Tay Bees and Honey was established to harvest the delightfully flavoursome honey to be had in Fife and Tayside, around the Tay and the Earn. The bees also enjoy their late summer holidays in the Angus glens where they bring in yet more bottled sunshine to keep us all going for the rest of the year. You can buy it in the jar with soft set and liquid varieties available as well as – in the right season – as nature intended, in the comb.
Buy (or visit a market stall) and you can point a smartphone at the QR code on the labels and learn more about where that particular harvest came from.
Where have all the native honey bees gone? Most areas now have honeybees which have hybridised with imported strains, but a small group of enthusiasts (is three small?) with an isolated site in the Ochils are starting to bring them back. Check out the progress we and others have been making with a new bee society for enthusiasts of the native honey bee.
My apiaries are on country estates and farms around both sides of the Tay estuary and the Earn. The wonderful Jim built a honey house in Fife which is now commissioned to get the show properly on the road.
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Our regular weekly market is at Louise’s Artisan Fridays, a big success bringing life to the High Street in Kirkcaldy. You can also catch the wonderful goodness harvested by the bees at Stockbridge Market in Edinburgh roughly once a month and try out the new NeighbourFood hub at Megginch Castle near Errol in the Carse of Gowrie! One new one coming up is the Laurel Bank Artisan Market in Markinch. All these markets are running with extra precautions to keep everyone safe. Upcoming markets: Kirkcaldy – Friday 20th November for the next Artisan Fridays market, Megginch Castle – Thursday 19th November pick-up, a first visit to Laurel Bank in Markinch on Sat 21st November and Stockbridge, Edinburgh, on Sunday 22nd November. At most markets we’ll have a limited supply of cut comb as well as a range of honey in jars and our new packs of four for Christmas gifts!