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We've Won Silver & Bronze!

We entered two honeys in The Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards this year and we're pleased to say we've won two awards! Silver for our Kirikiriroa honeyJudges comments were: A delightful orange blossom honey. Very nice colour and attractive. Bronze for our Ohinewai honeyJudges comments were: Earthy aroma. A rich honey with a good mouthfeel. Moderately strong flavour profile.  Sustainability Comments from Judges:Very impressive all-round commitment to sustainability - shows what a small b...

May 30, 2022

Nothing Goes to Waste!

We've had a few changes around our place, with a couple of big wind events this year and the unfortunate need to fell some trees we have had quite a few trees down over the last few months.  But we made sure there was no wastage.  The poplar trunks were sent off to Kinleith Pulp & Paper and their branches were mulched and are being used under the native tree planting we are doing this autumn.   The redwood trees bark has been taken off in the traditional Maaori way and are being u...

May 10, 2022

Sweetree HaBEEtat

We've been very busy here getting ready for our next big native tree planting season. As you may know our family are long time lovers of native trees and have done extensive tree planting over the years, on own property and community projects.  Over the years we have transformed a boggy paddock into a beautiful pond surrounded by native grasses, flax and native trees. With trapping in place it's now a haven for lots of wildlife. We've got a lot of planting lined up, once we get some more ra...

May 10, 2022

Beekeeping Is In The Blood

Bees have always been part of Martin's life, his grandfather, uncle and father kept bees at their family home in Ohinewai.  Martin developed an interest for it as a teenager, eventually inheriting them. For many years Martin remained a hobbyist beekeeper until 2002 when we moved to a lifestyle block in Horsham Downs, near Hamilton.  Along with us came Martin's three beehives.  Rather than grazing our own stock, we decided it would be more fun to graze a few additional be...

March 27, 2022

National Farmers Market Week

This week is 'National Farmers Market Week'.  We've been a regular stallholder at the Hamilton Farmers Market for 15 years now and were regular stallholders at the Cambridge Farmers Market in the early days.  One of the main reasons we still go to the farmers market is keeping our connection with out local customers and meeting new customers.  It's a great chance to have a chin wag with our loyal customers and fellow stallholders. We've both been on the Waikato Farmers Market comm...

March 14, 2022

Free Jar of Sweetree Honey with Beehive Art Sold

Claudia Aalderink's art is made from pieces of beehive boxes, including Sweetree's old boxes. What an amazing way to recycle honey boxes!  We love them, in fact we have one of her first pieces. This one is called 'Mission Impossible', such a lot of work goes into cutting the pieces just right to make effective designs. You can check out her art at The Mandarin Tree store in Gordonton Village or check out the website.  For every beehive art made by Claudia sold at the Mandarin Tree you ...

March 9, 2022

Time Flies When You're Having Fun!

Where has the time gone!  When we started this business our boys were two & four years old, now they are 17 & 19! One has just left the nest to study in Auckland, which is very exciting and sad at the same time.  Only one left at home, on his final year at high school and then he plans to head off to uni next year.   We've loved growing our family and business together, the boys have been with us every step of the way and been great helpers along the way (at the markets, labelling...

February 14, 2022

Mother Nature Hath No Fury!

How did everyone fare in the cyclone that hit over the weekend?  We've had some big trees down around our house, one too close for comfort, it just missed our bedroom and spa pool. There's a lot of mess to clean up and we have to replace at least 4 fences. The annoying thing, like most people, is we've had no power since around lunchtime yesterday.  Being rural we have no water if there's power so that's frustrating. We've borrowed a generator to keep the pollen freezer going thank goo...

February 14, 2022

Supply Water for Bees

Summer is an important time of year to ensure the bees have plenty of water to drink, even more so with the continued dry period we're having.  The trick is to create stations that are not too deep and allow the bees to drink water without falling in.  Here's some ideas: Create a shallow pond in your garden where bees can land on the edges to collect water Place pebbles or twigs in a saucer of water so bees have something to stand on and drinkFill a bucket, pail or trough with wat...

February 10, 2022

Last Minute Christmas Buying

We've just finished our last Hamilton Farmers Market Sunday market for the year.  It was great to see all those that come along.  But if you missed out on coming to the market this morning and still need honey before Christmas or want to purchase some sweet Christmas gifts.  We have you covered!  Here's our options:...

December 19, 2021

Sustainable Me Challenge - December

You might have guessed but this month's 'Sustainable Me Challenge' is a waste free holiday.  Can you believe the average household waste increases by 25% over the Christmas holiday period! Here's some ideas for reducing our gift-giving footprint this Christmas: Buy second hand.  I often purchased 2nd hand lego for our boys, buying new costs mega bucks, the 2nd hand kits look as good as new, for half the price and it gives another person some extra cash and more...

December 4, 2021

Sustainable Me Challenge - November

This month's 'Sustainable Me Challenge' is to grow something.  Most of our produce is trucked, shipped or flown and it accumulates greenhouse gas emissions with every kilometre travelled.  To help our environment we should at least buy local, where we can, and grow some of our own food. Here's What The Challenge Suggests: Beginner: Buy local.  Look for NZ grown produce at the supermarket or visit your local farmer's market or farm shop. Step it up: Pl...

November 1, 2021

Sustainable Gift Boxes

With some of us in lockdown and can't hand over gifts to loved ones on their special day and with Christmas around the corner these sustainable gift boxes are the answer. They include three of our favourite award-winning honeys in attractive glass jars. Each honey has its own distinct taste depending on the location the bees have worked their magic. We deliver around the country to you or direct to the gift recipient.Click on the links below to see more about each gift box....

October 25, 2021

Ohui Manuka is Back!

Sweetree's Ohui Multi-floral Manuka is back in both sized!  Ohui Manuka is collected from October to December from seaside Ohui, nestled between Pauanui and Whangamata, on the eastern side of the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula.  As a ‘place of meeting’, Ohui brings together land and people, who in turn, delivers the unique and special taste of the Coromandel.  This runny honey has molasses tones with a subtle Manuka taste.  Very sweet notes that linger on the back of...

October 24, 2021

Taste of Waikato Hampers

This year you can support local and show your appreciation to your clients, staff, friends and family.   Plus proceeds from Waikato Food Inc’s carefully curated and beautifully packaged gift baskets go back to local producers and help Waikato Food Inc to continue serving up the best in the Waikato.  The gift hampers include Sweetree honey, Sweet As popcorn, Peplers condiments, Sunshine relish, Donovans chocolate, Fruney chocolate and Weirdly Normal drinks. There's three different ham...

October 5, 2021

Sustainable Me Challenge - October

Wow, where is the year going, October all ready! Octobers 'Sustainable Me'; challenge is to eat less meat!  Kiwi's love meat, we are ranked 11th per capita for meat consumption.  We eat on average 106kgs per year.  And the problem?  The problem is that high levels of meat consumption impacts both our environment and our health. Large-scale farming produces a huge amount of emissions, contributing significantly to global warming.  Runoff from animal waste enters soil...

October 2, 2021

New Honey Variety - Ohinewai!

We're pleased to bring you our newest Waikato raw honey - Ohinewai!   Ohinewai is the childhood home village of Martin and where the apprentice beekeeper began a love for bees. Sweetree's Ohinewai honey is a journey full circle as we bring this delicious honey to your table. Kanuka, clover, river and pasture flowers interwind with fond memories and community spirit. This ultra-smooth and glossy honey will remind you of caramel fudge, with a lovely lingering taste.  Try a spoonful of th...

September 26, 2021

Need More Energy? Want to Build Your Immunity?

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...

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