Evy Tea: Local, Luxurious, and Undeniably Healthy

My tried an true shopping spots are the bulk bins in Whole Foods Market, so needless to say, packaged goods aren’t really my thing. It is a rare treat to find bottled beverages that are delicious, natural and healthy… much less ones that are “Kelly-approved”. Most flavored teas have sugar, or (possibly worse) artificial sweeteners. But not Evy Tea. Evy Tea is simply cold brewed tea layered with various complimentary flavors. No sweetener necessary.

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I was recently introduced to Evy Tea in the Fall 2013 issue of Edible Boston. Then, upon my good fortune, I got to sample all 3 flavors (Amber Oolong with Rosemary and Orange Zest, Moonlight White Tea with Apricot and Jasmine, and Decaf Green Tea with Fig and Pomegranate) at the pop up Farmers Market at the Harvard Square Anthropologie. The Rosemary flavor in the Oolong tea was unexpected in the best way possible, so that’s the bottle I came home with. This flavor also placed first in the 2013 North American Tea Championship. I knew I had good taste!

Anyone that knows me knows that I love tea. But this isn’t your average 4 o’clock brew. This tea is thoughtfully crafted, healthy, and, dare I say it, sexy.

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The slender, chic bottle is reminiscent of a fine bottle of liquor or wine. But unlike liquor or wine, Evy Tea is calorie free and loaded with nutrients! I have a soft spot for companies that make health foods desirable and fun, so of course, this is right up my alley. And I can’t say I’m not a sucker for the gorgeous bottle. Just look at it!

DSC01507Evy Tea (“The World’s First Premium Cold Brewed Tea”) is available at fine food purveyors in the Boston area, and is also available online. To learn more about Evy Tea, pick up the current issue of Edible Boston!
– Kelly

SOWA Open Market

Looking for a lovely way to spend your weekend? The SOWA Open Market is running in the charming South End neighborhood of Boston on Sundays from 10am to 4pm, May through October. The SOWA (South of Washington) Open Market consists of an Art Market, a Farmers Market, and a round up of Boston’s best Food Trucks. I believe there is also an indoor antique market, but I haven’t ventured there yet.

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SOWA crafts market

Farmers Market

SOWA Farmers Market

SOWA farmers market

SOWA Farmers Market

In addition to fresh produce, the Farmers Market offered a seafood CSA through Cape Cod Fish Share, as well as a selection of pasture raised meat from Brookford Farm in New Hampshire.

Food Trucks

SOWA food trucks

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So far, some of my favorite healthy food truck bites are the Green Smoothie from Mother Juice, and the Crispy Turkey Crepe from Paris Creperie.

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For a full listing of the food trucks at SOWA, see here. Have you been to the SOWA Open Market? Who is your favorite SOWA vendor?

– Kelly

Healthy Gift Guide Part 1: The Farmers Market Foodie

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, Christmas shopping season is in full swing. Do you have any health conscious friends or loved ones still left to shop for? This gift guide is full of great gift ideas to inspire healthy lifestyle choices.

Part 1: The Farmers Market Foodie. These gifts are perfect for anyone that frequents farmers markets, appreciates fresh produce, or is passionate about local, sustainable food.

Healthy Gift Guide part 1: Gifts for for Farmers Market Foodies

  1. Squash Identification Dishtowel, $16. This adorable dish towel perfectly captures the spirit of fresh produce. Is anyone else reminded of page 77 of Julia Rothman’s Farm Anatomy?
  2. American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America, $30. The White House organic garden has quickly become a national symbol for the local food revolution. This book is the perfect gift to give your favorite locavore. And as a bonus, it also recently received praise from Marion Nestle. A win in my book!
  3. CSA Box, price varies, usually $325-$600 per growing season. CSA stands for community supported agriculture. By purchasing a CSA subscription, you are essentially purchasing a share of the farm. In return, you receive boxes with a variety of local produce on a weekly, bimonthly, monthly basis, depending on the farm. Shares often come in various sizes, and half shares are sometimes available for smaller households. I would google your city + CSA (example: Boston CSA) to find CSA options in your area. Click here for CSA options in the Boston area.
  4. edible: A Celebration of Local Foods, $30. From the makers of edible communities magazines, this is more than just a cookbook. This book highlights recipes from different culinary regions across America, as well as recognizes local food heroes. Additionally, a copy of your local edible would be the perfect addition to any local food gift basket. Edibles are produced for 70 cities across the US and Canada. To see if your community has an edible magazine, click here.
  5. Home Grown Garden Card Set (set of 8), $18. These cards perfectly capture the spirit of home gardening. They come blank, and would be the perfect vehicle to share your thanks with your local food producer.
  6. State by State Food Tote Bag, $25. This adorable tote bag is perfect for carrying home all of your locally grown goodies. The geographic touches make this pick one of my favorites!
  7. Artichoke iPhone Case, $35. This unique case will keep the spirit of your favorite market alive, even after the last harvest. Available for iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, and 5.
  8. Farmers Market 8×10 Print, $18. This cheery print is perfect for any farmers market aficionado.
  9. Farmer’s Market Cards (set of 6), $14. These beautiful watercolor cards are printed on textured linen coverstock, and the inside is blank for your own thoughts. What a lovely way to share the beauty of farmers markets!

Check back soon for part 2 of my Healthy Gift Guide. The next one is going to have a nutrition focus. Still looking for more gift ideas? Check out this awesome gift guide for Boston Foodies! These picks would be perfect for any of my classmates in the BU Gastronomy program. Happy shopping!

-Kelly