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Bigelow Tea Doing Our Part to Spread the Word During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Every year at this time Bigelow Tea takes the opportunity to recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year marks the 26th year that the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) organization will have promoted breast cancer education, awareness and empowerment.

There are some sobering statistics about breast cancer; the chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman’s life is about one in eight (or 12%). The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for breast cancer in the United States show about 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year – and approximately 39,840 women will die from breast cancer in 2010. It is clear that breast cancer touches everyone, including our friends and family at Bigelow Tea.

This month – and all year long really – we are proud to help raise awareness of breast cancer and to promote the benefits of early detection. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages.

We have shared studies that reported that drinking tea can reduce the risk of breast cancer. We take great pride in producing a product that can be so beneficial to our customers’ health and so delicious. On that note, we hope you will join Bigelow Tea this month and spread the word about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Raising awareness will help save lives, and we all can take a part.

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Bigelow Tea and Bruegger’s Bakery – A Synergy of Tea, Baked Treats and a Strong Sense of Community

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There is nothing more powerful than an alliance with those who share the same values.  Bruegger’s is one such business – providing a great value with delectable and savory foods; and now Bruegger’s is complimented by the aromatic and very flavorful addition of Biglelow Teas!

When Bruegger’s decided to provide Bigelow Tea‘s organic teas as their tea of choice (in over 300 neighborhood bakeries across the nation) we were delighted!  So our very own Cindi Bigelow spent a morning making and serving Bruegger’s famous kettle-boiled-then-baked bagels, with the gentle guidance of Bruegger’s CEO Jim Greco – all captured on TEA-V (our video)!

And you know that both Bigelow Tea and Bruegger’s pay the goodness forward by helping sustain their local communities. You can join the alliance and help give back to your local neighborhood – because it’s the right thing to do!

Watch Cindi’s excellent bagel and tea adventure in this new video, all about the new Bruegger’s–and–Bigelow Tea experience!

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Setting Sail for Columbus Day

Currier & Ives painting first landing of Columbus on the shores of the New World
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As cooler temps prevail, leaves change and we dig for our favorite warm fleece, here at Bigelow Tea we’re raising our cup, (and maybe a Constant Comment biscotti?) to Christopher Columbus today Monday, October 11th, Columbus Day.

Columbus Day is celebrated throughout the Americas to commemorate the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the New World in 1492. In much of Latin America it’s known as Día de la Raza; in the Bahamas it’s Discovery Day and look for Hispanic Day in Spain.

While some debate still surrounds Columbus (many contend you can’t “discover” occupied lands) there is no question that Columbus’s “Enterprise of the Indies” opened up great opportunities for the subsequent Euro/Americas cultural surge. History of the Americas prior to his arrival is still referred to as “Pre-Columbian.”

Columbus before King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain after his first return from America
Image via Library of Congress

Interesting that it took 300 plus years before we began celebrating officially (busy, busy, busy with all that exploration/colonization/revolution)! In 1937, FDR officially set aside October 12 as the United States holiday, and in 1971, Congress moved it to the second Monday in October. Today, in New York City, the biggest and most famous Columbus Day parade is a major event, and many Italian-Americans also observe the day as a special celebration of their proud heritage.

Spectators cheer during the Columbus Day parade in New York City
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So what adventure will you embrace on the holiday? We highly recommend exploring a different flavor of Bigelow Tea, grabbing it to go (hot or cold depending on your weather) and sipping it while sailing off to your local parade or festivities. Pack a lunch (don’t forget the Constant Comment biscotti!) and revel in the history, the vision and the courage that was Columbus, as he helped changed the course of mankind.

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Eating Sustainably: Pick Your Own Fruits and Veggies!

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We all know that fruits and veggies are good for us.  Harvested from the earth, they’re Mother Nature’s great source of nutrition. And since everything in life is cyclical, when we sustain our precious earth, she, in turn, sustains us.

To fully appreciate the magnitude of this natural bounty, take a trip to the farm or orchard nearest you and pick your own produce. It’s a delightful way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Bring the kids along to enjoy the sights and smells (and taste!) of fresh food. They’ll have a blast and learn a lot in the process.  Just think, not only will you be eating sustainably, you’ll also be doing nature a good turn. After all, farm fresh produce eliminate the requirement for wasteful packaging and transportation (which uses up fossil fuels).

If there isn’t a farm or orchard nearby, try your local farmer’s market.  Find out what fruits and vegetables are in season and synchronize your menu planning accordingly. And if you happen to have a green thumb, why not go the distance? Grow your own! There’s nothing more satisfying than slicing and dicing tomatoes from your own garden!

Speaking of gardens, if you’re ever in South Carolina, do drop by Bigelow Tea’s very own Charleston Tea Plantation which is located on the charming and picturesque Wadmalaw Island. It’s the home of American Classic Tea, the only tea grown in America.  Now, that’s Sustainabili-TEA!

As keen practitioners of sustainabili-TEA, we encourage you to support local farmers, enjoy the flavors of fresh seasonal produce and, when you get a little thirsty, sip some delicious Bigelow Tea!

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More Photos from the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge!

Another great Bigelow Community Challenge moment featuring David C. and Eunice Bigelow and members of the team from Martin Bauer Group.

And for a fun video to learn more about the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, view here.

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Bigelow Tea Recognizes Gluten Freedom In National Celiac Disease Awareness Month

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Living a healthy lifestyle, rich in quality and flavor is at the heart of our mission at Bigelow Tea. It is a satisfying pursuit indeed, and one that involves finding opportunity in life’s daily challenges.

Celebrating National Celiac Disease Awareness Month in October is exactly such an opportunity. Organizations, individuals, researchers and manufacturers are working to educate and create a higher quality of life that many with the disease thought possible. It’s a big effort.

