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Mar 29, 2007 08:23 AM

Local honey?

With allergy season just around the corner, I've been looking into alternatives to the antihistimines I routinely take. Some believe that eating honey from local bees can help reduce sensitivies to pollens, as the bees are using that same pollen to make the honey. Hey, I'm willing to try anything to avoid the annual months of misery. Does anyone know of any local honey producers? I will definitely hit the honey folks at the St. Lawrence Market, but I just thought I'd check here first for any additional knowledge. TIA!

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  1. TorontoJo, there is a honey vendor at the St. Lawrence North/Farmers' Market on Saturdays. He's a really sweet man named Henry Nauta, and his products and apiary go under the names of Meadowview Honey and Penauta Products. His apiary is in Stouffville.

    Tel. (905) 640-1564

    1. I might try this as well. I love honey and I have pretty bad ragweed allergies in the fall.
      Do you know if there is a certain amount that you are supposed to use?
      As an aside, I saw on a recent episode of Martha, that the bee population is in jeopardy of becoming extinct, or close to it - pretty sad.

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      1. re: pescatarian

        From what I've read, a couple of teaspoons a day. Apparently it's best to start this a few months before your allergy season.

        And yes, there are those that say it's just a placebo effect. But any effect is good, as far as I'm concerned. It helped my brother last year, so I'm going to give it a shot.

        Thanks, everyone!

      2. phil mathewson on saturdays in front of the church off of stephanie!

        total organic lover and gets the bees from his own backyard. i really enjoy his wildflower honey...

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        1. re: pinstripeprincess

          The bees may be from his backyard, but a honey bee can travel 5 kms from the hive...unless every property within a 5 km radius is certified organic he can't call his honey organic

          1. re: pinstripeprincess

            I have some local wildflower honey that I really like. I got it from a guy selling it at the Dufferin Grove market who used to be there regularly (and maybe still is). I've also seen him in other farmer's market type places around the city.

            I wonder if it's the same person, I recently ran out of honey and can't find the time to get out to the Dufferin market so I'd like to find him somewhere else.

            1. re: basileater

              i don't believe he is since the last time i saw him he was lamenting that certain producers had gone over to dufferin grove or elsewhere rather than work with him.

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            1. I know nothing about honey, but there is a relatively new store in the Alderwood Plaza, at Brown's Line and Evans Ave. I don't think they have particularly long hours, but they do seem to be open Monday to Friday, 9 to 5. I'm not sure about Saturday's.