Visit to Local Peppermint Farm

Recently, I sat down with Yogi tea buyer, Rex to learn more about his recent trip to a farm where we source a number of ingredients I use in our beloved Yogi teas. Here’s more about Rex, and his trip…


Tell us about yourself and what you do here at Yogi

Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, I have a 13 yr old daughter and a 3 year old Schnauzer puppy. I am passionate about music cooking, spending time with my daughter and doing anything outdoors.


I’ve worked in many areas during my 19 years with Yogi, including production, inventory, and procurement. In my current job as buyer at Yogi tea I source, qualify, and purchase the ingredients and packaging materials it takes to create each carton of Yogi Tea.  I drink about 4 cups of Yogi tea each day, my favorites are Ginger, Lemon Ginger, and Green Tea Energy.


I buy over 100 herbs and botanicals from all around the world, including the United States, Australia, South Africa, Madagascar, Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala, Egypt, India, Poland, Croatia, and many more wonderful places.


Can you tell us about your recent visit to Trout Lake Farms in Ephrata, Washington?

Trout Lake Farms in Ephrata, Washington. I spent the day with their team in the fields seeing, touching, tasting, smelling, and learning about what it takes to grow and harvest the organic ingredients we source from them.


During my visit, I knew when I was close to the Mint fields because the aroma fills the air. It’s very fragrant and my body and mind felt very relaxed. It was harvest season for Peppermint and Spearmint so I could see the essential oils on the leaves which was really cool. Watching the farm operations and seeing the great care they take makes you appreciate and understand the hard work that it takes to farm organically.


We buy many organic herbs from Trout Lake, including Burdock, Dandelion and Rhubarb, found in the the DeTox line and others, as well as Valerian, Spearmint, Peppermint and Skullcap that are in our Bedtime tea.


Rex in the Spearmint Fields at Trout Lake Farms in Washington, July 2011

Rex and the Trout Lake Farms team in the Peppermint Fields, July 2011

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