ERDA is the embodiment of earthly rewards. Lush, verdant and swaying in the vestiges of the San Pablo breeze swept up by the aptly named Coombsville caldera (aka geological cup and saucer), the ERDA tea garden is very much at home. Running the gamut of herbal delights, the garden is planted to Lemon Verbena, Spearmint, Peppermint, Mount Olympus, Chamomile, Lavender, Hibiscus and Raspberry Leaf, among others, and gingerly tended by loving hands.
The tea garden is named after the Earth goddess Erda; the life force flows through her from the fertile soil, through the fine roots, to the dynamic leaves of the plants, reaching fervently for the California sunshine. Call her what you like—Gaea, Rhea—Erda steps out of the ethereal, mythical pages to grace the land, to bestow her bounty upon it and ultimately to offer the fruits of her labor, swirling about your cozy tea cup.
All ERDA teas are organically grown at our farm in Coombsville, Napa Valley. The teas are hand-picked to retain their whole leaves and flowers, and immediately placed in a low-temperature drying room to preserve freshness and vivacity.
Keen on all things green, Annie Favia-Erickson has built her perch in the Napa Valley surrounding herself and her family in a framework of plants from the vineyards she has established and meticulously maintains; to the all-season vegetable garden that keeps her homestead, family, friends and local restaurants well-stocked; and now to her whole-flower and whole-leaf herbal tea garden.