Saturday Farmers’ Market Vendor Feature: Neighbourly Bee
Our November 16th featured vendor is Neighbourly Bee! We had the chance to talk with Riana, the beekeeper and honey developer behind Neighbourly Bee. Their mission is to be a working example of what is required for beekeepers and farmers to work effectively together and the result is some delicious honey. Read more about Neighbourly bee and what we learned when speaking with Riana below, and stop by to see her November 16th at the market, 10am-2pm.
What is your signature honey?
The most unique honey is the whipped alfalfa clover. I use a process where I let it crystallize, then grind it down so it is a smooth whipped consistency.
What other types of honey do you have?
Blueberry blossom, whipped vanilla bean, whipped cinnamon, whipped raw cocoa, and wild flower (but this one sold out this season).
Can you tell me an interesting fact about Neighbourly Bee?
Many people don’t know that we are based in Burnaby on Byrne road and that we are an agritourism site. We have more than just bees! We have flowers, veggies, medicinal and culinary herbs. We are open for farm tours, we have community gardens, picnic tables to enjoy a nice little visit, and there are also the occasional workshops too.
How do you use your honey?
I really like it on toast, with a lot of butter and a tiny bit of salt, and my favorite honey to do this with is the whipped alfalfa clover.
Where can we get your honey other than the UBC Farm?
At our farm gate on Byrne road (4992 Byrne Rd), and you can also buy our products online. Even if we are not at the UBC Farm Market on Saturdays, our honey is sold at the UBC Farm stall!
For more details, check out their website, Instagram or Facebook. Neighbourly Bee’s last day at our market is November 16th, so be sure not to miss out. However, if you cannot make it, find the honey at the UBC Farm Stall.