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World Environment & Arbor Day - 5th June

Today is 'World Environment Day' and 'Arbor Day'!  It's a great reason to get out there and do something to help our environment, whether it's planting trees, tidying up trees, picking up rubbish on a bush track, beach, park or along the road; every little bit helps!  ...

June 5, 2021

OSOF Sustainable Me Challenge - June

This month's challenge is an interesting one, it's to reduce non-recyclable paper tissue waste!  I've never really worried about paper tissue waste, I've never thought about what happens to it after it's used.  I didn't realise that is wasn't recycled somehow.  And did you know that it's normally made from virgin pulp directly from trees?  Because it can't be recycled that paper only has one single use and then ends up in the landfill!  It's sad to think a huge...

June 1, 2021

Sweetree Wins Gold, Silver & Bronze in Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards

We are very excited to announce that Sweetree has won a Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in 2021 Outstanding NZ Food Producers Awards! Gold for our Four Brothers Reserve honeyJudges comments were: Flavour distinctive and unique with dark deep flavour notes (earthy, nutty, dark spirits notes) Would pair really well with crisp apple. Texture good as very homogeneous good. Colour rich and matches flavour (sensory harmony). Judges raved about this product. Silver for our Hakarimata honeyJudg...

May 18, 2021

OSOF Sustainable Me Challenge for May

This month's 'Sustainable Me' challenge is to reduce our overall energy use by taking an energy break.  Did you know that our collective household energy consumption contributes 585 kilotons of carbon to the Earth's atmosphere each year?  You can just imagine the impact if we don't use energy for one day (or even half a day) each month.  We would make a small but significant impact on our collective carbon footprint.  There's lots of ways we can unplug and...

May 1, 2021

Make Rolled Candles Over The School Holidays!

Did you know that burning beeswax produces negative ions that circulate in the room and attract pollutants and clean your air? Many people report that burning a beeswax candle in your bedroom 30 minutes before falling asleep produces a more restful sleep.Now you can make your very own candles! Rolling your own beeswax candles is lots of fun, rewarding and an easy craft. It's a great activity for the kids over the school holidays and makes wonderful gifts (the kit or the finished candles). T...

April 23, 2021

Visit The Huka Honey Hive

We highly recommend going to The Huka Honey Hive in Taupo these school holidays.  It's an unforgettable honey experience that offers free honey, mead and liqueur tastings, live beehive viewings and fascinating interactive displays.  The kids will love checking out the displays!  They stock New Zealand’s largest selection of artisan honey products, including Sweetree raw honeys from the Waikato....

April 16, 2021

'Bee Sweet and Reuse' Photo Competition!

When we were deciding how to package our honey it had to be glass.  It is so much more healthier, attractive and environmental friendly.  I came across this on Glass for Life facebook page which sums it up quite well - "People trust glass more than any other packaging material to protect the flavor and freshness of their food and drink. And for good reason. Glass is safe and healthy, pure and virtually inert. It’s made of natural ingredients—sand, limestone ...

April 1, 2021

Sustainable Me April Challenge

A new month, a new challenge with 'OSOF Sustainable Me | Our Seas Our Future'. Each month this year we will be challenged to test out an environmentally friendly behaviour that in some way impacts ocean health. It gives us the challenge to try something new for the month and decide if we want to adopt it more in our lives. This month's challenge takes place in our kitchens, to preserve some fresh, local produce for the depths of winter.  What a great idea! &nbs...

April 1, 2021

Hamilton Farmers Market Celebrates 15 Years!

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...

March 25, 2021

2021 Honey Harvest!

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 ...

March 10, 2021

Sustainable Me March Challenge

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 projec...

March 1, 2021

Sweetree Honey, Local Hamilton Honey

Sweetree honey is as local as you can get, we even have beehives at Claudelands Events Centre (150 metres from the Hamilton Farmers Market barn)! Our Kirikiriroa honey comes from the Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton Zoo and Taitua Arboretum and from this seasons harvest will include nectar from around Claudelands Events Centre.   Our other raw honeys come from surrounding areas of Hamilton such as Four Brothers Reserve, Hakarimata ranges, Horsham Downs and Ohinewai (coming soon).   Every hon...

February 20, 2021

Rain, Rain, Glorious Rain!

We have really appreciated getting the rain today as its been so dry and many of the flowering grasses have dried up. Much of the summer has been good for our bees however and its been pleasing to see a steady flow of nectar into the hives. We are now starting to harvest the honey from our hives and will be treating for varroa to ensure mite populations are reduced as much as possible. It’s a key time to monitor the health of our hives as its at the end of summer that colonies can suddenly “...

February 15, 2021

Sustainable Me February Challenge

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 is to drive less.  This can be a difficult one to especially when you live rurally like us.  But let's try something new! Beginner: Go car-free at least one day per week. Don’t just decide to stay home once a week, either! Instead, pick a day that you would normally drive, then seek out an alter...

