The History of Clara Ford

Clara Bryant was born in April of 1866 and was the oldest of 12 children. She was raised on a farm in Greenfield Township, Michigan, not far from the farm where Henry Ford lived. It was at a dance held on New Year’s Eve of 1885 that they first met. Three years later, on her 22nd birthday, the two became husband and wife at her parents’ home.

 

Shortly after marrying, the couple relocated to Detroit where Henry was employed as an engineer at The Edison Illuminating Company which was owned by Thomas Edison. Edison supported Henry’s ideas and the two became such great, lifelong friends, they even bought neighboring vacation homes together.  Both homes are still in existence today and available for public viewing. They are known as The Edison Ford Estates in Fort Myers, Florida.

 

Clara Bryant Ford stood by her husband through the years as he made tireless attempts at producing an autonomous non-horse-driven carriage for the working class man. He lovingly referred to Clara as “the Believer” as she was one of the few who truly thought his idea could work. Once the Model T was a success, the Fords moved into a 56 room mansion in Dearborn, Michigan which they named Fairlane. It was there that Clara indulged her love of gardening. Her gardens had more than 100,000 plants including herbs and vegetables which she shared with the community. Her garden boasted over 350 varieties of roses, many of them prizewinners. Yellow and white tea roses were a favorite.

 

Though the couple employed cooks throughout the years, Clara enjoyed collecting cookbooks and recipes, many of which were handwritten by friends. Henry liked plain food while Clara preferred the rich, traditional, English style of cooking and although their tastes differed, the couple did agree on tea and enjoyed it together often.During the Depression, Clara was a strong advocate for urban gardening. She became a “one-woman food bank,” donating food grown on her family’s farm to a number of organizations. 

 

As president of the Women’s National Farm & Gardens Association, she developed the idea of a “Roadside Market” where rural women could sell their products and, in turn, earn money of their own. In 1915, Clara Ford was named the first president of the Garden Club of Dearborn. Their goals were to improve the community through gardening and horticulture.

 

Clara was also a committed activist for human rights. She served as Vice Chair for the Equal Suffrage League of Wayne County. Along with Henry, she supported the School of Nursing and Hygiene at Henry Ford Hospital and founded the Humane Society of Michigan. Clara Ford died on September 29, 1950 and was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2017.

BLACK TEAS

Hand-picked Keemun is a favorite for a stimulating start to the day. This tea has a clear, brisk, full-bodied flavor similar to an English Breakfast blend.

Hand-picked from a small family farm high up in the Himalayas, these delicate leaves are the choice of tea connoisseurs, chefs and discerning friends from around the world. Enjoy an exquisite smooth full-bodied flavor.

A superior leaf selected to produce a smooth, mild black tea to yeild a golden bouquet and rich flavor. It will steep to a beautiful golden color in your cup. Add milk and sugar for a treat.

A refined blend of organic Darjeeling and Assam teas which is regarded as tasty, relaxing and an excellent after dinner drink. The leaves that are selected for production went through withering, rolling, oxidation and drying in order to bring you this scrumptious drink.

GREEN TEAS

Raspberry bushes provide the leaves that are carefully blended with Hy-Son tea leaves for a lively flavor. Try with a slice of lemon. Hy-Son translated is “flourishing spring”. The blend with impart a Springtime experience.

Fragrant green tea leaves combined with seeds from the fragrant fruit pods of the climbing orchid known as Vanilla, as well as magically marrying mango for a taste of a topical getaway. Enjoyed both hot or iced.

Hand-picked white Jasmine flowers tossed with delicate green tea leaves to bring you an exotic and aromatic cup of tea. The flowers are removed after scenting is achieved.

Fresh harvested organic green tea leaves and tender buds are skillfully steamed in a wok and rolled into tight tiny pellets (thus the name). The pellets unfurl when brewed providing a medium-bodied, golden infusion with a nutty vegetal flavor.

