Summer Begins at Onomea Tea!

June 26, 2012 in Processing, Uncategorized

L to R, Mike, Rob, Justin, Janice and Gary

 

 

Our summer harvests are beginning! After pruning about a month ago our tea is flushing again. We spent a cloudy Friday picking our upper field. Our friends, Janice and Gary were as surprised as we were when we looked at the time and noticed we’d been picking non stop for 7 hours. WOW! The result was a wonderful black tea, rich with caramel notes and honey aromas. Read the rest of this entry →

Organic in the Marketplace

June 18, 2012 in Organic

At Onomea Tea Company we have a high regard for “organic” labeling and the certification process. I am wondering what “organic” means to you. When something is labeled organic does it add value? Are you more willing to buy an organic product if the USDA Organic label appears on it? Read the rest of this entry →

Growing Organic

June 6, 2012 in Farm Management

Grass between rows of tea

I’ve been reading posts from some of the tea clubs I watch. The subject of organic growing commonly comes up. Big tea estates in other parts of the world say it is next to impossible to grow organically. Maybe that’s true for very, very large tea farms, but for us, growing organic is much easier and less expensive than growing with commercial products. Read the rest of this entry →

What’s happening today, June 2, 2012

June 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

The tea fields have been picked ending the spring flush. It’s time to prune the tops of the plants to encourage new growth. The upper field has been pruned, the lower field will be completed today. This will be followed by foliar feeding of compost tea. Compost tea is a brew made from our own compost which encourages microorganism growth to enhance the soil and opens the growth path for the tea plants. We’ll also mow the grass that has gotten a bit too tall. The grass cutting will be used in our compost to raise the temperature of the compost and add nitrogen. All in a day.