Bees collect nectar from flowers and store it in wax honeycomb to supply the colony with food in bad weather and throughout the winter months.
Honey is a healthy food that has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. However, please do not feed honey to babies under twelve months old. Some people believe that local honey can minimise allergic reactions to pollen, although this has not yet been scientifically established. What has been proved in recent research by Oxford University, published in The Lancet, is that honey is more effective in treating seasonal colds and sore throats than anti-biotics and 'over the counter' remedies. You can save yourself and the NHS money and not run the risk of the development of anti-biotic resistance.
HACKNEY GARDEN HONEY
My bees live in cedar hives in a traditional cottage garden that is designed to attract and support wildlife and featured in the RSPB magazine Spring 2018 and Beecraft, March and April 2019.
Bees forage as close to the hive as possible, but the distance they fly may extend to two miles or further, when nectar and pollen are scarce. So my bees may have travelled as far as Victoria Park and the borders of the Olympic Park to the East, Stoke Newington, Abney Cemetery and Clissold Park to the North, the roof gardens of Bank to the South, The Angel to the West and gardens and parks in between.
Hackney Garden Honey contains no artificial additives, or sugar syrup. It is not heat treated. Only natural and approved veterinary remedies have been used to prevent and control the spread of the devastating diseases and pests that how threaten all British honeybees. Urban bees are not exposed to agricultural chemicals now used by so many farmers.
I only have three hives and I am not aiming at being a commercial enterprise. Production will always be small and only what the bees can spare. The price will be that recommended by the local Beekeepers' Association.
I make donations from the sale of honey and candles to the charities Bees for Development and Bees Abroad which help people in Third World Countries to create a reliable income from bees. I have also supported the Jeveeka Trust's work with women beekeepers in India and this year I have supported the Woodland Trust's tree planting initiative.
If you want to find out more about my honeybees and organisations I am associated with such as Get Loose Food and local environmental issues listen to the Dalstonia.com podcasts.
SORRY, NO VISITS TO MY APIARY AND WILDLIFE GARDEN AT PRESENT I open my garden with apiary in aid of medical charities through the National Garden Scheme. Our 2021 group opening raised about £1,400 for health charities. Thank you to those who supported us.
Buying Hackney Garden Honey prize winning products I strive to achieve the highest standards in bee welfare and honey production. I hold qualifications awarded by the British Beekeepers' Association in beekeeping, honeybee products, honeybee health and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health certificate in Food Safety.
My 2017 honey was awarded 'best in class' and 'best in show' by North London Beekeepers. In 2019 I won 2 first prizes for my entries.
2021 SPRING HONEY CROP WILL BE LATE THIS YEAR Thank you to loyal customers and new ones. The cold Spring has held back the flowering plants producing nectar. I check the hives each week and although there is now honey it is not ready to harvest. I will take orders when I have extracted the honey which will be a week before it is ready to buy. I will prioritise personal callers above shops. Now looking at early July.
Prices for 2021 Season 227g/8oz = £7.50 340g/12 oz = £10.00 Cut comb = £4.00 per 100g but this will only be available in the Summer