Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Audrey II Tea

Strange and interesting indeed! This tea was specially blended in honor of Little Shop of Horrors at Lakewood Theater, the Sugar Tree Cafe presents "Audrey II Tea"! A little flowery, a little bitter, and definitely green... contains hibiscus flowers, rosehips, lemongrass, orange peel, spearmint leaf, rose petals, and stevia leaf.

The very entertaining musical, "Little Shop of Horrors" will be performed on  June 21st - 23rd at 8pm, 24th at 4pm, 27th at 2pm &7pm, 28th - 30th at 8pm.   For tickets and more information, call 474-7176 or visit

Audrey II Tea will be available for purchase at Bigelow Brewing Company's Cheese, Brews, and Bread event on Sunday, June 24th, from noon-4 pm. Show your Lakewood Theater ticket from either Incorruptible or Little Shop of Horrors, and receive 20% off all teas purchased at the booth that day!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Monk's Blend Tea

I simply could not wait to share this tea... in honor of Lakewood Theater's second production of the year, Incorruptible, it's Monk's Blend!

This is a traditional richly flavored black tea, with calendula & sunflower petals, vanilla, and pomegranate. It is wonderful hot or cold, and either way can be accented by a splash of brandy. (the monks would approve)

Incorruptible, a farce by Micheal Hollinger, opens on June 7th, and runs through June 16th (with three matinees).  You can purchase tickets to see Incorruptible or any of the other productions this season at Lakewood Theater by calling  474-7176  or you may place your order online through the following link 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Berry Sangria Tea for Lakewood Theater

The Sugar Tree is blending some teas for the Lakewood Theater's 2018 Season! Women in Jeopardy* opens May 24th, with  Berry Sangria!

Elderberries, raisins, hibiscus, and orange peel make this sweet and sassy too!

A selection of wine is available at the Shanty, though I recommend Merlot to bring out the richness of the fruit, or Pino Grigio for a lighter sweetness, and either is ready for sipping within the first act... but the longer you let it steep, the deeper the taste.  If you aren't interested in doing a true Sangria, you can grab a ginger ale and a cup from The Shanty to steep in and you've got a fresh sparkling treat!  Or, a traditional hot cup will fill you with a feeling like summer sunshine! 

Taking your tea home or giving as a gift? The suggestions above work just as well, in addition to steeped and served cold as a wonderful alternative to sugary drinks; or you may wish to experiment making "tipsy tea" by infusing a glass of vodka, or gin, or other favorite spirit. Using nothing but 100% fruit and flower in this blend, you can even grind it up dry and use it to add flavor to your pancake batter, or wet after steeping you can eat the fruit straight or add it to a batch of muffins for breakfast - as I say in some of my Sugar Tree classes, "tea isn't just for hot water."

*You can purchase tickets to see 'Women in Jeopardy' or any of the other productions this season at Lakewood Theater by calling  474-7176  or you may place your order online through 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Cheese, Brews & Bread

The Sugar Tree will be having a booth at this festival!

When: June 24, 2018
Where: Bigelow Brewing Company
Time: 12p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door

Come enjoy an afternoon filled with samples from some of Maine's local cheesemakers, bread makers, and one of Skowhegan's local breweries, Bigelow Brewing Company. Demonstrations of bread making will be going on throughout the day as well as special cheese, wine, and beer pairings! Cheese, bread, and beer will all be available for purchase. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how your local cheese and bread are made. 
All proceeds of the event benefit projects of the Somerset County Rural Cultural Plan, the strategic cultural plan of Wesserunsett Arts Council.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Free Shipping!

Special Offer: Free Shipping on all orders in the United States... now through the end of June!  Please visit the main Tea Queens web site, and let me know what you would care to purchase. Or, if you choose to order online, please kindly select me as your consultant.   - Dawnrella Sutton 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

My favorite Bloody Mary Mix, Ass over Teakettle - ATK Bloody Mary Mix - has a new website with online ordering now available!!! Find your Bloody Mary mixers, BBQ sauce, ketchup, and more.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Stone Soup Kit

Happy to have McKay Farms in Thorndike stock some of the Potting Shed Creations' Organic Stone Soup Kits!   Inspired by the familiar story with the simple message about sharing, this vegetable garden kit is a great way for a child to create a fun-filled garden of their very own. Quick to germinate and easy to grow, the vegetables in this kit come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes that kids are sure to enjoy. Includes: 5 varieties of organic seed (red acre cabbage, little fingers carrot, bunching onion, roma tomato, blue lake pole bean)recycled US steel case and seed tins, garden stakes, pencil, magic stone in jute bag, 'stone soup' recipe, directions.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Tea Queens

I was nearly speechless when I found Queen Mary Teas.  Mary C. Greengo has owned and operated a beautiful tea room in Seattle Washington for nearly 30 years. She understands tea, and it's meaning. And I am so proud to share these teas and products specially selected by Mary. Just like any other tea I offer, these are wonderful for tea tastings and other gatherings! I'm happy to come brew a pot or cup for you! Please visit the main site, and if you choose to order online, kindly select me as your consultant.   - Dawnrella Sutton

Ask to join my personal facebook group  "Tea Queen Dawnella"

Friday, March 16, 2018

Audrey II (mini)

It's a plant, but not on the menu... it's actually more likely that we are all on it's list for suppertime! I'm getting in the spirit for Lakewood Theater's 2018 Season with one particular musical in mind, but plan to see all the productions again this year!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Perfect Tea

Here is a simple chart with steeping times, recommended water temps... and a few other great tips! 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Artisans on the Fringe

