HIVE TO JAR - Honey Crate Honey Jar 700g
Over the lockdown period I found this wonderful purest White Clover Honey from the deep south of our country from the STRATH TAIERI VALLEY in Middlemarch; I have been so impressed with the deliciousness of this clover honey as well as the business integrity and sustainability scheme of these beekeepers, that I wanted to bring the honey to Hawkes Bay.
And whats so great is the swap a jar system where you get a discount if you return the jars. For every returned honey jar you will receive $1 off your next purchase through my shop.
WHERE IT ALL STARTED:
It is a tradition for South Island beekeepers to pay their landowners in honey, in comparison to some of the beekeeping operations in North Island, and some parts in the top of the South Island where there is a high value crop like a Manuka plantation, where beekeepers pay high prices to keep bees there. Every year, after the honey has been taken off, we drive around to visit all our landowners/farmers and drop off a few kgs of honey.
Instead of giving our landowners new pots of honey every time, we wanted to create a similar system to the “swap a crate” idea!, and so the honey crate was born…
The honey bee is one of the most important pollinators for New Zealand’s agricultural and horticultural crops. They are used to pollinate a variety of different fruit + vegetables from stone fruits (cherries, apricots), avocados, almonds, kiwi fruit to carrots. It is widely overlooked the role that bees have in sustainable agriculture. Honey bees play an important role in pollination of the clover flower, which is found in almost every paddock around NZ. Without the pollination of the clover plant, farmers would be forced to use more artificial fertilisers on their paddocks. This in turn would increase the cost of food production and excessive nitrogen leaching into our waterway.
That is why we, along with the other local beekeepers transport our bees out to the most remote back blocks of the Strath Taieri Valley and throughout Central Otago, to pollinate clover paddocks. Our bees get the freedom to gather nectar from virtually untouched landscapes, and the farmers get a pollinated plant that can fix atmospheric nitrogen into the soil.
WHITE CLOVER HONEY
White clover honey is the most versatile of honeys with its delicate and light flavour, it is loved by all.
Clover honey is New Zealand's most common honey type. New Zealand historically has a pastoral economy and a reliance on sheep farming. Clover and rye grass mixtures have dominated pastures with their high forage yield and natural nitrogen fixing for soil fertility.
Its not just another honey - by buying this beautiful honey you are contributing to a sustainable life cycle from farm to table.