We’ve been inspired by our directory of designers and producers for the September Market, 7 & 8 September (10am – 4pm). The market is going to be full of Australian businesses using ethical methods, doing it the hard way to get the best results. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing lots of their stories. And one of them has a lot to do with bees. We’re very happy to be offering a number of stallholders who have bee related products. This is great news for us, and it’s also great news for the bees.
THE AMBER NECTAR
Starting with the sweet stuff, we have no fewer than three honey producers coming to Handmade. And the best thing is that all three are very different, giving us lots of options.
First, we’d like to welcome newcomers, Shorthive Honey. Shorthive is a family of Victorian beekeepers who have been creating delicious honey for many years. Recently however, they’ve experimented with infusions. They’ve put Murray River salt with the sweetness of honey to create a butterscotch-like flavour (best on ice cream). They recommend trying the espresso infusion on warm, freshly baked scones. And their Habanero chilli balances the sweet honey with a fiery kick. With enticing flavour combinations such as these, this stall should definitely be on your list of must-visits!
Happy B Whipped Infused Honey will be back at the market this time. They create honey with the wow factor, carefully whipped, infused with real fruit and spice and hand bottled. The honey is harvested from NSW and has natural flavour combinations. Raspberry, strawberry, passionfruit, mango, blood orange, vanilla, coconut, lemon and turmeric all feature. Try it on sourdough, eat with your favourite cheese or drink in a cup of tea. And if you’re really keen, just eat it straight out of the jar! Honey B also believes that to be plastic free is cool, so they make their own beeswax food wraps. And they use beeswax in their hand and lip balms.
Locals, Honey & Glow, will also be back in September. They have bees right here in the Canberra region making delicious raw honey. But they’re also about sustainable, no-tox, handmade, 100% natural alternatives. Their all-Australian beeswax candles and beeswax based body products are kind to your skin, kind to the environment and kind to our all-important bees.
Not only is the raw stuff available in many forms, but there are bee-autiful bee designs around the market. Apothecary Artist has some gilded bee designs on her artwork, so you can take home portraits of our buzzy friends and give them pride of place on your wall. Vanessa creates finely detailed drawings using traditional techniques of calligraphy dip pen, home made botanical inks and hand gilding.
Eggpicnic is also fascinated by bees. Designers, Camila and Christopher, are devoted to wildlife conservation. They produce fine art prints and toys to end wildlife extinction through education. Eggpicnic’s birds and wildlife are striking and contemporary.
Apiary Made celebrates the humble bee by hand crafting products derived from the beehive. The Apiary Made range consists of beeswax food wraps, wildflower and medicinal Jelly Bush honey, 100% natural skincare, organic bee pollen and ceramic and beeswax candles.
We’ll also be saying hello again to Wrappa Reusable Food Wraps, whose custom designed, eco friendly food wraps are the perfect alternative to plastic. Each wrap is handmade using 100% organic cotton, ethically produced beeswax or plant based wax, tree resin and jojoba oil. They can be reused over and over again and won’t lose their stick for around 12 months. They also have DIY Wax Bars, which are perfect for making your own wraps at home.
So why not buzz on over to the Handmade Market on 7 & 8 September to taste and buy your supplies of the sweet stuff? See you there.