North Fork 53 Tea
Welcome to our new North Fork 53 Tea page! We are the first farm in the north coast region to plant Camellia Sinensis plants (the botanical name for tea) for commercial production. While we wait to harvest our tea plants (3-5 years) we are focused on growing a wide range of herbs, trees, flowers and fruits to create delicious Oregon Coast herbal blends. We also source sustainably grown green, black, oolong and pu’erh teas from our travels around the world and through our fellow tea farmers and purveyors.
We want to share our learning, growing and tea with you! We have always sold farm direct because we love getting to know our community. We also realize that by selling directly to you we can stay small and true to our "qualitea" and our "sustainabilitea" ethics. With our new Communitea subscription we can mail direct to anyone in the US making it simple, affordable and fun to drink the highest quality herbs and teas. And that's not all! We envision growing our tea community one cup at a time by....
Growing with other coast farmers and foragers to source our blends
Partnering with tea-chers who share the culture, spirit and wisdom of tea
Designing for biodiversity, pollinator habitat & biodegradable packaging
Offering farm stays, tours, workshops, tastings, blogs and online forums
Know what’s in your teacup.
Brigham & Ginger
are the founders and farmers of North Fork 53 Tea. They grow, process and hand blend teas, lead tours and tastings and run a BnB and retreat center. They drink tea all day long and love to share with their Communitea whenever they can!
Did you know many common herbs are imported from other countries? While it's possible to grow chamomile, roses, tulsi and mint here in Oregon you commonly find them being imported from as far away as China and Morocco. Imported conventional herbs are grown with chemical fertilizers and pesticides. They often sit on warehouse shelves losing nutrients and flavor before being sold to large companies who add them to blends mostly for looks and label appeal- as the herbs themselves have little medicinal or taste qualities left in them. Chemically derived "natural" flavors are then added so the herbs will smell fresh coming out of the package. All of this shipping and processing can turn what should be a cup of simple healthy chamomile tea into a unfortunate mix of pesticide residues, chemical flavorings and plastic packaging waste.
Fortunately your tea cup now has a healthy and delicious small farm option! We are a small, specialized, farmer owned-and-operated business. We grow using sustainable methods with an emphasis on biodiversity and pollinator habitat creation. We never use chemical fertilizers or pesticides and often use biodynamic techniques working with the moon and stars and herbal preparations to naturally take care of our land. We harvest by hand and sell our herbs within months of drying them for optimal freshness. We never use chemical based "natural" or imitation flavors in our teas but rely on the vibrant taste of the fresh plants themselves or use pure essential oils and extracts such as vanilla bean and lemons. Herbs and spices that we can’t grow in our climate we source from fair trade companies or from farmers we know from our travels. We create our tea blends for the best possible quality, taste and health benefits from from the compost in our gardens to the fully reusable or biodegradable packaging we ship with. Our 2019 tea blends make the perfect gift for your favorite tea lover and for you to enjoy all year long.
And that’s not all!
You can come and visit your tea blends growing and see the process for yourself. We operate a year round bnb and agritourism retreat on the north Oregon coast. We offer seasonal tours, tea tastings, workshops and a free tea bar for our bnb guests. Come have a cup of tea with us!