Donna’s Bounty Herbs and Spices

Donna's Bounty Herbs and SpicesIf you love tea as much as we do then you are sure to love Donna’s Bounty Herbs and Spices. They have everything from bagged tea to loose leaf tea in either decaffeinated or regular as far as their tea selection goes. Aside from their suburb teas, they also offer herbs, spices and extracts. One of the great things about this shop is that everything is super fresh because they only make small batches at a time, this means your not ordering something that has been sitting on a shelf for weeks at a time, it’s all fresh!

The natural ingredients in their teas really makes all the difference in the smells and flavors. There really is no comparison in a store bought bag of tea that has been mass manufactured to a hand packaged fresh bag of tea from Donna’s Bounty. The flavors in a single cup of their Donna's Bounty Herbs and Spicestea are robust and bursting with taste. One really cool thing about Donna’s Bounty is that they are a New York State Department of Agriculture inspected and licensed facility and they guarantee that their products will taste fresh, not many independent tea companies can brag about that!

Perhaps a fantastic cup of tea doesn’t interest you. If that is the case then you will be pleased to know that their mulling spices are also superb. Mulling spices are great for adding to juices and ciders, especially for the Fall season! They also offer a very large selection of herbs and spices that you can use to cook with. There really isn’t much that you can’t find at Donna’s Bounty Herbs and Spices. If you like fresh teas and ingredients and high quality products then you should visit them at their Etsy shop online or their online eBay store! For more information on the wide variety of products offered or to place an order outside of Etsy or eBay send them an e-mail at Dhonsing@nycap.rr.com!

Tea and Sensibility

Tea and SensibilityNothing says that fall has arrived quite like a nice hot cup of tea. One company, Tea and Sensibility, sells organic and aromatic teas that are sure to make any tea lover feel like they’ve found their dream cup of tea. With a variety of flavors and the option of either whole leaf or bagged tea there’s something for just about anyone.

When you get your order in the mail you truly feel like something special has arrived, and that’s because something special has. The packaging is tremendous and really shows that the people at Tea and Sensibility really care about their product and want you to have the best cup of tea possible. Another great thing about the teas coming in such cool packaging is that they are ready for gift giving and this holiday season is the perfect time to spread the joys of tea.

The main thing that you will notice upon opening your new teas is that they smell just as amazing as they taste. The blends of natural herbs in the teas from Tea and Sensibility are very aromatic and make the experience of drinking a cup of one of their Tea and Sensibilityblends of teas even more special. If you are like us and love the smell of a great blend of tea just as much as the taste, then this is just one more reason for you to order a special blend of tea from Tea and Sensibility.

It’s rare that you find a company that cares so much about their products and their customers, and on top of that has a product that is truly worth bragging about. Tea and Sensibility is one of those great places to buy tea from that makes you feel special in every way from the packaging to the last sip you take of your perfectly blended cup of tea! Be sure to check out their blends of teas this fall season and enjoy one of the best cups of tea you’ve had in a long time!

You can visit their shop online at Etsy or their Facebook page for more information.

It’s Organic!

Photography by Selina Kade-Poff

These days it seems like the only thing people aren’t growing at home, is money.  With the buzz around the U.S. about eating, growing, and processing ‘organic’ food, could it really be better for you? Maybe cheaper? Or simply does it taste a little better than normally processed food, and where do you buy it? A-lot of people ask themselves the same questions.

To start off, organic foods are grown and prepared completely and entirely different.  While traditional growing habits are involved with the use of numerous chemicals, organic growing techniques stray from that sense.  With the only added unnatural ingredient being elbow grease, many people look to organic foods as a safer alternative to typical dining choices. There is no use of herbicide, or chemical fertilizer,  in the organic growing process, and while antibiotics and growing hormones are widely used in original methods, grazing that is rotated and access to the outdoors are preventative measures to prevent disease in livestock; also the use of organic feed!

Organoleptic value is a system to show how organic food is experienced by the senses for example: taste, sight, smell , touch. Organic food tends to have a better shelf life, this probably due to the higher level of antioxidants, and a lower level of nitrates which make fruit and vegetables age quicker. Also studies have shown that the higher the crop yield, the lower amount of antioxidants in the crop. This is why most people, when put to a blind taste test, will choose organic fruits and veggies showing that they have a higher organoleptic value.

Photography by Selina Kade-Poff

Now where can I buy organic foods and will they but a whole in my pocket?  As the nation grows more aware of organic foods, expect to see it in all types or grocery stores along with standalone stores that specialize in just organic products.  Although the dramatic differences in growing techniques, the prices for organic fruits and vegetables are roughly the same. For non organic apples at a supermarket expect to pay around $3.99 per pound, while organic apples would be placed at $4.49, so expect somewhat of a price hike, but nothing that will break the bank.  Organic foods are  becoming more accessible, cheaper, abundant so we may see some families start to take a more natural approach to cooking and eating once exposed to it.