GLOBAL TEAS

One of the most popular herbs in the world. Hand-picked tiny white and yellow flowers (no leaves or stems) provide a much sweeter flower taste with a hint of green apple flavor. This tea will calm your mind, body and spirit.

This healthy hot or cold tea is refreshing for anytime. The premium silky-head lemon grass is paired with fresh garden mint to provide you a citrus sensation that is invigorating to all of your senses.

These gifts of the garden: basil, spearmint, rosehips and lemon myrtle leaves are blended with linden leaves and berries from Australia to provide light floral scents with smooth earthy tones create a sweet finish.

Rooibos (Roy-Boss) translated to “red bush” is hand-picked thin leaves that are blended with vanilla beans, citrus and blue flowers to create this wonderful caffiene-free taste sensation that is equally good cold. A late night favorite.

A caffeine-free tea specially blended with sultry spices and rich spiced black Rooibos for a decadent cup of bliss. Empty the spice rack: cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla. We throw in some dark chocolate for a surprise.

From the caffeine laden leaves of the evergreen organic rainforest shrub (which can grow up to be a 49 foot tree if not pruned annually) known as Yerba Mate comes this rush of energy you need during busy days. Known as “The Drink of the Gods” throughout Latin America this stimulating, revitalizing social drink is always perfect for after work gatherings.

The History of Clara Ford

Clara Bryant was born in April of 1866 and was the oldest of 12 children. She was raised on a farm in Greenfield Township, Michigan, not far from the farm where Henry Ford lived. It was at a dance held on New Year’s Eve of 1885 that they first met. Three years later, on her 22nd birthday, the two became husband and wife at her parents’ home.

 

Shortly after marrying, the couple relocated to Detroit where Henry was employed as an engineer at The Edison Illuminating Company which was owned by Thomas Edison. Edison supported Henry’s ideas and the two became such great, lifelong friends, they even bought neighboring vacation homes together.  Both homes are still in existence today and available for public viewing. They are known as The Edison Ford Estates in Fort Myers, Florida.

 

Clara Bryant Ford stood by her husband through the years as he made tireless attempts at producing an autonomous non-horse-driven carriage for the working class man. He lovingly referred to Clara as “the Believer” as she was one of the few who truly thought his idea could work. Once the Model T was a success, the Fords moved into a 56 room mansion in Dearborn, Michigan which they named Fairlane. It was there that Clara indulged her love of gardening. Her gardens had more than 100,000 plants including herbs and vegetables which she shared with the community. Her garden boasted over 350 varieties of roses, many of them prizewinners. Yellow and white tea roses were a favorite.

 

 

Though the couple employed cooks throughout the years, Clara enjoyed collecting cookbooks and recipes, many of which were handwritten by friends. Henry liked plain food while Clara preferred the rich, traditional, English style of cooking and although their tastes differed, the couple did agree on tea and enjoyed it together often.During the Depression, Clara was a strong advocate for urban gardening. She became a “one-woman food bank,” donating food grown on her family’s farm to a number of organizations. As president of the Women’s National Farm & Gardens Association, she developed the idea of a “Roadside Market” where rural women could sell their products and, in turn, earn money of their own. In 1915, Clara Ford was named the first president of the Garden Club of Dearborn. Their goals were to improve the community through gardening and horticulture.

 

Clara was also a committed activist for human rights. She served as Vice Chair for the Equal Suffrage League of Wayne County. Along with Henry, she supported the School of Nursing and Hygiene at Henry Ford Hospital and founded the Humane Society of Michigan. Clara Ford died on September 29, 1950 and was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2017.

BLACK TEAS

Hand-picked Keemun is a favorite for a stimulating start to the day. This tea has a clear, brisk, full-bodied flavor similar to an English Breakfast blend.

Hand-picked from a small family farm high up in the Himalayas, these delicate leaves are the choice of tea connoisseurs, chefs and discerning friends from around the world. Enjoy an exquisite smooth full-bodied flavor.

