A Bonus Podcast and This Week's Podcast: A Replay: Naturally Sweet: Zeke Freeman on "Varietal" Honey
Click on the small black arrow on the bar to listen, or the MP3 to download the show:
Listen to Ken and super-gardenista Margaret Roach as they get down and dirty on the subject of fall clean-up. Follow this link to the bonus podcast.
You may not be able to see a field of clover, or buckwheat or an orchard of blooming orange trees, but you may be able to experience these visions with other senses, for example by smelling and tasting some of Bee Raw Honey’s products. While working as a buyer for the fine-foods purveyor, Dean & Deluca, in New York City, our guest today, Zeke Freeman came across Beehive Bee Products, Inc., whose founder, Ann Becker, was developing a business of selling single floral varietal honeys. Working as an advisor, Freeman repackaged Beehive’s honeys in clear, retro-inspired glass jars with handsome graphic labels. In 2005, Freeman acquired Beehive Bee Products and re-launched the company under its current name: Bee Raw Honey.
Bee Raw Honey offers raw, unfiltered, varietal honey
from family-owned apiaries across the country, and each variety is derived from
a single floral source, giving it distinct color, flavor and aroma.
“flavors” in the American Honey Collection are Raspberry, Blueberry, Orange
Blossom, Cranberry, Buckwheat, Sage, Sweet Yellow Clover, Basswood and Sourwood.
And being a new and up-to-the-minute product, the company also has a line of family-run apiaries in New York City. A fourth generation beekeeper and founder of the New York City Beekeepers Association, Andrew Cote, tends rooftop hives that produced this “honey flight.” Included in this sampler of “Rooftop Honey” in glass tubes (left) with cork stoppers sealed with beeswax are Hell’s Kitchen, Central Park, The High Line and Harlem Rooftop Honey.
The New York City or the American Honey Collection vials are packaged with a beautiful oak block in a box that would make a wonderful holiday gift. For more information: www.beeraw.com.