About Honey ~ Veggie List 4/18/15 ~ Market Information
Pictured here is a Lesser American Goldfinch eating black oil sunflower seed.
Last weekend at the farm stand, many folks were asking about the difference between raw honey and honey candy. Even though both are great for allergies the honey candy is the most potent part of Tonopah Rob’s honey products.
The honey candy is made from all the comb caps, pollen, bee parts and wax mixed together and jarred. It is the most potent honey one can use for their allergies. One small jar will last you for several months. It is sold as medicinal use for allergies, digestion and head aches. I’m not a doctor and I’m only telling you this from my experience. It is the strongest stuff I know for allergies. I also suggest, if you take the honey candy try to avoid allergy medicine but again, I’m not a doctor just a natural farmer and bee keeper.
Come and get them, spuds will be ready for the takin’ this week at the farm stand.
The raw honey is honestly 100% raw, unfiltered and there is no heating process. If you have allergies, raw honey is really good for you. My definition of local honey is honey that is produced from within a 60 mile radius of where you live. If you have been to my farm, you will see all the different types of shrubs, trees, vegetables, grasses and many other types of vegetation the bees pollinate, extract pollen and they use certain trees to gather a substance they make into propolis. Propolis is a form of hard wax they use to seal any holes in their hives. If a foreign object enters the hive like a mouse, they will sting the mouse and cover it in propolis and the will mummify.
Baby squash of several summer varieties will be ready for the tables this week.
If you buy honey from another source at a farmers market, I suggest you ask the following questions. Where is the honey produced? Does the bee keeper use high fructose corn syrup or gmo sugar to feed the bees in the winter time? Where do the bees gather their pollen, next to an alfalfa field where the farmer has the crop sprayed for insects? Does the bee keeper use any insecticides inside the hive boxes to prevent parasites from attacking the brood (baby bees and eggs) and adult bees? If the person answers you saying “I don’t know” or says anything other than the right answers, don’t buy that honey.
Many bee keepers when spinning honey, cut high fructose corn syrup into honey to make the honey go farther and they make more money. Be aware of what the seller is selling to you. Just know on Tonopah Rob’s farm nothing is ever added to the honey, the bees or the farm.
Here is the veggie list:
- Brussels Sprouts
- Eggs both Chicken and Turkey
- Honey both raw and honey candy
- Taco Onions
- a surprise or two
- one old wooden pick
Four market locations this weekend:
- The Farm Stand, Saturday 8 to noon in Tonopah
- The Fat Cat Market, Saturday 9 to 1 p.m.
- St. Phillips Plaza Market, Sunday 8 to noon in Tucson
- Desert Ridge Market- location 44th street and Pathfinder in the park 22066 N. 44th St., Phx 85050. Market time is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come see me at the park.