Chicken or egg?

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Which came first…the chicken or the egg?

Egg huntin' and chicken lovin'

Egg huntin’ and chicken lovin’

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Bee-crazy with Double Bubble Pink Poppies @ Red House Honey

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Growing soft and sweet up through the concrete....in my garden

Growing soft and sweet up through the concrete….in my garden: Double Bubble Pink Poppy

Double Bubble Pink Poppies grow all over here at Red House Honey, and the bees just go crazy for them. Seeds are available for late summer and fall planting at Nanny Cakes, and from Red House Honey. Catch us at Prescott Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market this coming Saturday…and don’t forget to take in the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, on until Aug. 20 on the Prescott waterfront.

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RHH’s Popular Aster Honey and Luv Ur Beeswax Candles are Back!

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Light up Your Nights/Luv Ur Beeswax Candle 500 g

Light up Your Nights/Luv Ur Beeswax Candle 500 g

FARM Golden Honey 250 g

FARM Golden Honey 250 g

Aster honey is back! RHH has been able to secure a small supply of Farm/Select Apiaries Golden/Aster honey. A small amount of 140 g and 250 g jars are now available. Contact us directly to obtain some of this great late-fall honey. Our supplier says he hasn’t seen honey like this for twenty years!

RHH is also able to offer a limited supply of its very popular 500 g Luv Ur Beeswax Candles (100% beeswax) in an attractive round jar. Pure beeswax candles are clean and due to their hardness, burn longer than any paraffin or soy candles and have an attractive, natural scent.

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RHH Store Now On-Line

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Don’t feel like leaving the hive to pick up something from the Handmade Honey Shop? Now you can purchase all of our Red House Honeys and our Honey Love Products on-line. Check in…check around… and check out!

Honey products available for sale in Ontario only, due to government regulations. And, due to the ruinous cost of shipping honey in a manner that will ensure no breakage (via priority shipping), we are happy to deliver to many places in Eastern Ontario for a small fee (such as Carleton Place, Kanata, Ottawa, Prescott, Morrisburg, Brockville, Orleans). We’re also happy to make arrangements for you to come pick it up. Cash or credit card (Square reader in person or PayPal online) only. No cheques (sorry).

Want a great Alternative Valentine’s Day gift idea for two? Purchase our two Honey Love Body bars – Anastasia’s Beautiful Body Bar and Christian’s Soap/Where Does He Put It? — as a pair for only $13. Comes with two organza gift bags.

Don’t shower alone!

Anastasia's Beautiful Body Bar/Savon Beau Corps d'Anastasia

Anastasia’s Beautiful Body Bar/Savon Beau Corps d’Anastasia

Christian's Soap/Le Savon de Christian

Christian’s Soap/Le Savon de Christian

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The Princess Rants

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Red House Honey: Handmade the Old-Fashioned Way

Red House Honey: Handmade the Old-Fashioned Way

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“Sweetness in a Little Red Box”

Why do we reward poor customer service?

I was at Yorkville Shopping Centre in Toronto about a year ago and got into a huge fight with a very very rude clerk…after I suggested that she should have stopped folding clothes and served me. I would have simply not have purchased the clothes…but I was with my sons and they wanted the stuff. In the end, she THREW my purchases at me, muttering under her breath and glaring daggers at me. Nice. That’s what I came into your store for….abuse.

Personally, I refuse to reward a company’s bad customer service by purchasing items. I have walked out leaving my prospective purchases behind if I have to wait too long, if clerks ignore me, are texting/talking on their phones and don’t help me, or display a bad attitude. That is the only way companies will give their staff proper training and hire appropriate personnel.

Here’s the real news: in some communities, clerks are actually nice to customers and want to know how they are, if they found everything they wanted, and are grateful they shopped in their store. For great customer experiences, try Your Independent in Manotick, Rooney Feeds in Iroquois, Tropical Pool and Spa in Prescott and Cedar and Co. in Ottawa.

I rarely shop in Ottawa any more because of the long lines and poor service. I shop in Kemptville, Manotick, Iroquois, Prescott and even Brockville. I will drive far out of my way to find a friendly Staples (Kemptvillle).

I visited the South Keys Ottawa Staples outlet and the clerk actually bumped a trolley of stuff into me, didn’t apologize and didn’t help me when I was obviously looking for something. I told the manager and got the usual ‘oh we’re so sorry, thanks for bringing this to our attention. Blah blah.”

But who HIRES these people in the first place? I suspect its people with HR degrees who are taught to ask prospective employees “Now what type of vegetable would you like to be?” instead of “are you a reasonable human being who wants to help people?”

I prefer Cedar & Co., my local tiny grocery store where prices might be higher but where most people greet me and say “How are you, darling?” Yeah, maybe I am a bit of a princess, but gee, it doesn’t take much to make me feel like one. And that’s when I whip out my credit card to show my appreciation…..

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Red House Honey FARM: Four New Honey Varieties

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RHH's FARM/Select Apiaries and RAW/Kosher lines

RHH’s FARM/Select Apiaries and RAW/Kosher lines

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Red House Honey’s FARM/SELECT APIARIES label now offers you more honey varieties to choose from.

Try our yummy

. Dark/Buckwheat

. Amber/Buckwheat Infused

. Golden/Aster or Purple Loosestrife

. White/Wildflower

And don’t forget about our RAW/Kosher label, available in very limited quantities. Get yours at the Chanukah Fair at the Solway Jewish Community Centre, 21 Nadolny Sachs Pt. Ottawa. 613.798.9818. We’ll be there on December 7.

RHH will be at the Prescott Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market, indoors at the Prescott Legion, 141 Henry Street, most Saturday mornings until Christmas.

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No bees, no blueberries.

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#redhousehoney06 RHH was at the Prescott Farmers’ Market and a blueberry grower came to tell us she had no blueberries to sell: no bees pollinated the plants in spring. The stark truth is without bees, there are no crops. The farmer hopes to have a beekeeper put some hives on her property as soon as possible, so she can get back to the business of growing blueberries.
Makes you wonder why outfits like Home Depot and others continue to purchase and encourage the use of plants which are dusted with and even nurtured in neonicotinoids. Most people don’t even realize that those cut flowers on their doorsteps are contributing to the bees’ demise. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/home-depot-plants-contain-pesticide-linked-to-honey-bee-deaths/article19432924/
58% of Ontario’s honey bees died last winter, including 100% of Red House Honey’s bees. That is an unacceptably high level by any reckoning, the result of a severe winter, neonicotinoids, mites and other factors: www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/editorials/pesticides-pollination-and-the-bees-needs/article19782564/

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