Here is our story!
Where to find us: Light of Day Organic's certified Organic & Biodynamic Farm, & on-site Tea Wellness Center is located in gorgeous Leelanau County, just 8 miles West of historic downtown Traverse City. We're on the direct route (M-72) to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Our address is: 3502 E. Traverse Hwy. Traverse City, Michigan.
Founding Director: Our company was founded by a Traverse City Mom named Angela Macke in 2003. Her background in Holistic health, as both a Registered Nurse, Educator, and Horticulturalist, plus her own positive experience utilizing gentle, natural rhythms to restore balance in her own life as she successfully manages an auto-immune disease she was diagnosed with 25 years ago, plays an integral role in the creation of each and every blend of Tea. Angela believes that a holistic approach is the most effective way to restore optimal health and a sense of well being. Helping her customers to create healthy lifestyle habits that support the prevention of illness, and to increase their overall vitality and passion for life is Angela’s intention as she continues to tend to her farm and her customers.
Our Farm and Production: Our products are grown and certified Orgaanic and Demeter Biodynamic. We're Michigan's only certified Demeter Biodynamic land (a standard that exceeds those of of the National Organic Program). We hand-harvest, low-temperature dry our botanicals in our licensed commercial farm kitchen, and then package our teas weekly with great care. With each step in the process, positive intention and prayer for your well being is offered up. We blend all of our private recipe teas in small batches to promote consistency, to maximize freshness and for optimal nutritive benefit.
Certifications and process: We believe in honest tea and honest advertising here. This means supporting local and foreign farmers through certified (third-party verified, which includes annual audits) Fair Trade practices, growing and buying only 100% certified Organic (Stellar certification services and Demeter Biodynamic) and Fair trade agricultural commodities (the labor-intensive spices, seeds, rare barks, etc.- if we cannot grow them in Michigan, or need to supplement what we grow here at Light of Day Farm).
Conscientious packaging: We believe in presenting these products in their most natural, loose form. They have been packaged in lovely, domestically-manufactured, polished silver tins to protect them from the elements. We used a local designer, and local printer for labels and packaging needs. We blend, label and package our teas right here in our farm kitchen.
Quality of product / Quality of Life: We wanted to make sure that taste wasn’t the only thing to feel good about. Ensuring the highest quality of tea for you and life for those who bring it to us is part of our mission. We honor all of those involved in bringing this extremely labor-intensive crop from the fields to our cup by paying everyone a proper living wage and encouraging the spiritual sacredness of the family unit and community with time off from work to recharge and to play in this beautiful area that we are blessed to call “home”.
It is Light of Day’s sincere intention that you may enjoy balance: with superb health, inner peace, and joyfulness, and remain on a path that will benefit the greater good with all that you do. We hope that you will discover, and hopefully learn to cherish, the ancient and life-giving ritual of having a “spot of tea.”
For all of us here at Light of Day, tea is more than an iced beverage to soothe your thirst in the Summertime, or to comfort your sore throat in the Wintertime…it is a representation of the conscious choice and intention to live simply, and to live each day with a wonder and reverence for every created thing.
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