New locations for RHH @ Fort Town Mercantile & Mid East Food Centre

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Red House Honey is thrilled to be showcasing our products at Prescott’s Fort Town Mercantile alongside so many of our friends and fellow craftspeople. Pick up a jar of locally-made raw, natural honey, a bar of soap, a 100% beeswax candle, and much more, and stop for a chat with Laverne. We are also pleased to be back at Mid East Food Centre in Ottawa. Thank you, Touffik!

Red House Honey 140 g jar makes a perfect wedding favour

Red House Honey 140 g jar makes a perfect wedding favour

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Dazzling healthfulness of raw honey

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Here are some interesting facts about the dazzling healthfulness of raw honey:

“Honey that has not been heated over 117 degrees F is loaded with amylases, enzymes that digest carbohydrates, as well as all the nutrients found in plant pollens. This makes it an ideal sweetener for porridge and toast, as the amylases in raw honey help digest grains. Glucose tolerance tests indicate that, for most people, honey does not upset blood sugar levels as severely as does refined sugar.” — Sally Fallon, Nourishing Traditions

 

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Egg huntin' and chicken lovin'

Egg huntin’ and chicken lovin’

Red House Honey Expands!

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Red House Honey is expanding. With new nucs bearing Ontario queens ordered for spring, 2017, we will be adding some adjacent acreage for bee foraging and other agricultural uses. This is an exciting time for us as we delve deeper into farming.

Bees in their winter bee barn

Bees in their winter bee barn

 

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Valentine’s Day Gift Boxes at The Sweet Life, Prescott

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Looking for an Alternative to Valentine’s Day Chocolate and Roses? Stop into The Sweet Life and pick up Red House Honey’s groovy Bee-friendly Garden in a Box. Contains six seed packets (all grown and harvested without pesticides or fertilizers at the Red House Honey Hothouse) and growing instructions. Seeds and herbal or tea packets also available separately. Start thinking spring!

Heavenly Herbal Mix from the Red House Honey Hothouse

Heavenly Herbal Mix from the Red House Honey Hothouse

The Groovy Garden: Bee-Friendly Garden in a Box

The Groovy Garden: Bee-Friendly Garden in a Litte Red Box

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2015 Ontario Honey production results disappoint

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Statistics Canada released their honey statistics report for 2015, which reveals a drop in Ontario honey production, number of beekeepers and bee colonies. This is very disappointing, especially compared to the gains made elsewhere in Canada.

“According to the report:

  • Ontario’s honey production is down from 2014 by 11.1% compared to an overall increase of 11.4% for Canada.
  • This roughly corresponds to a decrease in colony numbers of 10.3% in Ontario. Canada-wide figures show an overall increase in colonies of 3.6%.
  • Average per colony production remains flat in Ontario at 93 pounds, down slightly from 93.8 in 2014.
  • Average production per colony, Canada-wide, increased from 122.8 in 2014 to 132 in 2015, an increase of 7.5%
  • The number of beekeepers in Ontario is down 21.5%, from 3,262 in 2014 to 2,562 in 2015.

Variations can, and do, occur year over year within and between provinces. Although we are looking closely at these figures, we are not making any assumptions at this point about either their validity or significance. Ontario’s beekeeping industry is unusual in that we have many beekeepers  – over 30% of Canada’s total – but 80% of the colonies are managed by only 20% of beekeepers.”

Information provided by the Ontario Beekeepers Association: www.ontariobee.com.

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Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas from the Prescott Farmers’/Crafters’ Market!

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Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas from the Prescott Farmers’/Crafters’ Market! Red House Honey will be at the Prescott Legion Saturday Dec. 19 9a.m.-1 p.m. with all our Farmers’ Market friends. Come on down and make good cheer!

Salad under the snow

Salad under the snow

Milkweed, frosted

Milkweed, frosted

St. Lawrence River Sunrise

St. Lawrence River Sunrise

Galop Canal's icy branches

Galop Canal’s icy branches

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Red House Honey Livin’ The Sweet Life

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Mmmm! Fresh honey comb!

Mmmm! Fresh honey comb!

Red House Honey is now at The Sweet Life, Prescott’s newest store. Check out the great goodies, which include RHH honey and honey comb, beeswax candles, handmade soaps and of course our great little red gift boxes.

We’ll also be at Prescott Legion for the first three Saturdays in December with our friends from the Prescott Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market.

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New from the Red House Honey Hothouse: Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean Seeds

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Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean

Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean

Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean a.k.a Cherokee Black Bean.

In the summer of 1838, the Cherokee were rounded up from their farms in the Smokey Mountains and put in prison camps. They were then loaded onto boats that took them via the Tennessee, Ohio, Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers to Indian Territory. Some 4,000 natives died during the winter journey, which became known as the “trail where they cried.”—www.cherokee.org.

This beautiful bean was carried by the Cherokee on that terrible trip. Sow seeds outdoors after last frost in warm soil. Soak seeds for a few hours before planting 1” deep and 2” apart in full sun. Vining bean requires trellis/fence support. Beautiful pinky-purple flowers grow into gorgeous purple beans; harvest when young. Can be dried on the vine and used for baked beans; save some dried beans and plant next year!

Available from the Red House Honey Hothouse: www.redhousehoney.ca

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