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Peaches or Pear & Lilac Cream (vegan)
Rose Lassi (yogurt)
Cherry Vanilla Smoother

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May 5, 2013 · 11:26 pm

Orchards and Flowers Budding::Happy Earth Day

Orchards and Flowers Budding::Happy Earth Day

Healcrest is literally Springing to Life! Thanks to help of dedicated helping hands who love getting their hands a little dirty and tending to the soil and plants.

Buds, Bees, Birds, Blossoms! We’re lovin’ life, enjoying the spring showers of rain, help, motivation, creativity, and abundance! More Here http://www.healcresturbanfarm.com/

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April 22, 2013 · 7:06 pm

ANNOUNCING: Healcrest Tea-Pop Shop at PGH Public Market!!

ANNOUNCING: Healcrest Tea-Pop Shop at PGH Public Market!!

We are so excited to announce Healcrest Tea-pop Shop will be at Pittsburgh Public Market the 2nd weekend of every month!

Beginning APR 12th-14th, 10am-5pm
– Coconut Chai Pop
– ChocoMint Condition
– Apple Butter Better
– Everyday Pear
– Cherry Surprise

Come by have a pop and say hi!

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April 9, 2013 · 12:20 pm

COME AND GET IT! Artisanal Tea and Tea-pops in YINZ Neighborhood!!


Spring is HERE! And we are Excited to bring you our delicious treats! Please Join US for locally-grown, herbal tea, tea-pops and more!

Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles

The event list is getting longer! Please stop by and try a tea-pop and get some tea! OUR FIRST PUBLIC POPS PRESENTATION!! At Pittsburgh Public Market April 12-14th! We are so excited to share these special treats with you!

  • APR 12-14th – Tea-Pop Shop, 2nd Weekend of the Month (beginning in April) @Pittsburgh Public Market Strip District, Pittsburgh, PA
  • APR 13-14th – I Made It! Market at Tanger Outlets, Washington County
  • APR 20thTea-Pop Shop & Market IMI Market Jr. + Healthy Living @Bakery Square, Pittsburgh, PA
  • MAY 4th – Tea-Pop Shop, The Waldorf School “May Fair”  11-4pm
  • MAY 10-12th – Tea-Pop Shop, 2nd Weekend of the Month @Pittsburgh Public Market Strip District, Pittsburgh, PA
  • JUNE 1st – Tea-Pop Shop & Market  @Bryant Street Festival, Highland Park, Pittsburgh, PA
  • JUNE 7-9th – Tea-Pop Shop, 2nd Weekend of the Month @Pittsburgh Public Market Strip District, Pittsburgh, PA
  • JUNE 23rd – Tea-Pop Shop & Market, Spirit Fair @Sterling Yoga 2-7pm, Dormont, PA
  • SEP 21stTea-Pop Shop & Market @Mother Earth News Festival, Seven Springs, PA
  • SEP 29th, 11am-4pm – Market @Green Innovation Festival, Hartwood Acres, PA

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April 2, 2013 · 8:41 pm

ANNOUNCING! The Healcrest Urban Farm Tea-pop Shop!

ANNOUNCING! The Healcrest Tea-pop Shop!

ImageLast year Maria Graziani had an inspired idea, what if we combine tea, herbs, fruit, berries, and delicious sweetness in a frozen treat. After some tasty and not-so tasty experimentation Healcrest tea-pops were created. With growing interest in healthy treats, artisanal food, and locally grown produce, things we love in great quantities at Healcrest, we thought what a wonderful novelty item for Pittsburghers to enjoy this coming summer.

Well, WE DID IT!

ImageWe are ecstatic and elated to announce the arrival of the Healcrest Urban Farm cold-plate push cart! With the help from friends and supporters at Awesome Pittsburgh, CatapultPGH and KivaZip Micro-Lending, we made the BIG acquisition. You will recognize it as your standard ice cream or Italian ice cart, locate us by umbrella at your favorite event!

Try all of our seasonal flavors!

Please follow more of this story and watch Healcrest in the NEWS on Pittsburgh’s KDKA and in The Bloomfield-Garfield Bulletin

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Looking Forward to Sunnier Skies!!


Our little hill in Garfield is in the perfect spot to soak up the glorious sun. On a clear day, you can see open skies and Pittsburgh’s East End for miles. With resources in abundance the natural forest and wild plant growth has taken over.

So it is our longtime desired project to begin some forest maintenance and tree felling. A daunting task when standing in the shadow of a century old Maple wondering how do you cut down something so HUGE.

We have several areas to work with in the long term and a few specific areas of immediate focus, small stands of Black Locust shading out the rowed herb garden, and the raised bed garden; and the BIGGEST shade producer, the Maple.


Resources and connections blessedly show up when we need them most and with the help of Jason Boone of Urban Tree LLC, Josiah Leisher of Leisher Landscapes, and a little side support from G-Tech……..TIMMBBEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sustainable tree reclamation and land-use management, along with mutually beneficial collaborations will surely make for BRIGHT and SUNNIER skies this season!

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Garden Sage in Full Bloom at Healcrest Urban Farm

So as many of you may know, I am a certified Herbalist. I was trained from 2002-2004 through various internships on local farms, an apprenticeship with Sage Mountain Herbal School and years of study with my own herbal gardens before and with Healcrest Urban Farms. Hence why our name is Healcrest.

So we grow many medicinal and culinary herbs at Healcrest Urban Farms and I harvest, dry and make them into healing natural skin care products primarily for women and babies. The product company if you don’t know is called, Vital Mother Moon and we now have our own website for that company


Each and every product is made in small batches, using the finest carrier oils, amazing smelling high quality essential oils, natural preservatives like Vitamin E and grapefruit seed extract. No parabens, pretroleums, chemicals, etc.!! All that and the herbs are grown right here in Pittsburgh.

So we are doing now some serious herb harvesting and it is quite beautiful and luscious on the farm with all the rain and sun. I wanted to share some pics of our herbs and tell you a little more about how the products are made.

This one of many Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) plants in the gardens. This is one of the biggest and it has decided this  year to multiply itself triple fold – so we have some serious harvesting to do and lots of dried lemon balm for our markets, products and online customers!!

Lavender Harvest

This is the lavender being harvested. We hang dry it in greenhouse and braid some into lavender wands. Then the flowers are shucked from their stems and stored in dark glass jars until we need them to soak in the carrier oils, or stuff into our healing heat packs!!

Oregano and Basil in background

Here we are harvesting Greek Oregano and it is sitting in greenhouse waiting to be tied up. In the background is our basil plants ready to be put in – we are planting over 30 plants – so lots of basil for your pesto’s this year and dried basil for year round enjoyment.

Finally we have Miss Ella here, planting out the native medicinal herb garden. She supported Healcrest by getting from Sylvania Natives lesser-known but potent herbs like Bee Balm, Boneset and Gentian to plant in our native medicinal plot that opens up to the big garden at Healcrest. This garden also has lavender, a massive garden sage (right in front of Ella), daisies and another Lemon Balm.

Ella in the herb garden


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