|During Dr. Bee Before the Main Meeting|
|People moving to the front to talk to the speaker and taste honey.|
He also talked about how most (over 70%) of honey sold in the US is from out of the country, and is heated and filtered. You can't really trace where the honey comes from because sometimes it travels from country to country and the pollen is filtered out of it. We have an advantage to selling our honey because it is raw and has pollen and all the good stuff still in it. Because our honey is raw, it will crystallize more quickly, which doesn't affect the quality. Some people are turned off by it, so he encouraged us to not say "crystallize", but say "set". Good honey sets.
Honey from each hive will have a different taste, depending on what flowers the bees collected from. So he bottles his honey one or two hives at a time, so that people can sample the many different flavors. Even people who think they don't like honey sometimes change their minds when they taste honey from him. It is so different than the honey from the large companies. At the end, we had the opportunity to taste honey people in the guild brought from their hives. Don't worry, they used little disposable spoons. No double dipping! Hubby and I didn't taste the honey, since there was a crowd around the tables, but it was good for people to have the opportunity.
The thing I am impressed with the most is the helpfulness and encouraging attitude by others in the bee guild. The thought is that the more people successfully raise bees, the more it helps all backyard beekeepers. There isn't enough local honey around to meet the demand. So instead of looking at other beekeepers as competitors, they are allies. If only we can be more like that in other areas, like churches.