Nothing tells the Smith Teamaker story quite like the story of our mint. The year is 1975, Dan Mills has just moved back from college to a small farming town in Eastern Oregon. Steve Smith, hot on the trail to bring mint to the tea market in America has driven a rickety truck (for the very first time, mind you) along the famously windy I-84 route from Portland to Stanfield. His mission: to convince a young farmer to take a chance on growing mint for tea. Steve had an inkling it would work out alright.
For many years, Steve and Dan spent one week each spring perfecting the cultivation and production of both spearmint and peppermint. The mint they grew together—and trucked back to Portland in that same rickety old truck— would become the bedrock for Steve’s first tea company, Stash Tea, and one of our favorite farms we continue to serve today.