The Buzz Blog

Welcome to our blog 'The Buzz'.  Here we will keep you updated on what is happening in the world of bees and honey and anything else that we think you would be interested in.  If there is a topic you would like to hear about drop us an email and I'll see what we can do.


Newsletter - December 2013

Written by Stephanie on December 8th, 2013.      0 comments

It’s hard to believe we are in December already!  Where has this year gone?  It has been a year of ups and downs for Sweetree Honey.  We lost a large number of bee colonies in May due to varroa mite and its taken a lot of effort to build up hive numbers for this season. But fortunately we have had a great Spring and we look to be back on track with the prospect of a good season ahead, cross fingers! 

Winning several National Beekeepers Association honey awards was a high point and having such wonderful stockists and customers makes this business a joy to run.  We really appreciate your positive feedback and continued support this year!

Read more of the newsletter here
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Beehive Update - December 2013

Written by Martin on December 8th, 2013.      0 comments

As you may be aware we lost a large number of bee colonies in May due to varroa mite and it's taken a lot of effort to build up hive numbers for this season.  But fortunately we have had a great Spring and we look to be back on track with the prospect of a good season ahead. 


OhuiOhui-Farm

Located near Oputere on the Coromandel, our new apiary site is going well.  This is a great Manuka site and being on the sunny, warm Coromandel, it flowers much earlier than at Marokopa on the West Coast.  The honey here is a strong tasting Manuka and we hope to have this available early in the New Year.

 

Marokopa

At Marokopa, the Rewarewa has finally flowered this year after two years of no show!  The bees are loving it and we are seeing lovely thick white comb being produced particularly with the summery spells we had in mid November.  It looks like the Manuka will start flowering early this year about a week before Christmas.
 

Horsham Downs

At our home site the focus has been on collecting bee pollen and creating new colonies of bees. Its gone exceptionally well, as we have had such a great settled spring, allowing mating of virgin queens.  We have added 80 hives bringing up our total number to 170, twenty higher than last year.  We are seeing clover appear in the paddocks now and there has been good build up flows from barberry and hawthorn.
 

Four Brothers Reserve &  Hakarimata

Beehives have only been placed at these sites in the last few weeks, as the focus has been on establishing hives at our early spring flowering areas.  Already though, a lot of honey has been collected with prolific flowering from cabbage trees and now kanuka.

Cross fingers for a good season!
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Sweetree HaBEEtat Update

Written by Stephanie on November 14th, 2013.      0 comments

Well the grass seed is growing around the pond area and the fence is finally up to protect the plants from wandering stock.  The fencing was quite a big job in the soft soil, at least making sure that the posts were in solid. We put in a 4 wire post fence with electric top and third wire. Nice big wide gates for getting the bees in and out. Here's a photo of the fence going up.
Pond-fencing

The boys are loving the pond area and get down there as much as they can, they call it 'Mud Island'.  They are especially enjoying the raft that Martin made for them.  They have plans for a teepee, palisade, small jetty and fireplace.
Pond-raft

On the home front I cleared out the herb garden area of a huge amount of weeds , trimmed some shrubs and put down wet newspaper and mulch. It looks so much better!  I ran out of time to plant more herbs.  There are a few things flowering that the bees are loving - Borage, Sage and some shrubs.  And of course when the Rosemary grows they love that.  It will be great when there are more flowering herbs in.
Herb-Garden

I'm now recovering from an operation so can't do anything on the garden for a couple of weeks which is rather disappointing as I was getting into a good rhythm.  Oh well it will still be there for me in a couple of weeks!
Topics: , Bee Friendly, Enviromental
 

Bee Swarms

Written by Stephanie on November 7th, 2013.      0 comments

It's that time of year when you are likely to see a few bee swarms.  For those that don't know much about swarms I thought I would explain what they are, why bees swarm and what to do if you have one turn up at your place.
 

What is a Swarm and Why do Bees Swarm?


Bee-SwarmMainly in springtime you may see a very large group of bees flying together or you may see a big clump (like a ball) of bees hanging from a branch, on a fence, against your house, or some other place.  This is a swarm of bees.  

A swarm is when a queen bee takes a large group  of worker bees (usually about 50-60% of the hive) with her and leaves a hive to find a new home.  It is a natural means of reproduction of bee colonies.  ​A swarm of bees could consist of thousands to tens of thousands of bees.