A little background: “gluten free” is the key for the more than 2 million people across the U.S. suffering from Celiac Disease (CD) an immune reaction and lifelong condition preventing digestion of the proteins from wheat, barley and rye. CD symptoms take multiple forms, and the consequences can be dire, but are usually manageable through diet changes. Sounds simple enough…until you gaze around your grocery and ponder life (and even tonight’s dinner) without those staples.

It’s difficult to imagine doing without breads, pastas, & pizzas.

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Diligent planning is the key. For instance, The View’s Elizabeth Hasselbeck, diagnosed with CD after her life-time of symptoms suddenly cleared up while a Survivor contestant, recommends carrying dining cards to restaurants to aid in the daily decisions necessary. Support is key – from family, friends, a growing legion of bloggers and online forums and doctors providing nutritional education and medical advances.

The good news for Bigelow Tea lovers is that almost all of our flavors are gluten free –and very clearly labeled “Gluten Free” or “Not Gluten Free.” Even better news is that we’re part of a growing industry offering tasty choices and alternatives.  So progress is being made, and we raise our cup to a month of awareness efforts to help lead to a lifetimes of satisfaction – and we hope you will also!

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Bigelow Tea: We’re Ready For Our Minty Fresh Close-up!

At Bigelow Tea we always keep track of what our fans and customers are saying. One tea lover, Michelle Solomon who blogs at Tea Today, put together a few videos on some Bigelow teas that she’s partial to. We’ve enjoyed her video “Bigelow Tea – Minty Fresh” and so we’re sharing it today!

The three-minute video features two of our many mint-flavored teas: Plantation Mint (black tea with spearmint leaves) and Mint Medley (herbal tea with peppermint leaves, spearmint leaves, rose hips, lemon peel, and hibiscus)!

Bigelow Tea – Minty Fresh from Michelle Solomon on Vimeo.

An enthusiastic taste tester to be sure, Michelle notes that she has a penchant for loose leaf mint teas too; we hope she’ll try our Novus Egyptian Mint Tea, with full leaf top-grade peppermint! Other Bigelow Tea minty selections include Peppermint Herb Tea and Green Tea with Mint: all of them cool, refreshing and soothing. Just what we need for these busy fall days!

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Bigelow Tea Green Tea And Red Sox: A Salute to Terry Francona

Bigelow Tea is proud to have so many outstanding sports figures as spokesmen for our own excellent lineup of teas. Now that summer is over and baseball season is gearing up for the playoffs, we thought we’d share a few thoughts on one of our enthusiastic tea partners, Terry Francona.

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Terry, the manager of the Boston Red Sox, has had (and is still having) an impressive career in baseball. He is only the second manager ever to remain at the helm of the Red Sox for six consecutive full seasons. He owns the 2nd-best career winning percentage in club history, and he led Boston to World Series victories in 2004 and 2007. His incredibly successful career as a manager reflects his professionalism and his dedication to the Red Sox and to baseball.

We are fortunate at Bigelow Tea as well to benefit from Terry’s talent and time: as a Bigelow Tea spokesman, Terry has shared with the world his passion for Bigelow Tea and the health benefits it bestows on him. Last year, when Terry chatted with Cindi Bigelow (alongside Phil Simms and Joe Torre!) he told us how much he enjoys Bigelow Tea’s Green Tea with Pomegranate, a delicious blend of natural pomegranate flavor and our traditional green tea (a homerun of quality and taste!)

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Thank you Terry, from the bottom of our hearts for being an important part of the Bigelow family … and for helping make baseball so much fun to watch!

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You Know You’re A Bigelow Tea Lover When…

There’s little doubt in our minds that nobody loves a great cup of tea more than a Bigelow Tea drinker. And all of our Facebook friends seem to agree! So let’s highlight a few of our favorite comments from Bigelow Tea Facebook fans to recognize some of the biggest Bigelow Tea lovers there are:

You know you’re a Bigelow Tea lover when…

…You bring five of packets of Bigelow Tea with you to work, and drink all of them!  (Thanks to Christopher Elia for the comment)

…You start the day with Bigelow Green Tea in the morning and end the day with one of our soothing Chamomiles in the evening.  (Thanks to Deborah Chickering for the comment)

…You’re happy to check a few things off your list: peruse the Bigelow Tea website, sign up for the Bigelow Tea catalog, and submit your email for Bigelow Tea updates and news.  (Thanks to Annette Rochelle Aben for the comment)

…You think sipping a hot cup—or three—of Bigelow Tea in front of the A/C is the best way to stay cool in the summertime.  (Thanks to John Bonnema and James & Lela for the comments)

…when every one of your friends gives you Bigelow Tea for your birthday—just so you’re well stocked!  (Thanks to Amanda Hall for the comment)

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Bigelow Tea and Honey: A Sweet Combination!

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Did you know that September is National Honey Month?  And did you know how much Americans love honey?  In fact each man, woman and child in the country on average eats a pound and a half of honey each year! Who hasn’t enjoyed honey drizzled on hot cereal or spread on toast or a muffin?

Of course, at Bigelow Tea, we are particularly partial to the sweetness of honey in our tea! Suffering from a sore throat? A tablespoon or two of honey dissolved in hot lemon tea has long been a sweetly comforting folk cure for this ailment.

Bigelow Tea Honey Spoons!

In fact, honey sweetens any of our Bigelow Teas so well that we are pleased to offer you the convenience of single-serving Honey Spoons.  Available in two delicious varieties, Orange Blossom or Tupelo Honey. These sweet honey spoons are ready to be stirred into your favorite cup of Bigelow Tea!

Bigelow Tea and honey: A truly sweet way to celebrate National Honey Month!

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