The Very First Year

“My mind goes back to the very first year when we made 200 dozen tea balls, using regular household deep fryers (one dozen at a time). By the second year we were using commercial-size deep fryers and for a number of years making more tea balls each year. I remember selling them for $1.25 a dozen. I also remember being in the arena and how worried we were when they moved us outside. We were afraid people wouldn’t find us…. I will probably never forget the year we had a mishap with our fryer. A table collapsed and the fryer slid off, spilling hot grease on several people. Three people needed medical attention. It could have been so much worse and we give God thanks they weren’t.”

- from Laura Bauman, 1991 (Laura passed away in 2015)