The reason bees swarm could be due to one of these causes:
  • There are two queens in a hive so one takes half the bees out and finds another home
  • There are too many bees for one hive, a new queen is created and the old queen moves of with some of the bees
  • The bees are simply predisposed genetically to swarming (instinctive)
 

What to do if you have a Swarm on your Property:


To start with - Don't panic!  Don't touch them!  Don't spray them!  They will not harm you unless you harm them.

The best thing you can do is to get hold of a local beekeeper to come and collect it. There are hobby beekeeping clubs all around the country and they are often looking for swarms to fill new hives.

Look for a beekeeper in your area on the National Beekeepers Association website.  Or google a hobby beekeeper's club near you.  Here are some club websites:

Waikato Hobby Beekeeping Club
Whangarei Beekeeping Club
Christchurch Hobbyist Beekeeping Club
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Sweetree's HaBEEtat - Background and Pond Creation

Written by Stephanie on September 25th, 2013.      0 comments

We live on a 10 acre block just outside of Hamilton.  We purchased it 11 years ago from a well renowned gardener in the Waikato.  The gardens were beautiful.  Unfortunately with starting a family and a business we didn't have enough time to spend on the gardens and they are not in the same state they were back then.  The structure is still there and now that the children are older we are starting to get it back into shape.  

Considering we are beekeepers I have felt a little embarrassed by the lack of flowers in our garden for the poor bees!  We have lots of trees on our property and the odd flowering plants in the garden, which of course provide nectar to the bees.  But I dream of having a property loaded with bee friendly blooms to keep the bees happy, especially in spring.  We would love to create a wonderful 'haBEEtat' at our home apiary.

I have been thinking about it for a year or so but with such a busy life it has been hard to fit the gardening in.  So I thought I would do a little blog about it in the hope that it will make me accountable to do at least a few things off my list.  The problem is I'm not a gardener, I want to grow plants that can fend for themselves (we are on roof water so they need to be hardy without the need of watering if possible), look stunning and come up each year.  I hope it's possible, I'll soon find out!

Martin has always fancied having a pond in the back paddock of our property.  It has always been a boggy area that lends itself well to a wetland.  A friend who was selling his digger business had a few days free and recently came and started digging out a pond. Wow what a transformation in a short few days!

digger

You can see from the photos below that the wetland pond has began and a hard stand suitable for our beehives as been created.  Grass seed is down, so hopefully that will be up soon.  There is even a small island for the kids! Its a great project and Martin is looking forward to working with the bees in this very sheltered, sunny area.

We've been through the Trees for Bees planting list for the Waikato and books such as 'Know Your New Zealand Trees', 'Nectar and Pollen Sources of New Zealand' and 'New Zealand Native Trees', to look at what bee friendly trees and plants we could establish down there.  The list includes: flax, cabbage trees, fivefinger, lancewood, hebe, bottlebrush and lemonwood, to name a few.  Thanks to my stepfather, who has been through a similar project and a great conservationist, we already have some flaxes and cabbage trees and he has been growing other plants for us as well.   Both Mum and Jim have been wonderful help in getting the weed mat down and planting these out.  These will be a useful pollen source in Spring.

Next we need to fence the area before the stock come back into our paddocks and carry on with the planting.

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On the home front... I have planted some rosemary and a couple of other plants the bees will love and sown some bee friendly wild flower seeds in one of our gardens. Next on the plan is to get into some weeding and garden preparation.  Then I'll sow some vege and herb seeds and plant some lavender.  Hopefully the weather will be kind to me!

Watch this space for an update soon!
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Newsletter - September 2013

Written by Stephanie on September 18th, 2013.      0 comments

Spring has arrived!  Well at least the bees think so!  It's all go here at Sweetree getting organised for the new season ahead.  The long summer resulted in high levels of mites in our hives and despite treatments to kill the varroa mite, we had a larger than usual loss of beehives. But don't worry that won't stop us!

Spring brings more daylight hours, flowers blooming and birds singing.  More time to spend in the garden and playing outside with the kids.  But for hay fever sufferers spring can be a dreaded time!  Find out how bee pollen can help.

Thanks to those that purchased Bee Friendly Wild Flower seeds, Sweetree raised $490 for the NBA to help NZ Bees. 

