This past weekend I had the pleasure of working with @Agiftoftea at a local event in Harlem. The event “What’s on The Table” sponsored by Councilmember Robert Jackson in partnership with New York - Presbyterian was designed to bring more attention to available CSA’s in the community with the hope of fostering a stronger, healthier community.
There were several CSA’s present, West Harlem CSA and Corbin Hill Farms for example. There were also other organizations and companies that provide needed resources and alternatives for the community. A Gift of Tea was particularly important as it highlighted healthier beverage alternatives for children. Drinking soda, and now the consuming coffee products is the ‘in thing’ to do for many young people. Furthermore, albeit erroneous to do so, many children as well as their parents are tricked into believing fruit drinks, diet drinks or bottled ice tea drinks are significantly better than the soda and coffee drinks.
A Gift of Tea is encouraging families to adopt a simpler way to incorporate thirst refreshment by making non caffeinated deliciously blended herbal teas or tisanes at home. By adopting this method as A Gift of Tea Founder, Jo Johnson educates you are saving money. It costs approximately .06 to .07 cents per 6 oz of home brewed herbal iced tea whereas its sugary store bought counterpart will be at least .30c per 6 to 7 ounces.
There were samples on hand for attendees to try. The blend of the day was a Rooibos based tisane with apple bits, coconut rasps, pink peppercorns, cardamon, corn flowers and a few other goodies. She offered two suggestions for sweeteners: crystalized honey and agave.
The adults as well as the young people loved the samples and if nothing else — attendees walked away with new ideas and ways to incorporate healthier beverages in their diets.