By The Gathering Volunteers Chris Anderson
with contributing writer Caroline Urbania
BLUEMONT, VA – Sample a new indigenous treat at the Indian Village Sept. 17-18 during the 47th annual Bluemont Fair. Blended with Virginia red clover, dandelion and alfalfa this indigenous tea spills over with plants found at Northern Virginia’s Sky Meadows State Park and seen along many Virginia roads. It is called Sky Meadows Sunset Organic and is built upon black Rooibos tea.
"Let us share our knowledge with you about the second most consumed beverage on the planet and connect you with the people and plants that make this beautiful drink,” says Hillary Coley, co-owner of Dominion Tea in Purcellville, Va.
Native American Indians have endless combinations of berries, leaves, roots, flowers and even bark to make flavorful teas. These are used as tonics, in ceremonies, consumed for health and well-being as well as comfort and enjoyment.
Dominion Tea will be offering brewed samples of Sky Meadows Sunset Organic at the Indian Village and will talk about the tea, how it is made and explain the science behind how a blend of tea is constructed.
“Dominion Tea is a locally owned family business in Purcellville, Virginia dedicated to sharing great tea and the stories behind its history and cultural influence,” says Coley, who along with her husband David, offer more than 100 loose leaf teas. “We are in awe of the impact that specialty tea has had on global history and culture. It is a product that symbolizes cultural awareness, personal connections, adventure, and a connection to the land. Dominion Tea is honored to search the globe for authentic tea and tisane products, satisfying individual growth and curiosity.”
“In creating Sky Meadows Sunset Organic tisane, we followed our passion to find ingredients that grew natively in Virginia, like red clover, dandelion and alfalfa, which would blend nicely with our favorite tisane Rooibos,” says Coley. “We added Sunset to the name in acknowledgement of the golden orange brew of this tisane and how it is the color of many sunsets here in Virginia."
Until Oct., Dominon Tea is featuring this Native American Indian painted wine barrel outside Dominon Tea in Purcellville, Va. The painting depicts tastes, sights and sounds Native American Indians contributed to Loudoun County and Virginia. This painting along with 30 other wine barrels go on sale during a public action Oct. 8. at 7 pm at the Bush Tabernacle Skating Rink in Purcellville, Va.
The health benefits of red clover are well documented as are the properties of dandelion. Alfalfa is also well-known for its nutritive properties. Herbal blends pack flavonoids and may help with many issues. Their specific chemical compositions vary depending on which ingredients are utilized and how, where and when they are harvested. Generally, any tea has some beneficial aspect, even if it is consumed just for a pleasant taste.
At the Indian Village, Dominion Tea will also offer samples of a new apple tea – they are seeking people to try and offer names for the new tea.
The Indian Village is open for two days only at Stone’s Field 33834 Snickersville Tpke, Bluemont, VA 20135. The fair opens at 10:00 am and closes at 5:00 pm daily. Free parking is available.
Bluemont is located in the western-most Loudoun County, Virginia about 60 miles from Washington D.C. Arriving from highway 7 between Leesburg and Winchester take Snickersville Turnpike to where the entire town comes alive with music, crafts, activities, and food.
For more information visit www.HarvestGathering.org or www.dominiontea.com.
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