Read more of the newsletter here
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Beehive Update - September 2013

Written by Martin on September 18th, 2013.      0 comments

Martin-checking-hiveThe long summer resulted in high levels of mites in our hives and despite treatments to kill the varroa mite, we had a larger than usual loss of beehives. The mites physically puncture the bee's body and make them very susceptible to viruses and other hive diseases. A disappointing end to what was a great season. But don't worry that won't stop us!

Spring certainly appears to have come come earlier this year or at least the bees think so.  Pollen is being collected by the bees and there is good brood development. Many of our hives are already strong with bees. Most hives still have good honey stores, which is great!  Harald and I are busy rearing new queens and splitting hives so that we will have colonies ready for the main nectar flows.

At our home apiary site we have recently developed a wet area of our property into a wetland pond and created a hard stand suitable for our beehives. We are now in the process of planting lots of bee friendly plants and trees (flaxes and cabbage trees are in now) which will be a useful pollen source in Spring. There is even a small island for the kids! Its a great project and I'm looking forward to working with the bees in this very sheltered, sunny area.

 

pondPond-and-bees

 

Topics: , Beehive Update
 

Winter Poem

Written by Daniel on September 1st, 2013.      0 comments

Autumn retreats, winter slowly drifts on a cloud,
He spreads a blanket of icy white snow over the world.

He freezes all the trees, the icicles slowly drift down,
The animals scatter underground.

As the world goes into a deep sleep,
Winter flees away as spring unfolds.

By Daniel Lynch (age 10)

 

Seasonal Allergies

Written by Stephanie on August 28th, 2013.      0 comments

sneezeSpring is just around the corner!  Yeah - more daylight hours, flowers blooming and birds singing.  More time to spend in the garden and playing outside with the kids.  But for hay fever sufferers spring can be a dreaded time!  Sneezing, watery eyes, itchy throat, coughing, itchy nose, blocked/runny nose.  During this time many people stock up on tissues and run to the chemist to grab antihistamine, sometimes even antihistamine isn't enough.  It's no fun at all!

In spring hay fever can be triggered by tree and grass pollen.  There are two types of flower pollen. One is very light and is easily airborne, this light pollen causes allergies. The second pollen is heavier, it is collected by bees and made into bee pollen.

Did you know that research indicates that if you take small amounts of bee pollen from your local area a few months before the hay fever season your body may become desensitised to the air borne pollens.  It works like a vaccination does against childhood diseases. Desensitisation is based on the idea that the taking of the bee pollen will cause the body to produce antibodies that will cancel out the effects of the air born pollen when the person is exposed to it again.  See below this blog for more details on research in the area.

Some of our customers have commented that their allergies have lessened when either taking Sweetree Bee Pollen or Honey.  Our honey is not finely filtered and therefore retain a high pollen count.  So to help with your hay fever symptoms try either taking bee pollen everyday or raw honey from your local area. Sweetree produce bee pollen in the Horsham Downs area and honey from Horsham Downs, Raglan, Ngaurwahia and Marokopa areas. 

lying-in-grassIf you feel you need something more to protect you against allergies see a health professional.  You may want to see your doctor, pharmacy, herbalist, Chinese medicine therapist, Naturopath, etc.  Personally I love to visit the friendly team down at the Herbal Shop and Clinic (cnr Ohaupo Road & Lorne St in Hamilton).  Check links below for some herbalists / health shops in your area.  They will give you a brew specific for your needs!  I love this holistic approach to nourishing, healing and protecting your body.

Breath easy this spring!

The Herb Shop & Clinic, Hamilton
The Herbal Dispensary, Raglan
Bethlehem Health & Tea Shop, Tauranga

 

 

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Bee Products Also Treats Allergies!
This came from Shirley's Wellness Cafe website, which has more interesting info on bee pollen

Pollen is also a remedy for hay fever and allergies. However it must be taken at least six weeks before the season begins and then continued throughout the season if it going to work.

Bee pollen has been effectively used down through the ages to rid allergy sufferers of their afflictions. This technique, called desensitization, was developed at St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London soon after the turn of the century. The treatment consists of administering small amounts of the allergen to stimulate the patient's own immune system to produce antibodies that will eliminate the allergic reaction. It works rather like a vaccination does against childhood diseases. Desensitization is based on the premise that the administration of the allergen will cause the body to produce antibodies that will cancel out the effects of the offending substance when the patient is again exposed to it. 

