Birds and Beans Café is excited to present our latest offering: Cool Creek Apiaries Honey in a 500 gram jar. We’ve been using Cool Creek Apiaries’ unpasteurized, pure and unfiltered bulk honey in our breakfast cookies for years. It is delicious!
While industry standard is to extract honey once per year and blend across wide regions, Cool Creek Apiaries extracts honey 6 times a year and preserves batches from each of their 10 bee yards in Mount Pleasant, Ontario. Each batch has its own flavour and character and thereby exhibits the “terroir” of the specific yard. If the bees are collecting nectar from late blooming summer wildflowers, that is what you’re going to taste!
Honey serves as another example of why labels and certifications matter. Honey with a label reading Canada No. 1 Grade Honey can have as little as 10% honey in Canada and it may be blended with honey from anywhere in the world. Ontario No. 1 Grade Honey is produced strictly in Ontario. In order for honey to be certified organic, it requires that all land within 3 km of the hives and bees must be non-agricultural or all certified organic agricultural – very difficult to do in Southern Ontario, so this one is not certified organic.
Most honey sold in grocery stores doesn’t contain any pollen, which means it isn’t real honey. It may be made with other ingredients, like glucose and GMO corn syrup, and it is artificially flavoured like honey. Honey that has no pollen cannot be traced to any particular region. Here is one of many articles about fake honey.
By contrast, here is a beautiful photography exhibit of Roy Allemann and his bees. We know where Cool Creek Apiaries Honey is sourced – and we can taste it!