Ben’s Bees sell raw honey – honey that has not been treated in any way. It is taken from the hive in frames designed to hold honey, spun with centrifugal force, drained through a fine sieve to remove any wax particles, and bottled.
They also sell candles, beeswax, soap, hives, bees and clothing.
Their services include bee & swarm removal, beehive pollination and European wasp removal.
“Maya’Xala” as it is an Indigenous word that means treat others and things the way you want to be treated (i.e. with respect). This sacred teaching and inter-connectedness could really help modern western ways of living.
The Bearded Bee sells raw, unheated, local honey – their aim is to enable people to eat honey produced as close to their home as possible.
They believe in making a bee’s life as peaceful as possible. Minimal interventions, a lifetime in the same place, and lots of good plants to forage. They place their hives with avid gardeners who respect the contributions of the humble bee. In return, the bees give them honey – but not at their own expense.
The Bearded Bee also provides bee and swarm removal services.
Their honey is unheated and is without added rice or corn syrup. Seasonal varieties may include Grey Box, Messmate, Yellow Box, Red Gum and Manna Gum. The honey comes from hives which are migrated from Eltham and around the Green Belt, Yarra Valley to central Victoria, plus honey from rescued hives across Melbourne.
They also offer creamed honey, honeycomb, and a highly sought after local honey remedy for hay fever, sinus and pollen related asthma (see testimonials). Plus chai tea and bees wax candles.
Finally, as Bee Rescue, they also rescue bees across Melbourne from pest controllers.
Bollygum Community Market, Kinglake
Kinglake Produce and Artisan Market
L-Atieh Hair & Beauty, Doreen
Notes (in their own words):
Bumpstead Family Apiaries sell honey and beeswax products. Their honey includes Ironbark and Stringybark. Their other honey products include honeycomb and soap. Their beeswax products include moisturising lotion, lip balm and wood conditioner.
They have also set up apiaries around Melbourne and Victoria, offering a rental hive service. Finally, and most importantly, they promote the important job that bees do in supporting human life.
30Kerr65 Expresso Bar, Fitzroy
Acorn Nursery, Surrey Hills
Balwyn Fruit Supply
Balwyn Heights Fruit Supply, Balwyn North
Blood Orange Foodstore, Hawthorn East
Boccaccio Cellars Food and Wine, Balwyn
Chatham Food Store, Surrey Hills
Classic Fruits, Canterbury
Coltivari Fruit and Vege Store, Camberwell
Coles Local, Surrey Hills
Coombe Yarra Valley Providore, Coldstream
Dineamic Food, Camberwell
Flowers of Canterbury, Canterbury
FoodWorks Mont Albert
Glenferrie Gourmet Meats, Hawthorn
Hawthorn Common, Hawthorn
Honey Thief Bakery Cafe, Blackburn South
IGA Blackburn North
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, Heidelberg
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, Kew
Piedimonte’s Supermarket & Liquor, Fitzroy North
Pure Bread Bakery, Surrey Hills
Renaissance IGA, Hawthorn
Reunion Cafe Dining, Surrey Hills
Salzano Delicatessen, Balwyn North
Strawberry Point Fresh Food Market, Forest Hill
The Common Good, Hawthorn
The Craft and Co, Collingwood
The Green at St Columbs, Hawthorn
The Organic Union Fruit and Vegetable Store, Surrey Hills
The Something Different Shop, Hawthorn
Wattle Park Green Grocer, Box Hill
Zimt Patisserie Café, Mont Albert
Notes (in their own words):
Backyard Honey’s raw, local, multi-floral and varietal honey is hand-harvested, unheated, cold extracted and permeated with local pollens. It retains all the beneficial nutritional and medicinal properties often lost in pasteurised commercial honey. Each harvest’s colour, smell and consistency may be a little different as the foraging of bees is neither within the apiarist’s control nor inclination. Some harvests may crystallise, which simply means that the bees have gathered pollens more likely to turn the honey solid. If you prefer a liquid honey, gently warm the crystallised honey on a sunny windowsill or in a warm bowl of water, remembering that temperatures higher than 40°C will reduce the honey’s therapeutic properties.
As backyard beekeepers, Peter and his wife Jane were often approached by people interested in keeping bees. As time passed, they realised that, while many people dreamed of having hives to harvest their own honey, they felt they did not have the time or apiary experience required. Inspired by this demand, Peter retired in 2012 to pursue his beekeeping passion and develop an innovative urban apiary service to provide local city dwellers with the skills and equipment necessary to host bee hives and obtain pure local honey from their own backyards. Hence, Backyard Honey.
The Backyard Honey ethos is simply to provide an effective and efficient service to ensure sustainable, healthy and mindful communities.
Backyard Honey beekeepers are qualified to provide apiary incursions to complement education programmes and have worked with many schools and Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden programmes. Their bee incursions are tailored to complement and/or extend the curriculum and include a fully enclosed perspex beehive, apiary equipment, bee suits, wax and propolis and pure, raw, unheated honey tastings. Backyard Honey incursions provide a catalyst for enquiry-based learning across the curriculum for both young and old. Phone them to discover more.