 

Allergy specialists prescribe bee pollen starting three months before the allergy season. They cautiously suggest starting with a few grains of bee pollen half an hour before each meal and gradually building this amount up over the three month period to one teaspoon before each meal. Very small incremental doses are recommended until one builds up natural immunity. If one experiences a violent reaction even at the minute dosage, stop and consult a physician.

Leo Conway, M.D., of Denver Colorado, treated his patients with pollen. Dr. Conway reported: "All patients who had taken the antigen [pollen] for three years remained free from all allergy symptoms, no matter where they lived and regardless of diet. Control has been achieved in 100 percent of my earlier cases and the field is ever-expanding. Since oral feeding of pollen for this use was first perfected in his laboratory, astounding results were obtained. No ill consequences have resulted. Ninety-four percent of all his patients were completely free from allergy symptoms. Of the other six percent, not one followed directions, but even this small percentage were nonetheless partially relieved". 

Relief of hay fever, pollen-induced asthma, with ever increasing control of bronchitis, ulcers of the digestive tract, colitis, migraine headaches, and urinary disorders were all totally successful. Unfortunately, Dr. Conway, an early pioneer in the field of allergies, is now deceased. What we did not know was just how lightning-fast it could bring relief. It actually eliminated long-standing symptoms in minutes. Everything from asthma to allergies to sinus problems cleared. These trials confirmed that bee pollen is wonderfully effective against a very wide range of respiratory distress.

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August is Bee Aware Month!

Written by Stephanie on August 1st, 2013.      0 comments

BeeAware LogoBees around the world are in trouble. A world without bees would be a very bleak place
indeed. Much of our food depends on pollination by bees as do our gardens and a lot of
other products we rely on. Over $5 billion of New Zealand agricultural exports also depend
on bees.

Bee numbers worldwide are in decline and we must do all that we can to protect them.
Bees are being attacked by a number of major pests and diseases. There are also suffering
from a decline in nutritional forage for bees. Nutritional stress is considered to be one of the
main factors behind large-scale bee losses. Lack of food also compromises the bees’
resistance to pests and diseases. Another major problem are pesticides and sprays which
harm bees in a number of ways.

While New Zealand bees are not as threatened as bees in other countries, events like Bee
Aware Month are crucial to raising public awareness to prevent similar losses occurring
here.

 

How can we help?

One of the best things we can do is make sure there is enough food for our kiwi bees. We
can do this by planting ‘bee friendly’ plants; in our gardens, on our farms, in our public
gardens and even along our roadsides. For a list of bee friendly plants go to
We can also be careful how we use pesticides in our gardens. Try to avoid using any
chemical sprays in your gardens at all. But if you have to spray make sure it is in the late
evening after bees have gone to bed. Don’t spray while plants are flowering and avoid
spraying plants that you see bees feeding on. You can also check the labels on garden
sprays and avoid products containing neonicotinoids.

New Bee Ambassador
New Zealand bees and beekeepers have a new ally! Celebrity free range cook, Annabel
Langbein, has joined the NBA as an ambassador for bees. Annabel will be supporting the
NBA by using her profile to draw attention to the importance and plight of bees.

Donate
The National Beekeepers Association is the main advocate for bees in New Zealand. The
NBA wants to raise money for research that will help bees. You will be able donate during
Bee Aware Month by going to www.beeaware.org.nz

For more information on how you can help NZ bees go to 'Helping Our NZ Bees'
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Tribute to Claude Stratford (Aug 1910 - July 2013)

Written by Stephanie on July 28th, 2013.      0 comments

In August last year we posted a blog on Claude Stratford, one of New Zealand's health pioneers.  On 10 July he passed away, a few weeks from his 103th birthday.

With an interest that began as a child, Claude had a life-long affinity with bees and honey. He was 63 when he started the international health product business, Comvita, in 1974 and continued to take an active interest well into his final years. 

He started making and selling a range of bee products from the basement of his home in Paengaroa.  His idea was to help others - with a vision that included "caring for the community, producing natural products that work, and acting in a way which preserves the environment for generations to come".

Until he moved into his Te Puke retirement home at 96, Stratford was still driving and working up to six days a week.
 

