As our honeybees have evolved from a hobby to a passion to our company, Bee America, our interest in all things related to “bees” has grown as well. Just recently, we acquired a stunning piece of art from a talented metal sculptor, Jeremy Maronpot. It was an early Christmas present from my wife, Tamara. Actually, it was supposed to be a surprise, but it’s hard to keep emails private when you share a computer with one another.
When resources like money and time are available, consumers have become increasingly pro-active in their selection of the types of food they buy. While the decision to purchase more locally-produced food is often driven by quality and freshness, other factors including the desire to support local farmers, decrease the carbon footprint (by minimizing transportation costs), and eliminate the need for preservatives and processing (that degrades our food’s nutritional value) often play an important role.
Honey. What an amazing food! A master beekeeper friend of mine talked about how our job as beekeepers was to get out of the way and let the bees produce one of nature’s most amazing gifts. It doesn’t spoil, doesn’t need refrigeration, and it is just so good for you. I love the taste of honey—how each taste—each batch is subtly different. It is a reflection of the flowers from which it is produced, interpreted by the bees to create a unique and wonderful food.