Timing is Everything
One shopper came into The Wild Ramp on Wednesday when I was volunteering. She commented that she had enjoyed the Tyler Creek honey before but saw there was no more in stock. I showed her the honey we had from Blatts and from Killer Bees and we had a discussion about apiary location and the pollen allergy benefits of eating local honey.
She had one question, “Why was the Tyler Creek honey so dark and the other honeys so much lighter?”
Just then Gabe Blatt walked in to restock the honey. He was able to explain that honey color is dependent on flowers that are blooming when the honey is produced by the bees. Color and strength of flavor and sweetness is not related.
He also talked about how bees have been adversely affected by GMOs. When collecting pollen from flowering plants that have genetic modifications to affect pests, they receive a dose that is considered below the level that will kill them. What has been shown, however, is they lose their memories and can not locate their hive when they try to fly back. Gabe is encouraged that Monsanto has hired a bee expert and that the BT-modified plants will not cause that problem.
You never know what farmer may be in the Wild Ramp Market when you come in to shop, but asking if any are there would give you a chance to ask any questions you might have. Of course, if you have any questions about any of the products, you can ask here on the blog or call the Market and request the answer.