Thursday, September 2, 2010
bee shop in Oakland
just found out about this bee/honey shop in Oakland!
Bee Healthy Honey Shop is a family owned business which started over two generations ago. We have over 100 years of experience in learning all there is to know about bees and natural honey preparation process. We take personal care and pride in preparing natural pure quality honey. We strive to find new ways of preparing honey that are conducive to the natural environment. We also have over 15 years of beekeeping experience with pure local raw honey and we are committed to preserve bees, so that they provide their natural gift.
Meet our beekeeper Khaled Almghafi. He has been tending bees since he was 5 years old. His father was a beekeeper. So is his younger brother in Yemen. Bees are in his blood. He is the second-oldest of 10 children. He came to the US with a friend in 1986, and moved straight to California because everyone in Yemen knows that California is good for agriculture and bees. He had hopes of attending UC Davis to study bees but could not afford it. Instead, he ended up at a gas station as a clerk. He hated it. Every day rude customers would sting his pride. And with a wife and two small children, he was not earning enough, money to make a living. One day in 1992 he opened up the Yellow Pages and looked under the heading Bee Removal. He found a beekeeper near his home in Oakland who let me join him on his jobs. When the beekeeper died a few years ago, he inherited his business and his wooden vacuum box. Billions of bees later, he still finds them fascinating. Khaled says "We learn a lot from bees. We learn how to be social. We learn how to give, not only take. They give us honey. They pollinate and give us fruit and vegetables. They give us medicine. And they don’t ask for any thing in return."
Be Healthy Honey Shop Orange Blossom Honey is produced in California's Orange Belt. With the snow-capped mountains of King and Sequoia Canyons in the background, these fragrant groves extend to Fresno. Each spring for more than 60 years, the Be Healthy Honey Shop family has placed their colonies here to harvest nectar which carries the aromatic flavor of the blossom. Star Thistle, California Valley and Florida Tupelo round out the selection, meeting the flavor needs of the most discriminating honey lover.
The subtleties of unblended, pure floral source honey is truly incomparable to any other honey. When sampled, estate bottled Be Healthy Honey Shop Honey exemplifies quality in its discrete but extraordinary color, aroma and flavor.