on tap & bottled
WHAT IS RAW HONEY
Raw honey has been extracted from the honey comb via spinning the comb in a centrifuge. Honey then flows to a settling tank where the honey and the wax separate naturally over a few days. Thereafter, the honey flows to a bottling tank from where it is bottled. This is "raw honey". No heating or filtering... you may find pieces of wax and propolis in the honey, plus all the other goodness that goes with raw honey. The extracted comb, which is built into wooden frames, is reused in the hives for the bees to fill up again over the next season.
Organic / Natural Origin - we are not "organic certified", and not much interested. This is just another middleman with clean hands that adds to the price the consumer pay.
Our honey is derived from pure natural areas.
Crop honey can also be organic if there is no pesticide usage (but this is very rare).
This term does have its grey areas, and as producers of ethical products, we choose to let the client decide where they want to put their trust.
BEES WAX & PROPOLIS
Bees wax & Propolis are also products of the hive that we make available to the consumer in various forms. Bees wax can be used for multiple purposes and we sell only cosmetic grade wax. It is available in different sizes (up to 1kg).
Propolis has numerous health benefits, including antimicrobial properties. Only high quality clean propolis is harvested and packed in a usable form.
WHEN IS BEE SEASON?
Typically, Bee Season begins just after Winter. Bee colonies start to work to gain resources in their nest so that they can expand their work force. During Spring and Summer most of our honey is produced, when bee colonies and hopefully flowers are at their peak. Not all flowers produce nectar that the bees need in order to make honey. Autumn is the time when the bee colonies start to shrink and prepare themselves for winter.
WHERE IS THE HONEY FROM
Our honey is local, meaning it comes from natural areas around Port Elizabeth. The honey is not blended to obtain a uniform taste, colour etc. after extraction, resulting in unique and different tasting honey year round. We don't buy honey from other beekeepers. We harvest all our honey from our own hives (usually once a year), and for this reason it is limited.
TAP HONEY TERMS
Before our extracted raw honey goes into the bottle, we sell some at a very affordable price as tap honey.
Bring your own clean, wide-mouth container (mouth opening at least 50 mm).
NO narrow-mouth/dirty/wet containers will be filled. No containers will be cleaned !!!
Minimum 500g, Maximum 5kg (or 3kg due to low stock) (per person / household per day)
Only a certain amount of bottled honey is packed out on our shelves daily (limited amounts sold per customer). This is so that throughout the year we can keep some honey on our shelves and at least be able to help those that only visit for a coffee and a jar of honey.
So, basically what our policy comes down to is this:
We have tap honey available each year until the allocated stock is finished, and then we will only have bottled products available, spaced out to hopefully last until the next season's harvest starts to come in.
Sign up at our farm to the email list - we will let you know exactly what is happening regarding honey availability. Also please remember that we don’t keep stock aside for customers. Come early in the day or send someone else if you can’t come.
We have stock limits everyday; first come, first serve.