I'm Kristy, owner and operator of Bittersweet Farm. We relocated our farm in March of 2020, and we are busily making new beds and settling in on our new farm.
I run the Higganum Farmers Market in town, and am also a representative for the Lower CT River Valley Regional Agricultural Council.
The super short version of how I came to be a tea maker is ... I accidentally made a tea once... and I spiraled off from growing veggies and raising animals to researching and learning about every herb that I could cram into my brain. It seems that I finally found my niche in the world, and I wake up every day grateful for my crazy world of Bittersweet Farm.
Then there's these two clowns - no seriously, these two own my heart completely. They are my first readers, my sounding board, my voices of reason and the people I shout random questions at like - how do you say tummy without saying stomach??
Frank dedicates so much time and energy to the farm, the gardens, farmers markets, and just about everything else he can when he's not at his full time job.
Alexa is a sophomore in high school, a writer, musician, and fire spinner, and although she doesn't enjoy farming, she helps out as much as she can!
Every small business needs a mother and a sister behind the scenes, doesn't it? My mother, a life-long gardener and small business owner (she even had an herb business many years ago but it wasn't tea related), spends countless hours helping me in so many ways. My sister, an accountant by trade, not only crunches our numbers but bags and tags teas, works at markets and shows with me, and is the most supportive sister a girl could ever have.
Emily joined the team back in April of 2021 and we intended on having her run our booth on Fridays at the Higganum Farmers Market. A few weeks into April, it became clear that she was far too valuable to only work once a week! Emily has quickly learned her way around herbs, managing our website and inventory, and can bag and tag tea at the speed of light! You'll see Emily manning our booth every Friday in Higganum during the market season, and all over CT at events and shows.
Look for pop-up markets throughout the year here at our farmstand and especially keep an eye out for our annual Holiday Market!
Aside from growing and making tea and traveling around the state to different markets and shows, we also offer classes, tea tastings, and one on one garden planning sessions .
Bittersweet offers around 60 kinds of teas - all handcrafted in small batches, all designed and tested by our crew, and all made with love. We grow many herbs on our farm, and dry and store as much as we can.
We have a line of medicinal teas for what might be ailing you, and a line of beverage teas that change with the seasons.
We put a lot of love into growing, drying, and blending the herbs that we use, and we hope you enjoy drinking our teas as much as we enjoy making them!