Accra Storage Baskets
Accra Storage Baskets From $100.00
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Fez Tea Glasses
Fez Tea Glasses From $13.00
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French Market Basket
French Market Basket $55.00
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Giant storage basket!
Giant storage basket! $200.00
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Medina's Core Beliefs

Medina Mercantile offers high quality, well designed goods for your home and lifestyle.  We are committed to working with artisans around the world, and in the United States, to support artists and crafts people directly.  We look for products that are beautiful, primarily, and beautifully made, but we don't buy anything that is not made with the highest integrity-- our overseas suppliers work with women's collectives in Bangladesh, farmer artisan weavers in Morocco, and local artists close to our home in the Blue Ridge of Virginia.


Moroccan Mint Tea

December 08, 2015

Mint Tea is vital to the social life of Morocco- a quick visit leads to trays of mint gunpowder tea heaped with sugar. Mint leaves are carted around Marrakesh precariously heaped being donkeys. Traditionally, tea glasses are made in Fez from recycled coke bottles, the regional style of glass. INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon loose Chinese gunpowder green tea5 cups boiling water3 to 4 tablespoons sugar, or to taste1 large bunch fresh mint (1 ounce)Special equipment : a 1- to 1 1/2-quart teapot PREPARATION Put tea in teapot and pour in 1 cup boiling water, then swirl gently to warm pot and rinse tea. Strain out and discard water, reserving tea leaves in pot.Add remaining 4 cups boiling water to tea and...

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The long, sweet days of summer

August 06, 2014

We have been loving our lazy summer days up here in the mountain- gentle breezes, perfect sleeping weather, warming sun ripening our tomatoes in abundance!  The kids are tanned and exhausted at the end of each day. I have been using my market baskets daily-- one stays packed by the door with swimming gear, sun block, and water for trips to the pond or river, and my battered short handled market tote is pressed into daily use in the garden- although it may be time to retire it as small veggies slip through the hole at the bottom! I have been considering our Fall line, and am happy to have found a few wonderful pieces that will expand our collection...

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