‘If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years to live.’ Albert Einstein
Bees are one of the hardest working creatures on our planet despite their tiny size. In fact, one third of the food that we eat has been pollenated by this laborious insect that is often overlooked. Fortunately for local residents, with the recent addition of stallholder Beavo’s Honey, we are now able to purchase the fruits of their labour at our monthly Swan Hill Farmer’s Market. How lucky are we?
Gary, who brings this exciting stall to the banks of our Murray River on the first Sunday of every month, has been attending local Farmer’s Markets for seven years with his honey, beeswax, wraps, lip balm and soap products. Additionally, his bees are used for almond pollination on farms. Now a regular attendee at Violet Town, Murrabit, Girgarre, Rochester, Nagambie and our very own Swan Hill Farmer’s Market, Gary knows a thing or two about honey and bees with over 300 beehives servicing his business.
For Gary, it began as a little hobby when he bought his first beehive for the backyard many years ago, to the successful, self-funded entity that it is today. And two and a half years ago Gary decided to quit his day job, and bring his passion to life. He has not looked back.
Gary’s honey is unlike the regular honey that we find in our commercial stores. He sells up to four varieties, depending upon the tree location of the bees at that time. While most commercial honey is often heavily processed with heat, Beavo’s cold spun raw honey (using a machine from Finland) retains the healthy bacteria, natural enzymes and vitamins and minerals that natural honey is renowned for.
Wraps and soaps
In addition to his honey, Gary brings an array of products to his regular markets such as his Beavo’s wraps. Environmentally friendly and reusable, these wraps are the perfect alternative to glad wrap when covering food, and can be purchased in sets of 4, 10 and 15.
You can also find soap alongside Gary’s honey products. After customers were frequently mistaking their blocks of wax for soap, they decided to add this popular product to their stall. After 12 months of trial and error, and many, many long showers with 15 bars of soap at a time, Beavo’s Honey also sells a range of natural ethical soap products that are made with only essential oils (including local olive oil) and are free from additives.
Keen to start your own little backyard beekeeping hobby just like Gary? Not only does Gary sell honey, soap and beeswax products at markets, but he is eager to share his passion with others. When it comes to starting your own backyard beekeeping hobby, Gary has all of your beekeeping needs covered with products such as beehives and equipment for sale, not to mention the hard-working bees themselves. With an extensive background in beekeeping himself, he is the perfect port of call if you’re looking to start your own beekeeping venture.
Come down to the Swan Hill Farmer’s Market in Riverside Park this Sunday between 8.30am and 12.30pm and you can pick up some of Beavo’s delicious honey. You will not be disappointed!
For more information about Beavo’s Honey, check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/beavoshoney/