Claude Stratford's 'Top 10 tips for living well'

  • A tablespoon of bee pollen every day - Claude had been doing this since he was 26.
  • A daily teaspoon of Manuka honey and a dose of Olive Leaf Extract (15 ml), two omega 3 fish oil capsules and a multivitamin tablet.
  • Persistence and at times - dogged determination - if at first you don't succeed, then try, try, try again.
  • A drive to help others is a strong motivator
  • An unswerving belief in the power of nature to provide a source of healing.
  • Dream big dreams and treat any setbacks as challenges to overcome.
  • Accepting people as they are, and believing the best of them.
  • Generosity of spirit.
  • Faith and prayer.
  • Read widely, keep up with the latest information about your interests, and have an open mind.
Comvita Photo Montage

Information for this blog post was sourced from www.newzealand.com
Image from comvita.co.nz
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Sweetree Receives Highly Commended in Taste Awards

Written by Stephanie on July 27th, 2013.      0 comments

Wahoo!  We have received 'Highly Commended' at the Taste Farmers Market Awards for 2013!
 

Here are the Comments from the Judges:


Taste FMNZ 300There were hundreds of entries this year and while the judges had their work cut out for them your product certainly stood out.  Your products were judged HIGHLY COMMENDED as the best of the best and stood out as a great example of local produce at a Farmers' Market - the judges were highly impressed.

NZ Honey that stings you on the tongue with flavor, the judges could taste the dedication and flavor from each of the 150 hives you have in Waikato…the fact that you seek out nearby floral sources for each batch and that you can delivery that with consistency shows why it is simply some of the tastiest bee flavorsome honeys that we have tasted.

The story behind each variety and the business name show the passion and dedication of the Lynch family as they are embarking on this taste and culinary journey.  All of the products were faultless and the pollen simply outstanding, if everybody knew of the power that bees have and the super foods that they make then the world would be a healthy place. 

Great Honeys and products, the recipes just keep on adding to the appeal of a truly real local food producers...these taste are awesome !

See details of our Awards here
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Avoiding Winter Ailments

Written by Stephanie on July 9th, 2013.      0 comments

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It's that time of year again when it can be hard to avoid those winter ailments.  Coughs, colds, sore throats, blocked/running nose, blocked ears, feeling miserable.  And then there is the full blown flu - we want to avoid that!

The best thing you can do to avoid these bugs is by having a good strong immunity to start with.  But with our fast paced lives these days there is often not enough time to exercise, get out in the sun or prepare nourishing foods.  And the physical and emotional stress just make things worse!

Here is what we recommend you do to support your body over the winter months.
 

To help you avoid nasty bugs over the winter we recommend:

  • Daily consumption of bee pollen to build your immunity.  
  • Take vitamin C every day (I recommend Clinicians Family Vitamin C)
  • Eat lots of fresh fruit and veges
  • Eat fish regularly, I would also recommend taking cod liver oil daily (here's a good one for the winter months)
  • Get some fresh air and exercise
  • Get outside everyday to get vitamin D, you may even need to look at taking a supplement for this over the winter months
  • Get enough sleep, try to get as much sleep before midnight as possible
  • Avoid stress - get some time out.  Take up yoga, mediation or relaxation exercises


If it is too late and you already have cold or flu symptoms try these:

  • When you feel a cold or flu coming on have some drops of Propolis tincture in a little bit of water. 
  • Make 'Helen's Cold and Flu Remedy', it works wonders and tastes delicious
  • Eat a teaspoon of active 5+ Manuka or active 10+ Manuka honey every hour or so if you have a sore throat
  • Make some homemade chicken stock/broth and drink some cups of this.  I know what you are thinking - but it works a treat!!  There are lots of great recipes online, try this Weston Price recipe
  • If your nose is blocked put your head over a bowl of boiling water with a few drops eucalyptus oil and place a towel over your head (and the bowl to enclose the steam) and breath the steam in through your nose.
  • Lots of rest, drink lots of water and keep warm. 
  • Try to get into a warm spot in the sun and get some vitamin D

If you feel you need something more to build your immunity or get you through the bugs go and see a health professional.  You may want to see your doctor, pharmacy, herbalist, Chinese medicine therapist, Naturopath, etc.  Personally I love to visit the friendly team down at the Herbal Shop and Clinic (cnr Ohaupo Road & Lorne St in Hamilton).  They, or any herbalist near you, will give you a brew specific for your needs!  I love this holistic approach to nourishing and healing your body.
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Praise Bee – industrious insects get the stamp of approval

Written by on July 3rd, 2013.      0 comments

They’ve been celebrated in verse (by the likes of Emily Dickinson[1], William Blake[2] and Kahlil Gibran[3]) – in song (by the likes of Gloria Gaynor[4], Blake Shelton[5] and Owl City[6]) – and in popular culture (with spelling bees, ‘Buzzy Bees’ and Wellington’s own ‘Beehive’).  But the humble bee stands poised to get a new tribute this week, with the release of a special set of postage stamps.