February 1, 2021

Sustainable Me January Challenge

In a recent post I explained 'OSOF (Our Seas Our Future) Sustainable Me Challenge'. Each month this year we will be challenged to test out an environmentally friendly behaviour that in some way impacts ocean health. It gives us the challenge to try something new for the month and decide if we want to adopt it more in our lives.  This months challenge is to stay away from one use plastic and styrofoam when eating out, try one of these: Beginner:  Stop using single-use straws and cu...

January 2, 2021

OSOF Sustainable Me Challenge!

You will have probably guessed by now, by reading previous posts, that we are passionate about sustaining our earth for future generations. Martin's full time job is actually in energy management, helping large businesses reduce their energy consumption, looking at alternative energy uses and reducing their carbon footprint. At home and in our honey business we have substantially reduced what we send to the landfill, we avoid over packaging, try to avoid one use plastic, buy bulk, reuse or recyc...

January 1, 2021

How to Store Honey Over Summer

With summer officially here you may want to know the best way to store honey now the temperatures are starting to rise. The best place to store honey is in a cupboard or your kitchen pantry. It's usually cooler in a cupboard and will keep the honey out of direct sunlight.  Keeping it in the fridge will crystalise the honey. If it has been sitting in an area that is too warm the honey can darken and it may start to separate but it's still completely fine to eat.  Hon...

December 30, 2020

Bee Pollen Research

Chemical analysis from research laboratories all over the world show that bee pollen is a complete food. Bee pollen contains the following nutrients (the location and source of bee pollen can cause variability in the vitamin and mineral content of bee pollen): All essential amino acidsAll minerals, including phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper, manganese, iron and zincSome trace mineralsB vitaminsVitamin CVitamin EFolic AcidPanthothenic AcidRutinLecithinRNADNAEnzymesAnti-oxidants, ...

November 10, 2020

What's Special About Sweetree Bee Pollen?

Sweetree Bee Pollen is collected from our home apiary site at rural Horsham Downs, near Hamilton.  With abundant nearby flora, Sweetree honey bees gather pollen from a wide range of flowering plants, reflected in the many different colours of pollen.  These colours indicate a highly nutritious bee pollen and we have received many favourable comments from our customers regarding its effectiveness.  We ensure that our bee pollen is kept as fresh as possible, storing no longer than t...

November 6, 2020

What's the Buzz About Bee Pollen?

Bee pollen is an incredible natural source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Studies have shown that it has a nutritional composition that surpasses that of virtually any food eaten. Regular consumption of bee pollen aids your general health and well-being. Just some of the benefits reported of our Sweetree Bee Pollen are: Sustained energy, enhanced immunity, reduced stress, relief of inflammation, more rested sleep and better skin condition. Studies have also shown that taking bee pollen imp...

October 27, 2020

Do You Sweeten Your Tea With Honey?

Many people love to sweeten their tea with honey.  The main reasons are because it tastes delicious and it's so much better for you than sugar!  Honey sweetens without adding any unhealthy ingredients to your drink, it adds goodness instead.  Raw honey in your tea can soothe, heal sore throat and coughs and revitalise you at the same time.An added benefit is that honey tastes sweeter than sugar, so a little goes a long way. One teaspoon of honey per cup of tea is a good rule ...

October 16, 2020

Breaking News.... We are Finalists in the NZ Artisan Awards!

We've just heard the exciting news that we are finalists in the NZ Artisan Awards!  With well over 600 brands entered, the competition was tough. So much so, that a new category was opened up to cater for the huge number of honey brands that entered. The Inspire+ Artisan Awards have showcased the depth and breadth of New Zealand’s best and locally made produce something that resonates with New Zealand consumers in the new normal where we are all strongly identifying with buying local...

September 2, 2020

Bee Aware Month

September is Bee Aware Month, a great opportunity to think about our wonderful bees as we start getting back into the garden this spring.  Just take these simple steps:...

August 29, 2020

Honey: Effective Treatment for Coughs and Colds

For centuries honey has been used as a home remedy to treat coughs and colds, now the research backs this up!  Research suggests that honey is more effective than many over-the-counter medicines, studies indicate that:  Honey may be better than conventional treatments for coughs, blocked noses and sore throats. It is good value for money, readily available, and has virtually no side-effects.Honey was more effective than usual care for improving symptoms, especially the frequency a...

August 20, 2020

Epsom Salts

Magnesium is responsible for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body, and its effects are wide-reaching. Just some of the things it does include: blood glucose control, protein synthesis, muscle contraction, nerve function, detoxification, energy production, and more!  A great way to get magnesium into your body is by soaking in epsom salts.  We have been using Sam Walker Epsom Salts for years and swear by them.  We love that it's natural, chemically pure, food-grade ma...

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