We crossed the Atlantic to visit Artie Rollins at his New York City Parks Department’s 30,000 square foot rooftop on Randall’s Island.
An unusual assignment. And an unglamorous location. Even the taxi driver we flagged down in Harlem after the M35 bus we were on broke down had no idea where it was. Or did, but didn’t like the idea of going there. But we were on a mission.
At the Moulin d’Olivery, the Brenez-Candille family have built up an impressive honey business over 30 years. Patrick and Isabelle Candille currently run 1200 hives, producing between 25,000-30,000 tonnes of honey annually, most of which is sold to bulk buyers. But that still leaves some 30,000 jars to be hand-labelled every year for sale to retail customers. Brava Isabelle!
We were sad not to be able to attend last weekend’s London Honey Show, but delighted that Bermondsey Street Honey rang the bell in both honey categories in which it was entered : 3rd Best Rooftop Honey & 3rd Best Public Tasting Honey.
A modest haul, but our Bermondsey Street Bees have a remarkably consistent knack of being recognized in major awards and competitions.
Brava, you bees !
There’s no doubt that bees are riding a wave of popularity. And nowhere more so than in London. That’s great news.
But there’s a problem just around the corner. The coming crisis is that London’s bees don’t have enough to eat. And bees can’t eat kind words. Continue reading “Bees Can’t Eat Kind Words”