Honey contains nearly 200 individual substances. Much of this (as much as 75%) is comprised of both simple sugars (monosaccharides – fructose and glucose mainly) but also contains more complex sugars. As the bees bring nectar back from the flowers, they introduce enzymes to help break down these complex sugars and as the active enzyme (namely invertase) still exists, honey in a jar is constantly evolving and sugars are being transformed from one form to another.
Honey also contains many proteins – mainly from the pollen that is brought back with the nectar, but wild yeasts also contribute to this count.
If you are looking where to buy raw honey, beeswax or bee pollen we have you covered.
Our beekeeper Dave works solely with Buckfast bees. They were the bees that he initially started working with, and after working at other beekeeping outfits including an Italian breeding program in New Zealand and trialing a variety of other bee races, Dave kept coming back as you ‘just couldn’t beat em’. It was their winter hardiness, spring build up, temperament, and honey production that made them easy to fall in love with and become the bees of choice.
The bees are of Buckfast decent, but are locally mated and then carefully selected each year for our 100% Ontario Nucleus Colonies.
It's always a really exciting, and nerve wracking decision to finally go for it and become a beekeeper. It's a great hobby to take up and really seems to have something to offer for everyone. From woodworking to animal husbandry, gardening, painting, crafts with hive products and interacting with Mother Nature, we all find out quickly that taking up beekeeping is really more involved than just playing with bugs!
Before you get started however, there are a few questions to think about.