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Labor Day, the symbolic end of summer, is finally here. Beach houses are being closed up for the year, schools have opened their doors, and fall is in the air. At this point in the calendar year, we feel mixed emotions; while we lament the end of long summer days filled with iced tea, grilling and baseball, we look forward to the arrival of cool evenings, football season, and more reasons to drink hot tea!
The first Monday in September, Labor Day has been a legal holiday since 1894. At Bigelow Tea this is certainly a special day for us, and we are proud to salute laborers all across our great nation — especially our fantastic community of Bigelow Tea employees, who work so hard for our family business.
Labor Day march, circa 1900.
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So this year, as you enjoy your last big cookout, lazy boat ride or exciting ball game of the summer, make sure to raise your tea cup to all the workers whose labor is responsible for this holiday. As the U.S. Department of Labor states on its website: “It is appropriate … that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.”
We couldn’t agree more. And, being blessed with a team of tireless and passionate employees here at Bigelow, we truly appreciate the value of their hard work and dedication these past 65 years — and counting!
Enjoy your day … and your tea!
Freelance contribution by: Lucy Wyndham All tea leaves will eventually lose flavor, but properly stored dried tea leaves can keep their flavor for up to two years, depending on how fermented and intact the leaves are. Black tea leaves, for example, are more fermented than green or white teas, and will stay … Continue reading
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