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Timing is Everything

January 24, 2013
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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. in market

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.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 24, 2013 4:01 pm

    Interesting about the GMO effect on bees. The people I buy my honey from put on the label what kind of flowers it comes from – wildflower means local hay fields and hedgerows, fireweed means the hives have been up in one of the logging areas, clover means they’ve been up in one of the big dairy regions.

  2. January 24, 2013 5:52 pm

    Our honey producers say they will not identify most of their honey that way because sources are so mixed. One does process a spring honey when there are only a couple of trees blooming so can identify that.

  3. Dubrovniklady permalink
    January 25, 2013 5:09 am

    I am now buying my honey from our neighbor, she harvests from her yard located just a few meters from the sea. It is dark golden and tastes so much better, cost is 70 Kuna for half a liter.

  4. Ben Walker Tarheelbilly Apiary permalink
    February 4, 2013 12:23 am

    No bees, no food!! Honeybee poulations worldwide have been devastated in the last 20 years, there are many theories, but no one knows for sure. Honeybees pollinate the vast majority of vegetable and fruit crops. Support your local beekeepers, we work very hard for the health of our hardworking colonies. The honey is the bonus we get to share with our friends and neighbors.

    • February 4, 2013 12:35 am

      There are a lot of theories, including the sprays used for herbicides or pesticides and also GMOs.

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