by Lori Varsames, Traditional Medicinals’ Writer
Lately, when I hear the word “heaven,” my mind wanders to Trout Lake Farm. Since visiting the farm last September with members of our sourcing team, it’s been an image that’s hard to shake. My former career in the wine business exposed me to some outstanding landscapes, but few were as fine and pure as this. Nestled in a pristine valley in Washington’s Cascade Mountains, Trout Lake Farm (TLF) is a little slice of heaven, where 22 different species of herbs and a vibrant community of people live and thrive. Here at Traditional Medicinals (TM), we love the people who gather our herbs as much as our herbs themselves, and we’ve considered the folks at TLF family since the early 1970s.
The farm converges where the rainfall of the West meets the sunshine of the East, creating an ecosystem of lushness and light. With rich volcanic soil and passionate organic farmers, there’s really nothing more an herb could ask for. Just ask the peppermint we use for our Peppermint Tea, the echinacea for our Echinacea Plus® teas, and the skullcap for our Stress Ease® Cinnamon tea; they all were born and raised on TLF.