There’s a serenity about Pete and Bronwyn that you come to associate with market folks doing what they love. In fact, Pete is happy to share that he has recently walked away from a high-paying job to tend to his beloved bees, which will earn the couple many times less. “We just like working with the bees. It’s not about the money, it’s about what we do,” says Pete. And what they do is clearly done to the highest standards of ethics, purity and quality. All honeys are from forests and, climate issues permitting, varietal. No feeding of sugar syrup, pollination work or heat treatment takes place.
Along with their superb honey, Pete and Bronwyn are extremely proud of their honeycomb, which is not only lovely on a cheese platter, but has powerful healing properties, especially when chewed. Says
Pete, “Our honeycomb’s different, in that we don’t give the
bees a foundation strip to build the honeycomb on. We say to our girls, ‘We want honeycomb’ and they say ‘Well, alright’. We provide the space for them and they do the whole lot themselves, it’s 100% bee-made.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, while still able to sell honey, Pete and Bronwyn have sorely missed the social interaction of the markets. They are thrilled to be back and chatting away with customers and fellow stallholders alike. When pressed to reveal something that manager Vicki and fellow stallholders don’t know, the duo are excited to share that they are expanding, making 200 new bee hives with which to continue to pursue this wholesome hobby from the heart, which has become a much-loved lifestyle and a livelihood.