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Farmers Market: The Tea Sisters forage for their ingredients

Siblings from eastern La Plata County make teas, jams and jellies
Kelsey Ashburn, left, and Kari Marsh, The Tea Sisters, sell teas, jams, jellies, and syrups on Saturday, May 18, at the Durango Farmers Market. (Nick Gonzales/Durango Herald)

The Tea Sisters, Keri Marsh and Kelsey Ashburn, are exactly what they sound like: two siblings from eastern La Plata County who mix loose-leaf teas.

Marsh said that she and her sister mixed teas with herbal blends and health benefits in mind just for themselves until they decided that they could turn it into a side gig.

“We hand-blend our own teas, and we base them on herbs that have healing properties of certain kinds and mix them for flavor,” she said.

Marsh said their Wild Woman Tea – a sweet hibiscus tea that is popular – and their Wild Calm Tea – a “sleepy-time” lavender-chamomile tea that promotes nervous system relaxation – are two of the highlights of their selection.

In addition to teas, the Tea Sisters also make jams, jellies and syrups that cannot be found in grocery stores, such as spruce tip syrup and dandelion jelly. Marsh said she and Ashburn grow and forage what ingredients they can and buy the rest from small businesses.

She said this is The Tea Sisters second year selling their creations at farmers markets and that they were a common fixture at the Bayfield Farmers Markets this year. This year, they plan to mix it up, heading to the Durango Farmers Market once a month, in addition to the Pagosa Springs Farmers Market and maybe even the Cortez Farmers Market.