Those of you who follow my machinations know that whenever I visit an area I focus on searching tea.
Unfortunately the only local listing had been closed for at least two or three years. I had visited this lovely shop when it opened and was elated that I would have the opportunity to enjoy a quality cup while on the island, but alas, they are no more.
At one local bookstore I found a gem that filled the few rainy days.
On the shelves of many establishments I did scope some well recognized brands, Mighty Leaf, Harney’s and as shown below at the local bakery, Republic Of Tea.
A prominent display greeted you as you enter Martha’s Vineyard Bakery in the town of Oak Bluffs.
Martha’s Vineyard Bakery is famous for their Back Door donuts and in the evenings you see lines of people waiting for the fresh made sweets. My favorites are what are called a hermit, the ginger/cinnamon raisin bar delight that can be truly addictive.
There are many farms on the island and several herb farms though I did not get to visit any this year it will be a priority for the future.
Though it was challenging finding loose-leaf tea there was no shortage of teaware. Many of the gift, consignment and antique stores had lovely pieces all of which I would have loved to own several that I chose to photograph were created by local artisans.
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This set would appeal to Jackie of Teatra.de for I know it is her style. (some photos taken from the amazing catalogue).
Sir Devotea will get a kick out of this shot.
At a consignment store,
I’ll Second That, in Vineyard Haven, I found this lovely Franz porcelain Hummingbird cup saucer with spoon a set of two at a great price.
I know Darlene from The Tea Lovers Archives would appreciate this.
At the local Himalayan shop I noticed this crystal set I thought was lovely.
All in all there were so many I did not get a chance to photograph, the island is a teaware collectors dream.
I did bring home some treasures, though the best, and a loving show of support for my efforts, was the teapot my husband purchased for me.