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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. Sweetree Bee Pollen is collected from our home api...

September 5, 2021

Conservation Week

From 4th - 12th September is Conservation Week, this year's theme is to just take a moment to celebrate and enjoy nature.  More than ever we need to take a moment for nature, give our minds a break and feel connected to the world. It can be as simple as stopping to listen to birdsong, walking with the those in our bubble or even on your own if you need some me time or finding a fun online conservation activity to try.Whatever you choose, make sure you take the time to unwind in nature this ...

September 5, 2021

Bee Aware Month!

September is 'Bee Aware Month' and this year ApiCulture NZ is encouraging Kiwis to ‘Feed the Bees’ by planting bee-friendly trees and plants. Bees need an ongoing supply of pollen and nectar throughout the year to be strong and healthy, and to stay resilient against the many threats they face.  These threats include pests, diseases, climate change, habitat loss and pesticide use. Planting for bees is a fantastic way to look after nature’s tiniest superheroes as they keep our gardens, ...

September 5, 2021

Sustainable Me Challenge - September

This month's 'Sustainable Me' challenge is to reduce the harsh chemical cleaners in our homes with natural alternatives. It's the time of year we give our houses a spring clean from top to bottom.  It's a good opportunity to use more natural cleaners that are better for our houses, our families and the aquatic life that are exposed to it once it's washed down the drain.  There are lots of natural alternatives out there now and available in the supermarkets or you might like t...

September 1, 2021

Producers Delivering During Lockdown

It's fantastic the way New Zealand businesses have quickly adapted to delivering their products during lockdown. We've had veggies, milk and meat delivered this week from local producers, not only it is great that they can deliver directly to our door, contactless, we love that we are supporting local growers and producers as much as we can.   Stuff have launched an online directory of local businesses safely delivering food and beverages throughout lockdown. It's by region so you can ...

August 28, 2021

Yes Our Online Store Is Open During Lockdown

Beekeepers are essential businesses for bee welfare and / or processing food.  So yes we can still send orders from our online store during the lockdown period. Our industry, as part of the Agriculture sector, has been granted a dispensation to provide the essential ongoing care of our bees who play a critical role in our rural ecosystem for both horticulture and pasture feed, and furthermore as a food producer, enabling packers to continue processing honey.  There are strict protocols...

August 17, 2021

Supermarket News

This was published in Supermarket News in 2020.Sweetree honey is pure, location-specific honey from the Waikato. Each of the honey varieties is a true reflection of the area and season its bees have worked their magic. From the candy and toffee flavour of the Hakarimata to the gorgeous zesty tones of Marokopa Spring - there is a Sweetree honey to suit all tastes and occasions. What is your company background, how did you start the business?Sweetree Honey is a homegrown family hone...

August 8, 2021

Sustainable Me Challenge - August

This month's 'Sustainable Me' challenge is to reduce our water use.  You would think in clean, green New Zealand that we wouldn't need to worry about this but our fresh water resources are becoming more and more under pressure.  OSOF (Our Seas Our Future) says that pollution from agriculture, runoff from increasing urbanization and antiquated sewer systems has created un-swimmable rivers. And the looming uncertainties of climate change bring further concern for this vita...

August 1, 2021

Plastic Free July: Reducing Packaging

Plastic Free July is all about reducing our plastic wastage and to avoid scenes like the photo below.  Plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use just for a few minutes use a material that is designed to last forever.  They break up rather than break down (becoming permanent pollution), and they are either unrecyclable or down-cycled (made into low-grade products for just one more use).  When sent to the landfill they can escape from bins and trucks to end up in our...

June 30, 2021

Plastic Free July: Limiting Plastic Bag Use

This month is Plastic Free July.  We're going to give you some tips on how to be plastic-free.  It's great that plastic bags are banned at the counter now but there is still plenty of plastic we can avoid when shopping....

June 30, 2021

Plastic Free July: Plastic Free Shopping

Here are some tips for limiting plastic when you are shopping this Plastic Free July. ...

June 30, 2021

Plastic Free July: Plastic Free Meals on the Go

Here are some tips for limiting plastic when you are eating and drinking on the go this Plastic Free July...

June 30, 2021

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is coming up!! It's a great time to think about how much plastic we use.Plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use just for a few minutes use a material that is designed to last forever.  They break up rather than break down (becoming permanent pollution), and they are either unrecyclable or down-cycled (made into low-grade products for just one more use).  When sent to the landfill they can escape from bins and trucks to end up in our waterways and the...

June 29, 2021

Horsham Downs Country Honey Special

Sweetree's Horsham Downs Country is collected from our home apiary just a few minutes north of Hamilton. This area is predominantly farmland and country living with bush gullies beside the Waikato River. Here our bees forage on pasture and river wildflowers, garden flowers, and natives. Everyone will enjoy this honey!  Ultra smooth, ideal to sweeten drinks or on toast....

June 24, 2021

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...

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