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.


Hamilton Farmers Market Celebrates 15 Years!

Written by Stephanie on March 25th, 2021.      0 comments

Hamilton Farmers Market is celebrating it's 15th birthday this weekend! So come on down and join the festivities! We're open Sunday 8am - 12noon in the Claudelands Events Centre Barn, gate 3 (off Brooklyn Road).  We won't be in our normal spot, we'll be outside so come and say hi before you head into the barn, and be in to win an awesome prize pack!
 

Sweetree's History with The Waikato Farmers Markets


Wow, its hard to believe Sweetree Honey has been a stallholder at the Hamilton Farmers Market for 14 years!  It was in the WinTech carpark back then. We were also regular attendees of the the Cambridge market when it started around that time though, it wasn't part of the Farmers Market at that point but it soon came under the Waikato Farmers Market umbrella.  We did the Hamilton Farmers Market every Sunday and Cambridge Farmers Market fortnightly, for quite some time. 

Unfortunately any early photos we may have are either on a negative or old digital camera somewhere.  Thank goodness technology makes finding photos a lot easier these days!  Here's the earliest photo I could find at the WinTech carpark.  It was a heaving and thriving market.
 
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The Hamilton Farmers Market then moved to the Sonning carpark on River Road carpark for a few years where it continued to thrive, then for a short time to the TeRapa Racecourse before moving to its current home in the Barn at Claudelands Events Centre.  We're very lucky to now have an indoor venue, what a treat!  

We've had a lot of fun being part of the Farmers Markets, we've made some great friends in stallholders and customers. We had first contact with some of our land owners of our apiary sites and stockists through the Farmer Markets .  We've had a few gazebos fly up and break in the wind, and enjoyed all sorts of weather.   Stephanie had a stint on the Farmers Market trust about 10 years ago and Martin is currently the chairman. 

We've worked so hard to build our little family business that a few years ago we had to rethink our priorities.  When we first started our boys were four and two years old, Stephanie worked from home and Martin has always had a full-time job on top of Sweetree honey. It became too much with beekeeping and markets in the weekends (including Hamilton, Cambridge, Tamahere, Auckland & Gordonton markets and shows and expos).  We needed to carve out more family time so we now only focus on the Hamilton Farmers Market on the 1st & 3rd week of each month.  Life's still busy, Martin still working full-time on our main income and Stephanie has a 30 hour a week job as well as running Sweetree and taking care of the family (who are getting closer to adulthood).

The thing that we love the most and the thing that keeps bringing us back is our customers. We love to catch up with our regulars and have a little chin wag, or introduce new customers to our honey, and we have had some lovely comments over the years such as;  "this is the best honey I've ever had" or "this reminds of honey when I was kid" or "I love that I can buy honey from a location that brings back good memories for me".  Thanks so much to all our customers for supporting us all these years!

See you at the Hamilton Farmers Market this Sunday!

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2021 Honey Harvest!

Written by Stephanie on March 10th, 2021.      0 comments

It's that time of year when we've been busy harvesting this seasons honeys.  So far we've harvested honey from Four Brothers Reserve, Hakarimata, Ohinewai and our Kirikiriroa (Hamilton City) apiary sites. This weekend will be Horham Downs turn.  We were worried it wasn't going to be a great harvest this year but we have been pleasantly surprised with the volume of honey in the hives.

This season's Kirikiriroa honey is next in the line up to be extracted! This honey includes honey from The Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton Zoo, Taitua Aboretum & Claudelands Events Centre.  This is the first ever honey harvest from the Claudelands Events Centre!  And just 100 metres from the Hamilton Farmers Market, where we sell our wonderful honeys every 2nd Sunday (1st & 3rd Sundays of the month).

Purchase local Sweetree honeys here!


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First ever honey harvest at Claudelands Events Centre

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Kirikiriroa honey frames awaiting extraction


 
 

Sustainable Me March Challenge

Written by Stephanie on March 1st, 2021.      0 comments

With the 'OSOF (Our Seas Our Future) Sustainable Me Challenge' each month we are challenged to test out an environmentally friendly behaviour that in some way impacts ocean health.  This month's challenge takes place in our bathrooms, to reduce our personal care product footprint. The idea it to avoid microplastic and other chemicals in personal products.
 

Here's What They Suggest:


Beginner:
Become an informed consumer. Read the back of your shampoo bottle and other personal care projects. Look for and learn about the chemicals listed above in their various forms. When it’s time to purchase more, choose a brand that is microplastic, paraben, phthalate, formaldehyde and palm oil free. 

Intermediate:
Extend your scrutiny to other bathroom products including ensuring that all your cleaning products are eco-friendly. Lemon, baking soda and vinegar are great as cleaning products – both good for the environment and your wallet! You might also look at your choice of toilet paper and choose a 100% recycled brand.

Advanced:
Go cosmetics free! There are lots of ways to eliminate commercial personal care products from your life. Try washing your hair with baking soda and conditioning with vinegar. Do some research, get creative!

Check out inspirational local websites such as Wendyl's

Read more about the Sustainable Me Challenge and Why We Love It

 

Read more on the Sustainable Me website


This article is included in Twinkl's Eco-Friendly and Sustainability campaign, and is part of their article Some great ideas to be more sustainable in 2021
 
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