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 honeybees 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.
Anything else? Well, with a wealth of experience behind me, why not share it? I’ve been helping the Tay Landscape Partnership find and train new beekeepers, and am willing to provide services based on beekeeping knowledge and scientific training. The beginners in the East of Scotland Beekeepers Association also benefit from training and apiary visits.
My apiaries are mostly in country estates 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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We’re back! Our regular weekly market at Louise’s Artisan Fridays, a big success bringing life to the High Street, Kirkcaldy, and the wonderful Stockbridge Market in Edinburgh are both running again although with extra precautions to keep everyone safe. We are not being forced to wear face coverings but I’ll have mine on as it is simply not fair for vendors to expose others to any risk, however small. Sunday 19th July for Stockbridge and Friday 24th July for the next Artisan Fridays in Kirkcaldy. At both markets we’ll have a limited supply of summer blossom in as cut comb.