Canadian tea on July 1 menu at Cowichan Valley’s Teafarm

Victor Vesely and Margit Nellemann are celebrating July 1 by releasing their first estate-grown Canadian tea.

Why not share a sip of tea history this Canada Day?

Victor Vesely and Margit Nellemann, who dared to turn their North Cowichan acreage into Canada’s only working tea farm, are celebrating July 1 by releasing their first estate-grown Canadian tea.

After years of hopeful work at Teafarm, Vesely is excited about it.

“The tradition of tea is closely tied to place: the region, the mountain, the slope. This tea is an authentic expression of the land, soil and climate of our farm. It is the beginning of a Canadian terroir of tea,” he said.

Teafarm is an 11-acre organic farm, teashop and gallery, located on Richards Trail.

As its owners have worked towards presenting home-grown tea, they have been importing and selling premium organic and biodynamic loose teas from around the world, as well as creating artful tea blends, and ceramic teaware.

The dream of a Canadian-grown tea began as an experiment in 2010 when they planted 200 Camellia sinensis seedlings on the south-facing slopes of the farm. The young plants survived the first deep freeze of winter, and have since thrived in the local climate. Another 400 plants were added in 2014 and 200 more in 2015.

After six years of work and waiting, it’s now time for “Tree Frog Green – Spring Harvest,” a premium green tea made from the leaves and buds of the first spring flush.

In recognition of this unique and historic offering, this initial release will be sold in limited edition commemorative clay containers hand built by Nellemann, a ceramic artist.

“There is an intimate relationship between tea and the cups and pots it is served in that spans thousands of years,” she explained. “These vessels are true collector’s pieces to celebrate the occasion.”

Festivities will continue July 1, 2 and 3 at the farm.

Just Posted

Hometown Hockey visits the home of the Big Stick

Cowichan hosts Rogers broadcast and accompanying festival

North Cowichan raising stink over foul odours

Smell from Chemainus facility an issue for years

Find Your Fit at WorkBC tour in Duncan Jan. 23

Event to be held at Cowichan Secondary School

Cowichan wrestling camp kicks off New Year

Camp attracts wrestlers from Valley, Victoria and Mainland

VIDEO: It’s Hometown Hockey time in Cowichan!

See our videos and pictures by our reporters from the big event at The Stick.

Back to work: U.S. government shutdown ends after Democrats relent

Short-term spending measure means both sides could see another shutdown stalemate in three weeks

Man lives despite malfunctioning defibrillator at B.C. arena

A middle-aged man went into cardiac arrest after at game at Pitt Meadows Arena last Wednesday.

Cause of Northern B.C. seaplane crash released

TSB releases report on seaplane crash during a water landing in 2016 near First Nations community

Vancouver police crack down on pop-up pot vendors

Officers raided merchants’ tables on Robson Square late Sunday

Bell Media, NFL take appeal over Super Bowl ad rules to top court

At issue is a ban on substituting American ads with Canadian ones during the game’s broadcast

Crown seeks 4.5 years jail for B.C. woman convicted of counselling tax evasion

Debbie Anderson the latest from group to face jail for teaching debunked ‘natural person’ theory

Road conditions wreak havoc for Comox Valley drivers

Icy road conditions early Monday morning kept first responders very busy throughout… Continue reading

UPDATE: Brother of B.C. teen killed by stray bullet says the death left a void

Alfred Wong, 15, was gunned down in Vancouver while on his way home from dinner with his family

Most Read