A bright Sugar Tree Cafe rosehip & fruit blend perfect for a energizing pot of hot tea on a winters day, or for mulling in wine as something festive; paired with a Mothers Moon wool felt rose - makes a charming gift. These and more such items available at the Artisans on the Fringe event this Saturday

Friday, December 1, 2017

Tea for Art*

The Sugar Tree Cafe will be offering another "Tea for Art*" opportunity on Saturday December 9th for the Artisans on the Fringe Second Saturday event!! (Artisanal Building, 10 Railroad Square in Waterville, alongside Exoptica Studio) As usual, a percentage of all sales will go to a local art organization: and there will also be a selection of items available to purchase by donation only, with *100%* of those sales going directly to an local art organization. I'll also have some Sugar Tree art available for sale as well.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Unity Barn Raisers

It has been my honor as Mothers Moon to be a 'Supporting Business Member' of the Unity Barn Raisers since 2006, and I'm so happy to also now be renting the Community Kitchen for a bit of Sugar Tree Cafe tea blending!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Peace Tea

Enjoying some Peace Tea left over from yesterday... a beautiful blend of organic Chamomile flowers, organic Spearmint, organic Lavender flowers, organic Cinnamon bark, organic Passionflower, and organic Rose petals. I place an extra cinnamon stick in my cup for a bit of an extra zing!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bullets Over Broadway!!

In celebration of Lakewood Theater's production ofBullets Over Broadway The Musical!, the Sugar Tree Cafe has created a special tea blend called "Bees Knees"... For a flavor based upon it's namesake cocktail of gin, lemon and honey, this tea is a blend of honeybush tea*, maté tea**, lemongrass, and calendula petal. It will be sold for a limited time***, $18 (plus shipping if applicable) 6oz. Contact me for ordering information.

*Honeybush tea is imported from the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa; ethically harvested and fairly traded. Naturally sweet and caffeine free.

**Maté is a South American herbal tea, ethically harvested and fairly traded. Naturally sweet and with a medium level of caffeine.

***The limited time is the run of Bullets Over Broadway at Lakewood Theater, August 17th - 26th

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Lakewood Inn Restaurant

Sugar Tree Cafe wares! — at Lakewood Inn Restaurant.  Such a wonderful day, such a wonderful location. You should visit whenever you can! And OH!! the menu! And such friendly staff!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Lake George Regional Park Spring Celebration

The Sugar Tree will be one of the vendors at this wonderful event on June 4th, celebrating Lake George Regional Park's 25th Anniversary Year.  It will be taking place at the Lakewood Inn Restaurant, which is one of my personal favorite places to be; with a percentage of sales going directly to Lake George.

I'll have some of my wooden kitchen tools, felted goodies, hand blended loose leaf teas, and maybe a few other surprises!

4:00 Happy Hour, "Cocktails and Fine Craft"
SHOP with members of Maine's artisan craft, food, and farming community, with a portion of all evening proceeds to benefit Lake George!

5:30 Dinner with lively auction to follow


(207) 474-1292

In lieu of printed tickets this year, your name will be entered on a reservation list at the door! Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Same Plant!

Did you know? White, Green, Oolong, and Black teas are really the same plant (as is Matcha) simply dried or fermented differently! And here are the “other” teas:

Mate` is a South American herb with high levels of caffeine & antioxidants. Containing amino acids and over ten different vitamins and minerals, it gives you a boost of energy without the jitters.

Tulsi is an Indian herb that is caffeine-free and offers many calming benefits for your body and mind.

Honeybush & Rooibos are red bush varieties grown only in South Africa. They aren’t technically “tea” at all. They contain no caffeine and offer a variety of health benefits.

Matcha is actually indeed made from Camellia sinensis, but is from  leaves that are grown in the shade to bring out fuller flavor. The youngest leaves are selected and their veins removed before being stone ground into a fine powder. Matcha contains more caffeine and vitamins than other teas because the whole leaf is used.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Blue Cornflower

Blending some teas today! I love using blue cornflower, yes, I will freely admit, because it is so pretty. But for what it actually adds to the teas.*  Here is what has to say:

The flowers of this herb are rich in mineral salts and contain a bitter ingredient known as pectin. It is rich in calcium that is essential for the development and maintenance of bones. Cornflower also contains components like anthocyanins and flavonoids, which contribute greatly to its medicinal value. Being rich in potassium salts and tannin, cornflower has powerful astringent, antiseptic, soothing, and anti-inflammatory properties that are effective in treating a number of health concerns. These minerals also help regulate ph levels in the blood. Cornflower is also rich in vitamin C, folic acid, and other organic compounds that help detoxify the body.

  • The bitterness of cornflower makes it an effective natural remedy against a variety of digestive problems like constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, gas, and other gastrointestinal complaints. It also acts as an appetite stimulant and is therefore used for treating cases of anorexia as well.
  • The flowers of this plant are used as an expectorant, diuretic, and stimulant for gall bladder and liver function. It also supports and regulates the functioning of the kidneys. Therefore, people suffering from kidney, liver, or spleen problems can take prescribed doses of this herb for relief from symptoms of these disorders.
  • Cornflower is also used as an astringent oral rinse for treating mouth ulcers.
  • Women suffering from endometriosis can take cornflower preparations to ease menstrual cramps and other related symptoms.
  • Cornflower has a calming effect on the nervous system and it therefore beneficial to those suffering from anxiety, stress, depression, and other nervous system disorders.

*The Sugar Tree shares this for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.