Vendor Spotlight- MacD’s Bees

MacD’s Bees is a small business owned by Nelson MacDonald of Loch Broom. He has been raising bees since he took over from his father almost 20 years ago. Fifteen years ago Nelson started out as “Country Blossom Apiary” attending the occasional craft show and selling Liquid Honey and Beeswax Candles. As each year passed items were added to the list of products made with the Honey & Beeswax extracted from the hives. Each product added was usually by request from their loyal customers.  We are very proud to have them at the New Glasgow Farmers Market!

 

Nelson & Maureen of MacD's Bees
Nelson & Maureen of MacD’s Bees

Beside their Liquid Honey other products include, Lip Balms, Soaps, Deodorants, Hand Creams & Moisture Sticks, Foot Balms & Butters, Honey & Salt Scrubs. Most people don’t know that beeswax and the compounds found within the hive make amazing skin care products!

 

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Honey Lollipops & Honey Roasted Pretzels are a popular items sold each Market day. When the Honey yield is good a favorite item is their Honey Jams & Jellies. During the Fall season and Christmas preparation MacD’s Bees sells Honey Peanut Brittle, Honey Nougat, Honey Sponge Toffee and Honey Lozenges.

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Why we do what we do!!!!!
Fun Fact:  Honey has no shelf life and is the perfect sweetener substitute. Many people who suffer from seasonal allergies get relief from eating a daily tablespoon of raw honey that is harvested close to home. Propolis, pollen, beeswax & honey (raw honey from the hive) are known for their medicinal remedies because of their antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Beeswax wax is precious stuff that is made from the nectar of flowers. To produce one pound of beeswax a worker bee eats about ten pounds of honey, flies 150,000 miles and visits millions of flower blossoms. Burning beeswax candles is the healthiest and best as it cleans the air of impurities by removing odours, dust, mold, dust mites and other allergens.
Just look at the photos below. A labour of love and hard work as with most local products from local producers, crafters and artisans! You can see and taste the difference local makes!
Next time you are at the Market, make sure to treat yourself to some honey and unique natural honey products from Nelson & Maureen!
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