For the last few
years, we have offered an afternoon tea here at the farm.
Afternoon tea is an 150 year old English tradition. In
the 19th century, the upper class did not eat until eight
o’clock in the evening. Therefore there was a long
stretch of time between lunch and dinner. For a certain
countess, Anna van Bedford, this was too long a time to
go without. Therefore she had her butler serve tea and
sandwiches with cake around four o’clock. Frequently
she asked friends over and through this method the habit
spread throughout the aristocracy. Now - a century and
a half later - afternoon tea has spread to all the English
The Wooden Shoe
Herb Farm will not do scheduled teas as of the summer
of 2010. But we will do special teas for groups of 3 or
more. Our afternoon tea includes crackers with herbal
toppings, sandwiches with salmon and dill; mint and cucumber;
tomato, cream cheese and basil; and egg salad with lovage.
Scones with jam and cream. A selection of herbal cakes.
A sorbet, cookies and a wonderful rich desert will complete
the tea. This will all be accompanied with a herbal water
and lemon verbena tea. We have a beautiful setting that
lends itself to spending some relaxing leisure time to
feeding the soul. Come and enjoy an informative talk as
you sit under the pines, overlooking the gardens while
you indulge in herbal goodies. Everything is homemade
here at the farm. The price is $25 per person.
The talk and the
handout will be on Dill, the herb of the year 2010. Each
person will put together a Bouquet Garni to take home.
If you would like
a tea at a special time for your group, please call the
farm to arrange this event.