced tea on a warm July afternoon. Better than a bag full of mulligan’s, Bigelow Tea’s Iced Tea is your best friend a hot summer day. Speaking of hot days—did you know that a golf ball will travel significantly further on a hot day?

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If you need to work on your game, here are some great golf tips. But the most important thing is to keep the iced tea coming! And since we’re in the golfing spirit, we’d like to suggest assorted Green Teas to sip after your day on the greens … or Lemon Lift to give your tee shot that extra oomph to help it land right in the cup!

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Bigelow Tea’s Cindi Bigelow Considers The Virtue Of Being Nice

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When I was invited to speak about leadership at a local high school recently, I found myself looking out into an audience of expectant faces – typical American parents concerned about their kids’ future at a time when jobs are scarce, college costs are high and people are debating the value of a liberal arts education.

I have two children, one who recently graduated with a degree in Spanish and English, and another who is studying business… so I know the competition is intense, compounded by the fact that some 78 million members of the Millennial Generation are entering the workforce at a time when some 76 million Baby Boomers don’t really want to retire.

The audience was looking for answers. I’m an established businesswoman and a parent. What could I tell them?

“What do you want your kids to be?” I asked. “Doctors? Lawyers? Investment bankers?” And I could see heads nodding in agreement around the room, at least until I threw them a curve ball and asked, “How many of you said in your minds, ‘I want my kids to be NICE?’” You could see their eyes open wide.

You see, in my mind, it’s of incredible importance, even though, I will admit, “niceness” isn’t on any curriculum at any liberal arts college I’ve visited. Furthermore, “niceness” isn’t part of any professional performance evaluation in Corporate America, probably because we sometimes operate under the misguided notion that nice guys, and girls, finish last. I’m here to dispel that notion. I look for “nice.” I need to see “nice,” not only in my kids, but also in my employees — all of them. Yes. I want my kids to be “nice” people, and I don’t really care if it’s one of the least-discussed values in modern America. But in my opinion, we need to talk about this virtue much more often. These words need to part of our daily lexicon.

A “good” education should make sure it’s teaching young people about values, and let’s be honest, young people need to focus on these virtues because in many ways, our society has taken kindness, niceness and compassion (things that our parents and grandparents in the Greatest Generation practiced so naturally), for granted. My list of what I want my kids to be is actually much longer than merely “nice.” In no particular order, I want them also to be:

  • Caring
  • Hard-working
  • Balanced
  • Fair
  • Resilient

I also have a list of what I don’t want them to be. I don’t want them to feel “entitled” or be disrespectful. And I certainly don’t want them to have an “attitude.” And how do I impart this important information to my kids? By “messaging” to them continually (maybe similar to how a company tries to advertise its products). This kind of steady repetition of values is essential in raising our children. “Say please and thank you.” “Hold the door.” “Be kind to your brother.” “Be friendly to the kid who doesn’t have any friends.” “Tell the truth even when it hurts.” “Learn how to say ‘I’m sorry.’”

And the good news is it works. I’ve seen the results.

This is how values were traditionally passed on from generation to generation, back in the era when we talked with our children at the dinner table and didn’t spend the time texting. The crazy thing is that research on the Millennial Generation shows they are looking for values, they crave them, and many are concerned with the direction our country is taking. There have been many studies of the Millennial Generation, particularly by marketers and retailers who recognize their buying power, not to mention politicians, who recognize their voting power.

Here are some of the relevant characteristics of a generation that is typically defined by its love of technology:

  • Some 63 percent of Millennials, as opposed to 55 percent of Baby Boomers, consider it their duty to care for their parents who are aging, according to a study by Focus on the Family. To me, that’s great news.
  • Equally important, 52 percent of people in the Focus on the Family study say that “being a good parent” is their most important goal in life. How can you argue with that personal goal?
  • At the same time, this is the generation that might just change the face of Corporate America. A poll by the Marist Institute of Public Opinion found that almost two-thirds of Millennials think the nation’s moral compass is pointed in the wrong direction.
  • In addition, they have a problem with “compartmentalization,” and 88 percent of them think people “have a different set of ethical standards in business than in their personal lives,” and 66 percent believe there should not be two sets of values governing people at home and in the office.
  • When it comes to the traditional juggling act of balancing work and family life, 75 percent of those polled said they believe they can balance the challenges of their careers — but not at the expense of their families.
What I find so inspiring is that the younger generation is already wired for success and committed to traditional values like kindness and compassion and integrity. We just have to keep reinforcing that message and not let our society’s love of professional and material success overshadow the importance of being a good and decent person.

When I finished the presentation I asked the group of parents one more time, “What do you want your kids to be when they grow up?” All of them raised their hands and said “Nice” at the same time. Made my heart warm and put a huge smile on my face!

Cindi Bigelow

Originally published by The Huffington Post


A Chari-Tea Event Run By A Fan Features Bigelow Tea

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My name is Diane and I am from a little town near Erie, Pennsylvania. My daughter founded our Relay for Life team called The Forget-Me-Nots a few years ago to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

Last year our team hosted a Chari-tea Party that was a huge success. It was a ladies only event and we asked everyone to decorate a hat and we awarded the various winners with a tea gift package.  We had some very interesting hats!

It was so much fun and we ran out of seating because the ladies came and stayed until the end!  Now we have to find a bigger place to hold our event!  Not a bad problem to have, huh?

I think we offered just about every flavor of Bigelow Tea there is and the ladies really enjoyed them.  We are constantly being asked “when is your tea party going to be”?

