Cultivating Local Connections through Creative Partnership and Farm to Beverage products
In a continued effort to create connection and support the local community, Honeysuckle Farm and Tea House, a community gathering place minutes from downtown Chapel Hill, has announced an exciting new partnerships and products lines.
Chapel Hill, NC (November, 2017) – Unique Places to Save, www.uniqueplacestosave.org, a local non-profit, has become a partial owner and non-profit partner to the 17-acre Honeysuckle Farm and Tea House (www.honeysuckleteahouse.com) in Orange County, NC when it acquired the interest held by Toben Properties LLC earlier this year. Unique Places to Save joins Orange County entrepreneurs Erik Lensch and Jeff Fisher as co-owners of the Honeysuckle Farm through the holding company East West Organics LLC. Shortly after Unique Places to Save acquired its 20% interest in East West Organics LLC (www.eastwestorganics.farm) the farmland holding company purchased the Looking Glass Café, located in downtown Carrboro (www.lookingglasscafe.us). As part of this synergistic partnership and shared commitment to the community, 20% of the profit from the Honeysuckle Tea House and the Looking Glass Café will go to Unique Places to Save to further their mission of saving and enhancing some of the most unique places in the region.
Founded in 2012, Unique Places to Save is an “entrepreneurial nonprofit that invests in, and enhances the places that make our communities unique”. As it relates to the Honeysuckle Farm and the Looking Glass Cafe, Unique Places to Save seeks to bring people together to foster the connections between farms, food, nature and the local community. The Honeysuckle Farm and the Looking Glass Café serve Carrboro Coffee Roaster Coffee, and features value-added teas, herbal products and products grown on the Honeysuckle Farm.
“The Honeysuckle Farm is a living example of place-making, a farm-as-destination with experiences designed for the community, and the Looking Glass Café is a beloved “in town” venue that the community has loved for years. Unique Places to Save is thrilled to serve as the non-profit partner for this “farm to beverage ecosystem”. We are committed to developing programs and experiences that build on the natural assets of fruits and berries, beehives and herb gardens.,” said David Harper, Executive Director for Unique Places to Save.
About Honeysuckle Tea House:
Honeysuckle Tea House is part of a small working farm and serves as a popular community gathering place where kids play, and adults walk, practice yoga, relax and listen to live music. Honeysuckle Tea House hosts community events, supports local farms by selling their goods and, under the guidance of Chef Whitney Dane and herbalist Rachael Zingone, creates recipes for tea blends, tinctures, salves, soaps and much more. To learn more about the Honeysuckle Tea House, visit their website at www.honeysuckleteahouse.com.
About the Looking Glass Café:
The Looking Glass Café and Bistro has become a favorite gathering spot for Carrboro residents over the past eight years. Following the sale to East West Organics, the Looking Glass will provide more products and beverages grown at the Honeysuckle Farm, and is developing new spaces for the community to gather, learn about and enjoy the “farm to beverage” connections between Orange County and the Carrboro/Chapel Hill community.