Declared the flavor of the year (FIRMENICH)...honey -and we think-maple- are more in demand as a sweetners by consumers seeking more 'natural' ingredients-in everything they eat---and what gets put on their faces/bodies too (personal beauty/grooming products).
Honey and maple products-artisanally made, and uniquely flavored depending on geographic location, soil composition, and the weather-(like wine actually)---from smaller producers based in the USA, France and New Zealand-really caught our eyes (and tastebuds)-at the recent 2015 Fancy Foods show.
Notably-everyone we spoke with in the honey world-remarked on- sadly- stressed and rapidly disappearing honey bee colonies around the world. Factors like use of insecticides/pesticides, hybrid plants, and environmental-climate changes greatly impact these wonders of the insect world.
AND what this means for many MANY agricultural produce =talking serious $ damage too-for those deny-er types only focused on the bottom line.
|shaved-grated like the finest hard cheeses-who knew? From Tonewood -Maple Cubes, deliciously sweet and free from additives (not cloying like the fake stuff) Maple Syrup -Single Estate (!) ...plus spreadable Cream, chewy Wafers, Flakes and Seasoning -we had a tiny sample and used in a self created tangy ginger- soy sauce- sesame oil salad dressing. NICE.|
|Bonus points---Tonewood Maple-based in Vermont- donates 1% of profits to non-profit 1% For The Planet-committed to sustainable forest stewardship, climate change research, and local farming efforts.|
|great house gift by BUMBLEBERRY FARMS ...and yes, crazy squirrels do exist...they are especially good at infiltrating old farmhouses during the winter months. Made from honey, maple and butter- 5-ounce jars of Lovers’ Leap Sea Salt Caramel, Squirrel Crazy Maple, Molten Lava Spiced Chocolate, and Sticky Buns Cinnamon are mouth watering yummy. $40|
|BUMBLEBERRY FARMS-run by "QUEEN BEEKEEPER" Karen Mosholder -pictured above- Squirrel Crazy Maple Honey Cream that is worthy of spreading on challah or toasted bread...PLUS ... Heritage Honey---bottled like fine wine in vintage glass bottles with cork stoppers.|
|Founded by Ted Dennard-the SAVANNAH BEE company's Everyday Honey Line --are all single flower honey, hand harvested...KSA Kosher certified...including the "gold standard" Tupelo Honey (which is a great song too).|
|Manuka Honey from New Zealand is world renown...from Wedderspoon -a provider of genuine pure Manuka honey with a high pollen count...products include honey, body care and lozenges (pictured below). All have an interesting KFactor™ authentication system which connotes % of Manuka Honey in each product|
|tasty -and USDA Organic too=Wedderspoon Mauka Honey Lozenges-stock up for the winter|
|From France...L'Abeille Diligence flavored honeys...intensely unique---by a family owned enterprise...going on 5 generations. We found online available in Europe...and fyi- Certified Agriculture Biologique|
|We inhale the Honey Stinger mostly honey gels and energy chews during the nth hour of endurance race efforts...but off hours...we partake of the Colorado based company's crunchy sweet Energy Bars-pictured in Blueberry Buzz (23 vitamins+minerals, whole grains, calcium -yogurt, 30% honey, with non GMO soy protein)... and delicate melt in your mouth, crunchy wafer USDA Organic Waffles -our idea of a Halloween treat (kid sizes too). We saw at an Outdoor Retailer show--fittingly-Honey Stinger has always been all about the honey-and the ingredient's natural no crash sweetness hat delivers some oomph when needed...without a headache.|
September is National Honey Month- celebrating this natural one ingredient multi-tasking sweeter...fittingly-E. Shaw mother-daughter duo have hand crafted a unique collection of honey bee inspired jewelry-with 12% of sales donated to the HoneyBee Conservancy...a non-profit with a multifaceted mission to educate, fund research, and support community outreach.
|Eva+Elizabeth---at their Soho Store 107 Sullivan St. NYC|
|honeycomb ring...and a striking bee necklace have Baltic Amber on a 30 inch chain with faceted garnet accents|
|LOVE THIS HoneyBee Ring-Adjustable|
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