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(for those for whom the Parkside Q is their hometrain)

News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pooh Bear Flashes Thumbs-Up To Lefferts

Pooh Scores Roof-Top Honey 9.83 In 100-Acre Woods Condiment Olympics
While more trend-conscious neighborhoods may boast Beer Gardens, Lefferts has its very own Bee Garden. The Q got a note and the above flyer and is promised a jar of the stuff, so I'm more than happy to promote this locally-made goodness. 100 pounds of bee pollen!! Man oh man that's a lot of gooey goodness. From Liz, your neighborhood apiarist:

I'm a local beekeeper and we are harvesting our honey.   If it's a slow day at the Q in terms of ink, maybe the nabe could use some good news about a very local product.  Not a sign of the End Times (gastro pub) or controversial in any way, though perhaps some may see 100s of 1000s of stinging insects atop a roof a sign of the End Times.

First things first:  it's legal in NYC and my 3 hives on Midwood Street are registered with the city.  My neighbors are very cool about it because I GIVE THEM honey.  

The pollen and nectar flow was huge this year and today we harvested nearly 100 pounds.  Just a month ago, we harvested 50 pounds and sold out - mostly to Tip of the Tongue and Gratitude.  Last year, I sold it to Blue Apron in Park Slope but this year I've decided to only sell it in our neighborhood.  Want to keep it local - because this where the bees get their nectar for this delicious honey.  It's for sale at Tip of the Tongue and Gratitude Cafe.

Honeybees will forage up to 3 miles but tend to stay within 1 mile of their hives.  The huge Linden tree bloom we had throughout May and June - the source of the sticky, delicious smelling nectar covering most of the cars in the nabe - contributed greatly to this past harvest.   Lindens, aka Basswood make especially beautiful honey - light colored, very floral and delicious.  There is also a gorgeous mint taste - from the lavenders (yes, a mint) and other mints like hyssop and the regular peppermints and spearmints most folks grow in their yards. Lovely.

There is some "internets" talk about local honey helping with seasonal allergies as a homeopathic remedy.  Problem with homeopathic treatment is that you're supposed to use the honey in amounts that stimulate the immune system and then cut out the homeopathic "trigger" -- but we have a hard time cutting out the honey eating part of the prescription.   Our honey is lightly filtered and thus, loaded with pure, local pollen.  We don't use any chemicals on our bees.  Our honey is the opposite of what The Associated is selling which is mostly corn syrup and food coloring.  No pollen in it and pure junk.

I've been keeping these bees for 4 years.  They are gentle, easy to handle.  My sons, ages 8 and 10 are really good beekeepers too.


Quest said...

Do Tip of the Toung and Gratitude sell the honey in jars or only in their food? Would you be willing to sell it to individuals? said...

Thanks for sharing this, Q. It is great to have bees in our neighborhood. It's totally legal and wonderful. I can't wait to sample this honey. Would you sell to individuals? Do you need volunteer helpers?

WriterOnWinthrop said...

I love this story and look forward to purchasing honey at ToTT and/or Gratitude. Thank you for (bee)keeping it local!

Hannah said...

I would love to start a colony on our roof. Would LIz be willing to work with individuals to establish and maintain colonies on roofs other than her own??

Kimplicated said...

Saw it for sale this morning at ToTT. Get it while it's hot!

Lane's and Elliot's Mom aka Liz said...

Thank you Tim for the bump! Jarred honey is for sale at Tip of the Tongue and Gratitude for now - hopefully Tugboat and Blessings soon. My kids sometimes set up a honey stand in front of the house and put up signs along Bedford. They also want you to know that tips are greatly appreciated.
Everything I learned, and continue to learn, I learned from Jim Fischer. Get on Facebook here:
Jim teaches a FREE, weekly course on beekeeping during the off season - Jan thru March. He's the only guy I would recommend to those who want to keep bees. Last Winter's session was held at the Brooklyn Central Library - just couldn't be more convenient . . .
I'm always available to mentor anyone who needs it --- but highly suggest you learn from a very experienced beekeeper like Jim first.
Enjoy the summer, Lefferts!