I write that not saying that Summer is at its end (because we’re not even close), but it’s appropriate to get to the best of now. And it’s one of those rare instances where I keep thinking a bonus post will come up, either on a Tuesday or another day.
The tea culture and the tea scene (I’ve said it before) in the Gulf Coast of Florida is just something so spectacular. I’ve written about a few here and here, and honestly could write about a half dozen more stories if time, the season, the universe, and more importantly, myself allows. I’m going to allow that.
My trip to St. Petersburg, FL and the surrounding areas in June just gives me more of a smile and more of an appreciation for an organic and just memorable experience. Just for the tea alone, I’m so grateful for my time there. It’s as simple of a cup of tea to make me smile and sometimes even give me more of a sly grin, then those warm and fuzzies, and as I write this, goose bumps.
And the Saturday Morning Market in Williams Park makes me so happy. I say make because I’m coming back. It’s over for the year but just means I have to come back. I must come back. Let me not get ahead of myself.
I promised to write about the three tea experiences I had at the market, and this is number two (number one can be found here), and they all stand out for their own blessed and harmonious reasons.
For this one I’ll write about the vendor I saw seconds from within walking in.
The Bay Coffee & Tea Company embodies what a market, supporting farmers, and supporting local is all about. After I purchased my Mango Berry Iced Tea I did some research about this company, and took some mental notes, but when you’re on vacation you’re not going to remember everything and not going to experience everything you either planned or intended. I didn’t plan for this but the universe brought me here with all the good intentions. This makes me feel so good
And the Mango Berry Iced Tea was truly refreshing. With this climate, in mid June, this is exactly the kind of beverage that checks all the boxes for this kind of moment. Well that might not be that kind of boxes but I think you know what I mean. It’s a great iced tea and I should leave it at that.
For a company known for their coffee (and I bet their coffee is excellent), they did right with the tea. So the next time (yes…) this is revisited I will incorporate some coffee and hopefully another inspirational story to accompany that. Here is their story and it’s so positive, that I want to be a part of something so beautiful and so heartwarming.
What’s also so beautiful is the Williams Park Market in general. I got some of my best pictures on this visit. I’ve had a renewed love for plants, flowers, and horticulture in general. It’s something my dad got me into but has since been re-energized my taking care of my plants at home, and helping taking care of friends plants whenever I can. It’s all about nourishing, taking care of our friends, and taking care of each other in general.
The vibe at the Market seemed to tell that same story. This is one of those little things that is anything but. I’m grateful to be part of it, and I know I’ll be back again. And as I promised, one more story is coming, but I’ll save it for Autumn. Yes I just said that. Oh man…
For those in the Tampa and St. Pete area, you can find their coffees and teas here. Here is their story, their blog, their contact information, and their shop.
Until next time, thank you so much.