Because of this, I've been working on a project lately which is near to my heart: a tea blend to celebrate the Evergreen Award run by the Ontario Library Association. My local tea shop, Distinctly Tea, is one of my regular hangouts, and the owners are fabulous -- they're certified tea sommeliers who are fantastic at recommending and sharing new teas (even if I usually stick to my regular order!) Dianne Krampien, the community-minded owner, created a new blend, the fully organic Evergreen Blend, in honour of this award, and is giving a portion of the proceeds to my local library (and employer), the Stratford Public Library.
Take a look!
It's only $10 for a 75 gram tin, and if you're a tea drinker, it's a delicious blend of a sweet, mild green tea with a pinch of lapsang souchong. It has a smoky, campfire scent, which only comes out faintly in the flavour. If you can't get away to the lake this summer, have a cup of this in the backyard and you'll feel like you're ready to start singing Kumbaya ;)
It's available online -- or, it's just another excuse to come visit us here in Stratford!
(all the details can also be found on our library blog)