Carmen Pearce-Brown and husband, Todd Brown, from Nicholls in the Australian Capital Territory, sell Honey Delight gourmet honeys, honeycomb, honey sweets, and honey skin care products at their happy market stall.
Carmen says you will only find the "cream of the crop" Honey Delight products at the Capital Region Farmer's Market in Canberra.
Honey Delight is the product of three generations of beekeepers. Carmen's brother, David Walker, is an apiarist based in Port Macquarie and is a third generation beekeeper. His bees are located as far south as Boorowa and Cowra in New South Wales. Carmen and Todd's teenage children are also actively involved in the apiary and the venture.
Honey Delight are excited to announce the launch of their 'active' tea tree honey. New Zealand Manuka Honey is from the plant species Leptospermum scoparium. In Australia, we have exactly the same the same plant, the difference is that in Australia we call it Tea Tree. Scientific Studies have found that some Australian Tea Tree honey has the same active properties as the New Zealand “Manuka Honey”. Honey Delight active tea tree honey has been tested by the Sydney University and has a rating of 13-18% phenol equivalent. A UMF rating higher than 10 is considered to have a high activity and is highly active against bacteria. This is why it is called active honey, or a therapeutic antibacterial honey. Honey Delight active honey is equivalent to 15+ Manuka Honey. A 500g jar of Honey Delight active honey sells for $20.
Dora Andonaros and her farm fresh apples
Down-to-earth is how I would best describe Dora Andonaros, who has a delightful stall at the Capital Region Farmer's Markets on Saturdays and Southside Farmer's Market on Sundays.
Dora and her husband, John, are hobby farmers who specialise in honey; selling it under the Melissa Pure Fresh Honey label. The couple were one of the first twelve who initiated the Capital Region Farmer's Market in Canberra.
'We sell a bag of this, a bucket of that,' Dora told me. 'Anything that is surplus to our needs'. Dora always greets customers with a big smile. Apples, onions, leeks, garlic, herbs (fresh and dried), honey, beeswax, figs and pretty posies are among the offerings on the stall.
Beekeeper, Ian Fleiter, sells his naturally produced Northern Territory honey under the Batchelor Bees label at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, and also at Rapid Creek Markets (the oldest markets in Darwin).
A beekeeper for more than twenty years, the easy-going Fleiter says his bees harvest nectar from a rich variety of native flowers to produce a delicious honey with unusual flavours unique to the Top End.
For more information about both markets and the best times to catch Fleiter selling his honey, see Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and Rapid Creek Markets.
For details about beekeeping in the Northern Territory, visit the Northern Territory Beekeeper's Association web site.
There is a wealth of information about Australian wildflowers at the Wildflowers Australia web site.
Post script. Sadly Ian Fleiter passed away in September 2012 from a brain aneurism. My sympathies to Ian's family and friends.
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