So happy to be posting for teatime once again this week! How I have missed this ritual repast with all my May busy keeping me bustling outside of Blogland. Now we’re into June, and – Ah! It’s coming into blueberry season here in southern New Jersey! We live just 30 minutes from the Blueberry Capital of the World – Hammonton, NJ!
No – really! It’s true! Hammonton is smack dab in the center of the famous South Jersey Pinelands where the soil is unique for producing the very best blueberries – not to mention the famous Jersey Tomato! Read all about it with great blueberry recipes HERE. Besides – there are signs all over the place boasting of blueberries as you cross the boundary into the Hammonton town limits – after passing a number of blueberry farms dotting the landscape along the way, of course.
So, I couldn’t pass up grabbing a special buy at the store today – a nice huge container of farm fresh blueberries! And, wasn’t I surprised to see a special treat in the cheese section – Chevrai Wild Blueberry Vanilla Goat Cheese from Woolwich Dairy!
And, on a Tuesday, too! Perfect for teatime today – so long as I could find the right teacup in my cabinet.
Success! Just look at this sweet demitasse lusterware from circa early 1960’s. It’s just the color of blueberries with a modern gold design imprint on the almost squared saucer to compliment the gold handle formed in a whimsical scroll work.
And, of course, there’s only one tea to serve today – my Blueberry Rooibos Tea . . .
A non-caffeinated tea with real blueberries for the steeping! Delish! And, a terrific choice for making iced tea now that we’re moving ever so swiftly towards summer! So, with my blueberries and rice crackers and tea –
I need just the right reading material.
Blue binding, of course – these late 19th century volumes of John Greenleaf Whittier’s poetry. What a master wordsmith!
I spread my blueberry goat cheese over one of the crackers and take a soothing sip of tea while mulling over beautiful words and depth of thought . . .
John Greenleaf Whittier
Foundations, and thoughts of mother . . .