I just found out that I started producing tea plants seven years before the Charleston Tea Plantation was founded. I wish I knew that before I had printed 1000 rack cards advertising my farm. It would have looked good on a ribbon across the front. I also need to put it somewhere on this web site.
Things are plowing along nicely at the Fairhope Tea Plantation. I have a good drive up business and I just put my tea in the local Fairhope Fresh Market. People seem to be buying an equal amount of black vs green tea. At the museum, where we sold over $22,000 worth of tea, we tended to sell a bit more black style tea.
I have about three and a half bushels of black tea out in the dry pen now. I usually make my last batch in October (November last year) which will put us over 200 pounds of finished tea this year. That is twice what I made last year. Being retired, which I love!!, allows me time to make more tea. I still left rows overgrown and not picked as I have more tea growing than I can process. Come see us sometime.