It was a great event for a great cause with a lot of great women drinking great tea!!!  It was a win/win!!!

Diane from Pennsylvania

 

Bigelow Tea Relaxes For National Hammock Day

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Ahhh, the lazy days of summer. At Bigelow Tea we work hard, but we do love to relax … and one of the best ways to do that in the summer is on a hammock, of course! On July 22, you just might find us outside, lazing around on a classic hammock with a nice cold glass of Bigelow Iced Tea in order to celebrate National Hammock Day.

That’s right, Hammock Day … “who knew?” It’s true. Although the hammock was created by the early Mayans and adopted by the military, its present-day status as a summertime backyard fixture has made the hammock the ultimate for kicking back in casual comfort.

Hammocks today can be strung between the trunks of two trees or attached to stands and placed anywhere your heart desires. Down at our Charleston Tea Plantation in South Carolina, our neighbor has been making rope hammocks since 1889! Pawley Island Hammocks credits riverboat captain Joshua John Ward, “Cap’n Jack,” with making the first hammocks on the island. Today, the company still makes these relaxation gems right here in the USA with care and attention to detail. We love sharing the island with them and producing our own “made in the USA” product: home-grown American tea!

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So let’s imagine a beautiful summer afternoon in a hammock. There’s a slight breeze giving the hammock a gentle sway and we’ve got a glass of American Classic iced tea in hand—maybe a Plantation Peach. Ahhh, yes, National Hammock Day, one of our favorites. Please wake us when it’s time to go back to work.

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Bigelow Tea Scoops up National Ice Cream Month and Ice Cream Day

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Bigelow Tea has the scoop on indulging in ice cream this summer: July is both National Ice Cream Month and features National Ice Cream Day on Sunday July 21!

Now we have a very cool reason for repeatedly going to our local ice cream shop. In fact, family-owned businesses make up the majority of ice cream makers in the U.S., according to the International Dairy Foods Association. For generations, these “mom and pop” ice cream parlors have been meeting our nation’s craving for our favorite frozen dessert. As a family-owned business ourselves, Bigelow Tea is celebrating all things “made in the USA” this month … and we’re excited to add local ice cream shops to our list!

So visit your local ice cream parlor this month, and if you want to try making homemade ice cream, we have recipes for you! All feature Bigelow Teas like our Vanilla Caramel and Earl Grey. Or start with this one below, made with Bigelow Green Tea with Peach! Delish!

Green Tea with Peach Ice Cream

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Ingredients:

2 cups (500mL) heavy cream
1 cup (250mL) half-and-half
¾ cup (180mL) sugar
Dash of salt
½ teaspoon (2.5mL) vanilla extract
20 Bigelow® Green Tea with Peach Tea Bags
1 cup (250mL) diced fresh or canned peaches, drained

Yield: 1 quart -Prep time=10 min Chilling time=4-6hrs Freezing Time=25-30 min

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Instructions:

Combine heavy cream and half-and-half in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, being careful not to boil.

Turn off the heat; add sugar and salt, stirring to dissolve. Add the vanilla and the tea bags and let the mixture cool to room temperature, occasionally stirring and gently pressing the tea bags to infuse cream with the tea flavor. When cool, cover tightly and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Before freezing, pour the mixture through a sieve set over a large bowl. Press the tea bags to release flavor. Add the diced peaches and freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Top image by stu_spivack via Flickr.com

Every Day Is “Get To Know Your Customer Day” At Bigelow Tea!

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Getting to know our tea Fans has been a top priority here at Bigelow Tea. We love hearing your tea stories! So it has been deeply gratifying—and just plain fun—to celebrate the lives of several remarkable individuals through our Fan of the Month feature, which we introduced back in September. Since Get to Know Your Customer Day is tomorrow, July 18—and we also happen to be celebrating all things “made in the USA” this month—we’d like to take a moment to thank our Fans, formal and otherwise, for sharing their all-American passion for Bigelow Tea!

It has been fascinating to learn about Fan favorites, from Green Tea with Mint and “Constant Comment®” to several flavors in between. We’ve also loved learning about the myriad ways in which our Fans integrate tea into their busy days.  We have profiled many talented bloggers whose specialties span the realms of art, food, homemaking, sustainable fashion, music and more. Although their lifestyles and interests are diverse, they all agree on one thing: tea time is an essential daily American ritual!

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Now that summer is in full swing, we get lots of great Fan feedback about how refreshingly delicious Bigelow Teas are over ice. In fact, any Bigelow Tea flavor can be enjoyed iced after fresh “homegrown” brewing! Be sure to check out our Everything Iced Tea page for iced tea tips and easy recipes. And, as always, keep in touch with us via Facebook or Twitter, because as far as we’re concerned, every day is another opportunity to get to know our valued consumers!

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“Constant Comment”® Tea Travels The World With A Bigelow Tea Lover

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I was introduced to “Constant Comment”® tea by an American friend and promptly fell in love with it!

Twenty years ago as a new bride I moved to the jungles of Papua New Guinea. My husband was an engineer at a copper and gold mine. I was about as far as I could get from my home in Canada. I shipped over 2 large jars of loose leaf “Constant Comment” tea.

You had to be a very good friend to be offered a cup of “Constant Comment” tea! The Australians who constituted most of the expat community had never tasted the tea and came to love it too.

Now my daughter has come to love Constant Comment tea as well.

Eva
Alberta Canada