Joel Vernier

As I was settling in for my first nap of the day, my wife called out “Joel, its Saturday, and the farmers market is open today, and we are out of honey!” Wow, two things I love, honey, and our local farmers market! Fruits and vegetables picked that morning! I support shopping local; it supports our entire community! 

Honey is an incredible product of our friends, the bees. It has been called the “nectar of the gods.” Making honey is done by the bees, but it is a lot of work for the beekeeper and some risk. We all have watched beekeepers on television shows; they have the uniform on, the headgear with netting they can see through plus the smoke pot to calm the bees down. On some shows, the beekeepers do not wear any uniform or gear; they just use the smoke pot! 

For several years, we enjoyed having a beekeeper in the woods in the back of our 50-acre horse farm. At christmas, we would get a case of delicious, wonderful honey harvested right on our property! We had plenty to give out as christmas gifts and enough to last the whole year. The bears love honey. After several hives were destroyed by bears, our beekeeper decided to remove them from our property.

I enjoy honey in my tea, on toast with cinnamon, mixed with stevia for cooking. It is delicious as a topping for ice cream or on cake instead of frosting. In moderation, diabetics can use it instead of sugar (check with your physician, please.) Many natural health practitioners suggest it may help with allergies as long as it is from a local source. There are a lot of products that feature honey, lip balm, honey soap, beauty balm, Royal Jelly, a supplement, creamed honey, beeswax candles, honey nectar, honey mixed with milk for a facial used by Cleopatra, wound care, a cough suppressant, honey wine or mead, a honey beer (do you get a buzz from it?) Apples dipped in honey, mustache wax, and much more!

We need bees to have life on earth! Without the bees pollinating plants, we would not have many crops. A total of 70 out of the 90 crops that feed people need to be pollinated by bees. There is no expiration date on a bottle of honey because it does not expire! In fact, when they opened a pyramid in Egypt, they found a 2000-year-old crock of honey, and it was still good and tasty! I wonder who they found to taste it? It’s even in the bible, “land flowing with milk and honey.” After an exhausting trip to our farmers market, Where I stocked up on many locally grown veggies and handmade products, it’s time to resume my nap! Good night, “honey!”

“Remember, every day is a gift! Some are just a little more fun to open than others!” – Joel Vernier Author “The Guinea Pig In The Freezer!” © Joel M. Vernier, September 2, 2020.

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