|Mary Woltz of Bee's Needs in Sag Harbor NY|
The East End of Long Island of Long Island is full of people doing wonderful things with food. Among them is one my favorite people, Mary Woltz. The North Carolina native has single-handedly invented “Bee’s Needs”, a source of wonderful honeys. That’s right plural. Because Mary’s ‘girls’, as she likes to call them, create quite different honeys depending on what’s in bloom in our little patch of paradise.
|Mary's table at the Sag Harbor Farmer's Market|
There are three distinct tastes created in Mary’s Early, Mid and Late Season honeys. She manages 100 colonies all on her own—with a little help from her Painter husband, Rob, at least at the Farmer’s Market. She’s set up what may be the first Community Supported Apiculture program in the country. In this program, members buy a “share” for $100.00 and for that we receive 12 jars of Mary’s honey, a tour of the hives and a wonderful newsletter. What this means is that we have a wonderful supply of local honey that lasts a year. I am always on the lookout for great recipes using honey—because we have so much and it is so good.
If you want to know more about Mary, here’s a video where she talks about her girls and her bee-keeping. Did you know that bees have a part in one in three bites of food? Follow this link and you will learn more from Mary…http://thepeoplewhofeedus.com/?p=152