Our local farm markets are currently awash in colorful produce, but without bees to do the pollination, we would not have all these wonderful diverse foods. Our abundant local crops go hand in hand with a healthy population of bees! Our local beekeepers not only help the neighboring farms pollinate the crops, they also share their bees’ honey with the rest of us.
Twin Creek Apiaries is a regular vendor at the Saturday Oakwood farm market and the Friday evening Sugarcreek Township farm market, and they have a nice variety of local honey and honey products. Twin Creeks has jars of the golden sweetener in various sizes, as well as honey candy, honey sticks, lotion bars and lip balms with honey.
Twin Creek Apiaries’ honey is raw (unprocessed) honey. Why do you want raw honey? Because the processing of honey removes many of the valuable phytonutrients found in the raw honey as it exists in the hive. For starters, raw honey contains small amounts of certain resins which honeybees use to seal the hive and make it safe from bacteria and other micro-organisms. These resins have anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. Other phytonutrients found both in raw honey have been shown to possess cancer-preventing and anti-tumor properties.
Researchers have discovered that these substances prevent colon cancer in animals by shutting down the activity of two particular enzymes (phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C and lipoxygenase, for you know-it-all types). When raw honey is extensively processed and heated, the benefits of these phytonutrients are largely eliminated.
Honey is also a source of vitamin B2, vitamin B6, iron and manganese, and it is an exceptional treat in the summer and fall when it has just been harvested and is at its freshest. Honey produced in the summer by flower-fed bees is also most likely to contain friendly lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.
Stop by Twin Creek Apiaries at either the Sugarcreek Township market on Fridays or the Oakwood market on Saturday mornings and pick up some of their fresh, local raw honey.
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