Tea at Thistle Farms

Note: I did not take the featured photo above, but it inspires me to more seriously pursue tea photography!

As I mentioned in a previous post, last week I had a wonderful visit with my friend Michelle. (Even strep throat couldn’t keep us apart!) If you know us at all then you understand when we get together we do our best to find a good afternoon tea.

We found that and more at The Café at Thistle Farms in Nashville!

Isn’t the tea tray lovely? To drink we chose the Firepot Breakfast black tea (which they described as lively, dried cherry, fresh oak) and the Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong (mineral, stewed peach, walnut). Both teas were tasty, but I actually preferred the Oolong, which was Michelle’s choice.

Here’s a closer view of the tea tray. We started in the middle with the scone, cream and jam before making our way to the sandwiches and other savories on the bottom tier. It all looked like a manageable amount of food, but I have to admit that the deserts (top tier) nearly, but not quite, did me in.

Before and after we ate, Michelle and I perused the lovely shop and its offerings of essential oils, jewelry, clothing, and body/skin care products. I found some lovely items for myself and a family member. It became clear to me there was a charitable purpose to this shop, but I was so wrapped up in all the good smells and cool things that I didn’t take the time to read carefully about their mission.

Later I decided to purchase a few more items from their online shop. The box arrived in two days.

This note greeted me upon opening. At that point, I finally read their mission in detail. I’ll include it for you here:

Thistle Farms is a social enterprise of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. Thistle Farms houses the bath and body care company, The Cafe at Thistle Farms, and Thistle Farms Global. All proceeds support Thistle Farms and the residential program, Magdalene. The community provides housing, food, healthcare, therapy and education, without charging residents or receiving government funding.

WOW. We (or at least I) just stumbled into this cafe thinking to have an interesting tea experience with a dear friend. It turned out to be an amazing enterprise that I will continue supporting. If you live in or near Nashville, do consider visiting this lovely cafe. Or just visit their online shop–they have lots of gorgeous and nurturing products, and your items will be lovingly packed and shipped QUICKLY.

I’m so glad Michelle and I tried this place. (She did the work finding it, to her credit.) I hope to enjoy their tea many more times, and I’ll keep their online store in mind for my birthday and holiday shopping! I recommend the cafe and store enthusiastically and quite independently–no one at Thistle Farms suggested that I promote them on my blog.

10 thoughts on “Tea at Thistle Farms

  1. Michelle Lunsford

    That photo you found/chose for this blog post is pure delight. 🙂

    I’ll also add my recommendation for Thistle Farms as a lovely place to enjoy a great afternoon tea and to shop for goodies and gifts. Although I had heard in the past about Thistle Farms having a mission associated with it, I’m glad I finally had this “excuse” to visit and learn more about what they do.

    I’ll definitely be visiting this place more often. Their lunch items we saw other patrons enjoying looked equally as tasteful as the ones on our tea trays. The fact that it is close to McKay’s Bookstore (http://www.mckaybooks.com), a place I love to visit, is an added bonus. I foresee wonderful introvert excursions in my future, as well as sharing the joy of Thistle Farms with other friends.

    1. SoniaG Post author

      I’m so glad we experienced this lovely surprise together! I hope to do it again, and next time I’ll go with you to McKay’s armed with a lengthy wishlist and more energy. The Sick really depleted me this time around.

  2. Mary

    Hi thanks for this lovely post about tea at Cafe at Thistle Farms. I stumbled upon Thistle Farms and their mission to support women who are rebuilding their lives through meaningful work, education and a caring community. I have ordered many products online and love them and share as gifts to family and friends. I live in Dallas and have not had a chance to get to Nashville to visit, but it’s on my list this year and this makes me even more excited. This work to lift up those who have been victims of human and sex trafficking, domestic violence and addiction is close to my heart. Thanks for sharing!

    1. SoniaG Post author

      Great to hear from you, Mary! I know you’ll enjoy visiting when you do get to Nashville. (I hope you have at least a weekend to explore the city.) I’m just so impressed by Thistle Farm’s work with at-risk women, and I anticipate buying their products for myself and others for a long time to come. 😀

  3. Dee Dee Chumley

    Thanks so much for sharing this. There’s a Nashville trip in my near future, and this will definitely be on the agenda. Love the cause it supports, and the tea tray looks divine!

  4. jama

    So nice to visit the Cafe at Thistle Farms vicariously with you and Michelle. It looks really lovely — and what a great enterprise! Will definitely check out the online shop. Thank you!

    1. SoniaG Post author

      Yes, do check out the shop! The items are such good quality, and our money goes to a great cause. Win-win! Thanks for stopping by, Jama. 😀

  5. DeAnne Luck

    I have read about Thistle Farms and their products in the past, but I didn’t know they have a Cafe! I’ll be sure to check it out next time I need lunch in Nashville!


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