If you are a fan of the honey we sell at our town market and our farm market we want to introduce you to John Staite and his family who have been tending their beehives close to home in the Mount Albert area north of Stouffville for the past 20 years.
John Staite with a swarm of bees that will be settling into a new hive.
This family of four share responsibilities in all parts of the honey-making from gathering honey in the bee yard, tending to their hundreds of hives with about 60,000 bees per hive, packaging and delivering their honey to we lovers of the sweet stuff.
In their honey house they filter and bottle the golden honey ready for delivery. Reesor’s is situated close enough to their honey house that we get frequent delivery of their beautiful, freshly bottled honey, bottled pollen, Royal Jelly and fresh honeycombs when they are available too.
1. From what kinds of flowers do the Staites’ bees gather their nectar?
The bees roam the Mount Albert area gathering nectar mostly from clover and wildflowers in fields near to their hives. For their buckwheat honey the beehives are situated near fields of specially grown buckwheat.
2. What happens to the bees in the winter?
At the end of the bees’ honey-making season the Staites leave enough honey in the bee hives for the bees to eat over the winter while they wait for warmth and spring flowers. The bees seal up their hive with wax to stay warm and dry.
3. What is creamed honey?
The Staites whip liquid honey in their large stainless steel tanks in their honey house, until it reaches a smooth, spreading consistency. The Staites also make a cinnamon-creamed honey blend that is delicious. It’s called Cinnamon Honey because of its texture, but has no dairy in it.
4. What can I do if my liquid honey crystallizes?
Lay the jar of tightly sealed honey on its side in the sun to gently warm or immerse the jar in hot water.
A 6” wooden swirly honey dippers fits handily into a 1 kg jars of Staite’s honey. Try it out!
5. Is Staite’s honey processed?
Staite’s honey is pure, unpasteurized honey. It’s not heated, but it is filtered using the traditional cheesecloth method that catches the wax from the honey, but allows the pollen to remain in the honey. (Some people believe that pollen can help build immunity to allergies.)
6. Why shouldn’t infants be given honey to eat?
Children under one year of age should not eat any honey because they can be susceptible to the bacteria in any honey, but the bacteria does not affect adults.