A superior leaf selected to produce a smooth, mild black tea to yeild a golden bouquet and rich flavor. It will steep to a beautiful golden color in your cup. Add milk and sugar for a treat.

A refined blend of organic Darjeeling and Assam teas which is regarded as tasty, relaxing and an excellent after dinner drink. The leaves that are selected for production went through withering, rolling, oxidation and drying in order to bring you this scrumptious drink.

GREEN TEAS

Raspberry bushes provide the leaves that are carefully blended with Hy-Son tea leaves for a lively flavor. Try with a slice of lemon. Hy-Son translated is “flourishing spring”. The blend with impart a Springtime experience.

Fragrant green tea leaves combined with seeds from the fragrant fruit pods of the climbing orchid known as Vanilla, as well as magically marrying mango for a taste of a topical getaway. Enjoyed both hot or iced.

Hand-picked white Jasmine flowers tossed with delicate green tea leaves to bring you an exotic and aromatic cup of tea. The flowers are removed after scenting is achieved.

Fresh harvested organic green tea leaves and tender buds are skillfully steamed in a wok and rolled into tight tiny pellets (thus the name). The pellets unfurl when brewed providing a medium-bodied, golden infusion with a nutty vegetal flavor.

GLOBAL TEAS

One of the most popular herbs in the world. Hand-picked tiny white and yellow flowers (no leaves or stems) provide a much sweeter flower taste with a hint of green apple flavor. This tea will calm your mind, body and spirit.

This healthy hot or cold tea is refreshing for anytime. The premium silky-head lemon grass is paired with fresh garden mint to provide you a citrus sensation that is invigorating to all of your senses.

These gifts of the garden: basil, spearmint, rosehips and lemon myrtle leaves are blended with linden leaves and berries from Australia to provide light floral scents with smooth earthy tones create a sweet finish.

Rooibos (Roy-Boss) translated to “red bush” is hand-picked thin leaves that are blended with vanilla beans, citrus and blue flowers to create this wonderful caffiene-free taste sensation that is equally good cold. A late night favorite.

A caffeine-free tea specially blended with sultry spices and rich spiced black Rooibos for a decadent cup of bliss. Empty the spice rack: cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla. We throw in some dark chocolate for a surprise.

From the caffeine laden leaves of the evergreen organic rainforest shrub (which can grow up to be a 49 foot tree if not pruned annually) known as Yerba Mate comes this rush of energy you need during busy days. Known as “The Drink of the Gods” throughout Latin America this stimulating, revitalizing social drink is always perfect for after work gatherings.

The History of Clara Ford

Clara Bryant was born in April of 1866 and was the oldest of 12 children. She was raised on a farm in Greenfield Township, Michigan, not far from the farm where Henry Ford lived. It was at a dance held on New Year’s Eve of 1885 that they first met. Three years later, on her 22nd birthday, the two became husband and wife at her parents’ home.

 

Shortly after marrying, the couple relocated to Detroit where Henry was employed as an engineer at The Edison Illuminating Company which was owned by Thomas Edison. Edison supported Henry’s ideas and the two became such great, lifelong friends, they even bought neighboring vacation homes together.  Both homes are still in existence today and available for public viewing. They are known as The Edison Ford Estates in Fort Myers, Florida.

 

Clara Bryant Ford stood by her husband through the years as he made tireless attempts at producing an autonomous non-horse-driven carriage for the working class man. He lovingly referred to Clara as “the Believer” as she was one of the few who truly thought his idea could work. Once the Model T was a success, the Fords moved into a 56 room mansion in Dearborn, Michigan which they named Fairlane. It was there that Clara indulged her love of gardening. Her gardens had more than 100,000 plants including herbs and vegetables which she shared with the community. Her garden boasted over 350 varieties of roses, many of them prizewinners. Yellow and white tea roses were a favorite.

