Location: N Lombard and Polk
Hours: Mon-Fri, 6am-6pm; Sat/Sun, 7am-7pm
The Story: When plant shopping, ever have a craving for a hot drink? Especially when you’re in an outside nursery during cooler months. At City Farm in North Portland you can peruse for plants with a hot cup of tea or coffee from The Garden Well, the on site food cart.
City Farm is a community managed farm with not only a storefront, but a full garden with ducks in the back. Mark, the owner of The Garden Well, opened in February of 2012 with coffee and loose leaf tea to capture not only the patrons coming to the farm, but also those transiting Lombard east and west. I enjoy a good cup of black tea, but am in no way an expert. Mark offers the expected teas like Earl Grey and English Breakfast, but also has herbal teas. What interested me were his special blends like the Love your Lungs Blend with elder blossom, licorice root, mullein leaf, marshmallow leaf, nettles and red clover. Crazy! Any one of those herbs offer a unique flavor, but when putting them together, you get something magical. Mark grabs individual containers with each herb and hand mixes in a single use tea bag and adds hot water. I loved it. I breathed better the rest of the day. I never knew there was a marshmallow leaf.
The Garden Well is open daily morning to night, offers up tea, coffee from St. Johns Coffee Roasters and Chai from Dragonfly Chai. Recently on their Facebook page they posted photos of fresh cherry jam scones. Drop on by, get some tea, visit the farm and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
Tea any size, $2; Bring your own mug, $1.50
- Love your Heart Blend: hawthorn berry, lavendar flowers, lemon verbena, linden leaf + flower, pink roses, rose hips
- Love your Whole Body Blend: nettles, oatstraw, peppermint, red clover, red raspberry leaf
- Black Teas: Assam, Darjeeling, Orange Spice and more
- Green Teas: Gunpowder, Jasmine
- Herbs: many from above listed in blends and more.
Coffee: Drip, latte, espresso – $1.00-$3 depending on what you choose
Phone: 503 583 6598
Facebook: The Garden Well