The Honey Bees stamp issue celebrates the industrious insects on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the National Beekeepers' Association of New Zealand.

Honey bees, which are of European origin, have played a key role in New Zealand horticulture for over 150 years – pollinating essential crops and producing up to 12,000 tonnes of honey per annum, with as much as half of that being exported.

New Zealand Post’s stamps spokesman Simon Allison says the numerous species of native bees don’t make honey, prompting a Yorkshire-woman named Mary Bumby to bring the first honey bee hives to this country in 1839.

As Simon Allison explains, “Honey bees in this country are a sort of golden-amber colour, and shouldn’t be confused with the black and yellow striped bees you find in your garden, which are bumblebees.

“Bumblebees produce only a tiny quality of honey – enough for their own needs - and despite the similarity in names, have nothing to do with Mary Bumby.  Entomology – and indeed etymology – can be very complex.

“Sadly honey bees in New Zealand are under threat as a result of the Varroa mite. This collectable stamp issue aims to raise awareness of the immeasurably valuable role that honey bees play in this country, and to do so by telling the story of how honey is made,” Simon Allison said.
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The 70c stamp depicts the first step in making honey - the gathering of nectar – a task carried out by ‘field bees’ which fly from flower to flower using their long tongues like straws to extract nectar. The field bees store that nectar in their ‘honey sacs’, which can weigh almost as much as the bee itself when full.  The honey sacs contain enzymes which break down the complex sugars of the nectar into simpler sugars.

The $1.40 stamp shows field bees returning to the hive - where they empty the nectar from their sacs into the cells in the honeycomb nearest to the entrance.  A single hive can house thousands of honey bees, mostly workers – plus the queen bee.

The $1.90 stamp shows young worker ‘house bees’ transferring nectar to the honey storage area inside the hive.  Enzymes are added to the nectar, which is then further concentrated by house bees fanning their wings to create an air current which dries the nectar into honey.  Once the honey has a water content lower than 20% the bees seal off the cell in the honeycomb with a wax cap.

The $2.40 stamp shows beekeepers removing the combs from the hives to harvest the honey.  These combs are spun in a centrifuge to separate the honey without damaging the hives or hurting the bees.

The fifth and final stamp in the set – valued at $2.90 – shows a block of pure honey – which is then processed and packaged into the familiar jars and pottles we see on supermarket shelves.

The five gummed stamps are also available as a collectable miniature sheet, as first day covers and in a special presentation pack.
 

The Honey Bees stamp issue is available from Wednesday 3 July 2013 at PostShops or from our website - order here

 

Sweetree Wins Honey Awards!

Written by Stephanie on June 24th, 2013.      0 comments

At this years National Beekeepers Honey Competition Sweetree Honey was judged second over all!   We also won the following for individual products:


Our Hakarimata honey won gold (1st place) in the ‘Beekeepers Special Reserve’ honey competition.  All products are sent in competition standard plastic pottles with no labels.  The honey was judged on colour (15%), cleanliness (15%), aroma (5%), texture/evenness of grain (20%), firmness (15%), flavour (25%) and general presentation (5%).

Our bee pollen also won gold (1st prize) in the 'Dried Bee Pollen' section.  Again the pollen was sent in standard competition plastic pottles with no labels.  The bee pollen was judged on general appearance (30%), colour (20%), cleanliness (20%), hardness (5%) and taste/flavour (25%).

Our Propolis Tincture received a bronze (3rd Prize) in 'Product from the Hive'.  This was judged on presentation (25%), originality / innovation (30%), quality of product (30%) and natural unique honey hive advantage (15%).

These awards are judged purely on the product with no packaging, marketing or gimmicks to detract from the honey.

We are very excited about the results, there is a lot of focus on manuka in the industry (for good reason), but these awards recognise the wonderful diversity and quality of bee products produced here in NZ - and in particular the unique and special honeys.  

Photos coming!

Check out our Awards section of our website
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