 

 

Though the couple employed cooks throughout the years, Clara enjoyed collecting cookbooks and recipes, many of which were handwritten by friends. Henry liked plain food while Clara preferred the rich, traditional, English style of cooking and although their tastes differed, the couple did agree on tea and enjoyed it together often.During the Depression, Clara was a strong advocate for urban gardening. She became a “one-woman food bank,” donating food grown on her family’s farm to a number of organizations. As president of the Women’s National Farm & Gardens Association, she developed the idea of a “Roadside Market” where rural women could sell their products and, in turn, earn money of their own. In 1915, Clara Ford was named the first president of the Garden Club of Dearborn. Their goals were to improve the community through gardening and horticulture.

 

Clara was also a committed activist for human rights. She served as Vice Chair for the Equal Suffrage League of Wayne County. Along with Henry, she supported the School of Nursing and Hygiene at Henry Ford Hospital and founded the Humane Society of Michigan. Clara Ford died on September 29, 1950 and was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2017.

BLACK TEAS

Hand-picked Keemun is a favorite for a stimulating start to the day. This tea has a clear, brisk, full-bodied flavor similar to an English Breakfast blend.

Hand-picked from a small family farm high up in the Himalayas, these delicate leaves are the choice of tea connoisseurs, chefs and discerning friends from around the world. Enjoy an exquisite smooth full-bodied flavor.

A superior leaf selected to produce a smooth, mild black tea to yeild a golden bouquet and rich flavor. It will steep to a beautiful golden color in your cup. Add milk and sugar for a treat.

A refined blend of organic Darjeeling and Assam teas which is regarded as tasty, relaxing and an excellent after dinner drink. The leaves that are selected for production went through withering, rolling, oxidation and drying in order to bring you this scrumptious drink.

GREEN TEAS

Raspberry bushes provide the leaves that are carefully blended with Hy-Son tea leaves for a lively flavor. Try with a slice of lemon. Hy-Son translated is “flourishing spring”. The blend with impart a Springtime experience.

Fragrant green tea leaves combined with seeds from the fragrant fruit pods of the climbing orchid known as Vanilla, as well as magically marrying mango for a taste of a topical getaway. Enjoyed both hot or iced.

Hand-picked white Jasmine flowers tossed with delicate green tea leaves to bring you an exotic and aromatic cup of tea. The flowers are removed after scenting is achieved.

Fresh harvested organic green tea leaves and tender buds are skillfully steamed in a wok and rolled into tight tiny pellets (thus the name). The pellets unfurl when brewed providing a medium-bodied, golden infusion with a nutty vegetal flavor.

GLOBAL TEAS

One of the most popular herbs in the world. Hand-picked tiny white and yellow flowers (no leaves or stems) provide a much sweeter flower taste with a hint of green apple flavor. This tea will calm your mind, body and spirit.

This healthy hot or cold tea is refreshing for anytime. The premium silky-head lemon grass is paired with fresh garden mint to provide you a citrus sensation that is invigorating to all of your senses.

These gifts of the garden: basil, spearmint, rosehips and lemon myrtle leaves are blended with linden leaves and berries from Australia to provide light floral scents with smooth earthy tones create a sweet finish.

Rooibos (Roy-Boss) translated to “red bush” is hand-picked thin leaves that are blended with vanilla beans, citrus and blue flowers to create this wonderful caffiene-free taste sensation that is equally good cold. A late night favorite.

A caffeine-free tea specially blended with sultry spices and rich spiced black Rooibos for a decadent cup of bliss. Empty the spice rack: cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla. We throw in some dark chocolate for a surprise.

From the caffeine laden leaves of the evergreen organic rainforest shrub (which can grow up to be a 49 foot tree if not pruned annually) known as Yerba Mate comes this rush of energy you need during busy days. Known as “The Drink of the Gods” throughout Latin America this stimulating, revitalizing social drink is always perfect for after work gatherings.